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Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

Post by Modernistfan » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:02 pm

Does anyone have any information as to the contents of a box set to be issued in March 2018 by Sony Classical entitled: "Celebrating 150 Years of Tonhalle Orchester--​Z​ürich." This is a 14-CD box set and a number of conductors are listed including ​ Lorin Maazel, Rudolf Kempe, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert Blomstedt, Gerd Albrecht, Klaus Peter Flor, Hiroshi Wakasugi, and Lionel Bringuer, which makes me think that most of the recordings would be in reasonably modern stereo (a few of the older ones, such as some works conducted by Othmar Schoeck, excepted). The price on Amazon is about $114.00 at this point. However, I cannot find a listing anywhere of the contents. I have a lot of Zinman's recordings in another huge box and I don't want too much duplication; I would appreciate having some rare repertoire, particularly Swiss composers. Can anyone come up with a listing of the contents? Thanks.

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Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

Post by John F » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:20 am

The Tonhalle Orchestra is second-rate and as far as I know it always has been. While it's had some notable chief conductors none stayed beyond 4-5 years. Volkmar Andreae, who may be known to some here for his Bruckner recordings, was an exception, remaining for 43 years; Lance doesn't include him among the many conductors he names, but I should think Sony wouldn't leave him out.
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Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

Post by Lance » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:20 pm

This would NOT be a set in which I would be interested in though I'm sure there are some great things therein. I have some recordings by the Zurich Tonhalle on an individual basis that are excellent, mostly because of the collaborative artists, but as a set, I'm not a taker on this one.
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Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

Post by THEHORN » Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:05 pm

John, I haven't heard many recordings by the Tonhalle orchestra , mostly the ones with Zinman conducting , but at least under Zinman , it did not sound like a "second rate orchestra "
to me .
The playing on their Mahler cycle , in particular , and Beethoven under Zinman did not seem inferior to more famous orchestras such as the Venna Philharmonic, Concertgebouw , Staatskapelle, Dresden and Berlin Philharmonic to me .

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Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

Post by Modernistfan » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:14 am

I finally got some information as to the contents of this set with (rough) translation from the Japanese HMV site (apologies for the quality of the translation:

-Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in e-flat major

Volkmar Andreae (conductor)

Recorded: 1942 , 12 August, Zurich, Tonhalle (mono)


-Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in d-minor Op.120

Othmar Schoeck johnathon schaech (conductor)

Recording: 1943 , 11 -16, Zurich, Tonhalle (mono)

-Messenger: Symphony No. 4 , Op.80

Hans Rosbaud (conductor)

Recording: world premiere in 1958 , 2 -25, Zurich Tonhalle (mono)

-Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in d major D.200

Erich Schmidt (conductor)

Recordings: 1959 , 12 August, Zurich, Tonhalle (mono)


-Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in c minor Op.67'fate'

Rudolf Kempe (conductor)

Recorded: 1968 , 5 -7, Zurich, Tonhalle (mono)

-Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in c major, Op.21

France Egarr (conductor)

Recorded:1997 , 1 - 8 , Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)


-Busoni: Piano Concerto in c major Op.39

Boris Bloch (piano)

Zurich dingake rice

Küsnacht seminar Chamber Choir

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Recorded: 1985 , 2 -28, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)


-Chang: Opera "pentegilera" track

Helga dernesch (pentegilera)

Jane Marsh (brother)

Nadine secunde (Melodie)

Marga simeulue (maiden head)

Bremen Hermann (Achilles), etc.

Bern Opera Chorus

Küsnacht seminar Chamber Choir

Engadine cant choral Federation

Gerd Albrecht, conductor

Recorded: 1985 , 11 / 7, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)

-Rolf URS Ringer: nahhal (reverberation)

Hiroshi Wakasugi (conductor)

Recording: world premiere in1986 , 3 - 9 , Zurich Tonhalle (stereo)

-Liszt:violin concertos "Louis-stays Chan' (1995)

Thomas zetomaier (violin)

Heinz Holliger (conductor)

Record: 6 - 23 2001, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)


- R. Strauss: Garden Symphony Op.53

David Zinman (conductor)

Recording: 1991 , 3 -21, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)-Zinman Tonhalle debut

-Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in c minor "resurrection"

Juliane banse (soprano)

Alice Couto (Alto)

Zurich Zing Academy

David Zinman (conductor)

Recording: 2014 years 7 -11, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)-last concert as principal conductor of the Zinman


-Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 -b-dur

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Record: 1 - 6 ,2009 , Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)


-Haydn: Symphony No. 44 -e short harmonic Hob.I-44"farewell]

Jonathan Nott, conductor

Recording: 12 may 4 ,2009 , Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)

-Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 -e short Op.95from the new world'

Lorin Maazel (conductor)

Recording: 2002 , 3 -22, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)


-Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in d minor

Herbert blomstedt (conductor)

Recording: 2014 , 12 March, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)


-Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in c minor "organ with'

Peter Solomon (organ)

Charles DuToit (conductor)

Recording: 2014 , 2 -25, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)

-Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 , (e) length Op.82

ESA-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

Recording: by 2015 , 1 -31, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)


-Hector Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique Op.14

Lionel branger (conductor)

Recording: 2014 years 9 -10, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)


-Morton Feldman: Coptic light

Pierre-André Valade, conductor

Recording: 2014 , 11 -14, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)

-Witold Lutoslawski: written for Orchestra

Sylvain Bertrand (conductor)

Recording: by 2015 , 11 -13, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)

-Dieter Amann: "Glut"

Markus Stenz (conductor)

Recording: 2016 , 5 -11, Zurich, Tonhalle (stereo)

Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra

(Only theDisc1 velommun star broadcasting Orchestra joint concert)

All recorded live
The mysterious item on CDs 5-6 is probably Othmar Schoeck's opera "Penthesilea," which I have in another recording. I have no clue as to what the Liszt item is, unless it is some sort of a transcription by Holliger. Unfortunately, there is not enough repertory of interest in this set to warrant a purchase.

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Re: Sony Box Set for Anniversary of Zurich Tonhalle

Post by Modernistfan » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:07 pm

I now have a more updated listing of the contents of this box set from the jpc website. This is auf deutsch, but is much more easily interpretable by us dumb English-speakers in Amurrica.
​Bruckner: Symphonien Nr. 5, 7, 9

+Schumann: Symphonie Nr. 4

+Moeschinger: Symphonie Nr. 4 op. 80

+Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 3

+Beethoven: Symphonien Nr. 1 & 5

+Busoni: Klavierkonzert C-Dur op. 39

+Schoeck: Penthesilea op. 39

+Ringger: Nachhall

+Holliger: Violinkonzert "Hommage a Louis Soutter"

+Strauss: Sinfonia domestica op. 53

+Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2 c-moll

+Haydn: Symphonie Nr. 44 "Trauersinfonie"

+Dvorak: Symphonie Nr. 9 "Aus der neuen Welt"

+Saint-Saens: Symphonie Nr. 3 c-moll "Orgel-Symphonie"

+Sibelius: Symphonie Nr. 5 Es-Dur op. 82

+Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique op. 14

+Feldman: Coptic Light

+Lutoslawski: Livre pour Orchestre

+Ammann: Glut

I was right about the Schoeck opera, but the strange "Liszt" item is the Holliger violin concerto. (That has also been recorded by Zehetmair on ECM.) Of course, Liszt never wrote any violin concertos.

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