Hans Schmidt Isserstedt: the Telefunken recordings

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Hans Schmidt Isserstedt: the Telefunken recordings

Im speaking of a box with 3 CDs from TAHRA french label, that contents Schuberts 9th symphony, Tchaikovskys "Pathetique" symphony, Haydns 92th and Dvoraks 9th "New World" symphony, and other minor works, all conducted by austrian conductor Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, founder of NDR Orch from Hamburg, for me another great conductor from the past, practically forgotten to day, like also Joseph Keilberth or Ferdinand Leitner, and others. I need to say you that Ive always been felt certain distrust of this label productions, but in this case Ive been completely satisfied because Schuberts "The Great" and Tchaikovskys "Pathetique" versions are into the best Ive heard, in Schuberts "The Great": Erich Kleiber, Josef Krips, Jeffrey Tate, and about "Pathetique" symphony Ive found it better than Giulini-Los Angeles version, inclusive, a classic, or not?. This two works "per se" justified the purchase  I recomend it to you. Do you know this recordings? what do you think about this conductor?oscar.olavarria

RE: Hans Schmidt Isserstedt: the Telefunken recordings

Too bad S-I's recording of the Sibelius 2nd Symphony wasn't included, altho I'm not sure it was a Telefunken recording. It was issued on a mono LP in the US on the Capitol Classics label. I'm not sure it was ever issued on CD but would be interested in hearing if it was. During the final minutes of the last movement there is an added part for the timpani which I don't recall hearing in any other recording. Sibelius is supposed to have approved of the addition, which makes quite an effect. Does anyone know more on this or of other recordings with the added timpani part?

Bliss

RE: Hans Schmidt Isserstedt: the Telefunken recordings

The S-I Beethoven with the VPO on Decca was the first complete set of the symphonies I bought and still enjoy it. I also have a Brahms 4 with the NDR on a Vox/Turnabout LP.

I believe the Decca producer Erik Smith was his son.

RE: Hans Schmidt Isserstedt: the Telefunken recordings

To answer my own questions asked above, the Sibelius 2nd is available as a download friom Pristine Audio. They used the 1956 Capitol LP, which had been produced by John Culshaw of Decca, as their source. The revised timpani part was Koussevitzky's work. Depending on what source you want to believe it was either accepted or not accepted by Sibelius and was never added to the score. However, Anthony Collins and Charles Mackerras used it, but no Finnish conductor contemporary to Sibelius used it. There are now so many recordings of this work that I would not attempt to determine if the timpani revision is used on any of them. A 1958 review of S-I's recording says it was then "often heard." In any event, this is a performance worth hearing, and not just for the timpani.

Bliss

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