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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 & Russian Orchestral Works

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 & Russian Orchestral Works


Borodin:

Prince Igor Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mussorgsky:

Khovanshchina: Prelude & Dance of the Persian Slaves

Berliner Philharmoniker

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tchaikovsky:

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

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


Solti’s 1956 recordings of the Tchaikovsky Second and Fifth symphonies included on this collection are his only recordings of them. He never recorded a complete cycle, although, in the 1970s he recorded the Fifth and Sixth. Both symphonies were recorded with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra. The story behind his recording of Russian orchestral favourites is an interesting one. In 1959 he recorded this program with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 1966 he recorded a near-identical program with the London Symphony Orchestra. The Berlin recording was not issued on LP until July 1973, held back to make room for the LSO program. The ‘Dance of the Persian slaves’ was issued on CD by Decca in 1998, but this is the first integral release internationally on Decca CD. This release forms part of a mini-series on Eloquence of, in the main, Solti’s early recordings.

“Solti’s hurricane-like Tchaikovsky Serenade has to be heard to be believed – the finale almost flies off with the gale” Penguin Guide

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


plus:

41. Rehearsal of 1st movement (Symphony No. 9)

42. Rehearsal of 3rd Movement (Symphony No. 9)

43. Rehearsal of 4th movement (Symphony No. 9)


Karajan recorded the Complete Symphonies of Beethoven no fewer than 4 times for DG, but this first 1963 recording was financially the most daring, artistically the most radical, and commercially the most successful.

It was estimated that over 100,000 boxes would have to be sold if Deutsche Grammophon’s gargantuan 1.5 million Deutschmark investment was to be recouped. The head of a rival company predicted that Deutsche Grammophon was heading for “a colossal financial catastrophe”.

By 1973 nearly one million sets had been sold, ten times the original breakeven estimate. 50 years on from its original launch, the set remains the best-selling Beethoven cycle of all time.

The 1963 Berlin set dazzled like no other, aided in no small measure by the clean, clear, daringly “lit” recordings made in Berlin’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche by the young Günter Hermanns whose debut as Karajan’s principal recording engineer this was.

Critics and the record-buying public were enthused above all by the urgency and beauty of the music-making and by a fierce sense of joy which reached its apogee in a thrillingly played and eloquently sung account of the finale of the epic Ninth Symphony.

DG - 4795977

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Haydn: The Creation

Haydn: The Creation


Irmgard Seefried (Gabriel, Eva), Richard Holm, (Uriel), Kim Borg (Raphael, Adam)

Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale, Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker, Igor Markevitch

Die Schöpfung (The Creation) is one of the great choral masterpieces that Haydn composed after finishing his 104th symphony in 1795. It is a work championed my Igor Markevitch who made a critically-acclaimed recording of it with a compelling team of soloists, including the radiant Irmgard Seefried.

“an especially successful issue […] the choir of St. Hedwig’s Cathedral in Berlin sing with great beauty of tone and remarkable sensibility. Kim Borg makes a magisterial Raphael (as well as a tender Adam) […] The recording is first class and the whole performance captures the wonderful glow of happiness that permeates the music.” Gramophone Magazine, August 1956

“a fine and vivid performance under Markevitch and with Seefried, Holm and Borg as excellent soloists” Gramophone Magazine, December 1956

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4821645

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor


“[Böhm] and his Berlin players are incandescent…nothing is exaggerated and every moment seems to emerge organically from what came before…a fascinating treat” Classical Music, August 2016 *****

“[this concert], performed when Böhm was 75, is faster-paced throughout and operates at a much higher level of tension, even if the conductor’s unvarying tempi give the performance an uncompromising feel at times. Nevertheless, the Adagio is compellingly shaped and concludes with a deeply felt account of the coda” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

Testament - SBT1512

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Karl Böhm conducts Beethoven, Mozart & Stravinsky

Karl Böhm conducts Beethoven, Mozart & Stravinsky


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Mozart:

Symphony No. 34 in C major, K338

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite


“The Berlin Philharmonic, sounding earthier than under Karajan, provide near flawless ensemble…the performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 from the same concert is both spirited and expressive, the playing of the strings in the Andante di molto a particular highlight” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

Testament - SBT1510

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos

Beethoven: Piano Concertos

Pre-War and Wartime 78-rpm recordings 1925–1942


Beethoven:

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

Recorded in September 1925 (Polydor 69815/8)

Berlin State Opera Orchestra

Bagatelle in C Major, Op. 33, No. 5

Recorded in 1920? [Kempff’s 1st recording] (Polydor 62400)

Ecossaises (6) in E flat major, WoO 83

Recorded in 1920? (Polydor 62400)

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Recorded on 11 June 1942 (Polydor 67946/50)

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Van Kempen

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

Recorded on 19 March 1940 (Polydor 67674/8)

German Opera House Orchestra, Berlin, Paul Van Kempen

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

Recorded on 6 January 1936 (Polydor 67082/6)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Raabe

Rondo a capriccio in G major, Op. 129 ‘Rage over a lost penny'

Recorded on 24 September 1937 (Polydor 62802)


Wilhelm Kempff had such a long life, and recorded so prolifically in the LP era, that we tend to forget that he began his recording career in 1920 in the acoustic period, and recorded much of Beethoven’s piano output, including four of the five concertos, on 78s.

This set is a companion to the recently issued set of late sonatas (APR6018) and includes what was the first ever recording of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto – a late acoustic recording from 1925 which shows the young Kempff was much more sprightly in this work than he later became. In spite of the primitive recording, the energy of the outer movements and the poetry of the slow movement are not compromised. Concertos 3 to 5, in better sound and featuring the greatest German orchestras of the period, reflect ‘state of the art’ Beethoven interpretation at this time and are a worthy alternative, if less well known, to the Schnabel cycle.

The set is filled out with the first ever CD issue of Kempff’s first recording, of a Beethoven Bagatelle and Eccossaises, and a wonderfully extrovert performance of the ‘Rage over a lost penny’ Rondo.

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Simon Rattle conducts Schumann’s Symphonies

Simon Rattle conducts Schumann’s Symphonies

Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie in February und November 2013


Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)


For Simon Rattle, Robert Schumann is "the echt Romantic". And in fact, the exuberance of the period, its passion and its melancholy can be heard with unique intensity in Schumann's music to this day. For the Berliner Philharmoniker, Schumann's symphonies have always been part of their core repertoire. The 1953 Wilhelm Furtwängler recording in particular has attained cult status. And so it only stands to reason that the Berliner Philharmoniker launched their Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings label with a cycle of the four Schumann symphonies.

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Hardcover, 51 page book.

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Berliner Philharmoniker - BPHR140013

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Herbert von Karajan conducts Debussy & Ravel

Herbert von Karajan conducts Debussy & Ravel


Debussy:

La Mer

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé


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Sony Karajan Anniversary Edition - 88697299689

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


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Sony Karajan Anniversary Edition - 88697368649

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Sibelius: Popular Tone Poems

Sibelius: Popular Tone Poems


Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

En Saga, Op. 9

Tapiola, Op. 112

Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan of Tuonela (No. 2)


“Karajan is a great master,” wrote Jean Sibelius in 1955. These spellbinding interpretations of tone poems and other shorter pieces by Sibelius date from the early 1980s, when Karajan had been conducting his music for more than 40 years. “He is a composer who cannot really be compared to anyone else,” said Karajan, who, with the magnificent Berlin Philharmonic, probes the music’s mysteries and releases its haunting and noble sonorities.

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2434768462

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