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GH 2366

Busch conducts Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Wagner, Alfven, Schubert

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2010

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Philharmonic Orchestra of Los Angeles

10 March 1946

Sinfonie-Orchester Winterthur

1949

Konsertthus Stiftelsens Orkester Malmo

30 October 1949

Fritz Busch



Producer:

Dr. Jurgen Schaarwachter

(Executive)

Record Label
Guild Historical

Genre:

Historic


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 78:32
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FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY

(1809-1847)
1 

Overture Das Marchen von der schonen Melusine [The Beautiful Melusine], Op. 32

9:31
2 

Scherzo from Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 (Orchestral version)

4:16
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

(1770-1827)
3 

Overture to Egmond, Op. 84

8:21
   
 

FRANZ SCHUBERT

(1797-1828) arr. Fritz Busch
 

Dance Suite for Orchestra

14:38  
4 Polonaise F-dur, Op. 75 No. 4/D.599 No. 4 4:18
5 Ecossaisen D.145 No. 1-6 2:06
6 Trio ('zu betrachten als verlorener Sohn eines Menuetts') E-dur D.610 1:18
7 Valses nobles, Op. 77 Zwolf Walzer D.969 6:56
   
 

RICHARD WAGNER

(1813-1883)
8 

Prelude and Isoldes Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

16:30
9 

Prelude and Interlude from Act III - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

12:14
 

HUGO ALFVEN

(1872-1960)
10 

Midsommarvaka, Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 19

13:02


This is the latest release in our on-going series of recordings by the legendary German conductor Fritz Busch, earlier issues of which have drawn exceptional reviews from the international classical press. The disc is made up of mainly overtures and orchestral preludes from the 19th-century, with Hugo Alfven’s ever-delightful Swedish Rhapsody No 1, one of the most tuneful and popular of all 20th-century short orchestral favourites. The repertoire therefore is surprisingly wide, and contains the conductor’s own orchestral version of a suite of dances compiled from Schubert’s music. With outstanding orchestral playing from orchestras in Winterthur, Los Angeles and Malmo, this CD offers another unique conspectus of the mastery of this great conductor.

"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."

Gerald Fenech.

Classical.net



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