Thursday, January 27, 2011

Great conductors of the 20TH century EMI VOL.11 - Malko

CD1 [79:01]

Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmilla: Overture;
February 1956

Borodin: Symphony No.2; September 1955

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden: Cortège & Dance of the Tumblers; March 1956

Tchaikovsky: 'The Nutcracker'-Suite; February 1956

Prokofiev: Symphony No.7; February 1955
Philharmonia Orchestra; Kingsway Hall, London

CD2 [78:30]

Haydn: Symphony No.92 'Oxford'

Royal Danish Orchestra; Odd Fellow Palæt, Copenhagen; April 1953

Suppé: 'Poet & Peasant' Overture

Dvorák: Symphony No.9 'From the New World'

Philharmonia Orchestra; Kingsway Hall, London; February 1956

Nielsen: Maskarade: Overture

Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra; Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen; September 1947


Nicolai Malko studied in St Petersburg under Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Liadov and Tcherepnin before beginning his professional career in St Petersburg in 1908. After the 1914-18 war he became a professor in Moscow, then in Leningrad, and came to wider notice when he conducted the premiere of Shostakovich's First Symphony in 1926. He left Russia two years later, appearing in Prague, Vienna, London and Copenhagen, and settling in 1940 in the United States, where he taught. After the war he recorded extensively with the Philharmonia Orchestra until 1956, when he succeeded Sir Eugene Goossens in Sydney, where he died in 1961.
This compilation conducted by Nicolai Malko is drawn entirely from the conductor's catalogue of studio recordings. It features important Russian material with which the conductor was particularly associated (CD1) and a selection of mainstream repertoire (CD2). All the recordings, except the Haydn and the Nielsen, were made in the 1950s in London with Walter Legge's Philharmonia Orchestra. None of this material has appeared on CD before, except the renowned (and pioneering) stereo recording of Prokofiev's Symphony No.7 (from 1955) and Nielsen's Maskarade Overture (from Copenhagen in 1947). The excellent mono recordings of the Borodin Second Symphony (1955) and Haydn's 'Oxford' Symphony (1953) were critically acclaimed at the time of their first issue on LP.


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