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Phase Four Stereo Concert Series
Phase Four Stereo Concert Series
Price: £59.55

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5.0 out of 5 stars A BIG GOOFY MESS .... But it brings back a lot of pleasant memories, 15 Sep 2014
Don't forget the video at the top of Amazon's web page.
Wow.

"Phase 4 Stereo" was the brainchild of Decca Records (London Records in America).
Starting in 1961, the label produced over 300 LPs of "Easy Listening" LPs.
Lots of percussion and gimmicky stereo imaging, designed to show off your new home entertainment center.

There was also a "Concert Series" of 190 LPs devoted to light classical music - Once again, Lots of percussion and gimmicky stereo imaging.
At first, Camarata and Stanley Black were borrowed from the "Easy Listening" Division.
But in 1964, classical music heavyweight Leopold Stokowski was recruited to record Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherezade" in Phase 4 Stereo with the London Symphony.
Not as gimmicky as the early Phase 4 recordings, but more gimmicky than what the classical record industry was accustomed to.

Stokowski went on to record a total of 22 LPs (+ 6 greatest hits anthologies) for Phase 4.
Precisely half of them are in this new box, which is cause for complaint.
Stokowski deserves an entire box to himself, gathering together all his Decca and Philips recordings from the '60s and '70s.
For this Phase 4 box, a token Stokowski CD would have been sufficient
- thereby freeing up space for some Phase 4 recordings not yet on CD (see the next two paragraphs).

Other heavyweight conductors who recorded for Phase 4:
- Antal Dorati: 6 LPs, 5 are in this box (missing Johann Strauss Waltzes),
- Charles Munch: 3 LPs, all are here
- Arthur Fiedler : 4 LPs, all are here
- Anatole Fistoulari: 2 LPs + 3 LP set (Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is here - missing Tchaikovsky Symphony 4 + Brahms Piano Concerto 2)
- Erich Leinsdorf: 4 LPs (Mahler and Wagner are here - missing R. Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite + two Stravinsky ballets)
- Lorin Maazel: 3 LPs (R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev are here - missing Mussorgsky-Ravel Pictures + Chopin Piano Concerto 1)

Stanley Black is represented by 5 CDs, one third of his classical total.
But Phase 4 stalwarts Camarata (14 LPs) and Carlos Paita (6 LPs) were snubbed completely.
Pianists are Ivan Davis and Ilana Vered.
Inexplicably absent is the great pianist Rudolph Firkusny who recorded two Beethoven LPs.

See the detailed list of performers at the end of this review.
Modified original jacket format: 4 Fiedler LPs = 3 CDs, 3 Munch LPs = 2 CDs, etc.

MOVIE MUSIC:
There was a series devoted to film scores.
Conducted by Stanley Black ("Film Spectaculars" Vol. 1-5 - not in this box)
and composer Miklos Rozsa ("Ben Hur" - in this box, but "Quo Vadis" is missing).

But the most important film recordings were conducted by composer Bernard Herrmann.
His own scores and those of others, plus a concert series (Holst's "Planets" was a best-seller).
Fourteen LPs, but only two are in this box.
This is the biggest disappointment.
Included: "Music for Alfred Hitchcock Thrillers", plus Science Fiction Film Scores.

BLOATED SPECTACLE
There were a number of Phase 4 audio documentaries on LP.
Not high-brow BBC documentaries.
"Battle Stereo", conducted by Robert Sharples was typical: Actors accompanied by military music and EXPLOSIONS!

CONFESSION:
I haven't bought this box. Yet.
I have all the Dorati, Fiedler, Munch and Stokowski recordings in their previous CD incarnations.
More than half the contents of this rather expensive new box.
The Fistoulari complete `Swan Lake" is tempting - this is its first CD release,
But everything else is of marginal appeal.

The Leinsdorf and Maazel look interesting, but I'm not sure if I want all those Stanley Black recordings.
Who knows? Maybe I do.
If the price comes down I will certainly buy it.
The five star rating is for people new to "Phase 4" and for rich people who don't mind the duplications.

I am extremely annoyed by all the missing stuff - Especially the twelve LPs of Bernard Herrmann and the two Rudolph Firkusny LPs.
Eleven LPs of Leopold Stokowski are missing, but I already have them on earlier CDs.
It seems like this could have been better planned.

SOUND
I can't comment on the sound.
Normal standards for "Concert Hall Realism" do not apply anyway.
The Phase 4 Concert Series was not marketed to serious classical music lovers with audiophile equipment.
Their intended target was the popular music listener with a healthy curiosity, and an inexpensive home stereo.
I was the intended target.
I was a fifteen year old Beatles fan in 1964, with no background in classical music.
Stokowski's "Scheherazade" was one of my first classical LP purchases.

"Phase 4" should not be confused with the four channel recording fad of the 1970s.
These are two channel recordings.
The original recording sessions involved 20 microphones, which were recorded directly to a four channel master tape (one channel reserved for percussion), which was then mixed down to a two channel master tape.

I wonder if the four channel master tapes still even exist?
Universal seems to have given up on hi-def SACD in favor of Blu-Ray Audio - with new boxed sets of Beethoven and Strauss conducted by Karajan, Wagner's Ring by Solti, and a tribute to Carlos Kleiber.
The first three are two-channel audio, but the Carlos Kleiber box features a 2 hour, 38 minute Blu-Ray in hi-def surround sound: Carlos Kleiber: Complete Orchestral Recordings on Deutsche Gramophone

WHAT IF?
IF THE FOUR CHANNEL MASTER TAPE STILL EXISTS,
We might some day be treated to a very interesting Blu-Ray Audio collection of "Phase 4 in Surround Sound".
Gimmicky, but true to the spirit of Phase 4.
But the box at hand is composed of standard two channel CDs.
Oh, Well.

P.S. For a complete Phase 4 discography, check out

http://www.endlessgroove.com/lphase4/lp4discog.htm

--------------------------------- ALPHABETICAL LIST OF CONDUCTORS IN THIS BOX:

Rodney Bashford: Sousa Marches (Band of the Grenadier Guards)

Stanley Black:
- Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris / Variations on "I got rhythm" (Bernard Herrmann)
- Khachaturian Gayaneh, Masquerade, Spartacus Ballet Suites
- Ravel Boléro / Borodin Polovtsian Dances / Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol / Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien
- "Spectacular Dances"
- "Americana" (Robert Merrill baritone)

Antal Dorati:
- Dvorák Symphony No.9 "From the New World" / Kodály Háry János Suite
- Orff Carmina Burana
- Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Lieutenant Kijé / Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Sean Connery narrator)
- Rossini-Respighi La Boutique fantasque, Rossiniana

Arthur Fiedler:
- Gershwin Overtures etc.
- J. Strauss Waltzes / Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite
- "Fiedler Encores" / Grieg Peer Gynt Suite

Anatole Fistoulari: Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (complete on 2 CDs)

Bernard Herrmann:
- "Music from the Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers"
- "Journey to the Centre of the Earth"

Erich Leinsdorf:
- Mahler Symphony No.1 "Titan" / Wagner Tannhäuser Overture and Venusberg Music

Henry Lewis:
- Beethoven: Symphony No.6 "Pastoral"/ R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel
- Bizet "Carmen" excerpts (Marilyn Horne) / Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 "Pathétique"

Lorin Maazel:
- R. Strauss Tod und Verklärung / Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini / Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 (Israela Margalit)

Charles Munch:
- Bizet Carmen and L'Arlésienne Suites
- Offenbach Gaîté parisienne / Respighi Pines and Fountains of Rome

Eric Rogers:
- "Immortal Works of Albert Ketèlbey" / Violin Encores (Josef Safonov)

Miklos Rózsa: Music from "Ben Hur"

Robert Sharples: "Battle Stereo" (Bloated Spectacle)

Leopold Stokowski:
- Beethoven Symphony No.9, Egmont Overture
- Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Damnation de Faust Ballet des Sylphes / Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2, Fanfare pour "L'Eventail de Jeanne"
- Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Boris Godunov Symphonic Synthesis, Night on Bare Mountain (all orch. Stokowski) / Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
- Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Capriccio espagnol / Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
- Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 / Glazunov Violin Concerto in A minor (Sylvia Marcovici)
- Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty selections, Romeo and Juliet, Marche slave
- Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Op.8 (Hugh Bean violin)
- Wagner Orchestral Masterpieces from the Ring of the Nibelung
- Orchestral Transcriptions: JS Bach / Byrd / Clarke / Schubert / Chopin / Tchaikovsky / Duparc / Rachmaninov

-------------------------------------------- INSTRUMENTALISTS, VOCALISTS:

Ivan Davis, piano:
- Liszt Piano Concerti (Edward Downes conductor) / Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (Henry Lewis)

Eileen Farrell, soprano: "The Magnificent Voice of Eileen Farrell" (Robert Sharples)

Marilyn Horne, mezzo: Bizet "Carmen" highlights (Henry Lewis)

Robert Merrill, baritone: "Americana" (Stanley Black)

Paco Peña, guitar: "Flamenco Live" with lots of castanets and dancing feet. Arriba!

Ruggerio Ricci, violin:
- Mendelssohn / Tchaikovsky Violin Concerti (Jean Fournet)

Ilana Vered, piano:
- Yellow River Concerto / Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 (Lawrence Foster)
- Beethoven Piano Sonata No.21 "Waldstein" / Schubert Fantasy in C major "Wanderer" / Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrouchka
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Concerto Recordings 1948-1958 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)
Concerto Recordings 1948-1958 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)
Price: £29.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan: Early Concerto Recordings and a Curiosity, 3 Sep 2014
An eight CD set devoted to Karajan's early work as concerto accompanist, mostly with the Philharmonia Orchestra, 1948 to 1958.
Everything but the Brahms is mono.
- Five CDs of famous recordings, Two CDs of not-quite-so-famous recordings, and a Curiosity.

----- The famous recordings have always been with us:

Pianist Dinu Lipatti in the Schumann Concerto (1948) and Mozart Concerto 21 (1950 - live from the Lucerne Festival)
Last seen in Icon: Dinu Lipatti

Pianist Walter Gieseking in Beethoven Concerti 4 and 5 (1951), Mozart Concerti 23 and 24 (1951,1953), Franck, Grieg (1951) and Schumann (1953)
Last seen in Walter Gieseking - ICON

The Philharmonia's principal horn player Dennis Brain in the Mozart Horn Concerti (1953) - this was Karajan's best-selling LP recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Last seen in Icon: Dennis Brain

I don't think Lipatti, Gieseking and Brain require much in the way of comment, so I will concentrate on the relative rarities and the one rarity.

----- The not-quite-so-famous recordings are Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, played by Bernard Walton (1955), and the Sinfonia Concertante k297b (1953) in which Brain and Walton are joined by oboist Sidney Sutcliffe and bassonist Cecil James.
All four were principals with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

and Brahms Piano Concerto 2 played by Hans Richter-Haaser (1958).
This is the only recording with the Berlin Philharmonic in this box, and the only stereo recording.
Hans Richter-Haaser was an excellent pianist who probably would have had a bigger career if his name didn't remind record buyers of a different pianist.
EMI recorded it in the Grunewaldkirche, site of the Berlin Philharmonic's first stereo recording sessions.
It's most obvious characteristic is an enormous reverberation time.
Very flattering to the strings and horns - the opening of the concerto is a glorious sonic bath
(more heavily scored music sounds congested and opaque).
DG had an easier time across town in the Jesus-Christus Kirche (shared with EMI in the '70s).
For a fuller discussion of EMI's 1957-60 Berlin Philharmonic recordings, see my review of Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Wagner 1951-1960 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)

----- The Curiosity is two works by the almost forgotten composer Kurt Leimer (1920-1974): the Piano Concerto in C Minor (1948) and the Concerto for the Left Hand (1953).
The composer is soloist.
The LP recording was not issued in the United Kingdom or the United States - only in Germany.
It is Karajan's rarest recording.
Or at least it was.
I was prepared to not like this.
German contemporary music of the 1950s is something I generally avoid, but Leimer was a pleasant surprise.
A fusion of late Romantic music with generic jazz.
Similar to Gershwin's Concerto in F and Ravel's Piano Concerto.
Leopold Stokowski took up Leimer's music, but this is the last thing I would expect Herbert von Karajan to take an interest in.
Not profound, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

This is coupled with the Meditation from Massenet's opera "Thais" which features the Philharmonia's leader (concert master) Manoug Parikian (1954)
(not really a concerto).

P.S. There is a companion box of Karajan's later concerto recordings, 1969-1984: The Karajan Official Remastered Edition: Concerto recordings 1969: 1984


RCO 125 The Radio Legacy: Anthology of the RCO, Volumes 1-7
RCO 125 The Radio Legacy: Anthology of the RCO, Volumes 1-7
Price: £562.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Contents Listing (WARNING: It's really long), 2 Sep 2014
Originally issued in twelve separate volumes. *
Repackaged as 152 CDs. Two inner boxes.
Insane.
Messy and expensive, but wonderful music making.

Volume 1 (1935-1950)
ANDRIESSEN: Organ Concerto - Andriessen/Pierre Monteux, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 - Erich Kleiber, 1950
BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BERLIOZ: Benvenuto Cellini Overture - Pierre Monteux, 1939
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 - Wilhelm Furtwängler, 1950
BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture - Jan Koetsier, 1944
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 - Otto Klemperer, 1947
BUSONI: Violin Concerto - Adolf Busch/Bruno Walter, 1936
DEBUSSY: La Mer - Pierre Monteux, 1939
ELGAR: Enigma Variations - Adrian Boult, 1940
FRANCK: Symphony - Willem Mengelberg, 1940
FRANCK: Les Eolides - Pierre Monteux, 1939
HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D - Gerard Hengeveld/Jan Koetsier, 1943
HINDEMITH: Symphony in E Flat - Paul Hindemith, 1949
HONEGGER: Pastoral d'été - Jan Koetsier, 1943
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 - Bruno Walter, 1947
MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde - Thorborg/Oehman/Carl Schuricht, 1939
MALIPIERO: Cello Concerto - Enrico Mainardi/Eduard van Beinum, 1941
MENDELSSOHN: Hebrides Overture - Otto Klemperer, 1947
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 - Eugen Jochum, 1943
OTTERLOO: Sinfonietta - Willam van Otterloo, 1944
RAVEL: Concerto for the Left Hand - Paul Wittgenstein/Bruno Walter, 1937
RAVEL: Mother Goose Suite - Ernest Ansermet, 1940
REGER: Böcklin Suite - Herman Abendroth, 1941
REGER: Violin Concerto - Georg Kuhlenkampff/Willem van Otterloo, 1944
ROSSELLINI: Stampe della vecchia Roma - Paul van Kempen, 1942
SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto 4 - Robert Casadesus/Pierre Monteux, 1939
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 - Rafael Kubelik, 1950
R. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks - Paul Paray, 1940
R. STRAUSS: Don Juan - Herbert von Karajan, 1943
WAGENAAR: Cyrano de Bergerac Overture - George Szell, 1948
WAGNER: Flying Dutchman Overture - Bruno Walter, 1936
WEBER: Konzertstück in F Minor - Lili Kraus/Bruno Walter, 1939

Volume 2 (1950-1960)
BARTOK: Miraculous Mandarin Suite - Antal Dorati
BARTÓK: Viola Concerto - William Primrose/Otto Klemperer
BEETHOVEN: Ah, perfido, Op. 65 - Gre Brouwenstijn/Otto Klemperer
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92 - Josef Krips
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture - Leopold Stokowski
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73 - Leopold Stokowski
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 - Nathan Milstein/Pierre Monteux
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 2 in C minor - Bernard Haitink
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Rafael Kubelik
CHAUSSON: Poème, Op. 25 - Arthur Grumiaux/George Szell
DRESDEN: Dansflitsen - Rafael Kubelik
DVORAK: Symphony No. 7 - Rafael Kubelik
DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Leopold Stokowski
DE FALLA: El Amor Brujo - Leopold Stokowski
HENKEMANS: Harp Concerto - Phia Berghout/Eduard van Beinum
HENKEMANS: Violin Concerto - Theo Olof/Eduard Van Beinum
JANACEK: Taras Bulba - Rafael Kubelik
MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor - Maureen Forrester/Eduard van Beinum
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G major - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Bruno Walter
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto - Isaac Stern/Rafael Kubelik
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 - Bruno Walter
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 22 -Annie Fischer/Otto Klemperer
MOZART: Ch'io mi scordi di te / Non temer, amato bene, KV 505 - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf/Otto Klemperer
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 - Julius Katchen/Rafael Kubelik
RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe - Pierre Monteux
RAVEL: La valse - George Szell
SCHOENBERG: Transfigured Night - Otto Klemperer
SCHOENBERG: Variations for Orchestra - Hans Rosbaud
STRAUSS: Also sprach Zarathustra - Dimitri Mitropoulos
STRAUSS: Don Juan - Bruno Walter
TANSMAN: Musique pour orchestra - Rafael Kubelik
VAN DER HORST: Symphony No. 1 - Eduard van Beinum
VERMEULEN: Passacaille et Cortège from 'De vliegende Hollander.' - Beinum
VERMEULEN Symphony No. 2 'Prelude à la nouvelle journée.' - Beinum
WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll - Pierre Monteux
WALTON: Partita for Orchestra - George Szell
WEBERN: Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 - Hans Rosbaud

Volume 3 (1960-1970)
BACEWICZ: Music for strings, trumpet and percussion - Rowicki
BACH: Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 - Glen Gould/Mitropoulos
BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra - Leinsdorf
BARTOK Violin Concerto No. 1 - Menuhin/Boulez
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 - Monteux
BERG Three Orchestral Pieces - Rosbaud
BERG: Five Orchestral Songs - Lukomska/Maderna
BRAHMS: Tragic Overture - Monteux
BRITTEN: Les Illuminations - Pears/Colin Davis
DALLAPICCOLA: Variations for Orchestra - Rosbaud
DEBUSSY: Jeux - Boulez
DUTILLEUX: Métaboles - Szell
ESCHER: Nostalgies, Op. 21 - Devos/Haitink
HENZE: Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp - Heinz & Ursula Holliger/Henze
HEPPENER: Eglogues - Jochum
HINDEMITH: Mathis der Maler - Ormandy
KETTING: Symphony No. 1 - Rosbaud
LUTOSLAWSKI: Musique funèbre - Lutoslawski
LUTOSLAWSKI Three Poems of Henri Michaux - NCRV Ens/Waart
LUTOSLAWSKI Jeux vénitiens - Maderna
MAHLER: Symphony No. 7 in E minor - Haitink
MARTIN: The Four Elements - Haitink
MARTIN Six Jedermann Monologues - Vessières/Jochum
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 - Maderna
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 3 - Valery Klimov/Ormandy
NONO: Il canto sospeso - Hollweg/van Sante/Lenz/Boulez
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1 - Ancerl
RAVEL: Shéhérazade - Angeles/Monteux
SCHOENBERG: Piano Concerto - Bruins/König
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4 in C minor - Rosbaud
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor - Ormandy
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 - Kondrashin
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 - Szell
R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote - Fournier/Szell
STRAVINSKY: Fireworks - Henze
STRAVINSKY Song of the Nightingale - Boulez
VARÉSE: Ionisation - Maderna
VARÉSE Déserts - Maderna
VERDI: Falstaff (Corena/Capecchi/Alva/Freni/Ligabue/Barbieri/Giulini )
VERMEULEN : Symphony No. 1 - Haitink
WAGNER: Brünnhilde's Immolation - Nilsson/Monteux
WEBERN: Four Songs - Lukomska/Maderna
- Victor Borge in Concert

Volume 4 (1970-1980)
BACH Cantata 202 'Weichet nur'(Ameling/Jochum)
BAIRD Variazioni senza tema (Vonk)
BEETHOVEN Symphony 4 (Van Otterloo)
BERG Der Wein (Ameling/Bour)
BERIO Calmo (Dorow/ Masson), Chemins IV ( Herbers/Berio)
BERLIOZ Excerpts from Romeo & Juliette (Giulini)
BON Le Printemps (Alexander/Haitink)
BOULEZ Cummings ist der Dichter (NCRV Vocal Ensemble/Marinus Choir/Amy)
BRAHMS Double Concerto (Krebbers, de Machula/Vonk)
BRAHMS Violin Concerto (Perlman/Van Otterloo)
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 (Giulini)
CAPLET Épiphanie (Decroos/Fournet)
T. DE LEEUW Symphony of Winds (Haitink)
ELGAR Falstaff (C. Davis)
ESCHER Sinfonia (R de Leeuw)
FRANCK Symphony in D minor (Ancerl)
GINASTERA Harp Concerto (Badings/Lopez Cobos)
HAYDN Symphony No. 92 (Ancerl)
JOLIVET Trumpet Concerto 2 (André/Fournet)
LUTOSLAWSKI Paroles Tisseés (Pears/Lutoslawski)
MADERNA Violin Concerto (Olof/ Masson)
MAHLER Das Klagende Lied (Haitink)
MARTIN Piano Concerto 2 (Badura Skoda/Krips)
MENDELSSOHN Symphony 4. (Kondrashin)
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4 (Tuckwell/Leitner)
MOZART Symphony No. 35 (Harnoncourt)
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (Wayenberg/Ancerl)
REGER Serenade (Jochum)
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto (Arrau/ Jochum)
SCHUMANN Symphony 3 (Leitner)
SCRIABIN Le Divin Poème (Kondrashin)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4 (Kondrashin)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 (Ormandy)
En Saga. (Kondrashin)
STRAVINSKY Concertino for 12 instruments (Spanjaard)
STRAVINSKY Concerto in D (C. Davis)
STRAVINSKY Les Noces (Soloists/choir/de Nobel)
TCHAIKOVSKY Rococo Variations (Rostropovich/Kondrashin)
VAN FLIJMEN Sonata per piano e tre gruppi instrumentali (Bruins/Bour)
WALTON Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten. (Krips)

Volume 5 (1980-1990)
BEETHOVEN Mass in C major, Op. 86 - Sir Colin Davis
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - Martha Argerich (piano) Neeme Jarvi
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica' - Nikolaus Harnoncourt
BERG 3 Wozzeck-Fragments - Gerd Albrecht
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 - Carlo Maria Giulini
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6 in A major - Eugen Jochum
DALLAPICCOLA Commiato - Dorothy Dorow (soprano) Lucas Vis
DEBUSSY Images for orchestra - Antal Dorati
DIEPENBROCK Lydian Night - Hans Vonk
ESCHER Largo from Sinfonia i.m. Maurice Ravel, Univers de Rimbaud - Lode Devos (tenor) - Lucas Vis
HARTMANN Concerto Funebre for violin & string orchestra - Theo Olof (violin) Kurt Sanderling
HINDEMITH Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra - George Pieterson (clarinet) Bernard Haitink
KEURIS Catena, Refrains and variations - Edo de Waart
KODALY Dances of Galanta - Werner Herbers (oboe)
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan' - Leonard Bernstein
MARTINU Symphony No. 6 'Fantaises symphoniques' - Wolfgang Sawallisch
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 - Alfred Brendel (piano) Bernard Haitink
MOZART Don Giovanni, K527: Overture
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt
NIELSEN Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97) - Kirill Kondrashin
RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 - Kirill Kondrashin
RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales - Bernard Haitink
RAVEL L'enfant et les sortileges - Charles Dutoit
ROSSINI Le Siege de Corinthe Overture - Riccardo Chailly
ROUSSEL Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 - Hans Vonk
SCHAT Thema - Werner Herbers (oboe)
SCHOENBERG Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5 - Christoph von Dohnanyi
SCHRECKER Prelude to a Drama - Friedrich Cerha
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485 - Leonard Bernstein
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring' - Bernard Haitink
SCRIABIN Le Poeme de l'extase, Op. 54 - Antal Dorati
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 - Sir Colin Davis
R. STRAUSS Die Frau ohne Schatten, Symphonische Phantasie - Erich Leinsdorf
R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 - Ivan Fischer
STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms - Sir Colin Davis
STRAVINSKY Le Chant du Rossignol - Riccardo Chailly
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique' - Antal Dorati
VARESE Hyperprism - Hans Vonk
WEBERN Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 10 - Carlo Maria Giulini
WEBERN Im sommerwind (Idyl for large orchestra) (1904) - Riccardo Chailly

Volume 6 (1990-2000)
BARTÓK Bluebeard's Castle (Komlósi, Kovács) Ivan Fischer
BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3 - M. Argerich, Claus Peter Flor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 - Wolfgang Sawallisch
BERIO Sinfonia - Swingle Singers, Berio
BERLIOZ Les Nuits d'été - A. Murray, Bernard Haitink
BRAHMS Tragic Overture - Nickolas Harnoncourt
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 3 - Kurt Sanderling
DALLAPICCOLA Liriche Greche - L. Shelton, Reinbert de Leeuw
DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune - Jean Fournet
DIEPENBROCK Hymne an die Nacht No. 2 - N. Stutzmann, Riccardo Chailly
DUTILLEUX L'Arbre des songes - I. van Keulen, Charles Dutoit
ELGAR Symphony No. 2 - Andre Previn
FELDMAN Coptic Light - Peter Eötvös
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber - Riccardo Chailly
IVES 3 Places in New England - John Adams
LOEVENDIE Piano Concerto - R. Brautigam, Riccardo Chailly
LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Orchestra - Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 - Klaus Tennstedt
MARTIN Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments - Riccardo Chailly
MESSIAEN 3 Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine - M.A. Hamelin, Charles Dutoit
MOZART Symphony No. 40 - Nikolas Harnoncourt
PIJPER 6 Symphonic Epigrams - Bernard Haitink
RAVEL Ma Mère l'oye - Bernard Haitink
SCHOENBERG 5 Orchestral Pieces , op. 16 - Mariss Jansons
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht - Pierre Boulez
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 - John Elliot Gardiner
SCHUMANN Fantasy in C - T. Zehetmaire, Nikolas Harnoncourt
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 - Kurt Sanderling
SCHREKER Vom ewigen Leben - C. Barainsky, Gerd Albrecht
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 - Georg Solti
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 4 - Paavo Berglund
R. STRAUSS Tod und Verklärung - Kurt Masur
STRAVINSKY Le Baiser de la fée: Divertimento - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
TAKEMITSU A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden - John Adams
WAGNER Rienzi: Overture - Mariss Jansons
ZEMLINSKY Symphonic Songs - W. White, Riccardo Chailly
ZIMMERMANN Trumpet Concerto - P. Masseurs, Edo de Waart

Volume 7 (2000-2010)
ADES Asyla - Conductor: Daniel Harding
BEETHOVEN Symphony no 9 in D minor "Choral" - Conductor: Mariss Jansons
BERIO Rendering - Conductor: Heinz Holliger
BRAHMS Symphony no 4 in E minor - Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
BRITTEN Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 - Conductor: Stefan Asbury
BRUCKNER Symphony no 8 in C minor - Conductor: Zubin Mehta
BUSONI Berceuse elégiaque, Op. 42a - Conductor: Ed Spanjaard
DEBUSSY La mer - Conductor: Bernard Haitink
DIEPENBROCK Elektra: Symphonic Suite - Conductor: Claus Peter Flor
DUTILLEUX Concerto for Cello "Tout un monde lointain" - Godfried Hoogeveen (Cello) Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier
ESCHER Musique pour l'esprit en deuil - Conductor: Bernard Haitink
HAYDN Symphony no 97 in C major - Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
HINDEMITH Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings - Conductor: Kurt Masur
JANACEK Jealousy, Taras Bulba - Conductor: Mark Elder
van KEULEN Tragische Lieder (5) - Detlef Roth (Baritone) Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek, Mariss Jansons
LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto for Piano "For Krystian Zimerman" - Lars Vogt (Piano) Conductor: Daniel Harding
MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde - Robert Dean Smith (Tenor), Anna Larsson (Alto) Conductor: Fabio Luisi
MARTINU Frescoes of Piero della Francesca for Orchestra - Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées - Conductor: George Benjamin
MOZART Symphony no 41 in C major "Jupiter" - Conductor: Iván Fischer
NAS No reason to panic, for orchestra - Conductor: David Robertson
PROKOFIEV Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8 - Conductor: David Robertson
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 - Conductor: Mariss Jansons
RIHM Marsyas: Rhapsody for Trumpet, Percussion and Orchestra - Conductor: George Benjamin
SCHAT Symphony no 3, Op. 45 "Gamelan" - Conductor: Hans Vonk
SCHUBERT Symphony no 3 in D major - Conductor: Iván Fischer
SCHUMANN Symphony no 2 in C major - Conductor: Kurt Masur
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony no 13 in B flat minor "Babi Yar" - Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone) Conductor: Kurt Masur
SIBELIUS Pohjola's daughter, Op. 49 - Conductor: Sir Colin Davis
SIBELIUS Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 - Conductor: Paavo Berglund
R. STRAUSS Symphonia domestica - Conductor: Lorin Maazel
R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Suite - Conductor: Mariss Jansons
STRAVINSKY Oedipus rex - Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
STRAVINSKY Concerto for Violin in D major - Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
SZYMANOWSKI Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35 - Vesko Eschkenazy (Violin) Conductor: Mark Elder
VERBEY Lied for Trombone and Orchestra - Jorgen Van Rijen (Trombone) Conductor: Markus Stenz
WEBERN Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6 - Conductor: Pierre Boulez
ZUIDAM Adam-Interludes, for orchestra - Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher

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WAIT, THERE'S MORE.

It also includes 5 volumes devoted to Music Directors:

1) Willem Mengelberg
BACH: Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056 (Agi Jambor, April 17, 1939)
BACH: "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" BWV 202 (To van der Sluys, April 17, 1939)
BARTÓK: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Zoltán SzÈkely, March 23, 1939)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor "Choral" (To van der Sluys, Suze Luger, Louis van Tulder, Willem Ravelli/Amsterdam Toonkunstkoor, May 31, 1938)
BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture (April 29, 1943)
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat "Emperor" (Cor de Groot, May 9, 1942)
BERLIOZ: Excerpts from The Damnation of Faust (March 21, 1943)
BLOCH: Violin Concerto (Joseph Szigeti, November 9, 1939)
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3, Op. 90 (February 27, 1944)
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (Hermann Krebbers, April 13, 1943)
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 G Minor (Giula Bustabo, October 27, 1940)
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor (Theo van der Pas, April 9, 1943)
DEBUSSY: Fantaisie (Walter Gieseking, October 6, 1938)
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (April 15, 1943)
KODÁLY: Háry János Suite (December 12, 1940)
KODÁLY: Peacock Variations (Nov. 23, 1939)
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 (Jo Vincent, November 9, 1939)
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 - Adagietto (Columbia rec. May 1926)
MAHLER: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Hermann Schey, November 23, 1939)
MOZART: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, k314 (Hubert Barwahser, March 5, 1942)
MOZART: Die Zauberflote Overture (March 5, 1942)
MOZART: "Bella mia fiamma" k528 (Ria Ginster, March 5, 1942)
PESTALOZZA: "Ciribiribin" (Grace Moore, June 6, 1936)
PUCCINI: "Un bel di vedremo" from Madama Butterfly (Grace Moore, June 6, 1936)
RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 (October 6, 1938)
SCHUBERT: "Liebe schwarmt auf allen Wegen" from Claudine von Villa Bella + "Standchen" from Rosamunde (Betty van den Bosch-Schmidt, December 19, 1940)
STRAUSS: Death & Transfiguration, Op. 24 (Telefunken rec. April 1942)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 (November 26, 1939)
WAGENAAR: De getemde feeks Overture (October 10, 1940)
WAGNER: Tannh"user Overture (August 10, 1940)
WEBER: Oberon Overture (Oct. 13, 1940)
Bonus DVD: BERLIOZ Rakoczy March, BIZET L'Arlesienne - Adagietto, WEBER Oberon Overture (March, 1931) - Not included in the mega-box.

2) Eduard van Beinum
ANDRIESSEN: Symphony No. 4 (October 19, 1955)
ANDRIESSEN: Miroir de Peine (Irma Kolassi, December 21, 1952)
BACH: Cantata No. 56 BWV 56 (Mack Harrell, February 19, 1939)
BACH: Concerto in D Minor BWV 1952 (Dinu Lipatti, October 2, 1947)
BACH: Concerto in C Minor for Two Keyboards BWV 1060 (Eduard van Beinum/Johannes den Hergor, December 11, 1939)
BADINGS: Cello Concerto No. 2 (Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp, March 27, 1941)
BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra (Decca recording September 10, 1948)
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor (Solomon, December 18, 1952)
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D (Zino Francescatti, March 19, 1958)
BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture (October 11, 1954)
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor (October 25, 1951)
DEBUSSY: Images (December 19, 1948)
DEBUSSY: La Mer (January 30, 1941)
DEBUSSY: Printemps (July 8, 1942)
DIEPENBROCK: Te Deum (Erna Spoorenberg, Nan Merriman, Ernst Haefliger, Laurens Bogtman, Toonkunstkoor, October 7, 1956)
ESCHER: Musique pour l'esprit en deuil (Sept. 1, 1954)
HENKEMANS: Viola Concerto (Klaas Boon, April 24, 1956)
FRANCK: Symphonic excerpts from Psyche (May 15, 1941)
FRANCK: Symphonic Variations (Gerard Hengeveld, pianist,December 3, 1939)
LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A (Josef Pembaur, September 8, 1935)
R. MENGELBERG: Salve Regina (To van der Sluys, October 2, 1939
MOZART: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor - rehearsal (September 20, 1956)
MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D (Yehudi Menuhin, June 8, 1956)
PIJPER: Symphony No. 3 (October 2, 1957)
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G (Cor de Groot, November 28, 1940)
RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe Suite 2 (October 11, 1954).
REGER: Ballet Suite, Op. 130 (July 18, 1943).
RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome (October 16, 1949).
SCHOENBERG: Five Orchestral Pieces, Op. 16 (October 12, 1951).
SCHUBERT: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965 (Jo Vincentr, July 7, 1940).
SCHUBERT: Rosamunde - Entr'acte Act 3 & Ballet Music No. 2 (July 7, 1940).
STEPHAN: Musik für Geige und Orchester (George Kulenkampff, January 4, 1940).
STRAVINSKY: Firebird Suite (May 13, 1948).
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor (February 13, 1941 & May 26, 1940).
TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet (June 6, 1940).
VERDI: "Ella giamai m'amò" from Don Carlos (Boris Christoff, April 18, 1956).
Bonus DVD: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E Flat "Eroica" (telecast May 5, 1957) - Not included in the mega-box.

3) Bernard Haitink
4) Riccardo Chailly
5) Mariss Jansons - I haven't found contents listings for the last three boxes.

BOO! The Mengelberg and Beinum boxes originally included a bonus DVD.
No DVDs in the mega-box.
You will be missing:
Mengelberg: BERLIOZ Rakoczy March, BIZET L'Arlesienne - Adagietto, WEBER Oberon Overture (March, 1931)
Beinum: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E Flat "Eroica" (telecast May 5, 1957)

Confession: I don't own the mega-box.
I already have Volumes 1-5 (1935-1990) plus the separate boxes devoted to Mengelberg and Beinum.

Unfortunately, by 1990 the world was starting to run out of interesting guest conductors.
Volume 6 (1990-2000) has Tennstedt and Sanderling, but that's the end for me.

Yes, I admit it - I'm old and cranky.

* The Twelve Original Boxes:

Chief Conductors:
1) Willem Mengelberg: William Mengelberg & Concertgebouw Orchestra Live: The Radio Recordings 1936-1943 - or - Live Radio Recordings (Bonus Dvd)
2) Eduard van Beinum: Eduard Van Beinum:Radio Record
3) Bernard Haitink: Live: The Radio Recordings
4) Riccardo Chailly: RICCARDO CHAILLY LIVE THE RADIO RECORDINGS
5) Mariss Jansons:
- I can't find the Jansons box on Amazon.
Pretty sure it is out there, but confusingly identified. Help!

Guest Conductors:
Vol 1: currently out-of-print, 1935-1950 = ASIN:B00008W3U8
Vol 2: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. 2: Live the Radio Recordings - or - ASIN:B0001DMWG6
Vol 3: Anthology Live 1960-70: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 4: Anthology Live 1970-80: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 5: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Live, Vol. 5: 1980-1990
Vol 6: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Anthology Live 1990-2000
Vol 7: ASIN: B009SQ483M

Amazon will not allow links to more than 10 CDs or links to out-of-print CDs with no listings currently for sale, so some have ASIN numbers.
Copy and paste the number on the Amazon search bar. A typical ASIN number will look like:
ASIN:B00008W3U8


Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 5: The Radio Recordings 1980-1990
Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 5: The Radio Recordings 1980-1990
Price: £104.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Contents Listing - Volume 5, 2 Sep 2014
Radio Netherlands has issued a 7 volume anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1935-2010.
The first 2 volumes (1935-1960) were on Q-Disc, Volumes 3-7 (1960-2010) are on RCO Live.
The first 4 volumes have apparently been deleted.

BEETHOVEN Mass in C major, Op. 86 - Sir Colin Davis
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 - Martha Argerich (piano) Neeme Jarvi
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica' - Nikolaus Harnoncourt
BERG 3 Wozzeck-Fragments - Gerd Albrecht
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 - Carlo Maria Giulini
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6 in A major - Eugen Jochum
DALLAPICCOLA Commiato - Dorothy Dorow (soprano) Lucas Vis
DEBUSSY Images for orchestra - Antal Dorati
DIEPENBROCK Lydian Night - Hans Vonk
ESCHER Largo from Sinfonia i.m. Maurice Ravel, Univers de Rimbaud - Lode Devos (tenor) - Lucas Vis
HARTMANN Concerto Funebre for violin & string orchestra - Theo Olof (violin) Kurt Sanderling
HINDEMITH Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra - George Pieterson (clarinet) Bernard Haitink
KEURIS Catena, Refrains and variations - Edo de Waart
KODALY Dances of Galanta - Werner Herbers (oboe)
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan' - Leonard Bernstein
MARTINU Symphony No. 6 'Fantaises symphoniques' - Wolfgang Sawallisch
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 - Alfred Brendel (piano) Bernard Haitink
MOZART Don Giovanni, K527: Overture
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495 - Nikolaus Harnoncourt
NIELSEN Symphony No. 5, Op. 50 (FS97) - Kirill Kondrashin
RACHMANINOV Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 - Kirill Kondrashin
RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales - Bernard Haitink
RAVEL L'enfant et les sortileges - Charles Dutoit
ROSSINI Le Siege de Corinthe Overture - Riccardo Chailly
ROUSSEL Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 - Hans Vonk
SCHAT Thema - Werner Herbers (oboe)
SCHOENBERG Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5 - Christoph von Dohnanyi
SCHRECKER Prelude to a Drama - Friedrich Cerha
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485 - Leonard Bernstein
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring' - Bernard Haitink
SCRIABIN Le Poeme de l'extase, Op. 54 - Antal Dorati
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104 - Sir Colin Davis
R. STRAUSS Die Frau ohne Schatten, Symphonische Phantasie - Erich Leinsdorf
R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28 - Ivan Fischer
STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms - Sir Colin Davis
STRAVINSKY Le Chant du Rossignol - Riccardo Chailly
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathetique' - Antal Dorati
VARESE Hyperprism - Hans Vonk
WEBERN Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 10 - Carlo Maria Giulini
WEBERN Im sommerwind (Idyl for large orchestra) (1904) - Riccardo Chailly

Update: All 7 volumes, plus an additional 5 devoted to the orchestra's chief conductors, have been reissued in an insanely expensive 152 CD set: The Radio Legacy - Limited Edition

Vol 1: currently out-of-print, 1935-1950 = ASIN:B00008W3U8
Vol 2: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. 2: Live the Radio Recordings 1950-1960
Vol 3: Anthology Live 1960-70: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 4: Anthology Live 1970-80: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 5: the box under review, 1980-1990
Vol 6: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Anthology Live 1990-2000
Vol 7: Anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7, 2000-2010


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Anthology, Vol 4
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Anthology, Vol 4

5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 4 - Contents Listing., 2 Sep 2014
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Radio Netherlands has issued a 7 volume anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1935-2010.
The first 2 volumes (1935-1960) were on Q-Disc, Volumes 3-7 (1960-2010) are on RCO Live.
The first 4 volumes have apparently been deleted.

BACH Cantata 202 'Weichet nur' (Ameling/Jochum (April 5, 1973)
BAIRD Variazioni senza tema; Vonk (Feb. 13, 1971)
BEETHOVEN Symphony 4 (Van Otterloo, March 19, 1972)
BERG Der Wein;(Ameling/Bour, Dec. 2, 1973)
BERIO Calmo ( Dorow/ Masson, Oct. 26, 1975) Chemins IV ( Herbers/Berio, Jan. 9, 1977)
BERLIOZ Excerpts from Romeo & Juliette, Giulini (July 5, 1972)
BON Le Printemps (Alexander/ Haitink, Oct. 28, 1979)
BOULEZ Cummings ist der Dichter (NCRV Vocal Ensemble/Marinus Choir/Amy (Jan. 27, 1974)
BRAHMS Double Concerto (Krebbers, de Machula/Vonk, (Feb. 11, 1971)
Violin Concerto (Perlman/Van Otterloo, Mar. 19, 1972)
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 (Giulini, Jan. 22, 1978)
CAPLET Épiphanie (Decroos/Fournet, Feb, 10, 1978)
T. DE LEEUW Symphony of Winds (Haitink, Oct. 30, 1971)
ELGAR Falstaff (C. Davis, June 20, 1970)
ESCHER Sinfonia (R de Leeuw, May 2, 1976)
FRANCK Symphony in D minor (Ancerl, Jan. 21, 1970)
GINASTERA Harp Concerto (Badings/Lopez Cobos, Nov. 3, 1977)
HAYDN Symphony No. 92 (Ancerl, (Jan. 21, 1970)
JOLIVET Trumpet Concerto 2 (André/Fournet, Mar. 11, 1976)
LUTOSLAWSKI Paroles Tisseés (Pears/ Lutoslawski, Feb. 12, 1971)
MADERNA Violin Concerto (Olof/ Masson, Oct. 26, 1975)
MAHLER Das Klagende Lied (Soloists/Chorus/ Haitink, Feb 14, 1973
MARTIN Piano Concerto 2 (Badura Skoda/Krips (Jan. 27, 1972)
MENDELSSOHN Symphony 4. (Kondrashin, Nov. 18, 1979)
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4 (Tuckwell/Leitner, Jan. 7, 1973)
Symphony No. 35 (Harnoncourt, Mar. 30, 1979)
RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (Wayenberg/Ancerl, Jan. 21, 1970)
REGER Serenade (Jochum, Jan. 22, 1976)
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto (Arrau/ Jochum, April 21, 1977)
Symphony 3 (Leitner, Jan 7, 1973)
SCRIABIN Le Divin Poème (Kondrashin, May 4, 1976)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 4 (Kondrashin, Oct. 10, 1971)
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 (Ormandy, Nov. 27, 1969)
En Saga. (Kondrashin, Jan. 14, 1971)
STRAVINSKY Concertino for 12 instruments (Spanjaard, Jan. 8, 1978)
Concerto in D (C. Davis, June 11, 1975)
Les Noces (Soloists/choir/de Nobel, Nov. 14, 1971)
TCHAIKOVSKY Rococo Variations (Rostropovich/Kondrashin, Mar. 14, 1977)
VAN FLIJMEN Sonata per piano e tre gruppi instrumentali (Bruins/Bour, June 16, 1974)
WALTON Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten. (Krips, Jan. 27, 1972)

Update: All 7 volumes, plus an additional 5 devoted to the orchestra's chief conductors, have been reissued in an insanely expensive 152 CD set: The Radio Legacy - Limited Edition

Vol 1: currently out-of-print, 1935-1950 = ASIN:B00008W3U8
Vol 2: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. 2: Live the Radio Recordings 1950-1960
Vol 3: Anthology Live 1960-70: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 4: the box under review.
Vol 5: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 5: The Radio Recordings 1980-1990
Vol 6: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Anthology Live 1990-2000
Vol 7: Anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7, 2000-2010


Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra No. 6 1990-2000
Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra No. 6 1990-2000
Price: £103.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 6 - Contents Listing, 2 Sep 2014
Radio Netherlands has issued a 7 volume anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1935-2010.
The first 2 volumes (1935-1960) were on Q-Disc, Volumes 3-7 (1960-2010) are on RCO Live.
The first 4 volumes have apparently been deleted.

Volume 6 of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Live series features guest conductors with the orchestra (1990-2000).
Unfortunately, by 1990 the world was starting to run out of interesting guest conductors.

I admit it - I'm old and cranky.

Attrition had taken its toll since Volume 5,
which featured five conductors absent from Volume 6: Bernstein, Dorati, Jochum and Kondrashin had passed away. Giulini went into retirement (he died in 2005, aged 91).

To my way of thinking, the notable names in the current volume are Klaus Tennstedt (Mahler Symphony 5), and Kurt Sanderling (Bruckner Symphony 3, Shostakovich Symphony 5).

Neither conductor hung around for Volume 7 (2000-2010).
(Kurt Sanderling was still around, but retired - he died in 2011, aged 99).

I hate getting old.

CD 1: BARTÓK Bluebeard's Castle (Ivan Fischer, cond; Ildikó Komlósi, mez; Kolos Kovács, bs)
CD 2: MAHLER Symphony No. 5 (Klaus Tennstedt)
CD 3: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 (Wolfgang Sawallisch). SIBELIUS Symphony No. 4 (Paavo Berglund)
CD 4: MARTIN Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments (Riccardo Chailly). DUTILLEUX L'Arbre des songes (Isabelle van Keulen, vn; Charles Dutoit, cond). SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1 (Georg Solti)
CD 5: ELGAR Symphony No. 2 (André Previn). LUTOS?AWSKI Concerto for Orchestra ( Stanislav Skrowaczewski )
CD 6: WAGNER Rienzi: Overture (Mariss Jansons). RAVEL Ma Mère l'oye (Bernard Haitink). ZEMLINSKY Symphonic Songs (Willard White, bar; Chailly, cond)
CD 7: BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3 (Martha Argerich, pn; Claus Peter Flor, cond). DALLAPICCOLA Liriche Greche (Lucy Shelton, sop; Reinbert de Leeuw, cond). MESSIAEN 3 Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine (Dutoit, cond; Marc-André Hamelin, pn; Jean Laurendeau, ondes martinot; Women of the Netherlands R Ch)
CD 8: DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Jean Fournet). HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (Chailly). ZIMMERMANN Trumpet Concerto (Peter Masseurs, tpt; Edo de Waart, cond). SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht (Pierre Boulez)
CD 9: BRAHMS Tragic Overture (Nikolaus Harnoncourt). SCHUMANN Fantasy in C (Thomas Zehetmaire, vn; Harnoncourt, cond). SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 (John Eliot Gardiner)
CD 10: SCHOENBERG 5 Orchestral Pieces , op. 16 (Jansons). LOEVENDIE Piano Concerto (Ronald Brautigam, pn; Chailly, cond). MOZART Symphony No. 40 (Harnoncourt)
CD 11: BRUCKNER Symphony No. 3 (Kurt Sanderling). DIEPENBROCK Hymne an die Nacht No. 2 (Nathalie Stutzmann, alt; Chailly, cond)
CD 12: STRAVINSKY Le Baiser de la fée: Divertimento (Gennady Rozhdestvensky ). FELDMAN Coptic Light (Peter Eötvös). BERIO Sinfonia (Luciano Berio, cond; Swingle Singers)
CD 13: PIJPER 6 Symphonic Epigrams (Haitink). BERLIOZ Les Nuits d'été (Ann Murray, sop; Haitink, cond). R. STRAUSS Tod und Verklärung (Kurt Masur). IVES 3 Places in New England (John Adams)
CD 14: TAKEMITSU A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden (Adams). SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 (Sanderling)SCHREKER Vom ewigen Leben (Claudia Barainsky, sop; Gerd Albrecht, cond)

Update: All 7 volumes, plus an additional 5 devoted to the orchestra's chief conductors, have been reissued in an insanely expensive 152 CD set: The Radio Legacy - Limited Edition

Vol 1: currently out-of-print, 1935-1950 = ASIN:B00008W3U8
Vol 2: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vol. 2: Live the Radio Recordings 1950-1960
Vol 3: Anthology Live 1960-70: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 4: Anthology Live 1970-80: Royal Concertgebouw
Vol 5: Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 5: The Radio Recordings 1980-1990
Vol 6: the box under review.
Vol 7: Anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7, 2000-2010


Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Wagner 1951-1960 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)
Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Wagner 1951-1960 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)
Price: £37.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan: German Classics with the Philharmonia + the First Berlin Philharmonic recordings, 15 Aug 2014
8 CDs with the Philharmonia Orchestra (4 are stereo) + 4 CDs with the Berlin Philharmonic (3 are stereo).

Karajan re-recorded most of this repertoire, but these are his only recordings of Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" Symphony, Mozart's German Dances, Leopold Mozart's "Toy Symphony", and Nicolai's Overture to "Die Lustigen Weiben von Windsor"

PART ONE: PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

- Brahms: Symphonies 1 (1952 mono), 2, 4 (1955 stereo)
- Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn (1955 mono and stereo *)
- Liszt: Les Préludes, Hungarian Rhapsody 2 (1958 stereo)
- Mozart: Symphonies 35 (1952-55 two mono recordings **), 38 (1958 stereo), 39 (1955 mono and stereo *)
- Mozart: Divertimento k287 (1952 mono)
- Mozart: Serenade 13 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' (1953 mono)
- L.Mozart: Cassation in G 'Toy Symphony' (1957 stereo)
- Schmidt: Notre Dame - Intermezzo (1959 stereo)
- Schubert: Symphony 8 (1955 stereo)
- J.Strauss (father): Radetzky March (1955 mono, 1960 stereo)
- J.Strauss: Waltzes - An der schönen blauen Donau, Kaiser-Walzer, Künstlerleben (1955 mono)
- J.Strauss: Polkas - Pizzicato (1955 mono), Tritsch-Tratsch, Unter Donner und Blitz (1955 mono, 1960 stereo)
- J.Strauss: Der Zigeunerbaron Overture (1955 mono)
- Josef Strauss: Delirien Waltz (1955 mono)
- R.Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (1951 mono), Tod und Verklärung (1953 mono)
- Suppe: Leichte Kavallerie Overture (1955 mono, 1960 stereo)
- Wagner: Tannhäuser - Venusberg Music (1954 mono, 1960 stereo)
- Weber: Invitation to the Dance orch. Berlioz (1958 stereo)

* Two 1955 recordings - Brahms' Haydn Variations and Mozart Symphony 39 - appear in alternate stereo and mono versions from the same session.
Different takes were used for Mozart 39: Only the mono version has an exposition repeat in the second movement.

** Mozart Symphony 35 appears in two different mono versions, recorded in multiple sessions between 1952 and 1955. Rather confusing.
Movements 1 and 2 are different takes, movements 3 and 4 appear to be identical.

Hard to believe, but for the first ten years after World War II, Herbert von Karajan was persona non grata in Berlin.
The post-war Berlin Philharmonic was dominated by Wilhelm Furtwangler and Sergiu Celibidache, both of whom despised Karajan.

Karajan spent ten years, 1946 to 1955, in Vienna and London, making LP records for EMI.
Walter Legge founded the Philharmonia Orchestra in London in 1945, planning to do without a principal conductor, but this proved impractical.
Herbert von Karajan took up the position (but not the title) from 1949 until 1955.

Wilhelm Furtwangler died in November, 1954.
Despite his prolonged absence from Berlin, Herbert von Karajan was elected Music Director of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1955,
a tribute to the critical (and financial) success of his Philharmonia Orchestra recordings, many of which are in this box.

Following this appointment, Karajan curtailed his activity in London, though he continued to make stereo recordings with the Philharmonia until 1960.
He started recording in Berlin in 1957.

By the time Karajan returned to London for some guest appearances, Otto Klemperer was Music Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
He was one of the few German conductors who could tolerate Karajan (and vice-versa).
They had a surprisingly cordial relationship, considering that the elderly Klemperer was not only a Jewish refugee, but also a bipolar manic-depressive (and he's my favorite conductor).

Karajan's self-professed conducting idol was Arturo Toscanini.
A highlight of Karajan's tenure was in September, 1952 when Toscanini guest-conducted the Philharmonia,
and had high praise for Karajan's orchestra.

The Philharmonia recordings are certainly more "Toscaninian" - leaner, less schmaltzy, and less opulent than his better-known Berlin Philharmonic re-recordings of the music.
Not necessarily better, but certainly different.

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PART TWO: BERLIN PHILHARMONIC

- Bruckner: Symphony 8 (1957 stereo)
- Hindemith: Symphony 'Mathis der Maler' (1957 stereo) *
- Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (1960 stereo)
- Mozart: Symphony 29 (1960 stereo)
- Mozart: Serenade 13 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' (1959 stereo)
- Mozart: German Dances k600,No.5, k602, k605,No.2 (1959-60 stereo) *
- Nicolai: Lustigen Weiben von Windsor Overture (1960 stereo) *
- Schubert: Symphony 5 (1958 stereo)
- Schumann: Symphony 4 (1957 mono)
- Wagner: Overtures - Meistersinger, Tannhauser (1957 mono), Fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin (1960 stereo)
- Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (1957 mono)
- Weber: Freischütz Overture (1960 stereo)

The first EMI recording sessions with the Berlin Philharmonic got off to a rocky start.
Despite the late date - 1957, the Schumann 4th Symphony and three chunks of Wagner are actually mono recordings.

Bruckner's 8th Symphony (Haas edition) was a poor choice for Karajan's first stereo session in May, 1957.
The recording venue, Berlin's Grunewaldkirche, has an extremely long verberation time,
which the EMI engineers had not yet mastered.
The string sound is quite beautiful, but heavily scored passages - there are many in this symphony, are congested and opaque, drowned in a bath of sound.
Reminds me of the Bruckner that Gunter Wand recorded in Lubeck Cathedral.

Wonderful performance nonetheless.
I wish EMI had waited a couple years - The 1960 engineering for Mendelssohn and Nicolai is gorgeous (of course, the music is more lightly scored).
Following these EMI sessions, Deutsche Grammophon had better luck across town at the Jesus-Christus Kirche (beginning in 1959).

Karajan made seven CDs worth of recordings for EMI between 1957 and 1960, before the switch to Deutsche Grammophon.
Rather than package them in a single volume,
which would have been justified because of their historical significance,
Warner decided to use them as fillers for Karajan's 1949-1960 Philharmonia Orchestra recordings.
The bulk of the early Berlin Philharmonic recordings are in the box under review - others are in:

Orchestral Spectaculars from Handel to Bartok 1949-1960 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)
- Bartok: Music for Strings Percussion and Celesta
- Dvorak: Symphony 9
- Handel: Water Music *
- Smetana: Moldau

Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Balakirev, Stravinsky 1949-1960 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)
- Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4

Concerto Recordings 1948-1958 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)
- Brahms: 2nd Piano Concerto with Hans Richter-Haaser

* Karajan's only recording with Berlin Philharmonic

SOUND: Everything has been remastered since these recordings were last issued as part of an enormous 88 CD package in 2008.
I don't have those CDs at hand for comparison, but the new ones do sound better than EMI's first attempt dating back thirty years.
Pretty good in fact.


Karajan: Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 (1963) Remastered [Deluxe Limited Edition-5 CDs + 1 Blu-Ray Audio]
Karajan: Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 (1963) Remastered [Deluxe Limited Edition-5 CDs + 1 Blu-Ray Audio]
Price: £40.99

29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mercedes-Benz of Beethoven Cycles, Now in Blu-Ray Audio, 23 July 2014
Nine Symphonies on five newly remastered CDs --- OR one Blu-Ray Audio Disc (it plays for 6 hours, 2 minutes).

To show off their new Blu-Ray technology, Deutsche Grammophon had the choice of three different Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic cycles of the Beethoven Symphonies.
Surprisingly, they went with the earliest one - recorded in 1962, ignoring his new and improved versions from 1977 and 1984.

The 1962 Beethoven cycle was recorded in the Jesus-Christus Kirche, the site for all Karajan recordings, 1959-1974.
From 1974, Karajan insisted on recording in the Philharmonie, the orchestra's new concert hall, with a clearer but drier sound.

After the move to the the Philharmonie, lower strings still recorded well,
but the violins lost some of their accustomed sweetness.
(not helped by the aging Karajan's insistence on final approval - as we age we don't hear highs as clearly as before).
After his death, these recordings were remastered - rebalancing the treble
(the "Karajan Gold" series).
They now actually sound pretty good - but still second best.

Apart from the warmer sound of the 1962 Beethoven cycle, the performances are remarkably similar, aside from a more urgent first movement in the 1977 Eroica.

Herbert von Karajan was famous for his love of racing cars,
but his Beethoven always struck me as more of a Mercedes-Benz limousine.
BIG AND MADE FOR COMFORT.
Very unfashionable in our historically correct time.
There are other big orchestra sets out there, but none are quite as luxurious as Karajan's 1962 Beethoven.
(it can also be quite exciting).

This is now Karajan's preferred Beethoven Cycle: Best Performance / Best Sound.

PACKAGING:
5 CDS + 1 Blu-Ray Audio disc in a hardcover book with slipcase (13 x 15 x 3 centimeters).
The cover design is identical to the 1963 LP box.
Unfortunately the program notes for the music are gone.
In their place, you get a new essay by Richard Osborne plus a lot of nice photographs.

P.S. There is a companion Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition of Karajan's recordings of Richard Strauss: ASIN:B00JEPZVYM
or on the Amazon search bar, enter "CD & Vinyl: Karajan Strauss Blu"
Once again, DG went with his acoustic Jesus-Christus recordings over the digital Philharmonie remakes.

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TECHNICAL STUFF

Blu-Ray Audio appears to be the wave of the future.
Its not uncommon to find ordinary CDs remastered at "24-bit/96 kHz", but the CD medium is incapable of accurately reproducing everything on the master.
You need SACD or Blu-Ray Audio to realise the full potential of the original master tape.

YOU DON'T NEED A SPECIAL BLU-RAY AUDIO PLAYER.
It will play on any Blu-Ray Video player.
Keep the video output connected to your TV to read the disc menu.
Connect the audio to your Hi-Fi system.

The only real advantage of Blu-Ray over the older SACD technology is a longer playing time - The Blu-Ray Audio disc included with Solti's Ring plays for fifteen hours.
Two channels of high definition sound: 2.0 LPCM 24-bit/96 kHZ (these numbers can theoretically go higher on Blu-Ray).

Blu-Ray is capable of more than two channels.
The Carlos Kleiber Blu-Ray Audio Deluxe Edition included an option of 5.0 surround sound, remixed from the master tape:
Complete Orchestra Recordings
The Karajan Blu-Ray Audio takes a purist approach: Just the two channels as originally issued.

In addition to the music, the Blu-Ray includes a 29 minute orchestra-only rehearsal of Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
Video content on the Blu-Ray is minimal:
Nine symphonies = 38 individual movements
The track listing on your TV screen permits access to each movement (the rehearsal takes an additional 3 tracks).
There are no subtitles for the rehearsal, nor is a translation printed in the booklet.

You also get the symphonies on five standard CDs.
The CD remasterings are credited to "Emil Berliner Studios", copyright 2014.
This is at least the third time they have been remastered for CD.
They sound fine to me.

The Blu-Ray Audio remastering is credited to "MSM Studios, Munich", copyright 2014.
I wonder how it compares to the eleven year-old SACD remastering?
(6 hours, 2 minutes = 1 Blu-Ray = 6 SACDs)

Pretty sure either are preferable to CD,
but I am not the best judge:
1) My ears are 65 years old.
2) The Berlin Philharmonic is a tight squeeze in my apartment - My landlord won't allow concert hall realism in his building.
Playing Blu-Ray Audio with the volume turned down is self-defeating.

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CONFESSION:
I was just reminded of how old I am.
Depressing.
I bought this in 1964.
It was my introduction to Beethoven's Symphonies.
I was an impressionable teenager, new to classical music, and fell in love with Herbert von Karajan.
The sheer look and feel of DG's 1960's LP records had something to do with it.
They were twice as thick as American records, came in luxurious plastic-lined sleeves and didn't snap, crackle and pop like American pressings
(they also cost a lot more than American records, but Karajan's new Beethoven box was specially priced).

This infatuation lasted until I discovered Otto Klemperer and Bruno Walter at my college record store.
The 1970's LP pressings were execrable, but the music making was revelatory.
Two dinosaurs from the Nineteenth Century who lived long enough to record in stereo.
(I also discovered Furtwangler, Mengelberg and Toscanini,
but they didn't make it that far).

But you never entirely forget your first love.
Fifty years later I am reintroducing myself to Herbert von Karajan.
Mixed feelings.
But I'm glad I had the opportunity, and it didn't even cost too much.

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CONTEMPORARY BEETHOVEN CYCLES:
The booklet notes make a misleading point:
"Never before had all nine symphonies been recorded and released as an integrally planned subscription set, handsomely annotated".

This was not the first Beethoven Symphony set.
It was preceded by seven mono sets and five stereo sets. *
Karajan/DG wasn't even Karajan's first Beethoven cycle, or the first stereo cycle recorded by the Berlin Philharmonic.

EMI already had a set of Beethoven Symphonies with Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra, so their immediate priorities were elsewhere.

EMI recorded two stereo sets simultaneously between 1957 and 1960:
Otto Klemperer with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and
Andre Cluytens with the Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan was under contract to EMI when Cluytens recorded his set with the Berlin Philharmonic.
This perceived snub may have been one of the reasons for his switch to Deutsche Grammophon.

I suppose you could be pedantic and describe the 1962 DG cycle as the first "integrally planned subscription set".
Nowadays it's called pre-ordering.

* Mono:
Weingartner, Toscanini, Walter, Scherchen, Karajan, Jochum, Schuricht
(the last three had at least one symphony in stereo).
- the mono sets by Furtwangler and Mengelberg relied on radio broadcasts that didn't become public until the early '70s.

Stereo:
Bruno Walter: Bruno Walter: The Edition (rec 1958-59) - part of an inexpensive 39 CD mega-box.
Josef Krips: Forever Beethoven (Coll) (Tin) (1959) - earlier releases were on the Everest label (good) and the Bescol label (bad).
Otto Klemperer: Beethoven: Symphonies & Overtures (1957-60) - my favorite, but I'm old and cranky.
Andre Cluytens: Beethoven: Symphonies (1957-60) - first Berlin Philharmonic set
Franz Konwitschny: Beethoven - Complete Symphonies (1960-62)

- Ernest Ansermet started a stereo set in 1958, but didn't finish it until 1963.
- Rene Leibowitz and the Royal Philharmonic recorded a set in 1962 (concurrent with Karajan) for Reader's Digest. Sold by mail-order.

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OTHER KARAJAN BEETHOVEN CYCLES:
Earliest was a 1952-1955 set with the Philharmonia Orchestra: Beethoven: Symphonies & Overtures 1951-1955 (Karajan Official Remastered Edition)
This may be Karajan's most interesting Beethoven, but it is handicapped by mono sound in all but Symphony 8.

1977 Berlin cycle: Beethoven: 9 Symphonies; Overtures
1984 Berlin cycle: Beethoven - also includes the Concerti, Overtures and Missa Solemnis in mostly DDD recordings
- remarkable bargain (13 CDs for 18 Pounds).

Also very interesting is Karajan's first DVD video Beethoven set:
Beethoven - the Symphonies (Von Karajan, Berliner Po) [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [NTSC], filmed 1967-1972
Four directors of varying competence.
The guy who directed Symphony 6 is hopeless.
The rest is watchable.

Eighty percent of screen time is devoted to close-ups of Karajan.
It got worse when Karajan took over the directing duties himself for an early 80's cycle on five Sony DVDs.
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Carlos Kleiber: Complete Orchestral Recordings on Deutsche Gramophone
Carlos Kleiber: Complete Orchestral Recordings on Deutsche Gramophone
Price: £21.23

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Blu-Ray Edition of Carlos Kleiber's orchestral recordings, 22 July 2014
WHAT THIS IS NOT: Carlos Kleiber - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon.
-- Deutsche Grammophon issued that box four years ago.
Twelve CDs containing Carlos Kleiber's complete recordings for DG.
Five Symphonies on three CDs and four Operas on nine CDs:

The box under review contains only the five Symphonies on three CDs:
Beethoven Symphonies 5 and 7, Brahms Symphony 4, Schubert Symphonies 3 and 8.

BUT this new box also includes a single BLU-RAY AUDIO disc that duplicates the content of the three CDs (2 hours, 38 minutes).

YOU DON'T NEED A SPECIAL BLU-RAY AUDIO PLAYER.
It will play on any Blu-Ray Video player.
Keep the video output connected to your TV to read the disc menu.
Connect the audio to your Hi-Fi system.

Its not uncommon to find ordinary CDs remastered at "24-bit/96 kHz", but the CD medium is incapable of accurately reproducing everything on the master.
You need SACD or Blu-Ray Audio to realise the full potential of the original master tape.

The only real advantage of Blu-Ray over the older SACD technology is a longer playing time - The Blu-Ray Audio disc included with Solti's Ring plays for fifteen hours.

You get a choice of 2 channel sound or 5 channel surround:
2.0 LPCM 24-bit/96 kHz - or
5.0 DTS HDMA 24-bit/96 kHz

The surround sound is remixed from the master tape.
The two channel option faithfully reproduces the original master tape approved by Carlos Kleiber.

This high definition sound is as good as you can get today.
It may be too good.
The Vienna Philharmonic is a tight squeeze in my apartment.

Video content on the Blu-Ray is minimal:
Five symphonies = 18 individual movements.
The track listing on your TV screen permits access to each movement.

The Blu-Ray also includes a 73 minute audio documentary by Jon Tolansky.
English only, no subtitles (surprising from a German label).
(the documentary takes an additional 9 tracks).

The three standard CDs sound fine.
Blu-Ray Audio is almost certainly an improvement, but it's hard for me to judge.
My landlord won't allow concert hall realism in his building.
Playing Blu-Ray Audio with the volume turned down is self-defeating.

PACKAGING:
The CDs and Blu-Ray come packaged in a 36 page hardcover book with slipcase (15 x 20 x 3 centimeters).
Too big for my CD shelf.
There is a five-page article and a two-page timeline of Kleiber's life.
Nice photographs.

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These performances are fast, athletic and tremendously exciting.
There is nothing eccentric, aside from a really quick (2:45) slow movement for Schubert's Symphony 3.
Carlos Kleiber is not my favorite conductor, but one I tremendously respect.

He had possibly the strangest career of any major conductor.
His early years were centered in Dusseldorf and Zurich.
It wasn't until 1973, at age 43, that he hit the big time, when DG signed him to record Der Freischutz in Dresden.
This was followed by the 1974 Beethoven 5th with the Vienna Philharmonic (in this box).
He retired in 1999, aged 69.

He was in the international spotlight for 25 years.
During his prime he had a tiny repertoire:
A few overtures, some Johann Strauss.
Eleven Symphonies by five composers, Eight Operas by seven composers.

His father, the great conductor Erich Kleiber, was a workaholic.
Carlos wasn't lazy - he put a great deal of work and rehearsal into a small number of works that he performed over and over again.
John Tolansky resists the temptation to psycho-analyze Carlos Kleiber,
He refers to him only as a "fanatical perfectionist".

Carlos Kleiber's Repertoire, 1973-1999:

- Beethoven: Symphonies 4, 5 *, 6 and 7 *
- Bizet: Carmen
- Brahms: Symphonies 2 and 4 *
- Haydn: Symphony 94
- Mozart: Symphonies 33 and 36
- Puccini: La Boheme
- Schubert: Symphonies 3 * and 8 *
- J.Strauss: Die Fledermaus **
- R.Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
- Verdi: Otello
- Verdi: La Traviata **
- Wagner: Tristan und Isolde **
- Weber: Der Freischutz **

* recorded by Deutsche Grammophon - in this box.
** recorded by Deutsche Grammophon - not in this box.

Earlier in his career (pre-1973), he also conducted:
- Berg: Wozzeck
- Borodin: Symphony 2
- Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
- Offenbach: 3 Operettas
- R.Strauss: Elektra
- Verdi: Falstaff

Broadcasts of all these works are available on smaller labels specialising in historical CDs.
There are also a number of DVDs, including authorised product by DG, Philips, JVC and Arthaus.

Plus some fascinating pirate DVDs:
- Puccini: La Boheme, with Pavarotti, Cotrubas and Popp (La Scala 1979)
- Verdi: Otello, with Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni (La Scala 1976)
These are available for a pittance from Berkshire Record Outlet (berkshirerecordoutlet.com).
On their search page, enter "Carlos Kleiber" then "DVD" and click the "Search" button.

The start of Act 4 of Otello is delayed 45 seconds by a demonstration in the audience.
They are unhappy about something.

These DVD-Rs are taken from home-made VHS tapes.
I would love to see an authorised release.

--- Also of interest is a pirate CD on the Memories label:
Kleiber's only appearances with an American Orchestra - The Chicago Symphony
1978 = WFMT stereo broadcast, and
1983 = Not broadcast, recorded by someone in the audience (terrible mono)
Unfortunately, the poorly recorded concert featured a work unique to his discography - George Butterworth's English Idyll No.1
Not listed on Amazon UK, but it is listed on American Amazon:
ASIN:B00133RKDI
or type "Kleiber Chicago" in their search bar.
Sometimes available from Berkshire Record Outlet (berkshirerecordoutlet.com).

P.S. Other Blu-Ray Audio Deluxe Boxes recently released by DG:
Karajan: Beethoven Symphonies 1-9 (1963) Remastered [Deluxe Limited Edition-5 CDs + 1 Blu-Ray Audio]
and
Karajan / Strauss Deluxe Box (DG box set)
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Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1, Orchestral Works
Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1, Orchestral Works
Price: £63.26

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile tribute to a nearly forgotten conductor + Secret Password, 16 July 2014
For most of my life, Herbert von Karajan was the face of Deutsche Gramophon.
But this was not always the case - Karajan made his first DG recording in 1959.
For ten years before that, Ferenc Fricsay and the Berlin Radio Symphony
were the backbone of DG's postwar catalog.
Furtwangler and the Berlin Philharmonic made only a few studio recordings for DG
(most of the DG Furtwangler LPs we are familiar with were posthumous releases of radio broadcasts).
Measured by the number of recordings,
Ferenc Fricsay was the face of Deutsche Grammophon in the 1950s.

3/4 of the recordings are Mono, recorded 1949-1957.
(the Vienna Phliharmonic Brahms 2nd from 1961 is a mono recording of an Austrian Radio broadcast).

Friend Ultrarunner went to a lot of trouble to prepare a detailed listing of contents with recording dates.
See his review dated July 19, 2014.

Most, if not all, of Fricsay's stereo recordings have already been issued on CD
(see list at the end of this review).
Recording sessions were held in Berlin's Jesus-Christus Kirche:
Same place, Same team that recorded Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic from 1959 to 1974.

There is no indication in the booklet that anything has been newly re-mastered.
The stereo recordings sound fine, as you'd expect.
DG's mono recordings have never been sought out by Audiophiles, but these are honest transfers that do not hinder your enjoyment of the music.

Fricsay was music director the Berlin Radio Symphony (RIAS).
One obvious difference between it and the Berlin Philharmonic is that the Radio Symphony numbered about 70-80 players vs. 90-100 players in the Philharmonic.
70-80 players is what composers like Brahms and Dvorak expected an orchestra to sound like - on a good day.
(though I imagine they would have been pleased by Karajan's Philharmonic).

Seven CDs worth were actually recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, 1949-1960.
Furtwangler and Karajan agreed on Fricsay's merit as a conductor - One of the few things they agreed on.

- Six CDs of Bartok and Kodaly (Fricsay's teachers in Hungary)

- Five CDs of Beethoven, including six Symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic, recorded 1953-60.
If not for his final illness, Fricsay would have been the conductor of Deutsche Grammophon's first stereo set of Beethoven's Nine Symphonies.
(Karajan's famous set dates from 1962).
Fricsay was a sane Beethoven interpreter: The first movement of the Fifth Symphony is the only idiosyncratic performance in this box.
It may be the slowest on record (9:09 with the repeat), slower than Klemperer, and without Klemperer's clean articulation.

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau "interprets" the bass solo in the Ninth in a very mannered style (and he's not even a bass).
Much more of Fischer-Dieskau is coming in Volume 2: Operas and Vocal Works.
Fricsay was the young baritone's preferred conductor at the Berlin Opera.
I am hoping for some surprises when Volume 2 is released next year.

- Five CDs of Mozart. Fricsay was famed Mozart conductor, but his stereo recordings with the Vienna Symphony (four symphonies) disappoint.
The orchestra has an unpleasant sting tone as recorded.
His earlier mono recordings with the Berlin Radio Symphony are much better (one of the great Jupiters on record).

- Four CDs of Tchaikovsky, including a staggering 1959 recording of the Pathetique.

- Four CDs worth of Contemporary (c.1950) German, French and Swiss music.

- CD 45 is devoted to a 1960 rehearsal of Smetana's "Moldau" with the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra.
Nice, but I suggest you investigate: In Rehearsal & In Concert [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Video version of the same rehearsal, plus English subtitles.
Also recommended is the video documentary: Music Transfigured: Remembering Ferenc Fricsay [DVD] [2003] [2009]

Fricsay had an unusual conducting technique.
No baton, and he waved both arms about frantically, like a big ungainly bird trying to take off.
But once he was in flight, it was beautiful.

PACKAGING:
45 CDs in a 10 x 13 x 13 centimeter box
Original jacket format for the front of each jacket, with track listing on the back (no program notes).
CDs are presented in more-or-less alphabetical order (Bartok through Verdi).

110 page booklet with index to the music on the CDs.
Nice photographs.
Three brief articles (9 pages total) by Tully Potter, Elsa Schiller and Yehudi Menuhin.
Unfortunately, half the booklet is devoted to reprinting the track listings that already appear on the back of each CD jacket.

A 14 page essay by Lutz von Pufendorf (love that name) is available on DG's website.
A password (printed in the booklet) is required to open the article.

This essay is essential to an appreciation of the new Fricsay box..
In addition to a biography of the conductor, Pufendorf goes into detail about the contents of each CD.
This should have been printed in the booklet, instead of the duplicate 50 pages of track listings.

Anyone hesitant about buying this box should read the essay.
If only there was some way to give them the secret password.

Reading the Comments Section at the end of this review may prove illuminating.

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These are the Stereo recordings, recorded 1957-1961:

Bartók: Piano Concertos 1-3, Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra (Geza Anda)
Beethoven: Symphonies 3, 5, 7, 9 (Berlin Philharmonic)
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Leonore Overture III (Berlin Philharmonic)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto 3 (Annie Fischer w/ Bavarian State Orchestra)
Beethoven: Triple Concerto (Anda, Schneiderhan, Fournier)

Berlioz: Marche hongroise
Brahms: Piano Concerto 2 (Geza Anda w/ Berlin Philharmonic))
Brahms: Double Concerto (Schneiderhan, Starker)
Bruch: Violin Concerto (Erica Morini)

Dvořák: Symphony 9 (Berlin Philharmonic) *
Einem: Ballade, Piano Concerto op. 20 (Gerty Hertzog)
Glazunov: Violin Concerto (Erica Morini)
Gounod: Faust Ballet Music & Waltz
Kodály: Symphony in C, Háry János *

Liszt: Les Préludes
Mozart: Symphonies 29*, 39, 40, 41* (Vienna Symphony)
Mozart: Serenade 13 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (Berlin Philharmonic)
Mozart: Adagio & Fugue, Maurerische Trauermusik
Mozart: Two Concert Rondos for Piano & Orchestra (Annie Fischer w/ Bavarian State Orchestra)

Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Margrit Weber)
Smetana: Vltava (Berlin Philharmonic) *
J.Strauss: Waltzes etc. *
Stravinsky: Movements for Piano & Orchestra (Margrit Weber)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony 6 *
Tchaikovsky: Waltz & Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Tcherepnin: Bagatelles for Piano & Orchestra (Margrit Weber)
Verdi: Ballet Music from Aida & Otello

* Stereo remake of an earlier mono recording (both versions are included).
All recordings are with the Berlin Radio Symphony unless otherwise indicated.
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