Rafael Kubelik

Conductor

Rafael Kubelik

In 1939 Rafael Kubelík became music director of the Brno Opera until the Nazis shut it down on November 12, 1941. He continued to work with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which the Nazis allowed to continue operating, becoming its principal conductor. (He had first conducted the Czech Philharmonic in 1934 when he was 20 years old.) In 1944, after various incidents, including one in which he declined to greet the Nazi Reich-Protector with a Hitler salute - along with his refusal to conduct Wagner during the War - Kubelik "deemed it advisable to disappear from Prague and to spend a few months undercover in the countryside so as not to fall into the clutches of the SS or Gestapo" (Albert Scharf, in Rafael Kubelik: His Life and Achievement, p. 114).

Kubelik conducted the orchestra's first post-war concert in May, 1945. In 1946, he helped found the "Prague Spring" Festival, and conducted its opening concert. But after the Communist coup of February 1948, Kubelik left Czechoslovakia, vowing not to return until the country was liberated. "I had lived through one form of bestial tyranny, Nazism," he told an interviewer, "As a matter of principle I was not going to live through another."

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Weber: Missa Sancta No. 1 'Freischützmesse'

Weber: Missa Sancta No. 1 'Freischützmesse'


Haydn:

Mass, Hob. XXII: 5 in C major 'Cäcilienmesse'

Basilika Ottobeuren, 1982

Lucia Popp, Doris Soffel, Horst Laubenthal & Kurt Moll

Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik

Weber:

Mass No. 1 'Freischutzmesse'

Basilika Waldsassen, 1986

Krisztina Laki, Marga Schiml, Josef Protschka & Jan-Hendrik Rootering

Bamberger Symphoniker & Chor der Bamberger Symmphoniker, Horst Stein


First-time ever two rarities are unified on 1 DVD.

Magnificent recordings of Weber and Haydn‘s sacral works from stunning venues.

Rafael Kubelik and Horst Stein conduct famous German orchestras and choirs.

Carl Maria von Weber composed the “Missa Sancta No. 1” in ocassion of the name day of King Friedrich August I of Saxony. Weber himself conducted the first performence in the Dresden Hofkirche in 1818. Thanks to the creation at the very same time it is also called “Freischützmesse”. More than 250 years later the rarely performed work is revived in the Basilika Waldsassen. Horst Stein, longtime principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and famous for his work at Bayreuth Festival, conducts a first class cast with the soloists Krisztina Laki, Marga Schiml, Josef Protschka and Jan-Hendrik Rootering.

Arthaus Musik presents the performance of Haydn’s “Missa Sanctae Ceaciliae” conducted by Rafael Kubelík live from the Basilika Ottobeuren. The work is a one of the highlights of the wonderful Kubelík era. Under his guidance the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks also has become one of the world’s foremost Haydn orchestras. When the orchestra found the baroque Basilica of Ottobeuren as the perfect venue for sacred and romantic repertoire, their concerts enjoyed huge popularity, leaving a lasting impression on those who experienced them at first hand.

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PCM Stereo & Dolby Digital 5.0 (Haydn)

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR (Weber) / GB, DE, FR, ES, IT (Haydn)

DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 42 mins (Weber) & 73 mins (Haydn)

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Lucerne Festival Historic Performances Vol. IV

Lucerne Festival Historic Performances Vol. IV


Bartók:

Bluebeard's Castle (The Lake of Tears)


Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Bluebeard) & Irmgard Seefried (Judith)

Swiss Festival Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík

On the occasion of Rafael Kubelík’s 100th birthday, Audite presents this previously unreleased live recording of his memorable concert performance at the 1962 summer festival of Béla Bartók’s only opera, 'Bluebeard’s Castle'. With an infallible sense for Bartók’s orchestral riches and his musical drama of light colours, Kubelík reveals the emotional abysses of this gloomy psychological thriller and moulds the seven chambers symbolising Bluebeard’s innermost secrets with expressive psychological gestures. Soloists Irmgard Seefried and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who also sang the role of Bluebeard in studio recordings with Ferenc Fricsay and Wolfgang Sawallisch, are two further regular guest performers of the festival. They convincingly interpret the inner tragedy of the unviable relationship between Judith and Bluebeard and the estrangement of the sexes. “Lucerne has managed to secure the best, the ideal interpreters for these roles”, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung commented. “Both singers admirably and thrillingly sustained the emotional high tension, intensifying it more and more.”

Only a few weeks after leaving his homeland in 1948 following the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, Rafael Kubelík appeared for the first time at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, today’s Lucerne Festival – and found a second home in this city. For nearly five decades Kubelík was one of the leading artists of the festival, as conductor and composer, giving conducting masterclasses and acting as artistic consultant. In 1967 he took Swiss citizenship and in 1968 he moved from Lucerne to nearby Kastanienbaum where he lived until his death in 1996. In cooperation with Audite, Lucerne Festival presents outstanding concert recordings of artists who have shaped the festival throughout its history. The aim of this CD edition is to rediscover treasures – most of which have not been released previously - from the first six decades of the festival, which was founded in 1938 with a special gala concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini. These recordings have been made available by the archives of SRF Swiss Radio and Television, which has broadcast the Lucerne concerts from the outset. Carefully re-mastered and supplemented with photos and materials from the Lucerne Festival archive, they represent a sonic history of the festival.

This release is furnished with a producer’s comment from Ludger Böckenhoff on www.audite.de/en/product/CD/95626/multimedia.

“Fischer-Dieskau is on magnificent form. [Seefried’s singing] has devastating poignancy. The Swiss Festival Orchestra plays admirably. A version […] to be heard.” International Record Review, September 2014

“the extraordinary pairing of [Seefried with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau], both totally immersed in their roles, ensures an interpretation like no other...Kubelík's restrained approach, probing the protagonists' psyches without resorting to melodrama, adds immeasurably to the creepy atmosphereabsolutely unforgettable.” The Guardian, 10th July 2014 *****

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Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 38 & 39

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 35, 38 & 39


Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543


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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

audite catalogue 2011 & CD


digipack+88pp catalogue.

Rafael Kubelik became acquainted with Mahler’s music as young man, inspired by the work of Bruno Walter, Erich Kleiber and Fritz Busch. It was Kubelik who instigated the revival of Mahler’s work, culminating in Kubelik being the first conductor to perform a complete Mahler cycle, which took place in Munich. This CD was recorded live on June 4, 1975 at the Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall, Tokyo.

“In short, this is one of the finest single-disc editions of this harrowing symphony available on disc.” Andante

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Schumann - The 4 Symphonies

Schumann - The 4 Symphonies


Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Genoveva Overture

Manfred Overture, Op. 115


For Schumann Year 2010 Deutsche Grammophon is reissuing this distinguished cycle of Schumann symphonies by Rafael Kubelik, whose first major project for the Yellow Label this was. Hitherto available on CD consistently only in France, it deserves wider circulation.

"Rafael Kubelik and the Berlin Philharmonic light up Schumann's often unappreciated powers of orchestration. [...] This set must now be considered the top buy for Schumann's symphonies" Classic CD, September 1994

"There can be little doubt that Rafael Kubelik's first (BPO) set of the Schumann symphonies - generously coupled with the Genoveva and Manfred Overtures - will compete successfully among other bargain contenders for 'top bargain recommendation'" Rob Cowan, Gramophone, July 1994

"Kubelik brings both vitality and warmth to these scores and the Berlin Philharmonic respond with playing of great freshness and eloquence. The recording is made in a warm acoustic, yet detail registers with admirable clarity and in good perspective. Kubelik's readings are completely straightforward and devoid of egocentric mannerisms" Robert Layton, Gramophone, September 1975

“Kubelik's Schumann is dramatic, weighty and loving” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ****

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Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra & Viola Concerto

Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra & Viola Concerto


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Viola Concerto, BB 128, Sz. 120

First Release on CD

Daniel Benyamini (viola)

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim


One of Bartók’s most popular symphonic works is his Concerto for Orchestra; Rafael Kubelik’s fabulous recording of it has long been out of the catalogue and is now restored to circulation at budget price. The Viola Concerto was commissioned by William Primrose, who did much to advocate the piece. Sadly, Bartók died before he could complete the work or meet with Primrose at a sufficiently advanced stage of the concerto’s composition in order to discuss it. Tibor Serly completed the work and Primrose premiered it in 1949. This is the first release on CD of the Deutsche Grammophon recording of the piece with Daniel Benyamini, for long leader of the viola section of the Israel Philharmonic as soloist, and Daniel Barenboim conducting.

‘This is a performance to keep making you smile with delight … Kubelik presents a relaxed view with the rhythms pointed to bring out the wit, above all the peasant-like jollity … The DG recording is warm and atmospheric but equally has good inner detail’ Gramophone [Concerto for Orchestra]

‘the committed performance here by soloist and conductor shows the concerto in the best possible light; and the slow movement is really touching’ Gramophone [Viola Concerto]

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Janacek: Taras Bulba, etc.

Janacek:

Taras Bulba

Concertino, JW VII/11

Sinfonietta


Together with Sir Charles Mackerras, Rafael Kubelik's name is synonymous with the music of Janacek. Here, reissued at budget price, are his superb readings of a trio of Janacek masterpieces recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, recordings that have plenty of weight, get to the heart of the emotion of the music as well as giving it clarity and transparency when called for.

“...a splendid recording...authoritative performance - and not least for the impressive sound.” Gramophone Magazine

“Janáček's compatriot Rafael Kubelík was an ardent champion of his music: this bargain disc of the major orchestral works (recorded in 1970 and 1971, with excellent restored sound) brings out the glittering brilliance of the Sinfonietta and has the added bonus of Rudolf Firkušný (who studied with the composer) in the Concertino.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, May 2014

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, etc.

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


Legendary cellist Pierre Fournier's stereo recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto is well known, but his earlier recording from July 1954 for Decca is largely forgotten. It is revived in this Kubelik-led anthology, also bringing back to the catalogue the conductor's mono version of the Janacek Sinfonietta and his electrifying account of Tchaikovsky's love poem Romeo and Juliet, both recorded in March 1955. All recordings make their first international appearance on CD.

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Royal Opera Gala

Royal Opera Gala


Beethoven:

Mir ist so wunderbar (Quartet) (Fidelio)

Elizabeth Robson (soprano), Dame Gwyneth Jones (soprano), John Dobson (tenor), David Kelly (bass)

Sir Georg Solti

Berlioz:

Ah! Je vais mourir (from Les Troyens)

Josephine Veasey (mezzo)

Rafael Kubelik

Bizet:

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Sir Georg Solti

Britten:

Helena! Hermia! Demetrius! Lysander! (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Delme Bryn-Jones (baritone), Kenneth McDonald (tenor), Elizabeth Robson (soprano), Anne Howells (mezzo)

Sir Georg Solti

O beauty, handsomeness, goodness (from Billy Budd)

Forbes Robinson (bass)

Sir Georg Solti

Donizetti:

Pour ce contrat fatal...Salut à la France (from La fille du régiment)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Richard Bonynge

Gounod:

Faust - Ballet Music

Sir Georg Solti

Mozart:

Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Joan Carlyle (soprano)

Sir Georg Solti

Mussorgsky:

Skorbit dusha! (from Boris Godunov)

Joseph Rouleau (bass), John Lanigan (tenor)

Sir Edward Downes

Offenbach:

Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Sir Georg Solti

Ponchielli:

Dance of the Hours (from La Gioconda)

Sir Georg Solti

Puccini:

Addio dolce svegliare (from La Bohème)

Elizabeth Vaughan (soprano), Maria Pellegrini (soprano), Jean Bonhomme (tenor), Delme Bryn-Jones (baritone)

Sir Edward Downes

Rossini:

L'Italiana in Algeri Overture

Sir Georg Solti

Semiramide Overture

Sir Georg Solti

Strauss, R:

Da … Herr Kavalier! (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Yvonne Minton (mezzo), Michael Langdon (bass)

Sir Georg Solti

Allein. Weh' ganz allein (from Elektra)

Amy Shuard (soprano)

Sir Edward Downes

Tippett:

O rich soiled land (from King Priam)

Richard Lewis (tenor), John Williams (guitar)

Verdi:

Fuoco di gioia (from Otello)

Tito Gobbi (baritone), John Lanigan (tenor), John Dobson (tenor)

Sir Georg Solti

Eh! Taverniere … Mondo ladro (from Falstaff)

Sir Geraint Evans (baritone)

Sir Edward Downes

La traviata: Prelude to Act 1

Sir Georg Solti

La traviata: Prelude to Act 3

Sir Georg Solti

Wagner:

Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge (from Das Rheingold)

David Ward (bass)

Reginald Goodall

Walton:

How can I sleep? (from Troilus and Cressida)

Marie Collier (soprano), Sir Peter Pears (tenor)

Sir William Walton


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Smetana: Má Vlast

Smetana: Má Vlast


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