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Kronungskonzert (Lehmann, Berliner Philharmoniker) (DG The Originals)

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  • Conductor: Fritz Lehmann
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0000B09YX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In his notes, Ingo Harden, translated by Stewart Spencer, points out that, in the decade following WWII, the West German recording industry, typified by DGG, set out to exploit the new technologies of tape and LP in order to secure ‘the special character of permanence’. The industry, rising from ruins and devastation, relied on key artists, one of whom was the Hungarian conductor Ferenc Fricsay, 1914-63. Another conductor equally short-lived, was Fritz Lehmann, 1904-56, who collapsed and died while conducting the St Matthew Passion in Munich, on Good Friday.

In this CD, issued in Deutsche Grammophon’s ‘The Originals’ series in 2003, Carl Seeman, 1910-83, plays Mozart’s Coronation Concerto, K. 537, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Lehmann, recorded in 1953, and this team is joined by Andor Földes, 1913-92, in the Concerto for two pianos, K. 365, from 1955. In the same year, Seeman, Lehmann and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra recorded the two Rondos for Piano and Orchestra, K. 382 and 386.

The sound is slightly boxy but, given the conditions of six decades ago, this does nothing to spoil the impression of Seeman’s slightly mannered performance of the concerto, very different from most much more relaxed modern recordings. Seeman and Földes give a measured, rather than exuberant performance of the double concerto but Lehmann is very attentive and much more than a mere accompanist in both works. Although Földes is perhaps now best remembered for his championing of Bartók’s music he and Seeman interact well with one another and the orchestra without, it has to be admitted, setting the listener’s pulse racing.

Seeman remains rather grave, almost stately, in the first Rondo, K. 382, but eventually loosens up somewhat in K. 386.
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Carl Seemann is rather forgotten today, but he was a well-known pianist in the 1950s. He plays the "Coronation" Concerto with great flair, and is joined by Andor Foldes in the 2-piano concerto K 365. Seemann also plays two single-movement pieces. He is ably supported by conductor Fritz Lehmann. Only the mono sound dates these recordings. If you don't mind a slightly "boxy" sound, you will hopefully find much to enjoy in these beautiful, relaxed readings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fritz Lehmann, A Name to Know! 14 Dec. 2005
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on Amazon.com
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Those familiar with my Amazon reviews will know that I love DG's "Musik...Sprache der Welt" series, but the one title I had initial reservations about was Schubert's Incidental Music to Rosamunde by Fritz Lehmann. I had no idea who this conductor was, but after reading Jeff Lipscomb's glowing review I decided to get the disc from BMG. It was quite good and it whet my appetite for more by Lehmann, so I purchased his "DG Originals" disc of Brahms' German Requiem in the Amazon Marketplace (there are dozens of copies for under a dollar!) and I was hooked. Next I ordered two Import titles from the "Originals" series -- Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks (see my review), and this title featuring Mozart Piano Concertos 10 & 26 and Rondos for Piano & Orchestra KV 382 & 386. Recordings of Mozart PCs are in no short supply in my collection, and soloist Carl Seemann (with second pianist Andor Foldes on K365) gives solid performances, though I must confess I prefer Anda, Casadesus and Curzon in the K537. On the other hand I don't have many accounts of the Rondos, and while it's hard to beat Serkin in the 382, I do prefer Seemann to the Brendel/Marriner Rondos. And don't be discouraged that these are 1953 & 55 mono recordings because like many DG titles from this era, the sound is so crisp and clear you'd swear it was in stereo. I guess the only real problem I have with this disc is Amazon's price tag -- I mean why does this title cost more than Lehmann's Import Handel CD? Anyway, that's easily solved -- just order it from a Marketplace vendor for a cheaper price. Overall, I was so impressed by Lehmann's accounts that I plan to make his two newest titles in the "Sprache der Welt" series my first post-holiday purchases.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent rondos and double concerto; less effective #26 4 Aug. 2012
By Jon Miller ('Kirk') - Published on Amazon.com
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Carl Seemann made some great recordings that were transferred to cd. My favorites: the Mozart piano concerto #24 with Ferdinand Leitner/BPO and variations k455 (in a 4cd Seemann collection), Bach Partitas, and Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Wolfgang Schneiderhan. On this CD I find mixed results. The Coronation Concerto is bit drab and unederenergized, especially when compared to great readings by three or four others
(see below). However, the concert rondos kv382 and 386 are very good and the two-piano concerto k365
is one of the three or four best that I have heard. In it Foldes and Seemann play with spirit and dazzling skill in the outer movements and substantive beauty in the second movement. I know Foldes' Mozart very well (his still unreleased Concerti #s 15,17,and 21 I find Pantheonic and tragically un cd'd at this writing), but cannot identify who is playing what.

Peers: Concerto #26, k537: Vasary/Vasary; Haebler/Rowicki; Curzon/Kertesz and Boulez; Brendel/Marriner (excepting their second movement)

Concerto #10, k365: Haebler and Hoffmann; Brendel and Cooper; the Serkins; Haskil and Anda.
Concert Rondos: Haebler/Philips, Brendel/Marriner/Philips, Annie Fischer/DG, Rudolf Serkin -k382 only-Sony
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