TALICH Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto (1940/41) - PASC138

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TALICH Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto (1940/41) - PASC138

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Overview

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto

Recorded 1940/41
Total duration: 65:52

Winfried Wolf, piano
Wolfgang Schneiderhan,
violin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Václav Talich

This set contains the following albums:

Ultra-rare war-time Tchaikovsky recordings by Talich

Newly transfered and remastered by Mark Obert-Thorn


The present recordings are among Talich’s rarest discs. Although the Violin Concerto has seen limited reissue on small labels, neither recording has ever been available on LP or CD from EMI or in any of Supraphon’s Talich reissue series. (Tantalizingly, the conductor made his only recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony at the same sessions as the Violin Concerto, but it was never released and the masters are presumed lost.) The Piano Concerto makes its first extended play appearance in any form here.

Despite the scarcity of the original discs, two copies of each album were assembled for these transfers, and the best portions of each side were used. Some blasting in the louder passages of the Piano Concerto was present on both copies and may be due to the use of inferior shellac during wartime rather than from wear.

  • TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 83
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Winfried Wolf, piano
Wolfgang Schneiderhan,
violin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Václav Talich

Piano Concerto: Recorded 1st April, 1940 in the National Theatre, Prague

Matrix nos.: 2RA 4608-2, 4609-2, 4610-2, 4611-2, 4612-3, 4615-1, 4616-1, 4617-2
First issued on Electrola DB 5584 through 5587

Violin Concerto: Recorded July, 1941 in the National Theatre, Prague
Matrix nos.: CRX 147-2, 148-1, 149-1, 150-2, 151-1, 152-2, 153-2, 154-1
First issued on German Columbia LWX 349 through 352

Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn
Cover artwork based on a photograph of Václav Talich

Total duration: 65:52