Lance's program 13/20 Sept. 2014: Clemens Krauss-Part 2 of 2

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Lance's program 13/20 Sept. 2014: Clemens Krauss-Part 2 of 2

Post by Lance » Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:38 pm

Conductor CLEMENS KRAUSS, lived between 1893 and 1954, was a friend of Richard Strauss whose music he performed and recorded to great critical claim. Austrian born, Krauss was a Vienna Choir Boy and eventually was attracted to conducting, especially after hearing Arthur Nikish and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. It was Nikisch who was a great inspiration to Krauss. In 1929, Krauss gave his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and then led the New York Philharmonic. He had strong ties to Austrian and German opera houses, but left his Viennese positions to take on the Berlin State Opera in 1935 after both Erich Kleiber and Fritz Busch left in protest to Nazi politics. There was some conjecture about Krauss's own involvement with the Nazis. Allied forces forbid him to appear in public until 1947 when it was discovered that Krauss assisted many Jews to get away from Hitler's antics. Clemens Krauss's second wife was the great Romanian singer Viorica Ursuleac. His recordings were made primarily for Decca, and appeared both in the 78-rpm format and in mono LP recordings. Since his death, Krauss has become a cult figure among record collectors.

Here is my lineup of Bernstein the pianist:

PART I: September 13, 2014

The Program

•Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G Major with the Vienna Symphony (r.1950)
•R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (r.1953)

PART II: September 20, 2014

•K. M. Ziehrer: Vienna Maindens Waltz w/Vienna PO (r.1931)
•Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 in G Major, Op. 58 w/VPO, Wilhelm Backhaus, piano (r.1951)
•R. Strauss: "Es gibt ein Reich" from Ariadne auf Naxos w/Viorica Ursuleac (soprano, wife of the conductor), Berlin Radio Orchestra. (r.1935)
•J. Strauss, Jr.: Morning Papers Waltz w/VPO (r.1940)

The program is heard weekly on the Internet at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EASTERN time on this link:

http://wpel.streamon.fm/
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