Friday, March 29, 2019

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 - Jacques Rachmilovich (at my You Tube channel)

Jacques Rachmilovich (1895-1956)

A brief biography:

Jacques Rachmilovich was born in Odessa on October 8, 1895. He studied composition and conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, making his debut there in 1921. One of his fellow students was Serge Prokofiev. After immigrating to the US in 1925 and settling in Southern California in 1945, he organized the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, which he directed until 1948. A brilliant protege of Arturo Toscanini and Albert Coates, he made numerous appearances as a guest conductor both in the US and abroad, and specialized in both Russian and modern music. Rachmilovich died while travelling on the Italian ship “Giacomo” en route from Italy to the US on August 14, 1956. He was buried in the Strait of Gibralter.

The 1951 recording Rachmilovich made with the Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra may be the first commercial recording of Rachmaninov's 1945 restored score (while Eugene Ormandy had already conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in a televised performance of this work on March 19, 1948).

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4 "Mozartiana" / Boccherini (arr. Jean Françaix): Scuola di Ballo / Schubert: Quartet No. 14 in D minor "Death and the Maiden" (D. 810)

Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Suite No. 4 in G major, Op. 61 "Mozartiana"

(cover of orginal 78 rpm edition)

I. Gigue
II. Menuet
III. Preghiere (Prayer)
IV. Theme and Variations
Solo Violin: John Corigliano

New York Philharmonic / Artur Rodzinski

(LP transfer; Columbia, recorded February 27, 1945)

Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

Scuola di Ballo - Ballet Music

(arranged by Jean Françaix)

I. Leçon
II. Menuet
III. Larghetto
IV. Rondo
V. Dispute
VI. Presto
VII. Pastorale
VIII. Danse Allemande
IX. Scene du Notaire
X. Finale

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Antal Dorati

(78 rpm transfers; Columbia, recorded July 27, 1939)

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor "Death and the Maiden" (D. 810)

I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo (Allegro molto) & Trio
IV. Presto

Busch Quartet

Adolf Busch, 1st Violin
Gösta Andreasson, 2nd Violin
Karl Doktor, Viola
Hermann Busch, Cello

(78 rpm transfers; HMV, recorded Oct. 16, 1936)