Monthly Archives: December 2008

Fritz Lehmann. Odeon recordings, Part 3

Many posts ago, I presented two volumes of Fritz Lehmann on Odeon 78rpm recordings, and finally, here is another installment, with one more on the way soon, consisting entirely of Baroque works. Meanwhile, thanks very much to those who filled … Continue reading

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Van Beinum, Part 5. Haydn Sym. 101, Sibelius Sym. 5 (live)

Here a couple of live performances conducted by Eduard van Beinum that have fallen through the cracks for one reason or another. Both of these were issued in 1982 on lp by Past Masters in a set of live recordings … Continue reading

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Alexander Goldenweiser. Grieg Lyric Pieces, Pt. 1

I had hoped to offer the complete Grieg Lyric Pieces, recorded by Alexander Goldenweiser (1875-1961) in the early to mid-1950s on five Melodiya lps, but the copies I have to work with of several of these are problematic, so it … Continue reading

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Oskar Fried. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1937 Russian recording)

Unlike the majority of artists threatened by the advance of National Socialism in Germany, conductor Oskar Fried chose to escape to the east, eventually settling in Moscow, where he lived for the rest of his life. There is, so far, … Continue reading

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Wilhelm Kempff, Pt. 3. First Recording & Various Rarities

I promised some more Wilhelm Kempff, and among these offerings is something very special, his first recording (pictured above), from c. 1920. There is an oft repeated story of how, in the Beethoven Bagatelle Kempff struck a wrong note, and … Continue reading

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