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Subject: Re: Favorite non-opera vocal works?
From: Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:13:06 -0700
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The Maharaja is long dead.  Has anyone ever tried to track the tapes?

Donald

On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 3:03 PM, Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The engineering problems on the Flagstad/Furtwängler “Vier Letzte Lieder”
> are, as the lawyers say, with malice afore thought.
>
> The Maharajah of Mysore (not making this up), major “angel” without whom
> Walter Legge’s Philharmonia Orchestra would never have come into being,
> paid a fortune to have a high quality studio recording made. He stipulated
> that he have the only copies and all others be destroyed. To protect the
> value, he also stipulated that the BBC not broadcast or record the premier
> performance.
>
> What exists comes from someone having illicitly snuck some form of low
> quality recording equipment into one of the rehearsals but having to keep
> recorder and microphone hidden.
>
> At least that’s how it was told to me.
>
> The best reconstruction of the poor sound that I’ve heard is the Testament
> issue.
>
> Max Paley
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 25, 2018, at 13:08, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Way too many to mention them all, but if I were to single out only a few
> > then here it goes (with loads of extra credits, I hope)...
> >
> > Schubert, WINTERREISE - love some tenor renditions, but still prefer it
> in
> > the baritone voice - favorite recordings: Gerhard Hüsch, Hans Hotter
> > (mid-50s version with Gerald Moore), Heinz Rehfuss, Christian Gerhaher
> >
> > Delius - THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS - 1950s live performance in Rome with Jon
> > Vickers, Barbirolli conducting; also love Sargent's 1st version with
> Heddle
> > Nash, Ripley and Noble, and a few later recordings for individual singers
> > (Baker's Angel above all) or conducting, but overall the
> Vickers-Barbirolli
> > reading would have to be my desert island choice
> >
> > Bach, ST. MATTHEW PASSION - I love quite a few different interpretations
> > from the classic Klemperer to Furtwangler; the first time I heard it was
> on
> > the live 1950 recording from Vienna, memorably with Kathleen Ferrier and
> > Irmgard Seefried, Karajan conducting, and it remains my sentimental
> favorite
> >
> > Grechaninov's CREDO / THE CREED - a very old and obscure recording from
> > 1931 credited to the Russian Metropolitan Church Choir in Paris; although
> > my mom was not Russian, this beautiful choral piece somehow evokes
> > nostalgia in me and I regularly listen to it every Mother's Day
> >
> > Richard Strauss, FOUR LAST SONGS - Lisa della Casa and Sena Jurinac.
> What a
> > shame that the Flagstad/Furtwangler recording suffers from serious
> > engineering problems.
> >
> > Vesna
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 12:46 PM, Rich Lowenthal <
> [log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> This has come up before but it's been quiet and I thought I would raise
> it
> >> again: what are your favorite non-opera vocal works, both individual and
> >> choral? (Feel free to choose oratorios or "dramatic legends," even if
> they
> >> have been staged, since everything seems to get staged eventually...)
> For
> >> extra credit, name favorite recording(s).
> >>
> >> My own favorites are "Vier letzte lieder" (either Norman or Della Casa)
> >> and "The Dream of Gerontius" (Britten recording with Peter Pears). I
> must
> >> admit to an almost irrational affection for Elgar's choral works.
> >>
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