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Bruckner: Symphony No 9; Berg: Violin Concerto; Schubert: Rosamunde Overture / Keilberth, Berlin PO

Bruckner / Berg / Schubert / Ferras / Berlin Orch
Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1472  
Composer:  Franz SchubertAlban BergAnton Bruckner
Performer:  Christian Ferras
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Conducting is only a means to an end, never an end in itself. Making music is everything – and the less conducting draws attention to itself, the more beautiful the music will be and truly stir our hearts”. - Joseph Keilberth

Keilberth was a great Wagnerian conductor and recorded the first-ever stereo Ring (Testament 1412.) If both the Bruckner and the Schubert overture which opened this 1960 concert were Keilberth regulars, the Berg Violin Concerto was a newcomer to his repertoire that became a personal favourite; it was also his first-ever Berg score. He prepared it for the first time in December 1955 for a Hamburg State Opera concert with André Gertler. “It’s really coming together now”, he noted, “but much
Read more still sounds as if it’s wrong”. A little later he wrote to his son Thomas: “I’m pleased that the Berg Concerto now means more to you. For me, it’s the only 12-tone work that I like”. Then, by the 1965/66 season, Keilberth was replying to a questionnaire about his “Ten 20thcentury Masterworks of Music”. The Berg Concerto had become his No.2 choice, just ahead of Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks but losing out to Hindemith. - Testament
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 1, Overture (D 644) by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: August, 1960  
2.
Concerto for Violin by Alban Berg
Performer:  Christian Ferras (Violin)
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Austria 
Date of Recording: August, 1960  
3.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: August, 1960  

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