Josef Krips Edition - Volume 1: 1947-1955

Josef Krips

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Format: 22CD

Cat No: ELQ4844780

Release Date:  17 May 2024

Label:  Australian Eloquence

Packaging Type:  Box Set

No of Units:  22

Barcode:  0028948447800

Genres:  Classical  Orchestral  

  • Description

    The apotheosis of Viennese style: Mozart, Strauss and more under the baton of JOSEF KRIPS. An Original Covers collection of classic Decca albums recorded between 1947 and 1955, including several recordings new to CD in this new LIMITED EDITION 22CD box set.

    Born and raised in Vienna, Josef Krips trained as a choirboy and studied with Felix Weingartner, who then hired him as a repetiteur at the Volksoper. He made his debut there in 1921, before graduating to the Vienna State Opera in 1933. In the aftermath of the Second World War, it was Krips above all who reformed and re-trained the State Opera as a world-class ensemble, and in the most difficult conditions. His pragmatism and understated authority made him a model recording conductor, and Decca hired him to work with orchestras in several of their centres of activity.

    Compiled here for the first time, as one of a two-volume Krips edition, are the conductor's complete mono recordings for Decca beginning with Kingsway Hall sessions in October 1947. Mozart symphonies, concertos, overtures and arias appeared on 78s - newly transferred for this set by Andrew Hallifax.

    Combined with Decca's famous 'ffrr' sound, these Mozartian qualities also illuminate Krips's mono recordings of symphonies by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert, concertos by Schumann and Dvorak, Johann Strauss waltzes and a version of Mendelssohn's Elijah which combines the best of the British oratorio tradition with an operatic momentum and a gently glowing orchestral palette.

    Distinguished soloists on these recordings include Clifford Curzon and Mischa Elman in Mozart; Zara Nelsova in Dvorak's Cello Concerto; and Hilde Gueden, Maria Reining, Anton Dermota and Richard Lewis singing opera arias (recorded on 78, several receiving their first CD transfer in this box). A companion volume from Eloquence is dedicated to Krips's Decca and Philips recordings from the stereo era (1955-72) and will be released next month. The booklet for each set contains session photos and an essay on Krips's life and legacy by Niek Nelissen.


  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. LONDON: OPERA ARIAS - Mozart; Puccini; Massenet; Bizet; Mussorgsky; Bellini; Gounod

      Disc 2

      • 1. J. STRAUSS I & II: Waltzes

      Disc 3

      • 1. MOZART Overture: Le nozze di Figaro; Symphonies Nos. 39 & 41

      Disc 4

      • 1. SCHUBERT Overture: Rosamunde (Die Zauberharfe)*; Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8

      Disc 5

      • 1. HAYDN Symphony No. 104
      • 2. WEBER Overture: Euryanthe*

      Disc 6

      • 1. BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

      Disc 7

      • 1. DVORAK Cello Concerto in B minor

      Disc 8

      • 1. MOZART Overtures
      • 2. MOZART . R. STRAUSS Arias

      Disc 9

      • 1. MOZART Symphonies Nos. 39 & 31

      Disc 10

      • 1. BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto

      Disc 11

      • 1. MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4
      • 2. SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4

      Disc 12

      • 1. MOZART Symphony No. 40
      • 2. HAYDN Symphony No. 92

      Disc 13

      • 1. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto

      Disc 14

      • 1. MOZART Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24

      Disc 15

      • 1. CDs 15-16 MENDELSSOHN Elijah

      Disc 16

      • 1. MOZART Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5

      Disc 17

      • 1. VIENNA CD 18-19 MOZART Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail; Turkish March*
      • 2. Opera Arias

      Disc 18

      • 1. MOZART Requiem

      Disc 19

      • 1. AMSTERDAM: CD 21 SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9

      Disc 20

      • 1. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4