Volkmar Andreae

Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962) led the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra from 1906 to 1949, but recorded infrequently. He made 3 electrical recordings released on English Columbia in the 1929, and later recorded some Bruckner for Remington, and concertos with Friedrich Gulda for Decca. However, amongst his Columbia records is a rarity – a version of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail overture that spreads over 2 sides. The record labels simply credit Mozart as the composer, but Ronald Taylor’s Columbia discography reveals that this is in fact the version with Busoni’s concert ending. It’s not commonly heard, but it’s a real treat!
Mozart arr. Busoni – Il Seraglio Overture
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Volkmar Andreae

Mozart-Busoni – Il Seraglio – Overture – Andreae



Columbia 9892
Matrices: WZX 88-2, 89-2
Recorded: 21st September 1928, Zurich?
Available from November 1929 to January 1940Busoni’s concert ending to the overture uses a link to A minor, to make use of Osmin’s rant from Act 1 (“Erst geköft, dann gehangen”, the coda of “Solche hergelaufne lachen”), and then modulating back to C major, overlays it onto a reprise of the main theme of the overture – it’s quite startling on first hearing, but it works!
Mozart – Andante for Flute and Orchestra K315
Mozart – Idomeneo – Gavotte (Act 1)
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Volkmar Andreae
Flute solo: Jean Nada
Columbia 9653
Matrices: WZX 90-1, 95-2
Recorded: 22nd and 24th September 1928, Zurich?
Available from August 1929 to March 1942More Mozart from Andreae. The Andante for Flute has two smallish cuts near the start to enable it to fit onto 1 78rpm side (actually closer to 77rpm).
Vivaldi – Concerto Grosso in D minor Op.3 No.11
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Volkmar Andreae
Columbia 9823
Matrices: WZX 93-1, 94-2
Recorded: 24th September 1928, Zurich?
Available from August 1929 to April 1941This Vivaldi concerto is complete as issued, but does not include the final movement. It may have been recorded and not released, or perhaps never recorded.

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