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  • Komponist: Mozart, Händel, Beethoven, Tschaikowsky
  • Audio CD (10. Januar 2014)
  • Limited Edition Edition
  • Anzahl Disks/Tonträger: 40
  • Format: Box-Set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon (Universal Music)
  • ASIN: B00GBJVK0S
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Titelverzeichnis

Disk: 1

  1. 1. Allegro con brio
  2. 2. Marcia funebre Adagio assai
  3. 3. Scherzo Allegro vivace
  4. 4. Finale Allegro molto
  5. 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
  6. 2. Szene am Bach: Andante molto mosso
  7. 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute Allegro
  8. 4. Gewitter, Sturm Allegro
  9. 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto

Disk: 2

  1. 1. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
  2. 2. Larghetto
  3. 3. Scherzo Allegro
  4. 4. Allegro molto
  5. 1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
  6. 2. Adagio
  7. 3. Allegro vivace
  8. 4. Allegro ma non troppo
  9. 1. Allegro vivace e con brio
  10. 2. Allegretto scherzando
  11. 3. Tempo di menuetto
  12. 4. Allegro vivace

Disk: 3

  1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
  2. 2. Molto vivace
  3. 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
  4. 4. Presto - Allegro assai (Original Version)

Disk: 4

  1. 1. Allegro assai (Original Version)
  2. 2. Adagio (Original Version)
  3. 3. Menuet Allegretto (Original Version)
  4. 4. Finale Presto - Adagio (Original Version)
  5. 1. Adagio - Allegro (Original Version)
  6. 2. Allegretto (Original Version)
  7. 3. Menuet Moderato (Original Version)
  8. 4. Finale Presto (Original Version)

Disk: 5

  1. 1. Adagio - Allegro
  2. 2. Andante con moto
  3. 3. Menuetto Allegretto
  4. 4. Finale Allegro
  5. 1. Molto allegro
  6. 2. Andante
  7. 3. Menuetto Allegretto
  8. 4. Finale Allegro assai
  9. 1. Allegro vivace
  10. 2. Andante cantabile
  11. 3. Menuetto Allegretto
  12. 4. Molto allegro

Disk: 6

  1. 1. Mars, the Bringer of War
  2. 2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  3. 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
  4. 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  5. 5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
  6. 6. Uranus, the Magician
  7. 7. Neptune, the Mystic
  8. Original Version
  9. Original Version

Disk: 7

  1. Overture
  2. No.1 Scene. L'ornement et l'illumination de l'arbre de Noel (Acte 1)
  3. No.2 Marche (Acte 1)
  4. No.3 Petit Galop des enfants et entree des parents (Acte 1)
  5. No.4 Scene dansante (Acte 1)
  6. No.5 Scene et Danse Gross-Vater (Acte 1)
  7. No.6 Scene. Allegro semplice (Acte 1)
  8. No.7 Scene. Allegro vivo (Acte 1)
  9. No.8 Scene. Andante (Acte 1)
  10. No. 9 Valse des flocons de neige (Acte 1)
  11. No.10 Scene. Andante (Acte 2)
  12. No.11 Scene. Andante con moto (Acte 2)
  13. No.12a Le chocolat Danse espagnole (Acte 2)
  14. No.12b Le cafe Danse arabe (Acte 2)
  15. No.12c Le the Danse chinoise (Acte 2)
  16. No.12d Trepak Danse russe (Acte 2)
  17. No.12e Danse de mirlitons (Acte 2)
  18. No.12f La mere Gigogne et les polichinelles (Acte 2)
  19. No.13 Valse des fleurs (Acte 2)

Disk: 8

  1. No.14a La fee Dragee et le prince Orgeat (Acte 2)
  2. No.14b Variation I pour de danseur (Acte 2)
  3. No.14c Variation II pour la danseuse [Danse de la fee Dragee] (Acte 2)
  4. No.14d Coda (Acte 2)
  5. No.15a Tempo di Valse (Acte 2)
  6. No.15b L'Apotheose (Acte 2)
  7. 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo (Original Version)
  8. 2. Andantino in modo di canzona
  9. 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro (Original Version)
  10. 4. Finale Allegro con fuoco (Original Version)

Disk: 9

  1. 1. Allegro moderato (First published version 1892/revised by Josef Schalk)
  2. 2. Scherzo. Allegro moderato - Trio. Langsam (First published version 1892/revised by Josef Schalk)
  3. 3. Adagio. Feierlich langsam, doch nicht schleppend (First published version 1892/revised by Josef Schalk)

Disk: 10

  1. 4. Finale. Feierlich, nicht schnell (First published version 1892/revised by Josef Schalk)
  2. Prelude to Act I (Original Version)
  3. Original Version
  4. Prelude (Original Version)

Disk: 11

  1. 1. Langsam. Schleppend
  2. 2. Kräftig bewegt
  3. 3. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
  4. 4. Stürmisch bewegt
  5. 1: Allegro maestoso Totenfeier (Original Version)

Disk: 12

  1. 2: Andante moderato (Original Version)
  2. 3: Scherzo (Original Version)
  3. 4: "Urlicht"
  4. 5: Im Tempo des Scherzo (Original Version)

Disk: 13

  1. I. Pelerins errants. Ilia Mourometz et Sviatogor (Symphony No. 3 "Ilya Murometz")
  2. II. Soloveï le Brigand (Symphony No. 3 "Ilya Murometz")
  3. III. Chez Vladimir Beau Soleil (Symphony No. 3 "Ilya Murometz")
  4. IV. Les prousses et la petrification d'Ilia Mourometz (Symphony No. 3 "Ilya Murometz")

Disk: 14

  1. 1. Battle (Original Version)
  2. 2. Symphony of Triumph (Original Version)
  3. Entrata [After William Byrd: The Bells]
  4. Original Version
  5. Wellington's Victory or the Battle Symphony, Op.91 Rehersal

Disk: 15

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Romance
  3. 3. Rondo Allegro assai
  4. Original Version
  5. Sonata In G, K.2
  6. Original Version
  7. Sonata In G Minor, K.35
  8. Sonata In E Flat, K.193
  9. Sonata In F Minor, K.386
  10. Sonata In F Minor, K.519
  11. Original Version
  12. Original Version
  13. Sonata In C, K.515
  14. Sonata In F, K.437

Disk: 16

  1. 1. Allegro (Original Version)
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Allegro (Edited Hans Engel & Horst Heussner)
  4. 1. Allegro (Original Version)
  5. 2. Adagio (Original Version)
  6. 3. Allegretto (Original Version)
  7. 1. Allegro maestoso
  8. 2. Andante cantabile con espressione
  9. 3. Presto

Disk: 17

  1. Concerto No.2 Pour Piano En Ut Mineur, Op.18 : I - Moderato
  2. Concerto No.2 Pour Piano En Ut Mineur, Op.18 : II - Adagio Sostenuto
  3. Concerto No.2 Pour Piano En Ut Mineur, Op.18 : III - Allegro Scherzando
  4. arr. Camarata

Disk: 18

  1. 1. Allegro non troppo
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto
  4. 1. Allegro moderato
  5. 2. Canzonetta Andante
  6. 3. Finale Allegro vivacissimo (Original Version)

Disk: 19

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Menuetto Allegretto
  3. 3. Adagio ma non troppo
  4. 4. Adagio - Allegro
  5. 1. Allegro moderato
  6. 2. Allegretto
  7. 3. Menuetto Allegretto
  8. 4. Allegro

Disk: 20

  1. 1. Allegro ma non tanto (Original Version)
  2. 2. Andante scherzoso, quasi allegretto (Original Version)
  3. 3. Menuetto Allegretto (Original Version)
  4. 4. Allegro (Original Version)
  5. 1. Introduzione Andante con moto - Allegro vivace (Original Version)
  6. 2. Andante con moto quasi allegretto (Original Version)
  7. III: Menuetto grazioso (Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 'Razumovsky')
  8. IV: Allegro molto (Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59 No.3 'Razumovsky')

Disk: 21

  1. 1. Allegro ma non troppo (Original Version)
  2. 2. Adagio (Original Version)
  3. 3. Scherzo Presto - Trio Andante sostenuto (Original Version)
  4. 4. Allegretto (Original Version)

Disk: 22

  1. 1. Adagio - Allegro (Original Version)
  2. 2. Adagio (Original Version)
  3. 3. Allegro vivace (Original Version)
  4. 4. Thema. Andante - Var. I - VII (Original Version)
  5. 5. Menuetto (Original Version)
  6. 6. Andante molto - Allegro (Original Version)

Disk: 23

  1. 1. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco (Original Version)
  2. 2. Andante (Original Version)
  3. 3. Scherzo Allegro leggierissimo (Original Version)
  4. 4. Presto (Original Version)
  5. 1. Allegro (Original Version)
  6. 2. Molto adagio (Original Version)
  7. 3. Allegretto (Original Version)
  8. 4. Finale Presto (Original Version)

Disk: 24

  1. 1. Allegro moderato (Original Version)
  2. 2. Dumka Elegie: Poco allegretto (Original Version)
  3. 3. Furiant Presto (Original Version)
  4. 4. Finale Tema con variazioni: Allegretto grazioso, quasi andantino (Original Version)
  5. 1. Allegro non tanto (Original Version)
  6. 2. Allegro vivo (Original Version)
  7. 3. Larghetto (Original Version)
  8. 4. Finale Allegro giusto (Original Version)

Disk: 25

  1. 1. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
  2. 2. Adagio cantabile
  3. 3. Rondo Allegro
  4. 1. Allegro assai
  5. 2. Andante con moto
  6. 3. Allegro ma non troppo
  7. 1. Allegro
  8. 2. Scherzo Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I
  9. 3. Adagio sostenuto
  10. 4. Largo - Allegro risoluto

Disk: 26

  1. 1. Allegro con fuoco, ma non troppo (Original Version)
  2. 2. Adagio (Original Version)
  3. 3. Presto (Original Version)
  4. 4. Allegro (Original Version)
  5. No.1 in C Moderato
  6. No.2 in A flat Andantino
  7. No.3 in F minor Allegro moderato
  8. No.4 in C sharp minor Moderato
  9. No.5 in F minor Allegro vivace
  10. No.6 in A flat Allegretto
  11. No.1 in C minor: Allegro molto moderato (Original Version)
  12. No.2 in E flat: Allegro (Original Version)
  13. No.3 in G flat: Andante (Original Version)
  14. No.4 in A flat: Allegretto

Disk: 27

  1. Prélude (Original Version)
  2. Chorale (Original Version)
  3. Fugue (Original Version)
  4. Prelude (Original Version)
  5. Aria (Original Version)
  6. Final (Original Version)
  7. Impromptus No.2, Op.31
  8. Impromptus No.4, Op.91
  9. Impromptus No.5, Op.102
  10. Thème et variations, Op. 73
  11. Barcarolle No.6 Op.70
  12. Original Version

Disk: 28

  1. 3. Menuetto (Original Version)
  2. 5. Andante Largo (Original Version)
  3. No. 20 in A minor (Original Version)
  4. Estudio In B Minor
  5. Estudio In A Major
  6. Largo (Original Version)
  7. 4. Rondo Allegretto (Original Version)
  8. 1. Garrotin (Original Version)
  9. 2. Soleares (Original Version)
  10. Fandanguillo, Op.36
  11. Ráfaga, Op.53
  12. Original Version
  13. No. 1 in E minor (Original Version)
  14. No. 2 in E (Original Version)
  15. No. 3 in A minor (Original Version)
  16. No. 4 in E minor (Original Version)
  17. No. 5 in D (Original Version)
  18. Preludio
  19. 2. Andante (Original Version)
  20. 3. Allegro (Original Version)
  21. Burgalesa

Disk: 29

  1. 1. Seit ich ihn gesehen (Original Version)
  2. 2. Er, der Herrlichste von allen (Original Version)
  3. 3. Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben (Original Version)
  4. 4. Du Ring an meinem Finger (Original Version)
  5. 5. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern (Original Version)
  6. 6. Süsser Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an (Original Version)
  7. 7. An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust (Original Version)
  8. 8. Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan (Original Version)
  9. In der Fremde (Original Version)
  10. Intermezzo (Original Version)
  11. Waldesgespräch (Original Version)
  12. Die Stille (Original Version)
  13. Mondnacht (Original Version)
  14. Schöne Fremde
  15. Auf einer Burg
  16. In der Fremde "Ich hör die Bachlein rauschen" (Original Version)
  17. Wehmut
  18. Zwielicht (Original Version)
  19. Im Walde (Original Version)
  20. Frühlingsnacht
  21. Version for Soprano and String Quartet

Disk: 30

  1. L Invitation Au Voyage
  2. La vie antérieure
  3. Original Version
  4. Testament
  5. Sérénade florentine
  6. Le manoir de Rosemonde
  7. La vague et la cloche
  8. Lamento
  9. Élégie
  10. Phidylé
  11. Chanson triste
  12. Serenade
  13. Soupir
  14. Au Pays Ou Se Fait La Guerre

Disk: 31

  1. Introduktion. Grave - Adagio (Original Version)
  2. Rezitativ: "Jehova, du mein Vater!" (Original Version)
  3. Arie: "Meine Seele ist erschüttert" (Original Version)
  4. Rezitativ: "Erzittre, Erde" (Original Version)
  5. Arie: "Preist des Erlösers Güte" (Original Version)
  6. Chor der Engel: " O Heil euch, ihr Erlösten" (Original Version)
  7. Rezitativ: "Verkündet, Seraph, mir dein Mund Erbarmen" (Original Version)
  8. Duett: "So ruhe denn mit ganzer Schwere" (Original Version)
  9. Rezitativ: "Willkommen, Tod" (Original Version)
  10. Chor der Krieger: "Wir haben ihn gesehen" (Original Version)
  11. Rezitativ: "Die mich zu fangen ausgezogen sind" (Original Version)
  12. Chor der Krieger: "Hier ist er, der Verbannte" (Original Version)
  13. Rezitativ: "Nicht ungestraft soll der Verweg'nen" (Original Version)
  14. Terzett: "In meinen Adern wühlen gerechter Zorn" (Original Version)
  15. Chor der Engel: "Welten singen Dank und Ehre" (Original Version)
  16. Chor: "Preiset ihn, ihr Engelchöre" (Original Version)
  17. An Chloë, K524
  18. Oiseaux, si tous les ans K307/K284d
  19. Ridente la calma K152
  20. "Un moto di gioia" Alternative aria
  21. Das Veilchen K.476

Disk: 32

  1. Kyrie Eleison (Kyrie)
  2. Christe eleison (Kyrie)
  3. Kyrie eleison (Kyrie)
  4. Gloria in excelsis Deo (Gloria)
  5. Et in terra pax (Gloria)
  6. Laudamus te (Gloria)
  7. Gratias agimus tibi (Gloria)
  8. Domine Deus (Gloria)
  9. Qui tollis peccata mundi (Gloria)
  10. Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris (Gloria)
  11. Quoniam tu solus sanctus (Gloria)
  12. Cum Sancto Spiritu (Gloria)

Produktbeschreibungen

Das Westminster Label genießt unter Kennern Kultstatus. Die Aufnahmen, die zwischen 1949 und 1970 entstanden, sind künstlerisch wie technisch herausragend. The Westminster Legacy präsentiert diese einzigartigen Schätze nun in einer streng limitierten 40-CD Edition. Die Westminster Box gibt einen Überblick über sämtliche Genres der Aufnahmegeschichte: Von Werken für Klavier solo (Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Clara Haskil) über komplette Opern (Händels Rodelinda mit Teresa Stich-Randall, dirigiert von Brian Priestman) zu Orchester-Aufnahmen von legendären Dirigenten wie Hermann Scherchen und Artur Rodzinski.

Viele dieser Aufnahmen werden erstmalig international auf CD veröffentlicht und waren lange Zeit nicht lieferbar. Westminster Records war ein amerikanisches Label für klassische Musik, gegründet 1949. Das Westminster Trademark war Big Ben und der Slogan “natural balance” verwies auf die besondere Aufnahmetechnik mit einem einzigen Mikrophon, ähnlich wie Mercury Records’Living Presence. Unter der illustren Schar von Interpreten finden sich Namen wie: Hermann Scherchen, Erich Leinsdorf, Artur Rodzinski, Julian Bream, Daniel Barenboim, Sena Jurinac, Beverly Sills, Leopold Simoneau, Amadeus Quartett u.v.m.

CD 1 Beethoven: Symphonies 3 & 6 Scherchen
CD 2 Beethoven: Symphonies 2, 4 & 8 Scherchen
CD 3 Beethoven: Symphony 9 Monteux
CD 4 Haydn: Symphonies 45 &100 Scherchen
CD 5 Mozart: Symphonies 39–41 Leinsdorf
CD 6 Holst: The Planets Boult
CDs 7–8 Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Symphony 4 Rodzinski
CDs 9–10 Bruckner: Symphony 8 - Wagner: Siegfried Idyll Knappertsbusch
CDs 11–12 Mahler: Symphonies 1 & 2 Scherchen
CD 13 Glière: Symphony 3 “Ilya Murometz” Scherchen
CD 14 Beethoven: Wellington’s Victory Scherchen
CD 15 Mozart: Piano Concerto K 466 - Scarlatti: Sonatas Haskil
CD 16 Mozart: Piano Concerto K 482 - Sonatas K 570 & 310 Barenboim
CD 17 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 2 - Paganini Variations Lewenthal
CD 18 Brahms & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos Morini
CD 19 Mozart: String Quintet K 516 & Quartet K 590 Amadeus Quartett
CD 20 Beethoven: String Quartets opp. 18/4 & 59/3 Smetana Quartet
CD 21 Schubert: String Quintet D 956 Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet
CD 22 Schubert: Octet Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet
CD 23 Mendelssohn: Octet Janá¿ek Quartet
CD 24 Dvo¿ák: String Sextet op. 48 - String Quintet op. 97 European String Quartet
CD 25 Beethoven: Pathétique, Appassionata,
Hammerklavier Sonatas Petri
CD 26 Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy - Moments musicaux Badura-Skoda
CD 27 Franck & Fauré : Piano Works Demus
CD 28 Spanish Guitar Music Bream
CD 29 Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben
Liederkreis op. 39 - Respighi: Il tramonto Jurinac
CD 30 Duparc: Mélodies Simoneau
CD 31 Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge - Mozart: Lieder Scherchen - Stader
CDs 32–33 Bach: Mass in B minor Scherchen
CD 34 Mozart: Requiem Scherchen
CDs 35–37 Handel: Rodelinda Stich-Randall - Forrester
CDs 38–39 Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette - Symphonie fantastique Monteux - Leibowitz
CD 40 Operatic Arias Sills

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The Westminster Legacy ' Orchestral Recording Collection (40 CDs)

Endlich sind auch auf unkompliziertem Wege für nicht allzuviel Anschaffungskosten viele der wunderbaren Schallplattenproduktionen des Labels Westminster (schon länger unter dem Dach von DG) auch bei uns zu beziehen. Diese eher kleine Schallplattenfirma produzierte unter ihrem Musikalischen Direktor Kurt List von 1949 bis 1965 eine Unzahl an Aufnahmen, viele davon bedeutend und die meisten in sehr gutem Klang (auch viele von den monauralen und Kammermusikaufnahmen). Die DG hat nun 40 CDs davon in einer Kollektion veröffentlicht, was wohl weit mehr als 60 der LPs entspricht.

Schöne wertige Aufmachung der Box, Orginalcover, Papierhüllen sind OK (nicht so stabil wie bei den Korea-Boxen), gut lesbare Rückseiten mit den wichtigen Angaben, Labelaufdruck (einer für alle) auf CDs. Durchweg ausgezeichnete Digitaltransfers (im direktvergleich sind die Doubletten in den Korea-Boxen einen Tick besser, das Band-Rauschen bei allen Überspielungen ist minimal), insgesamt ausgezeichnete Fertigung. Textheft mit allen wichtigen Angaben, Text auf Koeranisch und Englisch (engl. 12 Seiten), Komponisten / Werk Register mit zugehörigen CD-Nummern vorhanden.
Etwas besser als bei den Korea-Boxen: Am CD-Rücken gibt es in dieser Ausgabe gar keine Beschriftung, dafür aber auf der CD-Rückseite eine große Nummerierung. Das ist sehr hilfreich beim einordnen.

Die zwei großen 'Westminster Legacy'-Boxen aus Korea (Orchester 65 CDs, Kammermusik 59 CDs) bieten einige Überschneidungen mit dieser Box, aber haben m.E. die bestmöglichen Transfers und zudem natürlich viele andere Einspielungen (siehe gesonderte Besprechungen).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Treasures resurrected! 19. Februar 2014
Von Harry Sillen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This box arrived and I was instantly hooked. There are many recordings included that I have owned for a long time on vinyl, so it was like meeting old friends. One of the most dear to me is the 1964 recording of Handel's "Rodelinda". I lived in the Netherlands at the time and it took me five long months to receive it from the States. There were not many Handel opera recordings at that time, so this was a major find in 1967. I know the recording is now quite old and the style is dated, but the enthusiasm of the artists is palpable. Theresa Stich-Randall was not a Handel singer and is clearly past her best, but never mind. Then there is the Beethoven 9th under Monteux, the 3rd and 6th under the very modern sounding Scherchen.Bruckner under Knappertsbusch, Clara Haskil in Mozart, the great Erica Morini in Tchaikovsky and Brahms. The list goes on and on. Beautiful presentation in the booklet, and complete recording information in the booklet as well as on the sleeves. Obviously a lot of thought went into this project and I cannot thank Universal enough for making these treasures available to a wide public. Buy it before it disappears!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Historic sound at a great price! 14. Oktober 2016
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Heartily agree with all of the previous reviews! This set of Westminster recordings is an absolute treasure! It has a few recordings that haven't stood up to the years well -- Monteux's interpretation of Berlioz's "Romeo and Juliet" Symphony gets a bit muddy in the louder choral passages, probably due to the age of the source tapes -- but overall, I'd say that you'd be hard-pressed to find a better all-around collection of mono and pre-digital stereo recordings at such a great price
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5.0 von 5 Sternen IGNORE ANY REVIEWS POSTED BEFORE FEB 18, 2014 - THEY ARE FOR A DIFFERENT PRODUCT 18. Februar 2014
Von John Fowler the Obsessive Compulsive Reviewer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a review of the new 40 CD Europe/North American edition: Westminster Legacy: The Collector's Edition
Not the 124 CD Korean edition released last year.
Amazon has confused the situation by combining reviews for two different products.
The new box was released on February 18, 2014 - any review dated before then is for the Korean box (wish I could afford it).

This is the most maddening review I have ever written.

Westminster Records was an independent American record label, in business from 1949 to 1965.
They had a reputation for High Fidelity sound and terrible LP pressings.
Universal now owns the rights to the Westminster catalog.

The performances are uniformly wonderful and deserving of 5 stars.
- some of the Scherchen performances are weird, but still wonderful.
My complaint is with Universal Classics home office.

Back in 2013, the Korean branch of Universal Classics issued the (almost) complete Westminster Legacy:
Volume 1 = 59 CDs: Chamber Music - Westminster Legacy
Volume 2 = 65 CDs: Orchestral Music - Westminster Legacy Orchestral Recordings Collectio

Insanely expensive.
I decided to wait for the North American release. Based on past experience, I assumed it would be more affordable.
Now its here, and yes, it is more affordable.
It has the same artwork as the original boxes, minus the Korean writing.
BUT - instead of 124 CDs in two boxes, we are given 40 CDs in one box - the North American box is a sampler:

Of the 23 orchestral CDs in this box, 17 have already been issued - either by DG, or in an earlier incarnation, by MCA.
Whenever possible, Universal chose the LEAST sought-after recordings for inclusion.

ORCHESTRAL RECORDINGS ( * = first official CD release):

- Bach: Mass in B minor - Scherchen
- Beethoven: Symphonies 2*,3,4*,6,8 - Scherchen (2,4,8 mono)
- Beethoven: Symphony 9 - Monteux
- Beethoven: Wellington's Victory * - Scherchen (plus 24 minutes of rehearsal)
- Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge * - Scherchen (w/ Maria Stader and Jan Peerce)
- Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette - Monteux
- Berlioz:Symphonie fantastique - Leibowitz
- Brahms: Violin Concerto - Erica Morini, Rodzinski
- Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Knappertsbusch
- Gabrieli: Canzona primi toni a 8 * - Scherchen
- Glière: Symphony 3 "Ilya Murometz" * - Scherchen, really special (mono)
- Haydn: Symphonies 45,100 - Scherchen
- Holst: The Planets - Boult
- Mahler: Symphonies 1,2 - Scherchen (1= mono)
- Mozart: Symphony No. 39,40,41 * - Leinsdorf (mono)
- Mozart Piano Concerto 20 - Haskil, Swoboda (mono)
- Mozart Piano Concerto 22 * - Barenboim, Somogyi
- Requiem - Scherchen
- Orff: Intrata * - Scherchen
- Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto 2, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini * - Lewenthal, Abravanel (Rhapsody = mono)
- Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4 - Rodzinski
- Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Ballet - Rodzinski
- Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto - Erica Morini, Rodzinski
- Vaughan Williams: Fantasias on Greensleeves and Thomas Tallis - Boult
- Wagner: Orchestral excerpts - Knappertsbusch

Hermann Scherchen (1891-1966) was Westminster's principal conductor.
One of the Greats. His interpretations could sometimes be eccentric, but never boring.
He made his reputation as an interpreter of Modern Music, but most of his recordings were of the Classics: Bach, Beethoven and Haydn.
The closest Westminster let him come to the Twentieth Century was Reinhold Gliere.
A complete box of Hermann Scherchen's Westminster recordings alone would have come to about 50 CDs.

Westminster's second conductor was Artur Rodzinski (1892-1958), another of the Greats, and probably insane (he was rumoured to carry a loaded pistol at rehearsals).
In a five year period, 1943 to 1948, he went from being Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra to the New York Philharmonic to the Chicago Symphony to the Unemployment Line.
Westminster Records came along at just the right time.

Westminster's orchestras were Beecham's Royal Philharmonic (without Beecham) - renamed the "Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of London" - and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.
The "Vienna State Opera Orchestra" has a roster of about 300 musicians - the first 100 constitute the "Vienna Philharmonic", one of the world's great orchestras.
It is unlikely that many Philharmonic members played in Westminster's recordings.

Famous guest conductors:
- Sir Adrian Boult recorded Holst and Vaughan Williams in Vienna. These are in this box, but NOT his hard-to-find recording of Mozart's G Minor Symphony and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Aargh!.
- Erich Leinsdorf made the first complete set of Mozart Symphonies with the Royal Philharmonic (the last three are included).
- Rene Leibowitz, apostle of Arnold Schoenberg and Offenbach, recorded Berlioz Symphonie fantastique in Vienna.
- Hans Knappertsbusch recorded Bruckner and Wagner with the Munich Philharmonic.
- Pierre Monteux recorded Beethoven and Berlioz with the London Symphony.
Great performances, but they have been continuously available on CD for the past thirty years.

CHAMBER MUSIC + INSTRUMENTAL RECORDINGS:
- Beethoven String Quartets, Op18,No.4 / Op59,No.3 - Smetana Quartet / Op59,No.2 - Janacek Quartet
- Beethoven Piano Sonatas 8,23,29 - Egon Petri
- Dvorak: Quintet, Op.97 / Sextet, Op.48 - European String Quartet
- Faure and Franck: Piano works - Jorg Demus (mono)
- Mendelssohn: Octet - Janacek and Smetana Quartets
- Mozart: String Quartet k590 / Quintet k516 - Amadeus Quartet (mono)
- Mozart Piano Sonatas k310 / k570 - Daniel Barenboim
- Scarlatti: 11 Keyboard Sonatas - Clara Haskil (mono)
- Schubert: String Quintet D956 / Octet D803 - Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet (mono)
- Schubert: Fantasie D760 'Wanderer' / Moments Musicaux D780 / Impromptus D899 - Paul Badura-Skoda (mono)
- Guitar Recital - Julian Bream, rec.1955, before he was famous (mono)

A bit more thought went into this selection.
Westminster's chamber music recordings were made in Vienna.
The Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet actually included Philharmonic members.
Nice, but they made many more recordings than are in this box.
Guest appearances by the Amadeus Quartet (early), and the Janacek and Smetana Quartets (in their prime).
- House pianists were Paul Badura-Skoda and Jorg Demus.
Also some recordings by the venerable Clara Haskil and Egon Petri, plus the youthful Raymond Lewenthal and Daniel Barenboim.
- Violinist Erica Morini and guitarist Julian Bream (age 22) complete an impressive roster.

VOCAL RECORDINGS -- GREAT SINGERS -- NO TEXT OR TRANSLATIONS -- NO PLOT SUMMARY -- NO PROGRAM NOTES -- AARGH!
- Duparc: Melodies - Leopold Simoneau
- Handel: Rodelinda - Theresa Stitch-Randall, Maureen Forrester etc. (3 CDs)
- Mozart: Lieder - Maria Stader
- Respighi: Il tramonto - Sena Jurinac, Barylli Quartet (mono)
- Schumann: Frauenliebe und leben, Liederkreis - Sena Jurinac (mono)
- Beverly Sills Aria Recital

Original jacket format for LP covers, but no program notes on the back. They are missed.
To end on the plus side, the box and booklet are very attractive.

P.S. Deutschegrammophon.com provides a link to an English translation of the "Wellington's Victory" rehearsal,
but not to the vocal works. Aargh indeed.

P.P.S. Universal also owns the back catalog of Command Records.
Command's 1960s recordings of William Steinberg and the Pittsburgh Symphony, engineered by Enoch Light, were highly sought after by audiophiles, despite the snap, crackle and pop of their LP pressings.
Maybe Universal will follow this up with a box of the "Command Legacy"?
This time I hope they give us everything.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the best of the best 26. Mai 2014
Von Albert O. Wilhelmi 111 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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excellent performances from the past beautifully restored. nicely packaged in there original jackets and boxed and numbered for easy access.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen complete this invaluable westminster legacy, 22. Februar 2014
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please give us now affordable boxes of the remainder of this legacy, and first the thechamber music treasure. o for another kurt list.
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