This 51CD set tells nothing less than the story artistic, technical and musical of how the great post-war success of the co-called - Yellow Label truly began.
Everything we now take for granted about Deutsche Grammophon today the famous cartouche, the attention to editorial and technical detail, the perfect alignment of artist and repertoire - can be traced back to these beautifully-recorded albums from the pre-stereo era.
It also presents the first 11 albums ever produced on the 33rpm LP format by Deutsche Grammophon, while 17 of the albums here are on CD for the first time ever.
51 CD Set exploring comprehensively the DG post-war success story
17 of these CDs are offered on CD for the first time
Fantastic sonics, with recordings full of presence.
The history of the original LP and its development carefully delineated in excellent liner notes by Tully Potter in English, French and German.
A whos-who of recording from the 1950s and 1960s including Fricsay, Furtwängler, Kempff, Oistrakh, Richter, Cherkassky, Ancerl, Fischer-Dieskau (his debut recording), Haskil, Hindemith, Jochum, van Kempen, Markevitch, Martzy, Wolfgang Windgassen and Astrid Varnay.
Beautiful photography across the 150-page colour booklet, replete with photos of the artists and the post-war era.
17 releases appearing for the first time on CD
Original LP covers New liner notes Many archive photos from the 1950s
Bonus CD: the first Polydor LPs, featuring Michael Lanner, Alfred Hause and their orchestras, and star tenor Rudi Schuricke
Dimensions with outer packaging: 14cm/14cm/14cm
Dimensions without outer packaging: 13cm/13cm/13cm
ON CD FOR THE FIRST TIME:
CD 9 ANDOR FOLDES - Liszt: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2
CD 13 JOSEF GREINDL - Schubert: Die Winterreise
CD 15 CONRAD HANSEN - Mozart: Piano Sonatas KV 310, 331, 332, 545
CD 18 LUDWIG HOELSCHER - Brahms: Cello Sonata no. 1 / Grieg: Cello Sonata op.36/Richard Strauss: Cello Sonata op.6
CD 22 23 ELINOR JUNKER-GIESEN - Lortzing: Zar und Zimmermann [DGs first opera recording on LP]
CD 24 ADRIAN AESCHBACHER / PAUL VAN KEMPEN - Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Hungarian Dances 1, 3, 5, 6, 17-21
CD 28 KOECKERT-QUARTETT - Dvorak: String Quartet in F major op.96 American; Bruckner: String Quintet
CD 30 FERDINAND LEITNER - Haydn: Symphonies nos. 100 & 102; Brahms: Haydn Variations op.56a
CD 31 FERDINAND LEITNER - Mendelssohn; Symphony no. 3 Scottish, Ruy Blas Overture; Schumann: Symphony no. 3
CD 32 TIANA LEMNITZ - Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier highlights
CD 33 LOEWENGUTH QUARTETT - Debussy/Ravel: String Quartets / Roussel: String Quartet op.45
CD 35 ENRICO MAINARDI, FRITZ LEHMANN - Haydn: Cello Concerto in D (orch. Gevaert)/ Schumann: Cello Concerto
CD 40 ELLY NEY - Beethoven: Piano Sonatas nos. 8 Pathetique, 14 Moonlight, 23 Appassionata, 31
CD 43 BRONISLAW GIMPEL / FRITZ RIEGER - Lalo: Symphonie espagnole
CD 50 JOSEF ZIMMERMANN - Bach/Schroeder/Langlais: OrOrgan Music from Cologne Cathdedral
CD 51 BONUS CD -Loves Troubadour: Rudi Schuricke sings his best-loved songs
The 150-page colour booklet, replete with artist photos and photo-mementoes of the era, provides both a helpful guide to how it all started and a nostalgic trip down the memory lane of past-war recordings.
The history of the original LP and its development during the 1950s are finely delineated in Tully Potters comprehensive liner notes; and the presentation of what were then Germany s first 12 LPs several of which are included in the set is documented in the original article written by DGs marketing team in October 1951 for the record trade.