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Rafael Kubelík – The Mercury Masters vol.2 (FLAC)

Rafael Kubelík - The Mercury Masters vol.1 (FLAC)

Rafael Kubelík – The Mercury Masters vol.1 (FLAC)

Composer: Béla Bartók, Ernest Bloch
Performer: George Schick, Irwin Fischer, Edward Metzenger, Lionel Sayers, Thomas Glenecke, Allen Graham
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Eloquence
Catalogue: ELQ4843028
Release: 2021
Size: 146 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106
01. 1. Andante tranquillo
02. 2. Allegro
03. 3. Adagio
04. 4. Allegro molto

Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1, B. 59
05. 1. Prelude. Allegro energico e pesante
06. 2. Dirge. Andante moderato
07. 3. Pastorale and Rustic Dances
08. 4. Fugue

Groundbreaking technology, dynamic musical leadership, world-class orchestral playing: a brief marriage of lasting impact for the history of recorded music. To mark the 70th anniversary of Mercury Living Presence, this limited-edition box presents the complete Chicago Symphony/Rafael Kubelik recordings, newly remastered by Thomas Fine and including never-before-published material.


Original cover albums New booklet essay on the Chicago Symphony/Kubelk years by Jonathan Woolf A sessionography by Thomas Fine Booklet includes rare photographs from the Mercury archives


The brief and turbulent tenure of Rafael Kubelik as the CSOs music director has become the stuff of legend for its intense partisan hostility. When he arrived in Chicago in 1950 to replace Artur Rodzinski, the 36-year-old Kubelik had impressive credentials and a fast-growing list of triumphs in Europe. The citys musical press had hung previous directors out to dry, including Rodzinski, but they subjected Kubelik to intense and sustained criticism of his programming and performances until he resigned in 1953.


Kubeliks arrival coincided with the lapsing of the CSOs previous recording contract and the almost immediate appearance of the ambitious Mercury label. The conductor later recalled how a very clever team from Mercury turned up and established that the best microphone positioning was just a single one above my head the resulting sound was identical to what I heard during the playing and didnt need to be altered.


As soon as they were issued Pictures at an Exhibition was the first LP ever released by Mercury the results won universal praise. Another eight albums followed, of Romantic and modern repertoire playing to the strengths of both orchestra and conductor, concluding in April 1953 with a sonic and artistic spectacular, the Five Pieces for Orchestra of Schoenberg coupled with Hindemiths Symphonic Metamorphoses on themes of Weber.


Using the best original tape sources available, new high-resolution transfers have been made by Thomas Fine, son of C. Robert Fine and Wilma Cozart Fine, founders of Mercury. Thomas Fine has also contributed sessionography notes, detailing the equipment and techniques which made MLP recordings famous the world over for their unparalleled fidelity.

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