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20th-Century Portraits: Falla, Bartók & Stravinsky

20th-Century Portraits: Falla, Bartók & Stravinsky


Bartók:

Two Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

First International Release on CD

Berliner Philharmoniker

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

First International Release on CD

Berliner Philharmoniker

Falla:

El Amor Brujo

Grace Bumbry (mezzo-soprano)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Danza del Corregidor (from El Sombrero de tres picos)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Le Chant du Rossignol

1919 version

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


Some of Lorin Maazel’s first recordings were made for Deutsche Grammophon and he was merely 27 and this collection presents vivid performances of three great 20th-century ballet scores, all infused with the folk rhythms of their respective composers’ native lands – Falla’s Andalusia and Stravinsky’s Russia. Both composers also exploited the most sophisticated orchestral textures available to the late Romantics, creating virtuoso showpieces of kaleidoscopic variety. They are interpreted here by the young Maazel and his Berlin radio orchestra, in recordings whose orchestral splendor astounds the ear today just as the original releases dazzled critics and the public decades ago. ‘To achieve this level of fluency – to say nothing of the sheer élan and idiomatic awareness in the Berlin orchestra’s playing – Maazel clearly rehearsed the music with astonishing vigour and conducted it inspiringly. Even to our ears now, the way he confronts us with the pounding force of Stravinsky’s ostinatos is invigorating,’ writes Richard Morrison. Completing his survey of music from the early part of the 20th century, recorded for DG with orchestras from Berlin, are recordings of music by Bartók made in 1979 and released internationally on CD for the first time.

“a good orchestra, with excellent players and admirable cohesion, plenty of imagination, warm recording; and by far the best singer this ballet has yet had on disc. Grace Bumbry has not only a rich, well-managed voice but a true understanding of the style [El amor brujo]; exuberance of spirit, splendid playing, with great finesse of tonal gradations and first rate attack in the farruca; excellent balance [El sombrero de tres picos]” Gramophone Magazine (Falla)

“there is some bewitching playing here … in the kaleidoscopic, entrancing Song of the Nightingale. The recording could hardly be bettered” Gramophone Magazine (Stravinsky)

“plenty of atmosphere and good perspective. Detail is well defined and there is a wide frequency response … As a recording the work has never been better served […] a Bartók performance which has warmth as well as bite … the DG sound for the whole record is as full and brilliant as one could want” Gramophone Magazine (Bartók)

“Maazel secures astonishing orchestral brilliance and panache, but with a dislikeable, hard-edged relentlessness. Bartok's rarely heard Two Pictures emerge best.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ***

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


Ein Deutsches Requiem was Brahm’s first work to bring together a mixed choir, soloists and a large-scale orchestra

Ein Deutsches Requiem differs from all previous works of this genre in both, form and content. He creates therequiem more like a sermon then a mass for the dead. It puts words of consolation at the start and end: theblessing of the suffering and the blessing of the dead.

This is an extraordinary performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Claudio Abbado, recorded to mark the centenary of Johannes Brahms death in the Grand Hall of the Musikvereinin Vienna in 1997.

Soprano Barbara Bonney (member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at London'sRoyal Academy of Music) and baritone Bryn Terfel (in 2013 Terfel won the "Best Opera Recording" GrammyAward) with the well-acclaimed Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.

Lovingly restored, up-scaled and digitally remastered including intensive and high-quality audio and visual restoration.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD

Sound format Blu-Ray Disc: PCM Stereo

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Japanese, Korean

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 79 mins German

FSK: 0

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Mozart: Mass in C minor, K427 'Great'

Mozart: Mass in C minor, K427 'Great'


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Strauss: Symphonic Music from the Operas

Strauss: Symphonic Music from the Operas


Strauss, R:

Waltz Sequence No. 1 (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Waltz Sequence No. 2 (from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59)

Die Liebe der Danae: symphonic fragment

Intermezzo, Op. 72: Four Symphonic Interludes

Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten, TrV234a


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Yundi - Emperor / Fantasy

Yundi - Emperor / Fantasy


Beethoven:

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

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


“it is the Beethoven which is by some distance the more effectively realised. Yundi's incisiveness of touch and certainty of manner is strikingly apparent in what is an unashamedly keyboard-led performance, the piano flatteringly lit by the engineers...The Schumann is not in the same league.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

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Bizet: Carmen (highlights)

Bizet: Carmen (highlights)


DG Virtuoso - 4786400

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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


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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


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

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

Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 1962.

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

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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)

“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 ****

“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 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

“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 ****

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