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Hans Swarowsky: The Conductor

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Label: Profil

Cat No: PH18061

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 11

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th November 2019

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, op.133 (arr. Weingartner for string orchestra)
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
The Creatures of Prometheus, op.43
» Overture

Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.1 in G minor
» no.2 in D minor
» no.3 in F major
» no.5 in G minor
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Symphony no.70 in D major, Hob.I:70
Symphony no.93 in D major, Hob.I:93
Symphony no.100 in G major, Hob.I:100 'Military'

Mahler, Gustav

Symphony no.3 in D minor

Mendelssohn, Felix

Concerto in E major for 2 pianos
Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'
Piano Concerto no.27 in B flat major, K595
Serenade no.13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Schoenberg, Arnold

A survivor from Warsaw, op.46
Kol Nidre, op.39
Orchestral Songs (6), op.8

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'
Symphony no.9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Strauss II, Johann

Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron)
» Overture
Du und Du waltz, op.367
Freikugeln-Polka, op.326
Fruhlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), op.410
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), op.325
Kaiserwalzer, op.437
Ritter Pasman (Knight Pasman), op.441
» Csardas
Vergnugungszug, op.281

Strauss, Josef

Ohne Sorgen, op.271

Strauss, Richard

Der Rosenkavalier: Einleitung und Walzer, TrV227c
Intermezzo, op.72
» Walzerszene
Josephslegende
» Symphonic fragment
Salome, op.54
» Dance of the Seven Veils
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op.28

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1
» Prelude to Act 3
Parsifal
» Prelude to Act 1
Rienzi
» Overture
Tannhauser
» Overture
Tristan und Isolde
» Prelude (Act 1)

Artists

Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Ivry Gitlis (violin)
Eduard Mrazek (piano)
Wiener Symphoniker
Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
Orchester der Wiener Staaatsoper
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Hans Swarowsky

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, op.133 (arr. Weingartner for string orchestra)
Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
The Creatures of Prometheus, op.43
» Overture

Brahms, Johannes

Hungarian Dances (21), WoO1
» no.1 in G minor
» no.2 in D minor
» no.3 in F major
» no.5 in G minor
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Symphony no.70 in D major, Hob.I:70
Symphony no.93 in D major, Hob.I:93
Symphony no.100 in G major, Hob.I:100 'Military'

Mahler, Gustav

Symphony no.3 in D minor

Mendelssohn, Felix

Concerto in E major for 2 pianos
Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'
Piano Concerto no.27 in B flat major, K595
Serenade no.13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Schoenberg, Arnold

A survivor from Warsaw, op.46
Kol Nidre, op.39
Orchestral Songs (6), op.8

Schubert, Franz

Symphony no.8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'
Symphony no.9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Strauss II, Johann

Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron)
» Overture
Du und Du waltz, op.367
Freikugeln-Polka, op.326
Fruhlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), op.410
Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), op.325
Kaiserwalzer, op.437
Ritter Pasman (Knight Pasman), op.441
» Csardas
Vergnugungszug, op.281

Strauss, Josef

Ohne Sorgen, op.271

Strauss, Richard

Der Rosenkavalier: Einleitung und Walzer, TrV227c
Intermezzo, op.72
» Walzerszene
Josephslegende
» Symphonic fragment
Salome, op.54
» Dance of the Seven Veils
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op.28

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 1
» Prelude to Act 3
Parsifal
» Prelude to Act 1
Rienzi
» Overture
Tannhauser
» Overture
Tristan und Isolde
» Prelude (Act 1)

Artists

Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Ivry Gitlis (violin)
Eduard Mrazek (piano)
Wiener Symphoniker
Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
Orchester der Wiener Staaatsoper
Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Hans Swarowsky

About

Swarowsky began his conducting career at the Stuttgart Opera in 1927, this after a short period as a répétiteur at the Vienna Volksoper. He then moved on to Hamburg and succeeded Erich Kleiber in Berlin. He was placed under a conducting ban in Germany in 1936 (his father’s side of the family was of Jewish background) but was able to continue his career in Zurich for a few years. During World War II he had to limit his work to opera assignments for the Bavarian State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He was the director of the Polish Philharmonic in Cracow for a short time in 1944 and became the principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony after the war. He also served as the director of the Graz Opera until 1950 and as the conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra from 1957 to 1959. Herbert von Karajan then appointed him to a permanent conducting post at the Vienna State Opera. Swarowsky had taught a conducting class at the Vienna Music Academy since 1946 and left a mark on a good many younger musicians, among them conducting stars such as Claudio Abbado and Zubin Mehta.

During his lifetime Swarowsky was even more famous as teacher than as a conductor, and there is something to the claim that he was the most coveted and most influential conducting teacher of the century. His unconventional conducting style was ahead of its time and represented a radical questioning of the then dominant late-romantic performance practice.

Swarowsky’s holistic understanding of art viewed music as part of a larger cultural whole and is reflected in his sayings and teachings.

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