Unreleased FRICSAY discs (4) from DGG

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Unreleased FRICSAY discs (4) from DGG

Post by Lance » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:37 pm

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DGG 479.8275, 4 CDs.

The big mega-CD boxed sets of Ferenc Fricsay's recordings on DGG contain much music that has been coveted by his admirers since his early passing at the age of only 48 in 1963. For a largely "house conductor," for a major record label, Fricsay made a big hit with his following, which continues even today. Now DGG has unearthed a heretofore unavailable group of recordings made with the RIAS-Symphony Orchestra-Berlin [RIAS indicating Radio in the American Sector] after World War II. The outstanding article included in this really deluxe edition is by Wolfgang Stahr.

According to the backnotes: "[This is] a rare collection of unreleased radio broadcasts that Ferenc Fricsay recorded with the RIAS-Symphony orchestra-Berlin in the early 1950s when he laid the foundation of his reputation as an outstanding Mozart conductor. Newly remastered, these radio recordings complement DG's highly praised complete edition of Fricsay's studio recordings for the label. ('A wealth of superb performances in the vaults.' --Gramophone; 'Mozart is the first and, so far, the only composer to conjure up life in its entirety.' --Ferenc Fricsay."


THE PROGRAM
ALL MOZART:

Symphonies Nos. 1, 4-9
Symphonies 23 and 27
Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 [soloist not named]
Sinfonia Concertante, K. 297b
Cassation, K. 63
Serenade K. 375
Ein Musikalischer Spass, K. 522
Serenata Notturna, K. 239
Divertimenti, K. 247 [five movements only*] and K. 334
"Sull'aria" from Le nozze di Figaro w/sopranos Rita Streich and Suzanne Danco
"Mi tradi quell'alma ingrata" from Don Giovanni w/soprano Suzanne Danco

*Due to microphone problems, complete work could not be recorded.

As long as they keep finding recordings of Fricsay, I will be standing in line to acquire them.
Lance G. Hill
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