This compilation presents Horenstein conducting music which shows his unusual breadth of repertoire, music of composers whom we do not normally associate with him, but for which he had deep affinity, insight and enthusiasm; important works of Sibelius, Roussel, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Barber and Bartók. More specifically, along with the recently released Music & Arts collection containing Horenstein performances with Robert Casadesus of the Franck Symphonic Variations and Saint-Saëns' Fourth Concerto, it shows his enthusiasm for French music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a body of work he conducted with pleasure in concert but hardly ever recorded. Taken as a whole, this substantial, important collection gives us a stimulating, revelatory cross-section of Horenstein's conducting over a span of sixteen years. Although many of his commercial recordings date from the same period, we are nonetheless presented with performances both supplementary and complementary to those already available, significantly filling out our aural image of Horenstein's accomplishments.
JASCHA HORENSTEIN. BROADCAST PERFORMANCES FROM PARIS, 1952-1966. All with the National Radio Orchestra; includes over 7 hours of previously unissued material. CD 1: Ravel: Piano Concerto (Monique Haas), 11 Feb. 1952. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, 1 June 1966. Roussel: Le Festin de l'araignee, Op. 17, 1 June 1966. CD 2: Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, 19 Dec. 1961. Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, 11 Feb. 1952. CD 3: Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, 19 Nov. 1956. Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, 3 Apr. 1964. CD 4: Debussy: La Mer, 1 June 1966. Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements,19 Dec. 1961. Strauss: Tod u. Verklärung, 26 Sept. 1961. CD 5: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Pilar Lorengar, Marga Hoeffgen, Josef Traxel, Otto Wiener) 31 Oct. 1963. Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture, 11 Feb. 1952. CD 6: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, 26 Sept. 1961. Brahms: Symphony No. 1, 12 or 19 Dec. 1957. CD 7: Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, 31 Oct. 1963. Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (Marian Anderson), 22 Nov. 1956. Strauss: Metamorphosen, 3 Apr. 1964. CD 8: Beethoven: Egmont Overture, 27 May 1954. Ravel: Bolero, 1 July 1966. Janacek: Sinfonietta, 11 Feb. 1952. Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G, 22 Nov. 1956. CD 9: Brahms: Tragic Overture, 19 Nov. 1956. Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto (Lola Bobesco), 13 Nov. 1950 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 22 Nov. 1956. Sound restoration: Maggi Payne (2004). Notes: Joel Lazar. Photographs courtesy of Peter Horenstein. Total time: 10 hours, 44 minutes. UPC# 17685-11462.