BPO Rediscovered: Kempen, Jochum, et al. (early 1950s recs.) - Philips 442 9126 (4CD set)

$40.00 USD

Philips (CD)

MINT / made in the EU

This beautiful and quite remarkable MINT condition (still-sealed) 4CD set from Philips (442 9128, manufactured in the E.U., ADD mono, total playing times detailed below) is entitled "Berliner Philharmoniker Rediscovered · The Rediscovered Early Philips Recordings 1951-53", an amazing retrospective of the BPO's resurgance amidst the ruins of post-war Berlin.

This set includes numerous performances unavailable since the LP era by the likes of Fritz Lehmann, Paul van Kempen, Eugen Jochum, and Willem van Otterloo. Transfers are state of the art, the sound so impressive as to belie its 50+ years. Moreover, the set comes with an extraordinary 32-page deluxe booklet that traces the orchestra's early life, profiles the conductors included in this anthology, and even reprints numerous original album covers in full color, works of art in themselves from the early long-play microgroove era.

All recordings were made in the rich, spacious acoustics of Berlin-Dahlem, Jesus-Christus-Kirche.

The complete discographic contents are detailed below:

Disc 1 (50:26)

Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D Major K. 385 'Haffner'

Mozart: March in D Major K. 249

Fritz Lehmann conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 20/21 February 1951)

Cherubini: 'Anacreon' Overture

Fritz Lehmann conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 21 February 1951)

von Weber: 'Euryanthe' Overture

Fritz Lehmann conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 22/23 February 1951)

Mendelssohn: 'The Hebrides' Overture Op. 26

Paul van Kempen conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 26-28 May 1951)

Disc 2 (76:12)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major Op. 55 'Eroica'

Paul van Kempen conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 26-28 May 1951)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major Op. 93

Paul van Kempen conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 28-29 April 1953)

Disc 3 (71:39)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67

Eugen Jochum conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 28-30 May 1951)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92

Paul van Kempen conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 30 May – 1 June 1953)

Disc 4 (73:08)

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll

Willem van Otterloo conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 18 – 25 June 1951)

Sibelius: Valse Triste Op. 44

Fritz Lehmann conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 23 February 1951)

Poot: Overture joyeuse

Fritz Lehmann conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

(rec. 22 February 1951)

van Kempen's 'Eroica' is arguably among the finest ever made, and his accounts of the Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 are no less potent. In fact, the entire set boasts astounding performances, van Otterloo's Symphonie Fantastique and little known Siegfried Idyll also proving magnetic listening experiences. Jochum, and particularly Lehmann, are not to be forgotten either, both men on inspirational form. A truly extraordinary set, certainly the most interesting Berlin Philharmonic issue of recent memory, beautifully produced.

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