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 Posted:   Aug 20, 2018 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Emmy Verhey (born 13 March 1949, in Amsterdam) is a Dutch violinist. Verhey received her first violin lesson from her father when she was seven. Recognized as a child prodigy, she went to study at age 8 with the Austrian-born violin teacher Oskar Back.

At the age of 17, she was the youngest prize-winning finalist at the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. A week later, Verhey graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory. The public interest in her examination was so huge that it had to take place at the Concertgebouw.

During her performing career, Verhey made over 55 recordings. Her 1987 recording of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet in A, made with Danielle Dechenne on piano, has appeared on a number of European labels. It had its U.S. release in 1988 from LaserLight. Verhey retired in November 2015, playing her farewell concert in Amsterdam.

 Posted:   Aug 20, 2018 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Baritone Thomas Allen's initial ambition was to be a doctor, but this was later abandoned when he won a place at England’s Royal College of Music in 1964, where he studied with Hervey Alan for four years, specializing in oratorio and Lieder until 1968. Allen then shifted his attention from Lieder and oratorio to opera, and in 1969, he made his debut as D'Obigny in Verdi's La Traviata with the Welsh National Opera.

In the decades since, Allen has focused primarily on opera, occasionally returning to Lieder, as in this 1988 recording of Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, which he recorded with Roger Vignoles on piano.

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2018 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Joseph Schwantner (born March 22, 1943 in Chicago) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, educator and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 2002. He was awarded the 1970 Charles Ives Prize.

After completing his education, Schwantner obtained an assistant professor position at Pacific Lutheran University in 1968. He moved to a similar position at Ball State in 1969 and continued to the Eastman School of Music as a faculty member in 1970. Briefly leaving college academia, Schwantner was composer in residence with the St. Louis Symphony from 1982-84. In 1985, Schwantner's life and music were the subject of a documentary in WGBH Boston's “Soundings” series. The documentary focused mainly on the composition of his piece “New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom),” for narrator and orchestra.

The narration in “New Morning” is based upon the writings and speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. In this 1983 recording with the Eastman Philharmonia, the narration is spoken by Willie Stargell, Hall of Fame baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2018 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

No conductors are listed for the orchestras on this bargain bin tape from Canada. My best guess is that the Nurnberg Symphony is conducted by Hans Swarowsky, and that the Munich Symphony is conducted by Alfred Scholz, that notorious purveyor of disguised budget recordings. Musically, though, the performances sound fine to me.

 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Assuming that the orchestra and conductor are correct as listed on this 1986 release (never a sure thing with these discount cassettes), this has to be a much earlier recording. That’s because German conductor Joseph Keilberth died in 1968.

 Posted:   Aug 23, 2018 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Richard Strauss was still alive, and 78s were the audio medium of choice when Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony recorded the composer’s tone poem “Ein Heldenleben” (“A Hero’s Life). The recording was made on November 10, 1947. It would prove to be Reiner's last recording with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Reiner left Pittsburgh the next year to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and went on to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. There, he would again record “Ein Heldenleben” with the CSO in 1954.

Reiner once said “The best conducting technique is that which achieves the maximum musical result with the minimum effort. The only general rule is to infuse all gestures with precision, clarity, and vitality.” True to his word, his was an extremely small beat, which forced the musicians to remain alert at all times. At one Pittsburgh rehearsal, a bass player put a telescope to his eye. When he explained to Reiner that he was "trying to find the beat," the conductor fired him on the spot!

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2018 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1962, Russian-born pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy won the grand prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (shared with John Ogdon). In 1963, Ashkenazy decided to leave the USSR permanently, establishing residence in London where his wife's parents lived. That same year, he began his long recording career with Decca/London Records. His initial releases included a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, along with Lorin Maazel and the London Symphony Orchestra. That 1963 release has seen many reissues over the years, including the 1978 cassette below. It was most recently released on CD in 2012.

 Posted:   Aug 25, 2018 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Both violinist “Lotte Warenka” and conductor “Walter Jurgens” are pseudonyms for other performers on this recording of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Minor. The Hamburg Symphony is a real orchestra, having been established in 1957, but it may or may not be the orchestra playing on the recording. What is known is that this stereo recording first surfaced in August 1959 on the Rondo-lette label. That label specialized in selling budget LPs for $2.49 in supermarkets, drug stores, and other non-music-store outlets. This Canadian cassette appeared during the 1980s.

 Posted:   Aug 26, 2018 - 12:21 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Giuseppe Anneda (born Cagliari, Italy, 1 March 1912 – died Cagliari, 30 July 1997) was an Italian mandolin virtuoso who helped the mandolin gain more importance in the classical music world in the 20th Century. Anedda started out a child prodigy, who began to study the violin at 5 years old, but had to switch to mandolin because of the family's inability to afford a violin. He was performing in theater and the opera by the time he was 10 years old.

Anedda was able to gain access to rare manuscripts in museums, rediscovering works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Beethoven, and many others. On this 1984 cassette with the Rome Chamber Orchestra, he performs two of Vivaldi’s mandolin concertos.

 Posted:   Aug 27, 2018 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The compositions of Richard Wagner, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of leitmotifs—musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas, or plot elements. His advances in musical language, such as extreme chromaticism and quickly shifting tonal centers, greatly influenced the development of classical music.

This 1975 recording by Herbert Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic presents preludes from four of Wagner’s operas: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), his only mature comedy; Der Fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman); Lohengrin; and Parsifal, his final opera.

 Posted:   Aug 28, 2018 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Born in 1900, Jonel Perlea was a Romanian conductor particularly associated with the Italian and German opera repertories. In 1944, he and his wife were arrested in Vienna, Austria, while on their way to Paris. They were held under house arrest, or according to some sources, sent to Mariapfarr concentration camp, until the end of World War II. After the war, Perlea conducted mostly in Italy, notably at La Scala in Milan. Following a heart attack and a stroke in 1957, he learned to conduct with his left arm only, and preferred to concentrate on giving concerts and making records. He taught at the Manhattan School of Music from 1952 to 1969. He died in New York City in 1970, aged 69.

Billed as “Jonas” Perlea, he shares conducting duties with Leopold Stokowski on this recording of Tchaikovsky pieces. But the documentation on the cassette is so sparse that one cannot tell which man conducted what.

 Posted:   Aug 29, 2018 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1955, at the invitation of Erich Kleiber, German conductor Horst Stein conducted at the opening of the restored Berlin State Opera, and subsequently worked there as a Staatskapellmeister. From 1961 to 1963, he worked under the leadership of Rolf Liebermann as deputy chief conductor at the Hamburg State Opera. From 1963 to 1970, Stein served as chief conductor and director of opera at the Mannheim National Theatre. Stein held a regular post at the Vienna State Opera from 1969 to 1971, where he conducted 500 performances.

In 1973, Stein conducted the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in its recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which was released in Europe. The recording made its U.S. debut from Sine Qua Non in 1984. The next year, Stein would begin serving as Music Director of the Bamberg Symphony, a post he would hold until 1996.

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2018 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Hey Thor, thanks for creating a pop/rock thread!

 Posted:   Oct 1, 2018 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

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