22. Alberto Lizzio, The Festival Orchestra, 1997

Holst - The Planets (Lizzio, The Festival Orchestra, 1997)

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).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Lizzio

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:

“On a hunch I looked up the timings for the Hymisher Greenberg and Lizzio recordings. I found them on Discogs and Allmusic respectively:

Greenberg

7:00
8:46
3:47
7:02
8:57
5:39
7:59

Lizzio

6:59
8:45
3:47
7:01
8:57
5:39
7:58″

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”.

The Review

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.

The Music

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.

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9 thoughts on “22. Alberto Lizzio, The Festival Orchestra, 1997

  1. Gerald Martin October 26, 2016 / 2:53 am

    Peter, you may want to give another listen to the Mayfair Philharmonic. I just noticed that the timings for the first six movements are identical to the Lizzio. The last movement, however, varies substantially.

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    • Peter October 26, 2016 / 11:38 am

      Oh no.

      Hang on…

      I’ve just compared the two “Mars”es, and they’re the same.

      This Alfred Scholz fellow sure does get around.

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  2. Gerald Martin October 26, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    You can take comfort in that your reviews for Greenburg and Mayfair are not dissimilar.

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  3. gyorgy gonda April 2, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    The original conductor is Anton Nanut and the orchestra is Ljubijana Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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    • Peter April 3, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Unless Anton Nanut is also Alfred Scholz. I’m thoroughly confused now.

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      • Gyorgy April 3, 2017 / 3:08 pm

        I meet Maestro Nanut, he told me what has happened, the Pilz label did record everythings from Bach to Gershwin with the promess to pay, they never did…Fortunately the Stradivari label can toke some recordings and gave copyright at long last..

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      • Peter April 3, 2017 / 5:42 pm

        I hope so.

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