Rudolf Kempe

Hermann Abendroth

Delius: Violin Concerto (Raymond Cohen / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). Delius: Sea Driftt (John Shirley-Quirk, baritone, BBC Chorus & Choral Society, BBC Symphony Orchestra). Wolf: Italian Serenade. Copland: El Salon Mexico (Munich Philharmonic). Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 50 (Yara Bernette / Bavarian Radio Symphony). Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7, Op. 131 (Munich Philharmonic).
CRQ EDITIONS 307 - 308 (2 disks). TT: 69:04 . 69:13

PFITZNER: Kleine Sinfonie in G, Op. 44 (Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra). BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 (Gerhard Manko, violin / Leipzig Radio Symmphony Orchestra).

CRQ EDIUTIONS is devoted to reissuing many historic recordings of the past, some appearing on CD for the first time.Thes releases concentrate on conductors Rudolf Kempe and Hermann Abendroth,

German-born Rudolf Kempe (1910 - 1976) was a major conductor during his time and in spite although in spite of his acclaim never was Music Director of one of the major orchestras— although he appeared with them frequently. He was a favorite in the recording studio and recorded for a number of labels, in particularEMI, which entrusted him to record all of Richard Strauss's symphonic works in Dresden. Perhaps this project was prompted by his amazing recording made a few years earlier for RCA of An Alpine Symphony. This was a stereo spectacular played by the augmented Royal Philharmonic Orchestra produced by the team of Charles Gerhard and Ken Wilkinson. It was a sonic spectacular that surprisingly didn't stay in the catalog very long. FIt has been reissued twice to my knowledge, on ReDiscovery (REVIEW) and Testament (REVIEW). More details of the recording can be found on those comments. The EMI version was recorded four-track and issued in that format on DVD (REVIEW). Unfortunately EMI engineers did not provide audio essential for Strauss, and this disk quickly was discontinued. At the same time of the RPO Alpine, Kempe made a number of other recordings for Reader's Digest, all sonic spectaculars. Fortunately many of these have been reissued on other labels. The CRQ issue is important as it offers repertory usually not associated with Kempe in excellent audio (the Wolf, Copland and Medtner are stereo). all live performances

Hermann Abendroth (1883 - 1845) was a major conductor on Germany's musical scene, criticized by some for joining the Nazi party. He appeared frequently with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Berlin Radio Symphony, and conduced Die Meistersinger at Bayreuth. A solid musician, he made countless recordings many of which appeared on the Urania label. This QCR CD contains his 1945 performance of Pfitzner's G major Kleine Symphonie, and the Brahms violin concerto recorded in 1949 wit the virtually unknown Gerhard Manko as soloist. He gives a rough and ready performance of limited interest. Main interest here is the Pfitzner, a four-movement work that doubtless will be new to mos listeners. Excellent mono sound for its time.

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R.E.B. (October 2018)