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Liszt : Symphonic Poems - Wagner : Siegfried Idyll

Karl Münchinger

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A quartet of Liszt tone-poem recordings, new to CD, plus a cherishable recording of Wagner’s musical birthday card to his wife.


Karl Münchinger founded the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1946, and Decca began making records with them three years later. The polish and vigour of his work in Baroque repertoire is comprehensively documented by a recent 8CD Eloquence box, but Münchinger’s repertoire was broader than might be assumed. In addition to their sensitive and stylish interpretation of Haydn and Mozart brought together on another Eloquence box, the conductor and his Stuttgart ensemble took on Romantic repertoire such as the Siegfried-Idyll of Wagner – a 1951 recording made in Geneva with Munich strings and the winds of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
More adventurously, Decca sent Münchinger to Paris, to conduct the Conservatoire Orchestra. A 10-inch EP of the Mephisto Waltz and Prometheus duly appeared, followed by a full LP which coupled the EP with two more tone-poems, Mazeppa and Hamlet. Although Liszt’s orchestral music was more familiar to audiences in the concert hall than it is now, there were comparatively few recordings: this one of Hamlet appears to be the first, but it effectively conveys both the nervous tension of the story and its gloomy setting of Elsinore.
Münchinger secures fiery playing from the Paris orchestra and holds a firm grasp on Liszt’s unorthodox structures. Captured in Decca’s dynamic mono sound, the Conservatoire brass make thrilling contributions to the Mephisto Waltz and the climactic celebrations of Mazeppa, while the winds contribute much distinctively French timbre to the more poignant evocations of the sufferings of Prometheus. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)


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Prometheus, symphonic poem No.5, S.99 (Franz Liszt)

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Prometheus, symphonic poem No.5, S.99
00:11:48

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Karl Münchinger, Conductor - Franz Liszt, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer - James Brown, Recording Engineer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer

℗ 1955 Decca Music Group Limited

Mephisto Waltz No.1, S. 110 No.2 'The Dance in the Village Inn' (after Lenau) (Franz Liszt)

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Mephisto Waltz No.1, S. 110 No.2 'The Dance in the Village Inn' (after Lenau)
00:10:50

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Karl Münchinger, Conductor - Franz Liszt, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer - James Brown, Recording Engineer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer

℗ 1955 Decca Music Group Limited

Mazeppa, symphonic poem No.6, S.100 (Franz Liszt)

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Mazeppa, symphonic poem No.6, S.100
00:15:20

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Karl Münchinger, Conductor - Franz Liszt, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer - James Brown, Recording Engineer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer

℗ 1955 Decca Music Group Limited

Hamlet, symphonic poem No.10, S.104 (Franz Liszt)

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Hamlet, symphonic poem No.10, S.104
00:14:15

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra - Karl Münchinger, Conductor - Franz Liszt, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer - James Brown, Recording Engineer - Kenneth Wilkinson, Recording Engineer

℗ 1955 Decca Music Group Limited

Siegfried Idyll (Richard Wagner)

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Siegfried Idyll
00:16:08

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester - Karl Münchinger, Conductor - Members of L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande - Richard Wagner, Composer - Victor Olof, Recording Producer - Gil Went, Recording Engineer

℗ 1952 Decca Music Group Limited

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A quartet of Liszt tone-poem recordings, new to CD, plus a cherishable recording of Wagner’s musical birthday card to his wife.


Karl Münchinger founded the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1946, and Decca began making records with them three years later. The polish and vigour of his work in Baroque repertoire is comprehensively documented by a recent 8CD Eloquence box, but Münchinger’s repertoire was broader than might be assumed. In addition to their sensitive and stylish interpretation of Haydn and Mozart brought together on another Eloquence box, the conductor and his Stuttgart ensemble took on Romantic repertoire such as the Siegfried-Idyll of Wagner – a 1951 recording made in Geneva with Munich strings and the winds of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
More adventurously, Decca sent Münchinger to Paris, to conduct the Conservatoire Orchestra. A 10-inch EP of the Mephisto Waltz and Prometheus duly appeared, followed by a full LP which coupled the EP with two more tone-poems, Mazeppa and Hamlet. Although Liszt’s orchestral music was more familiar to audiences in the concert hall than it is now, there were comparatively few recordings: this one of Hamlet appears to be the first, but it effectively conveys both the nervous tension of the story and its gloomy setting of Elsinore.
Münchinger secures fiery playing from the Paris orchestra and holds a firm grasp on Liszt’s unorthodox structures. Captured in Decca’s dynamic mono sound, the Conservatoire brass make thrilling contributions to the Mephisto Waltz and the climactic celebrations of Mazeppa, while the winds contribute much distinctively French timbre to the more poignant evocations of the sufferings of Prometheus. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)


Details of original recording : Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland, October 1951 (Siegfried Idyll); La Maison de la Mutualité, Paris, France, 8–11 June (Prometheus, Mephisto Waltz); 27–28 September 1954 (Mazeppa, Hamlet)

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