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

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


Brahms:

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

Schumann:

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.

“Haitink’s enduring association with this music ensures that every gesture has a naturalness to it, drawing out an oboe line here, a clarinet phrase there. Temperamentally, Frank Peter Zimmermann is on exactly the same wavelength, finding a balance between heart and head…there’s so much colour from the orchestral players and so much variety of touch in Ax’s playing [in the Piano Concerto] that the result is constantly engaging” Gramophone Magazine, June 2017

“[Zimmermann’s] Brahms is not only an example of technical and musical mastery, but above that demonstrates an intelligent stylistic organisation with, here and there, subtle portamentos, a marvellously nuanced sound production and a radiant vibrato…it is the same with Emanuel Ax…[whose] performance is perfect unity between high mastery and powerful emotion” Diapason, May 2017 *****

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique - Vinyl Edition

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique - Vinyl Edition


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14


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.

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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

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


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Liszt:

Orpheus, symphonic poem No. 4, S98

Wagner:

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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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14


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.

“Gatti’s reading is poised and energetic, lucid and detailed. Its unconventional emphasis on scene-painting over sweeping gesture yields some fascinating results in the opening movements…the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s characteristic burnished sheen and the mellow restrained horns [is] spaciously captured by the SACD recording” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ***

“the string sound is silky, the brass glowing, the woodwind characterful” The Times, 16th September 2016

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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

Cortège

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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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 17-19 and 21 September 2014


In this recording of Sergei Prokofiev's masterful Fifth Symphony, Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra find themselves on familiar ground. Already in 1948 (four years after the world premiere) Eduard van Beinum introduced it to the orchestra. A long line of famous conductors followed, including André Previn, George Szell, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valery Gergiev. The fact that this music is part of Mariss Jansons' musical DNA, may explain the feeling of authenticity in this recording.

“Jansons treats the score with a deep, exalted sort of heroism that speaks beyond any immediate politics of the piece. We get beautiful playing from the great Dutch orchestra: lines unfolding graciously with that majestic Concertgebouw sound, which glowers and glows from the bottom up and in which Jansons takes plenty of time to wallow.” The Guardian, 21st April 2016 ****

“With a wonderful if rather too plush-sounding hall and a glorious orchestra, Jansons secures a soft-grained interpretation that should satisfy his admirers” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“This Jansons version is one of the finest I’ve encountered. His is a version that demonstrates the symphony’s stature. It’s a great shame that the playing time is so meagre but, for once, that’s a secondary issue: the quality of the performance, interpretation and recorded sound trump the issue of the playing time.” MusicWeb International, May 2016

“this is wonderful, sensuous, lush sound … Jansons has a great sensitivity to style.” CD Review, 9th July 2016

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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41

Stereo · Recorded In 1981-1984


Mozart:

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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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 19, 21 and 23 March 2014


Ever since the tenure of its chief conductor Eduard van Beinum (1945–59), the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has cherished one of the greatest Bruckner symphonic traditions in the world. With this release of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, Mariss Jansons and the Concertgebouw Orchestra add a new chapter to the RCO’s impressive performance and recording history of Bruckner’s works.

“magnificent.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

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Schubert: Symphony No. 8 & Rosamunde excerpts

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 & Rosamunde excerpts


Schubert:

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


With Gustav Mahler, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has a very special relationship. The composer conducted the orchestra no less than 12 times and found in Amsterdam an understanding audience. Mahler's Fourth Symphony was premiered in Amsterdam by the composer, who conducted it twice, once before and once after the interval, so that the audience could get to know the work better. With this release, Mariss Jansons and the Concertgebouw orchestra add an impressive new chapter to the RCO’s recorded history of Mahler Symphonies.

“it's the subtler aspects, the perfect matching of instrumental entries and the sensual seamlessness of it all, which remain in the memory” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

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