Sunday, May 19, 2013

Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade, Stokowski, Philadelphia Orchestra, February 6, 1962 broadcast

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


Philadelphia Orchestra, 
Leopold Stokowski, Conducit 

February 6, 1962 broadcast recording

Reel-to-reel tape* source

Radio announcer starts the party, applause and ending whoops included. The crucial second movement solo violin parts are given to us, I assume, by Anshel Brusilow. They are everything I wish for in this work. Also,  you may know that when you need a satisfying spectacle, a pint of Stoki is your only man. I have had a Scheherazade orgy this past 3 weeks, and so finally just decided to post a particularly fetching version. As always, this is not available commercially by any official sources.    

The contributor remarks, "*Many thanks to Jack (JackG) for his help in restoring the portion of the second movement missing from my tape."


Jeffrey Catherine Jones (1944-2011) for making the art in 1970. Obviously I stole it.

Ray, JackG and the other symphonyshare folks who worked on this, then put it up. Obviously I stole it.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sibelius Sym 4, Colin Davis, SO Bayerischen Rundfunks, 2006

If we are remembered by what beauty we leave behind, Sir Colin Davis, you are unforgettable.
Thank you, Maestro.

Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 4

Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Runfunks
Sir Colin Davis

?? ?? 2006 performance

My favorite Sibelius Symphony. To repurpose a Billy Collins joint, the sound here “...starts out like a lone traveler heading into a blizzard at midnight, tilting into the wind, one arm shielding his face, the tails of his thin coat flapping behind him.” The late Sir Colin Davis' LSO performances of Sibelius
always took me to places utterly and completely. Here you are: my new top pick for
that work (previously given to the Berliner Philharmoniker under Karajan in their early 80s take).  As Darkling Angel confides, it is an,
"[e]pic, monumental and utterly bleak performance of Sibelius' Fourth from the late Sir Colin Davis and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (no one else could really have got away with a performance like this apart from Davis). I absolutely love it. I didn't write the full date down but remember it to be from 2006. "
It runs minutes longer than his contemporary LSO live official CD performances. As with
these cases, you do not feel the passage of time on way or the other.

Turn it up loud and get all Hafiz on the world:

...God wants to manhandle us,

Lock us inside of a tiny room with


And practice His dropkick.

The Beloved sometimes wants

To do us a great favor:

Hold us upside down

And shake all the nonsense out...