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Mahler, Wagner, Haydn & Brahms: Works for Orchestra


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This set of ‘live’ authorized recordings featuring the highly distinguished conductor Bruno Walter with the BBC Symphony Orchestra comes from the BBC’s annual May Festival, held in London in 1955. None of these recordings has been published before, and in the case of Wagner’s Faust Overture, this is Walter’s only post-war account. The mid-1950s saw Walter at the height of his powers, and the ‘live’ recordings here are very focused, having a great sense of forward movement and excitement – most notably in Haydn’s Symphony No.96 and Mahler’s Symphony No.1 – compared to some of the studio accounts in the early 1960s when Walter was well into his 80s. The set also contains Walter with the great German soprano Irmgard Seefried in ‘Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen’ from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which illustrates both her superb artistry and his genius as a Mahler conductor. Brahms’s Song of Destiny (Schicksalslied), a Walter favorite, completes the set. All recordings have been sourced from the Richard Itter archive, as Beecham caught ‘live’ often showed the mercurial side of his character, and no performance was the same either in the studio or in the concert hall. All the performances included here from the Edinburgh Festival, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the BBC Studios are from Beecham’s final years, from 1954 when he had fully established the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and himself as central figures in England’s musical life, to 1959 when he conducted an extraordinarily memorable account of Brahms’s Symphony No.2. Every broadcast is captured here in exemplary sound for the time.
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Item number ICAC5151
Barcode 5060244551510
Release date 10/5/2018
Category Orchestral
Label ICA CLASSICS (CD)
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Conductor Walter, Bruno
Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan"00:55:00
1 Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan": I. Langsam, sch 00:12:08 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
2 Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan": II. Kräftig bew 00:06:23 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
3 Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan": III. Feierlich 00:11:51 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
4 Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan": IV. Stürmisch b 00:19:18 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
Des Knaben Wunderhorn00:50:00
5 Des Knaben Wunderhorn: No. 9, Wo die schönen Tromp 00:05:13 Seefried, Irmgard Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 2
Eine Faust-Ouvertüre, WWV 5900:12:00
1 Eine Faust-Ouvertüre, WWV 59 00:12:02 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 96 in D Major, Hob. I:96 "The Miracle00:16:00
2 Symphony No. 96 in D Major, Hob. I:96 "Miracle": I 00:05:33 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
3 Symphony No. 96 in D Major, Hob. I:96 "Miracle": I 00:05:59 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
4 Symphony No. 96 in D Major, Hob. I:96 "Miracle": I 00:05:36 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
5 Symphony No. 96 in D Major, Hob. I:96 "Miracle": I 00:03:28 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra
Schicksalslied, Op. 5400:16:00
6 Schicksalslied, Op. 54 00:13:46 Walter, Bruno BBC Symphony Orchestra BBC Symphony Chorus
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