Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mercury Living Presence VOL.1 Mecury 50CD


CD 1
Kubelik / Chicago SO 23 & 24 April 1951
Mussorgsky / Ravel: Pictures at an exhibition, Bartók: Music for strings, percussion and celesta
434 378 Moussorgsky (orch. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition / Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

CD 2
Kubelik / CSO 4-6 December 1952
Smetana: Má Vlast
434 379 Smetana: Má Vlast

CD 3
Howard Hanson / Eastman-Rochester Orchestra
Fiesta in Hi-Fi (works of McBride, Nelson, Mitchell, Vardell, William Grant Still, Ginastera's Ouverture to a Creole Faust)
Recorded: 6 May & 28 Oct. 1956 (1-4), 25 October 1959 (5,6)
434 324 Hanson Conducts Fiesta in Hi-Fi

CD 4
Dorati / Minneapolis Symphony /
Philharmonia Hungarica
Kodály (Hary Janos-Suite, Galanta & Marosszek Dances) & Bartók (Hungarian Sketches, Roumanian Folk Dances)
432 005 Antal Dorati Conducts Kodály & Bartók

Háry János, Hungarian Sketches and Roumanian Folk Dances were recorded with the Minneapolis SO on 17 Nov. 1956, Marosszék and Galánta with Philharmonia Hungarica on 2 June 1958 in the Grosse Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna.

CD 5
Menuhin / Dorati / Minneapolis Symphony
Bartók: Violin Concerto No.2 (17 Febr. 1957); Second Suite (26 Nov. 1955)
434 350 Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2; Second Suite

CD 6
Frederick Fennell / Estman-Rochester Pops
Hi-Fi a la Española (25 March 1957) & Excerpts from Popovers (3 & 5 May 1959)
434 349 Hi-Fi a La Espanola & Popovers

CD 7
Dorati / London Symphony Orchestra /
Minneapolis Symphony
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite; Love for Three Oranges (4 July 1957); Symphony 5 (14 & 15 November 1959)
432 753 Prokofiev: Scythian suite; Love for Three Oranges suite; Symphony No. 5

CD 8
Howard Hanson - The Composer and his Orchestra. With Merry Mount-Suite (20 Oct. 1957), Mosaics (1 May 1960), "For the First Time" (6 May 1963) and Piano Concerto (with Alfred Mouledous, 1 May 1965)
434 371, ASIN B0000057N4

Note that the original reissue came with a second disc with discussions by Hanson of orchestration and some of the works, with musical examples. Apparently, not here.

CD 9
Dorati / Minneapolis Symphony
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture and spoken commentary by Deems Taylor (5 April 1958 with University of Minnesota Brass Band conducted by Gale Sperry, and Bells of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial carillon at the Riverside Church NY, recorded 10 May 1958); Capriccio Italien (22 Dec. 1955)
Beethoven: Wellington's Victory (9 June 1960, sound effects overdubbed at West Point, 20 August 1960)
434 360 Tchaikovsky: 1812 Festival Overture; Capriccio Italien; Beethoven: Wellington's Victory.

Note that the same program was also published earlier on 416 448, but with Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet-Overture instead of Capriccio italien, Dorati cond Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Romeo & Juliet Overture ; Beethoven Wellington's Victory (Mercury). Apparently this earlier batch of reissues (I've located also a Sousa disc by Fennell and Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances by Dorati) was NOT supervized by Wilma Cozart and not made after the original 35 mm films, but from x generation dubs previously used for LPs, so they are better avoided.

CD 10
Dorati / Minneapolis Symphony (5-6 April 1958)
Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, opp.46 & 72
434 384 ASIN B0000057NE

CD 11
Howard Hanson / Eastman-Rochester Orchestra
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite (5 May 1958); Herbert: Cello Concerto No.2 (Georges Miquelle, 20 Oct. 1957)
434 355 ASIN B0000057MR. The original issue has also Grofé's Mississipi-Suite (4 & 5 May 1958), so I am supposing that the Collector's edition does too.

CD 12
Frederick Fennell / Eastman Wind Ensemble
British and American Band Classics, with Gordon Jacob Suite "William Byrd", Walton Crown Imperial March, Holst Hammersmith Prelude and Scherzo (21 November 1958), Robert Russell Bennett Symphonic Songs, Clifton Williams Fanfare and Allegro (3 & 4 May 1959)
432 009 ASIN B0000057KR

CD 13
Dorati / Minneapolis Symphony
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (20 April 1959, not 4 as CD indicates); Le Sacre du printemps (15 November 1959)
London Symphony Orchestra
Four Etudes (7 July 1964)
434 331 ASIN B0000057M3

CD 14
Paray / Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Suppé (29 Nov. 1959) & Auber (4 April 1959): Overtures
434 309 ASIN B0000057LK or B000C4CCAK. This one was also released on SACD, 470 638-2 ASIN B0000DC15J.

CD 15
Paray / Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (Nov. 1959); Hungarian March (April 1959); Trojan March (April 1959); The Corsaire Overture & The Roman Carnival Overture (24 March 1958).
434 328 ASIN B0000057M0, SACD 475 6622 B000AC5B02

CD 16
Frederick Fennell / Eastman Wind Ensemble
Sousa: Sound Off! & Sousa on Review: 24 Favorite Marches
434 300 B0000057LB SACD 475 6182 B0002O3902.
Tracks 1-12: 2 May 1960; 13-24: 5 May 1961.
As mentioned there had been an earlier release of the Sousa Marches by Fennel, 416 147-2 ASIN B00000E347, but I haven't been able to establish if it collected the same 24, and anyway it is one of those non-Wilma Cozart remastered releases.

CD 17
Dorati / London Symphony Orchestra
Enesco: Roumanian Rhapsody No.1 /
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies 1-6
(Enesco + Hungarian Rhapsodies 2 & 3: 13 & 14 June 1960; Hung. Rhaps. 1,4-6: 19-21 July 1963)
432 015 B0000057KX SACD 475 6185 B0007YP0TU

CD 18
Dorati / London Symphony Orchestra (15 and 17 June 1960)
Khachaturian: Gayaneh
Skrowaczewski / Minneapolis Symphony (25 March 1961)
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5
434 323 B0000057LV

CD 19
Dorati / London Symphony Orchestra
Enesco: Roumanian Rhapsody No.2 (14 June 14, 1960)
Brahms: Hungarian Dances; Haydn Variations
434 326 B0000057LY
Hungarian Dances tracks 2-8 and Haydn Variations: 5, 6, and 9 July 1957
Hungarian Dances tracks 9-17: 31 July and 2 August 1965

CD 20 & 21
The Civil War
Its music and its sounds
Frederick Fennell / Eastman Wind Ensemble (14-16 December 1960)
432 591 B0000057L2

CD 22
Byron Janis, Dorati
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 3 (London Symphony Orchestra, 16-18 June 1961) & 2 (Minneapolis Symhony , 18-19 April 1960),. 2 Preludes (17 April 1960)
432 759 B0000057LA SACD 470 639-2 B0000DC15K

"Note: The 35 mm film with the recording of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Byron Janis and Antal Dorati was lost and a tape copy of this recording was used for the first transfer to CD by Wilma Cozart Fine" (from the magnificent survey of Wilma Cozart Fine and Mercury Living Presence on soundfountain dot com). But this also, again from soundfountain: "The later transfers to CD and the 180 gr. LPs are done from the original 35 mm film which was recently rediscovered."

CD 23
Dorati / London Symphony Orchestra / Minneapolis Symphony
Copland: Appalachian Spring (15 & 16 June 1961); Billy the Kid (also 15 & 16 June 1961 according to CD, Rüppli/Novitsky say 24, another reliable source says begun on 15 & 16 and completed on 24); Danzón Cubano; El Salón México (20 Dec. 1957)
434 301 B0000057LC

CD 24
Byron Janis / Minneapolis Symphony / Dorati
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition piano original (25-29 Sept. 1961) + Ravel orchestration (21 April 1959)
Chopin Etude & Waltz (11 June 1962)
434 346 B0000057MI SACD 475 6620 B000AC5AZI

Ruppli/Novitsky date Janis' Pictures from October 6, but apparently through a confusion with the Liszt pieces (Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, Valse Oubliée, Sonetto No. 104, now on CD 31) that Janis recorded on that date.

CD 25
Minneapolis Symphony / Skrowaczewski (23 April 1962)
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 & 2
London Symphony Orchestra / Dorati (8 June 1960)
Mussorgsky: Night on the bare mountain
432-004 B0000057KM

CD 26
Byron Janis / Minneapolis Symphony / Skrowaczewski /
Schumann: Piano Concerto (21 April 1962); Arabeske
London Symphony / Menges
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 (7-8 June 1960)
432 011 B0000057KT

CD 27
Pepe Romero (13, 16, 17, 18 April 1962)
Flamenco!
434 361 B0000057MX

CD 28
The Romeros
The Royal Family of the Spanish Guitar (13-19 April 1962)
434 385 B0000057NF

CD 29
Frederick Fennell / Eastman Wind Ensemble
Screamers - Circus Marches (6 May 1962) / March Time (16 according to CD or 19 according to Ruppli/Novitsky Oct. 1957)
432 019 B0000057L1 SACD 475 6619 B0007YP0V8

CD 30
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra / Vitaly Gnutov
Balalaika Favorites (13 & 16 June 1962)
432 000 B0000057KI SACD 475 6610 B0007YP0UY

CD 31
Byron Janis
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / Kondrashin
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra / Rozhdestvensky
Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (14 & 15 June 1962) and Miscellaneous pieces from Liszt (6 Oct. 1961), Falla, Guion and Schumann (17 June 1962)
432 002 B0000057KK

CD 32
Byron Janis
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra / Kondrashin
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 (8-9 June 1962)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1 (13 June 1962)
Various solo pieces by Mendelssohn, Pinto, Prokofiev (11 & 17 June 1962), Schumann (19 Dec. 1963)
434 333 B0000057M5 SACD 475 6607 B0007YP0UE

CD 33
Janos Starker / London Symphony Orchestra / Dorati
Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Bruch: Kol Nidrei (6-7 & 10 July 1962); Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations (26-27 June 1964)
432-001 B0000057KJ SACD 475 6608 B0007YP0UO

CD 34
Janos Starker
London Symphony Orchestra / Skrowaczewski / Dorati
Schumann: Cello Concerto, Lalo: Cello Concerto (9-10 July 1962)
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto in A minor (26 June 1964)
432 010 B0000057KS SACD 475 6621 B000AC5AZS

CD 35-36
Dorati
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (LSO 11, 13, 15 July 1962); Serenade for Strings (Philharmonia Hungarica, 4 & 5 June 1958)
432 750 B0000057L5 SACD 475 6623 B000AC5B0C

CD 37
Henryk Szeryng / London Symphony Orchestra / Dorati
Brahms; Violin Concerto (18 & 22 July 1962) / Khachaturian: Violin Concerto (4 July 1964)
434 318 B0000057LQ

CD 38
Dorati / London Symphony Orchestra
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle (19-21 July 1962)
Berg: Wozzeck: 3 excerpts (19 & 22 June 1961)
434 325 B0000057LX

CD 39
Gina Bachauer / London Symphony Orchestra / Skrowaczewski
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 (6-8 & 10 July 1962), Paganini Variations Book II, Liszt Hungarian Rapsodie No. 12 (20 & 26 February 1963), Beethoven Sonata for Piano No. 9 (9 July 1963).
434 340 B0000057MC

CD 40
Henryk Szeryng, Charles Reiner
Kteisler Favorites (22-23 January, 13-14 February 1963)
434 351 B0000057MN

CD 41-42
Janos Starker
Bach: 6 Suites for unaccompanied cello .(2 & 5: April 1963, 1 & 6: Sept. 1965, 3 & 4: Dec. 1965), Sonatas for Viola da Gamba BWV 1027-1028 (with Gyorgy Sebök, 16 April 1963)
432 756 B0000057L9 SACD 470 644-2 B0001BPPNA

CD 43
Gina Bachauer / London Symphony Orchestra /
Dorati / Skrowacewski
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 (7-8 July 1963) & 5 (5-6 July 1962)
432 018 B0000057L0

(The CD booklet credits Robert Eberenz (Robert Fine's associate engineer) as the engineer for these two recordings, but it's illogical: in other booklets Robert Fine is credited as the engineer of all the sessions surrounding those recording days, including some taking place on the very same days (see Chopin hereafter), and indeed Philip Stuart's LSO discography credits Fine as the engineer of those sessions. Eberenz starts being sole engineer in 1964.)

CD44
Gina Bachauer / London Symphony Orchestra / Dorati
Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 (8-9 July 1963) & 2 (22-23 June 1964, CD booklet omits to provide dating for this one)
434 374 B0000057N6

CD 45
Gina Bachauer / Sir John Gielgud
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, Debussy: Pour le piano, three Preludes (1965)
Stravinsky: 3 Movements from Petrouchka (1963)
434 359 B0000057MV

CD 46
Janos Starker / György Sebok
Brahms (25 & 26 June 1964) & Mendelssohn (9 July 1962): Cello Sonatas
434 377 B0000057N8

CD 47
Henryk Szeryng / London Symphony Orchestra / Dorati
Schumann & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos (5 & 3 July 1964)
+ solo pieces by Bartók, Debussy, Nová'ek. Brahms, Marroquin and Rimsky-Korsakov (13 & 14 February 1963)
434 339 B0000057MB

CD 48
London Symphony Orchestra / Dorati
Stravinsky: The Firebird - complete (7-9 June 1959); Feu d'artifice; Chant du rossignol, Tango, Scherzo à la Russe (22 June-7 July 1964)
432 012 B0000057KU, SACD B0000DC15L

CD 49
Janos Starker
Italian Cello Sonatas
Bach Sonata in G Minor BWV 1029 (Gyorgy Sebök, 17 April 1963), Vivaldi, Corelli, Locatelli, Valentini, Boccherini (Stephen Swedish, 6-7 June 1966)
434 344 B0000057MG

CD 50
The Romeros
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (Angel); Concierto Andaluz (Celedonio, Celin, Pepe, Angel)
Vivaldi: 3 Concertos, in B minor, C and G.
San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Victor Alessandro (21 & 13 November 1967)
434 369 B0000057N3 SACD B0002O390M

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  2. Thanks so much for this Mercury project and the previous one. A treasure trove, for sure!

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  3. Thank you very much for the best music.

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  4. hi, can't you inform the cd numbers jointly with the urls ? That would help find the preferred choices among the 50. Tks.

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  5. Sorry ...
    Living_Prensence_VOL.1.part02.rar
    Living_Prensence_VOL.1.part021.rar and
    Living_Prensence_VOL.1.part020.rar is corrupt
    maybe to fix it. Thanks

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  6. Sorry ... the links:
    Living_Prensence_VOL.1.part02.rar,
    Living_Prensence_VOL.1.part021.rar &
    Living_Prensence_VOL.1.part030.rar is corrupt .... maybe to fix it ?
    Thanks

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  7. There are 4 files missing:
    rar part 02, 21, 30 and 53.
    It would be very kind, if you could reuplad these part-files.
    Thank you in advance.

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  8. This presentation for downkload is crap. Same the server uploaded.. Is very confused. The links are not in the same order of the list of cds.

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  9. Estimado Bayreuth:
    ¿Podría usted reactivar estos enlaces, por favor? Muchas gracias. Luis Aubert desde Perú.
    Dear Bayreuth:
    Would you activate these links once more, please?
    Many Thank's. Luis Aubert from Perú.

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  10. Uploaded no longer has links. Would it be possible to reactivate them?With thanks in advance from Canada

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  11. Re-up please, all links are dead.
    Thanks for this great blog

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