Robert Casadesus (Richard Itter Collection)
Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) was a renowned 20th-century French pianist and composer who knew and worked with Ravel. He was especially known for his celebrated performances of the Mozart Concertos accompanied on record by George Szell – Gramophone called it ‘exquisite Mozart playing’, as well as his recordings of Ravel, Fauré and Debussy. He recorded Beethoven’s First, Fourth and Fifth Concertos, the latter two multiple times, though these were all made in the studio. He also extensively recorded the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Zino Francescatti, who also appears in ICA Classics’ Pierre Monteux set.
Yehudi Menuhin: Mozart Violin Concertos (Richard Itter Collection)
This is the first time that these ‘live’ performances have been released and they are therefore of enormous interest to collectors and completists of this great violinist.
Otto Klemperer (Richard Itter Collection Vol.2)
This release has been sourced from the Richard Itter archive of ‘live’ recordings. The collection is very important for collectors because it has never been released before onto the market. Following the archive’s launch in October 2017 with releases featuring Beecham, Böhm, Cantelli, Karajan, du Pré, Klemperer and Rostropovich, it has received universal praise from both the classical media and record collectors for the excellent sound and performances.
Bruno Walter (Richard Itter Collection)
Bruno Walter’s (1876-1962) appearance in 1955 with the BBCSO formed part of the BBC’s May Festival, an annual event which looked back to the pre-war London Music Festival. The present recordings have never been previously issued and serve to illustrate his genius - he showed no diminution of his powers on the podium despite celebrating his 80th birthday the following year.
Pierre Monteux (Richard Itter Collection)
The great French conductor Pierre Monteux (1875-1964) was naturally considered a specialist of his native country’s music, though he would never allow this to restrict him. This new set of previously unpublished recordings seeks to set the record straight, with a strong representation of German repertoire, notably Brahms’ Symphony No.3 with the Boston Symphony, which he never recorded commercially, in a rare ‘live’ performance from the 1956 Edinburgh Festival. More Brahms featuring two celebrated virtuosos – the Violin Concerto with the French violinist Zino Francescatti, and the Double Concerto where he is joined by his compatriot Pierre Fournier, both ‘live’ recordings from the Royal Festival Hall in 1955. Both are previously unpublished.
Classic BBC Proms (5 DVDs)
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2
Works by CHOPIN and LISZT
Works by J. STRAUSS I, J. STRAUSS II, LEHÁR and SUPPÉ
GLINKA Ruslan and Lyudmila – Overture
Three Dances from ‘A life for the Tsar’
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker, Act II
BERLIOZ Le Corsaire – Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY Manfred Symphony
Encores by TCHAIKOVSKY, ELGAR and PROKOFIEV
Sir Georg Solti
MOZART Symphony No.39
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4