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The Year 1917 – Music in Turbulent Times

The Year 1917 – Music in Turbulent Times


The Wooden Prince: Dance of the Princess with the Wooden Doll

Chicago Symphony Orchestra,, Pierre Boulez


Cello Sonata in D minor, H125: Allegro ma non troppo - Molto allegro e agitato

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Browne, W D:

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano)


Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon

Philippe Cassard

Violin Sonata: Allegro vivo

Augustin Dumay (violin), Maria João Pires (piano)



Die letzte Elegie

Die Heimkehr

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano)


El sombrero de tres picos: Danza del molinera (farruca)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lorin Maazel


The Planets: Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age

Boston Symphony Orchestr, William Steinberg

Ives, C:

In Flanders Fields

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano)


Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: Andantino

Shlomo Mintz (violin)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado


Le Tombeau de Couperin

Monique Haas (piano)


Fountains of Rome: La fontana di Trevi al meriggio

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli



Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Louis Frémaux


Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112 'The Year 1917'

Göteborgs Symfoniker, Neeme Järvi


Les Noces: La Tresse

Anny Mory, Patricia Parker, John Mitchinson, Paul Hudson, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, Homero Francesc

English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble, English Bach Festival Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony': Lento

1917 was a year of turbulence – both artistically and politically. It was the penultimate year of World War I, the year of the Russian Revolution, and a year that saw artistic and cultural changes take place. This compilation explores the music inspired by the turbulent times at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each work tells part of the story of this pivotal year, for example:

Respighi’s Fountains of Rome was premiered in 1917 after Toscanini refused to conduct it the previous year after it had been programmed alongside music by Wagner;

Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin was completed in 1917. Each movement is dedicated to a friend who had been killed in the war;

Satie’s Parade was a true collaboration across creative worlds: sets and costumes by Pablo Picasso, scenario by Jean Cocteau, music by Erik Satie, and danced by the Ballets Russes in 1917;

Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony no.12 “The Year 1917” was written in 1961 in the heart of Communist Russia. It has been suggested that Shostakovich originally wrote a satire of Lenin but due to the potential danger had to recompose the piece at the last minute.

Newly written notes (in English, German and French) by Michael Stegemann, professor of musicology at the University of Dortmund, journalist and former pupil of Oliver Messiaen, explore the stories behind the music.

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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (plus Bonus Arias)

Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (plus Bonus Arias)


Dido and Aeneas

The Tempest: Arise ye subterranean winds

Rec. 1958

Philomusica of London

Halcyon days (from King Arthur, Z629)

Rec. 1958

Philomusica of London

What shall I do to show how much I love her? (from Prophetess or The History of Dioclesian, Z627)

Rec. 1958

Philomusica of London

Patricia Clark, Eileen Poulter, Monica Sinclair, Rhianon James, Catherine Wilson, Dorothy Dorow, Raimund Herincx & John Mitchinson

St. Anthony Singers & English Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Lewis

“This set really stands on the basis of Baker’s Dido and she is marvellous...the Alto disc sounds fine and full-bodied and certainly as good as the Decca version...All lovers of this opera should have Baker’s performance of Dido, and this is an excellent and cheap way to acquire it.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

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Kurt Sanderling conducts Mahler & Schumann

Kurt Sanderling conducts Mahler & Schumann

Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 July 1988


Das Lied von der Erde

Carolyn Watkinson & John Mitchinson


Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Some of the greatest conductors have worked with the BBC Philharmonic – Sanderling (b.1912), conducting here in 1987, knew the orchestra well having first conducted them some 13 years previously when they were known as the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra.

Sanderling has had an illustrious career with orchestras such as the Leningrad Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle and the Philharmonia, retiring only 9 years ago.

The BBC Legends recording of his Mahler 9 with the BBC Philharmonic from 1982 received excellent reviews.

John Mitchinson, often chosen for the tenor role in Das Lied von der Erde, performed the work many times with the BBC Philharmonic to great acclaim, with two BBC Legends recordings featured in the Penguin Guide – ‘his voice focuses ever more securely through the work with many cleanly ringing top notes’‘John Mitchinson is here at his finest, contrasting his firm, heroic tone in the first song against delicate half-tones, using his head-voice.’

Known for enjoying live performances and having an affinity for late Mahler, Sanderling’s reading of Das Lied von der Erde is inherently musical.

This is the first DVD release of this material.


Sound format: Ambient Mastering

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 99’

Subtitles: F/G

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

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“Sanderling's Schumann's Fourth Symphony is robust, his Mahler Lied von der Erde (Mitchinson and Watkinson in marvellous voice) strangely Olympian.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2012 ****

“Sanderling makes it all seem relatively effortless, elevating Mahler to the proverbial Olympian heights with no visible means of support...[he] is blessed with singers highly compatible with his interpretation. The versatile tenor John Mitchinson soars comfortably even in the peice's highest registers, and mezzo-soprano Carolyn Watkinson - best known for singing Baroque repertory - brings to Mahler a comparable sense of musical and emotional transparency.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

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Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38, etc.


The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

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Haydn: Mass, Hob. XXII:12 in B flat major 'Theresienmesse'

Haydn: Mass, Hob. XXII:12 in B flat major 'Theresienmesse'

Brian Runnett (organ), Tom Krause (baritone), Bernadette Greevy (contralto), John Mitchinson (tenor), Erna Spoorenberg (soprano)

Choir Of St. John's College (chorus), Cambridge, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, George Guest

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Pierre Boulez Edition: Berlioz

Pierre Boulez Edition: Berlioz


Lélio, ou Le Retour a la vie

Béatrice et Bénédict, Op. 27: Overture

Chasse royale et Orage (from Les Troyens)

Cléopâtre - Scène lyrique, H36

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Linda Esther Gray (Isolde), John Mitchinson (Tristan), Anne Wilkens (Brangäne), Phillip Joll (Kurnewal), Nicholas Folwell (Melot), Gwynne Howell (Marke), Arthur Davies (Hirt), Geoffrey Moses (Steuermann), John Harris (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns)

Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Chorus of the Welsh National Opera, Reginald Goodall

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The 50 Absolute Essentials of Classical Music

The 50 Absolute Essentials of Classical Music

The Cleveland Orchestra, Abraham Kaplan (director), New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Yefim Bronfman (piano), The Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Horowitz (piano), NBC Symphony Orchestra, Murray Perahia (piano), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Evgeny Kissin (piano), Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Khatia Buniatishvili (piano), Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jascha Heifetz (violin), New Symphony Orchestra of London, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Isaac Stern (violin), The Philadelphia Orchestra, Midori (violin), Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Jacqueline du Pré (cello), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia Chorus, Lynne Dawson (soprano), Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Giuliano Carmignola (violin), Venice Baroque Orchestra, Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano), Håkan Hagegård (baritone), Barbara Bonney (soprano), Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Camerata Singers, John Reardon (baritone), Judith Raskin (soprano), Bruce Prince-Joseph (harpsichord), Bernard Altmann (cello), Alexander Young (tenor), John Aler (tenor), Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, Sylvia McNair (soprano), James Chambers (french horn), Erna Spoorenberg, Gwenyth Annear, Gwyneth Jones, Donald McIntyre, Hans Vollenweider, Vladimir Ruzdjak, John Mitchinson, Anna Reynolds, Norma Procter, Anna Larsson (alto), Juliane Banse (soprano), Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Schweizer Kammerchor, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Eileen Farrell (soprano), Jane Eaglen (soprano), Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Terry Cook (bass vocal), Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Montserrat Caballé (soprano), Plácido Domingo (tenor), The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Maria Guleghina (soprano), Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Ileana Cotrubas (soprano), Christian Boesch (baritone), Teresa Berganza (soprano), Ruggero Raimondi (bass vocal), Orchestra of The Theatre National de L'Opera Paris, Marie McLaughlin (soprano), Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Karita Mattila (soprano), Tiziana Fabbricini (soprano), Roberto Alagna (tenor), Renata Scotto (soprano), John McCarthy (chorus master), National Philharmonic Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leeds Festival Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Finchley Children's Music Group, Highgate School Boys Choir, Orpington Junior Singers, George Szell, Leonard Bernstein, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Arturo Toscanini, Sir Colin Davis, James Levine, Erich Leinsdorf, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Charles Munch, Claudio Abbado, Eugene Ormandy, Leonard Slatkin, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Ma

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Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Sinfonietta

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass & Sinfonietta



Philharmonia Orchestra

Glagolitic Mass

Felicity Palmer (soprano), Ameral Gunson (mezzo-soprano), John Mitchinson (tenor), Malcolm King (bass) & Jane Parker-Smith (organ)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

“The performance itself is of the highest quality. The orchestral playing is sensitive and responsive throughout with a beautifully blended and homogeneous tonal balance. The playing is cultured but Simon Rattle also brings an awareness of the pantheistic fervour that inspires Janácek’s wonderful score.’” Gramophone Magazine

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Leonard Bernstein conducts JS Bach & Stravinsky

Leonard Bernstein conducts JS Bach & Stravinsky

Recorded live Saint Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, 16 April 1977

Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243



Anny Mory, Patricia Parker, Rodney Hardesty, John Mitchinson & Paul Hudson

Trinity Boys' Choir & English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Lovingly restored, using the finest state-of-the-art technology, classic archive features great performances from legendary artists, offering a unique historical glimpse into our classical heritage. Part of the new 3 DVD batch of Classic Archive releases, sourced from the BBC Archive.

This DVD presents a unique chance to see Leonard Bernstein conducting Bach's Magnificat and Stravinsky's Mass.

Recorded in 1977 in Saint Augustine's Church, London, it is an intimate and moving recording, presenting two of the most important pieces in the choral repertoire.

Bernstein is joined by the distinguished soloists Anny Mory, Patricia Parker, Rodney Hardesty, John Mitchinson and Paul Hudson, accompanied by the English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra.

Beautifully filmed by Humphrey Burton.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 4:3

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo

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Original Languages: Latin, English

Subtitles: Latin, English, German, French

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Running time: 54 mins

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“The austere piety of Stravinsky's Mass is given a searching performance by Bernstein in this 1978 BBC broadcast, juxtaposed with Bach's Magnificat.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“For many people, used to seeing Leonard Bernstein conducting the world’s leading orchestras in big symphonic works these performances will probably come as a revelation...This DVD offers an unfamiliar view of Leonard Bernstein conducting small-scale works with great care and affection and, as such, it’s an important document.” MusicWeb International, February 2012

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