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Their international marketing coverage will enable the disc to reach out to more than the specialist listener. Without having the precise details to hand these performances will in all probability have been reissued several times over the years. The recordings are around sixty years old now and the sound quality that has been achieved by audio restoration engineer Mark Obert-Thorn is impressive. My ear soon adjusted to the challenges and taking the age into account the remastering process has left these recordings sounding reasonably clear and decently balanced.
I feel sure that the remastered sound quality for Naxos Historical will be more than acceptable to the majority of listeners except those who demand pristine digital sound. Any minor inconvenience must surely be compensated for by the historical significance and context of these recordings. Understandably, at the start of the s, millions of people were still struggling with the aftermath of the horrors of the Second World War. Emotions were still running extremely high. Controversy still dogged him and his past Nazi associations continued to taint his reputation remaining a source of infuriation for many in the music world.
His conducting prowess is widely accepted as being amongst the finest of the twentieth century and he left a legacy of wonderful recordings. I was struck by the title that music writer Peter Gutmann uses in the web pages www.
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That, for me, encapsulates the complex situation so appositely. For me his greatest strengths are the sheer splendour of the beauty of sound he creates, his innate sense of overall structure and his ability to build an impressive energy and a remarkable intensity of emotion. It is often asserted that the score was intended as a gift to the Graz Music Society to show his gratitude for the award of a Diploma of Honour.
No one knows for certain why Schubert failed to complete it leaving only two sublime and almost perfect movements together with sketches for an intended Scherzo. Edited by David Ewen. First published by Prentice-Hall. Pub: Robert Hale Limited, London.
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ISBN: 0 2. Some background noise has been left in at the start of the performance. But the sound quality of this recording is excellent for its age. The brooding passages carry an incessant ache of almost unimaginable pain. The conductor mesmerises the listener in the Andante con moto , casting a rapturous spell.
The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is convincing throughout and generating considerable excitement. Of the other versions that I know I greatly admire the romantic potency of the performance from Carlos Kleiber with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Perhaps a wildcard selection is the recording from Hans Knappertsbusch made at the Titania Palast, Steglitz, Berlin — impressive for its awesome power and direct approach. Now sixty years old the recording is reasonably clear but includes plenty of vivid audience noise; mainly coughing.
This is a performance high on energy and resilience. It is, without doubt, one of the best works which we have recently heard. Bright, fascinating and original throughout, it stands at the head of his instrumental works. In the opening movement marked Andante—Allegro ma non troppo I was struck by the broad changes in tempi and dynamics that vary from the delicate to those of harsh extremes. They all contribute to a remarkable performance. The interpretation of the Andante has never sounded fresher and for me evokes the onset of the spring awakening after a long and severe winter.
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The genial woodwind especially the oboe and clarinet sound splendidly bucolic. I enjoyed the forceful martial statements for full orchestra that were so powerful they made me jump in surprise. This exceptional performance of the closing Allegro vivace exudes unbridled joy and real freshness with a sense of a window being opened to reveal a wonderfully verdant and mountainous Alpine vista. Throughout, the assured playing is thrilling and overflows with vigour.
The Unfinished of January was recorded in Vienna. His other recordings numbered Berlin in , , and , and Turin in We therefore lack a wartime performance against which to measure and contrast the post-war sequence.
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