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Art of Dimitri Mitropoulos, Vol. 1 of 2
     

The Art of Dimitri Mitropoulos, Vol. 1 of 2

by Dimitri Mitropoulos
 
The first of two four-disc sets issued by Music & Arts, The Art of Dimitri Mitropoulos -- Broadcast Performances 1941-1957 is a fascinating collection of characteristically uncharacteristic repertoire and performances by the charismatic Greek conductor. As befits Mitropoulos the dedicated modernist, the program opens with

Overview

The first of two four-disc sets issued by Music & Arts, The Art of Dimitri Mitropoulos -- Broadcast Performances 1941-1957 is a fascinating collection of characteristically uncharacteristic repertoire and performances by the charismatic Greek conductor. As befits Mitropoulos the dedicated modernist, the program opens with Berg's violin concerto and ends with a full disc of Busoni's works, including his violin concerto, both concertos played by Joseph Szigeti. As befits Mitropoulos the enthusiast for a wide-ranging repertoire, the set also includes Strauss' "Eine Alpensinfonie," Vaughan Williams' "Tallis Fantasia," and Chausson's "Symphony." And as befits their origins, many of the performances here come from unusual sources; the Beethoven "Third Piano Concerto" with Jean Casadesus, for example, was taped in 1957 in Binghamton, NY. The performances themselves are totally contradictory and virtually uncategorizable. All of them are both tremendously controlled and terrifically emotional. Mitropoulos' reading of Schumann's "First Symphony" is as overwhelmingly dramatic as his Chausson "Symphony" is unbearably sensuous and his "Alpensinfonie" is explosively volcanic. Though few conductors today lead with anything like the orgasmic energy Mitropoulos brought to the podium, old timers who recall the conductor with fondness and younger listeners looking for a uniquely new experience are urged to at least audition some of the performances from this set.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2008
Label:
Music & Arts Program
UPC:
0017685121326
catalogNumber:
1213
Rank:
128611

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Violin Concerto

    1. 1.  (10:25)
    2. 2.  (14:18)
  2. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

    1. 1. Allegro con brio  (14:52)
    2. 2. Largo  (09:02)
    3. 3. Rondo: Allegro  (08:55)

Disc 2

  1. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras  (17:25)
  2. Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20

    1. 1. Lent - Allegro vivo  (12:20)
    2. 2. Tres lent - Un peu plus vite - (Tempo 1)  (08:06)
    3. 3. Anime  (11:37)
  3. L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2

    1. Introduction  (03:20)
    2. The Firebird and Its Dance  (00:13)
    3. Variation of the Firebird  (01:23)
    4. Round of the Princess  (05:02)
    5. Infernal Dance of King Kastchei  (04:30)
    6. Lullaby  (03:35)
    7. Finale  (03:14)

Disc 3

  1. Symphony No. 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38

    1. 1. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace  (11:41)
    2. 2. Larghetto  (06:09)
    3. 3. Scherzo: Molto vivace  (05:35)
    4. 4. Allegro animato e grazioso  (08:42)
  2. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233)

    1. Nacht (Night)  (02:52)
    2. Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)  (01:22)
    3. Der Anstieg (The Ascent)  (02:12)
    4. Eintritt in den Wald (Entry into the Wood) / Wanderung neben dem Bache (Wandering by the Stream)  (05:13)
    5. Am Wasserfall (At the Waterfall)  (00:12)
    6. Erscheinung (Apparation)  (00:38)
    7. Auf blumigen Wiesen (On Flowering Meadows)  (00:47)
    8. Auf der Alm (On the Alpine Pasture)  (01:41)
    9. Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen (Straying through Thicket and Undergrowth)  (01:12)
    10. Auf dem Gletscher (On the Glacier)  (00:53)
    11. Gefahrvolle Augenblicke (Dangerous Moments) / Auf dem Gipfel (On the Summit)  (05:29)
    12. Vision  (04:02)
    13. Nebel steigen auf (Mists rise)  (00:18)
    14. Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich (The Sun gradually darkens)  (00:59)
    15. Elegie  (02:02)
    16. Stille vor dem Sturm (Calm before the Storm)  (02:39)
    17. Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg (Thunder and Storm, Descent)  (03:22)
    18. Sonnenuntergang (Sunset)  (01:24)
    19. Ausklang (Final Sounds)  (05:32)
    20. Nacht (Night)  (02:25)

Disc 4

  1. Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366: Overture

    1. Overture  (04:47)
  2. Indian Fantasy, for piano and orchestra, Op. 44, KiV 264  (23:01)
  3. Sarabande & Cortège, for orchestra (Zwei Studien zu "Doktor Faust"), Op. 51, KiV 282

    1. Sarabande  (09:35)
    2. Cortége  (07:45)
  4. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35a, KiV 243

    1. 1. Allegro moderato  (08:01)
    2. 2. Quasi Andante  (08:56)
    3. 3. Allegro impetuoso  (07:00)
  5. Szigeti recalls Busoni (from a talk given in 1965 at Harvard University)  (03:43)

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