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Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 - Vinyl Edition

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 - Vinyl Edition


Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'


When Nikolaus Harnoncourt died in March 2016, the music world lost one of its most influential and charismatic conductors. Harnoncourt was a pioneer of historically informed performances and the repertoire is enriched for the approach it took to it. Deutsche Grammophon commemorates the first anniversary of his death in March 2017, presenting two of his legendary recordings again on vinyl.

Harnoncourt’s remarkable historically informed recordings with Gidon Kremer and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Celebrating Gidon Kremer’s 70th birthday on Feb 27, 2017.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien


Tchaikovsky:

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

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’ and the tone poem Romeo and Juliet – both recorded by Claudio Abbado in the early 1970s – as well as a rare recording of the Manfred Symphony by Yuri Ahronovitch and Ferdinand Leitner’s bright 1959 account of the Capriccio italien.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4 & Nutcracker Suite

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 4 & Nutcracker Suite


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes First, Second and Fourth Symphonies, the latter two with Abbado, and the First in Michael Tilson Thomas’s suave, fairy-lights recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ‘Michael Tilson Thomas’s way with it yields a performance of grace and elegance, and the orchestra follows his lead with verve and finesse’ wrote Michael Steinberg for the recording’s first CD reissue on Deutsche Grammophon’s venerated ‘Originals’ series.

“The New Philharmonia play with precision and polish … and on recording quality this DGG version […] is clearly the smoothest and most faithful” Gramophone Magazine, February 1970 (Symphony No. 2)

“The Boston orchestra plays the symphony most beautifully” Gramophone Magazine, June 1971 (Symphony No. 1)

“There is no doubt that Michael Tilson Thomas’s approach matches Tchaikovsky’s sub-title. The freshness of the opening […] is matched by the poetic feeling of the slow movement, the opening superbly atmospheric. As shaped by Thomas the main tune shows a haunting Russian melancholy which catches the music’s spirit to great effect” Penguin Guide, 1977 (Symphony No. 1)

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Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Beethoven: Violin Concerto


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Wiener Philharmoniker, George Szell

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Ignaz Friedman (piano)


Bronislaw Huberman (violin)

“You simply have to hear Huberman’s recording,” wrote Gramophone of this incandescent 1934 interpretation of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. At the age of 14 Huberman, born in Poland in 1882, had dazzled Brahms with his playing. The prodigy went on to become both a towering violinist and a committed humanitarian activist, rescuing musicians from Nazi Germany to form the future Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Completing this newly remastered Beethoven disc, Huberman is partnered in the Kreutzer Sonata by another legendary Polish-born musician, Ignaz Friedman.

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2017 New Year's Concert

2017 New Year's Concert


Lehár:

Wiener Frauen: Nechledil Marsch

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Mondchor ('O süßer Mond')

Wiener Sängerknaben

Strauss, E:

Mit Vergnügen! (With Pleasure), Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, I:

Indianer-Galopp (Indian Galop), Op. 111

Radetsky March, Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, II:

Es gibt nur a Kaiserstadt, 's gibt nur a Wien, Polka, Op. 291

Mephisto's Hollenrufe, Waltz, Op. 101

So ängstlich sind wir nicht! - Polka, Op. 413

Pepita-Polka, Op. 138

Rotunde-Quadrille, Op. 360

Die Extravaganten, Op. 205

Auf zum Tanze! Polka schnell, Op. 436

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346: Walzer nach Motiven der Operette

Tik-Tak Polka, Op. 365

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

encore

Strauss, Josef:

Winterlust, Op. 121

Die Nasswalderin, polka Op. 267

Suppe:

Pique Dame Overture

Waldteufel:

Les Patineurs - Valse, Op. 183

Ziehrer:

Hereinspaziert


As a brand name, the Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. In other words, the concert initially took place on the last day of the year. By 1941, however, it was being held on 1 January, when the Vienna Philharmonic established a tradition that continues to flourish to this day.

The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concerts reads like a veritable Who’s Who of great maestros: including Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Franz Welser-Möst.

It is not least thanks to this illustrious succession of great conductors that the Vienna New Year’s Concert remains unique, ushering in the New Year in a way that has often been imitated but never equaled. Its universal popularity is undoubtedly due to the direct – or deferred – live broadcast from the flower-filled Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The first broadcast went out on Eurovision in 1959, the first colour relay in 1967. Now the concert is shown in countries throughout almost the entire world.

It continues to be works by members of the Strauss family – Johann Strauss Father and Son as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss – that are central to this media event. Old favourites from their output are heard alongside others that have never been recorded or are only rarely heard; all of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert: the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.

Gustavo Dudamel's skillful conducting and dedication to music drew international attention while he was just in his twenties and continues to attract diverse audiences throughout the world.

Dudamel began violin lessons at the age of 10 in Venezuela's El Sistema music programme and then began studying conducting in 1995 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni. In 1999 he was named music director of the programe's Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, studying with El Sistema's founder, José Antonio Abreu. Just five years later, Dudamel won the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition, and became a highly sought-after orchestral and opera conductor, working with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 2007, he became music director of the Gothenburg Symphony, with which he remained until 2012. That same year, Dudamel was the first conductor under the age of 30 in many years to be appointed to a major orchestra when he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Dudamel's position with the LA Philharmonic was extended through its 100th anniversary season.

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2017 New Year's Concert

2017 New Year's Concert


Lehár:

Wiener Frauen: Nechledil Marsch

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Mondchor ('O süßer Mond')

Wiener Sängerknaben

Strauss, E:

Mit Vergnügen! (With Pleasure), Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, I:

Indianer-Galopp (Indian Galop), Op. 111

Radetsky March, Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, II:

Es gibt nur a Kaiserstadt, 's gibt nur a Wien, Polka, Op. 291

Mephisto's Hollenrufe, Waltz, Op. 101

So ängstlich sind wir nicht! - Polka, Op. 413

Pepita-Polka, Op. 138

Rotunde-Quadrille, Op. 360

Die Extravaganten, Op. 205

Auf zum Tanze! Polka schnell, Op. 436

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346: Walzer nach Motiven der Operette

Tik-Tak Polka, Op. 365

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

encore

Strauss, Josef:

Winterlust, Op. 121

Die Nasswalderin, polka Op. 267

Suppe:

Pique Dame Overture

Waldteufel:

Les Patineurs - Valse, Op. 183

Ziehrer:

Hereinspaziert


As a brand name, the Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. In other words, the concert initially took place on the last day of the year. By 1941, however, it was being held on 1 January, when the Vienna Philharmonic established a tradition that continues to flourish to this day.

The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concerts reads like a veritable Who’s Who of great maestros: including Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Franz Welser-Möst.

It is not least thanks to this illustrious succession of great conductors that the Vienna New Year’s Concert remains unique, ushering in the New Year in a way that has often been imitated but never equaled. Its universal popularity is undoubtedly due to the direct – or deferred – live broadcast from the flower-filled Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The first broadcast went out on Eurovision in 1959, the first colour relay in 1967. Now the concert is shown in countries throughout almost the entire world.

It continues to be works by members of the Strauss family – Johann Strauss Father and Son as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss – that are central to this media event. Old favourites from their output are heard alongside others that have never been recorded or are only rarely heard; all of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert: the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.

Gustavo Dudamel's skillful conducting and dedication to music drew international attention while he was just in his twenties and continues to attract diverse audiences throughout the world.

Dudamel began violin lessons at the age of 10 in Venezuela's El Sistema music programme and then began studying conducting in 1995 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni. In 1999 he was named music director of the programe's Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, studying with El Sistema's founder, José Antonio Abreu. Just five years later, Dudamel won the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition, and became a highly sought-after orchestral and opera conductor, working with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 2007, he became music director of the Gothenburg Symphony, with which he remained until 2012. That same year, Dudamel was the first conductor under the age of 30 in many years to be appointed to a major orchestra when he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Dudamel's position with the LA Philharmonic was extended through its 100th anniversary season.

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2017 New Year's Concert

2017 New Year's Concert


Lehár:

Wiener Frauen: Nechledil Marsch

Nicolai, C O:

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Mondchor ('O süßer Mond')

Wiener Sängerknaben

Strauss, E:

Mit Vergnügen! (With Pleasure), Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, I:

Indianer-Galopp (Indian Galop), Op. 111

Radetsky March, Op. 228

encore

Strauss, J, II:

Es gibt nur a Kaiserstadt, 's gibt nur a Wien, Polka, Op. 291

Mephisto's Hollenrufe, Waltz, Op. 101

So ängstlich sind wir nicht! - Polka, Op. 413

Pepita-Polka, Op. 138

Rotunde-Quadrille, Op. 360

Die Extravaganten, Op. 205

Auf zum Tanze! Polka schnell, Op. 436

Tausendundeine Nacht, Op. 346: Walzer nach Motiven der Operette

Tik-Tak Polka, Op. 365

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

encore

Strauss, Josef:

Winterlust, Op. 121

Die Nasswalderin, polka Op. 267

Suppe:

Pique Dame Overture

Waldteufel:

Les Patineurs - Valse, Op. 183

Ziehrer:

Hereinspaziert


As a brand name, the Vienna New Year’s Concert can trace back its origins to 31 December 1939. In other words, the concert initially took place on the last day of the year. By 1941, however, it was being held on 1 January, when the Vienna Philharmonic established a tradition that continues to flourish to this day.

The list of names of leading conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concerts reads like a veritable Who’s Who of great maestros: including Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Franz Welser-Möst.

It is not least thanks to this illustrious succession of great conductors that the Vienna New Year’s Concert remains unique, ushering in the New Year in a way that has often been imitated but never equaled. Its universal popularity is undoubtedly due to the direct – or deferred – live broadcast from the flower-filled Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The first broadcast went out on Eurovision in 1959, the first colour relay in 1967. Now the concert is shown in countries throughout almost the entire world.

It continues to be works by members of the Strauss family – Johann Strauss Father and Son as well as Eduard and Josef Strauss – that are central to this media event. Old favourites from their output are heard alongside others that have never been recorded or are only rarely heard; all of them programmed around two fixed points in the concert: the Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March.

Gustavo Dudamel's skillful conducting and dedication to music drew international attention while he was just in his twenties and continues to attract diverse audiences throughout the world.

Dudamel began violin lessons at the age of 10 in Venezuela's El Sistema music programme and then began studying conducting in 1995 with Rodolfo Saglimbeni. In 1999 he was named music director of the programe's Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, studying with El Sistema's founder, José Antonio Abreu. Just five years later, Dudamel won the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition, and became a highly sought-after orchestral and opera conductor, working with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 2007, he became music director of the Gothenburg Symphony, with which he remained until 2012. That same year, Dudamel was the first conductor under the age of 30 in many years to be appointed to a major orchestra when he was named music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Dudamel's position with the LA Philharmonic was extended through its 100th anniversary season.

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Tchaikovsky:

Waltz from Swan Lake


Celebrating ten years as an exclusive recording artist on Deutsche Grammophon, Gustavo Dudamel's career has evolved from Venezuelan Wunderkind to one of the world's most distinguished and sought-after Maestros.

His upcoming recording, made in company with the Wiener Philharmoniker at Vienna’s Musikverein in April 2016, is an all-Russian album – it couples two works by Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, in Ravel’s magnificent orchestration, and A Night on Bald Mountain, with the famous Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Viennese waltz kings and Dudamel gives this perennial ballet highlight a fresh, vibrant new reading - a perfect introduction to the festive season.

Pictures at an Exhibition is one of music's most transcribed, arranged and covered pieces, a musical touchstone, inspiration to many artists and cited in popular culture on television, in film, and in video games. The brief, episodic structure of these works makes them ideally-suited for streaming and digital campaigns.

While making the album, Dudamel and members of the orchestra participated in workshops alongside young people involved in the El Sistema-inspired Superar programme. Founded in 2009 and named for the Spanish word for “overcome”, it is based in Vienna’s diverse 10th District and offers free music lessons to children. For the “Pictures Project” Mussorgsky’s work prompted a group of young people from Superar to take their instruments onto the streets, share their music-making with the local community and document the results on camera.

Images from their musical “Pictures”, selected by the highly respected Vienna-based photographer Claudia Prieler, were exhibited as part of the press event in Salzburg last week, where Gustavo Dudamel, members of the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and children from Superar met at Salzburg’s historic Hotel Sacher to launch the album.

“Dudamel conjures up an equally fine performance of this orchestral showpiece from the Vienna Philharmonic…this performance seems more measured, taking full account of the Vienna Philharmonic’s rich wind and brass timbres, captured here with splendid immediacy in the Musikverein” BBC Music Magazine, March 2017 ****

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos


Brahms:

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

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


This recording unites pianist Rudolf Buchbinder with his friend and conductor Zubin Mehta with whom he has built an intimate musical rapport. They are joined on this album by the Wiener Philharmoniker, an orchestra with which Buchbinder has appeared over many decades and enjoyed some of the greatest triumphs of his career.

Approaching his 70th birthday, Buchbinder once more revisits the concertos as a result of his increasing awareness of Brahms’ music.

“With Brahms, most people are struck only by the idea that his music is incredibly difficult and complex. But sometimes it requires a whole lifetime to become intimate with Brahms’ sound world and achieve the maturity that gives you a new freedom as a performer.” (Rudolf Buchbinder).

“There are few pianists who can command these pieces technically as completely as he does” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“There's always something heroic about Rudolf Buchbinder's exploits...He never takes the easy route when an option exists to duck a score's extreme technical demands, and his readings are unfailingly persuasive...Buchbinder's virtuosity is supremely relaxed, with no playing to the gallery. When Brahms calls for lyricism, he provides it with a wonderfully unforced sincerity.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 *****

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Nikolaus Harnoncourt will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most influential musicians of our time, and his importance cannot possibly be summed up in a few words. His death early this year, and his absence from the world of music in years to come, have effects that cannot yet be properly assessed or even contemplated. All those who knew Harnoncourt well and valued his work know how he was driven by the passion for doing things differently and starting again from the beginning, and the “intermediate stage” of a rare collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic in Beethoven is thus of the very greatest interest.

“The Seventh leaves a [strong] impression. HArnoncourt ferrets out a Schubertian ostinato from the inner strings at the climax of the exposition…[there is] an Allegretto of ever-deepening pathos, not a whit less gripping than Furtwängler, rhythmically much steadier than Rattle…the tension is never fully dispelled by the expulsion of energy in the Scherzo and finale…applause is retained, and deservedly so” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“Harnoncourt with the Vienna Phil pulls his punches in 1 but shows great suppleness and contrast in 7” MusicWeb International, 16th February 2017

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