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GALLIERA,ALCEO / PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA - Alceo Galliera 1953-57 Recordings - R.Strauss, Wagner, Dvorak, etc - Import 2 CD

GALLIERA,ALCEO / PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA - Alceo Galliera 1953-57 Recordings - R.Strauss, Wagner, Dvorak, etc - Import 2 CD


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June 10, 2015


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Catalog No.:OPK7073

JAN/ISBN: 4582158687730

Number of Discs: 2

Country/Region of Manufacture: Import




Conductors who nurtured the early Philharmonia Orchestra Vol. 4 Alceo GallieraThe fourth conductor of the early Philharmonia Orchestra is Alceo Galliera. Galliera was active in the LP era and made many recordings, but all of them, if not all, have been released on CD as concerto accompaniment recordings. In his career as an opera conductor born in Milan, he must have been good at conducting an orchestra in accordance with the soloist, and many recordings of orchestral works were made during the LP era, especially when monaural recordings were still available. (Among his opera recordings, "The Barber of Seville" with Callas is the most famous.) Here we have compiled on two CDs Galliera's recordings of German, Czech, Russian, and Rossini orchestral works in order to give you a taste of the variety of his conducting.All the recordings were made between 1953 and 1957, when the transition from monaural to stereo took place, but they are all monaural recordings. The 1955 and 1957 recordings, in particular, seem to have been quickly discarded as soon as stereo became popular, and are not easily found on the used vinyl market. I purchased both of these recordings from a British vendor. Dennis Brain plays the horn in all the pieces, but especially "Siegfried Pastorale" is not easy to listen to, considering that it was his last year of playing. Ryo Aihara, the representative of the OPUS collection, said, "(Omitted) In addition to these, there are so many recordings of concertos by Gieseking, Anda, and others. In this sense, the appearance of these recordings of symphonies and orchestral works is a great honor for Galiera. The dates of the performances on these two discs are as follows: "Don Juan" and "Pastor Siegfried" were recorded in January 1957, and "Don Juan" and "Pastor Siegfried" were recorded in January 1958.From the New World" was composed in October 1953. The Italian Fantasy was composed in January 1953. The Spanish Fantasy was completed in March 1955. Rossini's Overtures were performed in January 1953. The Philharmonia's main conductor was changing from Karajan to Klemperer. The Don Juan and Pastor Siegfried should have been recorded in stereo at that time, but it seems that they have only been released in monaural. Although neither of these recordings has a strong personality, they are very pleasing, with a clear Italian sound and a clean, rapid progression. I was impressed by Galliera's surprisingly good performance of the complete "Barber of Seville" sung by Maria Callas (February 1957, the first complete opera by Callas in stereo). The performance here is in the same style, and it is easy to see that he is in tune with the musicians with whom he has performed with.(From the booklet) King International

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