Dimitri Mitropoulos: Conductor

Dimitri Mitropoulos: Conductor

by Dimitri Mitropoulos
     
 

If you're not a fan of Dimitri Mitropoulos' conducting and you can't tolerate antique sound, this 10-disc set, Mitropoulos Conductor, is not for you. However, if you are a fan, and antique sound is as mother's milk to you, this collection provides a treasure trove of great performances. Mitropoulos fans may already be familiar with most of these performances…  See more details below

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If you're not a fan of Dimitri Mitropoulos' conducting and you can't tolerate antique sound, this 10-disc set, Mitropoulos Conductor, is not for you. However, if you are a fan, and antique sound is as mother's milk to you, this collection provides a treasure trove of great performances. Mitropoulos fans may already be familiar with most of these performances since most have been previously released, either commercially or in pirated editions. Still, the extraordinarily high quality of the performances will make this set compulsory for listeners devoted to the conductor. As anyone familiar with Mitropoulos' work knows, he was perhaps the most intense conductor ever to lead an orchestra. In performance after performance, he turns in readings of overwhelming intensity, with every line, harmony, rhythm, color, and note bearing its full weight of meaning. In his magnificent account of Schumann's "Third Symphony" with the Minneapolis Symphony from 1947, the opening and closing Allegros have rarely had this combination of power and energy, and the fourth movement's Grave has never sounded so monumental. His Mahler "First" from 1940 is electrifying, his Rachmaninov "Second" from 1947 heart-rending, his Borodin "Second" from 1941 galvanizing, his Chausson "Symphony" from 1939 imposing, and, perhaps best of all, his Berg "Concerto" with violinist Joseph Szigeti from 1945 is enormously moving. Although there are some unusual items here -- the conductor himself takes a turn as soloist in Bach's "Fifth Brandenburg Concerto" and Krenek's "Third Piano Concerto" -- and although the sound is undeniably antique, with little done in the remastering process to make it more palatable, this set should appeal to anyone interested in Mitropoulos.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
Label:
Membrane
UPC:
4011222317551
catalogNumber:
2231755
Rank:
253423

Tracks

  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  NBC Symphony Orchestra
  2. Fantasia and Fugue, for organ in G minor ("Great"), BWV 542 (BC J42, 57, 67)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  3. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Artur Rubinstein  -  New York Philharmonic
  4. Symphony No. 3 in A minor ("Scottish"), Op. 56  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  5. Capriccio brillant for piano and orchestra in B minor, Op. 22  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Joanna Graudan  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  6. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ("Rhenish"), Op. 97  - Robert Schumann  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  7. Symphony in D minor, Op. 48  - César Franck  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  8. Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Artur Rubinstein  -  New York Philharmonic
  9. Le Roi d'Ys, opera in 3 acts: Overture  - Edouard Lalo  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  10. Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20  - Ernest Chausson  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  11. Suite No.7 for orchestra ("Scènes alsaciennes")  - Jules Massenet  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  12. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Artur Rubinstein  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  13. Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Little Russian"), Op. 17  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  14. Symphony No. 2 in B minor  - Alexander Borodin  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  15. Violin Concerto in A minor, B. 96/B. 108 (Op. 53)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  New York Philharmonic  - Isaac Stern
  16. Overture No. 1 on Three Greek Themes for orchestra in G minor, Op. 3  - Alexander Glazunov  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  17. Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  18. The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem, Op. 29  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  19. Chopiniana, for orchestra (after Chopin)  - Dimitri Rogal-Levitsky  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Dimitri Rogal-Levitsky  -  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra
  20. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Robin Hood Dell Orchestra
  21. Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  22. Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan")  - Gustav Mahler  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  23. Le tombeau de Couperin, for orchestra  - Maurice Ravel  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  24. Violin Concerto  - Alban Berg  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Joseph Szigeti  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  25. Le boeuf sur le toit, ballet for orchestra, Op. 58  - Darius Milhaud  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
  26. Concerto for piano & orchestra No 3  - Ernst Krenek  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  - Dimitri Mitropoulos  -  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

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