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Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 4

Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 4


Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Don Juan, Op. 20


Richard Strauss spent nearly a decade and a half on An Alpine Symphony. The premiere of Don Juan in Weimar, on November 11th, 1898, was a huge success. It established the reputation of the 24-year-old Strauss as the most important composer since Richard Wagner. Francois–Xavier Roth is one of the most charismatic and enterprising conductors of his generation. In September 2011 he took on the role of Principal Conductor of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg with his debut at the Donaueschinger Musiktage.

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Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 5

Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 5


Strauss, R:

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53

Metamorphosen


This is the fifth and final installment of the Strauss Complete Tone Poems Cycle performed by the Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg under their chief conductor François-Xavier Roth.

The other volumes in this cycle have been positively reviewed all over the world.

The orchestra and conductor are a perfect match for Richard Strauss' lively and ecstatic music.

Conductor François-Xavier Roth enjoys a worldwide reputation.

“The woodwind-playing is brilliantly characterful and vivid; the strings, more silky than velvety, are no less alive and responsive, and Roth coaxes some exquisitely tender phrasing from them...Above all, though the pictorial details are never short-changed, Roth manages to make this sometimes intractable score make such clear and obvious symphonic sense...Highly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“Strauss series brings forth distinctive accounts of two important works…this particular F-X disc is rather special.” MusicWeb International, May 2017

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2017

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Beethoven & Brahms: Violin Concertos

Beethoven & Brahms: Violin Concertos


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Hans Rosbaud

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise, Roger Desormiere


Ginette Neveu (violin)

In the light of her untimely death, Ginette Neveu’s artistic achievements are legendary; she is remembered both for her outstanding personality and her prodigious talent. She was the world’s first great female violinist, adored everywhere and critically acclaimed for her virile playing that combined irresistible force, passion, intensity, lyricism, sonority and precision.

After her sensational triumph at the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Warsaw in 1935, her fame spread quickly across Europe, followed by subsequent appearances and accompanying accolades in the Soviet Union, the USA, Canada, Latin America and Australia.

On 20 October 1949 she performed at a farewell concert in Paris, shortly before the start of her tour in the USA. Eight days later, the plane she was flying on with her brother and 46 other people crashed into a mountain on São Miguel Island in the Azores, after two failed attempted landings.

The live recording of the Brahms Concerto in Baden-Baden on 25 April 1948 is pure “French Brahms”, but subsumed into Ginette Neveu’s style of combining powerfully fertile ideas with a dreamy spirituality.

The Beethoven Concerto was recorded in Baden-Baden on 25 September 1949 with the Symphony Orchestra of the Southwest German Radio (SWR) under the direction of Hans Rosbaud, just a month before Neveu's untimely death. Few violinists have succeeded in equalling her pure, unsentimental but touchingly unique interpretation of the work.

“A spellbinding association between a great violinist and her two perceptive conducting colleagues.” MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2016

“It’s not only Neveu’s death at the age of 30, in a plane crash, that has given her a magical aura: it’s her matchless playing, the intensity, the purity, the rhythmic vitality, the sheer genius of it. She remains unique.” Sunday Times, 13th November 2016

“The matchless French violinist, dead at 30, lives again in these 1949 recordings.” The Times, December 2016

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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto Italiano & Violin Concerto No. 2

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto Italiano & Violin Concerto No. 2


Castelnuovo-Tedesco:

Concerto Italiano

World Première Recording

Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The Prophets’


Tianwa Yang (violin)

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden und Freiburg, Pieter-Jelle de Boer

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco considered the 1924 Concerto Italiano to be his first truly symphonic venture. This tuneful, fresh and transparently scored concerto here receives its world première recording. It was admired by the great violinist Jascha Heifetz, for whom the composer wrote his Concerto No. 2 ‘I Profeti’ (The Prophets), an impassioned work ‘of biblical character and inspiration’ with an almost cinematic sweep. The recipient of the coveted Echo Klassik award for her album of Mendelssohn’s two Violin Concertos [8572662], Tianwa Yang is widely recognised as one of the outstanding rising stars on the world classical music scene.

Jose Miguel Cueto has recorded the Concerto No.2, coupled with violin works by Guastavino and Respighi on Marquis 81407, released in 2009. The most famous recording – of very few ever made – is by Jascha Heifetz on RCA, reissued on a miscellaneous disc containing works by Karen Khachaturian, Howard Ferguson, and Jean Françaix. It can also be found in the vast Heifetz Edition (RCA box set), and coupled with Walton’s Concerto on Naxos Historical 8111367. In this new recording it’s played by much-admired young violinist Tianwa Yang whose record of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on Naxos was admired and whose series of four single discs of Sarasate’s works for violin and orchestra on Naxos has earned great international acclaim.

“This world premiere recording of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s early Concerto Italiano...reveals the early 20th-century Italian to be a lush, lyrical and fluent composer. No wonder he later flourished in Hollywood.” The Times, 31st January 2015 ****

“Tianwa Yang confirms her growing reputation with playing of great prowess, though her performance of I Profeti is altogether more ebullient than Heifetz’s own introverted account. There are stylish contributions, too, from the Baden-Baden and Freiburg Radio Orchestra under Pieter-Jelle de Boer.” The Guardian, 12th February 2015 ****

“The Concerto italiano is not the breezy, pseudo-Victorian piece that its title might suggest; indeed, it is rather a melancholic work...[I profeti is] a rather more lively and colourful work...Its glittering, singing lines certainly bring a resonant response both from soloist Tianwa Yang and the SWR Symphony Orchestra.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2015

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8


Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Kirill Karabits

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Jermolaj Albiker (violin)

Alejo Perez


Continuing with Haenssler’s fascinating series Les Ballets Russes, this next volume presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite.

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Sylvain Cambreling conducts Ravel & Mussorgsky

Sylvain Cambreling conducts Ravel & Mussorgsky


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Ravel:

Boléro

Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

Valses nobles et sentimentales


Don Quichotte a Dulcinée was written in 1932. Ravel’s mother was Basque and Spanish influences and titles are a recurring element throughout his work. The words of the three songs are by Morand. A bonus DVD is included.

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Ingólfsson, Hölszky & Brass: Double Concertos

Ingólfsson, Hölszky & Brass: Double Concertos


Brass:

Zeit im Grund

Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich

Hölszky:

Flugmanöver

world premiere performance

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Arturo Tamayo

Ingólfsson:

Orgoras Speaks

Caput Ensemble, Guðni Franzson


Das Klarinettenduo Beate Zelinsky | David Smeyers

All the works on this CD were composed for and dedicated to Beate Zelinsky and David Smeyers, who also performed their world premieres.

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Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015


André:

über

Jörg Widmann (clarinet)

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO des SWR, François-Xavier Roth

Borowski:

Sérac

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Peter Eötvös

Filidei:

Killing Bach

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, François-Xavier Roth

Haas, G F:

Oktett für 8 Posaunen

Trombone Unit Hannover

Pasovsky:

Pulsus alternans

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Peter Eötvös, Gregor Mayrhofer

Prins:

Mirror Box Extensions

Nadar Ensemble


Jörg Widmann (clarinet)

Trombone Unit Hannover, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Nadar Ensemble, SWR Experimentalstudio, Peter Eötvös, François-Xavier Roth, Gregor Mayrhofer

The Donaueschinger Musiktage is a festival for new music that takes place every October in the small town of Donaueschingen in south-western Germany. Founded in 1921, it is one of the oldest festivals for contemporary music in the world, and among the best-known and most prestigious.

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015 presents the German premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's "Oktett", a work commissioned by Trombone Unit Hannover

The world premiere of Johannes Boris Borowski's "Sérac" is a work commissioned by SWR; played bySinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, conducted by Peter Eötvös.

The world premiere of Stefan Prins's "Mirror Box Extensions" is a work commissioned by SWR; performed here by the Nadar Ensemble.

The world premiere of Mark Andre's "über" is a work commissioned by SWR and features Jörg Widmann on clarinet and the Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

The world premiere Francesco Filidei's "Killing Bach" is a work commissioned by SWR and features Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

The world premiere of Yoav Pasovsky's "Pulsus alternans" is a work commissioned by SWR; features Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, conducted by Peter Eötvös and Gregor Mayrhofer.

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Zender: 4 Canciones based on Juan de la Cruz

Zender: 4 Canciones based on Juan de la Cruz


Zender:

¿Adónde? Wohin?

Oh bosques...O Wälder

¿Por qué? Warum?

Oh cristalina


Zender has worked to give the central category of 'harmony' a special oppositional character. Out of his growing dissatisfaction with the equal tempered tuning system, he pushed the treatment of microintonation to the point of dividing the octave into 72 microintervals. It requires enormous vocal and instrumental mastery to make this microtonality seem an unanticipated enrichment.

The four compositions on this CD, presented here for the first time as a cycle, are steeped in these complex and subtle harmonic ideas, rich in possibilities yet extremely fragile. The pieces, with different performing combinations, function as a cycle primarily because of the poet chosen. ‘St. John of the Cross’ a great Spanish mystic of the 16th century. His 'Cántico spiritual' is counted among the literary high points of the Spanish Golden Age.

Zender set the first 14 of the complete 40 verses in a manner 'entirely like Mozart'; this easily fits into Zender’s sophisticated and pluralistic musical and literary view of the world, which mediates between Hölderlin and Joyce, Shakespeare and Michaux, Dada and the Bible, and which discovers closer connections between Surrealism and Zen philosophy, or Master Eckart and Master Ikkyu, 'than are dreamt of in our philosophy'.

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 10: Stravinsky

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 10: Stravinsky


Stravinsky:

Apollon musagète

The Firebird


The Ballets russes was a series of ballet events held in Paris between 1909 and 1929, founded by the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev. He developed traditional 19th-century ballet into new expressive heights of artistic synthesis, hiring the best composers, painters, stage and costume designers and, of course, choreographers of the day. Numerous masterpieces, milestones in the history of 20th-century music, owe their existence to his initiative – among them Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d'un faune and Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat.

The series Diaghilev – Les ballets russes, which has been supported for many years now by the SWR, has committed itself to the goal of presenting ALL the works composed for Diaghilev’s ballet series, and to giving a detailed account regarding the choreography, stage design etc. in comprehensive booklet notes. The SWRmusic label is cooperating in this process with the foundation of the highly respected choreographer John Neumeier.

Furthermore, the two pieces by Stravinsky included on this CD are indisputed masterpieces of the 20th century. Composed in 1910 and 1928, they cover almost the complete life cycle of the Ballets russes. Additionally, L’Oiseau de feu was the young Stravinsky's first composition for the company, which later gave him the opportunity to meet the choreographer George Balanchine, while working on Apollon musagète. Their lifelong friendship was without a doubt a stroke of good fortune for the history of music and ballet. If the two works recorded here had not been created, ballet of the 20th and 21st centuries would surely have looked very different.

The Firebird transports characters from the world of colourful Russian myths and fairy tales into a contemporary stage design. The choreographer of L’Oiseau de feu, Michel Fokine, who was a pupil of the tsarist ballet school and dancer at the Mariinsky Theatre, was acknowledged as a reformer of his art in terms of attaining stylistic unity between libretto, dance, music and décor.

The contrast with Apollon musagète, which was performed on an empty stage, could not be greater. Official ballet history considers its première performance, in the version by George Balanchine, as the birth of modern ballet. Balanchine’s neoclassic vision of dancing, seen here for the first time in its pure form, would shape dance productions of the western world for the next 40 years and reach far beyond the Iron Curtain.

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