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The Art of Dimitri Mitropoulos Vol. 2 - Broadcast Performances 1945-1955 - Mahler, Bach, et al

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
>Lalo, Edouard : Symphonie espagnole, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 21
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 4 in F minor
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 10
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Erwartung, Op. 17
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

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 6 in A minor "Tragic"
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 74 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903-1904

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
  • Performers: Carmine Coppola (Flute); Mischa koff (Violin); Dimitri Mitropoulos (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 26
  • Performer: Dimitri Mitropoulos (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1917-1921

>Lalo, Edouard : Symphonie espagnole, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 21
  • Performer: Zino Francescatti (Violin)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Pietro Scarpini (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912-13.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 4 in F minor
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1931-1934

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 10
  • Performer: Astrid Varnay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1908

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Erwartung, Op. 17
  • Performer: Dorothy Dow (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909