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Rudolf Kempe conducts Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart

Rudolf Kempe conducts Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart

recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 1962


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Haydn:

Symphony No. 55 in E flat major 'Schoolmaster'

Mozart:

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543


Testament - SBT1492

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 1962


Leontyne Price (soprano), Giulietta Simionato (mezzo), Giuseppe Zampieri (tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien, Herbert von Karajan

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem holds an interesting place in the history of music-making in Austro-Germany. It also holds an important place in the life and career of Herbert von Karajan, one of the most distinguished Verdi conductors to have emerged from that culture.

By the time the young Heribert Ritter von Karajan became acquainted with the work in Catholic Salzburg in the early 1920s, the Requiem had become an

accepted part of the musical landscape. It did not, however, feature at the Salzburg Festival until Karajan himself conducted the piece in a much talked about concert in the Festspielhaus in August 1949. Neither the event nor the acclaim it brought Karajan was much approved by Joseph Messner, Salzburg’s influential Director of Cathedral Music. Though Messner had condescended to include Rossini’s Stabat mater and Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces in the ‘Concerts of Sacred Music’ which took place in Salzburg Cathedral every year at festival time, he clearly viewed Karajan’s Festspielhaus performance as a disturbing act of secularisation.

Karajan had first conducted the Requiem as a young assistant Kapellmeister in Ulm in 1933. Working with limited resources, he was said to have made a ‘daringly spectacular assault’ on the music. In 1934, the year Karajan moved to Aachen, Arturo Toscanini conducted a performance at the Vienna State Opera in memory of Austria’s Chancellor Dolfuß who had been murdered by the Nazis: a further indication of the degree to which the Requiem had become embedded within Austro-Germany’s musical culture.

Karajan conducted many landmark performances of the Requiem in his later years. Returning from serious illness, he conducted it at the 1976 Salzburg Easter Festival. Among the soloists was Montserrat Caballé whose breath control amazed even Karajan. And the Requiem was the last work he conducted with the Berlin Philharmonic shortly before his death in 1989.

Karajan loved the power of contemplation afforded by the human voice, hence his preoccupation with the ability of singers to sing quietly. Text also mattered and he worked assiduously on text with artists whom he admired. Equally important for him was the capacity of singers and the solo instrumentalists of his own incomparable Berlin Philharmonic to listen to one another. Such attributes were part and parcel of his ability to realise the spirit of Verdi’s Requiem through what, back in 1935, Dr Kemp had called ‘a peculiar kind of inner absorption’.

Extracts from booklet-notes by Richard Osborne.

“The four soloists are exceptionally full-bodied in tone, and each singer boasts the appropriate vocal weight for the music...The supreme achievement here belongs to Leontyne Price. One cannot properly appreciate the solo singing in this piece until one has heard her.” International Record Review, March 2014

Testament - SBT1491

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The Highest Level: Prokofiev 3 and Bartok 2

The Highest Level: Prokofiev 3 and Bartok 2

The Making of an Extraordinary Recording


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

full performance, filmed at the recording sessions in the Berlin Philharmonie


Lang Lang's first concerto album on the Sony label unites the world’s greatest International music stars: Lang Lang, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This highly awaited collaboration resulted in a recording which will mark one of this year's most important core classical releases in the music industry.

Recorded at Berlin's Philharmonie, the album presents two mile stones of the 20th century piano literature: Prokofiev’s explosive Piano Concerto No. 3, (one of the great show stoppers in the concert literature), and the Bartók Concerto Nr. 2, probably the most technically challenging piece ever written for piano and orchestra.

Comes in luxuriously designed photo-loaded deluxe packaging.

An up-close and highly personal TV documentary (Working Title: "At the Highest Level") will accompany the release. The film will give an exclusive insight into processes that are normally hidden: the preparations of the musicians, the recordings at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the struggle to get the best sound, as well as the post-production phase.

Produced by award winning company BFMI (Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images) and directed by Christian Berger the 60” TV documentary “The Highest Level” gives an exclusive insight into processes that are normally hidden: the preparations of the musicians, the recordings at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the struggle to get the best sound, as well as the post-production phase. The viewer gets unusually close to the stars of the film.

Bluray/DVD

60” TV documentary “The Highest Level”

Complete run-through of the Prokofiev Concerto 3

“How smart of Sony to have recorded [Lang Lang] in repertoire which plays to his strengths. This Prokofiev 3 is exceptionally good – thunderous when it needs to be, and always rhythmically alert. And Simon Rattle is a supremely effective partner.” The Arts Desk

“Superloud and racily paced...It all gives a whole new meaning to the words “Flash, bang, wallop”, but it’s difficult to resist the energy, brio and sheer unabashed showmanship of the whole package.” The Independent on Sunday, 20th October 2013 ****

“this is a performance [of the Prokofiev] that glides by, impeccably beautiful and fleet, yet a trifle short of character. Still, Lang Lang’s easy virtuosity is delicious; so is the absence of keyboard thumping...[the Bartok] offers genuine bite, whether from Lang Lang’s fingers or the bracing snarl of the Berlin brass.” The Times, 1st November 2013 ****

“Immediately [the Prokofiev] explodes into life with Lang Lang’s sparkling playing with seemingly boundless reserves of energy...Outstanding in the opening [of the Bartók] is Lang Lang’s rhythmic potency borders on the demonic...Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle the Berliner Philharmoniker is highly persuasive and sympathetic. Not for the first time the woodwind excel - marvellous.” MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013

“Lang Lang has the necessary power and athleticism to bring tremendous energy and drive to [Prokofiev's] more motoric writing...[he] sails through the passagework [of the Bartok] with exemplary clarity...The problem in the outer movements rests with the pianist's tendency to make everything sound harsh and percussive” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ****

“Lang Lang gives a persuasive account of the Prokofiev. His finely observed detail..., the full use of the piano's sumptuous sonority and dynamic range and his effortless technical mastery would excite anyone's admiration...[in the Bartok] Lang Lang and Rattle are hugely impressive but, for my taste, a shade too polite.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

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The Highest Level: Prokofiev 3 and Bartok 2

The Highest Level: Prokofiev 3 and Bartok 2

The Making of an Extraordinary Recording


Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

full performance, filmed at the recording sessions in the Berlin Philharmonie


Lang Lang's first concerto album on the Sony label unites the world’s greatest International music stars: Lang Lang, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This highly awaited collaboration resulted in a recording which will mark one of this year's most important core classical releases in the music industry.

Recorded at Berlin's Philharmonie, the album presents two mile stones of the 20th century piano literature: Prokofiev’s explosive Piano Concerto No. 3, (one of the great show stoppers in the concert literature), and the Bartók Concerto Nr. 2, probably the most technically challenging piece ever written for piano and orchestra.

Comes in luxuriously designed photo-loaded deluxe packaging.

An up-close and highly personal TV documentary (Working Title: "At the Highest Level") will accompany the release. The film will give an exclusive insight into processes that are normally hidden: the preparations of the musicians, the recordings at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the struggle to get the best sound, as well as the post-production phase.

Produced by award winning company BFMI (Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images) and directed by Christian Berger the 60” TV documentary “The Highest Level” gives an exclusive insight into processes that are normally hidden: the preparations of the musicians, the recordings at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the struggle to get the best sound, as well as the post-production phase. The viewer gets unusually close to the stars of the film.

Bluray/DVD

60” TV documentary “The Highest Level”

Complete run-through of the Prokofiev Concerto 3

Complete audio album in Surround Sound 5.1 (Bluray only)

Complete audio album in High-Res stereo (Bluray only)

“Lang Lang has the necessary power and athleticism to bring tremendous energy and drive to [Prokofiev's] more motoric writing...[he] sails through the passagework [of the Bartok] with exemplary clarity...The problem in the outer movements rests with the pianist's tendency to make everything sound harsh and percussive” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ****

“Lang Lang gives a persuasive account of the Prokofiev. His finely observed detail..., the full use of the piano's sumptuous sonority and dynamic range and his effortless technical mastery would excite anyone's admiration...[in the Bartok] Lang Lang and Rattle are hugely impressive but, for my taste, a shade too polite.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“Immediately [the Prokofiev] explodes into life with Lang Lang’s sparkling playing with seemingly boundless reserves of energy...Outstanding in the opening [of the Bartók] is Lang Lang’s rhythmic potency borders on the demonic...Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle the Berliner Philharmoniker is highly persuasive and sympathetic. Not for the first time the woodwind excel - marvellous.” MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013

“How smart of Sony to have recorded [Lang Lang] in repertoire which plays to his strengths. This Prokofiev 3 is exceptionally good – thunderous when it needs to be, and always rhythmically alert. And Simon Rattle is a supremely effective partner.” The Arts Desk, 12th October 2013

“Superloud and racily paced...It all gives a whole new meaning to the words “Flash, bang, wallop”, but it’s difficult to resist the energy, brio and sheer unabashed showmanship of the whole package.” The Independent on Sunday, 20th October 2013

“this is a performance [of the Prokofiev] that glides by, impeccably beautiful and fleet, yet a trifle short of character. Still, Lang Lang’s easy virtuosity is delicious; so is the absence of keyboard thumping...[the Bartok] offers genuine bite, whether from Lang Lang’s fingers or the bracing snarl of the Berlin brass.” The Times, 1st November 2013 ****

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Sony - 88883773809

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Europakonzert 2013

Europakonzert 2013

From the Spanish Hall at the Prague Castle


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Dvorak:

Biblical Songs (10), Op. 99

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano)

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


The Europakonzert is the annual celebration of the founding day of the Berliner Philharmoniker on May 1st. The purpose of this unique series is to perform concerts at places which have a special cultural history and compel through their stunning architecture in order to provide the audience with a visual experience out of the ordinary.

The concert in 2013, performed at the historical Spanish Hall at Prague Castle features Sir Simon Rattle and Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená (winner of the Echo Klassik) performing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonín Dvořák.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 84 min

German FSK: 0

“The gilded setting...makes an odd accompaniment to Vaughan Williams's mystic visions and Beethoven's brooks. Yet with the playing of the Berlin Philharmonic's finesse, the hall's warm acoustic, and the technical precision of sound and vision, our minds are never permanently discomposed.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 2059428

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Kempff plays Mozart Volume II

Kempff plays Mozart Volume II


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"

Members of L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Karl Münchinger

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K450

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger

Fantasia in D minor, K397

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner


Australian Eloquence Wilhelm Kempff Edition - ELQ4806648

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Standard edition)

Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Standard edition)


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Mazurek for violin and orchestra, Op. 49 (B89)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler

with Ayami Ikeba (piano)


In a stunning recording career of over 35 years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has sold over 10 million albums.

Renowned for her technical facility and limitless range of expressive colours, Mutter is the undisputed “Queen of the Violin” (Times of London) - a musical legend of our time.

It is no exaggeration to call this recording an historic venture: in June, Mutter and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose deep and lasting artistic relationship was forged in the 1970s, came together at the Berlin Philharmonie, to make their first studio album in almost 30 years.

Here, she records Dvořák’s Violin Concerto – the last of the great Romantic violin concertos not yet in her discography.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has chosen to pair Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with his fiery Mazurka Op. 49, and the Romance in F minor for violin and orchestra Op. 11. The album also includes Dvořák’s irresistible Humoresque, presented in its popular arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler.

All works on this recording exemplify the vivid colour, touching melancholy and folkloric tunefulness that are trademarks of Dvořák’s style.

“Mutter's playing is never less than dazzling...Her approach is often highly interventionist...In the slow movement there is magical ornamental playing, but at times rather exaggerated portamento.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***

“With a sound like molten chocolate and a romantic temperament to match, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is in her element here...The Berlin Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck tempers the sweetness with playing that is rich, intense, but also edgy where needed.” New York Times, 11th December 2013

DG - 4791060

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Deluxe edition)

Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Deluxe edition)


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Mazurek for violin and orchestra, Op. 49 (B89)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler

with Ayami Ikeba (piano)


CD/DVD

In a stunning recording career of over 35 years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has sold over 10 million albums.

Renowned for her technical facility and limitless range of expressive colours, Mutter is the undisputed “Queen of the Violin” (Times of London) - a musical legend of our time.

It is no exaggeration to call this recording an historic venture: in June, Mutter and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose deep and lasting artistic relationship was forged in the 1970s, came together at the Berlin Philharmonie, to make their first studio album in almost 30 years.

Here, she records Dvořák’s Violin Concerto – the last of the great Romantic violin concertos not yet in her discography.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has chosen to pair Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with his fiery Mazurka Op. 49, and the Romance in F minor for violin and orchestra Op. 11. The album also includes Dvořák’s irresistible Humoresque, presented in its popular arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler.

All works on this recording exemplify the vivid colour, touching melancholy and folkloric tunefulness that are trademarks of Dvořák’s style.

Bonus DVD 51 minutes long containing: Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 and Romance in F minor for Violin and Orchestra Op.11 from the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall (Recorded February 2012)

“Mutter's playing is never less than dazzling...Her approach is often highly interventionist...In the slow movement there is magical ornamental playing, but at times rather exaggerated portamento.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***

“With a sound like molten chocolate and a romantic temperament to match, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is in her element here...The Berlin Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck tempers the sweetness with playing that is rich, intense, but also edgy where needed.” New York Times, 11th December 2013

DG - 4791984

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Pavol Breslik (Tamino), Kate Royal (Pamina), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Sarastro), Ana Durlovski (Queen of the Night), Michael Nagy (Papageno), Regula Mühlemann (Papagena), Annick Massis (First Lady), Magdalena Kožená (Second Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann (Third Lady), José van Dam (Speaker), James Elliott (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett (First Priest), Jonathan Lemalu (Second Priest), Andreas Schager (First Armoured Man), David Jerusalem (Second Armoured Man)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

“There are some pieces which are so brilliantly successful and so immediately popular that people tend to forget how extraordinary they are. But let’s not forget what a raging masterpiece Mozart’s Magic Flute is and how different it was from anything anybody had done before – even Mozart.” Sir Simon Rattle

The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.” Then there is all the magic of new beginnings that comes with this Easter Festival, which took place in Baden-Baden for the first time, opening a new chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. And there is yet another first connected to this performance: the orchestra had never performed the opera live before. Only three studio recordings – under Sir Thomas Beecham in the 30s, in the 60s with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan in the 80s – were previously released. This great recording tradition is now continued with this new DVD.

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Playing time: 163 mins (performance), 43 mins (bonus)

Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Think Eros and Thanatos; think the battle between life, love and death...You need quite a pool of literary reference for this production which, although it's as thoughtful and searching as Carsen's work often tends to be, is short on any sense of real enchantment or wonder.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 **

“[Rattle's] speeds are generally on the fast side but he allows the singers plenty of expressive leeway...Do give this a try if you’re after a thought-provoking new perspective on the Flute: the balance of dark and light is masterly, and it sounds and looks gorgeous!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st October 2013

“Carsen’s staging and Michael Levine’s sets are stamped with strong contrasts ...though they still don’t find the most persuasive means of presenting the opera’s ingredients...Rattle’s speeds are occasionally too fast, but his phrasings and details are bright and bouncy...Solid performances at the top keep the lyric drama alive.” The Times, 27th September 2013 ****

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620


Pavol Breslik (Tamino), Kate Royal (Pamina), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Sarastro), Ana Durlovski (Queen of the Night), Michael Nagy (Papageno), Regula Mühlemann (Papagena), Annick Massis (First Lady), Magdalena Kožená (Second Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann (Third Lady), José van Dam (Speaker), James Elliott (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett (First Priest), Jonathan Lemalu (Second Priest), Andreas Schager (First Armoured Man), David Jerusalem (Second Armoured Man)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

“There are some pieces which are so brilliantly successful and so immediately popular that people tend to forget how extraordinary they are. But let’s not forget what a raging masterpiece Mozart’s Magic Flute is and how different it was from anything anybody had done before – even Mozart.” Sir Simon Rattle

The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.” Then there is all the magic of new beginnings that comes with this Easter Festival, which took place in Baden-Baden for the first time, opening a new chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. And there is yet another first connected to this performance: the orchestra had never performed the opera live before. Only three studio recordings – under Sir Thomas Beecham in the 30s, in the 60s with Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan in the 80s – were previously released. This great recording tradition is now continued with this new Blu-ray.

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Playing time: 163 mins (performance), 43 mins (bonus)

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Think Eros and Thanatos; think the battle between life, love and death...You need quite a pool of literary reference for this production which, although it's as thoughtful and searching as Carsen's work often tends to be, is short on any sense of real enchantment or wonder.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 **

“[Rattle's] speeds are generally on the fast side but he allows the singers plenty of expressive leeway...Do give this a try if you’re after a thought-provoking new perspective on the Flute: the balance of dark and light is masterly, and it sounds and looks gorgeous!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st October 2013

“Carsen’s staging and Michael Levine’s sets are stamped with strong contrasts ...though they still don’t find the most persuasive means of presenting the opera’s ingredients...Rattle’s speeds are occasionally too fast, but his phrasings and details are bright and bouncy...Solid performances at the top keep the lyric drama alive.” The Times, 27th September 2013 ****

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