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Hans Knappertsbusch At The Wiener Festwochen, 1962 / Nilsson, Backhaus

Beethoven / Nilsson
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107347  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRichard Wagner
Performer:  Wilhelm BackhausBirgit Nilsson
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The reading is illumined by his grasp of colour, his delicate execution and his sheer joy in purveying the composer’s ideas as if he had alighted upon them for the first time. ...Nilsson’s voice emerges out of the stillness of the Tristan Prelude in glorious form, steady and gleaming in Isolde’s transfiguration."

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN / RICHARD WAGNER Hans Knappertsbusch and the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Wiener Festwochen, 1962
Wilhelm Backhaus, piano / Birgit Nilsson, soprano
Wiener Philharmoniker / Hans Knappertsbusch, conductor

R E V I E W S:

Gramophone
"Knappertsbusch had given up conducting at the State Opera and at the Salzburg Festival
Read more when Karajan was put in charge of both organisations in 1957, but he continued to conduct the VPO. In his mid-seventies at the time of these concerts, he remained indomitable and uncompromising. His rangy, slightly unkempt looks tell of his refusal to become a personality or indeed have much truck with audience applause: in every case here, after one bow, he leaves the soloists to take the limelight... He is at his most pawky in Leonore 3, the reading slow and undramatic. Once joined by the 78-year-old Backhaus, he is transformed. Backhaus gives an interpretation of the G major Concerto that is a distillation of all his years in the composer’s service. The reading is illumined by his grasp of colour, his delicate execution and his sheer joy in purveying the composer’s ideas as if he had alighted upon them for the first time. In the finale the years fall away as the two veterans make the music fleet and dance-like. Backhaus rightly receives a spontaneous ovation...Nilsson’s voice emerges out of the stillness of the Tristan Prelude in glorious form, steady and gleaming in Isolde’s transfiguration. Then at the height of her powers, she discloses her amazing facility as regards technique and a control of nuance, both virtually unheard-of today." - Alan Blyth, GRAMOPOPHONE (Review of the original video release of the exact same concert on TDK)

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Mono / Dolby Digital Mono
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 81 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 5)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Leonore Overture no 3 in C major, Op. 72a by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805-1806; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod (with voice) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 

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