Bruno Walter Edition - Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Concertos

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Having already enjoyed substantial reissue programmes devoted to Furtwangler, Klemperer and Toscanini, I was delighted to receive the initial instalment of Sony Classical's admirable "Bruno Walter: The Edition", doubly so in view of its superb presentation, exceptional technical quality (the best of Walter's stereo recordings were always remarkably lifelike) and its rich trawl of topdrawer repertory. This particular feast includes two violin concertos: the Beethoven with Szigeti, and the Mendelssohn with Milstein-interpretatively worlds apart but instructive in that Walter's accompaniments reflect (and respect) the very different styles of his two soloists. Then there is a two-CD Wagner compilation [ Sony 64459] that gathers together all the stereo Columbia Symphony material and adds a 45-minute Siegfried Idyll rehearsal, and a magnificent run of Mahler: the NYPO Dos Lied von der Erde (with Ernst Haefliger and Mildred Miller—and in my view one of the most profoundly inspired ever made, certainly in terms of the conducting and orchestral playing [ Sony 64455]), the NYPO Fourth and Fifth Symphonies (from 1945 and 1947, respectively), the Lieder und Gesfinge aus der Jugendzeit (with Desi Halban and Walter at the piano) and the stereo Mahler recordings—the First, Second and Ninth Symphonies (the latter appended with "A Talking Portrait" and "A Working Portrait"), and the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Mildred Miller.

-- Robert Cowan, Gramophone [2/1995]


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: SONY64459


  • UPC: 074646445921


  • Label: Sony


  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven


  • Conductor: Bruno Walter


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic


  • Performer: Joseph Szigeti, Nathan Milstein



Works:


  1. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ensemble: New York Philharmonic

    Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)

    Conductor: Bruno Walter


  2. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Ensemble: New York Philharmonic

    Performer: Nathan Milstein (Violin)

    Conductor: Bruno Walter


  3. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Ensemble: New York Philharmonic

    Performer: Nathan Milstein (Violin)

    Conductor: Bruno Walter


  4. Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Ensemble: New York Philharmonic

    Performer: Nathan Milstein (Violin)

    Conductor: Bruno Walter