Rafael Kubelik: Complete Decca Recordings | Australian Eloquence ELQ4841452

Rafael Kubelik: Complete Decca Recordings

£44.96

In stock - available for despatch within 1 working day

Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4841452

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 12

Release Date: 18th June 2021

Contents

Artists

Pierre Fournier (cello)
Claes Haakon Ahnsjo
Hildegard Behrens
Rolf Boysen
Wolfgang Brendel
Helen Donath
Renate Freyer
Raimund Grumbach
Rene Kollo
Irmgart Lampart
Alexander Malta
Peter Meven
Kurt Moll
Theodor Nicolai
Karl Ridderbusch
Erika Ruggeberg
Hermann Sapell
Adelheid Schiller
Trudeliese Schmidt
Alfred Sramek
Lilian Sukis
Josephine Veasey
Heinz Zednik
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Rafael Kubelik

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Les Troyens
» Ah! Ah! Je vais mourir ...Adieu fiere cite (Act 5)

Brahms, Johannes

Symphonies 1-4 (complete)

Dvorak, Antonin

Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104
Serenade for Strings in E major, op.22
Slavonic Dances: Series I, op.46 B83
Slavonic Dances: Series II, op.72 B147
Symphony no.7 in D minor, op.70
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'

Janacek, Leos

Sinfonietta

Mahler, Gustav

Symphony no.1 in D major 'Titan'

Nicolai, Otto

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor)

Smetana, Bedrich

Ma vlast (My Country)

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture in F major, op.64

Weber, Carl Maria von

Der Freischutz, J277

Artists

Pierre Fournier (cello)
Claes Haakon Ahnsjo
Hildegard Behrens
Rolf Boysen
Wolfgang Brendel
Helen Donath
Renate Freyer
Raimund Grumbach
Rene Kollo
Irmgart Lampart
Alexander Malta
Peter Meven
Kurt Moll
Theodor Nicolai
Karl Ridderbusch
Erika Ruggeberg
Hermann Sapell
Adelheid Schiller
Trudeliese Schmidt
Alfred Sramek
Lilian Sukis
Josephine Veasey
Heinz Zednik
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Wiener Philharmoniker

Conductor

Rafael Kubelik

About

Original jackets limited edition

Rafael Kubelík, the Czech conductor, was in every way a big man: tall and robust in physique, he was the most generous of human beings and he inspired devoted affection among his friends and colleagues. This complete Decca collection finds Kubelík working with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Israel Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, and for a single operatic extract, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Rafael Kubelík had made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 1950 Salzburg Festival, and together they made a series of recordings during the late 1950s which have long been prized for their warmth and spontaneous-sounding expression. The Mahler First introduced countless listeners to the composer for the first time, as did the Janáček Sinfonietta. After the spectacular success of Kubelík’s first Má vlast recording, made in Chicago, the Vienna remake is softer edged but no less scored with the nationalistic fervour and colour that made the conductor synonymous with the piece until his death in 1996. Cast in the same mould as the Smetana are the Brahms symphonies and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.

In fact few other label-focused anthologies of Kubelík’s recordings survey so wide a span: a quarter of a century from the Dvořák Cello Concerto with Pierre Fournier in 1954 to the 1979 recording of Der Freischütz, Weber’s foundational work of German Romantic opera, strongly cast in the Decca tradition and led by the radiantly sung Agathe of Hildegard Behrens, then at the start of a career that would soon establish her as the leading Wagnerian soprano of her generation. In this Bavarian Radio appendix to his Decca career, Kubelík made a no less attractive recording of Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor, likewise transferring the atmosphere of the stage into the studio with the experience of decades behind him.

Towards the end of Kubelík’s Vienna years with Decca, he also performed and recorded in Israel. The Decca sessions in a cinema outside Tel Aviv yielded an account of Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in which critics had no trouble hearing the authentic voice of the Czech nation in exile, embodied in the figure of Kubelík for half a century.

The booklet includes a full contextual account by Peter Quantrill of Kubelík’s Decca career.

Error on this page? Let us know here

Need more information on this product? Click here