Rafael Kubelik: The Munich Symphonic Recordings / Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 5/24/2019
Label: Orfeo
Catalog Number: ORF-C981115
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 15

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Although all of this live material has been released previously (and most of it also recorded by Kubelík commercially), this box is far from complete. There are no concertos, for example, and Orfeo released more Hartmann, a Handel Concerto Grosso, and choral works as well. Granted, this set features “symphonic recordings,” but it would have been ideal for collectors to have everything in the series in one place. The repertoire also mixes the live, “red label” issues with some of Orfeo’s very earliest releases, such as the Smetana Ma Vlast and Brahms symphonies.

There are four truly outstanding performances among these fifteen discs: Dvorák’s Sixth Symphony, Janácek’s Sinfonietta, Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, and Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. The Hartmann Symphonic Hymns is very good too (and hard to find otherwise). The rest of the Dvorák (Symphonies 7-9 and the two serenades) is mostly fine, even if Kubelik has already done excellent work in this repertoire. The same holds true of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a performance interestingly different from Kubelik’s benchmark version with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Haydn (Symphony No 99) and Mozart (Symphonies 25, 38, 40 and 41) are standard, big-band classical repertoire with no outstanding features, and the same might be said of the good but not great Beethoven’s Ninth, the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Corsaire Overture, the Bruckner Eighth, and the Smetana and Brahms pieces already mentioned.

The recordings date from 1963-85, and the sonics range from decent broadcast quality to superb.

– ClassicsToday.com (David Hurwitz)
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 99 in E flat major, H 1 no 99 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1793 ; Vienna, Austria
2. Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1773 ;
3. Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1788 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Hans Sotin (Bass), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), Helen Donath (Soprano), Horst Laubenthal (Tenor)
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1822-1824 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1876 ; Austria
8. Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877 ; Austria
9. Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; Austria
10. Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885 ; Austria
11. Symphony no 6 in D major, Op. 60/B 112 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Bohemia
12. Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; Bohemia
13. Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884-1885 ; Bohemia
14. Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Bohemia
15. Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Bohemia
16. Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; USA
17. Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
18. Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891-1896 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; France
20. Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; France
21. Má vlast by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Czech Republic
22. Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Brno, Czech Republic
23. Symphonic Hymns by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ;
24. Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106 by Béla Bartók
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Budapest, Hungary
25. Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
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