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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5


Beethoven:

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

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Berliner Philharmoniker


In a quickly released series for Deutsche Grammophon, Andor Foldes went into the studio towards the end of the 1950s with around half of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

The solo works were complemented by two concerto recordings, which now appear together in new remasterings. Foldes was partnered by Ferdinand Leitner, the ‘house’ conductor for Deutsche Grammophon who would accompany several noted pianists in these concertos, not least Wilhelm Kempff. It was Kempff’s recordings which would hold their place in the catalogue and the affection of listeners for many decades, but now is the time to appreciate once more the art of a more self-effacing pianist, who as Gramophone remarked in reviewing the ‘Emperor’ could reveal ‘a vein of artless charm’ – not only in Beethoven but much else of his diverse repertoire from Mozart to Bartók.

Although he made these recordings in his 40s, Foldes had had an intimate, performer’s understanding of the concertos for many decades. He first played the First Concerto in public at the age of nine; two years later he appeared with the Fourth, and playing his own cadenzas. As a recording artist, he took fewer such risks. ‘Recording a disc is one of the most difficult tasks for a performing artist,’ Foldes wrote. ‘What is recorded is there for eternity. It must be a version that will stand the test of time, and yet not be “set in stone”; it must capture the essence of that intuitive moment, and yet convey the definitiveness imposed upon it by the very nature of the situation.’

“Foldes finds infinitely more of implication in the notes themselves, and he is constantly at pains to show exactly what Beethoven wrote and what he meant by it. There is an enormous amount to listen to in his reading, and the style of it is firmly defined and idiomatic.” Gramophone Magazine, December 1959 (Piano Concerto No. 5)

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Manfred Symphony, Romeo and Juliet & Capriccio italien


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

London Symphony Orchestra, Yuri Ahronovitch


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’ and the tone poem Romeo and Juliet – both recorded by Claudio Abbado in the early 1970s – as well as a rare recording of the Manfred Symphony by Yuri Ahronovitch and Ferdinand Leitner’s bright 1959 account of the Capriccio italien.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Marche slave, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5, Marche slave, Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 'Polish'

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Wiener Symphoniker, Moshe Atzmon

Marche slave, Op. 31

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Ballet Suite

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki


A collection of all of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies and ballet suites from the rich archives of Deutsche Grammophon.

All the performances have been justifiably critically appraised. This volume includes the CD premiere of one of Tchaikovsky’s least-known symphonies – the third. Moshe Atzmon’s airborne reading, stunningly recorded in 1973 in Vienna makes a long-overdue appearance. Rowicki’s accounts of the two popular ballet suites – Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty – are expansive and symphonic in their outlook.

“[Abbado] secures clean, brilliant playing from the LSO in the first movement, finely controlled emotional climaxes in the slow movement … and a strong, urgent but unhysterical account of the finale.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1972 (Symphony No. 5)

“by far the most refined recording of any current version of the Polish Symphony, warmly reverberant but well-enough defined in detail” Gramophone Magazine, August 1974 (Symphony No. 3)

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Kempff plays Mozart Volume I

Kempff plays Mozart Volume I


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Bamberger Symphoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Bamberger Symphoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major, K246 "Lützow"

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernhard Klee

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernhard Klee


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Kempff plays Mozart Volume II

Kempff plays Mozart Volume II


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"

Members of L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Karl Münchinger

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K450

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger

Fantasia in D minor, K397

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K331 'Alla Turca'

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner


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Astrid Varnay sings Wagner

Astrid Varnay sings Wagner


Wagner:

Siegmund! Sieh' auf mich! (from Die Walküre)

Heil dir, Sonne! (from Siegfried)

Zu neuen Taten, teurer Helde (from Götterdämmerung)

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)

Weh, ach wehe! Dies zu dulden! (from Tristan und Isolde)

Isolde! Geliebte! (from Tristan und Isolde)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)


Astrid Varnay (soprano)

Ferdinand Leitner, Leopold Ludwig & Hermann Weigert

Astrid Varnay (1918– 2006) was born in Sweden of Hungarian heritage and raised in America. She went on to become one of the most sought-after dramatic sopranos of the 20th century and one of the best-known Wagnerian heroic sopranos of her generation. Her voice was often praised for its seemingly limitless upper register. On this generously filled 2CD set (each disc clocks in at more than 80 minutes) we get extensive excerpts from Tristan und Isolde (with the reigning Heldentenor of the time, Wolfgang Windgassen) scenes from three of the Ring operas, and the Wesendonck Lieder. All were much praised when they first appeared on LP in the 1950s and then again as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s ‘Original Masters’ tribute to this great singer.

“On four incredibly busy, surely taxing, days in June 49 years ago, Astrid Varnay recorded an appreciable trance of her repertory, largely in the company of her husband Hermann Weigert as conductor. For the first time all these recordings are assembled in a single issue, along with others made later in the 1950s . . . Varnay enthusiasts will be delighted to have everything here.” Gramophone Magazine

“These performances, recorded between 1955 and 1959, remind us no less strongly that she [Astrid Varnay] was one of the most remarkable Wagnerian singers of that time. [...] Varnay is best in the rapt, inner intensity of No. 3 [of the Wesendonck Lieder], “Im Treibhaus”. Such inner intensity is also abundant in the long extract from Act 2 of Tristan. [...] it is Varnay's grandly-phrased account of the closing scene from Götterdammerung that wins this disc the strongest recommendation.” Gramophone Magazine

“Without reservation I enjoyed every track on this Eloquence release. Although some of the mono recordings are around sixty years old there is nothing at all to worry about with the sound which is very good for its age. Astrid Varnay singing Wagner is always an exciting prospect and this reissued material brought together on a double set certainly does her proud.” MusicWeb International, 12th August 2013

“[On] DG's Astrid Varnay set of three CDs of her commercial Wagner recordings made in her prime (early 1950s) … the sound is as excellent as one would expect, so one can appreciate her voice in minute detail, relishing her every commanding interpretative decision” Opera Now

“This has always been one of DGG's most impressive Wagner recordings with a sumptuousness of sound that was unrivalled before the arrival of stereo. Astrid Varnay has some swoopy moments, but generally she sings with a glowing beauty, and Windgassen at his finest shows that few Heldentenoren have approached him in recent years for beauty of tone and musicianship.” Penguin Guide

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 7 & Leonore Overture

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 7 & Leonore Overture


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a


King Records - KKC2039

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Joan Sutherland Collector’s Album: Rare Broadcasts

Joan Sutherland Collector’s Album: Rare Broadcasts


Bononcini, G B:

Per la gloria d'adorarvi (from Griselda)

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Donizetti:

Confusa è l'alma mia (from Emilia di Liverpool)

1957

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Music Singers Group, John Pritchard

Madre, deh placati..Ah! di contento (from Emilia di Liverpool)

1957

with April Cantelo (soprano)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Music Singers Group, John Pritchard

Handel:

Di, cor mio, quanto t'amai (from Alcina)

with Norma Procter (mezzo), Thomas Hemsley (tenor)

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Tornami a vagheggiar (from Alcina)

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Ombre pallide (from Alcina)

1959

Capella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Haydn:

Si ti perdo amata sposa, Hob.XXIVb: B1

1956

Dennis Brain (horn)

Goldsborough Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

Horn, C E:

Cherry Ripe

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Mozart:

Exsultate, jubilate, K165

1959

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alberto Erede

Rossini:

La fioraia Fiorentina

Richard Bonynge (piano)

La promessa

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Soirées musicales: L'orgia

Ernest Lush (piano)

Soirées musicales: La pastorella dell'Alpi

Richard Bonynge (piano)

Soirées Musicales: La gita in gondola

Richard Bonynge (piano)


Joan Sutherland (soprano)

“This collection of broadcast material shows Sutherland's amazing precision and tonal clarity” BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 *****

“The lively, refreshing Exsultate, jubilate, a piece Sutherland didn't record commercially, shows us the capabilities of this kind of voice...you rarely hear it sung so easily and freely, or with such bright, clear, full-bodied tone. Nor is the singing merely mechanical, or inexpressive. The phrasing is deft and shapely in the outer movements...and the central Tu virginum corona is serene.” MusicWeb International, April 2013

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 8, 23 & 24

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 8, 23 & 24


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major, K246 "Lützow"


DG Originals - E4577592

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Haydn & Dvorak: Cello Concertos

Haydn & Dvorak: Cello Concertos


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Otmar Suitner

Haydn:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1

Ferdinand Leitner


Here we re-start releasing the fortunate series signed by the NHK Symphony Orchestra. This new volume sees Mischa Maisky playing Cello Concertos by Haydn and Dvořák under the baton of Ferdinand Leitner and Otmar Suitner.

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King Records - KKC2045

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$16.25

Scheduled for release on 29 September 2017. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.

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