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Sibelius: Finlandia, Valse triste, The Swan of Tuonela & Tapiola - Vinyl Edition

Sibelius: Finlandia, Valse triste, The Swan of Tuonela & Tapiola - Vinyl Edition


Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

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

Tapiola, Op. 112


This is a classic Karajan album, comprising three of the Finnish composer’s most famous tone poems, plus the evergreen Valse triste.

DG - 4795120

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1- Vinyl Edition

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1- Vinyl Edition


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15


Emil Gilel’s recordings of the Brahms Piano Concertos under Eugen Jochum are benchmark versions – here is the first installment, the huge and hugely passionate First Concerto!

DG - 4795118

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Mozart: Coronation Mass in C major & Divertimento No. 17

Mozart: Coronation Mass in C major & Divertimento No. 17


Mozart:

Mass in C major, K317 'Coronation Mass'

Kathleen Battle (soprano), Trudeliese Schmidt (mezzo-soprano), Gösta Winbergh (tenor), Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Divertimento No. 17 in D major K334

Berliner Philharmoniker


DVD Video

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Sony Karajan Anniversary Edition - 88875137379

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Europakonzert 2015 from Athens

Europakonzert 2015 from Athens

Live from the Megaron in Athens, 1 May 2015


Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005: Largo

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Rossini:

Semiramide Overture

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker, on the first of May in 1882, is annually celebrated in a European city of cultural significance. In 2015 the Europakonzert took place for the second time in Athens, with Leonidas Kavakos joining the Berliner Philharmoniker for the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Bach’s 'Largo' from Sonato No.3.

The concert was a smash hit, stunning the audience on site in Athens.

Soloist Leonidas Kavakos won the ECHO Klassik Award in 2013 as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year'.

Sound format Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 90 mins

German FSK: 0

Blu-ray Disc

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 2060894

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$38.00

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Krystian Zimerman & Sir Simon Rattle: Lutoslawski

Krystian Zimerman & Sir Simon Rattle: Lutoslawski


Lutosławski:

Piano Concerto

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Symphony No. 2


This album follows up Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle’s award winning DG recording of Brahm’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto, written in 1988, is dedicated to Krystian Zimerman and was presented by him the first time to audiences in Salzburg in the same year.

The piece features extremely virtuosic demands, its dense pianistic gestures at times recall the piano concertos of Bartók and Prokofiev. The Symphony No. 2, created with techniques of “limited aleatoricism” (Lutosławski), fascinates with its orchestral surfaces that offer an insight into their creator’s ability to organize sounds in a very precise way and their iridescent and colorful vitality.

“Rattle has always been a passionate Lutoslawskian, and his Berliners enjoyed a close relationship with the composer, who recorded his most important orchestral scores with them. The symphony, a dark, brooding work from 1967, has flashes of brilliance in the orchestral writing, which could hardly be better played and conducted today.” Sunday Times, 2nd August 2015

“Zimerman has continued to perform the concerto regularly, living with it, refining his interpretation. The piano part was always perfectly tailored to his supreme technique...the Berlin Philharmonic’s realisation of the flickering, glinting orchestral writing is just as meticulously detailed as the jewel-like precision of the piano playing.” The Guardian, 5th August 2015 *****

“Zimerman injects both delicacy and virtuosity into the dialogue with Simon Rattle's orchestra, and also holds the key, as probably only a Pole could do, to the serious yet wistful undercurrents of this work. Yet Rattle's own input is distinguished…and who better to summon up [the warmth of the work] than the luxurious-sounding Berliners?” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

“you only have to listen to the Second Symphony’s accelerating terror and cataclysmic climax — particularly as Rattle and the Berliners do it — to realise that Lutoslawski poured much more into his composition than excellent craftsmanship...Zimerman virtually owns [the Piano Concerto]: he premiered it, and recorded it with the composer conducting. Here he finds an even greater profundity.” The Times, 14th August 2015 *****

“Elusive and restless, Lutoslawski’s Piano Concerto is like a siren luring the inquisitive listener. Nothing is obvious in this airborne music, as its ideas gather and disperse at speed, like swarming insects, only touching the ground in the last few minutes.Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic are inspiring interpreters and the music takes wing.” Financial Times, 14th August 2015 *****

“Partnered with exemplary polish and unstinting dedication by Rattle and the Berliners, Zimerman is at his patrician, dazzingly articulate best, locating even greater reserves of concentration and rapt hush than previously in the slow movement…[the Second Symphony is] delivered with riveting technical mastery here…a very fine issue” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

Presto Disc of the Week

21st August 2015

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2015

DG - 4794518

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Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites 1 - Vinyl Edition

Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites 1 - Vinyl Edition


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Andante Cantabile (from String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 11)

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)


Rostropovich’s Nutcracker Suite brings out the best in the Berliner Philharmoniker, and the great cellist gives a gorgeous account of the Andante cantabile for Cello and Orchestra on the B-side.

Newly presented in 180 g heavyweight vinyl pressings from OPTIMAL and includes a voucher with a unique code to download the digital audio files (MP2) of the full album for free.

DG - 4794704

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$25.00

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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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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3, 7, 8 & Consecration of the House Overture

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3, 7, 8 & Consecration of the House Overture


Beethoven:

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

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93


Except among record collectors and an ever dwindling number of music lovers who were lucky enough to have heard him conduct in public prior to his death in 1955, Van Kempen remains little more than a name in a book. The reasons for his relative obscurity are not that difficult to understand. Outside The Netherlands and Germany he had no career to speak of, and during his prime he conducted in wartime Europe, which was hardly the ideal place from which to spread his fame throughout the English-speaking world. Yet on the evidence of a handful of extraordinary commercial recordings made between 1951 and the year of his death, Van Kempen was clearly one of the most distinctive musical minds of his generation and one of the most individual Tchaikovsky conductors the century has known.

Following the very popular release of Paul van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky recordings with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on Philips (Decca Eloquence 480 8536), we now present the three Beethoven symphonies (Nos. 3, 7 and 8, recorded in 1951 and 1953) he made for Philips, coupled with his 1952 Deutsche Grammophon recording of ‘The Consecration of the House’ Overture. The mono sound is vibrant and the performances, all with the Berliner Philharmoniker, are insightful, passionate and thrilling.

“this is an outstanding issue. […] Van Kempen and the Berlin orchestra do indeed play the work in a wonderfully sensitive manner” Gramophone Magazine, December 1954 (Symphony No. 3)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4820270

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

arr. Ravel

Berliner Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Yefim Bronfman (piano)


Sony musicforyou - 88875070952

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto and Dumky-Trio

Dvorak: Cello Concerto and Dumky-Trio


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel

Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (B166) 'Dumky'

Emanuel Ax (piano), Young Uck Kim (violin)


Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

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