This recording is not quite what it purports to be.
Read on, dear reader…
The Back Story (or: A Tale Of Two CDs…)
Some doubts about the recording artists on this CD were initially raised by commenter Thomas (Hi, Thomas!) who said:
“BTW. the “Alberto Lizzio” recording is a scam. Such a person never existed (maybe AN Alberto Lizzio, but no conductor with this name).
There’s no need to seek that one out.”
Unfortunately for Thomas, saying “There’s no need to seek that one out” had the opposite effect on me. I just had to find it.
Then commenter Gerald (Hi, Gerald!) chimed in with:
“Since Lizzio is a notorious pseudonymous conductor you probably already own the performance.”
That was entirely possible. And that made me even more determined to get that Lizzio CD.
Gerald later said this:
While all this commenting was going on I had found a copy of the “Alberto Lizzio” CD on eBay, and waited for it to arrive.
It finally arrived, and…
The Alberto Lizzio and Hymisher Greenburg Planets CDs are one and the same.
Thanks to the sterling detective work of Thomas and Gerald, I now know that Alberto Lizzio is the pseudonym of record producer and conductor Alfred Scholz. Wikipedia says that Scholz used his pseudonym for recordings that were “often conducted by Hans Swarowsky, Milan Horvat, Carl Melles or himself”.
Here’s my original review of the Hymisher Greenburg CD. If you read it, just replace the words “Hymisher” with “Alberto”, and “Greenburg” with “Lizzio”. Easy.
Here is the disc in question, listed on Spotify credited to the (almost) indubitable Hymisher Greenburg:
Alarming Update (a.k.a. Do Good Things Come In Threes?)
Assiduous commenter Gerald (Hi again, Gerald!) noticed that the timings for each movement of the Alberto Lizzio recording and the one by the “Mayfair Philharmonic Orchestra“‘s MP3-only recording of The Planets were identical (except for the last one). Gerald suggested I have a listen to both.
I did, and…
They’re the same.
So we now have three recordings on this list that are the same recording. And due to the diligence of commenters here, we know that they’re all by Alfred Scholz.
What I’d now like to know is why I put that “Mayfair Philharmonic Orchestra” recording at number 57 on the list, whereas this one is number 22 (right after the “Hymisher Greenburg” recording at 21). Maybe I was feeling grumpy the day I reviewed it…
Fixed: I’ve put the three Alfred Scholz recordings together on this list, so the “Mayfair Philharmonic Orchestra” CD is now sitting comfortably next to the other two, as it should.