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Karajan - The Christmas Album

Karajan - The Christmas Album


Adam:

O Holy Night

Leontyne Price (soprano)

Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243: Magnificat anima mea Dominum

Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Corelli:

Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale': Pastorale

Thomas Brandis, Emil Maas, Ottomar Borwitzky, Wolfgang Meyer, Waldemar Doling

Berliner Philharmoniker

Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 8 in G minor 'fatto per la notte di Natale': Largo

Thomas Brandis, Emil Maas, Ottomar Borwitzky, Wolfgang Meyer, Waldemar Doling

Berliner Philharmoniker

Eccard:

Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Gruber, F:

Silent Night

Leontyne Price (soprano)

Manfredini:

Concerto grosso in C major, Op. 3 No. 12 'per il Santissimo Natale': Pastorale & Largo

Thomas Brandis Emil Maas Ottomar Borwitzky

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mendelssohn:

Hark! the herald angels sing

Leontyne Price (soprano)

Mozart:

Ave verum corpus, K618

Wiener Singverein

Agnus Dei (from Coronation Mass)

Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano)

Mass in C major, K317 'Coronation Mass': Dona nobis pacem

Anna Tomowa-Sintow (soprano), Agnes Baltsa (mezzo), Werner Krenn (tenor), José Van Dam (bass)

Exsultate, jubilate, K165 - Alleluia

Respighi:

Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, P. 172: III. Siciliana

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker: March

Berliner Philharmoniker

The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Berliner Philharmoniker

The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers

trad.:

O Tannenbaum

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons: Winter - Largo

Michel Schwalbé (violin)


DG - 4793926

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The Berliner Philharmoniker in Tokyo – Concert at the Suntory Hall

The Berliner Philharmoniker in Tokyo – Concert at the Suntory Hall

including the EuroArts & Idéale Audience Catalogue


Bach, J S:

Presto from Violin Sonata, BWV1001

Hilary Hahn (violin)

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Shostakovich:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99

Hilary Hahn (violin)


A new edition of a very popular series of budget DVD with the entire EuroArts & Idéale Audience Catalogueincluded in the slipcase.

The 236-pages catalogue brings together two prestigious audio-visual production companies: EuroArts and IdéaleAudience, including all new releases of 2014 and all available DVDs and Blu-ray Discs of our catalogue.

In this live recording from Japan the year 2000, Berliner Philharmoniker perform under the direction of MarissJansons. He returns to direct the Berliner Philharmoniker, rekindling their long-standing relationship that began in 1976.

Tokyo’s Suntory Hall is alive to a programme of particular musical energy − sometimes overt and joyous,sometimes suppressed and intense. Jansons’ fidelity to music composed during the Soviet era remains heartfelt:Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring soloist Hilary Hahn, is rendered with poise, elegance and demoniacvigour. This piece is framed by two sprightly works: Weber’s charming, zesty Overture to Oberon and Dvorák’sEighth Symphony, executed with Bohemian-esque lyricism and verve.

Hilary Hahn is a two-time Grammy Award-winning soloist. She is celebrated for her probing interpretations,technical assurance and compelling stage presence. Her extensive international performances and recording activities have made Hahn one of the most important artists of our time.

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EuroArts - 2020248

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Tchaikovsky & Liszt: Piano Concertos

Tchaikovsky & Liszt: Piano Concertos


Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Wiener Symphoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Wiener Symphoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan


Lazar Berman (piano)

Lazar Berman, a bear of a man whom The Times of London called ‘one of the last unabashed exponents of the Romantic tradition of Russian pianism’, was known for the power of his playing and for his prodigious technique, but was also capable of great delicacy at the keyboard. The core of his repertoire was the great Romantic and post-Romantic works, from Beethoven to Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Emil Gilels referred to him as a ‘phenomenon of the musical world’. Eloquence presents his complete Deutsche Grammophon recordings over five titles.

The issue of his 1963 recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Études in the West created a sensation, and he sold out houses wherever he played. These successes led to his recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, beginning with the Tchaikovsky First Concerto with Herbert von Karajan. Berman said he liked to take a romantic approach to the classical repertoire and a classical approach to the romantic. When asked why he had suddenly changed his approach to the Tchaikovsky to a more lyrical one, Berman told Gramophone’s Alan Blyth, ‘Well, it wasn’t my choice but the composer’s: I used to play the piece as most pianists play it. Then I did a lot of research into how it had been interpreted in the composer’s own time. It changed my approach entirely.’ And speaking on the subject with High Fidelity’s Barry James, ‘I’ve changed my views about Tchaikovsky. I’ve dropped the bravura interpretation of the First Concerto. I’ve read a lot of his writings and I think I understand his soul. Tchaikovsky was not a pompous composer, but a lyricist. So that’s how I perform his First Concerto.’

The highly-regarded recording of the two Liszt Piano Concertos came a year after that of the Tchaikovsky, this time from Vienna and with Carlo Maria Giulini, who in turn was making his Deutsche Grammophon debut with it. Upon hearing Berman’s first solo recording for DG (Rachmaninov, Prokofiev), Herbert von Karajan allegedly re-scheduled a recording session with the Berlin Philharmonic in order to record Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with Berman. These are the only three concertos Berman recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and now appear on a single album.

“Berman's all-engulfing accounts receive expert backing from Karajan (Tchaikovsky), but rather less sophisticated support from the VSO in Liszt's Concertos.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

“his tremendous virtuosity is always put at the service of the music ... Berman’s decorative passages are as delicate as you could imagine, never merely showy, while the strength of his playing is tremendous. He can scale his playing down to the most intimate mood, while the detail of textures is as clear as could be ... Giulini gets the Vienna Symphony Orchestra to play as if it were the Philharmonic itself. DG’s recording is full, yet bright and clear, with an admirable balance between soloist and orchestra ... deeply satisfying” Gramophone Magazine (Liszt)

“this magnificent reading of the Tchaikovsky B flat minor certainly confirms that here is a positive personality of the first order ... Karajan conducts with an incandescent urgency to match the bravura of the pianist ... in every way this is a big, commanding performance ... Berman’s concern for detail and his meticulous scaling of dynamic down to jewelled pianissimo grips the attention through everything ... a firm first choice for every taste with stellar names and brilliant recording quality” Gramophone Magazine (Tchaikovsky)

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Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra & Cantatas

Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra & Cantatas


Webern:

Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 10

Drei Lieder, Op. 18, for voice, E flat clarinet and guitar

Christiane Oelze

Symphony, Op. 21

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30

Cantata No. 2, Op. 31

Gerald Finley, Christiane Oelze

BBC Singers

Cantata No.1 for Soprano Chorus and Orchestra op.29

Gerald Finley, Christiane Oelze

BBC Singers

Das Augenlicht, ‘Through Our Open Eyes Light Flows into the Heart’, Op. 26


DG 20C - 4793431

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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.

“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 ***

“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)

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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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EuroArts - 2012784

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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)


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