Artur Rodziński: The Complete Cleveland Orchestra Recordings

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Following Sony Classical’s 16-CD release of Artur Rodziński’s New York Philharmonic recordings, here is the label’s eagerly awaited 13-disc collection of his complete recordings with...

Following Sony Classical’s 16-CD release of Artur Rodziński’s New York Philharmonic recordings, here is the label’s eagerly awaited 13-disc collection of his complete recordings with the Cleveland Orchestra, which Rodziński headed from 1933 to 1943. The fiery, volatile Polish conductor (1892–1958) – whose lean, propulsive style emulated that of his idol Toscanini – earned a reputation as a builder of great orchestras: he led and developed the Los Angeles Philharmonic before taking up his position in Cleveland. In 1935, he brought nationwide attention to the midwestern orchestra when he conducted it in the US première of Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. During his tenure in Cleveland, Rodziński moulded its orchestra into a brilliant ensemble which his successor, George Szell, would then elevate to international pre-eminence. Meanwhile, Rodziński was also active in Europe, becoming the first naturalized American to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. There Toscanini admired his work and in 1938 picked him to train his new NBC Symphony Orchestra. In Cleveland between 1939 and 1942, Rodziński conducted a number of important recordings for Columbia Masterworks, all of them contained in this new set.

With dedicatee Louis Krasner as soloist, he made the first studio recording of the Berg Violin Concerto. His other acclaimed 78-sets include the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (“among the finest statements ever given this incorrigibly popular score” – High Fidelity), Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, the Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky (“Remarkable here is the tension of the second movement and the heroic close to the first” – Gramophone) as well as those of Sibelius and Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet (“Unsullied excitement” – Gramophone), Debussy’s La Mer and the orchestral “scenario” from Jerome Kern’s Show Boat – plus a previously unreleased recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Nathan Milstein. Until now, most of these albums have only been released on 78s and reissued on LP. Thus Sony Classical’s meticulously transferred and mastered 13-disc collection of Rodziński’s Cleveland recordings fills a large gap in this still widely admired conductor’s CD discography.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: November 03, 2023


  • UPC: 194399287729


  • Catalog Number: 19439928772


  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment


  • Number of Discs: 13


  • Period: "Romantic, 20th Century"


  • Composer: Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Jerome Kern, Dmitri Shostakovich, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Jean Sibelius, Armas Järneveld, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Mieczysław Weinberg, Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Carl Maria von Weber, Hector Berlioz, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg


  • Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra


  • Performer: Nathan Milstein



Works:


  1. Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  2. Rapsodie Espagnole

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  3. Alborada del gracioso

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  4. La Mer

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  5. Show Boat (Scenario for Orchestra)

    Composer: Jerome Kern

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  6. Symphony no. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

    Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  7. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  8. Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  9. Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  10. Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

    Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  11. 1812 Overture

    Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  12. Marche slave, Op. 31

    Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  13. Khovanschina: Dawn on the Moscow River

    Composer: Modest Mussorgsky

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  14. Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

    Composer: Jean Sibelius

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  15. Praeludium for Small Orchestra

    Composer: Armas Järnefelt

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  16. Finlandia, Op. 26

    Composer: Jean Sibelius

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  17. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

    Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  18. Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

    Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  19. Scheherazade, Op. 35

    Composer: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  20. Variations & Fugue on 'Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree'

    Composer: Mieczysław Weinberg

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  21. Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  22. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Incidental Music, Op. 61

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  23. Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  24. Der Freischütz: Overture

    Composer: Carl Maria von Weber

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  25. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

    Composer: Hector Berlioz

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  26. Violin Concerto, Op. 36

    Composer: Arnold Schoenberg

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Performer: Louis Krasner (Violin)

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  27. Violin Concerto

    Composer: Alban Berg

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Performer: Louis Krasner (Violin)

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński


  28. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Ensemble: The Cleveland Orchestra

    Performer: Nathan Milstein (Violin)

    Conductor: Artur Rodziński