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Beethoven - Symphony No.7 / R Strauss - Burleske | Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or C710081

Beethoven - Symphony No.7 / R Strauss - Burleske

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Label: Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or

Cat No: C710081

Barcode: 4011790710129

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th September 2008

Contents

Artists

Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Karl Bohm

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.7 in A major, op.92

Strauss, Richard

Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra

Artists

Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Karl Bohm

About

Among the countless concerts that Karl Böhm conducted with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival were not only a number of inevitable repeats of standard works from the mainstream symphonic repertory but also a number of surprises and genuine trouvailles. One such concert occurred in 1957, when Böhm joined forces with a young firebrand to perform a rarely heard early work by Richard Strauss, who at the time of its composition was widely regarded as a member of the avant-garde.

Returning to Salzburg for the first time since his Festival début six years earlier, Friedrich Gulda performed the Burleske in D minor, once described by Hans von Bülow as "inhumanly difficult". When von Bülow declined to give its first performance, that honour fell to Eugen d'Albert. For Gulda, there was no knuckle-breaking cascade of notes, no insane accelerando or dynamic outburst that was so "inhuman" that it could not be placed in a meaningful and thrilling musical context with the help of Böhm and the Vienna Philharmonic. The result is a rewarding re-encounter firmly with the 'Romantic' tradition.

Recording Salzburg 1957.

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