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Mitropoulos Conducts Schoenberg And Scriabin


Release Date: 12/16/2009 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 967   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Arnold SchoenbergAlexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The conductor’s Prometheus, the Poem of Fire (without wordless chorus; not uncommon during the period of recording) is Scriabin without the impressionistic gauze that often covers the piece on other recordings. In Mitropoulos’s reading, the work is mercurial, its buoyant rhythms never lost beneath the soaring thematic phrases. The conductor’s management of overlapping instrumental layers is striking: nothing is lost, all voices distinctly heard without sacrifice of impetuosity. It’s a too often made complaint by those of us who were raised in the 78-rpm and LP eras that there are digital releases of a given composition that supply less transparency and color than an old analog reissue; but in the case of this work, it certainly holds true. Read more For all its age, this is a welcome addition to the catalog.

As with Prometheus, so with Pelleas und Melisande. All too readily it is cloaked in an opulent, impressionistic haze, with Karajan/Berlin Phil providing a good example of this bad approach (DG 2GOR 457721). Mitropoulos, by contrast, exhibits commitment, clear-edged detail, and a naturally expressive pulse that makes Karajan sound like a well-oiled machine. He doesn’t round off the corners of this music, but balances the various orchestral lines in a way that brings out its more fiery, dramatic nature.

-- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/29/1953 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 
2.
Prometheus, Op. 60 "Poem of Fire" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1953 
Venue:  Live  Carnegie Hall, New York City 

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