WALTER conducts Brahms, Volume 2 (1951/53) - PASC489

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WALTER conducts Brahms, Volume 2 (1951/53) - PASC489

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 - Symphony No. 4
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 - Violin Concerto

Live recordings, 1951/53
Total duration: 2hr 35:06

Bruno Walter, conductor
Erica Morini, 
Myra Hess
, piano
Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York

This set contains the following albums:

Bruno Walter's 1951 Brahms Cycle with the NY Philharmonic continues

Rare and previously unissued live Brahms recordings from Carnegie Hall

This series continues here with what survives of Bruno Walter's fabulous 1951 series of Brahms concerts with the New York Philharmonic, together with a later live performance of the Violin Concerto which fills the gap in the 1951 recordings left by the apparent loss of a performance with Zino Francescatti.

  • Preparing this release has required some major technical innovation, both in the Symphony No. 3, previously unissued, and the Violin Concerto. As outlined in the quoted review in our CD liner notes of a previous issue of the latter, things went wrong during the first movement, culminating in a momentary silence from the soloist - the result of a broken string. Morini quickly borrowed the violin offered by the orchestra's leader, John Corigliano and carried on playing while he replaced her broken string.That gap here is filled by the seamless mixing in of Morini's 1956 studio recording for Westminster at around 11 minutes to patch the gap whilst instruments were exchanged.

    More challenging was the Symphony No. 3, where two source recordings were used for several sections of the recording. One was damaged in upper frequencies, the other in the lower frequencies. Following digital pitch and tempo stabilisation and synchronisation I was able to digitally copy and paste good upper frequencies over good lower frequencies to produce a perfectly matched and utterly convincing new whole, a technique I believe may never have been successfully attempted before, and which restores what would otherwise have been unusable sources to their full glory.

  • Andrew Rose

    • BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83

    • BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
    • BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
    • BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

    Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York

    Erica Morini, violin
    Myra Hess, piano

    Bruno Walter, conductor 

    Piano Concerto No. 2: 28 January 1951
    Symphony No. 3: 28 January 1951
    Violin Concerto: 20 December 1953
    Symphony No. 4: 11 February 1951

    All performed at Carnegie Hall, New York