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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

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Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition - Vinyl Edition

Mussorgsky-Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition - Vinyl Edition


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky/Ravel

Ravel:

Boléro


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“…as both performance and recording it still holds its own (Mussorgsky) …A splendid disc in every way” Penguin Guide

DG - 4795888

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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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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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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.

APR - APR6019

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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

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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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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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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.

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Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2434768462

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