C225. FRANZ SCHALK Cond. Vienna Phil.: Leonore Overture III; Symphony #5 in c; 'Pastorale' Symphony #6 in F (all Beethoven); 'Unfinished' Symphony #8 in b (Schubert). (France) 2-Dante LYS 236/37, recorded 1925-29. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 3421710422369
“From 1918 to 1929 Franz Schalk was director of the Vienna State Opera, a post he held jointly with Richard Strauss from 1919 to 1924. He was later involved in the establishment of the Salzburg Festival. Born in Vienna, he studied under composer Anton Bruckner. From 1900, he was first kapellmeister of the Vienna Court Opera (Hofoper). Between 1904 and 1921, he was head of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna.
In 1918 he became director of the Vienna State Opera (Staatsoper, successor to the Hofoper), but from 1919 shared the directorship with Richard Strauss….Tensions resulting from unclear division of responsibility between the two men eventually led to Strauss's resignation.
Schalk's version of the Fifth Symphony was the one chosen for first publication, and was the only version heard by audiences for almost forty years. While many critics have attacked him for his alterations of the original versions of many of Bruckner's most important symphonies, others credit him for popularizing great works which might otherwise have remained unknown.
Schalk's most famous quote is ‘Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables’. Today, he is best known for his association with Anton Bruckner. He gave the premiere of Bruckner's Symphony #5 in 1894.”