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Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon - Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon  The Decca 78S (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon - Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon  The Decca 78S (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))
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Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon - Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon  The Decca 78S (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

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Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon - Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon  The Decca 78S (CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE))

Decca studio recordings made between 1947 and 1949 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, newly compiled and remastered by MarkObert-Thorn and including material new to CD.Decca first presented its 'ffrr' technology –full frequency range recording –in 1944, originally developed by the company's engineers as a means of detectingand identifying German submarines through their engine noises. Following the success of Stravinsky's Petrushkawith Ernest Ansermet(made in 1946 and reissued by Eloquence in its comprehensive series dedicated to the Swiss conductor) other major artists visiting London were invited to make records at the acousticallyexcellent Kingsway Hall. One of them was Erich Kleiber, who had attracted a considerable following in London through his concerts.

'Audiences did not merely listen and applaud,' remembered his friend, the scholar Jacques Barzun. 'They knew what they were doing.' His repertoire for Decca mirrored his concerts: symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven, overtures by Dvořákand Handel, and Strauss-family favourites, all done with superb attention to rhythmic lift and dynamic balance so that, combined with Decca's pioneering technology, listeners could (and still can) hear inside the scores to a degree still remarkablefor the late 1940s. The old ideal of classical 'objectivity' was Kleiber'sinspiration for Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony: he was 'a conductor's conductor', observed The Spectator's reviewer, seeing Kleiberin concert at the time of these recordings, who obtained precisely what he wanted with 'instinctive ease and economy of means'.

The French conductor Jean Martinonalso had a short-lived relationship with Decca in London before making most of his records in the US for RCA. They include deliciously light-textured accounts of Ravel's Le Tombeaude Couperinand Chabrier'sSuite Pastoraleas well as another gramophone rarity: the farewell aria for Joan of Arc in Tchaikovsky's opera The Maid of Orleans, sung by the Polish mezzo-soprano Eugenia Zareska.

'[Kleiber] sets a norm, from the outset, of genuine, much-felt happiness … immensely wide dynamic range.' Gramophone, December 1951 (Kleiber: Beethoven 'Pastoral')

'A suavely poised yet dramatic interpretation.' The Times, July 1952 (Kleiber: Mozart K550)

Tracklistings:

CD 1

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

1 Berenice, HWV 38: Andante larghetto*

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

2–5 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

6–10 Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

CD 2

JOSEF STRAUSS

1 Sphären-klänge, Op. 235*

JOHANN STRAUSS

2 Der Zigeunerbaron–Overture*

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK

3 Carnival Overture, Op. 92 (B.169)*

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Erich Kleiber

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

4 The Maid of Orleans: Da, časnastal! … Prostitevï, kholmï, polyarodnïye(Farewell aria)*

EMMANUELCHABRIER

5–8Suite pastorale*

MAURICE RAVEL

9–12 Le tombeaude Couperin*

Eugenia Zareska, mezzo-soprano(Tchaikovsky)

London Philharmonic OrchestraJean Martinon

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UPC 0028948293865
Release Date 12 Jul 2019
Brand N/A
Artist Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon
Title Erich Kleiber, Jean Martinon – The Decca 78S
Format CD DOUBLE (SLIMLINE CASE)
Packaging -
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