Bruno Walter  (Beethoven);  Irma Gonzalez, Elena Nikolaidi, Raoul Jobin & Mack Harrell  (6-Music & Arts 1137)
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Bruno Walter  (Beethoven);  Irma Gonzalez, Elena Nikolaidi, Raoul Jobin & Mack Harrell  (6-Music & Arts 1137)
C0138. BRUNO WALTER Cond. Philadelphia Orch.: 'Pastorale' Symphony #6 in F; BRUNO WALTER Cond. NYPO: The remaining Eight Symphonies (incl. Irma Gonzalez, Elena Nikolaidi, Raoul Jobin & Mack Harrell) – Symphony #9), recorded 1941-53; BRUNO WALTER Cond. NBC S.O.: 'Eroica' Symphony #3 in E-flat, Live Performance, 3 Feb., 1957 (Beethoven). 6-Music & Arts 1137. Transfers by John Wilson. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 017685113727


"…Music & Arts has come to the rescue with a first-rate [Beethoven Issue]…the work principally of John Wilson, the vinyl sources used, [are] more often than not mint, and the quality…fat, beefy and nicely blended with prominent brass and a strong bass line….As an appendix [to the above], Music & Arts have also issued an 'Eroica' under Walter on February 3, 1957, in memory of Toscanini who had died some weeks earlier."

- James Jolly, GRAMOPHONE, Aug., 2004

"The Bruno Walter who conducted the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, however, was not the Bruno Walter who had led the New York Philharmonic a decade earlier. After his heart attack in 1957, his conducting became mellower – perhaps because he no longer could exert himself to the previous degree, or perhaps because he knew that his life-clock soon would slow down and stop. (He was born in 1876, and he was 81 at the time of his heart attack.) The word 'valedictory' sometimes has been used to describe Walter's last recordings, and it is good to remember that this word literally means 'saying farewell'. (The phrase 'Indian summer' also is used.) Beethoven was not a morbid or moribund composer, however, not even when he wrote his last symphony. One of the many beauties of his symphonies is that they can be interpreted in different ways – there is no one 'right' way to play any of them. Walter's 'valedictory' Beethoven set is a finely (and finally!) proportioned classic, and no one can fail to be moved by its serenity, and by the way in which the musicianship seems to rise godlike above earthly matters."

- Raymond Tuttle, Classical.Net