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7 Apr 2013

Richard Strauss. "Salome" - Wiener Symphoniker / Rudolf Moralt - Philips 1953

Richard Strauss:  "Salome"  - A Music Drama in One Act  (1905)
Salome............................ Walburga WegnerSoprano  
Jochanaan........................... Josef Metternich,  Baritone
Herodes................................ Laszlo Szemere,  Tenor
Herodias................................. Georgine von Milinkovic,  Mezzo-Soprano
Narraboth.................................. Waldemar Kmentt,  Tenor
Ein Page...................................... Dagmar Hermann,  Contralto
Erster Nazarener / Ein Cappadocier......... Oskar Czerwenka,  Bass
Zweiter Nazarener............................... Walter Berry,  Bass
Erster Soldat....................................... Adolf Vogel,  Bass
Zweiter Soldat........................................ Harald Proglhoff,  Bass
Ein Sklave................................................ Dorothea Frass,  Soprano
Erster Jude................................................. August Jaresch,  Tenor
Zweiter Jude.................................................. Fritz Sperlbauer,  Tenor
Dritter Jude..................................................... William Wernigk,  Tenor
Vierter Jude....................................................... Erich Majkut,  Tenor
Funfter Jude......................................................... Ljubomir Pantscheff,  Bass
Vienna Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Rudolf Moralt   
Side 1: Scenes 1,2,3  /  Side 2: Scenes 3,4  /  Side 3: Scene 4/Salome's Dance  /   Side 4: Scene 4     
4 files zip FLAC   Mega Download
Philips  6747 406 (2LP's)  c.1979 Dutch pressings/matrices: 1/2/1/1  (originally: Philips A 00163/64 L)
Recorded: December 1952.    1954 'Die Zeit' review - pdf available      1954 3pp booklet notes/EMG reviews >>>



 

17 comments:

  1. Thank you very much !

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    1. Somebody likes it!!

      (Possibly a Refugee from the 'Other Places' ghastly Furtwangler/Callas abominations??)

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  2. This is the only complete opera recording by Wegner and she's a most interesting Salome!
    Many thanks for this!

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    1. And she's really good!

      This came about as was considering some Welitsch LP's; UK CBS (61088) + HMV-WRC SH286/289- which contain 3 accounts of Salome: 'closing scene' + the Decca 10" (BR3053: VSOO/Moralt) reissue of the 1951 LXT - but found her quite disappointing in most of the non-Strauss (+ she's in Beecham's RCA 'Elektra' excerpt LP + Fledermaus - have the earliest Columbia (Canada) set of that).

      Whilst available as CD-R dubbings of the OOP Philips CD's I'd be surprised if they sounded 'better' than this: the original (Dutch) LP set is pretty good too.

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  3. But Welitsch "legendary" 1944 recording of the final scene of Salome (with von Matacic conducting, if I recall correctly) would be most welcome...:-)

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    1. Indeed - there's no particular 'problem' with that (also have on HLM 7006) it's just that the rest of the LP doesn't really (IMO) live up to the claims made - possibly due to some 'typical filtering' by Bryan Crimp - and preferred the CBS Classics sound (very good) and performances.
      The Decca is a bit 'scrawny' - but noticed a recent 'search' for that (not now available on CD) - so might (if I do them) split between blogs - as there's some Decca vocal material from Vienna never on CD.

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  4. Another excellent transfer. Many thanks!

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    1. Same set-up as used for the Mendelssohn/Mitropoulos on PRISTINE - but sounds very different....and I think this is Excellent +++++
      May add the Mitropoulos RVW 4 - also Shostakovich 10 (original Philips) on this blog.

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    2. My friend has a Mitropoulos Shostakovich 10 LP I believe. The second movement is (I believe) the fastest ever recorded? Great performance, one of my favorites along with the Kurtz recording of that same symphony. It would indeed be quite a treat to see it on this blog.

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    3. The Shostakovich 10 isn't (as with the Mendelssohn's) the best recording-quality; my 2 masterings (original Philips issues: ABL3052) are slightly different - and would 'dither' as to which was 'best'.

      The original Shost.VC with Oistrakh (ABL3101) is very good..

      However, depending on the downloads of this I might be tempted to transfer either of Decca's Salome's (Krauss: ACL / Solti - original SET) or maybe some other Opera...Traviata: M.Pradelli (Decca GOS) - or Aida (Perlea: original RCA LM album)...both those not currently available??

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    4. Evidently there is a performance with Oistrakh/Mitropoulos and the New York Philharmonic that is live and far more driven than their studio recording done a few days later (or earlier?). I haven't heard it myself though, but I wouldn't be surprised since Mitropoulos always seemed to take more risks in front of a live audience.

      I hate to make any requests (I'm sure you've seen that statement before), but you wouldn't happen to have any of Leibowitz or Scherchen conducted recordings lying around, would you? Now those are two wild card conductors that sorely lack some transfers.

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    5. Currently I'm transferring (free, as usual) for an email buddy a very substantial quantity of BBC materiel - and the additional effort could render these blogs 'near dead' (not that I really care..).

      I have mentioned (on the PRISTINE blog) that I could transfer some Readers Digest/Leibowitz (mainly from the 'Light Classical' box) but am unwilling to transfer sub-standard performances 'just because' the blasted conductor 'has a following' - and those Paris performances seem 'ramshackle' on minimal acquaintance.

      I'm assuming the Scherchen stuff is mostly available on CD (DG/Westminster) and, mostly, is too surreal for me to bother with any LP dubs - though I like the Vienna/Brahms Double Concerto (mono).

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    6. The particular performance of Leibowitz's that I am mostly looking out for is his recording of Gurre-Lieder. Say what you want about him in other repertoire, but he was an authority figure in composers such as Schoenberg and a few other contemporary artists of that time. I also find his Beethoven very pleasing, but it's a very different kind of Beethoven than most are used to. While Furtwangler and Mengelberg still have recordings that remain my favorite in Beethoven, I cannot help but be utterly attracted to Leibowitz's brass driven Beethoven. Those horns get me everytime, however unorthodox they may be. Leibowitz's Mozart, however, is not my cup of at tea at all.

      Scherchen has recorded so much that I would be awfully surprised if most of it has reached it's way onto CD, though there is quite an amount out there at least, it was a little silly of me to ask for some material by him considering the large amount of CDs he does indeed have out there by DG/Westminster and Tarha. He's a conductor that very much draws a large amount of hate/love from me, his idiosyncrasies--I feel--either work or fall flat on their face. Though I feel as if his Bach and Haydn is mostly successful.

      While it's a shame that this blog may become 'near dead' as you say, I really cannot blame you with all the effort that you have put onto this blog thus far. Regardless of whether or not it dies sooner or later, I am quite pleased with the content that you've put onto this site. You've given a large variety of artists the proper "transfer" treatment they sorely needed, and also provided some otherwise unavailable recordings. Even if people seem to give you the silent treatment (a problem affecting nearly ever blog out there) I'm sure that a large amount of them still appreciate the work. Hats off, sir.

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    7. One aspect that must be emphasized is that I don't have any sort of 'Classical CD collection' (the few I have [Digital] seem grossly inferior to LP..) - and am scarcely aware as to what is/has been on CD over 30-odd years (other than by 'researching' individual LP releases) - and, by those later standards, LP material is quite restrictive - further, in the UK, artists such as Scherchen, would either be on 'kitchen-table' pressed Nixa/Westminster - or World Record Club.

      Leibowitz is mostly on RCA (have 3 boxes of the Beethoven/RPO + 2 SB issues) - so, again, very limited; and earlier issues, again, from the early-mid 50's are on Nixa - in 'impractically'-pressed vinyl in terms of transferring without debasing the LP's 'information'.

      Those 'Nixa's' are the sort of LPs that were prized/collected some 30 years ago - but are 'wholly' superseded by CD issues - and doubt if (m)any I have haven't appeared on CD.

      The comment about 'near-dead' really relates to a long-deferred 'obligation' - that these blogs have made 'impossible' to accomplish - the time taken on LP transfers having been so substantial - and I need to transfer most BBC stuff in 'real-time' (possibly 200 hours-worth..) + all the additional work, so can't simply add that to some '2LP's/per week'...

      'The Silent Treatment' will inevitably lead to 'Silent Blogs' - even though most are just 'easy' CD-Rip-Offs...but have been quite resigned to that situation for-a-long-time....

      Maybe, as I keep 'mentioning' - I'll just decide to 'make some money'(sic) - instead of being unrealistically 'charitable' !!! (and note that a Russian LP Blog is currently seeking €3600 in 'donations' for a tonearm 'upgrade' ......)

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  5. Anonymous17 July, 2016

    Thank you very much. You do wonderful things.
    The Oistrakh/Mitropoulos concert Shostakovich can be found here
    http://halfassedisms.blogspot.com/2014/07/shostakovich-violin-concerto-1.html
    for those interested. Dicey blog, but the performance is there.

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    1. Didn't know of that blog; but notice it doesn't link mine - so wouldn't have seen it in various data (which means I'd have had a peek: though don't generally link CD copyright-infringers!).

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