Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (38 CD)

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LABEL: Decca
RELEASE DATE: 05/06/2020
ADDITIONAL ARTISTS: Los Angeles Philharmonic
38 CD

In October 1954, the eighteen-year old Zubin Mehta boarded a ship for Italy and upon disembarking there took a train to Vienna to pursue his life’s ambition in music. Under the strict, somewhat dry tutorship of Hans Swarowsky, Mehta was quickly imbibed in Viennese musical life and almost immediately met Decca’s legendary producer John Culshaw who recognising his potential wished to sign him – a contract that would not come to pass until years later when he succeeded Sir Georg Solti as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

This 38-CD collection provides proof of just how catholic Mehta’s tastes were. The foundation of his music making continues to lie in the central European masterworks (represented here by Haydn, Beethoven, Mahler and Tchaikovsky) and he has never lost sight of that tradition. When he recorded the Mahler Third in LA, the august Penguin Guide described it as “a performance so authentically Viennese”. Likewise, Gramophone’s reviewer surveying his Bruckner 4 observed, “I have never before known this music sound so like Wagner”. But he dares to go further. Richard Straus’s tone poems and Mahler symphonies also signature works in his repertoire, and topically, he delivers a compelling sweaty account of Scriabin, a tremendous performance of Nielsen’s Fourth and music by Kraft, and topically, John Williams, the coupling of whose Star Wars and Close Encounters suites were demonstration records for their time and remain so today. In other words, you could argue that many of these Mehta recordings are the American embodiment of the fabled Decca Sound .

CD1 BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture; Symphony No.7 ; Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”
Alicia de Larrocha (piano)

CD2 LISZT Hunnenschlacht; Orpheus; Mazeppa

CD3 SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No.3 “Organ”
Anita Priest organ

CD4 BRUCKNER Symphony No.4 “Romantic”

CD5 BRUCKNER Symphony No.8

CD6 VERDI Quattro pezzi sacri
Yvonne Minton, Los Angeles Master Choral

CD7 MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (original piano version)
Vladimir Ashkenazy

CD8 TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture; Symphony No.4 1967

CD9-11 TCHAIKOVSKY Symphonies Nos 1 -6 1977

Sydney Harth (violin)

CD13 DVORÁK Symphony No.8; The Wood Dove

CD14 DVORÁK Symphony No.9 “From The New World”; Carnival Overture

CD15 R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
David Frisina (violin)

CD16 R. STRAUSS Don Quixote
Jan Hlinka (viola), Kurt Reher (cello)

CD17 R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben

CD18 R. STRAUSS Sinfonia domestica

CD19 R. STRAUSS Eine Alpensinfonie

CD20-21 MAHLER Symphony No.3
Maureen Forrester (contralto), California Boys’ Choir, Los Angeles Master Chorale

CD22 MAHLER Symphony No.5; Symphony No.10 – Adagio

CD23 MAHLER 5 Lieder; Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano)

CD24 STRAVINSKY Petrushka (original version);
Circus Polka For A Young Elephant;
8 Instrumental Miniatures for 15 players;
Le Sacre du printemps
Shibley Boyes (piano), Los Angeles Chamber Ensemble

CD25 HOLST The Planets
Female Voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale

CD26 RAVEL Daphnis et Chloë — Suite No.2; Ma Mère l’oye — Suite; La Valse
Los Angeles Master Chorale

CD27 NIELSEN Symphony No.4 “The Inextinguishable”

CD28 IVES Symphony No.1
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, op.36 “Enigma”

CD29 IVES Symphony No.2; A Symphony: New England Holidays - ii.Decoration Day:
Variations On “America”

CD30 COPLAND Lincoln Portrait*
KRAFT Concerto for Four Percussion Soloists & Orchestra;
Contextures: Riots — Decade ‘60
Gregory Peck speaker*, Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble

CD31 BERNSTEIN Candide — Overture
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man; Appalachian Spring — Suite

CD32 SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, op.4 (version for string orchestra)
SCRIABIN Le Poème de l’extase

CD33 SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No.1; Variations

CD34 VARÈSE Arcana; Intégrales; Ionisation
Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble

CD35 WILLIAMS Star Wars — Suite
Close Encounters of the Third Kind — Suite

RAVEL Boléro; TCHAIKOVSKY Marche slave;
BIZET Carmen — Préludes to Acts 1 & 4;
VERDI La forza del destino — Overture;
SUPPÉ Dichter und Bauer — Overture

J. STRAUSS Die Fledermaus — Overture;
MOZART Le nozze di Figaro — Overture; ROSSINI La gazza ladra — Overture;
WEBER Der Freischütz — Overture; WAGNER Rienzi — Overture

HAYDN Trumpet Concerto; VIVALDI Flautino Concerto;
WEBER Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra;
WIENIAWSKI Polonaise No.1; Scherzo-Tarantelle
Thomas Stevens (trumpet), Miles Zentner (piccolo), Michelle Zukovsky (clarinet), Glenn Dicterow (violin)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Zubin Mehta

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