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Orff: Carmina Burana

Orff: Carmina Burana


Beethoven:

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Handel:

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

arr. Sir Eugene Goossens

Orff:

Carmina Burana


Sally Matthews (soprano), Lawrence Brownlee (tenor) & Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin & Knabenchor des Staats- und Domchores Berlin, Sir Simon Rattle

A joyful celebration welcoming the New Year, this Gala from Berlin presents the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, in Carl Orff’s famous Carmina Burana, an intensely dramatic cantata that remains one of the most widely performed works from the twentieth century.

With an exceptional vocal line-up – soprano Sally Matthews, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and baritone Christian Gerhaher.

Featuring the Rundfunchor Berlin with Chorus Master Simon Halesey as well as the Knabenchor des Staats- und Domchores Berlin.

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is one of the most popular and exiting classical works.

Christian Gerhaher had received his second Echo-Klassik in the year of the recording of this performance.

This is the only Carmina Burana on Blu-ray Disc to date.

Picture Format BD: 1080i - 16:9

Sound Format BD: PCM Stereo

Disc Format: BD 25

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Running time: 89 mins

FSK: 0

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM PRESTO CLASSICAL - Although this claims to be HD quality, in reality the picture quality is very poor, and it appears no better than the DVD version.

“Superlative soloists add lustre to Orff's barbaric blockbuster in this Berlin New Year's Eve concert. Oddly coarse images: the musicians look as if they've been roasting under sun lamps.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 ****

“At times Rattle's penchant for brisk tempi raised a few eyebrows, although with the visual elements this feels less worrisome.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

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EuroArts - 2053674

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Europa-Konzert 2001 from Istanbul

Europa-Konzert 2001 from Istanbul

Recorded live at the Hagia Eirene church, Istanbul, 1 May 2001


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Mozart:

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)


The Europa concerts are the Berliner Philharmoniker´s way of remembering the anniversary of their founding.Performing in a different European city each year, the orchestra wishes to make its contribution to European unity.2001 the concert was performed at the historic St. Irene Church in Istanbul under the direction of Mariss Jansons. St.Irene (Hagia Eirene) is the oldest church in Istanbul originating from the 4th Century. Today it is mainly used forfestivals and concerts.

Featuring Mariss Jansons, one of today's most sought-after conductors and Music Director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam.

Soloist Emanuel Pahud is the top flautist of his generation, praised for his ravishing sound and his effortless phrasing.

Haydn's symphony and Mozart's flute concerto are counted among the most enchanting and popular orchestral piecesof the Classical period.

Berlioz's Symphony fantastique with its amazing orchestral impact displays impressively the unequalled qualities ofthe Berlin Philharmonic.

Concert took place in the vast, breathtaking St. Irene Church in Istanbul.

BD is enhanced by an enticing 20-minute travelogue of Istanbul, in addition, there are eight minutes of "behind the scenes" footage.

Picture Format BD: NTSC - 16:9 - Documentary: SD NTSC

Disc Format: BD 25

Sounds Formats BD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 Region Code: All Booklet notes: English, German, French

Bonus-Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Running Rime: 133 mins (105 mins-Performance; 27 mins-Bonus) FSK: 0

“Berlioz's flamboyant score sounds lusciously alive in the resonant acoustic...The triumphant concert also features Emmanuel Pahud...immaculately beguiling in Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2, plus Haydn's Surprise Symphony - fleet-footed, dramatic, and properly surprising.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 ****

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Bizet: Carmen (highlights)

Bizet: Carmen (highlights)


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Karl Böhm conducts Mozart, Mahler & Strauss

Karl Böhm conducts Mozart, Mahler & Strauss

recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 1962


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30


"Born in Graz in Austria in 1894, Karl Böhm began his professional career at the Munich Opera working alongside Bruno Walter and Richard Strauss. It was here

that he acquired his Mozart style: cogent, balanced, and subtly various. Strauss, in particular, was much preoccupied with the ideal pacing of a Mozart score.

Learning how to fine-tune the Mozart musical engine, then drive it vividly and exactingly along, was for Böhm an education whose value extended beyond Mozart to the wider operatic and symphonic repertoire.

In September 1962 Deutsche Grammophon released a recording of Mozart’s Symphony No.40 that Böhm had made in Berlin earlier in the year. ‘Strong,

straightforward and enjoyable’ wrote Edward Greenfield in The Gramophone, but possibly ‘a little pale and unmemorable’. As a Salzburg regular and keen Böhmwatcher, Greenfield would have known that ‘pale and unmemorable’ was the last thing Böhm’s Mozart was when he was making music live on home soil. Soloist Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau retained particular memories of the Mozart that evening. The sound, he recalled was very different and ‘more correct’ than that the Berlin Philharmonic had recently produced for ‘another star of

the podium’.

Much has been made of Mahler's choice of the subject of the death of children, and his wife Alma's angry response to it. The songs may, indeed, appear to

have tempted fate. Mahler’s four-year-old daughter, Maria, later died of diphtheria, just as two of the poet Rückert’s children had. Yet Mahler had no children when he began work on the cycle in 1901. Memories of childhood deaths among his own brothers and sisters are a more likely cue for the settings. Unbearable as the events had been, by 1901 they were now sufficiently distant in time to be distilled by Mahler into music that embodies grief yet does not luxuriate in it.

Strauss was 32 when he completed Also sprach Zarathustra in August 1896. His aim had been to trace in music the idea of the human race from its origins,

through its various phases of religious and scientific development, to the idea of the Superman as set out in Nietzsche’s rhapsodic prose-poem. Strauss does not so much paraphrase Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra as stand at a provocative angle to it. To some it is a garish piece of orchestral kitsch, for others it is far from that.

Indeed, it was the release of a recording of Also sprach Zarathustra by Böhm and the Berlin Philharmonic in 1958 that led Strauss aficionado and scholar William Mann to produce a stirring defence of the piee in the columns of The Gramophone."

Testament - SBT21489

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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


Testament - SBT1492

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem

recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 1962


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

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

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

Testament - SBT1491

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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

“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

“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

“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 ****

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Sony - 88883773799

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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)

“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

“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

“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 ****

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Europakonzert 2013

Europakonzert 2013

From the Spanish Hall at the Prague Castle


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Dvorak:

Biblical Songs (10), Op. 99

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano)

Vaughan Williams:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


The Europakonzert is the annual celebration of the founding day of the Berliner Philharmoniker on May 1st. The purpose of this unique series is to perform concerts at places which have a special cultural history and compel through their stunning architecture in order to provide the audience with a visual experience out of the ordinary.

The concert in 2013, performed at the historical Spanish Hall at Prague Castle features Sir Simon Rattle and Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená (winner of the Echo Klassik) performing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonín Dvořák.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 84 min

German FSK: 0

“The gilded setting...makes an odd accompaniment to Vaughan Williams's mystic visions and Beethoven's brooks. Yet with the playing of the Berlin Philharmonic's finesse, the hall's warm acoustic, and the technical precision of sound and vision, our minds are never permanently discomposed.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

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EuroArts Europakonzert - 2059428

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Standard edition)

Dvorak: Violin Concerto (Standard edition)


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Mazurek for violin and orchestra, Op. 49 (B89)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Berliner Philharmoniker, Manfred Honeck

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler

with Ayami Ikeba (piano)


In a stunning recording career of over 35 years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has sold over 10 million albums.

Renowned for her technical facility and limitless range of expressive colours, Mutter is the undisputed “Queen of the Violin” (Times of London) - a musical legend of our time.

It is no exaggeration to call this recording an historic venture: in June, Mutter and the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose deep and lasting artistic relationship was forged in the 1970s, came together at the Berlin Philharmonie, to make their first studio album in almost 30 years.

Here, she records Dvořák’s Violin Concerto – the last of the great Romantic violin concertos not yet in her discography.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has chosen to pair Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with his fiery Mazurka Op. 49, and the Romance in F minor for violin and orchestra Op. 11. The album also includes Dvořák’s irresistible Humoresque, presented in its popular arrangement for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler.

All works on this recording exemplify the vivid colour, touching melancholy and folkloric tunefulness that are trademarks of Dvořák’s style.

“Mutter's playing is never less than dazzling...Her approach is often highly interventionist...In the slow movement there is magical ornamental playing, but at times rather exaggerated portamento.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***

“With a sound like molten chocolate and a romantic temperament to match, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is in her element here...The Berlin Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck tempers the sweetness with playing that is rich, intense, but also edgy where needed.” New York Times, 11th December 2013

DG - 4791060

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