2015

  1. LISZT, ART AND LITERATURE. Carlo Grante, piano.

    LISZT, ART AND LITERATURE. Carlo Grante, piano.

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    In the Romantic period, the connections between love and death were an obsession of artists. Composers were naturally drawn to explore the great themes that entered literature in the works of Dante, Petrarch and Goethe: good and evil; love and death. Liszt was no exception. His powerful, evocative works presented here range from moments of repose and contemplation to nearly unbearable contrasts of dynamics, pitch registers, and tempi, uniquely dramatized by bold juxtapositions. Carlo Grante, dubbed “a fearless, flawless knight of the piano” by Die Presse, Vienna, delivers outstanding performances of grace, depth and volcanic dynamism.

    “Death wish and descents to hell: Carlo Grante has created a big romantic horror movie à la Liszt. Inspiring, pithy, edgy, exciting and reveling in the sound to the fullest.”

    —Eckhard Weber, Concerti, January 2015

    “A delight for the ear and mind, this Liszt recital by Grante, and so among the first of the Best of the Year candidates for any piano lover’s collection.”

    —Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition, January 13, 2015

     “The Bösendorfer rolls and groans, howls and flashes, in order finally to become a true hell machine under Grant's hands in Totentanz.

     …Grante is sure to set a brilliant light with this successful recording.”

    —Michael Straeter, Deutschen Liszt-Gesellschaft, May 2017

     


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    F. CHARLES ADLER CONDUCTS BRUCKNER. The SPA and Unicorn recordings (1952-1956) plus a broadcast performance of Symphony No. 6.

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    English born conductor F. Charles Adler was a student of Gustav Mahler and devoted Bruckner enthusiast. Presented here are the fabled SPA and Unicorn studio recordings as well as a live broadcast performance of Symphony No. 6. These works have been expertly restored and remastered in 2014 by Aaron Z. Snyder.

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    LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI WITH THE ALL-AMERICAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. CD premières of their rarest 78 rpm recordings (1940 – 1946).

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    Stokowski formed the All-American Youth Orchestra in 1940, its players' ages ranging from 18 to 25. He sought to combat Nazi propaganda touting the wonders of Hitler youth with an artistic statement from young emissaries of the free world. The AAYO toured South America in 1940 and North America in 1941 and was met with rave reviews. These performances boast a unique combination of past and future: the wisdom of Stokowski's vast experience allied with the pure, undiminished idealism of youth.

     In 1945, Stokowski founded the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. The items included here, the only ones that had not been re-circulated on commercial CDs until now, are all brief, and for the most part within a range of varying degrees of lightness in content. Beautifully restored by Mark Obert-Thorn with liner notes by Richard Freed.

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    CAMILLA WICKS IN CONCERT- Five Decades of Treasured Performances. Previously Unreleased Recordings!

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    Upheld by many as a queen amongst her peers, violinist Camilla Wicks led a stellar career in the dozen years following World War II. At the peak of her fame she retired from the concert stage to devote herself to her family. Upon resuming her career she remained an outstanding if intermittent performer for several more decades. 

     Wicks made few commercial recordings besides a famed 1952 performance of the Sibelius Concerto. Now this precious set, spanning five decades and a vast range of repertoire, offers the most comprehensive collection of her concert performances ever likely to be assembled. It offers an in-depth insight into Wicks’ evolution from captivating, devil-may-care young virtuoso to profound interpreter. Music & Arts is pleased to make these great performances available for those who have long wished for Wicks’ discography to be expanded, and to enable a wider audience to be stirred by this extraordinary violinist and artist.

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