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.
CD1: Mozart: 1]- Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466: Bruno Walter, piano // - Symphony No. 38 in D, K504 “Prague”// -Serenade No. 13 in G, K525 “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”: Wiener Philharmoniker
CD2: Mozart:  Overture “Le nozze di Figaro”, K492 : British Symphony Orchestra // - Symphony No. 38 in D, K504 “Prague” : B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra //  Overture “La Clemenza di Tito”, K621 //  Overture “Le finta giardiniera”, K196 // -Symphony No. 41 in C, K551 “Jupiter”: Wiener Philharmoniker
CD3: Mozart: -Requiem in D minor, K626: Elisabeth Schumann, soprano ● Kerstin Thorborg, contralto - Anton Dermota, tenor ● Alexander Kipnis, bass, Wiener Staatsopernchor // -3 Deutsche Tänze, K605: Wiener Philharmoniker
CD4: van Beethoven: 1]- Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral” : Wiener Philharmoniker // Haydn: - Symphony No. 92 in G, Hob.I.92 “Oxford” // J. Strauss:  Die Fledermaus: Overture: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris
CD5: Schubert: - 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: - Kindertotenlieder (Rückert): Kathleen Ferrier, contralto, Wiener Philharmoniker
CD6: Wagner: Die Walküre: - Act I // - Act2, Scene 3: Lotte Lehmann, Sieglinde ● Lauritz Melchior, Siegmund, Emanuel List, Hunding, Ella Flesch, Brünnhilde ● Alfred Jerger, Wotan, Wiener Philharmoniker
CD7: Mahler: - Das Lied von der Erde (from “Die chinesiche Flöte”) (Bethge): Kerstin Thorborg, contralto ● Charles Kullmann, tenor // Rückert-Lieder:  Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen : Kerstin Thorborg, contralto // Symphony No. 5 in C# minor:  IV. Adagietto: Wiener Philharmoniker
CD8: Mahler: -Symphony No. 9 in D major: Wiener Philharmoniker