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More Wonderful WandMay 6 2005
Michael Brad Richman
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While I'm not currently buying Testament titles at the same rate I was a few years back, I simply could not pass up this one featuring the legendary conductor Gunter Wand. (The fact that I found it for $5 in a Boston used CD store might have contributed slightly to my decision.) This CD features Wand performing Schubert's 6th and 8th Symphonies (in stereo from 1962 and 1958 respectively) and Haydn's Piano Concerto in D (with Heinz Schroter in mono from 1956) with his beloved Gurzenich Orchestra of Cologne. Those familiar with my other Wand Testament reviews on Amazon, or those who know Wand's bio, will already know this, but popularity found Wand late in life. One of the reasons may be traced back to a career decision made in the early 1950s. Wand was given the opportunity by Walter Legge to join the great roster of conductors at EMI and make a few recordings, or record a larger body of work with the French subscription music club, Club Francaise du Disque. Wand, always one to put the music first, chose the latter, and as a result we have this beautiful archive of recordings, beginning to be lovingly reissued by Testament. And it is a "testament" to that company's dedication to classical music today that allows us to hear all these gems of the past -- thank you!