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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


Christian Thielemann has crafted a performance that places him among the bes tinterpreters of this work, such as Maazel, Furtwängler, Karajan, Klemperer...

The soloists C. Schäfer and C. Gerhaher rank among the best in their voice ranges.

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9

SUBTITLES: English, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 83 MINS

“it's a performance of great warmth, dignity and impressive power. Much of the visual interest is provided by the batonless Christian Thielemann, using his eyes and large, eloquent hands, almost literally shaping the music into a truly impressive edifice...[His] tempos are stately but never drag...and he has infused his performers with passion.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

“tempi are as expansive as you might expect, but Thielemann is too experienced a master of sustaining a line to let solemnity drag into torpor. He has at his disposal superbly drilled, well-modulated, semi-professional radio choirs...Most fascinating to me is Christine Schafer, who in voice and even appearance becomes a Karajan soprano of the late '60s/early '70s.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

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C Major - 719904

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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. 7 & 8

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93


EMI Red Line - 2322842

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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)

Sony - 88725435752

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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.

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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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R. Strauss: Lieder

R. Strauss: Lieder


Strauss, R:

Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden, Op. 68 No. 2

Waldseligkeit, Op. 49 No. 1

Das Bächlein, Op. 88 No. 1

Winterweihe, Op. 48 No. 4

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Amor, Op. 68 No. 5

Säusle, Liebe Myrte, Op. 68 No. 3

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1

Wiegenlied, Op. 41 No. 1

Meinem Kinde, Op. 37 No. 3

Muttertändelei, Op. 43 No. 2

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Heimkehr, Op. 15 No. 5

Als mir dein Lied erklang, Op. 68 No. 4

Des Dichters Abendgang, Op. 47 No. 2

An die Nacht, Op. 68 No. 1

Lied der Frauen, Op. 68


“This is a performance of transcendent art” proclaimed Opera News on hearing Diana Damrau’s interpretation of Strauss’ Zerbinetta on her last Virgin Classics album, ‘Coloraturas’. In this collection of Strauss songs, recorded in the composer’s hometown, she is joined by the Munich Philharmonic and Christian Thielemann, the leading German conductor of his generation.

Soprano Diana Damrau, described by The Sunday Times as “the most dazzling star to have emerged from Germany in recent years” was born in Bavaria. The region’s capital, Munich, was the birthplace of Richard Strauss, and in March 2009 a programme of the composer’s songs was presented at the city’s Gasteig Philharmonie, with Damrau accompanied by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under its Chief Conductor, Christian Thielemann.

“Strauss loved female voices,” says Damrau, “and he explores some extreme possibilities in these many-layered songs, each with its different point of view. Sensitivity to the words is vital to telling the story of each song, to capturing the rapid changes of mood and all the colours.”

Strauss’ operatic roles for lyric-coloratura soprano, notably Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Aithra (Die Aegyptische Helena) and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) have played an important role in Damrau’s career. As Opera News wrote when reviewing her last Virgin Classics album, ‘Coloraturas’: “Zerbinetta … is one of Damrau's calling cards, having served for her stupendous Met debut in 2005. ‘Grossmächtige Prinzessin’ provides every opportunity to dazzle the listener, with stratospheric high notes, staccatos, roulades and trills, as Zerbinetta cajoles, berates and mocks the gloomy Ariadne. Every note and word reveals Damrau's artistry, the result of constantly questioning and probing into the composer's intentions; while the soprano has a knack for concealing or highlighting technical difficulties at will, here just enough self-absorbed delight breaks to the surface that we are as captivated by Zerbinetta's own theatrical skills as by Damrau's vocal athleticism. Damrau/Zerbinetta even seems to be commanding the orchestra's responses to her whimsical, moody outbursts. This is a performance of transcendent art.”

On the new CD, favourites such as ‘Ständchen’, ‘Wiegenlied’, ‘Allerseelen’, ‘Cäcilie’ and ‘Zueignung’ feature alongside more rarely heard numbers, and six tracks recorded under studio conditions now complement the sixteen songs captured live.

“What wins this disc the five stars are the facts that Damrau, singing in her native German, is poised ideally between dreamy haze and Schwarzkopfian fussiness...her hallowed pianissimos allow the exquisite detail Thielemann draws from his Munich players to shine...the ineffable balance between voice and orchestra, subtly assisted by the engineering, is a treat throughout.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2011 *****

“These songs demand a variety of vocal weights and colours, and Damrau seems to have it all...Thielemann and the Munich Phil revel in the rich orchestral colours and can be as light as air when required...Damrau brings effortless technique, beautiful tone and unfailing musical instinct to these songs.” Classic FM Magazine, April 2011 *****

“When did a German coloratura soprano last handle Richard Strauss’s orchestral songs with such grace and aplomb?...Damrau’s artistry is a combination of vocal noblesse, emotional warmth and instinctive intelligence.” Financial Times, 19th February 2011 ****

“she is not merely a fair-weather soprano. Darker shades, more serious tones lie within her expressive scope than one might at first suppose...Familiar songs such as "Ständchen" gain new life with a smiling intimacy of approach in the first verse and an enriched suggestiveness as dusk falls in the third.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“Always there is delicacy and an absolute respect for the silky legato that Strauss demands from his soloist. Damrau finds drama in these songs too...the songs that demand diamond-bright coloratura, runs and trills to affright a Zerbinetta hold no terrors...Thielemann has a very special affinity with singers. He also coaxes some fine playing from the Munich orchestra.” International Record Review, January 2011

“her voice is not ideally voluptuous for Strauss, but she makes up for it by her exceptional musicality, investing every song with meaning, and her clarity of diction. The Munich Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann are splendid partners on a CD that must now be regarded as the best modern introduction to Strauss's songs” Mail on Sunday, 30th January 2011 ****

“She has a formidable technique and hits the high notes with pinpoint accuracy. Her dynamic range is equally impressive and in particular her quiet pianissimos allow Strauss’s wonderful orchestration to make telling contributions. She also has a richness and warmth to her tone which gives these songs the necessary sensual and emotional effect.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 17th January 2011

“Her singing is consistently accurate and expressive. I particularly liked her 'Traum durch die Dämmerung', which caught the atmosphere of a secret tryst perfectly...She joins the group of younger sopranos such as Angelika Kirchschlager and Anne Schwanewilms among the leading lyric Strauss singers of the day.” Sunday Telegraph, 30th January 2011 ****

“With a creamy-voiced soprano such as Renée Fleming, say, the results could be an excess of musical cholesterol, but Damrau’s diamantine timbre brings a welcome edge to the mix...She’s the leading Strauss soprano of the day, and her singing here shows exactly why.” Sunday Times, 30th January 2011 ****

“there are performances of such favourites as Morgen, Allerseelen and Wiegenlied, where her hovering, silvery soprano is heard to perfection...Not all the orchestrations are by Strauss: Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic really bring home just how marvellous his own instrumentation sounds when placed beside that of some of the other composers” The Guardian, 10th February 2011 ****

“This gloriously romantic collection of orchestral settings of Strauss’s songs... shows [Damrau] at her stunning best. Outstanding tracks include Amor, with its airy, witty coloratura, and a magically slow yet gloriously alive Wiegenlied. The accompaniments, as might be expected from Thielemann’s baton, are quite superb.” The Telegraph, 25th February 2011 *****

“Secure in technique, gifted in projecting drama and emotion, Damrau is a peach of a singer...The haunting music; the lyrical voice; the orchestra’s dappled array, with woodwinds curling like climbing roses and violins wafting with fragrant perfume: poesie indeed, in small doses.” The Times, 28th January 2011 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

17th January 2011

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Solo Vocal

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song Choice - February 2011

Virgin - 6286640

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Choral Concert: Regensburg Cathedral Choir - DITTERSDORF, C.D. von / LASSO, O. di / PALESTRINA, G.P. da / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SCHUBERT, F.

Choral Concert: Regensburg Cathedral Choir - DITTERSDORF, C.D. von / LASSO, O. di / PALESTRINA, G.P. da / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / SCHUBERT, F.


Eberhard Kraus (organ)

Regensburg Cathedral Choir, Munich Consortium Musicum, Munich Radio Orchestra, members, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, members, Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, members, Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, members, Georg Ratzinger

Ars musici - 232455

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Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1 & Cello Sonata

Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1 & Cello Sonata


Shostakovich:

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

live recording

Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

studio recording

Michaela Urzuladea (piano)


“The Second Concerto can seem an oddly diffuse work in lesser hands and it is to Sol Gabetta's credit that she offers a distinctive, introspective approach, daringly spacious at times, deliberately eschewing superficial excitement.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2009

RCA - 88697359612

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