André Cluytens

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Berlioz - L’Enfance du Christ & Romeo & Juliet

Berlioz - L’Enfance du Christ & Romeo & Juliet


Berlioz:

L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (excerpts)


Hector Berlioz was the author of the text to his choral work L’Enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ), he did not like to call it an Oratorio, and composed the music between 1850 and 1854. The years of composition were not happy for Berlioz, his father had died in 1848 and two years later his wife, the Irish actress Harriet Smithson (whose performances had revealed the genius of Shakespeare can caused him to compose so many works inspired by that great writer) became severely paralysed and died the same year as the work’s first performance. The work is in three parts with four major soloists, a Narrator (tenor), Mary (mezzo-soprano), Joseph (baritone) and Herod (bass-baritone) and a four part choir. André Cluytens’s recording dating from 1965/6 has become a classic and his admiration for the work is clear, bringing the best from the team four superb international soloists – Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda, Roger Soyer and Ernest Blanc. The set is completed by the recording of the orchestral music from Roméo and Juliette that Carlo Maria Giulini made with his Chicago orchestra in 1969.

EMI Gemini - 6971752

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Mussorgsky & Ravel - Orchestral Works

Mussorgsky & Ravel - Orchestral Works

1957-58 recording


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 1

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Boléro


Cologne Radio & RAI Radio Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Archipel Records - ARPCD0417

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Arthur Rubinstein plays Brahms & Schumann

Arthur Rubinstein plays Brahms & Schumann


Brahms:

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

Orch. Sinfonica di RAI Torino, André Cluytens

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Orch. A. Scarlatti di RAI Napoli, Franco Caracciolo


Born into a family of Polish merchants, Arthur Rubinstein began exhibiting his talents at the age of five. He gave his first formal concert in Potsdam in 1900 when he was 13, and after studying with such notables as Paderewski, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1906. It would be another three decades, however, before he would gain international renown under the guidance of impresario Sol Hurok. Over an incredible and lengthy career, he recorded an enormous amount of the solo piano repertoire including virtually all of the works of Chopin. He was also one of the earliest champions of the Spanish and South American composers and of French composers who, in the early 20th century, were still considered "modern" such as Debussy and Dukas.

The second concerto by Johannes Brahms and the Robert Schumann piano concerto are two masterpieces of romantic piano writing. In these newly-restored live performances from 1962 and 1964, the listener can hear the interpretation of the mature Rubinstein. The fresh vigour with which he continued to play even in old age is legendary, as this recording of the 75 and 77-year-old performer demonstrates so convincingly.

The Brahms concerto in B major opus 83 was the fruit of a long inner process of composition. After the failure of the first concerto in D minor opus 15, first performed in Leipzig, the composer took his time before attempting a second one. Twenty-three years separate the two works, and it was not until 1883 that the B flat concerto was presented to audiences by Johannes Brahms himself. Described as a “piano symphony” not merely on account of its length but also due to the tight relationship between the soloist and orchestra, its thematic link with the violin concerto opus 77 is often highlighted.

In Italy, a country that Rubinstein loved to visit, Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor opus 54 was recorded under the baton of Franco Caracciolo. The three movements embrace everything that is important to the concept of Romantic Music, free handling of the theme, great emotions and tender feelings.

Arts Archives - 430812

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Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4

Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Recorded live in Boston 03.11.1956

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Recorded live in Paris, 08.12.1955

Orchestre National de France, Andre Cluytens


Clara Haskil (piano)

Archipel Records - ARPCD0197

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Sung in German. Feb/March 1958


Ira Malaniuk (Carmen), Anny Schlemm (Micaëla), Hans Hopf (Don José), Walter Berry (Escamillo), Erna Maria Duske (Frasquita) & Hildegunt Walther (Mercédès)

Cologne Radio, André Cluytens

First release on any format.

Walhall - WLCD0254

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Andre Cluytens conducts Ravel & Mussorgsky

Andre Cluytens conducts Ravel & Mussorgsky

Recorded Munich 1955/58


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

recorded 1955

Cologne Radio Orchestra

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

recorded in 1958

Monique Haas (piano)

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra


Archipel Records - ARPCD0408

(CD)

$9.00

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Mozart & Beethoven: Piano Concertos

Mozart & Beethoven: Piano Concertos


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491


Clara Haskil (piano)

French National Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

recorded live in Paris, 8 December 1955

Music & Arts - MACD4863

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Nathan Milstein plays Brahms & Lalo

Nathan Milstein plays Brahms & Lalo


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Live recording 06/09/1960

NDR-Sinfonieorchester, Paul Kletzki

Lalo:

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Live recording 11/09/1955

Orchestre National de Paris, André Cluytens


CLAVES here release two more gems from the archives of Radio Suisse Romande, recorded live at Montreux Festival performances. Milstein fans may be slightly disappointed that the great violinst chose to omit the central Intermezzo from the Lalo, but no lover of great violin-playing should ignore this disc – a real winner!

Claves - 502708

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André Cluytens - Music of the 20th Century

André Cluytens - Music of the 20th Century


Einem:

Turandot, Four Episodes for Orchestra Op. 1a

Roussel:

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 2

Stravinsky:

Berceuse from The Firebird

Introduction from The Firebird

Rondo of the Princesses from The Firebird

The Firebird: Danse infernale du roi Kastchei

Finale from The Firebird


A live performance given by the Wiener Symphoniker on 18th June 1955

Archipel Records - ARPCD0393

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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande


Pierre Mollet (Pelléas), Janine Micheau (Mélisande), Henri Etcheverry (Golaud), Pierre Froumenty (Arkel), Agnès Disney (Geneviève), Jeanne Rolland (Yniold), Marcel Vigneron (Médecin)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Recorded in Munich 19th November 1955

Andromeda - ANDRCD9018

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