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Early Concerto Recordings (1934-1943)


Release Date: 07/30/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459002   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Igor StravinskyJohannes BrahmsRobert SchumannJean Sibelius,   ... 
Performer:  Samuel DushkinElly NeyTibor de MachulaEnrico Mainardi,   ... 
Conductor:  Igor StravinskyMax FiedlerPaul Van KempenArmas Järnefelt,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...My one criticism of this admirable set is that, in some cases, significant recordings are represented by individual movements — which means that only the third movement of Elly Ney's 1939 Brahms Second Concerto, the first of Melichar's 1934 Fifth Brandenburg Concerto and the finales to Schumann's Cello Concerto (Mainardi) and Sibelius's Violin Concerto (Ignatius) are included. On the other hand, we do hear Geza Anda's rare 1943 recording of Schumann's Etudes symphoniques [on DG 459003] complete, as well as the whole of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto with Samuel Dushkin as soloist and the composer himself conducting. Both are memorable...
Read more /> -- Gramophone [12/1998, reviewing the Centenary Collection box set]

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The only complete concerto here is Stravinsky's for violin in its premiere (1935) recording with Samuel Dushkin and the composer conducting, an account that has been available for some time on a Biddulph CD that I have not heard. The DG transfer is one of the best in this set: It is relatively quiet and has ample presence. Despite some technical slips from the soloist, the performance features an apt tartness absent from the solo playing in Stravinsky's stereo remake with violinst Isaac Stern...

-- Mortimer H. Frank, FANFARE [5/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin in D major by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Samuel Dushkin (Violin)
Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; France 
Date of Recording: 1935 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83: 3rd movement, Andante-Più adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Elly Ney (Piano), Tibor de Machula (Cello)
Conductor:  Max Fiedler
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129: 3rd Movement, Sehr lebhaft by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Enrico Mainardi (Cello)
Conductor:  Paul Van Kempen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47: 3rd movement, Allegro ma non tanto by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Anja Ignatius (Violin)
Conductor:  Armas Järnefelt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/26/1943 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Franz Rupp (Harpsichord), Siegfried Borries (Violin), Friedrich Thomas (Flute)
Conductor:  Alois Melichar
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/21/1934 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K 382 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Van Kempen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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