Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by George P, Jan 7, 2015.
How is the box new? Was it remastered again? I thought it was 8-CD in the last iteration ...
The DG box Ferenc Fricsay – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Vol.1: Orchestral Works (45 CDs) also has a few recordings with Annie Fischer.
I didn't get it.
Her Beethoven PC 3 with him is the best that I have heard.
Really? I did not know Annie Fischer had recorded with DG? Did she ever record works of JS Bach?
Is this the box you have?
No, I don't have that. I have the older EMI issues of most of that stuff.
She recorded these works for DG with Ferenc Fricsay/Bavarian State Orchestra:
• Mozart: Rondos for Piano and Orchestra, K382; K386
• Beethoven: Piano Concerto 3, Op.37
It's available as a CD quality download from TheClassicShop http://www.theclassicalshop.net/Details.aspx?CatalogueNumber=IC 5113
The best recording of this piece IMO. Issued on LP in mono, and I believe this Artist Profile was the first stereo issue.
TheClassicShop has a few on other labels that may be public domain, ICA, Documents, Guild Historical and Archiphon. The oddest is the Brandenburg Cooncerto No. 5 in D, BWV 1050, conducted by Klemperer.
Three of those search results aren't Annie Fischer.
I've never investigated Annie Fischer--perhaps it's time I did!
It's hard to go wrong with this combo of musicians! Very good sound as well.
Or you could get it in this box for $75 and get 19 additional CDs for free:
(They don't have liner notes, though, if that's important to you.)
There could be a few other CD's in this box that are selling for big bucks as singles ...
1. Jascha Horenstein
Mahler: Symphony No. 8/Barker/Hatt/Giebel/Meyer/Watts/Neate/Orda/Van Mill/BBC Chorus/LSO stereo
2. Evegeny Mravinsky
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8/Leningrad Philharmonic stereo
3. Emil Gilels
Scarlatti: Sonatas K.141, 27, 125, 247, 533; Schumann: Piano Sonata No.1 Op.11; Prokofiev: Toccata Op.11 minor; Tchaikovsky: 3 Pieces from 'Six morceaux Op.19; Bach: Aria variata all maniera italiana BWV989
4. Arturo Toscanini
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis/Milanov/Thorborg/Von Pataky/Moscona/BBCSO & Chorus
5. Sviatoslav Richter
Chopin: Ballade No.3 Op.47, Scherzo No.4 Op.54, 4 Mazurkas Op.24, Barcarolle Op.60, Debussy: 10 Preludes from Book 1
6. Sviatoslav Richter
Chopin: Andante spiniato & Grande Polonaise Op.22; Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2; Hungarian Fantasy S123/LSO/Kondrashin
7. Carlo Maria Giulini
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6/Philharmonia
8. Mstislav Rostropovich
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1/Leningrad Philharmonic/Rozhdestvensky; Schumann: Cello Concerto/LSO/Britten; Haydn: Trio XV:16 (with Emil Gilels & Leonid Kogan)
9. Dennis Brain
Beethoven: Quintet Op.16 for Wind Ensemble; Dukas: Villanelle; Marais: Le Basque; Mozart: Quintet K.407 Brahms: Tro Op.40
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, Mussorgsky: Songs (with Vishnevskaya) /LSO stereo
Schubert Lieder/Johnson/Isepp/Parsons stereo
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor; Sonetto 104 del Petrarca; Berceuse; Valse oubliee; Haydn: Andante & Variations Hob.XV11.6; Schubert: 3 Impromptus D899/2; D899/3; D899/4
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto/RPO/Del Mar; Brahms Violin Concerto/LPO/Sargent
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2/Philharmonia/Giulini; Chopin: Ballade No.1 Op.23; Mazurka Op.56/3; Scherzo Op.54/Etude Op.10/6; Etude Op.10/8; Etude Op.10/9; Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise brillante Op.22
Cherubini: Anacreon Overture, Wagner: Siegfried Idyll, Debussy: Iberia, Schumann: Symphony No.4, Berlioz: Marche Hongroise/BBCSO & LSO
16.Sir Thomas Beecham
Chabrier: Gwendoline Overrture & Espana; Mozart: Divertimento K.131 (excerpts); Delius: Brigg Fair; Sains-Saens: Le Rouet d'Omphale, Berlioz: Royal Hunt & Storm; Massenet: La Vierge: Sommeil de la vierge; Debussy: L'Enfant prodique: Cortege et Air de danse/RPO
Schubert: Piano Sonata D566; Impromptu D935/2, Brahms: 4 Ballades Op.10; Romance Op.118/5; Intermezzo Op.118/6; Intermezzo Op.76/4; Schumann: Piano Sonata No.2 Op.22 stereo
18.Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas K11,332,172: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 Op.111; Clementi: Piano Sonata Op.12/1, Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 Op.35
Beethoven: Piano Sonata ' Moonlight' Op.27/2 & 32 Variations WoO8O; Chopin: Scherzo No.3 Op.39; Mozart: Piano Sonata No.14 K.457; Kodaly: Dances of Marosszek; Haydn: Andante & Variations Hob XV11.6 stereo/mono
Shostakovich Symphony No.4; Katerina Ismailova Suite/Philharmonia stereo
I read this opinion today.
“It says something about Haydn’s aesthetic vision that the best performances of his symphonies, by and large, have all been on modern instruments, whether Szell and Cleveland, Bernstein with various orchestras, Mackerras and St. Lukes, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra–even Klemperer or Scherchen.”
I know some here on this forum promote the period instrument approach, but I have come down on the side of modern instruments for his symphonies. I do like Adam Fischer also, but not to the exclusion of other conductors. For instance, Bruno Walter has a delightful recording of the Oxford symphony No. 98 with the Orchestre De La Societe Des Concerts Du Conservatoire in Paris 1938.
I have probably given more of my time listening to period instrument approaches to his symphonies than to my preferred performances – trying to decipher the appeal of period instrument approach. For example, I have been listening to Christopher Hogwood’s period instrument Haydn box. I don’t have a quarrel with his conducting. But the sound eventually puts me off. There are too few instruments for my taste (despite what an American professor told Hogwood about Haydn’s forces). The sound is too lean. Then we come to the sound of the lead violinist. It grates. If I had been Haydn, I would have given up composing after the first 24 symphonies if my lead violinist sounded like that.
I braved the elements to get this CD from USPS..Travelled from the fatherland!
I totally agree with you. In the past I enjoyed some HIP recordings of Mozart and Haydn, but nowadays I just can't. I can't stand the shrill vibratoless string-quart-sized violins, the trash-cans tympani, the out of balance brass and the unmusical and metronomic conducting. listening to Bernstein with the Wiener PO or Karajan and the BPO in Haydn just sounds like a different composer than what you hear with Hogwood et al., the HIP orchestras just sound like school bands in comparison (and I don't care whether it's 'historically accurate' or not, I only care whether it sounds good).
You didn't mention the source of the quote; it was David Hurwitz who wrote that in his review of the George Szell Haydn Symphonies set on the Classics Today site:
That said, I love my HIP Haydn sets by Christopher Hogwood, Roy Goodman (though the sound is too spacey), Trevor Pinnock, Frans Brüggen, Bruno Weil, and Sigiswald Kuijken, as well as the non-HIP recordings by George Szell (excellent), Colin Davis and a few others - but not Herbert von Karajan or Leonard Bernstein
I imagine he didn't mention it because he didn't want to weaken his argument.
Personally, I only have problems with Beethoven Symphonies performed on period instruments, as those works should have big sound IMO. As Haydn was a transition figure between the baroque and the classical periods, I feel that I can live with the leaner sound of an HIP ensemble performing his symphonies ...
Sorry, man. Just a joke. And was intended to be at Hurwitz's expense.
I wonder who has a larger circle of followers, David Hurwitz or Norman Lebrecht?
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