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    Due to bad sales, nothing more , nothing less

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Due to bad sales, nothing more , nothing less
    The Decca was cancelled because of rising costs - and lack of interest.

    The Furtwangler because of the conductor's death. Sadly the singing in the Furtwangler Walkure is really not up to scratch - the ladies appear to be not in their best voice and Franz as Wotan is in pretty poor voice. Why on earth didn't they have Hotter who was then at his peak?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    The Decca was cancelled because of rising costs - and lack of interest.

    The Furtwangler because of the conductor's death. Sadly the singing in the Furtwangler Walkure is really not up to scratch - the ladies appear to be not in their best voice and Franz as Wotan is in pretty poor voice. Why on earth didn't they have Hotter who was then at his peak?
    Other words but the same outcome as mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wolf View Post
    I do think that's widely know and even discussed on the site.

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    "Beecham y EMI: The Rice Hotel memo" (pdf, from pag. 104)

    http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/2018/5/2_THESISMC4.pdf


    a note of a discussion between Sir Thomas and David Bicknell, held at The Rice Hotel in Houston on March 25th 1955, to discuss the repertoire that he would record with EMI from 1956 onwards.

    The list produced by Sir Thomas was as follows:


    ‘* Seasons (Haydn)

    * Seraglio (Mozart)
    * Mass in C minor (Mozart)

    X Missa Solemnis (Beethoven)
    Symphonies (Beethoven)

    * Schubert A flat Mass

    * Messe des Morts (Berlioz)

    Prise de Troie (Berlioz)

    Trojans (Berlioz)

    Solomon, Hercules, Saint Cecilia Ode (Handel)

    Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky)

    Prince Igor (Borodin)

    Iphigenie en Tauride (Gluck)

    * Carmen, Fair Maid of Perth (Bizet)

    X Manon (Massenet)

    Romeo et Juliette (Gounod)

    Stabat Mater (Dvorak)

    Le Coq d’or (Rimsky-Korsakov)

    Creation (Haydn)

    Irmelin -Partially financed by Sir Thomas-, Magic Fountain, Koanga (Delius)


    X (one of these two groups to be reserved for Angel)

    The following complete recordings were made from the repertoire on Beecham’s list: ‘The Seasons’, ‘The Seraglio’, ‘Solomon’, and ‘Carmen’.
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    According to reports , James Levine was to record Les Troyens in the 80s with the Met orchestra and chorus for DG , but I don't know about the cast . But this was scuttled before it took place .
    DG has an incomplete Wozzeck in vaults with the late Carlos Kleiber and the Saatskapelle, Dresden which Kleiber decided to end before completion .

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wolf View Post
    "Beecham y EMI: The Rice Hotel memo" (pdf, from pag. 104)

    http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/2018/5/2_THESISMC4.pdf


    a note of a discussion between Sir Thomas and David Bicknell, held at The Rice Hotel in Houston on March 25th 1955, to discuss the repertoire that he would record with EMI from 1956 onwards.




    The following complete recordings were made from the repertoire on Beecham’s list: ‘The Seasons’, ‘The Seraglio’, ‘Solomon’, and ‘Carmen’.
    He also recorded the Beethoven Mass in C

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    One piece of interesting controversy concerns the delayed recording of Verdi's Un Ballo in Mascara by Decca in which Jphn Culshaw claims he aimed to record Bjorling's Riccardo, which he reckoned to be one of the great performances of that time. Unfortunately because of differences between Bjorling and Solti the recording was postponed and a continued later with Bergonzi. Culshaw in his book blames Bjorling's alcoholism for his erratic behaviour. However this has been disputed by Bjorling's widow and was also disputed by Nilsson who sang Amelia. Has anybody got any further light to shed on this matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    According to reports , James Levine was to record Les Troyens in the 80s with the Met orchestra and chorus for DG , but I don't know about the cast . But this was scuttled before it took place .
    DG has an incomplete Wozzeck in vaults with the late Carlos Kleiber and the Saatskapelle, Dresden which Kleiber decided to end before completion .
    DG did recorded it and released it as DVD, Troyanos/ Domingo, et al.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    DG did recorded it and released it as DVD, Troyanos/ Domingo, et al.
    Yes, I've seen it and enjoyed it . But unfortunately, the studio recording never happened .

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    Yes, I've seen it and enjoyed it . But unfortunately, the studio recording never happened .
    I do think that money was the problem, I always read the booklets and amazes me to see how much Mrs Landauer donated towards opera recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    DG has an incomplete Wozzeck in vaults with the late Carlos Kleiber and the Saatskapelle, Dresden which Kleiber decided to end before completion .
    More info. About that project?? The cast or other data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wolf View Post
    More info. About that project?? The cast or other data?
    I don't remember the cast , but you can google it yourself. I don't remember which website I heard this story on. Sorry .

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    Quote Originally Posted by superhorn View Post
    According to reports , James Levine was to record Les Troyens in the 80s with the Met orchestra and chorus for DG , but I don't know about the cast . But this was scuttled before it took place .
    DG has an incomplete Wozzeck in vaults with the late Carlos Kleiber and the Saatskapelle, Dresden which Kleiber decided to end before completion .
    A Wozzeck recording in Dresden was arranged for Kleiber but on the first morning he walked out without explanation. I suppose it's the privilege of genius but a professional musician who I mentioned it towns annoyed and called it 'totally unprofessional'. And, of course, it is!
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