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May 2011 NEW RELEASES


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CD-1250(2) HAYDN - L'ANIMA DEL FILOSOFO OSSIA ORFEO ED EURIDICE, H. 28/13. The Haydn Society recording premiere. Orfeo ~ Herbert Handt; Euridice ~ Judith Hellwig. Creonte ~ Alfred Poell; Genio ~ Hedda Heusser; Pluto ~Walter Berry. First Corista ~ Richard Wadleigh; Second, Third, Fourth Coristas, Baccane, etc. ~ members of the Akademie Kammerchor, Vienna. Chorus of the Vienna State Opera & Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Harpsichord ~ Kurt Rapf; Conductor ~ Hans Swarowsky. From Vox OPBX 193 [orig. Haydn Society, HSL-2029, 3-12" LPs, 1951]. Recorded 1950 in Vienna; digital restoration (2011) by Lani Spahr. Notes by the late H.C. Robbins Landon, who discovered the original MS of the work and prepared a new edition on which this first recording was based. CD 1: 70:58 and CD 2: 54:28. UPC# 017685-12502-2.

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BUZZ: Prof. Robbins Landon writes: "L'anima del filosofo is one of Haydn's most impressive works and likewise one of the great monuments to opera seria; if it fails as opera, it fails magnificently, as did Mozart's Idomeneo. Yet despite its disability to succeed as a stage piece it rounds out, in a curious way, Haydn's activities as an operatic composer. It will no longer be possible to consider Haydn in London without L'anima del filosofo; and I think Haydn, who was the most modest and self-critical of all composers, would be satisfied with that."


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CD-1252(5) KLEMPERER PLAYS BEETHOVEN: Symphonies (all) & selected overtures; Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer. Public performances - Vienna Festival, May/June 1960. CD 1: (1:17) Symphony No.1 in D, Op.21 (7.6.1960) & No.3 in Eb, Op.55 "Eroica" (29.5.1960). CD 2: (1:15) Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36 (29.5.1960) & No.7 in A, Op.92 (2.6.1960). CD 3: (1:18) Symphony No.4 in Bb, Op.60 (31.5.1960) & No.8 in F, Op.93 (4.6.1960); "Egmont" Overt. Op.84 (31.5.1960), "Prometheus" Overt. Op.43 (2.6.1960). CD 4: (1:19) Symphony No.5 in c, Op.67 (31.5.1960), No.6 in F major Op.68 "Pastorale" (2.6.1960). CD 5: (1:19) Symphony No.9 in d Op.125 with Wilma Lipp (Soprano) Ursula Boese, (Contralto) Fritz Wunderlich, (Tenor) Franz Crass, (Bs), Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien (7.6.1960) & "Coriolan" Overt. Op.62 (4.6.1960). Originally released 19.03.1996 on Music & Arts CD-886/890 (5 CDs), (deleted). Newly restored from the best surviving sources by Aaron Z. Snyder (2011), and with a new note by Colin Anderson. 5 CDs priced as 4. UPC # 0-17685-12522-5

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BUZZ: Colin Anderson writes in his note: "An aura of greatness informs Klemperer's conducting of Beethoven ... Klemperer's strong sense of structure ensures an unbroken line and a true sense of arrival. Also, Klemperer's distrust of sound for its own sake (the antithesis to Karajan) gives his performances an unvarnished quality, an inner truthfulness. Beethoven's music is presented as rough-hewn yet not without its own beauty, lyricism and consolation alongside its heroic and humanistic characteristics - all this can be heard in these recorded-live performances from Vienna."



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