Wolfgang Sawallisch: Milestones of a Legendary Conductor | Documents 600555

Wolfgang Sawallisch: Milestones of a Legendary Conductor


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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600555

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Release Date: 21st August 2020




Wolfgang Sawallisch


Brahms, Johannes

Academic Festival Overture, op.80
Symphony no.1 in C minor, op.68
Symphony no.2 in D major, op.73
Symphony no.3 in F major, op.90
Tragic Overture, op.81
Variations on a theme by Haydn, op.56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Mendelssohn, Felix

Violin Concerto in E minor, op.64

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.14 in E flat major, K449
Piano Concerto no.21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'
Piano Concerto no.22 in E flat major, K482
Symphony no.25 in G minor, K183
Symphony no.40 in G minor, K550
Violin Concerto no.3 in G major, K216

Orff, Carl

Carmina Burana

Strauss II, Johann

An der schonen blauen Donau (On the beautiful blue Danube), op.314
Fruhlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), op.410
Kaiserwalzer, op.437
Kunstlerleben (Artists' Life), op.316
Rosen aus dem Suden, op.388
Wein, Weib und Gesang!, op.333

Strauss, Richard

Capriccio, op.85
» Intermezzo (Moonlight Music)
Der Burger als Edelmann, op.60: Orchestral Suite
Horn Concerto no.1 in E flat major, op.11
Horn Concerto no.2 in E flat major, TRV283
Intermezzo, op.72
» Walzerszene

Wagner, Richard

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
» Overture
Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1
» Siegfried's Funeral March (Act 3)
» Siegfried's Rhine Journey
» Overture
» Overture
Tristan und Isolde
» Prelude (Act 1)

Weber, Carl Maria von

Der Freischutz, J277
» Overture
Euryanthe, J291
» Overture
Oberon, J306
» Overture



Wolfgang Sawallisch


“Fire and reflection, temperament and discipline, clarity and passion” - the qualities music critic Karl Schumann used to characterize the young conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923-2013).

The 10 CDs in this first comprehensive collection of recordings from the first decade of his sensational career are ample proof of this. They include his internationally renowned recordings of Richard Strauss and Carl Orff, the debut and later triumphs at the Bayreuth Festival, as well as the “golden years” as head of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as Karajan’s successor.

After studying music in Munich, Sawallisch’s first practical experiences came as repetiteur and orchestra leader in Augsburg, assistant with Igor Markevitch in Salzburg, his debut with the Berlin Philharmonics (1953) and appointments as general music director in Aachen (until ’58), Wiesbaden (’58-60) and Cologne (’60-63). From 1960 on he directed the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for ten years and from 1961-72 also the Philharmonic State Orchestra in Hamburg. In 1971 he returned as music director to the State Opera of his hometown Munich and also was its director from 1982 to ’93. Sawallisch rounded off his international career as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1993.

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