André Cluytens


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Andre Cluytens conducts Mendelssohn, Schumann & Bizet

Andre Cluytens conducts Mendelssohn, Schumann & Bizet


Symphony in C

Recorded on 15th September, 1955


Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Recorded on 20th September, 1959

Henryk Szeryng (violin)


Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

Recorded in Paris on 1st January, 1952

Maurice Gendron (cello)

All the works were recorded in the fifties, the Mendelssohn and the Bizet at the Montreux Festival and the Schumann in Paris. Excellent sound.

Archipel Records - ARPCD0442



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Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Nicolai Gedda (Hoffmann), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Giulietta), Victoria de los Angeles (Antonia), Gianna d’Angelo (Olympia), George London (Coppelius/ Miracle), Ernest Blanc (Dapertutto)

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens

The mid-price collection presents some of the most important and admired recordings of the EMI Classics and Virgin Classics catalogue which make EMI 'The Home of Opera'. This performance of Les Contes d'Hoffmann was recorded in 1965 at the Salle Wagram, Paris.

Warner Classics - The Opera Series - 4563942

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Debussy, Vol. 9 (1931-1957)

Debussy, Vol. 9 (1931-1957)


String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Calvet Quartet

Trois Ballades de François Villon

Bernard Plantey (baritone)

French National Radio Orchestra, Desire-Emile Inghelbrecht

La Boite A Joujoux

(arr. A Caplet)

French National Radio Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Documents - Claude Debussy - 290447

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Die schonste Ballettmusik, Vol. 6 (1950-1954)

Die schonste Ballettmusik, Vol. 6 (1950-1954)


La Boite A Joujoux

(arr. A Caplet)

French Radio and Television Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Jeux - Poème dansé

Swiss Romande Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet


Jeu de cartes

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sergiu Celibidache

Documents - Ballet Music - 290502

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Vol. 1 (1949-1958)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Vol. 1 (1949-1958)

Documents - 290557

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Fauré - Requiem

Fauré - Requiem


Images for orchestra


Requiem, Op. 48

Victoria de los Angeles & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

with Choeurs Elisabeth Brasseur

Warner Classics Masters - 9659332

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The Legend of the Orchestra

The Legend of the Orchestra


1. R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra

2. Orff Carmina Burana

3. Grieg Peer Gynt

4. Berlioz La Damnation de Faust

5. Barber Adagio - Bizet L'Arlésienne

6. Debussy Petite suite

7. Borodin Polovtsian Dance

8. Rimsky-Korsakov The Flight of the Bumblebee

9. Bernstein West Side Story

10. Dukas L'Apprenti sorcier

11. Sibelius Valse Triste

12. Chabrier Espana

13. Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker

14. Mussorgsky Night on the Bare Mountain

15. Bizet Jeux d'enfants


1. Shostakovich Waltz No. 2

2. Charpentier Te Deum

3. Elgar Pomp and Circumstance

4. Grieg Holberg Suite

5. Fauré Pavane

6. Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet

7. Handel Sarabande

8. Khatchaturian Gayaneh

9. Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte

10. Tchaikovsky Swan Lake

11. Britten The Young person's guide to the orchestra

12. Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream

13. Saint-Saëns Le Carnaval des Animaux, Danse macabre

14. Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf

15. Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

16. Vaughan-Williams Greensleeves

17. Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia

18. Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

19. Offenbach Can-Can

The thrilling sounds of the orchestra in its many incarnations from the 17th century to the 20th are captured on the 36 tracks of this collection …The mystery and splendour of the opening item, Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra … The elegiac beauty of Barber’s Adagio for Strings … The jazzy swagger of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story … The courtly dignity of Charpentier’s Te Deum (better known as the Eurovision theme tune) … The arrogant strides of the ‘Dance of the Knights’ from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet … The sweep and grace of the waltz from Swan Lake … All in all, the ultimate orchestral feast, featuring conductors such as Karajan, Menuhin, Prêtre, Kempe, Järvi, Plasson, Mackerras and Nagano.

Erato - 6945392

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Berlioz - L’Enfance du Christ & Romeo & Juliet

Berlioz - L’Enfance du Christ & Romeo & Juliet


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.

Warner Classics Gemini - 6971752

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Mussorgsky & Ravel - Orchestral Works

Mussorgsky & Ravel - Orchestral Works

1957-58 recording


Pictures at an Exhibition


Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 1

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2


Cologne Radio & RAI Radio Orchestra, Andre Cluytens

Archipel Records - ARPCD0417



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Arthur Rubinstein plays Brahms & Schumann

Arthur Rubinstein plays Brahms & Schumann


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

Orch. Sinfonica di RAI Torino, André Cluytens


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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