Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Complete Decca Recordings

 
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Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Complete Decca Recordings
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

[ Decca / 38 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 29 May 2020

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. Quickly imbibed in Viennese musical life, he 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.

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 Penguin Guide described it as 'a performance so authentically Viennese'.

The set includes some of Mehta's signature works: Richard Strauss's tone poems and Mahler symphonies and he delivers a compelling sweaty account of Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy, 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.

Tracks:

Tschaikowsky:
Symphonien Nr. 1-6 (Nr. 4 in zwei Einspielungen); 1812-Ouvertüre;
Romeo & Juliet

Beethoven:
Symphonie Nr. 7
Klavierkonzert Nr. 5

Bruckner:
Symphonien Nr. 4 & 8

Richard Strauss:
Also sprach Zarathustra op. 30;
Don Quixote op. 35;
Ein Heldenleben op. 40;
Sinfonia domestica op. 53;
Alpensymphonie op. 64

Mahler:
Symphonien Nr. 3 & 5;
Adagio aus Symphonie Nr. 10;
Rückert-Lieder;
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Saint-Saens:
Symphonie Nr. 3 "Orgelsymphonie"

Dvorak:
Symphonien Nr. 8 & 9;
Die hölzerne Taube op. 110;
Karneval op. 92

Strawinsky:
Le Sacre du Printemps;
Petruschka;
Zirkus-Polka;
8 Instrumentale Miniaturen (nach "5 Finger für Klavier")

Ives:
Symphonien Nr. 1 & 2;
Decoration Day aus Symphonie "New England Holidays"

Holst:
The Planets

Elgar:
Enigma Variations op. 36

Ravel:
Daphnis et Chloe-Suite Nr. 2;
Ma mere l'oye;
La Valse

Nielsen:
Symphonie Nr. 4

Liszt:
Hunnenschlacht;
Orpheus;
Mazeppa

Rimsky-Korssakoff:
Scheherazade op. 35

Verdi: Quattro Pezzi sacri

Mussorgsky:
Bilder einer Ausstellung (Orchester- & Klavierfassung)

Kraft:
Konzert für 4 Schlagzeuger & Orchester; Contextures "Riots - Decade '60"

Copland:
Appalachian Spring-Suite;
Fanfare for the Common Man;
Lincoln Portrait

Schönberg:
Verklärte Nacht op. 4;
Kammersymphonie Nr. 1 op. 9;
Variationen op. 31

Varese:
Arcana;
Integrales;
Ionisation

Scriabin:
Le Poeme de l'Extase op. 54

Williams:
Star Wars-Suite;
Close Encounters of the third Kind-Suite

"Hits at Hollywood Bowl":
Ravel: Bolero;
Tschaikowsky: Slawischer Marsch op. 31;
Bizet: Carmen-Vorspiele zum 1. & 4. Akt;
Verdi: La Forza del Destino-Ouvertüre;
Suppe: Dichter und Bauer-Ouvertüre

"Virtuoso Overtures":
J. Strauss II: Die Fledermaus-Ouvertüre;
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro-Ouvertüre;
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra-Ouvertüre;
Weber: Der Freischütz-Ouvertüre:
Wagner: Rienzi-Ouvertüre

"Concertos in Contrasts":
Haydn: Trompetenkonzert Es-Dur H7e Nr. 1; Vivaldi: Flötenkonzert RV 445;
Weber: Concertino Es-Dur op. 26 für Klarinette & Orchester;
Wieniawski: Polonaise Nr. 1 D-Dur op. 4; Scherzo-Tarantelle op. 16