Berliner Philharmoniker

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 Berliner Philharmoniker

The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (also known as Berlin Philharmonic or BPO; in German Berliner Philharmoniker), is one of the world's leading orchestras. Its current principal/Chief conductor is Sir Simon Rattle, who is known for his championing of contemporary classical music. The BPO also supports several chamber music ensembles.

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Berliner Philharmoniker


In a quickly released series for Deutsche Grammophon, Andor Foldes went into the studio towards the end of the 1950s with around half of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

The solo works were complemented by two concerto recordings, which now appear together in new remasterings. Foldes was partnered by Ferdinand Leitner, the ‘house’ conductor for Deutsche Grammophon who would accompany several noted pianists in these concertos, not least Wilhelm Kempff. It was Kempff’s recordings which would hold their place in the catalogue and the affection of listeners for many decades, but now is the time to appreciate once more the art of a more self-effacing pianist, who as Gramophone remarked in reviewing the ‘Emperor’ could reveal ‘a vein of artless charm’ – not only in Beethoven but much else of his diverse repertoire from Mozart to Bartók.

Although he made these recordings in his 40s, Foldes had had an intimate, performer’s understanding of the concertos for many decades. He first played the First Concerto in public at the age of nine; two years later he appeared with the Fourth, and playing his own cadenzas. As a recording artist, he took fewer such risks. ‘Recording a disc is one of the most difficult tasks for a performing artist,’ Foldes wrote. ‘What is recorded is there for eternity. It must be a version that will stand the test of time, and yet not be “set in stone”; it must capture the essence of that intuitive moment, and yet convey the definitiveness imposed upon it by the very nature of the situation.’

“Foldes finds infinitely more of implication in the notes themselves, and he is constantly at pains to show exactly what Beethoven wrote and what he meant by it. There is an enormous amount to listen to in his reading, and the style of it is firmly defined and idiomatic.” Gramophone Magazine, December 1959 (Piano Concerto No. 5)

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Strauss, R: Don Quixote, Op. 35

Strauss, R: Don Quixote, Op. 35


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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’ and the tone poem Romeo and Juliet – both recorded by Claudio Abbado in the early 1970s – as well as a rare recording of the Manfred Symphony by Yuri Ahronovitch and Ferdinand Leitner’s bright 1959 account of the Capriccio italien.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Marche slave, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Marche slave, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 'Polish'

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Wiener Symphoniker, Moshe Atzmon

Marche slave, Op. 31

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Ballet Suite

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes the CD premiere of one of Tchaikovsky’s least-known symphonies – the third. Moshe Atzmon’s airborne reading, stunningly recorded in 1973 in Vienna makes a long-overdue appearance. Rowicki’s accounts of the two popular ballet suites – Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty – are expansive and symphonic in their outlook.

“[Abbado] secures clean, brilliant playing from the LSO in the first movement, finely controlled emotional climaxes in the slow movement … and a strong, urgent but unhysterical account of the finale.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1972 (Symphony No. 5)

“by far the most refined recording of any current version of the Polish Symphony, warmly reverberant but well-enough defined in detail” Gramophone Magazine, August 1974 (Symphony No. 3)

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4 & Nutcracker Suite

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4 & Nutcracker Suite


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes First, Second and Fourth Symphonies, the latter two with Abbado, and the First in Michael Tilson Thomas’s suave, fairy-lights recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ‘Michael Tilson Thomas’s way with it yields a performance of grace and elegance, and the orchestra follows his lead with verve and finesse’ wrote Michael Steinberg for the recording’s first CD reissue on Deutsche Grammophon’s venerated ‘Originals’ series.

“The New Philharmonia play with precision and polish … and on recording quality this DGG version […] is clearly the smoothest and most faithful” Gramophone Magazine, February 1970 (Symphony No. 2)

“The Boston orchestra plays the symphony most beautifully” Gramophone Magazine, June 1971 (Symphony No. 1)

“There is no doubt that Michael Tilson Thomas’s approach matches Tchaikovsky’s sub-title. The freshness of the opening […] is matched by the poetic feeling of the slow movement, the opening superbly atmospheric. As shaped by Thomas the main tune shows a haunting Russian melancholy which catches the music’s spirit to great effect” Penguin Guide, 1977 (Symphony No. 1)

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The Labèque Way: A Letter to Katia and Marielle by Alessandro Baricco

The Labèque Way: A Letter to Katia and Marielle by Alessandro Baricco

A film by Felix Cabez


Poulenc:

Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux


Katia and Marielle Labèque (pianos)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

"The best piano duo in front of an audience today" New York Times “When I sit with Marielle in front of the piano, I always feel something gripping my heart as soon as we play the first notes. It is very important to me and I think it has got to do with being always amazed towards life […].” Katia Labèque

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Running time: 120 mins

Language: French, English, Italian, Spanish

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Production years: 2012 (Bonus 2005)

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Europakonzert 1996 from Mariinsky Theatre

Europakonzert 1996 from Mariinsky Theatre

Live from the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1 May 1996, directed by Brian Large.


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

Kolja Blacher (violin)

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Rachmaninov:

Ves tabor spit (from Aleko)

Anatoly Kocherga (baritone)

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers


Every year, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s founding day (1st May 1882) is celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. In 1996, the EUROPAKONZERT took place in the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It was in this legendary theatre that many of the great Russian operas received their premieres and where the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester performed for the first time - on the occasion of Tsar Nicholas’s II coronation - exactly 100 years ago. Under the baton of Claudio Abbado, the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated their anniversary with Russian favourites plus two of Beethoven’s Violin Romances and his Seventh Symphony.

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Running time: 110 mins (90 mins concert, 20 mins documentary)

Language: German

Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish

Production years: 1996

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Frank Peter Zimmermann Plays Mozart & Bach

Frank Peter Zimmermann Plays Mozart & Bach


Bach, J S:

Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord Nos. 1-6, BWV1014-1019

Enrico Pace (piano)

Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink

Bonus Film: Frank Peter Zimmermann – Bach and Me

1. Working with Bach 4:58

2. The Stradivarius (1711) 1:46

3. Bach: Sonata in E major – IV. Allegro 3:37

4. Passing on Musical Passion 5:31

5. Sonata in C minor – I. Largo 4:36

6. Sonata in C minor – IV. Allegro 4:20

7. In Paris with the String Trio 5:23

8. Bach: Sonata in F minor – II. Allegro 3:59

9. The Depth of the Music 1:25

10. Bach: Sonata in F minor – III. Adagio 4:56

12. Playing Sibelius in Copenhagen 5:55

13. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor 4:56

14. Life as an Artist 4:57

15. Sonata in G major – V. Allegro 3:01

16. Credits 0:40

Directed by Dorothee Binding & Benedict Mirow


Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the world’s top instrumentalists. His recordings are acclaimed by both the press and audience and have already received countless awards, such as the ECHO Klassik.

He performs Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3 G major & 5 A major with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Bernard Haitink. Accompanied by Enrico Pace, he plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s unrivalled violin sonatas.

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Running time: 213 mins (DVD 1: 156 mins, DVD 2: 57 mins)

Language: German

Subtitles: English, German, French

Production years: 1993, 1994, 2008

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Silvesterkonzert: New Year's Eve Concert 2008

Silvesterkonzert: New Year's Eve Concert 2008


Adams, J:

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Copland:

The Boatmen's Dance

The Dodger

Long Time Ago

Simple Gifts (from Old American Songs, Set I)

I Bought me a Cat

Gershwin:

Cuban Overture

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Bess, you is my woman now (from Porgy and Bess)

An American in Paris, tone poem

Kern:

Ol' Man River (from Showboat)

Sousa:

The Liberty Bell


Pauline Malefane (soprano), Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

The 2008 New Year’s Eve gala from Berlin features the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton or Sir Simon Rattle, plus world-class singers Thomas Quasthoff and Pauline Malefane in an outstanding all-American program ranging from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and “An American in Paris” to Copland’s “Old American Songs”.

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Silvesterkonzert: New Year's Eve Concert 2008

Silvesterkonzert: New Year's Eve Concert 2008


Adams, J:

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Copland:

The Boatmen's Dance

The Dodger

Long Time Ago

Simple Gifts (from Old American Songs, Set I)

I Bought me a Cat

Gershwin:

Cuban Overture

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Bess, you is my woman now (from Porgy and Bess)

An American in Paris, tone poem

Kern:

Ol' Man River (from Showboat)

Sousa:

The Liberty Bell


Pauline Malefane (soprano), Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

The 2008 New Year’s Eve gala from Berlin features the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton or Sir Simon Rattle, plus world-class singers Thomas Quasthoff and Pauline Malefane in an outstanding all-American program ranging from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and “An American in Paris” to Copland’s “Old American Songs”.

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