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Marcel Couraud, Conductor
Baroque Chorus & Ensemble of Stuttgart

 

BACH
Magnificat, BWV 243 In D
Cantata No. 31: "Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret," BWV 31 "Easter"

    $12.00 per CD

Many were first exposed to the Bach Magnificat by way of this recording.  It was first release by Columbia in the USA in the mid 1950's. It was also an early attempt at giving us an "original instrument" version.  The soloists are Friederike Sailer, soprano; Margarethe Bence, contralto; Werner S. Braun, tenor; August Messthaler, bass.  This is a must-have release if for nostalgic reasons alone.   High Quality mp3PRO file here
 

 Leslie Jones Haydn Symphonies Series

Denis Vaughan
Conductor
Orchestra of Naples

HAYDN - Paris Symphonies
Symphony Nº 82 in C Major,  "L'Ours"
Symphony Nº 83 in D Minor, "La Poule" 
Symphony Nº 84 in E Flat Major

    $12.00 per CD

This release continues the Denis Vaughan Haydn series of Symphonies 82 through 92 plus the Sinfonia Concertante.  Other releases in this series can be found on pager 17.  High Quality mp3PRO file here   IN STEREO

 
Denis Vaughan
Conductor
Orchestra of Naples

SCHUBERT 
Symphony Nº 1 in D Major, D. 82 
Symphony Nº 2 in B Flat Major, D. 125 
Symphony Nº 3 in D major, D. 200

    $12.00 per CD

First CD of the complete cycle of Franz Schubert's Symphonies.  Beautifully paced with plenty of inner detail giving it all a refreshing approach and recorded in the wonderful acoustic of the Palazzo Reale, Naples, Italy.  The second CD in this series can be found on page 21.    High Quality mp3PRO file here   IN STEREO

ERNST MAERZENDORFER Haydn Symphonies mp3 Series ($2.00 each)
Arthur Fiedler
Conductor
Boston Pops Orchestra

JOHANN STRAUSS II: Five Waltzes:
   1. Wine, Woman and Song; 2. Artist’s Life; 
   3. Vienna Blood; 4. Voices Of Spring;
   5. Emperor Waltz 
TCHAIKOVSKY: Marche Slave, Op. 31
HÉROLD: Zampa Overture
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture
SAINT-SAËNS: Bacchanale from "Samson & Delilah"
SCHUBERT: Ave Maria 
FRANCK: Panis Angelicus 

    $12.00 per CD

These Fiedler gems were all taken from Victor 78 rpm recordings of the late 30's and early 40's.  The Strauss Waltzes are the best recordings of this music ever to come out of Boston, or the entire US for that matter.  The other popular works were done many times at Fiedler's Pops concerts, some of which never made it to a more recent audio medium. All of these recordings are from the golden era of the Pops, making the entire CD a nostalgia trip of unique proportions.  When we hear the young Roger Voisin herald in the Strauss "Wine, Woman and Song, we know this is where it's at, at this very moment, and the performances are wonderful.   Fiedler's contributions to music must be re-evaluated.   High Quality mp3 file here

 
Antal Dorati*
Conductor
Willem van Otterloo
,
Conductor
Hague Residentie Orkest

VAN ANROOY: Piet Hein Rhapsody*
ANDRIESSEN: Kunau Variations
WAGENAAR: Overtures 
    Cyrano de Bergerac Overture
    The Taming of the Shrew

    $12.00 per CD

Amazing music barely known outside of The Netherlands.  It's late 19th, early 20th century with the "Piet Hein Rhapsody being the most popular.  The Wagnenaar Overtures are witty and well crafted.   

   

Dimitri Mitropoulos,
Conductor
New York Philharmonic

SAINT-SAËNS: Symphonic Poems
Danse macabre, Op. 40
Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31 
Phaéton, Op. 39
La Jeunesse d'Hercule,  Op. 50
KODÁLY: Háry János Suite 

    $12.00 per CD

These recording have slipped thru the cracks over the years.  Maybe it was because the "honky" recorded sound was a deciding factor. This annoying sonic effect dominated many of these early to mid 1950 Columbia efforts especially with NYPO recordings. Fear not, most has been carefully withdrawn to bring back on CD these great recorded performances in very good sound for the period..  This release is a sure winner as Mitropoulos conducts it all.    

 

BERLIOZ: Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale   
The Great Symphonic Brass and String Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Wiener Kammerchor 
Ernst Graf,
Conductor 
HAYDN: Symphony Nº 91 in E Flat Major
 
Cincinnati Symphony Max Rudolf, Conductor 
SCHARWENKA: Finale to Piano Concerto Nº 2
Raymond Lewenthal, piano, Eleazar de Carvalho, Conductor, London Symphony
    

    $12.00 per CD


Finally available on CD for the first time is this Berlioz performance issued some 40 years ago.  It is very good with a Viennese touch and is beautifully played and well paced under Ernst Graf.  The chorus is quite enthusiastic and operatic making it all the more stylistic.  Horn soloist is Josef Rohm.    
The Haydn 91 under Rudolf is at the top of the big orchestra performances list.  The somewhat abrasive sound has been completely tamed to a more realistic effect while maintaining the huge stereo stage of this domestic Decca recording. Woodwind solos are superb.  Rudolf takes all the usual repeats.  (The companion Symphony 102 can be found  on catalog page 18.)   The Scharwenka is the only Lewenthal CBS recording  not released officially. IN STEREO    

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Antal Dorati, 
Conductor
Royal Philharmonic
Brighton Festival Chorus

BEETHOVEN 
Symphony Nº 9 in D Minor, Op. 125  "Choral"
Carol Farley, soprano; Alfreda Hodgson, contralto; 
Stuart Burrows, tenor; Norman Bailey, bass

    $12.00 per CD

The performance is detailed yet spacious with wide stereo stage and depth of impressive proportions as below. The chorus sounds youthful and  enthusiastic thus adding to the idealistic message of Beethoven's very popular work along with that typical Dorati incisiveness.  The dullness of the original LP sound has been improved to more realistic levels and amateurish splices evident on the LP have been fixed.  It is a wonderful performance.  Other Beethoven Symphonies from this series can be found in the catalog on page 16.    IN STEREO

 
Antal Dorati, 
Conductor
Royal Philharmonic

BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nº 5 In C Minor, Op. 67 
BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nº 6 in F, Op. 68 “Pastoral”

    $12.00 per CD

There are unique aspects in these recordings: the performances are detailed yet spacious with wide stereo stage and depth of impressive proportions.  Horns are in back but when they are called forth, the effect is truly hair raising.  There is much to learn here as Dorati brings out the hidden phrases and it all makes for a great Beethoven listening experience.  The "Pastoral" is beautifully paced and the sonic dynamics range is up to date in both works.  Other Beethoven Symphonies from this series can be found in the catalog on page 16.      IN STEREO

 Leslie Jones Haydn Symphonies Series

Paul Sacher 
Conductor
Basel Chamber Orchestra
Vienna Symphony
BACH: Brandenburg Concertos
HAYDN: Symphony Nº 44 in E Minor "Trauer"
HAYDN: Symphony Nº 85 in B-flat  Major "La Reine"

$20.00 / 2 CD SET

In the mid 1950's Paul Sacher and his Basel Chamber Orchestra issued Bach's Brandenburg concertos in a very successful attempt to show us historical informed performances of these ever popular works.   The end results caused quite a stir and put these Brandenburgs at the top of the must-have list back then.  For some reason, these recordings never got to CD until now and with much improved sound.  A newer and far less played 2 LP set was secured to make this transfer.  The recording is up-close and reveals all the inner detail of Bach's incredible music.  The Haydn Symphonies with the Vienna Symphony are in the very best Viennese post war tradition of the period.  These are masterful performances from a master conductor.  The Paul Sacher Collection is on page 12. 

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