Herbert Blomstedt: The San Francisco Years | Decca 4786787

Herbert Blomstedt: The San Francisco Years

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4786787

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 15

Release Date: 31st March 2014

Contents

Artists

Wolfgang Holzmair
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz
Jard van Nes
Wendy Hoffman
Merilyn Vaughn
Wendy White
Margaret Lisi
Maria Meyer
Kristina Rapp
Gregory Nybo
David Hess
Kaare Myksvoll
Richard Haille
Mary-Anne Haeggander
Urban Malmberg
Geraldine Walther
Ruth Ziesak
Charlotte Hellekant
Nancy Wait Kromm
Kevin McMillan
John Daniecki
Lynne Dawson
San Francisco Girls Chorus
San Francisco Boys Chorus
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Herbert Blomstedt

Works

Bartok, Bela

Concerto for orchestra, Sz116 BB123
Kossuth, BB31

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.1 in C major, op.21
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'

Berwald, Franz

Symphony no.1 in G minor 'Symphonie serieuse'
Symphony no.4 in E flat major 'Sinfonie naive'

Brahms, Johannes

Alto Rhapsody, op.53
Begrabnisgesang, op.13
Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), op.45
Gesang der Parzen (Song of the fates), op.89
Nanie von Friedrich Schiller, for choir and orchestra, op.82
Schicksalslied, op.54

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.4 in in E flat major 'Romantic'

Grieg, Edvard

Peer Gynt, op.23 (incidental music)

Hindemith, Paul

Konzertmusik for string orchestra and brass, op.50
Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes by Weber
Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'
Trauermusik

Mahler, Gustav

Symphony no.2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mendelssohn, Felix

Symphony no.3 in A minor, op.56 'Scottish'
Symphony no.4 in A major, op.90 'Italian'

Nielsen, Carl

Symphony no.2, op.16 'The Four Temperaments'
Symphony no.3, op.27 'Sinfonia espansiva'

Orff, Carl

Carmina Burana

Schubert, Franz

Overture in D major, D591 'im italiensichen Stil'
Symphony no.9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Sibelius, Jean

Symphony no.1 in E minor, op.39
Symphony no.7 in C major, op.105
Tapiola, op.112

Strauss, Richard

Don Juan, op.20
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op.64

Artists

Wolfgang Holzmair
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz
Jard van Nes
Wendy Hoffman
Merilyn Vaughn
Wendy White
Margaret Lisi
Maria Meyer
Kristina Rapp
Gregory Nybo
David Hess
Kaare Myksvoll
Richard Haille
Mary-Anne Haeggander
Urban Malmberg
Geraldine Walther
Ruth Ziesak
Charlotte Hellekant
Nancy Wait Kromm
Kevin McMillan
John Daniecki
Lynne Dawson
San Francisco Girls Chorus
San Francisco Boys Chorus
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Herbert Blomstedt

About

Released to coincide with Herbert Blomstedt’s return to San Francisco for concert dates in Spring 2014, this limited edition set celebrates an era-defining conductor/orchestra relationship. Decca presents 15 of the greatest of his San Francisco Symphony recordings, some of which have not been available for some time. Recordings of Hindemith, Nielsen, Brahms, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Schubert that really stand out.

Herbert Blomstedt, 86 years young, is now regarded as one of the last torch bearers of the great Austro-Germanic tradition. He has served as principal conductor of the two oldest great German orchestras, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

He also is an expert in Nordic repertoire, being Swedish, though born in the USA. It is in the USA where on record he made the most impact with 10 still much-talked about years as music director of the San Francisco Symphony (1985 to 1995). With this orchestra, he and Decca made some of the most spectacular orchestral recordings to date, still prized and cited as reference versions by collectors.

"Blomstedt is not a glamorous personality, but to my mind he ranks high among the living giants of the podium. A low-key, undervalued, underestimated giant perhaps – but listen to those Nielsen discs and there's no doubt about his stature.” - Gramophone

Contents:
CD 1
Béla Bartók

- Kossuth. Symphonic Poem for Large Orchestra, Sz.21
- Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116

San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 58:42

CD 2
Ludwig van Beethoven

- Symphony No.1 in C, Op.21
- Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica"

San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:17:40

CD 3
Franz Adolf Berwald

- Symphony No.1 - "Sinfonie sérieuse"
- Symphony No.4

San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:02:53

CD 4
Johannes Brahms

- Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45
Wolfgang Holzmair, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz
San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:10:22

CD 5
Johannes Brahms

- Schicksalslied, Op.54
- Rhapsody for Alto, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op.53
- Begräbnisgesang, Op.13
- Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op.82
- Gesang der Parzen, Op.89

Jard van Nes, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:03:05

CD 6
Anton Bruckner

- Symphony No.4 in E flat major - "Romantic" (Edition Haas, with adjustments from New York version of 1886)
San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:07:09

CD 7
Edvard Grieg

- Peer Gynt, Op.23: Incidental Music
Wendy Hoffman, Merilyn Vaughn, Wendy White, Margaret Lisi, Maria Meyer, Kristina Rapp, Gregory Nybo, David Hess, Kaare Myksvoll, Richard Haille, Mary-Anne Haeggander, Urban Malmberg
San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:12:52

CD 8
Paul Hindemith

- Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
- Trauermusik
- Symphonie "Mathis der Maler"
- Konzertmusik für Streichorchester und Blechbläser

Geraldine Walther, San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:13:16

CD 9
Gustav Mahler

- Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection"
Ruth Ziesak, Charlotte Hellekant, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:20:20

CD 10
Felix Mendelssohn

- Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 - "Scottish"
- Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 - "Italian"

San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:06:40

CD 11
Carl Nielsen

- Symphony No.2, Op.16 - "The Four Temperaments"
- Symphony No.3, Op.27 - "Espansiva"

Nancy Wait Kromm, Kevin McMillan, San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:07:36

CD 12
Carl Orff

- Carmina Burana
Kevin McMillan, John Daniecki, Lynne Dawson
San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Boys Chorus, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 58:04

CD 13
Franz Schubert

- Overture in the Italian Style: No.2 in C, D.591
- Symphony No.9 in C, D.944 - "The Great"

San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:07:06

CD 14
Jean Sibelius

- Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op.39
- Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105
- Tapiola, Op.112

San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:21:56

CD 15
Richard Strauss

- Don Juan, Op.20
- Alpensymphonie, Op.64

San Francisco Symphony / Herbert Blomstedt

Total Playing Time 1:10:02

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