Ferdinand Leitner. 3 by Johann Strauss II

Among the neglected files on my hard drive, awaiting further work,  are a number of wonderful recordings by two of the “L” conductors from the Deutsche Grammophon stables in the late 78/early LP era, Fritz Lehmann and Ferdinand Leitner.  Rather than a large compilation (more to come!) here’s a small lagniappe (although it’s all free here, eh?) from Leitner.  There are several LPs worth of Strauss family works from him, perhaps not quite a rival in quality to the superb Ferenc Fricsay sides, but I think you’ll find a refined, pleasingly balanced and easy going approach from “L” and the Wurtembergers.  I don’t have the LPs at my disposal….this is from one of the “long playing” Variable Micrograde pressings, which are shellac 78rpm, but because of the variable groove spacing accomodate over 8 minutes per side.  Here‘s a bit more about them from a Gramophone article.  They can be noisy (this one is rather so), but have a sweet upper response, roundness, and a bit more dynamic range than the contemporary LP pressings.  These would have been tape originals, so certainly the disadvantage is the noise added.  Thanks to Mike Gartz for sharing this from his collection!  I do have one previous Leitner post here (the Mediafire links still seem to work). Hope you enjoy!

Johann Strauss II:
Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op.333
Bitte schön, Op.372 
Leichtes Blut, Op.319

Ferdinand Leitner, conductor
Württemburgisches Staatsorchester 
Recorded January 21, 1950
Stuttgart, Staatstheater
DG Variable Micrograde 78rpm 72011 

 

 

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One Response to Ferdinand Leitner. 3 by Johann Strauss II

  1. andrewsatura says:

    Thanks for these delicious trifles, Neal! Leitner certainly had the Straussian idiom under his belt. I once read a quote from Schumann to this effect: “There are two things in the world that are difficult: to establish a reputation and to maintain it. But the great masters, from Beethoven to (Johann) Strauss, are each blessed in their own way.” And then there’s the story of Brahms signing an autograph to a member of the Strauss family. He wrote out the Blue Danube theme and underneath it, “Unfortunately not by Brahms”!

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