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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Violin Concerto & Schumann: Piano Quartet

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Violin Concerto & Schumann: Piano Quartet


Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

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

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink


Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

Emanuel Ax (piano)

RCO Chamber Soloists

Bernard Haitink was the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's chief conductor from 1961-88, and was named honorary conductor in 1999.

This album features his 2010 live Johannes Brahms recordings with Emanuel Ax (Piano Concerto No. 1) and Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin Concerto). A brand new studio recording of Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet with Emanuel Ax and RCO principals Vesko Eschkenazy, Henk Rubingh and Gregor Horsch is offered as a makeweight.

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RCO Live - RCO17001

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Shostakovich: The Jazz Album - Vinyl Edition

Shostakovich: The Jazz Album - Vinyl Edition


Jazz Suite No. 1

Jazz Suite No. 2

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Ronald Brautigam (piano) & Peter Masseurs (trumpet)


Tahiti Trot

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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 31 March and 1 & 3 April 2016


Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14


Orpheus, symphonic poem No. 4, S98


Tannhäuser: Overture (Dresden version)

With the release of this live recording of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, RCO Live celebrates the start of its collaboration with Daniele Gatti as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's seventh chief conductor on 9 September 2016. His unconventional take on this spectacular score evokes the astonishment audiences must have experienced at the time of the 1830 premiere. It is exactly this sense of surprise and freshness – founded on a thorough knowledge of the score – and the sheer joy of making music together that prompted the members of the RCO to choose Daniele Gatti as their new chief conductor.

The Bluray and DVD formats include Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture (Dresden version, 1845) and Franz Liszt's 'Orpheus' (1854).

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Colin Matthews: Violin Concerto

Colin Matthews: Violin Concerto

Matthews, C:

Violin Concerto

Recorded live by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Proms

Leila Josefowicz (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Cello Concerto No. 2

Anssi Karttunen (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba

To celebrate Colin Matthews' 70th birthday we release this new album featuring a star-studded line-up of artists, including conductors Riccardo Chailly, Oliver Knussen, Rumon Gamba, and soloists Leila Josefowicz (violin) and Anssi Karttunen (cello).

Over four decades Colin's output of over 130 works has ranged from solo piano music through five string quartets and many ensemble and orchestral works. This album showcases three of his large-scale orchestral pieces; the dark, Mahlerian Cortège (1988) being the earliest work recorded here. Matthews’ Violin Concerto (2009) was composed for Leila Josefowicz and Colin says it “emerged naturally from her musical personality, style and technique”. Matthews’ Cello Concerto No.2 (1996) was composed for Mstislav Rostropovich, who gave its first performance with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican, London, on 17 September 1996.

Three great works, then, to celebrate the three score and ten of a remarkable musical polymath.

“[Cortège's] dark, drum-beating, funereal character has, paradoxically perhaps, a more direct appeal than the Violin Concerto (2009), given by the brilliant Leila Josefowicz...The large-scale Cello Concerto No 2 (1996), written for Rostropovich, finds a fine exponent in Anssi Karttunen” Sunday Times, 29th May 2016

“[Leila Josefowicz has] unlocked a sensuous outpouring from Matthews, a concerto of lithe purpose and natural flow…the fearless Josefowicz brings her unique improvisatory energy, finding exuberant equals in Oliver Knussen and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016 ****

“Josefowicz, for whom Matthews tailored [the Concerto], soars high above the orchestra as if on a thermal...[Cortège is] sombre but driven – monumental, yes, but one somehow feels inside the monument rather than gazing on it.” The Guardian, 23rd June 2016 ****

“Josefowicz is superb – radiant and pointed – in the concerto written for her. Cortège is colossal; and Karttunen dexterously finds his way through the Second Cello Concerto.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

“the Violin Concerto (2009) and the Cello Concerto No.2 (1996) - inhabit a world half way between Berg and Britten, where nervy, restless detail in the background gives way to a core of expressive lyricism.” Financial Times

“Lyrically rewarding and memorably orchestrated with the textures constantly shifting.” CD Review

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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41

Stereo · Recorded In 1981-1984


Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

As both a dynamic pioneer of historically informed performance and a musician steeped in the Viennese symphonic tradition, Nikolaus Harnoncourt – conducting the magnificent Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – provides illuminating interpretations of Mozart’s last four symphonies. As he said in a BBC interview in 2012: “The music of Mozart … is always up to date, never old music.”

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Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564640071

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Schubert: Symphony No. 8 & Rosamunde excerpts

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 & Rosamunde excerpts


Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Rosamunde: excerpts

Wiener Philharmoniker

The name of Pierre Monteux inevitably brings Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps to mind; he conducted the notorious first performance in Paris in 1913, which degenerated into a brawl broken up by the police. This historic event has slightly overshadowed other Ballets Russes commissions, such as Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and Debussy’s Jeux, which were first performed under this French conductor, who was born in Paris in 1875 and died as an American citizen in 1964. Record enthusiasts with long memories will recall various works by these two composers recorded by Monteux, particularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom, when well into his eighties, he had recently signed a renewable 25-year contract!

But to categorise Monteux as a specialist in French music would be unfair. It was a label he himself derided, for his repertory encompassed the central German/Austrian nineteenth-century repertoire and also recorded – with the Vienna Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra – a highly sought-after cycle of the Beethoven symphonies.

His interpretation of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ (recorded in 1963 for Philips) is very romantically-centred, the extremely leisurely tempi for the two movements creating something of a timeless quality. Three excerpts from Rosamunde were recorded six years earlier for Decca.

“beautiful performances […] the playing [of the Vienna Philharmonic] is distinguished by the lovely string tone and the sensitive woodwind playing” Gramophone Magazine, March 1973 (Rosamunde)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 1982

Bernard Haitink is one of the most sought-after Mahler conductors of our day. In this concert of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, recorded live at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, he conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The American Maria Ewing fascinates with her interpreation of the soprano solo featured in the work’s finale.

Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956.

Beginning in 1963, Haitink was chief conductor for 25 years, during which time the orchestra developed significantly. Particularly Haitink’s interpretations of Mahler and Bruckner made a worldwide impression. The Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1988, the orchestra officially received the appellation ‘Royal’.

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Arthaus Musik - 109108

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Britten: Orchestral Works

Britten: Orchestral Works


The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Recorded in 1955

Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, Op. 33

Recorded in 1958

Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Benjamin Britten

Simple Symphony, Op. 4

Recorded in 1959

I Musici, Recorded in 1959

Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20

Recorded in 1957

Danish State Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Vintage performances of four of Britten’s most popular scores.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 & Tone Poems

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 & Tone Poems


Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Marche slave, Op. 31

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Between January and December 1951 Dutch conductor Paul van Kempen recorded a series of major Tchaikovsky works with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The performances are at once fiery and incandescent – a kind of meaningful sound and fury – and have long been out of the catalogue. But even when they were issued they divided critical opinion, some seeing the recordings as revelatory, others as hysterical. Van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky recordings are clearly those of a man who was not only a spiritual descendent of the Great Romantic conductors of the past, but was also a fiery, audacious and temperamental musician with a number of deeply personal things to say. Born in 1893, Van Kempen joined the first-violin section of the Concertgebouw when he was 17. In 1934 , he was appointed conductor of the ailing Dresden Philharmonic, whose fortunes he guided during the next eight years. During his tenure, Van Kempen transformed the orchestra into one of the best in Germany, earning special praise for his precise yet sweeping interpretations of the major choral and orchestral scores of German Romanticism. His recordings of the fifth and sixth symphonies of Tchaikovsky have long been prized among collectors. Here then are all of Van Kempen’s Tchaikovsky performances with the Concertgebouw collected on a 2CD set. As James Svejda points out in his illuminating notes, ‘Compared to the often bland and faceless time-beating that passes for Tchaikovsky ‘interpretations’ today, the Van Kempen recordings are a souvenir of a long-vanished era when conductors were men, not anonymous ciphers, a time when the composer and his major interpreters could all be unabashed, unashamed Romantics.’ Clearly, this isn’t Tchaikovsky for the faint-hearted!

Recordings: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January 1951 (1812 Overture), May 1951 (Symphony No. 6, Marche slave), July 1951 (Romeo and Juliet), December 1951 (Symphony No. 5, Capriccio italien)

“Van Kempen delivers hyper-Romantic, viscerally exciting Tchaikovsky in the manner of his Dutch mentor, Willem Mengelberg.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

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Decca Virtuoso - 4785690



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