乐团：Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden
录音：Kreuzkirche,Dresden,14-20 June 1956
发行：DG MONO 00289 477 5483
Konwitschny (1902-62), himself the son of a conductor, was born in northern Moravia, studying at Brno and then at Leipzig. As a violist he played under Furtwängler with the Gewandhaus. His conducting history began with the Stuttgart Opera from which début he moved successively as director to Freiburg, Frankfurt, Hannover, Hamburg and then to the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester from 1949 where he remained as chief conductor until his death. He held director positions with the Dresden and Berlin State Operas. His Ring at Covent Garden (1959) was reputedly outstanding indeed his strengths were said to lie primarily in the opera house. He died in Belgrade while conducting in a TV broadcast.
A devout Catholic he was an adroit pragmatist operating with expedient aplomb in the service of music in both the Third Reich and in the DDR. His funeral, which attracted full state honours, was extraordinary, in the orthodoxy of East Germany, for including a Requiem Mass.
His taste was for opera but he rapidly secured a firmly founded reputation in the concert hall as documented by this set each disc of which can be had separately. Details from the reviewer if wished.
'Konwhiskey' was his nickname amongst orchestral musicians: before performances of Tristan und Isolde he was reputed to down six bottles of champagne. He would take out his handkerchief during a performance, mopping his brow and then using it to wave to friends in the audience. These eccentricities (at least the last one!) are reminiscent of pianist, Vladimir de Pachmann with his notorious but quite unselfconscious spoken asides to audiences.
Konwitschny's split-second drilled vigour and sheer heat are impressive. While he may have hated rehearsals and was noted for a relaxed hands-off approach he could instantaneously grasp control if the orchestra showed signs of 'slipping'.
If you are familiar with the Berlin Classics roster you will have known or known of these discs as individual entries since the mid-1990s. This is their first excursion together as a major boxed set.
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Sinfonia domestica,op.53 [45'58]
1.I.Thema.Bewegt - Sehr lebhaft - Ruhig [4'51]
4.IV.Finale.Sehr lebhaft [13'01]
Friedrich Witt (1770-1836)
Synphonie C-dur "Jenaer" [27'05]
5.I.Adagio - Allegro vivace [8'51]
6.II.Adagio cantabile [8'01]