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Subject: Re: Favorite non-opera vocal works?
From: Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 27 Feb 2018 18:19:25 -0800
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Have wondered about that but have to assume no, since they never surfaced. Who knows what he did with them?

Max Paley

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 27, 2018, at 07:13, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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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