Notes and Editorial Reviews
January 8th, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Carl Schuricht. This release of two live recordings made in 1961 and 1962 pays tribute to a renowned conductor who was only to enjoy great international fame in his old age - as one of teh last representatives of the generation of the old German conductors, and as a master of the classical and romantic repertoire. ''Neither recreating a facade nor exposing feelings'' was how Carl Schuricht once summarized his artistic credo. These two Lucerne live recordings document the compelling persuasiveness and the intensity that Schuricht's interpretational style - his tremendously inspired objectivity, entirely at the service of the music - could develop: in Mozart's final Piano Concerto, K 595 in B flat major, Schuricht proves to be a sensitive accompanist. Together with the French pianist Robert Casadesus he manages to strike the distinctive tone of this concerto between simplicity and noblesse, innocence and wisdom, buffa nad elegy. In cooperation with Audite, Lucerne Festival presents the ''Historic Performances'' series featuring outstanding concert recordings of artists who have shaped the festival throughout its history. The aim of this album edition is to rediscover treasures - most of which have not been released previously - from the first six decades of the festival, which was founded in 1938 with a special gala concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini. These recordings have been made available by the archives of SRF Swiss Radio and Television, which has broadcast the Lucerne concerts from the outset.