The modern vinyl LP turns 66 soon. Revealed in June 1948, Columbia Records showed off the new 33 1/3 LP format for the first time. While this was not the first attempt at a long playing record, it was the first to overcome many technical hurdles, such as wear and background noise. Columbia released about 100 LPs at first launch, many 12 inch, but quite a few in the less familiar 10 inch format [that size did not survive, instead…
Walter’s NY Phil recording of Mahler’s ‘Symphony #2 – Resurrection’ was my first experience with Mahler. I found it on a double-length cassette on the CBS Odyssey label [which eventually wore out, replaced with a double-length DG cassette by Kubelik, another great recording]. Something about the work really grabbed me, and I always end up back at this 60’s era recording by Walter. Of course this release has been long out of print, but the same recording is on the…
I seem to be on a Mahler kick these days. After recently getting the Levine and Abravenel Mahler sets I stumbled across another one of those mystery download sets of Bruno Walter conducting Mahler. Many of the older 1940’s-50’s classical recordings have gone out of copyright in the UK, and there have been some MP3 releases on the cheap as of late with sketchy details other than the works and orchestra. These are Walter’s Mahler recordings from the 1940’s and…
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’ – Walter / NY Phil.
Mozart: Mozart Operatic Arias – Pinza – Walter / Metropolitan Opera Orch.
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’ – Walter / NY Phil.
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 – Halban – Walter / NY Phil.
Beethoven: Violin Concerto In D Major – Szigeti / Walter
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 – Walter / Philadelphia Orch.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 – Walter / NY Phil.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 – Serkin / Walter / NY Phil.
Mendelssohn: Concerto In E Minor For Violin And Orchestra Op. 64
Bruno Walter / Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York