André Cluytens

Conductor

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Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven & Mozart

Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven & Mozart


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 7 March 1960

André Cluytens

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne, 25 March 1957

Georg Ludwig Jochum


The great American pianist Leon Fleisher (born in 1928) was a pupil of Artur Schnabel, with whom he stayed for an unprecedented ten years. He made his professional debut with Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Orchestra in 1942 aged fourteen. Success came quickly and by eighteen, Fleisher had played with all the US orchestras and had given recitals at Carnegie Hall. Between 1950 and 1958, Fleisher lived in Europe, winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

During this time he made highly succesful tours of Europe, North and South America and his partnership with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in the late 1950s and 1960s is today considered one of the great recording legacies.

During the 1960s Fleisher was diagnosed with focal dystonia in his right hand forcing him to restrict himself to left-hand repertoire. He eventually recovered and by 2008 was recording again as a two-handed pianist.

The celebrated French conductor Pierre Monteux called Fleisher ‘the pianistic find of the century’. This release celebrates Fleisher’s 85th birthday. Sony Classical have also issued a 23 CD set to commemorate the pianist’s association with them. Fleisher’s 1960 live recording with the KRSO of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1, superbly conducted by André Cluytens, is wonderfully sprung and full of stylish brio. At this time Cluytens was just completing his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven Symphonies with the Berlin PO for EMI.

Fleisher described Mozart’s K414 as ‘a beautiful little concerto … sparer and more direct than some of the pieces he wrote while he was still living in Salzburg’. The work is a rarity in Fleisher’s discography, since he did not record it (and then in a commercial studio recording) until 2008. This 1957 live perfomance is direct with a full-bodied singing tone and pinpointed responsiveness.

These recordings have never been issued before and are beautifully recorded by WDR. In addition, they represent one of the few examples of Fleisher caught live as opposed to his studio-made recordings.

“though I have heard performances of these two works that equal these, I can't think of any that surpass them...The sound is impressive, though both Concertos are in mono.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 *****

“Fleisher was a Schnabel pupil and, like Schnabel, is a distinguished Mozartian...though the orchestra is none too well recorded, Fleisher's own shapely and cultured playing is nicely caught by the microphones.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

ica classics Legacy - ICAC5121

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L'Art d'Andre Cluytens

L'Art d'Andre Cluytens

Tchaikovsky, Franck & Debussy


Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Emil Gilels (piano)


Tahra - TAH741

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Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act II (1955)

Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act II (1955)


Volker Horn (tenor), Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Josef Greindl (bass), Toni Blankenheim (baritone), Herta Wilfert (soprano), Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano), Josef Traxel (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Alfons Herwig (baritone)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Schoneberger Sangerknaben, Andre Cluytens

Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297939

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Wagner's Vision: Lohengrin (excerpts) (1953-1960)

Wagner's Vision: Lohengrin (excerpts) (1953-1960)


Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297925

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Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser Act I

Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser Act I


Josef Traxel (tenor), Herta Wilfert (soprano), Volker Horn (tenor), Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano), Alfons Herwig (baritone), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Toni Blankenheim (tenor), Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Josef Greindl (bass)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Schoneberger Sangerknaben, Andre Cluytens

Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297938

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Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act III (1955)

Wagner's Vision: Tannhauser, Act III (1955)


Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297940

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Wagner's Vision: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Highlights) (1943, 1956, 1959)

Wagner's Vision: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Highlights) (1943, 1956, 1959)


Jaro Prohaska (baritone), Helmut Fehn (bass), Karl Krollmann (bass), Gerhard Witting (tenor), Eugen Fuchs (baritone), Benno Arnold (tenor), Franz Sauer (bass), Max Lorenz (tenor), Fritz Krenn (bass), Herbert Gosebruch (bass), Josef Greindl (bass), Gustav Rodin (tenor), Erich Zimmermann (tenor), Georgine von Milinkovic (mezzo-soprano), Alfons Herwig (baritone), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Karl Schmitt-Walter (baritone), Hans Hotter (bass-baritone), Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor), Gre Brouwenstijn (soprano), Otto Wiener (bass), Rudolf Schock (tenor)

Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Andre Cluytens

Documents - Wagner's Vision - 297937

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Michel Dens

Michel Dens


Adam:

Dans le sommeil (from Si j’étais roi)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust: Devant la maison

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Donizetti:

Jardins de l’Alcazar (from La favorite)

Orchestre Radio-Lyrique, Gustave Cloeze

Gounod:

Avant de quitter ces lieux (from Faust)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Louis Fourestier

Leoncavallo:

Si può? (from I Pagliacci)

sung in French

Orchestre de l'Opera Comique, Albert Wolff

Massenet:

La légende de la sauge (from Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame)

Orchestre de l'Opera Comique, Andre Cluytens

Promesse de mon avenir (from Le roi de Lahore)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Voilà donc la terrible cité (from Thaïs)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Vision fugitive (from Hérodiade)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Voilà donc la terrible cité (from Thaïs)

Lilian Roux (piano)

Offenbach:

Je viens de faire un rêve magnifique (from La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein)

Marcel Cariven

Scintille, diamant (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Rabaud:

A Travers le Désert (from Mârouf, Savetier du Caire)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Rossini:

Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

sung in French

Orchestre de l'Opera Comique, Andre Cluytens

Thomas, Ambroise:

O vin, dissipe la tristesse (from Hamlet)

Orchestre de l'Opera, Pierre Dervaux

Verdi:

Deserto sulla terra (from Il trovatore)

sung in French

Orchestre Radio-Lyrique, Gustave Cloeze

Vanne, la tua meta gia vedo…Credo in un Dio crudel (from Otello)

sung in French

Orchestre Radio-Lyrique, Gustave Cloeze

Wagner:

Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise (from Tannhäuser)

sung in French

Orchestre de l'Opera, Robert Blot

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

sung in French

Orchestre de l'Opera, Robert Blot


Michel Dens (baritone)

Born in 1911, the French baritone Michel Dens had a long and successful career.

His early career was in the world of opera but he later sang in many operettas.

This collection includes arias which he perfomed at an event given in his honour in Marseilles in 1986.

Malibran - CDRG195

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Shostakovich plays Shostakovich

Shostakovich plays Shostakovich


Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

Ludovic Vaillant (trumpet)

French National Radio Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

French National Radio Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Fantastic Dances (3), Op. 5

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 6 in B minor

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 7 in A major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 8 in F sharp minor


Naxos Classical Archives - 980991

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Fauré: Requiem

Fauré: Requiem


Debussy:

Images for orchestra

Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Victoria de los Angeles (soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) & Henriette Puig-Roget (organ)

with Chœurs Elisabeth Brasseur


EMI Masters - 0851882

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