Many thanks to Jean-Luc for this pearl What is truly amazing to me is the fact that this version was originally recorded in 1959 (!!!). While the strings might seem a bit thin in places to some, the basses and woodwinds really shine in this recording. Ansermet’s crisp, up-tempo interpretation of the score is one of the best ever, in my estimation, and not to be missed. Ansermet delivers a lean, muscular performance of the ‘Ninth’ with a slow movement of cool beauty. The youthful choir adds real zest to the finale and aided by a quartet of star soloists (this was Joan Sutherland’s first recording for Decca) Ansermet gives the choral finale real nobility.
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven Performer: Joan Sutherland, Norma Procter, Anton Dermota, Arnold van Mill Orchestra: L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande Conductor: Ernest Ansermet Vinyl (1961) Number of Discs: 1 Format: Flac Label: Decca DR-Analysis: DR 15 Size: 1.31 GB
Many thanks for this masterpiece to our friend Jean-Luc A gifted conductor, Josef Krips returned to the Vienna Opera just after World War II (as a Jew, he had had to leave in 1938), and renewed its tradition of Mozartian performance. Many of the finest qualities of this 1955 studio recording emanate from him and his players–the tempi are well judged and the musicianship marvelous. The singing is less consistent. The lightweight Belgian soprano Suzanne Danco is underwhelming as Donna Anna, while the skilled baritone Walter Berry is again too slight for the bass part of Masetto. Even the lovely Lisa Della Casa–who sang Elvira regularly onstage–often sounds challenged by the role here, despite lovely moments. Italian Cesare Siepi is a bass Giovanni (rather than the expected baritone), and though this too throws the vocal balance out of kilter, he’s a charmer, all right. Fernando Corena’s Leporello and Hilde Güden’s Zerlina are both topnotch, Anton Dermota’s Ottavio cool but conscientious. This is an excellent memento of Krips, but a better all-around and similarly vintage option is Carlo Maria Giulini’s EMI recording from 1959, still arguably the most satisfying account of the opera. –George Hall
Merry Xmas to everybody and a Happy New Year!
# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart # Performer: Cesare Siepi, Fernando Corena, Kurt Böhme, Walter Berry, Hilde Güden, Lisa Della Casa, Suzanne Danco, Anton Dermota
# Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Josef Krips
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Decca DR-Analysis: DR 14 Size: 3.23 GB
Pay attention: completely re-ripped, for Joe, with the new Black Bird and in 24/192
A single word: “majesty” and a second word: “tenderness”, in front of death and in the look of God … This is what we hear here, much better than in most other versions. After studying several Mozart-Requiem performances I realized that this one is the most inspired and the closest to the Mozart rithym and sensibility. Better performed even than others directed also by Herbert v. Karajan. You can listen to other Mozart-Requiem versions, but once you listen to this one, you will not want another!
# Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart # Performer: Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Wilma Lipp, Walter Berry, Anton Dermota # Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra # Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1963/65)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac # DR-Analysis: DR 11 # Label: Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft
# ASIN: B000001GBY # Size:2.19 GB # Scan: yes
# Server: FF