The 1956 Nixa-Westminster Stereo Recordings, Vol.2 Import, Box set
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This significant historical recording follows on from First Hand's acclaimed first release this series. All the Schumann symphonies and the complete Berlioz overtures - some receiving their CD debuts - are presented here in a fabulously packaged three disc set. These 1956 Nixa-Westminster recordings have been faithfully remastered at Abbey Road Studios from original analog tapes held in the EMI and Universal archives. The sound quality is quite astonishing, especially considering they were made over fifty years ago. Sir Adrian Boult is featured, conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in works he would never return to again in the studio.
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The Schumann here is even wilder. If , like me, you have longed for quicker perfomances of Schumann by too many conductors, especially in #s 1 and 3, here they are in spades. Again Boult does not stint on romantic intensity, but #3/1 a bit too quick by about 40 seconds each-still the correct
idea/impulse. The Scherzo of #2 is thrilling and the Finale is excellent-so are the final four movements of the Rhenish. Boult's
slow movements are not rushed. Had Carlos Kleiber recorded Schumann, he would have been a Boult redux. Not so strange, perhaps, since both Boult and Erich Kleiber were protoges of Artur Nikisch.
Peers: Berlioz Overtures: Munch, Davis, Gibson
Schumann: 1-4: Sawallisch, Szell, Kubelik/BRSO + BPO #2 (see my revies), Levine/BPO and Philadelphia
#1-Munch/BSO, #s 2 and 3-Schuricht, #4 -Jochum/RCOA
note : 20 words are many words for free commentaries ! Usually, I don't have that time to give to you. Happy New Year.