Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rehearsals: The Birth of a Performance

Recordings of rehearsals offer a unique opportunity to look at the classical warhorses in a new way. Highlights in this playlist include:
  • Britten rehearsals his War Requiem; 
  • Bruno Walter rehearsals Mozart's Linz Symphony (a 2-hour recording), Beethoven's 5th and Mahler's 9th; 
  • Mariss Jansons rehearsals Shostakovich's 8th; 
  • Boult rehearsals Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim's Progress;  
  • Celibidache rehearsals Bruckner's 9th;
  • Karajan rehearsals Mozart's 40th & 41st, and Beethoven's 9th.
  • Maria Callas in rehearsal, in Dallas, 1957
  • Toscanini rehearsals Verdi and Wagner.
  • Furtwängler rehearsals Beethoven and Ravel.
  • Gershwin conducts the studio orchestra and plays the solo piano part in a rehearsal performance of his Second Rhapsody, recorded one month after the work's completion.
Get this playlist in one Spotify collection here: Rehearsals: The Birth of a Performance (183 tracks, total time: 22 hours) Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view.


  1. fabulous. would love more mahler rehearsals!

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