Icon - Bruno Walter: The Early Years

Release Date: 3/13/2012
Catalog Number: 5099967902620
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Number of Discs: 9

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
elebrated as an outstanding conductor in an era of great conducting, Walter favored the Austro-German repertory all well-represented in this collection. While he championed the works of Mahler and actively sought new music for much of his life his fame lay in his exquisite recordings of Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. This collection includes 8CDs of his finest recordings and a new 60 minute documentary recounting the great conductor and aspects of his life. Treating his players as colleagues, he drew a sensuous tone from the orchestra, employing rubato with consummate skill, juxtaposing fierce drama and warm lyricism. He sought to penetrate ‘to the core’ of a composition and, detesting ‘routine’ performances, continually endeavored to present a piece ‘as if it were receiving its world première’. About the documentary: BRUNO WALTER – THE MASTERY BEHIND THE MAGIC Bruno Walter stands in history as one of the few conductors who is almost unfailingly described as inspirational by those who performed with him. Often it has been said that he cast a magic spell over musicians, in a different way but to a similar extent as Wilhelm Furtwangler, Sir Thomas Beecham and, nearer our own time, Carlos Kleiber. But there was far more than just magic behind the acclaimed results he achieved, as is borne out by the contributors to this feature who from their personal experiences recall the mastery as well as the inspiration behind Bruno Walter’s music making. There are memories from former members of the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra, with recollections stretching as far back as 1929, and there is music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Mahler.

TRACKLISTING
CD1: Mozart: 1]-[3] Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466: Bruno Walter, piano // [4]-[6] Symphony No. 38 in D, K504 “Prague”// [7]-[10]Serenade No. 13 in G, K525 “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”: Wiener Philharmoniker
CD2: Mozart: [1] Overture “Le nozze di Figaro”, K492 : British Symphony Orchestra // [2]-[5] Symphony No. 38 in D, K504 “Prague” : B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra // [6] Overture “La Clemenza di Tito”, K621 // [7] Overture “Le finta giardiniera”, K196 // [8]-[11]Symphony No. 41 in C, K551 “Jupiter”: Wiener Philharmoniker
CD3: Mozart: [1]-[14]Requiem in D minor, K626: Elisabeth Schumann, soprano ● Kerstin Thorborg, contralto - Anton Dermota, tenor ● Alexander Kipnis, bass, Wiener Staatsopernchor // [15]-[17]3 Deutsche Tänze, K605: Wiener Philharmoniker
CD4: van Beethoven: 1]-[5] Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral” : Wiener Philharmoniker // Haydn: [6]-[9] Symphony No. 92 in G, Hob.I.92 “Oxford” // J. Strauss: [10] Die Fledermaus: Overture: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris
CD5: Schubert: [1]-[2] Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 “Unfinished” // Wagner: 3] Siegfried Idyll: Wiener Philharmoniker // [ 4] Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Act 1: Prelude: British Symphony Orchestra // Mahler: [5]-[9] Kindertotenlieder (Rückert): Kathleen Ferrier, contralto, Wiener Philharmoniker
CD6: Wagner: Die Walküre: [1]-[13] Act I // [14]-[17] Act2, Scene 3: Lotte Lehmann, Sieglinde ● Lauritz Melchior, Siegmund, Emanuel List, Hunding, Ella Flesch, Brünnhilde ● Alfred Jerger, Wotan, Wiener Philharmoniker
CD7: Mahler: [1]-[6] Das Lied von der Erde (from “Die chinesiche Flöte”) (Bethge): Kerstin Thorborg, contralto ● Charles Kullmann, tenor // Rückert-Lieder: [7] Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen : Kerstin Thorborg, contralto // Symphony No. 5 in C# minor: [8] IV. Adagietto: Wiener Philharmoniker
CD8: Mahler: [1]-[4]Symphony No. 9 in D major: Wiener Philharmoniker
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Bruno Walter (Piano)
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1808 ;
5. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: British Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Symphony no 92 in G major, H 1 no 92 "Oxford" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Period: Classical
Written: 1789 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary
7. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: British Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
8. Die Walküre: Act 2, Scene 5 by Richard Wagner
Performer: Lotte Lehmann (Soprano), Alfred Jerger (Bass), Emanuel List (Bass), Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Ella Flesch (Soprano)
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
9. Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Requiem in D minor, K 626 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Alexander Kipnis (Bass), Elisabeth Schumann (Soprano), Anton Dermota (Tenor), Kerstin Thorborg (Alto)
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Serenade no 13 in G major, K 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Vienna, Austria
12. German Dances (3), K 605 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
13. La finta giardiniera, K 196: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1775 ; Munich, Germany
14. La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Prague, Czech Republ
15. Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1870 ; Germany
17. Symphony no 9 in D major by Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1908-1909 ; Austria
18. Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Kathleen Ferrier (Alto)
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1904 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Charles Kullman (Tenor), Kerstin Thorborg (Soprano)
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1908-1909 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Rückert Lieder (5): no 3, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Gustav Mahler
Performer: Kerstin Thorborg (Soprano)
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1902 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor: Bruno Walter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1902 ; Vienna, Austria
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