Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Great conductors of the 20TH century EMI VOL.14 - Carl Schurich


CD1 [74:25]

Mendelssohn: 'The Hebrides' Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker; Musikverein, Vienna; April 1954

Schubert: Symphony No.8 'Unfinished'

Wiener Philharmoniker; Sofiensaal, Vienna; June 1956

Mozart: Symphony No.35 'Haffner'

Wiener Philharmoniker; Sofiensaal, Vienna; June 1956

Beethoven: Symphony No.1

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire; Salle Wagram, Paris; September 1958

CD2 [71:23]

Bruckner: Symphony No.8

Wiener Philharmoniker; Musikverein, Vienna; December 1963


Carl Schuricht was born in 1880 in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland). Already conducting by the age of 15, he studied piano and composition in Berlin with Rudorff and Humperdinck and composition in Leipzig with Reger. In 1901 he was appointed répétiteur at Mainz, in 1907 operetta conductor at Zwickau, and in 1909 he succeeded Siegfried Ochs as conductor of the Rühl Choral Union, Frankfurt. Schuricht became music director at Wiesbaden in 1912 and continued to hold that post until 1944. He made his British debut in London in 1914, his USA debut in St Louis in 1927, his Vienna Philharmonic debut in 1934, and from 1930 to 1939 conducted the Scheveningen summer concerts in Holland. Between 1937 and 1944 he was principal guest conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 1943 was appointed principal guest conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. However, in the autumn of 1944 he left Germany and settled in Switzerland. Henceforward he worked exclusively as a guest conductor across the Continent, and in 1956 shared the Vienna Philharmonic's American tour with André Cluytens. He made his first post-war British appearance in 1963 with the London Symphony Orchestra and in 1965 made his last appearance at the Salzburg Festival. Schuricht died in Switzerland in 1967.
This compilation represents Schuricht's best work in the recording studio. Mendelssohn's 'Hebrides' Overture (in mono from 1954), Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony and Mozart's 'Haffner' Symphony (both in stereo from 1956) have never appeared on CD, except in Japan. Though the recordings of Beethoven's First Symphony (from 1958) and Bruckner's Symphony No.8 (a renowned performance from 1963) are well-known, both have been improved for this reissue by careful remastering.



  1. Thanks for offering this sample of a most underrated conductor!

  2. http://www.fileserve.com/file/SdpKet4

    has expired!!!

  3. http://www.fileserve.com/file/puKDEhr doesn't work

  4. correction: http://www.fileserve.com/file/puKDEh
    does work, just took a long time to load.

    thanks for this fabulous collection!


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