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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


EMI Masters - 0851762

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$9.50

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123


Rosa Mannion (soprano), Birgit Remmert (mezzo), James Taylor (tenor), Cornelius Hauptmann (bass)

La Chapelle Royale Choir, Collegium Vocale Gent & Orchestre des Champs Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe

“Herreweghe has the measure of the mighty work. Everything, even the slow Kyrie, carries intense conviction. The Dona nobis, so difficult to get right, rounds off ideally a performance in which all participants seem moved by a single impulse.” Sunday Times Records of the Year 2005

Harmonia Mundi - HMGold - HMG501557

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Schumann: Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO 3

Schumann: Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO 3

Recorded live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 18, 20, 21, 23 and 24 April 2008


Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Christiane Iven (soprano), Alastair Miles (bass), Werner Güra (tenor), Mojca Erdmann (soprano), Birgit Remmert (alto), Elisabeth von Magnus (alto) & Franz-Josef Selig (bass)

Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Children's Choir & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (honorary guest conductor)

In April 2008 Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra executed a series of performances of Schumann's rarely heard masterpiece Szenen aus Goethes Faust.These successful performances were recorded live and edited into the release that you have before you. Nikolaus Harnoncourt made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1975, where his St John and St Matthew Passions opened a whole new chapter in the Amsterdam tradition of performing these works. With the RCO, he directed a number of impressive opera productions, including the Mozart operas by librettist Da Ponte and Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and a great number of symphonic concerts, including symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Dvorák. Much of the repertoire Harnoncourt conducted with the Concertgebouw Orchestra has been recorded and has also received many awards. He was made a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2006. Nikolaus Harnoncourt was appointed honorary guest conductor in October 2000.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt on Schumann's Faust-Szenen:

"When I think of Schumann, I picture him at the café in Dresden where he would meet Wagner and Mendelssohn every week.They were about the same age, and all three were from Saxony. Luckily for Wagner's reputation, both the others died young; had they lived longer, simultaneously with Wagner, music history would have been very different indeed. I consider Schumann the greatest genius of the three - Wagner's genius was not primarily musical, but theatrical. One of the things that make Faust so incredible is Schumann's ability to select precisely those scenes from such a huge drama which illustrate that one aspect of redemption. In music, there are two or three famous sunrises - in The Creation and The Seasons by Haydn, and in Schumann's Faust-Szenen: Faust finds himself in a deep cavern. Day breaks, and Faust awakens to see how the sun shines upon the highest mountain tops. He himself still lies in darkness. Once the sunlight reaches him, he says, "So let the sun remain behind me!" because his eyes cannot bear the light. I think this sunrise with its oscillating changes of colour is one of the most beautiful moments in the history of music."

“…Harnoncourt…music, but he's in unusually fluent form here, with airy orchestral and choral textures… Christian Gerhaher is an intellectual, strong-toned Faust, relishing Goethe's robust language…” BBC Music Magazine, November 2009 ****

“Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s ravishing new account proves a lithe and lyrically rich labour of love...Adroitly blending discourse and drama, Harnoncourt marshals superbly characterised playing from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to frame no less striking contributions from his singers…” Michael Quinn, bbc.co.uk, 17th November 2009

“What Harnoncourt does particularly superbly is steer away from the slightest hint of anything saccharine: the chorus of blessed boys being a case in point. He's aided by the outstanding Christian Gerhaher, who is moving not only as Faust but in the Dr Marianus music too. Franz-Josef Selig and Alastair Miles are also great assets... Harnoncourt's... never less than compelling, and his vision of this great work is consistently enlightening.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

“there are good performances from Alistair Miles, Werner Güra and Mojca Erdmann in smaller roles, as well as matchless orchestral playing from the Royal Concertgebouw. Harnoncourt's admiration for what is one of Schumann's greatest scores constantly shines through” The Guardian, 2nd October 2009 ***

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RCO Live - RCO09001

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Lisa Milne (soprano) & Birgit Remmert (alto)

Budapest Festival Orchestra & The Hungarian Radio Choir, Iván Fischer

"Total engagement, meaningful articulation and a blend of freedom and intensity" BBC Music Magazine

“…Fischer… rarely pushes too hard. The orchestral sound is lean but not undernourished, allowing for even balance between contesting lines - outstanding in the funereal coda of the first movement - and a clearer than usual interplay between gleaming upper brass and woodwind.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 ****

“Stylistically, Fischer is right on the money. He has a keen nose for Mahler's particular brand of the ebb and flow of the music, the way it speaks, or rather sings; the bucolic and melodramatic elements of the score are vividly conflicted; and best of all Fischer really breathes in the atmosphere of Mahler's precipitous flight to eternity.
The second theme of the first movement, which Mahler requests enter tentatively, shyly, does exactly that – Fischer's violins are barely audible, a rosy horizon briefly glimpsed through this bleak and forbidding landscape.
Few take this first movement to the edge of possibility that Mahler so clearly envisaged. Fischer does not shirk the often reckless extremes of tempo and dynamics but nor does he throw caution to the four winds in the terrifying stampede to its cliff-hanging climax. Leonard Bernstein is probably still alone in doing just that. But there are many other compensations here: a great sense of logic and line, a second movement whose homespun accenting belongs to a bygone era, likewise the close-harmony trumpets in the trio of the third movement so touchingly redolent of another time, another place.
But the crowning glory is, as it should be, the finale – and it is here that Fischer, his performers and his engineers, really excel. The 'special effects' of Mahler's elaborate Judgement Day fresco have rarely been so magically realised.
The offstage horns are so breathtakingly remote as to suggest the world of the living left far behind. Moments of quite extraordinary stasis precede the sounding of the Dies irae and the hushed entry of the chorus. And come the peroration (resplendent with fabulous horns), Fischer knows that it is with that final crescendo of the chorus and only then that the heavens really open. Impressive.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“The sound is distinctive, the music-making personal. … the crowning glory is, as it should be, the finale… The "special effects" of Mahler's elaborate Judgement Day fresco have rarely been so magically realised. The offstage horns are so breathtakingly remote as to suggest the world of the living left far behind. Moments of quite extraordinary stasis precede the sounding of the Dies irae and the hushed entry of the chorus. And come the peroration (resplendent with fabulous horns), Fischer knows that it is with that final crescendo of the chorus and only then that the heavens really open. Impressive.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards 2006

GGramophone Awards 2007

Editor's Choice

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - Awards Issue 2006

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Channel Iván Fischer Mahler Symphonies - CCSSA23506

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$21.25

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Version for chamber orchestra by Schoenberg (completed by Riehn)


Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1951477

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Birgit Remmert (contralto), Steve Davislim (tenor), Detlef Roth (bass)

Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, David Zinman

Arte Nova - 74321654112

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$6.75

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


Warner Classics His Master's Voice - 2564622083

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Vivaldi: Gloria; Bach: Magnificat

Vivaldi: Gloria; Bach: Magnificat


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Birgit Remmert (Contralto), Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Olaf Bär (Baritone), Rainer Trost (Tenor)

RIAS Kammerchor, Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Peter Schreier

Vivaldi:

Gloria in D major, RV589

Judith Nelson (Soprano), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Carolyn Watkinson (Contralto), Paul Elliott (tenor), David Thomas (bass), Choir of Christ Church Cathedral (chorus)

The Academy of Ancient Music, Simon Preston

Nulla in mundo pax sincera, motet for soprano, strings & continuo, RV 630

Emma Kirkby (Soprano)

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood


Classic FM - The Full Works - 4810867

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Christine Brewer (soprano), Soile Isokoski (soprano), Juliane Banse (mezzo-soprano), Birgit Remmert (mezzo-soprano), Jane Henschel (mezzo-soprano), Jon Villars (tenor), David Wilson-Johnson (baritone) & John Relyea (bass)

Toronto Children’s Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, City Of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

EMI Masters - 6230762

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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'


Melanie Diener (soprano), Juliane Banse (soprano), Lisa Larsson (soprano), Yvonne Naef (alto), Birgit Remmert (alto), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Stephen Powell (baritone), Askar Abdrazakov (bass), Alfred Muff (bass)

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman

RCA - 88697672942

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