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Erich Kleiber At NBC - Four Complete Concerts From 1947-48


Release Date: 11/26/2002 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1112   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinManuel de FallaArcangelo CorelliFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Claudio Arrau
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 3 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Connoisseurs of historical performances will certainly know the famous photograph taken at a reception in Berlin in 1929, showing conductors Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Erich Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, and Wilhelm Furtwangler. Kleiber was the youngest of these esteemed maestros, and today remains perhaps the least known of them. This situation is doubtless due in part to the fact that of the five, he by far had the smallest recorded legacy and certainly the fewest appearances in the US. These circumstances should not however, lead us to underestimate Kleiber, who in 1923, became the youngest Generalmusikdirector in Germany, at that country's premiere opera house, the Berlin Staatsoper. He had a falling out with Nazi leaders and left Read more Berlin in 1935, becoming a wanderer and guesting at various European venues. He settled with his family in Chile in 1940, conducting mainly at the Teatro Colon during the war, as well as in Havana. When hostilities ended, he did not immediately return to Europe as might be expected. He did however, accept an invitation to lead the NBC Symphony in four concerts in February-March 1946. Toscanini appreciated his music making and Kleiber was invited back for another quartet of concerts presented in this CD set, which contains a broad cross-section of his symphonic repertory favorites. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 27 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2. La vida breve: Interlude and Dance by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3. Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 8 in G minor "Christmas" by Arcangelo Corelli
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 5 in B flat major, D 485 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 23 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5. Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6. Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7. Carnival Overture, Op. 92 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/03/1948 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8. Wood Dove, Op. 110/B 198: Wedding Dance by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 01/03/1948 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9. Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/03/1948 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 41 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10. Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/10/1948 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11. Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/10/1948 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 47 Minutes 5 Secs. 
12. Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 79 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Claudio Arrau (Piano)
Conductor:  Erich Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/20/1947 
Venue:  Live  New York City 
Length: 16 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2 in B minor: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 2 in B minor: II. Scherzo: Prestissimo. Trio: Allegretto
Symphony No. 2 in B minor: III. Andante
Symphony No. 2 in B minor: IV. Finale: Allegro
Konzertstuck in F minor, Op. 79, J. 282
La vida breve: Interlude and Spanish Dance
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, "Christmas Concerto": I. Vivace - Grave - II. Allegro
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, "Christmas Concerto": III. Adagio - Allegro
Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, "Christmas Concerto": IV. Vivace - V. Allegro - VI. Pastorale ad libitum
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485: I. Allegro
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485: III. Menuetto: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485: IV. Allegro vivace
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), Op. 325
Der Zigeunerbaron: (The Gypsy Baron): Overture

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