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The Art Of Dimitri Mitropoulos Vol. 2 - Broadcast Performances 1945-1955 - Mahler, Bach, Et Al


Release Date: 08/12/2008 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1214   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerJohann Sebastian BachSergei ProkofievEdouard Lalo,   ... 
Performer:  Dimitri MitropoulosZino FrancescattiDorothy Dow
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony OrchestraNBC Symphony OrchestraNBC Symphony Orchestra members
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 4 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Few great conductors can be classified by just a few characteristics. Although this cautionary remark applies to Dimitri Mitropoulos, it seems safe to say that, among other things, he was renowned for (1) performances of intensity and animation, (2) his willingness, even eagerness, to explore unfamiliar repertory, and (3) his photographic memory. Ample evidence of the first two characteristics can be heard in this collection of live performances, many previously unreleased, with the Philharmonic-Symphony and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in repertoire with which his career was closely associated. The two volumes include works by Busoni, to whose circle he had belonged as a student in Berlin, the Twelve-tone Viennese masters for whom he fought Read more major cultural battles, Prokofiev, whose Third Piano Concerto he had premiered in Berlin, Richard Strauss, whose romantic program music appealed to his soul, and Mahler, whose inner landscape he found congenial and helped popularize in his decades in America. Digital restorations in 2008 utilizing the revolutionary "harmonic balancing" technique". Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
2.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dimitri Mitropoulos (Piano)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Dimitri Mitropoulos (Piano)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1921; USA 
4.
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Zino Francescatti (Violin)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1923; USSR 
6.
Symphony no 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; England 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 10 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Erwartung, Op. 17 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Dorothy Dow (Soprano)
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
9.
Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic": 4th movement, Allegro moderato by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904/1906; Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig
Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": III. Scherzo: Wuchtig
Symphony No. 6 in A minor, "Tragic": IV. Finale: Allegro moderato - Allegro energico
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: III. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: I. Andante - Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: II. Tema con variazioni
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: III. Allegro ma non troppo
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: II. Scherzando: Allegro molto
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: III. Andante
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: IV. Rondo: Allegro

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