Mahler was played in the U.S. long before WW2. Recordings began with an
acoustic "Resurrection" on Polydor. Japanese Columbia had a recording of
the Fourth in 1929. Ormandy recorded the "Resurrection" for Victor in
Minneapolis in 1935. Walter did both DAS LIED and the Ninth Symphony in
Vienna in the latter thirties.The Mahler First with Mitropoulos was also
done in Minneapolis.


On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Roger Kulp <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Aside from the very obvious exception of Bruno Walter,I don't believe
> there was much interest in Mahler before WWII.The 1940 (?) Dimitri
> Mitropolous Mahler with the NYPO is the only recording before the postwar
> period I am aware of.
> Roger
> > Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 07:58:46 -0400
> > From: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Stokowski and percussion instruments
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> >
> > David’s quite right, I think, that Beecham never recorded (and probably
> never conducted) Bruckner or Mahler, but in his time not many conductors
> outside of Germany did (Toscanini never conducted Mahler, whose music he
> hated, and did only a couple of Bruckner symphonies, once or twice; there’s
> a NY Phil recording of the Seventh, missing chunks at change of record).
> Beecham was a champion of Richard Strauss when Strauss was controversial —
> I think he conducted the British premieres of Salome (censored, though to
> his horror some of the singers reverted to the original language; nobody
> else noticed) and maybe Elektra, symphonies by Kurt Atterberg and of course
> he was a great champion of Delius.
> >
> > I think he did conduct some Stravinsky in the teens or 20s when Monteux
> (who was supposed to do it) fell ill, but I don’t think he liked it much,
> and he definitely wasn’t fond of the music of Schoenberg and Webern. And
> yes, his Wagner was pretty impressive — rumors are still around that
> there’s a complete Ring from Covent Garden (the end of Act I and much of
> Act II has been released, and of course the stunning Hagen’s Watch with
> Ludwig Weber in his prime) lurking somewhere in the EMI archives or maybe
> the collection of Lord Harewood.
> >
> > On May 8, 2014, at 12:00 AM, ARSCLIST automatic digest system <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > > From:    Clark Johnsen <[log in to unmask]>
> > > Subject: Re: Stokowski and percussion instruments
> > >
> > > What about Wagner? Beecham left a complete recording of Tristan, much
> of
> > > Meistersinger, and numerous excerpts that are all done in grand style.
> > > According to Wiki he performed all the operas except Parsifal numerous
> > > times and to great acclaim.

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