Notes & Reviews:
Recorded as he turned 81, and in the midst of a sustained outburst of recording and performance activities which came to a close only with his death in 1962, Bruno Walter's swan song with the Beethoven symphony cycle leading the Columbia Symphony Orchestra stands among the many pinnacles of performances of Beethoven's awe inspiring symphony-scapes. The 7 CD set on Sony Classical Masters Series collects the symphonies recorded in 1961, with choice additions of the virtuousic Violin Concerto featuring the magnificent Zino Francescatti with a bonus disc devoted to the rehearsal sessions for several of the symphonies providing a fascinating perch to these recordings.
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Pierre Boulez conducts Ravel / Philippe Entremont, piano; Jill Gomez, soprano; Jessye Norman, soprano; José van Dam, baritone; Heather Harper, soprano [5 CDs]
Bruno Walter conducts Mozart - Symphonies nos 25, 28, 29, 35, 36, 38-41; Requiem, Violin Concertos 3 & 4, Overtures [6 CDs]
Claudio Abbado Conducts Tchaikovsky - Symphonies nos 1-6; The Tempest; '1812' Overture; Romeo and Juliet [6 CDs]
Bruno Walter Conducts Brahms: Symphonies nos 1-4; Overtures; 'Double' Concerto; German Requiem; Alto Rhapsody et al. / Mildred Miller, alto [5 CD]
The Anna Russell Album
Isaac Stern Plays Mozart - Violin Concertos nos 1-5; Sinfonia concertante, Concertone, Serenades nos 6 & 7 et al. / Zukerman, Rampal [4 CDs]
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, K.581; Weber: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34 / Eduard Brunner, clarinet
Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus (Vienna, 1960) / Waechter, Guden, Kunz, Stolze, Zampieri, Berry, Kleinv, Streich. Karajan
Isaac Stern Plays Brahms: Violin Concerto; Double Concerto; Piano Trios 1-3; Piano Quartets 1-3; Violin Sonatas 1-3 / Eugene Istomin, piano; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Emanual Ax, piano [5 CDs]