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Fritz Busch conducts Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Wagner, Alfven, Schubert

Audio Samples

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Das Marchen von der schonen Melusine (The Beautiful Melusine) Op. 32
>     Overture
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 (Orchestral version)
>     Scherzo
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84
>     Overture
>Busch, Fritz : Dance Suite (after Schubert), for orchestra
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>     Prelude and Isoldes Liebestod
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Act 3. Prelude and Interlude
>Alfven, Hugo [Composer] : Swedish Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra ("Midsommarvaka"), Op. 19

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Das Marchen von der schonen Melusine (The Beautiful Melusine) Op. 32
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 (Orchestral version)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84
>Busch, Fritz : Dance Suite (after Schubert), for orchestra
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Alfven, Hugo [Composer] : Swedish Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra ("Midsommarvaka"), Op. 19
Conductor Ensemble
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Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Fritz Busch's travels after the Second World War took him halfway around the world. This recording features his performances with three different orchestras (U.S., Sweden and Switzerland) that were recorded between 1946 and 1949.

"Guild continues apace with their fine series of reissues dedicated to the underrated Fritz Busch now espousing a brilliant collection of orchestral pieces from the US and Sweden in post-war performances of the highest caliber.

The Mendelssohn works are dapper and direct with the Overture "Fair Melusine" particularly appealing and recalling Schuricht's equally brilliant Decca version. I also greatly enjoyed the "Egmont" Overture with its thrilling final coda and the Wagner items are heart on sleeve in the best sense of the word. All is rounded off with a rousing "Midsummer Night Vigil" by Alfvén in a rare performance from Malmö.

The recordings have been sprucely cleaned up although they suffer from some opaque sound in places. Notes and presentation are up to the usual Guild standards so one really cannot but wholeheartedly recommend this excellent disc which is a must for historical buffs."-classical.net

Fritz Busch’s travels after the Second World War took him halfway around the world. This recording features his performances with three different orchestras (U.S., Sweden and Switzerland) that were recorded between 1946 and 1949.

”this is an excellent album for exposing listeners to the art of Fritz Busch. Although it doesn’t display the structural breadth that was a hallmark of his symphonic recordings, or the wonderful rapport with singers that mark his studio and live operatic issues, the intensity, attention to detail, and expansive spirit are all present in abundant quantities.”-Fanfare



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Das Märchen von der schönen Melusine (The Beautiful Melusine) Op. 32 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Fritz Busch
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 11/14/1833

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 (Orchestral version) :: Scherzo
  • Conductor: Fritz Busch
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 10/15/1825

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Fritz Busch
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Busch, Fritz : Dance Suite (after Schubert), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Fritz Busch
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Prelude and Isoldes Liebestod
  • Conductor: Fritz Busch
  • Running Time: 16 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Act 3. Prelude and Interlude
  • Conductor: Fritz Busch
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Hugo Alfvén (Composer) (1872 - 1960) : Swedish Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra ("Midsommarvaka"), Op. 19
  • Conductor: Fritz Busch
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903