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“Possessing a unique timbre that combined sweetness with power and an ironclad technique that enabled him to sing an effective, poised Don Ottavio in Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI at Covent Garden in 1947, after one of his lungs was fully incapacitated by the cancer that would take his life, Tauber was an extraordinary artist whose many recordings confirm that his charm and charisma were audible in every note that he sang. Sadly, though, even an artist such as Tauber falls victim to the erosive effects of time upon the reaches of musical legacies. Tauber is now but a name from history to many young artists and, to many others, not even that….It was for Tauber that Lehar composed ‘Dein ist mein ganzes Herz’ when he revised the score that was transformed into DAS LAND DES LACHELNS for Berlin in 1929. Richard Tauber undoubtedly possessed one of the finest tenor voices of the 20th Century, and he gravitated to operetta not because his vocal capabilities were unsuited to grand opera but because his artistic soul found in operetta the opportunity to smile through music.”
- Joseph Newsome, OPERA NEWS, 31 July, 2013LOEWENGUTH QUARTET (Alfred Loewenguth, Maurice Fueri, Roger Roche & Pierre Basseux) & STROSS QUARTET: Octet in E-flat (Mendelssohn), Live Performance, 26 March, 1960, Paris; LOEWENGUTH QUARTET, w.Jean Fournier & Ginette Doyen: Concert for Violin, Piano & String Quartet (Chausson). Live Performance, 3 July, 1957, Divonne-les-Bains, France. [A most treasurable issue!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-933. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (S0769)
“The Loewenguth Quartet of Paris was founded in 1929 by the legendary French violinist Alfred Loewenguth (1911 1983). The quartet, already known and respected internationally in the 1930s, made their first North American tour in 1945 and remained active for four decades, playing in major venues around the world. Following their November 1948 New York concert, Virgil Thomson wrote in THE NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE: ‘The Loewenguth Quartet comes as near perfection in classical style as any group I have heard’ and after their first New York concert of the 1949/50 season Olin Downes wrote in THE NEW YORK TIMES: ‘It was a passionate, wonderfully colored and perfect performance of the highest order’. In the late 1930s and 1940s HMV recorded the Loewenguth Quartet in works of Mozart and Beethoven. From 1949 and during the 1950s the quartet recorded several albums with Deutsche Grammophone/Archive and was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque. The Quartet enjoyed a long association with the Vox label and also made recordings for Philips, Westminster, Les Discophiles Francais, Club National du Disque and a few smaller French and American labels.
The Loewenguth String Quartet was founded by violinist Alfred Loewenguth (1911-1983) when he was 18 (1929) and lasted into the 1970s. Their [works] are a reminder of how music breathes as long as each work, that was always new music, is offered as an original, organic form, a creation that emerges alive and in need to be kept fit rather than reduced into the standardized faux politeness that reigns as living room status-quo standards.”
- Allan Evans, Arbiter RecordsWITOLD MALCUZYNSKI: Chopin & Szymanowski Recital. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-863, Live Performances, 17 Sept., 1960 & 20 Dec., 1956. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1348)
"Witold Malcuzynski’s main period of tuition was with Josef Turczynski, a pupil of Busoni, at the Warsaw Conservatory. After graduating from the Warsaw Conservatory, Malcuzynski took some lessons from Ignacy Paderewski at the home of the celebrated pianist at Morges in Switzerland. Paderewski had an enormous influence on the young Malcuzynski, as he later recalled: ‘After a few months with him, I was no longer the same person, and my conception of the piano as a means of expressing feelings had been completely transformed’.
After winning the third prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Yakov Zak took first place) Malcuzynski went to Paris to continue his studies with Marguerite Long and Isidor Philipp. After his Paris debut, made during World War II, he toured extensively in Portugal and South America giving more than seventy concerts. He then traveled to the United States, giving a very successful debut in Carnegie Hall; but rather than build on his American success by giving more concerts there, Malcuzynski returned to war-torn Europe, appearing frequently in England, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Scandinavia. It was the concerts to celebrate the centenary of the death of Chopin in 1949 that led to Malcuzynski being heard throughout the world in places such as Australia, India, New Zealand and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).
In 1958 Malcuzynski returned to Poland after an absence of twenty years. In a two-week period in February he played nine concerts, four of them in Warsaw. He was warmly received wherever he played in Poland and most of the concerts were sold out. On one occasion he gave ten encores, and the newspapers reported that Malcuzynski was ‘…a pianist who is very much our own, one who upholds the great tradition of ‘Romantic’ pianism, of Paderewski and Slivinski. People have need of such playing: frank, generous, personal, human in the full musical sense of the word and altogether eloquent’.
Identified with the music of Chopin throughout his career, Malcuzynski is often compared to the pupils of Leschetizky, such as Benno Moiseiwitsch and Ignaz Friedman, for his concentration on quality of tone, but he did not continue some of the indulgent habits of the pianists of the generation before him. Indeed, in a review of a London recital of November 1946 a critic stated that Malcuzynski was ‘…one of those pianists in whom a natural physical endowment has combined with an acute musical sensibility to produce a virtuoso of the first rank….he is the most unsentimental and unaffected interpreter of Chopin we have heard for a long while’. Not only was Malcuzynski praised for his control and technique, but also for his sensitive emotion. It is in smaller-scale works such as Chopin’s mazurkas that his refinement of character, taste and style come to the fore, but he also played works of Liszt, and his interpretation of the Piano Sonata in b minor was highly regarded.
With his elegant good looks and bearing, charming stage manner, presence and style, Malcuzynski was a favourite pianist with the public during his lifetime. He toured often and collaborated with many of the greatest orchestras and conductors including Dimitri Mitropoulos, Otto Klemperer, Pierre Monteux and Andre Cluytens….”
- Jonathan Summers, Naxos' A–Z of PianistsKLAUS TENNSTEDT Cond. Philadelphia Orch.: Adagio for Strings (Barber), Live Performance, 21 Nov., 1985; 'Song of the Night' Symphony #7 in e (Mahler), Live Performance, 5 Feb., 1987. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1026. [The Mahler is an overwhelming performance in the beauty of the Academy of Music acoustic!] Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1791)
“Because he spent the beginning of his career in East Germany, Klaus Tennstedt was virtually unknown in the West until he was in his late 40s. But his international career took off after he left East Germany in 1971. From the time he made his first appearances in North America, with the Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras in 1974, he was regarded as an uncommonly probing, expressive conductor of works from the mainstream Romantic repertory.
Mr. Tennstedt was born in Merseburg, Germany, on 6 June, 1926. When he was 15, he enrolled at the Leipzig Conservatory, where he studied violin, piano and music theory. He also studied in Dresden during World War II, and he told one interviewer that after the firebombing of Dresden in 1944, he was in the fire brigade and assigned to dig bodies out of the rubble.
In 1948 he was appointed concertmaster of the Halle Municipal Theater Orchestra, where his father was a violinist. Four years later he began conducting the Orchestra, and he soon became its music director. In 1958, he became music director of the Dresden Opera and in 1962 he took over the Schwerin State Orchestra and the Schwerin State Theater. During the 1960s, Mr. Tennstedt had an active touring schedule in East Germany, and was a frequent guest of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Berlin Radio Orchestra. He also performed in the Soviet Union and in Czechoslovakia. When preparing for a tour in 1971, Mr. Tennstedt found that his passport had been mistakenly stamped with an exit visa for the West. He left East Germany for Sweden, announced his intention not to return, and persuaded the East German Government to allow his wife to join him. In Sweden, he became the director of the Stora Theater in Goteborg and the conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm. In 1972, he became director of the Kiel Opera in West Germany.
Mr. Tennstedt's first break in North America occurred after the death of Karel Ancerl, the director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. When the Orchestra's managing director, Walter Homburger, went to Europe in search of a replacement, he read some reviews of Mr. Tennstedt's work in Kiel. After hearing him conduct Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, he hired him for a series of Toronto concerts in May 1974. He made his Boston Symphony debut later that year. [This outstanding performance, described as a 'once in a lifetime' event, in which Tennstedt gave the Boston audience and radio listeners a positively electrifying account of Bruckner's 8th, is still talked about in Boston to this day! After rehearsing, the Orchestra spontaneously broke into applause during a coffee break.]
Mr. Tennstedt became principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic in 1977, served as principal guest conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1979 to 1982, and returned to the London Philharmonic as its music director from 1983 to 1987. After he relinquished the post, he became the Orchestra's conductor laureate.”
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 13 Jan., 1998
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LOTTE SCHONE: The Complete Recordings, incl. Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Richard Strauss, Josef Strauss, Johann Strauss, Rossini, Rubinstein, Benedict, Debussy, Chausson, Ravel & Roussel; Arias & Duets (w.Wittrisch, Janssen, Domgraf-Fassbander & Hislop), from Nozze, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, Die Zauberflote, Barbiere, Don Pasquale, Les Huguenots, Manon, Ballo, Rigoletto, Turandot, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Eine Nacht in Venedig, Der Vogelhandler, Der Obersteiger, The Geisha, Cagliostro in Wien, Die Schone Galathee, Der Arme Jonathan & Die Fledermaus. 5-Marston 55002, recorded 1921-50. Specially priced, 5-CDs for the price of 4. (V2630)
VLADO PERLEMUTER: Preludes, Op.28 - recorded 15 Dec., 1960, BBC; w. Sir Andrew Davis Cond. BBC S.O.: Piano Concerto #2 in f - Live Performance, 7 Aug., 1971, Royal Albert Hall, London (both Chopin). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-891. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1347)
CHRISTOPHER KEENE Cond. Syracuse S.O.: Symphonia Domestica (Strauss), Live Performance, 1978; Symphony #10 in F-sharp – Adagietto (Mahler), Live Performance, 1983. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1010. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1787)
CHRISTIAN FERRAS, w. Pierre Barbizet (Pf.): Violin Sonata #2, Op.121 (Schumann); w.Vaclav Jiracek Cond. Prague S.O.: Violin Concerto #2 in e (Mendelssohn); w.Bigot Cond. Paris Radio S.O.: Poeme (Chausson). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-985, Live Performances, 1955-59. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (S0768)
RICARDO VINES: Scarlatti, Gluck-Brahms, Blancafort, Borodin, Debussy, Allende, Troiani, Lopez-Buchardo, de Falla, Turina & Albeniz. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-953, recorded 1930 & 1936. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1344)
THIERRY de BRUNHOFF: Bach Recital, w.Louis Auriacombe & Oubradous Cond (incl. Concerto in c for two pianos, w.Veyron-Lacroix). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-993, Live Performances, 1961-70; includes Nouvelle etude #2 (Chopin) plus Interview, 1964. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1346)
ALINE van BARENTZEN: Brief Chopin recital; w.Maurice Vieux (Alto): Sonata for Alto & Piano (de Breville); w.Rene Benedetti: Violin Sonata in d, Op.36 (Pierne); w.Pol Mule Cond. Nice S.O.: Piano Concerto in d (Bach). [A highly impressive recital offering both de Breville & Pierne] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-856. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1343)
ANNIE FISCHER, w. Dorati Cond. Hungarian National S.O.: Concerto #3 in c (Beethoven), Live Performance, 11 Oct., 1965, Theatre Erkel, Budapest; w.Susskind Cond. Toronto S.O.: Piano Concerto #3 in E (Bartok), Live Performance, 12 March, 1963, Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-981. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1345)
PRADES FESTIVAL, Vol. III: PABLO CASALS, JOSEPH FUCHS, EUGENE ISTOMIN, WARD FEARN, DAVID GLAZER, PAUL TORTELIER, JUNE ROTENBERG, JOHN SHAMLIAN & KAREN TUTTLE: (all Beethoven). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1003, Live Performance, 3 June, 1953, Abbaye Saint-Michel de Cuxa. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1789)
PRADES FESTIVAL, Vol. II: PABLO CASALS Cond. Prades Festival S.O., w. JOSEPH & LILLIAN FUCHS, WILLIAM KAPELL, EUGENE ISTOMIN, JOHN WUMMER, BERNARD GOLDBERG & MARIA STADER: Bach, Mozart & Schubert. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-921, Live Performances, June & July, 1953, Abbaye Saint-Michel de Cuxa. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1788)
PRADES FESTIVAL, Vol. I: PABLO CASALS Cond. Prades Festival S.O., w. JOSEPH FUCHS (1st Violin): Brandenburg Concerto #6 in B-flat (Bach); Symphony #5 in B-flat (Schubert); w. WILLIAM KAPELL: Piano Concerto #17 in G, K.453 (Mozart). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-879, Live Performance, 30 June, 1953, Abbaye Saint-Michel de Cuxa. [A very minor caveat is that there is the very occasional transmission problem] Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1744)
TOSCA, Live Performance, 19 March, 1965 (not a broadcast), w.Cleva Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Maria Callas, Franco Corelli, Tito Gobbi, Clifford Harvuot, Andrea Velis, etc. [in compromised sound quality]; TOSCA - Excerpts, Live Performance, 19 Dec., 1958, Paris, w.Sebastian Cond. Maria Callas & Tito Gobbi. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1020 (OP3349)
ANDREA CHENIER, Live Performance, 17 Nov., 1962 , w.Cleva Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Franco Corelli, Zinka Milanov, Anselmo Colzani, Mignon Dunn, Lili Chookasian, Norman Scott, etc. (Canada) 2-Yves St Laurent T-1024. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. [This performance is the only ANDREA CHENIER Milanov and Corelli ever sang together; a PROMPTER'S BOX recording, thus the remarkable clarity! It's easy to determine where the recording was made - the prompter is lightly heard throughout, and the sound from the audience is rather distant since the microphone was facing the stage!] (OP3347)
FRANCO CORELLI: Three Neapolitan Songs; Arias from Le Cid, La Fanciulla del West, Rigoletto, Tosca & Macbeth; TERESA IANNELLO: Arias from Adriana Lecouvreur, Andrea Chenier, Tosca, La Boheme & Madama Butterfly (w. Anton Guadagno Cond. Boston Lyric Opera Orch.) [The voices ring out with thrilling abandon in the reverberant acoustic of Symphony Hall!]. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1023, Live Performance, 15 March, 1967, Symphony Hall, Boston. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (V2629)
MET SINGERS' ROUNDTABLE, Vol. VII, incl. Henry Butler interviews Martina Arroyo, Judith Raskin, Ezio Flagello & William Walker, 1 Feb., 1969; Marcia Davenport interviews Zinka Milanov, Nicolai Gedda & Justino Diaz, 1 Jan., 1966; Francis Robinson recalls Antonio Scotti, 19 Dec., 1970. [In professional sound, the ideal gift for any opera lover who already has everything! These mementi are irresistible components to any aficionado's collection!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1000. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (V2628)
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V2631. RICHARD TAUBER: Songs by Schubert, Grieg, Weingartner, Schmalstich, Tauber, Katscher, Dezsö Antalffy, Franz Lehár, Gruber, Massenet, Tosti & Percy B. Kahn; Arias from Evgenij Onëgin, Carmen, Mignon, La Bohème, Tosca, Frasquita, Die Bacchusnacht, Eine Nacht in Venedig, Die Tote Stadt, Der Zigeunerbaron, Gräfin Mariza; Duets w. Sabine Kalter: Aida & Il Trovatore, w.Lotte Lehmann: Die Tote Stadt; w.Carlotta Vanconti: Gräfin Mariza. (Germany) 2-Truesound Transfers 4012, recorded 1923-1925. Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
S0769. LOEWENGUTH QUARTET (Alfred Loewenguth, Maurice Fuéri, Roger Roche & Pierre Basseux) & STROSS QUARTET: Octet in E-flat (Mendelssohn), Live Performance, 26 March, 1960, Paris; LOWENGUTH QUARTET, w.Jean Fournier & Ginette Doyen: Concert for Violin, Piano & String Quartet (Chausson). Live Performance, 3 July, 1957, Divonne-les-Bains, France. [A most treasurable issue!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-933. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
P1348. WITOLD MALCUZYNSKI: Chopin & Szymanowski Recital. [Among the most highly valued issues from Yves St Laurent!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-863, Live Performances, 17 Sept., 1960 & 20 Dec., 1956. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
C1791. KLAUS TENNSTEDT Cond. Philadelphia Orch.: Adagio for Strings (Barber), Live Performance, 21 Nov., 1985; 'Song of the Night' Symphony #7 in e (Mahler), Live Performance, 5 Feb., 1987. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1026. [The Mahler is an overwhelming performance in the beauty of the Academy of Music acoustic!] Transfers by Yves St Laurent.