Brahms Hungarian Dances
Fritz Mahler / Hartford Symphony Orchestra
There are not a lot of Fritz Mahler LP's floating around, and I was delighted to find this one, signed by the conductor himself. The son of a first cousin of the great composer Gustav Mahler, conducted the Erie Philharmonic from 1947 to 1953 before moving to Harford and leading the Hartford Symphony Orchestra until 1964. His first permanent engagement in the U.S. came in 1935 when he became music director of the Philadelphia's La Scala Opera Company (that's not an error). I assume he left Europe due to the rise of the Nazi's in Germany and the war, but nothing is mentioned that I can find other than his experiencing, "major changes in both his private and professional life." from 1935 to 1947. "https://mahlerfoundation.org/mahler/family-tree/generation-6d/fritz-mahler-1901-1973/
The performances themselves are well done and enjoyable. Orchestrations are by Brahms for 1,3, and 10; Andraeas Hallen for 2,4, and 7; Albert Parlow for 5 and 6; and Antonin Dvorak for 17-21. Quite a mix. Nonetheless, they work well as a set. Enjoy!