WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Icon: Carl Schuricht - The Complete Emi Recordings

Schuricht,Carl
Release Date: 09/18/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 23379   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenAnton Bruckner
Performer:  Wilma LippMarga HöffgenMurray DickieGottlob Frick
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire ParisElisabeth Brasseur ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $54.99
CD:  $49.99
In Stock



Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bruckner seems to be a hot composer these days, judging from the volume of releases pouring in from all sides, and those are the performances in this set likely to get the most attention from collectors. Who needs another Beethoven cycle, and one with a French orchestra at that? However, EMI has already released the Eighth and Ninth Symphonies separately; only the Third is being newly reissued here. The excellence of these swift, intelligent, and always musical recordings is well known, so if you haven’t heard them then by all means you should consider this box, whose true value actually lies, believe it or not, in the reissue of Schuricht’s remarkable Beethoven cycle with the Paris Conservatory Orchestra.

It’s no disservice
Read more to Schuricht to suggest that the orchestra is more important in terms of the Beethoven discography than is the conductor. François Habeneck founded this orchestra in 1828 specifically to introduce the symphonies of Beethoven to the Parisian public. I’m not sure how many of those original players were still active when these recordings were made in the 1950s (Habeneck died in 1849), but because the ensemble had as its basis the professors and students of the singularly hermetic Paris Conservatory, it maintained an unbroken performance tradition until it was absorbed into the Orchestre de Paris in 1967, at which time its unique timbral qualities vanished forever.

I have always felt that this orchestra’s sonority–the lean but gutsy strings, nimble woodwinds, and piercing brass with plenty of trumpet vibrato–comes closer to a true Beethoven sound then any Viennese or period instrument group. You can hear these qualities plainly in evidence at the opening of the Finale of the Fifth Symphony (sound clip attached). Just listen to how “decompacted” the textures are, and this is where Schuricht’s genius as a conductor comes into play. His concerns for precise rhythm, ensemble clarity, and for bringing out important details such as (in this example) Beethoven’s bass lines, go right to the orchestra’s strengths, while serving Beethoven equally well. Other versions may sound more majestic, more conventionally noble, but has anyone ever captured the music’s parade-ground, rabble rousing, revolutionary qualities as do Schuricht and his players here? And let’s not deny Schuricht the credit he deserves for getting these traditionally touchy musicians to give Beethoven a 100% collective effort.

So there’s no need to discuss the individual performances in detail. They are all of a piece, consistently idiomatic from the First Symphony through the Ninth, and above all characterful in a way that you simply don’t hear these days. The mono sonics are as vivid and clear as the interpretations themselves. This set, then, remains a landmark in the history of Beethoven interpretation, and the best-sounding link in a chain that, more than any other performance tradition in any other country, takes us back to the time of the composer himself.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
3.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
4.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
5.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
6.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
8.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
9.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilma Lipp (Soprano), Marga Höffgen (Alto), Murray Dickie (Tenor),
Gottlob Frick (Bass)
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Language: German 
10.
Symphony no 3 in D minor, WAB 103 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1965 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 55 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1963 
12.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1961 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In