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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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen


Das Rheingold

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Wotan), Zoltán Kelemen (Alberich), Josephine Veasey (Fricka), Gerhard Stolze (Loge), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Mime), Martti Talvela (Fasolt), Karl Ridderbusch (Fafner), Donald Grobe (Froh), Simone Mangelsdorff (Freia), Helen Donath (Woglinde), Edda Moser (Wellgunde), Anna Reynolds (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Régine Crespin (Brünnhilde), Thomas Stewart (Wotan), Gundula Janowitz (Sieglinde), Jon Vickers (Siegmund), Martti Talvela (Hunding), Josephine Veasey (Fricka), Danica Mastilovic (Helmwige), Carlotta Ordassy (Ortlinde), Liselotte Rebmann (Gerhilde), Ingrid Steger (Waltraute), Barbro Ericson (Siegrune), Helga Jenckel (Rossweisse), Cvetka Ahlin (Grimgerde), Lilo Brockhaus (Schwertleite)

Siegfried

Jess Thomas (Siegfried), Thomas Stewart (Der Wanderer), Gerhard Stolze (Mime), Helga Dernesch (Brünnhilde), Karl Ridderbusch (Fafner), Oralia Dominguez (Erda), Catherine Gayer (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Helga Dernesch (Brünnhilde), Helge Brilioth (Siegfried), Karl Ridderbusch (Hagen), Zoltán Kelemen (Alberich), Thomas Stewart (Gunther), Gundula Janowitz (Gutrune), Christa Ludwig (Waltraute), Liselotte Rebmann (Woglinde), Edda Moser (Wellgunde), Anna Reynolds (Flosshilde), Lili Chookasian (First Norn), Christa Ludwig (Second Norn), Catarina Ligendza (Third Norn)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

The entire Karajan Ring in lossless 24-bit / 96kHz HD Audio on one Blu-ray Audio disc. The new remastering was done by the Emil Berliner Studios in 2016.

Deluxe 400-page hardback book edition in a slipcase, with original cover art

Complete German libretti, full English translations + detailed repertoire notes from the original releases and notes on the recording sessions.

Rare artist photos from the recording sessions and from the rehearsals for the live Salzburg productions.

50 years since Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker stepped inside Jesus-Christus-Kirche in Berlin to record Wagner’s masterpiece, Deutsche Grammophon proudly presents the entire Ring on one single High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc with an extensive hardback book containing the full libretti in original German with English translations.

According to Karajan’s own account, it was during the summer of 1965, while he was working on Boris Godunov, that he had a vision of the future: “I suddenly sensed a burning desire to stage and conduct Wagner in Salzburg.” His dream – very much in the spirit of Wagner himself: “My baton shall teach future ages which road they have to take.”

Karajan’s Wagner was concerned with beauty, lyricism and structure, and for his monumental Ring cycle he assembled a world-class cast of singers who possessed instrumental tone and were able to deliver a vivid and clear declamation of the text; and his Berliner Philharmoniker were more than capable of rising to the occasion.

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Wilhelm Fürtwangler: Complete pre-War HMV Recordings

Wilhelm Fürtwangler: Complete pre-War HMV Recordings


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Furtwängler:

Adagio Solemne from Symphonic Concerto

Edwin Fischer (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

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

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde (excerpts)

Parsifal (excerpts)


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Waldbühne 2007: Rhapsodies

Waldbühne 2007: Rhapsodies


Chabrier:

España

Debussy:

Rhapsody for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116 'Première rapsodie'

Wenzel Fuchs (clarinet)

Delius:

Brigg Fair

Dvorak:

Slavonic Rhapsody, Op. 45 No. 1

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Lincke:

Berliner Luft March

Mompou:

Jeune Fille au Jardin

Prokofiev:

Two Pieces from The Love of Three Oranges, Op. 33b

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Stephen Hough (piano)


“The annual concert in the Berlin Waldbühne is a highlight of every concert season of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This is not only because the concert marks the end of the season and the commencement of the summer vacation for the musicians but in particular because the atmosphere at the venue is so extraordinary. Even after 25 years, the moment of arriving at the stage and beholding the giant panorama of 25,000 people, bubbling over with joyous expectation of the hours ahead, still takes your breath away, every single time. This excitement is felt by all the artists who perform here, conductors, soloists and orchestra members alike, and it is what gives the concert its special character.” Stanley Dodds, Media Chairman Berliner Philharmoniker

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Running time: 105 mins

Production year: 2007

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Europakonzert 2005 from Budapest

Europakonzert 2005 from Budapest


Bartók:

Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Berlioz:

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Stravinsky:

The Firebird


Every year, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s founding day (1st May 1882) is celebrated with a concert in a European city of cultural significance. In 2005, the EUROPAKONZERT took place in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. At the impressive Budapest State Opera House, the Berliner Philharmoniker perform works by Bartók (Violin Concerto No.2), Stravinsky (Firebird) and Berlioz (Le Corsaire, Overture) under the baton of their music director Sir Simon Rattle. The Soloist for Bartók's 2nd violin concerto is Leonidas Kavakos. The Greek violinist has established himself as one of the most sought-after virtuosos and appears regularly with leading orchestras and in recital throughout the world.

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Production year: 2005

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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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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

version 1878/80. Recorded live Radio Stuttgart, 20th October 1951

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Wagner:

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Recorded live Cairo-Alexandria, 25/4/1951

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Of the nine symphonies officially left by Bruckner, Furtwängler's rendering of the 4th 'Romantic' Symphony proved controversial despite the unique sound of the Vienna Philharmonic in full post-war revival. Imbued with the strains of late Mozart, Schubert, and even Wagner, this is echoed in the closing Good Friday Music, recorded in Cairo, as a postlude.

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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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