Istvan Kertesz Vienna Recordings
This collection of recordings, produced over the span of a dozen years, recall the art of a great conductor and his relationship with one of the world’s finest orchestras. Kertész made his debut disc for Decca with the Wiener Philharmoniker in March 1961. Together they fashioned a recording of Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony which was distinguished by its spontaneity and intensity. Kertész became a frequent visitor to the Austrian capital as one of the select company of guest conductors invited to lead the orchestra’s subscription concerts. The relationship between Kertész and the Wiener Philharmoniker deepened over the course of many sessions at the Sofiensaal – one of Decca’s favourite recording venues. Following the success of their 1963 Schubert albums, Decca invited Kertész to record the composer’s other symphonies. It was a mark of the Philharmonic’s respect for Kertész that they wanted him to record Schubert, a great son of Vienna. This cycle now presented on High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc, allows us to listen to studio quality playback (24bit 96kHZ resolution). The orchestra extended the accolade by embracing a project to record the complete symphonies of Brahms. Sadly it was a project which was not to be fully realized due to the tragically early death of the this extraordinarily sensitive young conductor. In an atmosphere of respect and love, this great orchestra, without a conductor, finished what turned out to be the young maestro’s last recording (the Variations on a Theme by Haydn) – a valedictory gesture of reverence and a homage to the conductor it so much esteemed.
“Kertész's Brahms cycle has wonderful freshness and Magyar fire; his invigorating Serenade in D has surely never been bettered.” BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE on the Brahms Cycle
“ […]a compellingly idiomatic reading of this great work […] with wonderful
freshness and conviction.”
GRAMOPHONE on Schubert’s Symphony No.9 "Great“
“This is in any event exciting and convincing in nearly every detail; the slow movement has poetry and […] the scherzo has great vitality and bite. The Decca recording is very vivid and has wide dynamic range and excellent tone; the timpani are quite spectacular.” GRAMOPHONE on Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9
CDs 1-9: MOZART
CD1 Symphonies Nos. 25 & 40
CD2 Symphonies Nos. 29 & 35
CD3 Symphonies Nos. 33 & 39
CD4 Symphony No.36; Serenade No.13 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"
CD5-6 "Opera Festival" – Highlights from Le nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zauberflöte, Zaide, Così fan tutte, Il re pastore & Don Giovanni
Lucia Popp, Brigitte Fassbaender, Eszter Perenyi, Tom Krause, Werner Krenn, Manfred Jungwirth, Vienna Haydn Orchestra
CD7-8 La Clemenza di Tito
Lucia Popp, Teresa Berganza, Werner Krenn, Wiener Staatsopernorchester
Elly Ameling, Marilyn Horne, Ugo Benelli, Tugomir Franc, Wiener Staatsopernchor
CDs 10-14: SCHUBERT
CD10 Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
CD11 Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6
CD12 Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
CD13 Symphony No.8 "Unfinished"; 3 Overtures - Overture in the Italian Style in C major D591, Overture “Des Teufels Lustschloß” D84, Overture “Fierrabras” D796
CD14 Symphony No.9 "Great"
CDs 15-17: BRAHMS
CD15 Symphony No.1; Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn op. 56a*
*Following Kertész’s death on 16 April 1973 this was completed without a conductor on 14 May 1973
CD16 Symphony No.2
CD17 Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
CD18-19 DONIZETTI: Don Pasquale
Fernando Corena, Graziella Sciutti, Juan Oncina, Tom Krause, Angelo Mercuriali, Wiener Opernchor, Wiener Staatsopernorchester
CD20 DVOŘÁK: Symphony No.9 "From the New World"
BRA SCHUBERT - The Complete Symphonies; 3 Overtures
24bit/96kHz High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc