FRANZ LISZT: Mazeppa: 2 performances. Orchester der Staatsoper, Berlin rec.: 1925 [?], acoustic; and Philharmonisches Orchester, Berlin rec.: 1928, electric; LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nr. 3 E-flat op. 55 (“Eroica“): Orchester der Staatsoper, Berlin rec.: 1924 [?], acoustic. State of the art digital transfers by Gert Fischer, with extensive notes in German and English by Wolfgang Georgy and the late William F. Malloch. (AAD) Total Time: 78:30 UPC# 017685-11852-4
Buzz: A student of Mahler and a pioneer interpreter of new music, Oskar Fried (1871-1941) was dubbed by the late Otto Klemperer (never generous with praise toward colleagues) “a brilliant conductor and an extremely gifted composer.” He was a “house” conductor at DGG assigned premiere recordings of Mahler’s Second, Bruckner’s Seventh, Strauss’ Alpine Symphony, and Beethoven’s Eroica (heard on this release. This is the second volume in the series Oskar Strauss: Forgotten Conductor; Volume 1 (Music & Arts CD-1167) won the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik/Prize of the German Records Critics Association (1/2006).