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The Westminster Legacy: Collectors Edition

Various

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  • Release Date 04 September 2020
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Product code
4792343
Format
CD Box Set
Number of Discs
40
Label
Deutsche Grammophon

40 CD Box Set

Few record labels from the dawn of the LP era are recalled with more admiration and affection than Westminster Records – its first records from 1950 established Westminster as a pioneering source, exploring new and exciting corners of repertoire.

The Westminster box gives a cross-section of Westminster’s activity in all genres, from solo piano recordings (Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Clara Haskil, Egon Petri) to complete operas (Handel’s Rodelinda with Teresa Stich-Randall, Maureen Forrester, Alexander Young, conducted by Brian Priestman, receiving its CD premiere) to orchestral recordings by the legendary conductors Hermann Scherchen and Artur Rodzinski. Many of these albums have never been released internationally before on CD.

The box set includes:

  • 40 CDs with original cover art sleeves
  • 100-page booklet

CD 1
Beethoven: Symphonies No.3 "Eroica" & No.6 "Pastorale"

CD 2
Beethoven: Symphonies No.2 In D, Op. 36; No.4 In B Flat, Op.60 & No.8 In F, Op.93

CD 3
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 "Choral"

CD 4
Haydn: Symphony No.45 In F Sharp Minor "Farewell"; Symphony No.100 In G Major "Military"

CD 5
Mozart: Symphonies No. 39 In E Flat, K.543; No.40 In G Minor, K.550; No.41 In C, K.551 "Jupiter"

CD 6
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 / Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On Greensleeves; Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis

CD 7
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Part 1)

CD 8
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 (Part 2); Symphony No.4 In F Minor

CD 9
Bruckner: Symphony No.8 In C Minor (Part 1)

CD 10
Bruckner: Symphony No.8 In C Minor (Part 2) / Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude

CD 11
Mahler: Symphony No.1 In D; Symphony No.2 In C Minor

CD 12
Mahler: Symphony No.2 In C Minor

CD 13
Glière: Symphony No.3 "Ilya Murometz"

CD 14
Beethoven: Wellington's Victory, Op.91 / Orff: Entrata / Gabrielli: Canzon Primi Toni

CD 15
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20, K.466 / Scarlatti, D.: 11 Sonatas

CD 16
Mozart, W.A.: Piano Concerto No.22, K.482; Piano Sonata No.16, K.570 & Piano Sonata No.8, K.310

CD 17
Rachmaninov: Concerto No.2 Pour Piano En Ut Mineur, Op.18; Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43

CD 18
Brahms: Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 / Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op.35

CD 19
Mozart, W.A.: String Quintet No.3 In G Minor, K.516; String Quartet No.23 IN F, K.590 "Prussian No.3"

CD 21
Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18 No.4 & Op.59 No.3 "Razumovsky" [ CD 20 Schubert: String Quintet In C, D.956

CD 22
Schubert: Octet In F Major, D.803

CD 23
Mendelssohn: Octet In E Flat, Op.20 / Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 In E Minor, Op.59 No.2 "Rasumovsky No.2"

CD 24
Dvorák: String Sextet Op.48; String Quintet Op.97

CD 25
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No.8, Op.13 "Pathétique"; No.23, Op.57 "Appassionata"; No.29, Op.106 "Hammerklavier"

CD 26
Schubert: Fantasia For Piano In C, D.760 "Wanderer - Fantasie"; 6 Moments musicaux D.780; Impromptus Op.90

CD 27
Franck: Prélude, Choral et Fugue; Prélude, Aria et Fugue / Fauré: Impromptus Op.31, 91, 102; Thème et variations, Op.73; Barcarolle Op.70; Noturne No.6, Op.63

CD 28
Spanish Guitar Music

CD 29
Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben, Op.42; Liederkreis, Op.39 / Respighi: Il tramonto

CD 30
Duparc: Opera Recitals And Songs

CD 31
Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge / Mozart, W.A.: An Chloë, K.524; Oiseaux, si tous les ans K.307/K.284d; Ridente la calma K.152; "Un moto di gioia" (Le nozze di Figaro) K.492; Das Veilchen K.476

CD 32
Bach, J.S.: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 (Part 1)

CD 33
Bach, J.S.: Mass In B Minor, BWV 232 (Part 2)

CD 34
Mozart: Requiem In D Minor, K.626

CD 35
Händel: Rodelinda (Part 1)

CD 36
Händel: Rodelinda (Part 2)

CD 37
Händel: Rodelinda (Part 3)

CD 38
Berlioz: Roméo & Juliette (Part 1)

CD 39
Berlioz: Roméo & Juliette (Part 2); Symphonie fantastique

CD 40
Opera Arias

Quotes:

CD 1: "Scherchen's "Eroica" rocks. Adopting what at the time (1958) seemed absurdly fast speeds in the outer movements, a funeral march bereft of excessive sentiment, top-to-bottom ensemble clarity, and a comparatively cavalier approach to ensemble discipline, it turns out that the old maestro actually beat many of today's period instrument folks at their own game. The whole performance whizzes by with boundlesss energy, and it's great fun."
- David Hurwitz, classicstoday.com

CD 1: "Released in 1958, these performances attest to a distinct personality in Beethoven, one disarmingly "modern" in his approach to the "Pastorale" in particular. Since the late 1980's, with the advent of the Norrington and Zinman [...] emphases on Beethoven's original metronome markings, the quick tempos set by Scherchen no longer seem eccentric."
- Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition

CD 3: "Monteux's soloists [...] are in great voice, especially Söderström and Vickers. This is a Ninth of spirit and musical naturalness, re3sonant with the conductor's savvy personality. Add it to your shopping cart."
- Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition

CD 9/10: "The monumentality of the outer movements [of the Bruckner], their ease of periodic transition, marks a great temperament in a milieu very much his own. The Wagner tempi are generally quicker than earlier inscriptions, though maintaining the air and pageantry in the Parsifal Prelude, the grand spaciousness in Lohengrin, and the harmonic luxxury of the Siegfried Idyll."
- Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition

CD 11: "The First Symphony has a lot going for it: a very fresh sounding opening pair of movements, a marvelously grotesque funeral march (the conductor really is in his element, reveling in Mahler's bizarre orchestral colors), and a finale that's simply exciting as hell despite instrumental execution in the fast sections from brass and strings that at times verges on desperation."
- David Hurwitz, classicstoday.com

CD 13: "Scherchen manages not only a colossal scale for this piece, but he coaxes infinite colors from strings and winds that vibrate with all the energy of folklore."
- Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition

CD 15: "Can these recordings really be 50 years old? They hardly sound their age. Even card-carrying audiophiles will be impressed with the Mozart Concerto's ideal orchestra/piano balances and sonic warmth. [...] These miraculous performances belong in every serious piano collection. Haskil's Scarlatti sonatas are paradigms of control, taste, color, ornamentation, and timing. [...] Discover Clara Haskil's genius Scarlatti playing for yourself, then write Universal a big fat thank you note for reissuing these performances."
- Jed Distler, classicstoday.com

CD 32-33: "We're not likely to hear from authentic instruments the melting sweetness of Willi Boskovsky's violin in the Benedictus, nor his warmth and long-breathed phrasing.[...] Soloists are led by tenor Léopold Simoneau, whose every appearance is a cause for joy. The voice is a marvel: mellifluous without being cloying, the phrasing perfection itself, the feeling strong in every bar. His Boskovsky-accompanied Benedictus alone is worth the price of this set."
- Dan Davis, classicstoday.com

CD 35-37: "Brian Priestman made the first full-length recording in 1964, and his cast - Stich-Randall, Forrester, Young and Watts among them - revealed a generation of singers who could balance vocal beauty with stylistic sensitivity. That's a recording worthy of revival."
- Classical Music: The Third Ear (2002)