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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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Spanish Dreams

Spanish Dreams


Suite española No. 1, Op. 47


Valses Poeticos (7)


En los trigales

Invocación y danza

Concierto de Aranjuez

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Walton: Symphony No. 1 & Violin Concerto

Walton: Symphony No. 1 & Violin Concerto


Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor

Philharmonia Orchestra, Louis Frémaux

Violin Concerto

Salvatore Accardo (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

“An exceptional Walton First: Fremaux's approach is less hard-driven than many, but generates a real sense of space, and the Philharmonia responds brilliantly. Accardo delivers the Concerto with gorgeous virtuoso polish.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2011 ****

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Louis Frémaux conducts Ravel

Louis Frémaux conducts Ravel


Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

La Valse

Ma Mère l'Oye


“The eruptive Danse Générale is as bacchanalian as you could wish. La Valse shivers, lilts and mesmerises just as it should. Bolero is nicely done with plenty of character from the LSO first benches…this is a very good Ravel collection and could more than serviceably stand as the only representation of the composer in any collection.” MusicWeb International

“As can be seen, this is very generous measure with the complete Ma mère l’oye plus the Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2… with an exciting Boléro and a splendid La valse, played with climax. Boléro has lots of style with the glissando inherent in the melody… becoming more overt towards the end. … The recording, too, has excellent ambience… brilliant climaxes are It is good to see Frémaux back in the recording studio for he generally has the gift of bringing everything readily to life” Gramophone Magazine

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Gala Evening at Monte Carlo Opera

Gala Evening at Monte Carlo Opera


Norma Overture

Son vergin vezzosa (from I Puritani)


Ah! tardai troppo...O luce di quest'anima (from Linda di Chamounix)


Guillaume Tell: Passo di Soldati

La scala di seta Overture


Qui Radamès verrà!... O patria mia (from Aida)

O cieli azzurri (from Aida)

I vespri siciliani Overture

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Searle: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Zodiac Variations & Labyrinth

Searle: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Zodiac Variations & Labyrinth


Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

BBC Broadcast 12 July 1971

BBC Symphony Orchestra, John Pritchard

Symphony No. 5, Op. 43

BBC Broadcast 12 March 1966 First broadcast performance

Hallé Orchestra, Lawrence Leonard

Zodiac Variations for Small Orchestra, Op. 53

BBC Broadcast 7 July 1970 First performance

Orchestra Nova of London, Lawrence Foster

Labyrinth for orchestra, Op. 56

BBC Broadcast 23 November 1971. First broadcast performance

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux

‘His music can be, and often is, dramatic and powerful, but it can also be tender and warm and it can also show those elements of comedy and parody which he delighted in himself. [It] is, I admit, often difficult and tough. I happen to like that. Like Charles Ives, I like to have my ears stretched. It’s music which goes somewhere. It … progresses from point to point in a direct and logical way.’

This tribute to Humphrey Searle (1915-1983) captures the essence of his creative output. It was given by his friend and fellow composer Peter Racine Fricker, who declared he had been ‘fortunate to have known a person with such wit, warmth and wisdom’.

“[Labyrinth] is conveyed on the wings of some magnificent orchestration, the musical language unforgivingly atonal through the tone poetry achieved is extremely imposing…performance values are high…all acquit themselves with great skill…it’s time to look at this material afresh” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2

Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos.1 & 2


Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

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

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

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

Rondo in C major for two pianos, Op. 73

with Pierre Barbizet (piano)

Samson François was a pianist of mercurial brilliance and mesmeric charisma, capable of extraordinary poetry. The sense of spontaneity in his playing could at times become wilful, even provocative, but he never ceases to exercise his fascination on the listener. Chopin’s music was of essential importance to him, and here he performs both the composer’s piano concertos.

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Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez & Fantasía para un gentilhombre

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez & Fantasía para un gentilhombre


Concierto de Aranjuez

Christine Pendrill (cor anglais)

Fantasia para un Gentilhombre

“robust, confident and utterly fluent playing” Gramophone Magazine

Building a Library

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Es war einmal / Once Upon A Time ... For Kids (Inspiration)

Es war einmal / Once Upon A Time ... For Kids (Inspiration)

Louis Frémaux, Barbara Hendricks (soprano vocals), Gino Quilico (baritone vocals), Frederica von Stade, Craig Estep (tenor vocals), Maria Fortuna (soprano vocals), Henry Runey (bass-baritone vocals), Jan Opalach (bass-baritone vocals), Mimi Lerner (mezzo-soprano vocals)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Saint Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Concert Chorale Of New Y, Rudolf Kempe, Karl Anton Rickenbacher, Louis Fremaux, Lawrence Foster, Sir Thomas Beecham, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Sir Roger Norrington

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Best of Classics (Inspiration)

Best of Classics (Inspiration)

Tito Gobbi (baritone vocals), Maria Callas (soprano vocals), José Carreras (tenor vocals), Mady Mesplé (soprano vocals), Danielle Millet (mezzo-soprano vocals), Sir Neville Marriner, Barry Tuckwell (horn), Dame Moura Lympany (piano), Jacqueline du Pré (violoncello), Montserrat Caballé (soprano vocals)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre du Théâtre national de l'Opéra-Comique, Ambrosian Singers, Hallé Orchestra, Orchestre De L'Opera De Paris, Philharmonica Orchestra, Ac, Sir Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, George Weldon, Alain Lombard, Sir John Barbirolli, Georges Prêtre, Sir Neville Mariner, Alceo Galliera, Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Charles Mackerras, Louis Frémaux, Eugene Ormandy

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