These live recordings bear witness to the close rapport between Robert Casadesus and Eugene Ormandy , two great transatlantic figures in the history of twentieth-century music and performance. Born respectively in Paris and Budapest, these two musicians laid the cornerstone for their stellar...more
"A rather more striking 1954 broadcast account of the Fourth Symphony where Ormandy conducts the Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra has appeared on Audite. As with the Fifth there are some fairly theatrical gear-changes and yet one could hardly fail to admire the warmth of string tone or the high level of commitment: the orchestra is plainly going all out for maximum visceral impact. But what makes this well transferred CD more or less unmissable is a remarkable performance of Saint-Saëns’s Fourth Piano Concerto with Robert Casadesus as soloist, a cool but virtuoso reading and possibly the best of the many versions of the work that we now have from Casadesus." (Gramophone)
These live recordings bear witness to the close rapport between Robert Casadesus and Eugene Ormandy, two great transatlantic figures in the history of twentieth-century music and performance. Born respectively in Paris and Budapest, these two musicians laid the cornerstone for their stellar careers in the post-war United States. Here they are heard with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in riveting interpretations of two masterpieces from the late romantic repertoire. Though written only two years apart (1875 and 1877), Saint Saëns’ concerto and Tchaikovsky’s symphony reflect very different musical and mental universes. Casadesus and Ormandy bring them to life with fascinating sureness of style and unbridled expression.
There is a “Producer’s Comment” from producer Ludger Böckenhoff about this production available.
The production is part of our series „Legendary Recordings“ and bears the quality feature „1st Master Release“. This term stands for the excellent quality of archival productions at audite. For all historical publications at audite are based, without exception, on the original tapes from broadcasting archives. In general these are the original analogue tapes, which attain an astonishingly high quality, even measured by today‘s standards, with their tape speed of up to 76 cm/sec. The remastering – professionally competent and sensitively applied – also uncovers previously hidden details of the interpretations. Thus, a sound of superior quality results. CD publications based on private recordings from broadcasts cannot be compared with these.
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