Friedrich Wührer, Pt. 2. Concerti by Weber, Mendelssohn, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky


Today, I offer the first of two posts consisting of concerto recordings by pianist Friedrich Wührer from the 1950s, showcasing his abilities in the Germanic repertory traditionally associated with him, but also in two Russian virtuoso vehicles. It’s no surprise that Wührer delivers sturdy, idiomatic, technically finished versions of the Weber and Mendelssohn works, but he makes a convincing case for the Rubinstein work, and the Tchaikovsky Concerto benefits from his energetic, straightforward, but sensitively shaped approach. Some allowances need to be made for the less than optimal orchestral contributions. Particularly baffling is the orchestra’s tuning in the Rubinstein, which is very sharp to that of the piano. The Tchaikovsky was originally coupled with the Scriabin Concerto, which I will present in a future post.

Anton Rubinstein: Piano Concerto no. 4 in D Minor, op. 70.
Vienna State Philharmonia
Rudolf Moralt, Conductor

Vox PL 7780

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 44
Pro Musica Symphony of Vienna

Heinrich Hollreiser, Conductor

Vox PL 9200

Weber: Piano Concertos: No. 1 in C Major, op. 11
and No. 2 in E-Flat Major, op. 32

Pro Musica Symphony of Vienna

Hans Swarowsky, Conductor

Vox PL 8140

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40
Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Rudolf Moralt, Conductor

Vox PL 6570

Note: Thanks to Larry from rec.music.classical.recordings for allowing me to share a link to his transfers of the wonderful Vox Box set of Beethoven’s Works for Cello and Piano, performed by Joseph Schuster and Wührer. I own a well worn mono copy, so when Larry mentioned that he had a stereo copy and was willing to transfer it I was thrilled, especially as this was a formative set for me, at the tender age of eight or so!

Thanks again!

 

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3 Responses to Friedrich Wührer, Pt. 2. Concerti by Weber, Mendelssohn, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky

  1. oblecto says:

    Neal, the Tchaikovsky FLAC files have been deleted by the host site and the MF folder contains other things.

  2. tatifan says:

    Hmm….Mediafire shouldn’t delete files, but yes it does seem to be gone. I’m out of town and my travel HD doesn’t have that one…..back in January and I’ll be sure to re-upload!

    Thanks for letting me know.

  3. tatifan says:

    The Mediafire link to the Tchaikovsky has disappeared for some reason. I was unable to find my original file, but there is now a fileserve link to Flac versions of the Rubinstein & Tchaikovsky.

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