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Herman Abendroth - Unissued Broadcast 1939-1950 / Abendroth


Release Date: 01/23/2001 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1065   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRichard WagnerRobert SchumannJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Bernd AldenhoffEdith LauxKarl PaulEva Fleischer,   ... 
Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraLeipzig Radio Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 4 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hermann Abendroth was a fixture on the German music scene for over fifty years and established a reputation as a fine conductor primarily through his efforts in the German and Viennese repertoire, particularly the works of composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. Abendroth was a direct, straightforward musician who scrupulously adhered to the composer's score yet was capable of great expressiveness and lyricism, as evidenced in his performance of Wagner's 'Faust' Overture included in this collection.
Abendroth's forceful style is ideally suited to works such as the Beethoven symphonies offered here: the Third and the Ninth. He demonstrates his ability to establish and maintain a solid rhythmic and harmonic foundation while
Read more exercising flexibility in the melodic lines in his expansive accounts of Brahms' Fourth Symphony and Schumann's Fourth as well. Beethoven is again represented through his Fourth Piano Concerto, featuring Wilhelm Kempf in a virtuosic performance with sensitive, fluent accompaniment by Abendroth. The sound quality of these broadcast performances varies greatly, but the well-annotated accompanying booklet contributes to making this a very informative collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/24/1949 
Venue:  Funkhaus Raum V, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 49 Minutes 56 Secs. 
2. Faust Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1844; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/22/1944 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Bernd Aldenhoff (Tenor), Edith Laux (Soprano), Karl Paul (Bass),
Eva Fleischer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig University Choir,  Leipzig Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/11/1950 
Venue:  Kongresshalle, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 69 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/28/1950 
Venue:  Funkhaus Raum V, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1841).
Composition revised: Germany (1851). 
5. Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/15/1950 
Venue:  Kongresshalle, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 40 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grosses Orchester des Reichssenders Breslau
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/13/1939 
Venue:  Breslau, Silesia now Wroclaw, Poland 
Length: 32 Minutes 55 Secs. 
7. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral": 4th movement, Finale by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Josef Greindl (Bass), Lea Piltti (Soprano), Lotte Wolf-Matthäus (Mezzo Soprano),
Heinz Matthei (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hermann Abendroth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1939 
Venue:  Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": II. Marcia funebre
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55, "Eroica": IV. Finale: Allegro molto
A Faust Overture
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral": I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral": II. Molto vivace
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral": III. Adagio molto e cantabile
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral": IV. Finale: Presto - Allegro assai

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