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The Art of Dimitri Mitropoulos Vol. 1 - Berg, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, et al

Album Summary

>Berg, Alban : Concerto for Violin
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
>Chausson, Ernest : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20
>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38
>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Indian Fantasy, for piano and orchestra, Op. 44, KiV 264
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Sarabande & Cortege, for orchestra (Zwei Studien zu "Doktor Faust"), Op. 51, KiV 282
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35a/K 243
>Word, Spoken : Szigeti recalls Busoni (from a talk given in 1965 at Harvard University)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Few great conductors can be classified by just a few characteristics. Although this cautionary remark applies to Dimitri Mitropoulos, it seems safe to say that, among other things, he was renowned for performances of intensity and animation; his willingness, even eagerness, to explore unfamiliar repertory; and his photographic memory. Ample evidence of the first two characteristics can be heard in this collection of live performances, many previously unreleased, with the Philharmonic-Symphony and the NBC Symphony Orchestra in repertoire with which his career was closely associated. The two volumes (M&A 1213 and M&A 1214) include works by Busoni, to whose circle he had belonged as a student in Berlin, the Twelve-tone Viennese masters for whom he fought major cultural battles, Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, and Mahler, whose inner landscape he found congenial and helped popularize in his decades in America. Digital restorations in 2008 utilizing the revolutionary "harmonic balancing technique."



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Works Details

>Berg, Alban : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 24 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Jean Casadesus (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Chausson, Ernest : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1889-1890
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Stravinsky, Igor : L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1841
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1911-15.
  • Running Time: 41 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1915
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo :: Overture
  • Performer: Egon Petri (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1781.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1781
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Indian Fantasy, for piano and orchestra, Op. 44, KiV 264
  • Performer: Egon Petri (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 04/1913-02/1914
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Sarabande & Cortège, for orchestra (Zwei Studien zu "Doktor Faust"), Op. 51, KiV 282
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 12/1918-01/1919.
  • Running Time: 17 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/1918-01/1919
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35a/K 243
  • Performer: Joseph Szigeti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: ?/?1896-03/1897
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Szigeti recalls Busoni (from a talk given in 1965 at Harvard University)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live