Zubin Mehta & Los Angeles Philharmonic: Complete Decca Recordings | Decca 4850374

Zubin Mehta & Los Angeles Philharmonic: Complete Decca Recordings

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4850374

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 38

Release Date: 29th May 2020

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat major, op.73 'Emperor'
Symphony no.7 in A major, op.92

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Prelude (Act 1)
» Prelude (Act 4)

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.4 in in E flat major 'Romantic'
Symphony no.8 in C minor

Copland, Aaron

Appalachian Spring: Suite
Fanfare for the Common Man
Lincoln Portrait

Dvorak, Antonin

Carnival Overture, op.92 B169
Symphony no.8 in G major, op.88 B163
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
The Wild Dove, op.110

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob.VIIe:1

Holst, Gustav

The Planets, op.32

Ives, Charles

New England Holidays Symphony
» no.2 Decoration Day
Symphony no.1
Symphony no.2

Kraft, William

Concerto for 4 percussionists and orchestra
Contextures

Liszt, Franz

Hunnenschlacht: Symphonic Poem, S105
Mazeppa: Symphonic poem, S100
Orpheus: symphonic poem, S98

Mahler, Gustav

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Ruckert-Lieder (5)
Symphony no.3 in D minor
Symphony no.5 in C sharp minor
Symphony no.10 in F sharp major (Adagio)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Overture

Mussorgsky, Modest

Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
Pictures at an Exhibition (version for piano)

Nielsen, Carl

Symphony no.4, op.29 'The Inextinguishable'

Ravel, Maurice

Bolero
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite no.2
La Valse
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Scheherazade, op.35

Rossini, Gioacchino

La gazza ladra (The thieving magpie)
» Overture

Saint-Saens, Camille

Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78 'Organ Symphony'

Schoenberg, Arnold

Chamber Symphony no.1, op.9
Variations for Orchestra, op.31
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op.4

Scriabin, Alexander

Le Poeme de l'Extase (The Poem of Ecstasy), op.54

Strauss II, Johann

Die Fledermaus
» Overture

Strauss, Richard

Also sprach Zarathustra, op.30
Don Quixote, op.35
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), op.40
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op.64
Sinfonia domestica, op.53 TrV209

Stravinsky, Igor

Circus Polka
Instrumental miniatures (8)
Petrushka
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)

Suppe, Franz von

Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant)
» Overture

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

1812 Overture, op.49
Marche Slave, op.31
Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture in F major, op.64
Symphonies 1-6 (complete)

Varese, Edgard

Arcana
Integrales
Ionisation

Verdi, Giuseppe

La forza del destino
» Overture
Pezzi sacri (4)

Vivaldi, Antonio

Recorder Concerto in A minor, RV445

Wagner, Richard

Rienzi
» Overture

Weber, Carl Maria von

Clarinet Concertino in E flat major, op.26 J109
Der Freischutz, J277
» Overture

Wieniawski, Henryk

Polonaise brillante no.1 in D major, op.4
Scherzo tarantelle, op.16

Williams, John

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (suite)
Star Wars: Suite

Artists

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Maureen Forrester (contralto)
Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano)
Alicia de Larrocha (piano)
Yvonne Minton (contralto)
Gregory Peck (narrator)
Anita Priest (organ)
Thomas Stevens (trumpet)
Miles Zentner (piccolo)
Michele Zukovsky (clarinet)
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Conductor

Zubin Mehta

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat major, op.73 'Emperor'
Symphony no.7 in A major, op.92

Bizet, Georges

Carmen
» Prelude (Act 1)
» Prelude (Act 4)

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.4 in in E flat major 'Romantic'
Symphony no.8 in C minor

Copland, Aaron

Appalachian Spring: Suite
Fanfare for the Common Man
Lincoln Portrait

Dvorak, Antonin

Carnival Overture, op.92 B169
Symphony no.8 in G major, op.88 B163
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
The Wild Dove, op.110

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob.VIIe:1

Holst, Gustav

The Planets, op.32

Ives, Charles

New England Holidays Symphony
» no.2 Decoration Day
Symphony no.1
Symphony no.2

Kraft, William

Concerto for 4 percussionists and orchestra
Contextures

Liszt, Franz

Hunnenschlacht: Symphonic Poem, S105
Mazeppa: Symphonic poem, S100
Orpheus: symphonic poem, S98

Mahler, Gustav

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Ruckert-Lieder (5)
Symphony no.3 in D minor
Symphony no.5 in C sharp minor
Symphony no.10 in F sharp major (Adagio)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Overture

Mussorgsky, Modest

Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
Pictures at an Exhibition (version for piano)

Nielsen, Carl

Symphony no.4, op.29 'The Inextinguishable'

Ravel, Maurice

Bolero
Daphnis et Chloe: Suite no.2
La Valse
Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Scheherazade, op.35

Rossini, Gioacchino

La gazza ladra (The thieving magpie)
» Overture

Saint-Saens, Camille

Symphony no.3 in C minor, op.78 'Organ Symphony'

Schoenberg, Arnold

Chamber Symphony no.1, op.9
Variations for Orchestra, op.31
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op.4

Scriabin, Alexander

Le Poeme de l'Extase (The Poem of Ecstasy), op.54

Strauss II, Johann

Die Fledermaus
» Overture

Strauss, Richard

Also sprach Zarathustra, op.30
Don Quixote, op.35
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), op.40
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op.64
Sinfonia domestica, op.53 TrV209

Stravinsky, Igor

Circus Polka
Instrumental miniatures (8)
Petrushka
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)

Suppe, Franz von

Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant)
» Overture

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

1812 Overture, op.49
Marche Slave, op.31
Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture in F major, op.64
Symphonies 1-6 (complete)

Varese, Edgard

Arcana
Integrales
Ionisation

Verdi, Giuseppe

La forza del destino
» Overture
Pezzi sacri (4)

Vivaldi, Antonio

Recorder Concerto in A minor, RV445

Wagner, Richard

Rienzi
» Overture

Weber, Carl Maria von

Clarinet Concertino in E flat major, op.26 J109
Der Freischutz, J277
» Overture

Wieniawski, Henryk

Polonaise brillante no.1 in D major, op.4
Scherzo tarantelle, op.16

Williams, John

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (suite)
Star Wars: Suite

Artists

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Maureen Forrester (contralto)
Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano)
Alicia de Larrocha (piano)
Yvonne Minton (contralto)
Gregory Peck (narrator)
Anita Priest (organ)
Thomas Stevens (trumpet)
Miles Zentner (piccolo)
Michele Zukovsky (clarinet)
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Conductor

Zubin Mehta

About

Zubin Mehta’s tenure of over 16 years as the musical director of the ‘LA Phil’ marks an important chapter in the orchestra’s history. The recorded portrait of the musical partnership between the first American orchestra to be exclusively contracted by a British recording company and the dynamic maestro is explored here in this new edition.

In October 1954, the eighteen-year old Zubin Mehta boarded a ship for Italy and upon disembarking there took a train to Vienna to pursue his life’s ambition in music. Under the strict, somewhat dry tutorship of Hans Swarowsky, Mehta was quickly imbibed in Viennese musical life and almost immediately met Decca’s legendary producer John Culshaw who recognising his potential wished to sign him – a contract that would not come to pass until years later when he succeeded Sir Georg Solti as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Whilst perhaps artistic precedence would have been given to longer established artists over the relatively unknown Mehta, whenever a repertoire was being recorded, things fell into place. Mehta’s tenure with the orchestra until 1978, and the enduring quality of the recordings, provide the obvious proof of the fruits of this relationship. Not insignificantly, under Mehta, the LAPO were the first American orchestra signed exclusively to a major European recording company (Decca). For his recording team Mehta had Decca’s top-drawer producers and engineers: Culshaw and Ray Minshull were his chief producers, and the legendary team of Gordon Parry and James Lock his sound engineers.

This 38-CD collection provides proof of just how catholic Mehta’s tastes were. The foundation of his music making continues to lie in the central European masterworks (represented here by Haydn, Beethoven, Mahler and Tchaikovsky) and he has never lost sight of that tradition. When he recorded the Mahler Third in LA, the august Penguin Guide described it as “a performance so authentically Viennese”. Likewise, Gramophone’s reviewer surveying his Bruckner 4 observed, “I have never before known this music sound so like Wagner”. But he dares to go further. Richard Strauss’s tone poems and Mahler symphonies are also signature works in his repertoire, and topically, he delivers a compelling sweaty account of Scriabin, a tremendous performance of Nielsen’s Fourth and music by Kraft, and topically, John Williams, the coupling of whose Star Wars and Close Encounters suites were demonstration records for their time and remain so today. In other words, you could argue that many of these Mehta recordings are the American embodiment of the fabled Decca Sound.

Mehta embodies all the qualities of a serious musician, but continues to maintain that experimentation is key to the survival and growth of classical music: “This is why I believe that we should allow a lot of innovation or ‘gimmicks’ so that people are enticed to attend concerts and operas. Ceremonious solemnity alone is not enough to win over the younger generation. The valuable musical heritage that we are responsible for merits careful consideration. We simply have to come up with new ways of awakening our interest in classical music.”

- New remasterings

Landmark recordings of Mahler’s and Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphonies, Ravel orchestral works, tone poems by Richard Strauss and the Decca demonstration disc (for its time and today) of music from Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

2-piece box containing 38CDs in original jackets & spined wallets. 140-page booklet with extensive new essay by Cyrus Meher-Homji OAM (SVP at Universal Music Australia, who has been close to Mehta for several years), and notes from Decca producer, John Mordler, and Decca engineer Simon Eadon, plus many photos from the Decca archives

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