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An historical recording of Hermann Scherchen directing the RTSI Orchestra in a rehearsal of Beethoven's 6th Symphony, 1964, one of the works Scherchen is most associated with.

Scherchen, Hermann
Orchesterproben Ludwig Van Beethoven 6. Sinfonie [VINYL]

Scherchen, Hermann: Orchesterproben Ludwig Van Beethoven 6. Sinfonie [VINYL] (Edition Rz)
Label: Edition Rz    
Released in: Germany    

An historical recording of Hermann Scherchen directing the RTSI Orchestra in a rehearsal of Beethoven's 6th Symphony, 1964, one of the works Scherchen is most associated with. In the recording Scherchen is heard explaining and emphasizing various sections of the work to the performers, making the recording as much a spoken word or commentary disc as a rendering of Beethoven's great work.

"Scherchen was originally a violist and played among the violas of the Bluthner Orchestra of Berlin while still in his teens. He conducted in Riga from 1914 to 1916 and in Königsberg from 1928 to 1933, after which he left Germany in protest at the Nazi regime and worked in Switzerland. Along with the philanthropist Werner Reinhart, Scherchen played a leading role in shaping the musical life of Winterthur for many years, with numerous premiere performances, the emphasis being placed on contemporary music. From 1922 to 1950 he was the principal conductor of the city orchestra Winterthur (today known as Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur)[1]

Making his debut with Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, he was a champion of 20th century composers such as Richard Strauss, Webern, Berg and Varèse, and actively promoted the work of younger contemporary composers including Xenakis and Nono.

He was the teacher of Marc Bélanger, Françoys Bernier, and Karl Amadeus Hartmann, and contributed to the libretto of Hartmann's opera Simplicius Simplicissimus. He also premiered Hartmann's early work Miserae. The conductor Francis Travis was a pupil, then conducting assistant, for five years.

He is probably best known for his orchestral arrangement (and recording) of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue. Another notable achievement is his 1958 recording of Beethoven's Eroica symphony for the Westminster label (subsequently reissued on compact disc), containing what is still (as of 2006) the fastest first movement ever recorded and the closest to Beethoven's own, problematic, metronome mark. [1] [2] His 1953 "Lehrbuch des Dirigierens" ("Treatise on Conducting" ISBN 3-7957-2780-4) is a standard textbook. His recorded repertoire was extremely wide, ranging from Vivaldi to Reinhold Glière."-Wikipedia

12" booklet with text in German and English

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12" booklet with text in German and English

Label: Edition Rz
Catalog ID: ED. RZ 6001
Squidco Product Code: 14198

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 1990
Country: Germany
Packaging: Vinyl 12" LP
Recorded in Lugano, 1965


RTSI Orchestra (Radiotelevisione della Svizzera italiana), Hermann Scherchen directing.

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Track Listing:

Side A:

1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

2. Allegro

3. Allegro

4. Allegretto

Side B:

1. Allegro Ma Non Troppo

2. Andante Molto Mosso