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Nielsen: Flute & Clarinet Concertos

Nielsen: Flute & Clarinet Concertos


Nielsen:

Flute Concerto, FS119

Samuel Coles (flute)

Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 (FS129)

Mark Van de Wiel (clarinet)

Aladdin Suite, Op. 34


The Philharmonia Orchestra and Paavo Järvi perform two of Nielsen's characteristically fiery concertos, orchestral principals Samuel Coles (flute) and Mark van de Wiel (clarinet) stepping up as the intrepid soloists.

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Signum Philharmonia Orchestra - SIGCD477

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Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre

Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre


Hungarian-born composer György Ligeti is one of the late 20th-Century’s most influential creative figures. This recording was made under the composer’s supervision & captures the live performance of the opera ‘Le Grand Macabre’ at Paris’ Theatre du Chatelet. Esa-Pekka Salonen, known for his brilliant interpretations of contemporary music, conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta Voices & soloists. This recording comes with full libretto. World-premiere recording of the 1997 version. Based on the theatre piece ‘La Balade du Grand Macabre’ by Michel de Ghelderode, Ligeti’s ‘Le Grand Macabre’ is a surreal, darkly whimsical vision of a modern world – much of the action is set in a place called Breughelland – that is approaching apocalypse. The libretto is by the composer & Michael Meschke (the great puppet theatre expert). The opera had its world premiere in Stockholm in 1978, but Ligeti made a number of revisions to the score over the next two decades. A final revised version had its premiere at the 1997 Salzburg Festival, in a production staged by Peter Sellars, which was later presented at the Theatre du Chatelet in February 1998, when this recording was made.

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Sony - S2K62312

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Vladimir Ashkenazy recorded three of the Beethoven symphonies for Decca and this coupling of two of the most popular date from the early 1980s. They are grand and expressive readings, at once thrilling and visionary.

“the slow movement […] has that feeling of spontaneous live performance which has marked most of Ashkenazy’s conducting on record … The recording […] is wide-ranging in the spread of stereo and warmly atmospheric” Gramophone Magazine (Symphony No. 5)

“a warmly spontaneous, generally direct reading taken at sensible unexaggerated speeds […] there are few modern Beethoven recordings so satisfying or more alive than this with sound – recorded in Kingsway Hall – which sets new standards against any rival version, full and spacious yet warmly co-ordinated” Gramophone Magazine, November 1984 (Symphony No. 7)

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Australian Eloquence - ELQ4824951

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K620

1964 Recording


Nicolai Gedda (Tamino), Gundula Janowitz (Pamina), Walter Berry (Papageno), Lucia Popp (Königin der Nacht), Gottlob Frick (Sarastro), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Marga Höffgen (Drei Damen), Ruth-Margret Pütz (Papagena), Gerhard Unger (Monostatos), Karl Liebl, Franz Crass (Zwei Geharnischten), Agnes Giebel, Anna Reynolds & Josephine Veasey (Drei Knaben)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Otto Klemperer

2 CD Hardback, cloth-bound book + dust jacket

Otto Klemperer brings his customary nobility of conception to Die Zauberflöte, with its symbolic drama, and is joined by an exceptional cast. Gundula Janowitz sings Pamina with sublime beauty and the young Lucia Popp is brilliant as the Queen of the Night, the role that first made her reputation.

Newly remastered from the original tapes

Full libretto: DE with translations in EN, FR

Warner Classics Deluxe Opera Series - 2564699436

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Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata

1980 Recording


Renata Scotto (Violetta Valéry), Sarah Walker (Flora Bervoix), Cynthia Buchan (Annina), Alfredo Kraus (Alfredo Germont), Renato Bruson (Giorgio Germont), Suso Mariategui (Gastone), Henry Newman (Barone Douphol), Richard Van Allan (Marchese d’Obigny), Roderick Kennedy (Dottore Grenvil), Max-René Cosotti (Giuseppe) & Christopher Keyte (Commissionario)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Band of the Royal Marines, Riccardo Muti

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Riccardo Muti and Renata Scotto collaborated frequently, both in the recording studio and the opera house. Muti, a supreme Verdian, brings dramatic urgency and delicate lyricism to the score of La traviata while Scotto interprets Violetta with a wealth of perception and artistry.

Original digital recording

Full libretto: IT with translations in EN, DE, FR

Warner Classics Deluxe Opera Series - 2564648318

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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4

Herbert von Karajan plays Sibelius in London


Sibelius:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

Kingsway Hall March 1960

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

Kingsway Hall July 1953


Two classic recordings by Karajan while he was in London as the guest of Walter Legge, founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra. The two symphonies form a lavish but unusual combination – Symphony N° 2, the most popular of the seven created the composer of 'Valse Triste', and his curious Symphony N° 4, a violent, arid, anti-Malherian dissertation infused with doubt and melancholy. Two paradoxical masterworks.

“Poise and verve…are wonderfully present here in the second Symphony, while the Fourth’s interpretation has true immensity. Superlative playing.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 *****

Praga Digitals - PRD250354

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Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

& other works


Bartók:

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (suite)

Philharmonia Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111

Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay (violin), Mark Van de Wiel (clarinet) & Yefim Bronfman (piano)


Recorded as part of their critically praised ‘Infernal Dance’ season, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen explores three contrasting works by Béla Bartók—Dance Suite, The Miraculous Mandarin, and the chamber piece Contrasts.

“There’s an energy and freedom which takes the work away from its sometimes strait-jacketed perfromances.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016

“the Philharmonia’s playing vibrant with nightmare scenarios – not least the stabbed, refusing-to-die Mandarin, and the whole is a compelling theatrical experience and a musically striking one.” classicalsource.com, September 2016

“Superb clarinet playing from the Philharmonia soloists, as in the two subsequent games, where the tension mounts (screaming woodwinds really tell) and Salonen marks the mandarin’s arrival with gutsy accents and powerful brass…[he] keeps this highly graphic and emotionally potent music on the move…this performance is more compelling than most. It generates a genuine sense of theatre” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2016

“a performance bristling with energy, colour and, entirely appropriately, lust.” Record Review, September 2016

“Salonen and the Philharmonia relish the rhythmic barbarity, which rivals that of The Rite of Spring — the strings digging deep in the furious allegro. Salonen is in his element in Bartok’s hardcore modernism, but the more accessible Dance Suite is superbly played, too.” Sunday Times, 4th September 2016

“the now-or-never concert adrenaline is palpable. There’s unflinching attack in the savage pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin, deadpan wit in the gentler Dance Suite, and it’s all delivered with that unnervingly meticulous, steely focus that conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen gets from the Philharmonia.” The Guardian, 11th August 2016 ****

Signum Philharmonia Orchestra - SIGCD466

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Strauss, R: Capriccio

Strauss, R: Capriccio


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Countess), Eberhard Wächter (Count), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Olivier), Nicolai Gedda (Flamand), Hans Hotter (La Roche), Christa Ludwig (Clairon), Rudolf Christ (Taupe), Anna Moffo (Italian Soprano), Dermot Troy (Ein italienischer Tenor), Karl Schmitt-Walter (Haushofmeister)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch

Few singers have fused words and music as eloquently as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and few sopranos have proved more radiant in Strauss. All this makes her the ideal protagonist in the composer’s final opera, his ingenious and engaging ‘conversation piece’ on artistic themes. Schwarzkopf is joined by a cast of superlative stature and style and by a conductor intimately identified with the works of Strauss, Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Warner Classics - The Home of Opera - 2564648319

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Verdi: Nabucco

Verdi: Nabucco


Matteo Manuguerra (Nabucco), Renata Scotto (Abigaille), Veriano Luchetti (Ismaele), Robert Lloyd (Gran Sacerdote), Elena Obraztsova (Fenena), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Zaccaria), Kenneth Edwards (Abdallo), Anne Collins (Anna)

Ambrosian Opera Chorus & Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti

Verdi holds a special place in Riccardo Muti’s heart. Here he conducts the explosive opera whose nostalgic chorus, ‘Va, pensiero’, turned the composer into a hero of the Risorgimento, the movement for the unification of Italy. In the title role of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, Matteo Manuguerra is a baritone in the great tradition, while Renato Scotto brings both formidable temperament and bel canto delicacy to Abigaille.

Warner Classics - The Home of Opera - 2564648317

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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Stereo · Recorded In 1960


Otto Klemperer was very much a man of the theatre. “Here, opera and drama were truly united,” he said of his time at Berlin’s Kroll Theatre, a progressive and influential force in the heady years of the Weimar Republic. He was also a man with a sharp sense of humour: this performance of Mendelssohn’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream both glows with enchantment and sparkles with wit.

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Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564640326

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