Many thanks to our friend Lemarquis for this record Great performance of the 94th & 99th by VPO and Krips. Excellent sound and playing, especially from the winds in the 99th. The tempi are perfect.
Josef Krips (1902-1973) was a distinguished conductor of his era, but never held any of the major conducting posts, although e was music director of the London Symphony 1950-1954 and from 1963-1970 led the Buffalo Philharmonic. Krips appeared often at the Metropolitan opera. His recordings include the Beethoven symphonies with the LSO for Everest, the Beethoven piano concertos with Arthur Rubinstein for RCA. Krips also recorded many Mozart symphonies, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings with the Concertgebouw. This new set offers four Haydn symphonies, Schubert’s Symphony 6 and Mendelssohn’s Italian, made with the Vienna Philharmonic and LSO 1948-1957.
Composer: Joseph Haydn
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Josef Krips
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 937 MB
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