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Herbert Blomstedt: The San Francisco Years - works by Bartók, Beethoven, Berwald, Brahms, Bruckner, Grieg, Hindemith, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Nielsen et al. [15 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:


Works:

Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943; USA
Date of Recording: 1993
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 36 Minutes 30 Secs.

Kossuth, Sz 21 by Béla Bartók

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903; Budapest, Hungary
Date of Recording: 1993
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs.

Symphony no 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 âEuroEroicaâEuro by Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 1 in G minor âEuroSérieuseâEuro by Franz Berwald

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Sweden
Date of Recording: 02/24/1992
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 33 Minutes 12 Secs.

Symphony no 4 in E flat major by Franz Berwald

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845; Sweden
Date of Recording: 05/25/1991
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francico
Length: 29 Minutes 44 Secs.

Gesang der Parzen, Op. 89 by Johannes Brahms

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882; Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1989
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 11 Minutes 40 Secs.
Language: German

Nänie, Op. 82 by Johannes Brahms

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880-1881; Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1989
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 12 Minutes 42 Secs.
Language: German

Song of Destiny, Op. 54 by Johannes Brahms

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868-1871; Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1989
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 17 Minutes 7 Secs.
Language: German

Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13 by Johannes Brahms

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1858; Germany
Date of Recording: 09/1989
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs.
Language: German

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 by Johannes Brahms

Performer: Jard Van Nes (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869; Austria
Date of Recording: 05/1989
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 13 Minutes 26 Secs.
Language: German

German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms

Performer: Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (Soprano), Wolfgang Holzmair (Baritone)
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1868; Austria
Date of Recording: 09/1993
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 70 Minutes 47 Secs.
Language: German

Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 âEuroRomanticâEuro by Anton Bruckner

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria

Peer Gynt, Op. 23 by Edvard Grieg

Performer: Wendy Hoffman (Mezzo Soprano), Merilyn Vaughn (), Wendy White (Mezzo Soprano),
Richard Haille (), Urban Malmberg (Baritone), Mari Anne Häggander (Soprano)
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875/1892; Norway
Date of Recording: 06/1988
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 73 Minutes 0 Secs.
Language: Norwegian

Symphony âEuroMathis der MalerâEuro by Paul Hindemith

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 10/1987
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943; USA
Date of Recording: 10/1987
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

Trauermusik for Viola and Strings by Paul Hindemith

Performer: Geraldine Walther (Viola)
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Germany
Date of Recording: 10/1987
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings, Op. 50 by Paul Hindemith

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930; Germany
Date of Recording: 05/1991
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 17 Minutes 21 Secs.

Symphony no 2 in C minor âEuroResurrectionâEuro by Gustav Mahler

Performer: Ruth Ziesak (Soprano), Charlotte Hellekant (Alto)
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888/1896; Germany
Date of Recording: 09/1992
Venue: Davies Hall, San Francisco
Length: 86 Minutes 12 Secs.
Language: German

Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 âEuroScottishâEuro by Felix Mendelssohn

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Germany
Date of Recording: 05/1991
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 37 Minutes 3 Secs.

Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 âEuroItalianâEuro by Felix Mendelssohn

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833; Germany
Date of Recording: 12/1989
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 29 Minutes 37 Secs.

Symphony no 2 in B minor, Op. 16 âEuroThe Four TemperamentsâEuro by Carl Nielsen

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901-1902; Denmark
Date of Recording: 09/1989
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
Length: 32 Minutes 21 Secs.

Symphony no 3, Op. 27 âEuroSinfonia espansivaâEuro by Carl Nielsen

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910-1911; Denmark
Date of Recording: 12/1989
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
Length: 35 Minutes 23 Secs.

Carmina burana by Carl Orff

Performer: Lynne Dawson (Soprano), John Daniecki (Tenor), Kevin McMillan (Baritone)
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Girls Chorus ...
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936; Germany

Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 âEuroGreatâEuro by Franz Schubert

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria

Overture in C major, D 591/Op. 170 âEuroIn the Italian StyleâEuro by Franz Schubert

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria

Symphony no 7 in C major, Op. 105 by Jean Sibelius

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1924; Finland

Symphony no 1 in E minor, Op. 39 by Jean Sibelius

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899; Finland

Tapiola, Op. 112 by Jean Sibelius

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926; Finland

Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1888-1889; Germany
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 17 Minutes 35 Secs.

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1911-1915; Germany
Venue: Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Length: 52 Minutes 26 Secs.



"Blomstedt is not a glamorous personality, but to my mind he ranks high among the living giants of the podium. A low-key, undervalued, underestimated giant perhaps but listen to those Nielsen discs and there's no doubt about his stature." -Gramophone

In celebration of Blomstedt's return to the San Francisco Symphony this April, Decca presents 15 of the greatest of his SFS recordings, some of which have not been available for some time. You'll hear recordings of Hindemith, Nielsen, Brahms, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Schubert that really stand out.

Herbert Blomstedt, 86 years young, is now regarded as one of the last torch bearers of the great Austro-Germanic tradition. He has served as principal conductor of the two oldest great German orchestras, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He also is an expert in Nordic repertoire, being Swedish, though born in the USA. It is in the USA where on record he made the most impact with 10 still much-talked about years as music director of the San Francisco Symphony (1985 to 1995). With this orchestra, he and Decca made some of the most spectacular orchestral recordings to date, still prized and cited as reference versions by collectors.



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