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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The first releases from the Munich Philharmonic’s own recording label feature sensational performances of works by two composers with whom the orchestra is closely associated: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

The recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony was made during the opening concerts of Valery Gergiev’s first season as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic. Since first coming to prominence after winning the Karajan Conducting Competition at the age of 24, Gergiev has established himself as one of the world’s great conductors and communicators on the value and role of music in today’s society.

The Munich Philharmonic had an especially close relationship with Gustav Mahler and has long been associated with his music. Mahler conducted the Munich Philharmonic at the world premieres of his very own Fourth and Eighth Symphonies as well as Das Lied von der Erde.

Although he rarely offered direct insight into any specific meaning behind his music, Mahler’s symphonies are characterised by the sense of a composer openly expressing his emotions regarding the great struggle of “life”. His epic second symphony, often referred to as The Resurrection Symphony, culminates in a spectacular final movement, complete with chorus, as the music passes though darkness to a place of redemption and elation.

For this astonishing recording, Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are joined by soprano Anne Schwanewilms and mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, as well as the magnificent Munich Philharmonic Choir.

Valery Gergiev has held many of the top roles in the world of classical music and is one of the most influential conductors of our time. He is General and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where is has lead a renaissance of this historic institution, firmly re-establishing it as one of the world’s leading opera and ballet companies. From 2006 to 2015 he was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also enjoyed positions and close relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Pacific Music Festival and World Orchestra for Peace, whose founder Sir Georg Solti nominated him as his successor as Music Director. However, Gergiev’s role with the Munich Philharmonic is his first position with a German orchestra.

Gergiev has a peerless reputation in Russian and French repertoire. He has received acclaim around the world, and recordings with Philips, LSO Live and Mariinsky have won countless awards, especially in the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Berlioz and Debussy. However, over recent decades he has become widely regarded as one of the greatest and most exciting conductors of German repertoire in the world today, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.

“It reminds me a little of Karajan at his paradoxical best/worst: magnificently convincing in its artistic overview, rather less persuasive when it comes to what Henry James called the ‘sharpness of human contact’” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


The first releases from the Munich Philharmonic’s own recording label feature sensational performances of works by two composers with whom the orchestra is synonymous: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic share an exceptionally close association with the music of Anton Bruckner. The orchestra has made more recordings of Bruckner than any other composer and more recordings of his fourth symphony than any other symphony.

The Fourth Symphony is the only one of his symphonies to which Anton Bruckner assigned a title. By the use of the term Romantic, he was a referring to a medieval world, similar to the settings of many of Wagner’s operas and depicting nature, forests, and birdsong with chivalrous knights on horseback.

The symphony was recorded during performances marking the inauguration of Valery Gergiev as the orchestra’s new Music Director. Since first coming to prominence after winning the Karajan Conducting Competition at the age of 24, Gergiev has established himself as one of the world’s great conductors and communicators on the value and role of music in today’s society.

Valery Gergiev has held many of the top roles in the world of classical music and is one of the most influential conductors of our time. He is General and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where is has lead a renaissance of this historic institution, firmly re-establishing it as one of the world’s leading opera and ballet companies. From 2006 to 2015 he was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also enjoyed positions and close relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Pacific Music Festival and World Orchestra for Peace, whose founder Sir Georg Solti nominated him as his successor as Music Director. However, Gergiev’s role with the Munich Philharmonic is his first position with a German orchestra.

Gergiev has a peerless reputation in Russian and French repertoire. He has received acclaim around the world, and recordings with Philips, LSO Live and Mariinsky have won countless awards, especially in the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Berlioz and Debussy. However, over recent decades he has become widely regarded as one of the greatest and most exciting conductors of German repertoire in the world today, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.

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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11


For the first time on CD, this rare recording of Chopin’s piano concerto is one of Grigory Sokolov’s only productions in a concerto role, accompanied by an orchestra. This original Eurodisc session recording with Münchner Philharmoniker has been newly remastered from the original tapes. Grigory Sokolov is regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists, dedicated to his art, and adored by his audience in sold-out concerts. Few pianists of recent years have become quite such a legend in their own lifetime. Sokolov created a huge worldwide fanbase solely by playing concerts, as he refused do studio recordings. The only recordings available are live recording of concerts. Recording: Bürgerbräu Munich November 1977. Production: Oskar Waldeck, Hans Richard Stracke. Recording Engineer: Horst Lindner. Remastering: Yukio Takahashi

“No comparisons. An extraordinary document, with Solokov’s integrity and humanity illuminating every bar” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

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Friedrich Gulda: Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra

Friedrich Gulda: Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra

Concerts from the Münchner Klaviersommer 1988


Gulda:

Concerto for cello and windband

Concerto for Myself


For Friedrich Gulda pianists who didn’t also compose were not to be considered real musicians. It is no wonder therefore that he, as an exceptional pianist, is able to delight his audience with two of his own compositions at the Münchner Klaviersommer 1988. Presented here are the world premiere of Gulda’s Concerto for Myself as well as his Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra, which was tailor-made for the famous cellist Heinrich Schiff.

Gulda, born 1930 in Vienna, is regarded as one of the cross-over pioneers of his time – after a breathtaking classical career he turned towards Jazz, and later even to electronic music. His compositions as well as his live performances are legendary – they are the refreshing credentials of an unconventional genius. Gulda fans will be thrilled with this release!

“His nonconformity and his classical piano-playing, which is clear and far from any kind of false romanticism, belong inseparably together.” Der Spiegel

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 26

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 26

Live Recording from The Münchner Klaviersommer 1986


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'


This first release of a concert featuring 56-year-old Friedrich Gulda and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra at the Münchner Klaviersommer 1986 is truly legendary. Gulda plays and simultaneously conducts Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 26 like no one ever had before.

The charismatic and exceptional pianist Gulda turned to “Mr. Mozart”, as he was accustomed to calling the Austrian composer with Viennese reverence, quite late in his career, only to dedicate himself to Mozart with heart and soul and study his music right up to the end of his life. In this dedication he was cautious to avoid any kind of sentiment, anything phony or simple sing-song.

Friedrich Gulda and the Munich Philharmonic delight the audience with passion, musical perfection and Mozart sounding fascinatingly new.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 69 mins

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“Gulda directs from the keyboard with dynamism. His improvisatory instincts can be savoured in full flow as he fills out those little corners that Mozart's scores only hint at.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

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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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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'


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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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Strauss, R: Elektra

Strauss, R: Elektra

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden 29 Jan, 1 & 4 Feb 2010


Linda Watson (Elektra), Jane Henschel (Klytämnestra), Manuela Uhl (Chrysothemis), René Kollo (Aegisth), Albert Dohmen (Orest), Andreas Hörl (Orest’s tutor), Jörg Schneider (A young servant), Carsten Sabrowski (An old servant) & Irmgard Vilsmaier (An overseer)

Vienna Philharmonic Choir & Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Herbert Wernicke (stage director)

Conducted by Christian Thielemann, this performance was the sensation of the 2010 Baden-Baden Festival. A one-act masterpiece inspired by Greek mythology, it is a dense, jagged cry for justice and vengeance. With its powerfully expressive chords, spooky waltz rhythms and mad dance of triumph, it shakes the audience to the core. Herbert Wernicke’s legendary production for the Bayerische Staatsoper stands out for its clear lines, classical structural elements and striking colour contrasts. Linda Watson, one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of today, superbly masters her role debut as Elektra, one of opera’s most demanding roles.

Extra features: Cast gallery

Running time 1 hour 40 mins Region code All regions

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES

“Perhaps taking its cue from Electra's repeated cry of 'Allein!' ('Alone!') the production presents all its characters as both alone and alienated from one another...Possibly in reaction to the statuesque starkness of the staging, Thielemann seems to want to tone down the score's mythic violence and tease out its moments of human (essentially womanly) warmth.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ***

“Watson has physical stature, an expressive face...the necessary intelligence and a suitable instrument, which is saying a great deal in this most formidable of roles...[Henschel] makes a capital Klytämnestra, lavishing lovelier tone on the role than it usually receives...Never do Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic overwhelm the singers: they make chamber music, in effect, with no bombast whatever” International Record Review, March 2011

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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

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