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Gunter Wand - The Radio Recordings

Mozart / Wdr Sinfonieorchester Koln / Wand
Release Date: 10/29/2013 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 13038   Spars Code: DDD 
Number of Discs: 20 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gu?nter Wand (1912-2002) left us dozens of gramophone records: complete symphonic cycles and impressive live recordings of his concerts with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. The archetypical anti-star all his life and for that very reason under-appreciated, this conductor only attained international recognition in his old age as an unequalled interpreter of classical music. Accordingly, most of these multiple-award-winning benchmark recordings date from his later years.

All the more important, then, are Wand's copious radio recordings from earlier days. He was active in almost all the ARD public-service stations, and there is ample musical evidence of his work. The aim of the posthumous Wand Edition is
Read more to use these studio recordings and broadcast concerts to explore aspects of his musical achievement not represented on the commercial recordings that were released during his lifetime. The best of the recordings in the various broadcasting archives, subjected to the most advanced digital techniques, may give the listener an idea of the extraordinary wide range of repertoire commanded by this great conductor.

Very few recordings survive from the early post-war years; most of the tapes were wiped after the broadcast and re-used. The 1950s and early 1960s saw a move to archiving quality recordings, and from the start, Gu?nter Wand's performances fell into this category. If we examine these archive resources with the aim of filling gaps in the repertoire left by the discs that appeared in Wand's lifetime, the Classical era presents us with previously unpublished sacred works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, including a number of great masses and the serenade music that Wand so loved. Then there is the French repertoire of the 19th and early 20th century, as essential to the posthumous edition as the contemporary music that meant so much to Gu?nter Wand - compositions by Tadeusz Baird, Wolfgang Fortner, Gyo?rgy Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, Carl Orff, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern and Bernd Alois Zimmermann.

The Edition will also shed light on Gu?nter Wand's fruitful collaboration with great artists of his time. It includes concertos with pianists such as Robert Casadesus, Rudolf Firkusny, Emil Gilels and Nikita Magaloff and violinists like Edith Peinemann and Ruggiero Ricci and vocal works with a galaxy of noted singers, among them Martina Arroyo, Margaret Marshall, Anny Schlemm, Werner Krenn and Anita Westhoff (who would later become Wand's second wife). Read less

Sound Samples

Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250, "Haffner": I. Allegro maestoso - Allegro molto
Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250, "Haffner": II. Andante
Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250, "Haffner": III. Menuetto - Trio
Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250, "Haffner": IV. Rondeau: Allegro
Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250, "Haffner": V. Menuetto galante - Trio
Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250, "Haffner": VI. Andante
Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250, "Haffner": VII. Menuetto - Trio I - Trio II
Serenade No. 7 in D Major, K. 250, "Haffner": VIII. Adagio - Allegro assai
Bella mia fiamma, addio, K. 528: Bella mia fiamma... Resta, o cara, K. 528
3 Petites liturgies de la Presence Divine: I. Antienne de la conversation interieure
3 Petites liturgies de la Presence Divine: II. Sequence du verbe, cantique divin
3 Petites liturgies de la Presence Divine: III. Psalmodie de l'ubiquite par amour
6 Pieces, Op. 6
5 Pieces, Op. 10
Cantata No. 1, Op. 29
Aulodie for oboe and orchestra: Introduction - Allegro - Epilpgue - Caprice - Interlude - Variations

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