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Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 2014, directed by Torben Schmidt Jacobsen


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sol Gabetta (cello)

Ligeti:

Atmosphères

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Wagner:

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1


The Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut at the 2014 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden with Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the final great work of the composer. “Sol Gabetta’s Elgar Concerto is one of the best around, a heartfelt, tonally rounded performance.” (Gramophone). The orchestra and conductor also performed the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin, György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères and Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, a work which is entirely focused on the future and pushes the boundaries of classical music in terms of sound, rhythm and energy.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker contrasted the prelude to Wagner’s Lohengrin and György Ligeti’s orchestral piece Atmosphères perfectly, demonstrating that they both employ different styles to pursue a similar objective – an iridescent, otherworldly sound.

Star cellist Sol Gabetta gave an outstanding interpretation of Elgar’s Cello Concerto: the final great work of the composer, full of melancholy and a sense of farewell.

In contrast to Elgar, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps is focused on the future. In their previous performances, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle have shown that this work, despite its inherent modernity, also provides a wealth of sensual pleasure. “The musicians breezed through the Sacre with ridiculous virtuosity, as laid-back as if it were a mambo on a dance floor on a Caribbean beach.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Cross-promotion with Sony’s Sol Gabetta album (Martinů: Cello Concerto No. 1 & Elgar Cello Concerto), which is also to be released on Nov 4, 2016. The Elgar Cello Concerto album audio is identical with the audio on the DVD and as it was also taken from the Baden-Baden live recording.

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Running time: 94 mins

Production year: 2014

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“Rattle’s presence can be heard, and felt, in virtually every bar of the score: the way he moulds phrases, nudges details to the fore, bends the line, holds tight to a salient accompanying detail (especially along the lower end of the spectrum) or responds to Gabetta’s characterful solo playing, now rather more stylised than it was before.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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Sol Gabetta Live

Sol Gabetta Live


Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Sir Simon Rattle

Martinu:

Cello Concerto No. 1, H.196

Krzystof Urbanski


Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta (who starred in this year’s first night of the Proms) releases this album with Sir Simon Rattle, Krzystof Urbanski and the Berlin Philharmoniker. Featuring two treasures of the cello repertoire, Gabetta places Elgar’s stunning Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 alongside Martinů’s first cello concerto, H. 196.

“Gabetta’s handling of Martinů’s life-affirming First Cello Concerto...embraces the gamut of colours and technical jinks called for with what sounds like genuine relish. This is superb cello-playing and Krzysztof Urbański directs a vital and sensitive accompaniment.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“Gabetta’s playing is intense and searching, less introspective than some performances in the Adagio, perhaps, but epic in scale in the outer movements, and always keenly responsive.” The Guardian, 1st December 2016 ****

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Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Recorded live at the Waldbuehne Berlin, 2016, directed by Henning Kasten


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


What kind of music could be better suited for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s legendary annual Waldbühne concert than Czech music? It’s always passionate and full of verve and sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Only very rarely does a young talent ascend to ‘world stardom’, but one of the few who can be considered an international superstar while still belonging to the new generation of conductors is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He presents the much-loved Vlatava (Moldau) as well as Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Violin Concerto with the wonderful Lisa Batiashvili on the violin.

“An evening in Berlin that could not have been more perfect.” (Tagesspiegel)

This concert is a dual premiere for Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Artist of the Year 2016 and winner of the ECHO Klassik 2014): for the first time, the Canadian is conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker at their last concert of the season at the Waldbühne. This is also his first appearance with the orchestra since his debut in 2010, with an interpretation of the two major Czech national composers, Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák.

With his orchestra cycle Má vlast, Smetana created a musical portrait of his home country; particularly the second part, The Moldau, came to stand as the embodiment of Czech music. Smetana combines rhythmic and melodic elements of Czech folklore with stylistic devices of Western symphonic music.

The same applies for Antonín Dvořák, fashioning his own musical language, shaped by the Bohemian idiom, in the Slavonic Dances. Thus his Sixth Symphony contains many allusions to Czech folk songs and dances that are typical of Dvořák’s music.

The Violin Concerto is also inspired by Slavic dance rhythms. This captivating piece is played by the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, acclaimed by the press as a “ballerina on the violin”.

Including ‘conductor camera’ option: switch to the ‘picture-in-picture’ or ‘full screen’ in the conductor’s camera feature (full concert length) and experience maestro Nézet-Séguin from the orchestra’s perspective.

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Running time: 107 mins

Production year: 2016

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Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Waldbühne 2016 from Berlin: Czech Night

Recorded live at the Waldbuehne Berlin, 2016, directed by Henning Kasten


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


What kind of music could be better suited for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s legendary annual Waldbühne concert than Czech music? It’s always passionate and full of verve and sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Only very rarely does a young talent ascend to ‘world stardom’, but one of the few who can be considered an international superstar while still belonging to the new generation of conductors is Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He presents the much-loved Vlatava (Moldau) as well as Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony and Violin Concerto with the wonderful Lisa Batiashvili on the violin.

“An evening in Berlin that could not have been more perfect.” (Tagesspiegel)

This concert is a dual premiere for Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Artist of the Year 2016 and winner of the ECHO Klassik 2014): for the first time, the Canadian is conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker at their last concert of the season at the Waldbühne. This is also his first appearance with the orchestra since his debut in 2010, with an interpretation of the two major Czech national composers, Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák.

With his orchestra cycle Má vlast, Smetana created a musical portrait of his home country; particularly the second part, The Moldau, came to stand as the embodiment of Czech music. Smetana combines rhythmic and melodic elements of Czech folklore with stylistic devices of Western symphonic music.

The same applies for Antonín Dvořák, fashioning his own musical language, shaped by the Bohemian idiom, in the Slavonic Dances. Thus his Sixth Symphony contains many allusions to Czech folk songs and dances that are typical of Dvořák’s music.

The Violin Concerto is also inspired by Slavic dance rhythms. This captivating piece is played by the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, acclaimed by the press as a “ballerina on the violin”.

Including ‘conductor camera’ option: switch to the ‘picture-in-picture’ or ‘full screen’ in the conductor’s camera feature (full concert length) and experience maestro Nézet-Séguin from the orchestra’s perspective.

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Running time: 107 mins

Production year: 2016

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Europakonzert 2016 from Røros, Norway

Europakonzert 2016 from Røros, Norway


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Brustad:

Veslefrikk

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 4 - Evening in the mountains

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Vilde Frang (violin)


The Berliner Philharmoniker celebrate their founding day (May 1st, 1892) in a European city of cultural significance every year. In 2016, they travelled to Røros in Norway, to play in the town’s beautiful baroque church. Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang made her debut with the Berliner Philharmonker at this year’s concert, joining them for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.

“[Frang] is predictably fine in the Mendelssohn, technically accomplished and emotionally engaged. And what a joy it must be to play this concerto with the Berliners, whose sensitivity to Mendelssohn’s instrumental imaginings is second to none...the performance [of the Eroica] yields nothing to Rattle’s recent Berlin recording.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

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Weber: Der Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz


Der Freischütz holds a crucial place in history, setting the course of German Romantic opera. Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s typically probing approach produced an interpretation that, in the words of the distinguished critic Alan Blyth, “has the ring of reality about it, uncovering the troubled psyche and element of superstition in this extraordinary piece. [He] has assembled a cast that equals or surpasses that on just about every other version of the work … The recording is exemplary.”

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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.

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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.

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

“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

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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

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