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Fritz Busch - His Complete Dresden Recordings 1923-1932


Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 7032   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartBedrich SmetanaJohann Strauss Jr.Franz von Suppé,   ... 
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

FRITZ BUSCH AND DRESDEN The unpublished musical legacy, complete for the first time on 3 CDs, 1 DVD and a 190 page booklet.

He was the music director of the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra for ten years, succeeding the legendary Ernst von Schuch. For ten years he was also the director of the Dresden Opera House, or the "Semperoper" as it is now called. During that time he worked his fingers to the bone and went home only to sleep, something even his political opponents acknowledged. In the decade in which he worked in Dresden, Fritz Busch's achievements were incredible. He virtually "remoulded" the opera company, which was beginning to show its age, he directed important premières, such as
Read more the German première of Puccini's last opera Turandot, Hindemith's Cardillac and The Egyptian Helen by Richard Strauss, and he initiated the German and European Verdi renaissance from Dresden. Busch was successful. After the defeat of the First World War, his leadership brought international recognition for the Staatskapelle and the Opera House. But despite all his successes, Busch's "exit" from Dresden came on March 7, 1933, as he himself noted laconically in his diary. He was driven out of the Opera House and stripped of his office before a performance of Rigoletto, in a plot engineered not only by his political opponents but also by the orchestra and the opera company, for whom Busch's radical and uncompromising approach to restructuring the opera company had long been a thorn in the side. The justification given was simple: Busch associated with Jews, had prohibited swastikas from being hung from the Opera House's façade, and was more than critical of the new regime.

Fritz Busch was one of the first well-known artists of international standing to be forced to emigrate because of their political views just a few weeks after the National Socialists came to power.

Today – 75 years after the scandalous events in Dresden – this dark time has finally been reviewed with historical accuracy as part of the EDITION STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN.

This series, comprising 2 CDs of all the recordings made between 1923 and 1926 and the legendary live broadcast of a Staatskapelle concert from the Berlin Philharmonic Hall in 1931, and one DVD of extensive documentation, many as yet unknown pictures and an early sound film, the overture to Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser, recorded in the old Dresden Opera House in 1932, represents the most comprehensive acoustic documentation of Fritz Busch's achievements in Dresden available anywhere in the world. The sound recordings, which are extremely rare today, have been compiled from around the world, from Germany, to England, to the USA, to Singapore. The accompanying booklet comprises 190 pages and is a sensational bilingual documentation in German and English of the artistic achievements of Fritz Busch in Dresden and the events which led to his dismissal on March 7, 1933. This is an exciting piece of contemporary and music history; a chapter of history which was not spoken about for decades and which has now finally been opened up for everyone.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Written: 1866 
3.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Die schöne Galatea: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 
6.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
7.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: March of the priests by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Carmen: Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
10.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 3 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
11.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1a, Act 1 - Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
12.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543: 3rd movement, Minuet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60: Minuet by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
14.
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60: Minuet de Lully by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; Germany 
15.
Turandot: March of the mandarins by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
16.
Turandot: Olà, Pang! Olà Pong! by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
17.
Turandot: In questa reggia by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
18.
Turandot: Del primo pianto by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1925; Italy 
19.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
20.
La forza del destino: Nella guerra è la follia by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Italy 
21.
Tannhäuser: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
22.
Die ägyptische Helena, Op. 75: Zweite Brautnacht, Zaubernacht "Helen's Awakening" by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923-1927; Germany 
23.
Die ägyptische Helena, Op. 75: Bei jener Nacht by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923-1927; Germany 
24.
Die ägyptische Helena, Op. 75: Funeral March by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1923-1927; Germany 
25.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 

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