Another historic concert this week. This time, it’s the New York Philharmonic guest conducted by Erich Leinsdorf and featuring pianist Walter Klien in a January 1986 broadcast which marked Klien’s debut with the orchestra.
Klien was a noted Austrian pianist, whose vast recorded output for such labels as Vox and Philips made him as much a household name to collectors as it was to European concertgoers. However, he made his U.S. debut in 1969 and made his New York Philharmonic debut in 1986. Rather late, considering the reputation he had, based on his many recordings alone. Noted primarily for his highly regarded recordings of Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, he also performed (on occasion) music of more contemporary composers. This concert, featuring Klien also features his playing of the Stravinsky Piano concerto. His recordings of the piano Sonatas of Schubert have been hailed by critics as among the finest ever recorded, not the least because of their Viennese lilt and unaffected ease.
The concert opens with the String Orchestra version of Arnold Schoenberg‘s ground-breaking Verklaerte Nacht. It’s followed by the Stravinsky Piano concerto and finishes with a performance of Dvorak’s Symphony Number 6.
A memorable concert, with exemplary playing all around – Leinsdorf and the merry band of New Yorkers pull off another top-notch set of performances in this concert, recorded on January 23, 1986.
Sadly, Walter Klien passed away in 1991, just as he was about to embark on a tour of Australia. He left a vast legacy of recordings, most all of which are currently available, and most are even available as downloads.
Certainly constitutes as vintage Anti-Road Rage Wednesday Music. Perfect for sultry summer nights like this one. It’s recommended you turn off the TV and the phone and get comfy with this one.