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Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos

Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos


Medtner:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 50

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30


A typical release—in so far as there can ever be such a thing—from Marc-André Hamelin, combining a stimulating, unexpected coupling; brilliant new light shed on the familiar; and pianism of the very highest calibre. Not to be missed.

“Rachmaninov-lite [the Medtner] may be, but it is certainly worth investigating when played as well as this.” The Guardian, 22nd March 2017 ****

“…no pianist past or present understands Medtner's idiom better…Obviously in vastly superior sound, this is a recording which stands beside the composer's classic account.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“Expectations are inevitably high as Marc-Andre Hamelin, who marries phenomenal technique with sensitive musicianship, joins Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonia Orchestra, now truly a world-class ensemble….Hamelin’s playing soon takes flight, and the Concerto works its charm, sparkling with virtuosity and – particularly in the finale – with wit. It also receives the most polished orchestral playing it has enjoyed on any recording.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ****

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Fidelio Overture

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Fidelio Overture


Beethoven:

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

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c


This recording features one of today’s most sought-after conductors, Vladimir Jurowski, who was appointed Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007, with many of his recordings on the LPO Label being chosen for special mentions by BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone Magazine.

Inspired by acts of heroism, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 broke the mould of the classical symphony, and is considered the first symphony of the romantic era – its scale and ambition went on to be adopted by his contemporaries.

Released for the first time on the Orchestra’s Label, Symphony No. 3 contributes to the expanding collection of Beethoven works on the label; the most recent being Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 conducted by Kurt Masur (LPO0093).

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 is coupled here with the Overture to Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, taken from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s highly acclaimed performance at the BBC Proms in 2015 – The Independent named it a ‘spirited performance’.

These recordings are taken from live concert performances at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 22 January 2014 (Symphony No. 3) and the Royal Albert Hall on 4 September 2015 (Overture, Fidelio).

“so wholeheartedly is Jurowski immersed in its [the Overture’s] spirit.” Classical Ear, 10th April 2017 ***

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Dvorák & Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos - Vinyl Edition

Dvorák & Saint-Saëns Cello Concertos - Vinyl Edition


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33


“Rostropovich, the master cellist, has a deep understanding of the Dvořák Concerto. Here his playing is coloured by the grace of Giulini’s interpretation and by the beautifully lyrical accompaniment.” Gramophone Magazine

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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 & Othello Overture

Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 & Othello Overture


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Othello Overture, Op. 93


Yannick Nezet-Seguin was Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2014 and has become one of the world’s most renowned conductors, currently holding leadership posts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Montreal’s Orchestre Metropolitain. In 2020 he will succeed James Levine as the third Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, New York. The three works heard on this disc are taken from live concert recordings at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, and together offer a summary of Nezet-Seguin’s nine year relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Yannick Nezet-Seguin made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007 with Dvorak’s vibrant Sixth Symphony; this repeat performance from 2016 is coupled with Dvorak’s powerful and strikingly original overture to Othello.

“In these live performances, the melodies sing, the music-making is unexaggerated, the spirit is joyous” Financial Times, 17th March 2017

“Nézet-Séguin has a tremendous feel for Dvorak…[he] builds tension and knows when to turn the dramatic screw…enthusiastic applause is retained, deservedly so.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Corelli Variations

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Corelli Variations


Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Karabits

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42


Vanessa Benelli Mosell (piano)

Following the success of her first two albums, which established Vanessa Benelli Mosell as a successful classical artist (pupil of Stockhausen and devotee to the development of classical music), her third album with Decca focusses on mainstream repertoire.

Accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Kirill Karabits, this album presents Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, considered one of the most popular pieces for piano. Featured in several films (including The Seven Year Itch), it appears very often in concert programmes worldwide.

The concerto is coupled with one of Rachmaninov’s most popular pieces for solo piano, Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42, which traditionally combines strong virtuosic playing with deep thinking.

“Mosell plays the Concerto wth verve and direction” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ***

“The London-trained Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell has conspicuous musical talent, and for a young artist still relatively new to the market it’s understandable that she should want to showcase it to the max” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor Op. 13 'Winter Reveries' & Overture 1812

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor Op. 13 'Winter Reveries' & Overture 1812


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'

1812 Overture, Op. 49


London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi

Here is the first instalment of a complete Tchaikovsky's Symphonic output by Exton.

London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by one of currently reference conductor on Japanese scene: Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi.

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Lalo: Symphonie espagnole

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Lalo: Symphonie espagnole


Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Omer Meir Wellber

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Vasily Petrenko


These live concert recordings feature Grammy-Award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich. Establishing himself as one of the great violinists of his generation, he is consistently cited for his phenomonal technique and gorgeous tone.

The pairing of these pieces has been carefully considered; the influence of Lalo’s fresh and unassumingly simple approach can be heard in Tchaikovsky’s Concerto, and Hadelich brings out the range of emotions across both pieces.

Following Omer Meir Wellber’s acclaimed debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in May 2014 with Eugene Onegin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra invited him to make his Royal Festival Hall debut with them in April 2015, the concert from which this Lalo recording comes.

This release will add to Vasily Petrenko’s catalogue of Tchaikovsky recordings; his Manfred Symphony won the Gramophone Recording of the Year in 2009 and he also recorded the First, Second and Fifth Symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

These recordings are taken from live concert performances at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 17 April 2015 (Lalo) and 24 February 2016 (Tchaikovsky).

“Two virtuoso concertos given immaculate live performances.” The Strad, May 2017

“Hadelich’s rich tone pays dividends in an arresting, heartfelt Tchaikovsky. The rather slighter Lalo is nevertheless given a seductive and graceful performance.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ****

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Stravinsky: Le sacre du Printemps & Petrushka

Stravinsky: Le sacre du Printemps & Petrushka


Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

1921 version

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Petrushka (1911 version)

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Thomas Rajna (piano)

New Philharmonia Orchestra


Stravinsky began work on Petrushka in the summer of 1910, shortly after the successful première of his first ballet, The Firebird. Like The Firebird, and The Rite of Spring which came later, Petrushka was written for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The choreographer was Mikhail Fokine, and the title role was danced by the mercurial Vaslav Nijinsky. Nijinsky was also involved with this production of Rite, but as the choreographer rather than dancer. The choreography, in keeping with the ballet’s subject matter and the composer’s use of dissonance and complex rhythms, made a complete break with tradition. Looking back on the tumultuous première, Stravinsky described the curtain as rising on ‘rows of knock-kneed Lolitas’. The first performance, which took place on 29 May 1913, was of course one of the most famous scandals in musical history.

Both of the Stravinsky ballet scores here recorded by Erich Leinsdorf in the 1970s were released on Decca’s then super-sonic Phase 4 imprint. Decca’s lurid cover for Petrushka caused a stir and is reproduced here on this Eloquence reissue – the first release on Decca CD. Thomas Rajna, solo pianist for the Petrushka recordings, has contributed his own reminiscences for this release.

“always interesting, sympathetic and never forced […] and an excellent contribution from Thomas Rajna at the piano” Gramophone Magazine, March 1971 (Petrushka)

“by no means inconsiderable as a performance, and often very clearly recorded” Gramophone Magazine, October 1975 (Le Sacre du printemps)

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 24 November 2004

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 27 November 2004


This recording features former Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, who conducted more than 150 performances in London and internationally during his tenure (2000-07). Masur inaugurated the launch of the LPOs own Label in 2005 with live performances of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 (LPO0001).

Kurt Masur sadly passed away in December 2015; this captivating pair of concert recordings from 2004 pays tribute to his musical legacy: he conducted Beethoven with insight, cohesion, these concert performances conducted from memory.

When audiences heard Beethoven’s First Symphony, they were struck by something new in the air – there is no mistaking its Beethovenian energy and dash. Released for the first time on the Orchestra’s Label, Symphonies 1 and 4 contribute to the expanding collection of Beethoven works on the label; the most recent being Beethoven’s Fifth conducted by Tennstedt (LPO0087).

Often neglected between the more famous Third and Fifth, the Fourth Symphony is a joyous work which inspired many of Beethoven’s contemporaries, including Schumann and Berlioz.

It’s propelled with unstoppable momentum and buoyancy, after a searching opening perhaps inspired by Haydn’s Representation of Chaos.

These recordings are taken from live concert performances at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 24 and 27 November 2004.

“Commendably Masur observes the composer’s metronome markings – the speeds of the beats – but ignores the importance of flexibility within those speeds, what Beethoven also meant by “a tempo of feeling”.” Classical Ear, 9th February 2017

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Kodály & Bartók: Orchestral Works

Kodály & Bartók: Orchestral Works


Bartók:

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'

William McAlpine (tenor)

London Philharmonic Choir

Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13

William McAlpine (tenor)

London Philharmonic Choir

Dances of Galanta


Georg Solti studied piano with Bartók and although they never developed a close personal relationship, Solti was always in awe of the composer’s dedication and intensity. Bartók’s music featured regularly in Solti’s concert programs and he recorded the Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and the Dance Suite again for Decca. This 1952 recording of the Dance Suite with the London Philharmonic Orchestra was one of his earliest orchestral discs and the conductor’s instinctive sense of rhythm is ever-pervasive. There are also some delightful touches of humour to be encountered in these recordings, such as those in Kodály’s Háry János Suite.

Kodály’s Psalmus Hungaricus was the first work to bring him international recognition, and it also brought him back into favour at home. It was composed to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the unification of the cities of Óbuda, Buda, and Pest to form modern-day Budapest. Solti revisited both the Peacock Variations and Psalmus Hungaricus 43 years after the present recording, in June 1997. This 1954 recording of Kodály’s choral masterpiece is performed in English.

“Orchestra and chorus shine in the Psalm […] Georg Solti is to be congratulated on two such vital readings” Gramophone Magazine, October 1954 (Psalmus Hungaricus, Peacock Variations)

“The finale goes with an exhilarating swagger, and the balance between the trumpets’ and horns’ imitative block chords is well maintainied” Gramophone Magazine, August 1955 (Kodály: Háry János)

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