Carl Schuricht Collection (20 CD box set, FLAC)
Carl Schuricht Collection (20 CD box set, FLAC)

Performer: Hermann Prey, Barry McDaniel
Conductor: Carl Schuricht
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Richard Wagner, et al.
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 20
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Hanssler Classics
Size: 5.78 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

CD01
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

01. I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
02. II. Allegretto
03. III. Presto
04. IV. Allegro con brio

Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61
05. I. Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo
06. II. Scherzo, Allegro vivace
07. III. Adagio espressivo
08. IV. Allegro molto vivace

CD02
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”), Op. 125

01. I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso Maria Stader
02. II. Molto vivace Maria Stader
03. III. Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante moderato Maria Stader
04. IV. Finale: Presto – Allegro assai Maria Stader
Stuttgarter Lehrergesangsverein, Bach-Chor Stuttgart
with Murray Dickie (tenor), Marga Höffgen (alto),
Maria Stader (soprano), Otto Wiener (bass)

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
05. Overture to Collin’s Coriolan, Op. 62, “Coriolan Overture”

CD03
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

01. I. Allegro non troppo
02. II. Adagio non troppo
03. III. Allegretto grazioso
04. IV. Allegro con spirito
05. Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) for chorus and orchestra, Op. 54

06. Nänie (“Auch das Schöne muss sterben”), for chorus, orchestra & harp ad lib, Op. 82 1954
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart

CD04
Johannes Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45

01. I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen
02. II. Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras
03. III. Herr, lehre doch mich
04. IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
05. V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
06. VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt
07. VII. Selig sind die Toten
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Chor des Hessischen Rundfunks Frankfurt
with Hermann Prey (baritone), Maria Stader (soprano)

CD05
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 4 in E flat (“Romantic”)

01. I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
02. II. Andante quasi allegretto
03. III. Scherzo: Bewegt
04. IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

CD06
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 5 in B flat

01. I. Introduction: Adagio – Allegro
02. II. Adagio: Sehr langsam
03. III. Scherzo: Molto vivace (Schnell) – Trio: Im gleichen Tempo
04. IV. Finale: Adagio – Allegro moderato

CD07
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 7 in E major

01. I. Allegro moderato
02. II. Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
03. III. Scherzo: Sehr schnell
04. IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell

Richard Wagner
05. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: 1. Act 1. Vorspiel
06. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: 2. Act 3. Isoldes Liebestod

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CD08
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 8 in C minor

01. I. Allegro moderato
02. II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato – Langsam
03. III. Adagio: Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend
04. IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell

CD09
Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 9 in D minor

01. I. Feierlich: Misterioso
02. II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft – Trio: Schnell
03. III. Adagio: Langsam feierlich

CD10
01. Edvard Grieg – I høst (In Autumn), concert overture for orchestra, Op. 11

Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
02. I. Prelude: Allegro moderato Hansheinz Schneeberger
03. II. Adagio Hansheinz Schneeberger
04. III. Finale: Allegro energico Hansheinz Schneeberger
with Hansheinz (violin)

05. Hermann Goetz – Concerto for violin and orchestra in G Major, Op 22
with Roman Schimmer (violin)

06. Robert Volkmann – Overture “Richard III, ” Op 68

CD11
Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 100 in G major (“Military”) H. 1/100

1958
01. I. Adagio – Allegro
02. II. Allegretto
03. III. Menuet: Moderato – Trio
04. IV. Finale: Presto

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101)
05. I. Allegro moderato Enrico Mainardi
06. II. Adagio Enrico Mainardi
07. III. Rondo: Allegro Enrico Mainardi
with Enrico Mainardi (cello)

Symphony No. 95 in C minor, H. 1/95
08. I. Allegro
09. II. Andante
10. III. Menuetto
11. IV. Finale: Vivace

CD12
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 3 in D minor

01. I. Kraftig: Entschieden
02. II. Tempo di menuetto: Sehr massig
03. III. Comodo. Scherzando. Ohne Hast
04. IV. Sehr langsam: Misterioso
05. V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck

CD13
01. VI. Langsam. Ruhevoll. Empfunden
Frauenstimmen des SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart,
Knabenchor des Eberhard-Ludwig-Gimnasiums Stuttgart,
Rut Siewert (mezzosoprano)

Richard Strauss
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64 (TrV 233)

02. I. Nacht: Lento
03. II. Sonnenaufgang: Festes Zeitmass, massig langsam
04. III. Der Anstieg: Sehr lebhaft und ernergisch
05. IV. Eintritt in den Wald
06. V. Wanderung neben dem Bache
07. VI. Am Wasserfall: Sehr lebhaft
08. VII. Erscheinung
09. VIII. Auf Blumige Wiesen: Sehr Lebhaft
10. IX. Auf der Alm: Massig schnell
11. X. Durch Dickicht und Gestrupp auf Irrwegen
12. XI. Auf Dem Gletscher: Festes, sehr lebhaftes Zeitmass – un poco maestoso
13. XII. Gefahrvolle Augenblicke: A tempo, lebhafter als vorher
14. XIII. Auf Dem Gipfel
15. XIV. Vision: Fest und gehalten
16. XV. nebel steigen auf: Etwas weniger breit
17. XVI. Die Sonne verdustert sich allmahlich
18. XVII. Elegie: Moderato Espressivo
19. XVIII. Stille Vor Dem Stum
20. XIX. Gewitter und Sturm. Abstieg. Schnell und heftig
21. XX. Sonnenuntergang
22. XXI. Ausklang: Etwas breit und getragen
23. Xxii. Nacht: Breit – Sehr Langsam

CD14
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 35 in D major (“Haffner”), K. 385

1956
01. I. Allegro con spirito
02. II. Andante
03. III. Menuetto – Trio
04. IV. Finale: Presto

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Symphony No. 38 in D major (“Prague”), K. 504
05. I. Adagio – Allegro
06. II. Andante
07. III. Finale: Presto

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
08. I. Molto allegro
09. II. Andante
10. III. Menuetto: Allegro
11. IV. Allegro assai

12. No no, che non sei capace, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 419
with Ruth-Margret Putz (soprano)

13. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, amor Aria
with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

14. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
with Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

CD15
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major (“Jeunehomme,” “Jenamy”), K. 271

01. I. Allegro
02. II. Andantino
03. III. Rondeau: Presto
with Clara Haskil

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459
04. I. Allegro vivace
05. II. Allegretto
06. III. Allegro assai
with Clara Haskil

CD16
Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek

01. Theme and Variations for large orchestra & baritone solo, after the poem “Tragic Story” by Adelbert von Chamisso
with Barry McDaniel (baritone)

Richard Strauss
02. Guntram, opera, Op. 25 (TrV 168): Act 1, Overture

Hans Pfitzner
03. Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, incidental music, Op 17: Overture

Max Reger
Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart for orchestra, Op. 132

04. Theme: Andante grazioso
05. Variation 1: L’istesso tempo
06. Variation 2: Poco agitato
07. Variation 3: Con moto
08. Variation 4: Vivace
09. Variation 5: Quasi presto
10. Variation 6: Sostenuto (quasi adagietto)
11. Variation 7: Andante grazioso
12. Variation 8: Molto sostenuto
13. Fuge: Allegretto grazioso

CD17
01. Robert Schumann
Manfred, overture & incidental music, Op. 115: Overture

02. Felix Mendelssohn
Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, overture in D major, Op. 27

Robert Schumann
Overture, Scherzo & Finale for orchestra in E minor / E major, Op. 52

03. I. Overture: Andante con moto – Allegro
04. II. Scherzo: Vivo
05. III. Finale: Allegro molto vivace

Felix Mendelssohn
06. The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor (“Fingal’s Cave”), Op. 26

07. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, overture, Op. 21
08. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: No. 7 Noturno. Con molto tranquillo
09. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, Op. 61: No. 1 Scherzo. Allegro vivace

CD18
01. Richard Wagner
Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 1. Vorspiel

02. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act 1. Vorspiel

03. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Morgendämmerung und Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt
04. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d: Trauermarsch beim Tode Siegfrieds
05. Siegfried Idyll, for small orchestra in E major, WWV 103

06. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Karfreitagszauber

07. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Act 3. Schluss

CD19
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”)

01. I. Allegro maestoso Hertha Topper
02. II. Andante moderato Hertha Topper
03. III. Scherzo: In ruhig fliessender Bewegung Hertha Topper
04. IV. Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht, “Ulricht” Hertha Topper

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CD20
01. V. Im Tempo des Scherzo Hertha Topper
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Bachchor Stuttgart,
with Hanni Mack Cosack (soprano), Hertha Topper (alto)

Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 86 in D major, H. 1/86

02. I. Adagio – Allegro spiritoso
03. II. Capriccio: Largo
04. III. Menuetto: Allegretto
05. IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito

Schuricht Redux.

Thought I’d set the ball rolling… I was surprised not to see a review! Here we have Schuricht’s Decca recordings – all of ’em – from the golden age of Decca ffrr recorded monophonic sound – Mozart’s “Haffner” and Schubert’s Eighth are early stereo recordings – complete with 1950s original artwork. Schuricht’s recordings of Schubert’s 8th – mercurial and mysterious, a la Furtwangler – with the VPO, Brahms’ violin concerto – glowing and Autumnal – VPO/Ferras and Beethoven’s 5th – brisk and energized – with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra are masterful readings which are uncompromising, in the sense that Schuricht’s interpretative stamp is writ-large – this is no-nonsense music-making; art takes priority over commerce and image…

Mozart’s “Haffner” symphony, with the VPO, positively sparkles under Schuricht’s baton – effervescent and life-affirming. Schumann’s Second and Third “Rhenish” symphonies, with the Paris orchestra, have never sounded less contrived; Schuricht’s deft articulation and rhythmic precision, so buoyant and brimming with positivity, allows the music to flow freely, without recourse to inflated gestures/aggrandizement. The Wagner “Bleeding Chunks” don’t quite have Knappertsbusch’s “Sturm und Drang” Stygian heft, experienced on his Decca recordings of the same vintage, but Wagner isn’t all about rocks and boulders – Schuricht has more in common with Furtwangler… transcendence. All recordings in this box are an absolute joy and I’d advise immediate purchase, as this is a Limited Edition release.

Step back in time; fire-up those Quad valve amps, brush that stylus, spin the Garrard 301 and plug in the Quad ESL57s. Now, carefully lower the SME 3009 tonearm… You’ve never had it so good.

5 Comments

  1. Hello! Thank you very much for that set! I’m very grateful! Will you publish one copy of the DVD too? THAAAANX!

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