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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Handel Variations

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Handel Variations


Brahms:

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

Münchner Philharmoniker, Franz-Paul Decker

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24


One of the world's best Brahms interpreters is a native of Argentina: Bruno Leonardo Gelber was a child prodigy who gave his first recital at the age of five. In his mid-20's he performed Brahms's first piano concerto with elemental power and a great feeling for the music's poetic depth. His recording of the famous Handel Variations, with which Brahms paid tribute to the great Baroque master, is unsurpassed to this day.

“This Munich performance is epic and monumental, Olympian in stature. Gelber's technical command is awesome. Exquisite handling and voicing of chords, coupled with judicious use of pedal for tonal colour, all add up to a pretty impressive achievement. The whole reading is classical in approach, rather than what some would term romantic.” MusicWeb International, 11th April 2014

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Warner Classics Red Line - 2564635354

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Celibidache in St. Florian

Celibidache in St. Florian

A Film by Jan Schmidt-Garre


Bruckner:

Mass No. 3 in F minor


Sergiu Celibidache conducts Anton Bruckner’s Mass in F minor, which Bruckner called “the most difficult of all masses”. The film documents the work process from the first rehearsals with piano and choir to the eventual integration of choir, orchestra and soloists. The musical structure, initially created in Munich, is adapted to the acoustic requirements of St. Florian, and then performed in concert. Anton Bruckner was the organist at St. Florian as a young man and wrote many of his masterpieces here – he is buried underneath the organ.

“Sergiu Celibidache’s work on Bruckner’s Mass in F minor can indeed be regarded as a testament. However, it needed a highly sensible and musical video director like Jan Schmidt-Garre to capture this testament in an adequate fashion. Technical advances brought with them greater challenges for fi;ming teams, and an accomplishment like that of Schmidt-Garre stands quite alone, unfortunately.” Opernwelt

Bonus: Guest appearance of Sergiu Celibidache and the Munich Philharmonic in Moscow during a state visit, 1989

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 5 / NTSC

Audio Language: DE

Subtitle Languages: GB, FR, ES, JP

Running Time: 60 mins & 5 mins (bonus)

FSK: 0

“this is a conducting masterclass at a level of detail and insight that is rarely permitted today.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ****

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Arthaus Musik - 101678

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Symphony No. 7 in E Major


Christian Thielemann is widely regarded as the leading Brucknerian of our age, and his performances with the Munich Philharmonic, of which he has been music director since 2004, enjoy cult status all over the world.

PICTURE: 16:9

SOUND: PCM STEREO, DTS-HD MA 5.1

RUNNING TIME; 156 MINUTES

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This Blu-ray features performances of Bruckner´s two most popular works, the Symphonies No. 4 and No. 7, which he interprets as sublime cathedrals of late Romantic music, impressing his listeners in ways that few other conductors can do.

“Christian Thielemann is the most gifted German conductor." Financial Times

“There are some thrilling successes - the climaxes of both slow movements in particular” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ***

“Dynamic control is masterly, paragraphs are clearly marked, silences fully exploited, climaxes expertly tiered...Agnes Meth's video direction is excellent. As reportage it is superb, as a piece of visually conceived musical analysis the camerawork outscores even the finest programme essay” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“The overriding impression is of breadth. The movement timings show him to be towards the slower end of the spectrum...At the end of each work there are little nods of approval between the players. Thielemann certainly has them with him rather than against him - they watch him closely. I cannot praise their playing too highly. Incidentally, the violins are divided, giving lots of nice antiphonal affects.” MusicWeb International, 9th September 2013

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C Major - 712304

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

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


When Rudolf Kempe was principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic back in the 1970's, the culmination of his long career was the recording of the complete Beethoven symphonies – an edition marked by maturity and the highest artistic standards. These recordings are one of the highlights of the Red Line series, and with this CD featuring Symphonies nos. 2 & 4 the entire set has now been reissued.

“Big band performances maybe, but Rudolf Kempe finds lightness and pace in the Second Symphony” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“Kempe is a sheer joy from start to finish with great shaping of lines and wonderful playing and recording.” MusicWeb International, 10th June 2013

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93


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Sol Gabetta plays Shostakovich and Rachmaninov

Sol Gabetta plays Shostakovich and Rachmaninov


Rachmaninov:

Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Olga Kern (piano)

Shostakovich:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

Munchner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel


Sol Gabetta (cello)

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

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


EMI Red Line - 6365552

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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


Major documents from Rudolf Kempe's later years at the head of the Munich Philharmonic. Beethoven's Fifth, that masterpiece of emotional tension, and his Sixth, all vivid depiction of nature, are both readings of maturity and perfection.

EMI Red Line - 6023032

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


Urszula Koszut, Brigitte Fassbaender, Nicolai Gedda & Donald McIntyre

Münchner Motettenchor, Philharmonischer Chor & Münchner Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe

One of the great documents from conductor Rudolph Kempe's Munich period is this overwhelming version of Beethoven's Ninth with a set of hand-picked soloists, made in 1973, three years before Kempe's death. The pinnacle of a great conducting career with one of the most powerful works in the entire repertoire.

EMI Red Line - 6023022

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Barenboim plays Schumann & Tchaikovsky

Barenboim plays Schumann & Tchaikovsky


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Recorded live at Stadthalle Erlangen, 1991

Tchaikovsky:

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

Recorded live at the Gasteig, Munich, 1991


A new release of the series of Metropolitan Munich programs.

Today Daniel Barenboim is internationally recognized and revered as an orchestral and operatic conductor, pianist, and a musical ambassador and also as a humanitarian. Partnering him is the remarkable conductor Sergiu Celibidache. “He was one of the greatest musicians I ever encountered”, says Barenboim. Sergiu Celibidache has been called a musical giant, a magician, a brilliant lion-tamer and an enfant terrible of classical music. He was a legend in his own lifetime, mesmerizing orchestras audiences and critics with his intensity and brilliance.

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 is one of the most popular of his compositions and among the best known of all piano concerti. The Schumann concerto is no less influential with its influence heard in Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Both works show Barenboim at his consummate best.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 4:3

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Region code: 0

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Runnning time: 81 mins

“These 1991 performances exchange surface excitement for a poetic probing of the music's deeper undercurrents, with spellbinding results. A triumph.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 *****

“every bit as compelling as these starry names might suggest. Speeds are generally on the stately side, but the adrenalin count and musical intensity is on such a high setting that I can't imagine anyone even noticing.” International Record Review, June 2012

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EuroArts - 2066588

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