Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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David Zinman - Great Symphonies

David Zinman - Great Symphonies

The Zurich Years: 1995-2014


includes

Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Zur Namensfeier overture, Op. 115

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

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

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

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

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Haydn:

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob. VIIe:1

David Wagenseil (trumpet)

Hummel, J:

Trumpet Concerto in E (or E flat) major, WoO/S49

David Wagenseil (trumpet)

Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Das Lied von der Erde

Mozart:

Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 (Complete)

Pamela Frank (violin)

Serenade No. 7 in D major, K250 'Haffner'

Schubert:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)

Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Macbeth, Op. 23

Aus Italien, Op. 16

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Festive Prelude for large orchestra & organ, Op. 61

Metamorphosen

Four Last Songs

Melanie Diener (soprano)

Parergon zur Symphonia Domestica for piano (left hand) & orchestra, Op. 73

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Romance for cello & orchestra in F major, AV 75

Serenade in E flat major for Winds, Op. 7

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Die Frist ist um (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge (from Das Rheingold)

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)


After nearly 20 years in Zurich, David Zinman will retire after the 2013/24 season and leave the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich at the end of July '14. As music director, he raised the standard of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra to an international level. He has introduced new types of concerts, and made the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich one of the most enviable organizations to be part of. For Arte Nova/RCA Red Seal David Zinman has recorded highly acclaimed complete symphonic cycles from composers such as Beethoven, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss. Now for the first time, Sony Classical is releasing all of David Zinman’s Zurich recordings in a single box. Not only the legendary Beethoven albums he made for Arte Nova, but also the complete cycles of works by Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss. This is a Ltd-Edition deluxe box-set with x50 CDs & each box will be individually numbered. Content Includes Zinman’s legendary recordings of the complete Beethoven Symphonies, all Beethoven concertos and overtures, complete Mozart Violin Concertos played by Pamela Frank, plus complete cycles of Brahms, Mahler, Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauss.


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Strauss & Mahler Piano Quartets & Lieder

Strauss & Mahler Piano Quartets & Lieder


Mahler:

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Simone Kermes (soprano)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Simone Kermes (soprano)

Piano Quartet (in one movement) in A minor

Strauss, R:

Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13

Dirk Mommertz (piano

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Simone Kermes (soprano)

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Simone Kermes (soprano)

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Simone Kermes (soprano)

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Simone Kermes (soprano)

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Simone Kermes (soprano)

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Simone Kermes (soprano)


Faure Quartet

Collaborating for the first time the Fauré Quartett and soprano Simone Kermes perform pieces by Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss: Featuring Lieder from Strauss‘s early productive period and Mahler Lieder arranged by Dietrich Zöllner. Simone Kermes underlines with these Lieder interpretation the diversity of her stylistic sensibility. In equal measure the Fauré Quartett once again demonstrates the enormous range of its repertoire. The Fauré Quartett’s new recording of works by Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss borders on a small miracle: Strauss, as the founding father of the German performance and reproduction rights organisation GEMA, personally ensured that musicians were not permitted to make arrangements of his works until 70 years after his death (2019). After months of research, a direct call to the great-granddaughter of Richard Strauss allowed this arrangement to happen. In time for the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss, and to express reverence to Gustav Mahler, this recording includes two works dating from the young years of these geniuses: their great and seldom recorded piano quartets. Kermes has a number of international awards for her solo albums, such as the annual prize of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d`Or, Midem Award, Choc Le Monde de la Musique, Gramophone magazine’s CD of the Month and the Echo Prize. For her CD entitled Colori d`amore she was the winner of the Echo Prize in the highest category, Female Singer of the Year, in 2011. In 2012 the Munich Abendzeitung awarded Simone Kermes its Star of the Year Award, and in April 2013 she received one of Russia’s highest cultural awards, the Golden Mask, for her performances as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Tchaikovsky State Academic Theatre in Perm. The Fauré Quartett has established itself as one of the world’s leading piano quartets within just a few years. They use the opportunities arising from these developments. They discover new sound fields in chamber music and perform compositions outside the mainstream repertoire.

“These have been skilfully undertaken by Dietrich Zollner and are nicely sung by Simone Kermes. The recorded sound too is sensitive to the nuances of the music.” MusicWeb International, 29th June 2014

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Claudio Abbado Edition Vol. 1

Claudio Abbado Edition Vol. 1


Brahms:

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Marjana Lipovsek (contralto)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Marjana Lipovsek (contralto)

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Sylvia McNair (soprano), Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Khovanshchina: excerpts

Anatoli Kotscherga (bass baritone)

Nono:

Il canto sospeso

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Susanne Otto (mezzo)

Reger:

An die Hoffnung, Op. 124

Karita Mattila (soprano)

Rihm:

Hölderlin-Fragmente

Johannes M. Kösters (baritone)

Strauss, R:

Drei Hymnen Op. 71


As the endlessly sad news of Claudio Abbado’s passing broke on Monday 20th January 2014, heartfelt tributes quickly poured in from around the world: “a great musician and a generous man” (Sir Simon Rattle); “will always be part of the exalted group of geniuses in the history of the arts” (Gustavo Dudamel); “one of the wonders of the world” (Daniel Harding); “[Abbado’s concerts] weren’t mere performances of pieces of music, they were transformative existential journeys” (The Guardian).

'Sony Classical' is making available immediately the Claudio Abbado Gold Edition: three individual, budget-priced 5 CD box sets of Maestro Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic with pieces by Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Strauss, Schumann and Mussorgsky.

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Sir Colin Davis: The Complete RCA Legacy

Sir Colin Davis: The Complete RCA Legacy

The first complete collection of Sir Colin Davis' RCA recordings


Beethoven:

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Luba Orgonášová (soprano), Jadwiga Rappé (alto), Uwe Heilmann (tenor), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass)

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Fidelio, Op. 72

Deborah Voigt (Leonore), Ben Heppner (Florestan), Günter von Kannen (Pizarro), Matthias Hölle (Rocco), Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz (Marzelline), Michael Schade (Jaquino), Thomas Quasthoff (Fernando), Andreas Schulist (Erste Gefangene), Wilfried Vorwol (Zweite Gefangene)

Berlioz:

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

Waverley Overture Op. 1

King Lear Overture, Op. 4

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Béatrice et Bénédict, Op. 27: Overture

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Benvenuto Cellini Overture

Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Kyoko Takezawa (violin)

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

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto)

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op. 89

Marienlieder, Op. 22

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Angela Marie Biasi (soprano), Bryn Terfel (baritone)

Elgar:

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Kyoko Takezawa (violin)

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of a Thousand'

Alessandra Marc (Magna peccatrix), Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz (Mater gloriosa), Sharon Sweet (Una Poenitentum), Vesselina Kasarova (Mulier Samaritana), Ning Liang (Maria Aegyptiaca), Ben Heppner (Doctor Marianus), Sergei Leiferkus (Pater ecstaticus), Rene Pape (Pater profundus)

Mozart:

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

version for basset clarinet

Karl-Heinz Steffens (clarinet)

Serenade No. 11 in E flat major, K375

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

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

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K459

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'

Alicia de Larrocha (piano)

English Chamber Orchestra

Requiem in D minor, K626

Angela Maria Biasi (soprano), Marjana Lipovsek (contralto), Uwe Heilmann (tenor), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass)

Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Alan Titus (Figaro), Helen Donath (Susanna), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Conte Almaviva), Julia Varady (Contessa Almaviva), Marilyn Schmiege (Cherubino), Cornelia Kallisch (Marcellina), Siegmund Nimsgern (Bartolo), Heinz Zednik (Basilio), Claes H. Ahnsjö (Curzio), Gerhard Auer (Antonio), Ingrid Kertesi (Barbarina)

Symphonieorchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191

Eberhard Marschall (bassoon)

Serenade No. 9 in D major, K320 'Posthorn'

Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'

Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K388

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Bastien und Bastienne, K50: Overture

Der Schauspieldirektor, K486: Overture

Lucio Silla, K135: Overture

Così fan tutte, K588: Overture

La finta giardiniera, K196: Overture

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384: Overture

Il re pastore, K208: Overture

Idomeneo, K366: Overture

La clemenza di Tito, K621: Overture

Don Giovanni, K527: Overture

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden

Ah, scostati!...Smanie implacabili, che m'agitate (from Così fan tutte)

Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Non ho colpa (from Idomeneo)

March of the Priests (from Idomeneo)

Ah, qual gelido orror...Il padre adorato (from Idomeneo)

Venga pur, minacci e frema (from Mitridate, rè di Ponto)

Vedrai, carino (from Don Giovanni)

Già dagli occhi il velo è tolto (from Mitridate, rè di Ponto)

In quali eccessi ... Mi tradì quell'alma ingrate (from Don Giovanni)

Il Tenero Momento (from Lucio Silla)

Ecco il punto...Non più di fiori vaghe catene (from La clemenza di Tito)

lo ti lascio, oh cara…, addio 621a/K.Anh245/

Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo)

Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden

Rodrigo:

Concierto de Aranjuez

Julian Bream (guitar)

Melos Ensemble

Schubert:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Alicia de Larrocha (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius:

Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)

Rakastava, Op. 14

En Saga, Op. 9

Kullervo, Op. 7

Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano), Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (baritone)

Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22

Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49

The Bard, Op. 64

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

The Oceanides, Op. 73

Finlandia, Op. 26

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Tapiola, Op. 112

Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

London Symphony Orchestra

Verdi:

Requiem

Carol Vaness (soprano), Florence Quivar (contralto), Dennis O'Neill (tenor), Carlo Colombara (bass)

Symphonieorchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Falstaff

Rolando Panerai (Falstaff), Alan Titus (Ford), Frank Lopardo (Fenton), Marilyn Horne (Mistress Quickly), Sharon Sweet (Alice Ford), Julie Kaufmann (Nannetta), Susan Quittmeyer (Meg Page), Ulrich Reß (Bardolfo), Francesco Ellero d'Artegna (Pistola), Piero De Palma (Dr. Cajus)

Symphonieorchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Wagner:

Lohengrin

Sharon Sweet (Elsa), Ben Heppner (Lohengrin), Éva Marton (Ortrud), Sergei Leiferkus (Telramund), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (König Heinrich), Bryn Terfel (Der Heerrufer des Königs)

Symphonieorchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Weber:

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, J. 98, Op. 11

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, J. 155, Op. 32

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)

Polacca brillante in E major, J. 268, Op. 72, "L'hilarite"

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)


About Sir Colin Davis:

By the time Sir Colin Davis died in April 2013, at the age of 85, the former firebrand of the 1950s had long since mellowed into the grand old man of British music, and the recordings he made under contract to RCA Victor between 1988 and 2000 gloriously preserve what was widely felt, both then and since, to be the Golden Age of one of the world’s most gifted, respected and much-loved conductors.

Sir Colin’s RCA legacy enshrines his relationships with the three orchestras with whom he was most closely associated during his later years: the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, of which he was Chief Conductor from 1983 to 1992, and with whom he recorded his first RCA release, a coupling of Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Second Symphony, in 1988; the Dresden Staatskapelle, of which he was first Principal Guest Conductor, then Honorary Conductor, from 1990 until his death; and the London Symphony Orchestra, of which he was the longest-serving Principal Conductor (1995–2006) and then President, and with whom he completed an acclaimed Sibelius cycle, triumphantly bringing his RCA contract to an end, in the millennial year 2000.

For Davis, coming from a not altogether happy childhood, music always represented “a kind of alchemy that could transform reality into imaginative possibilities”, as indeed he transformed himself from a jobbing orchestral clarinettist into a world-class conductor. That imaginative alchemy is evident throughout this collection, from the stylish, sharp-edged conducting of the young Davis on a 1963 recording of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the guitarist Julian Bream (the earliest item included) to his cycle of Schubert symphonies with the Dresden Staatskapelle, of which Gramophone enthused, “We are somehow persuaded that Schubert is brought to life without any intervening human hand, which is exactly as it should be”.

As well as interpretations of the three composers to whom he was always most devoted – Berlioz, Sibelius and, perhaps above all, Mozart (“He is life itself,” he once said), this RCA Legacy collection also includes notable versions of Mahler’s Fourth and Eighth Symphonies (repertoire Davis had inherited from his great predecessor at the Bavarian RSO, Rafael Kubelik), Elgar’s Violin Concerto (music he in turn introduced to the Bavarians), Brahms’s A German Requiem and complete recordings of Wagner’s Lohengrin, Verdi’s Falstaff and Beethoven’s Fidelio – a work Davis once summarised as an “idealistic piece about those small miracles of love and devotion which are the stuff of everyday life”. And it was always his own miraculous musical synthesis of idealism, love and devotion that made his conducting so special.


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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

arrangement for Small Orchestra by Gilbert Kaplan and Rob Mathes


Marlis Petersen (soprano) & Janina Baechle (mezzo-soprano)

Wiener Kammerorchester & Wiener Singakademie, Gilbert Kaplan

Gilbert Kaplan, the best-selling Mahler interpreter in history, conducts the Wiener Kammerorchester, Wiener Singakadamie and soloists soprano Marlis Petersen and mezzo-soprano Janina Baechle, in a unique new version of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’: his own arrangement, with Rob Mathes, for small orchestra, designed for chamber, community and regional opera orchestras to perform this work which normally requires more than 100 musicians.

Gilbert Kaplan is one of today’s most authoritative and acclaimed interpreters of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, having conducted the work at the invitation of more than 65 orchestras.

His 1987 recording with the London Symphony Orchestra is the best-selling Mahler recording in history, with sales approaching 200,000 copies. A second recording, with the Vienna Philharmonic, based on the New Critical Edition of the score for which Kaplan served as co-editor, was released in 2003 on DG. With sales of almost 50,000 copies, it is the best-selling recording of Mahler’s Second since the date of its release.

Now, with his third recording, based on a live performance at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Kaplan is set to make history once again - not only capturing the imagination of his vast worldwide followers, but also providing an opportunity for chamber, community and regional opera orchestras to perform this work which normally requires more than 100 musicians (there are only 56 musicians performing on this recording). His recording with the Vienna Chamber Symphony sets the benchmark.

While reducing the instrumentation, Kaplan and his co-arranger Rob Mathes remain faithful to Mahler’s musical intentions and orchestral colours. They take a page, of sorts, out of Mahler’s book - the composer made numerous arrangements himself, often adding (rather than subtracting) instruments to symphonic staples by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. In another nod to history, the Kaplan/Mathes chamber arrangement recalls Schoenberg’s scaled down versions of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Symphony No. 4.

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The Romantics: Sir Roger Norrington’s 80th birthday

The Romantics: Sir Roger Norrington’s 80th birthday

Anniversary box


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Elgar:

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Schubert:

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp), D 644 - Overture

Tchaikovsky:

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

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a


Even 30 years ago, Roger Norrington surprised audiences with his historically informed interpretations of Romantic music. Over the past decade working with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), he has crafted what has been called the "Stuttgart Sound", “Stuttgart sound”, which developed out of Norrington's conviction of the vibrato-free performance, and which he developed to perfection with the Romantic repertoire. With works from Mozart and Haydn, (of which several CDs are available at hänssler CLASSIC in interpretations by Norrington), the conductor has has discovered the world of the high Romantic period step by step. These 10 CDs present a wide range of controversial music-making, that in addition to the wonderful music also provides plenty of material for future discussions.

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Living Stereo Collection Vol. 2

Living Stereo Collection Vol. 2


includes

Arnold:

Guitar Concerto, Op. 67

Julian Bream (guitar)

Melos Ensemble

Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, Robert Shaw

Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Symphony of the Air, Josef Krips

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'

Henryk Szeryng (violin), Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

Henryk Szeryng (violin), Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Serenade for string trio in D major, Op. 8

Jascha Heifetz (violin), William Primrose (viola), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Leontyne Price, Maureen Forrester, David Poleri & Giorgio Tozzi

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Berlioz:

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

Rosalind Elias, Cesare Valletti, Giorgio Tozzi

Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus, Charles Munch

Bizet:

Carmen: excerpts

Morton Gould and His Orchestra

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Gary Graffman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Chopin:

Les Sylphides

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

The Tender Land (Suite)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Trois Nocturnes: Nuages et Fêtes

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Le Printemps ('L'aimable printemps ramène dans la plaine'), L. 56

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Donizetti:

Lucia di Lammermoor

Roberta Peters (Lucia), Jan Peerce (Edgardo), Filippo Maero (Enrico), Giorgio Tozzi (Raimondo), Piero De Palma (Arturo), Miti Truccato Pace (Alisa), Mario Carlin (Normanno)

Erich Leinsdorf

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 13

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Alfred Wallenstein

Hovhaness:

Symphony No. 2 'Mysterious Mountain', Op. 132

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Kabalevsky:

The Comedians suite, Op. 26

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Khachaturian:

Masquerade Suite

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Kodály:

Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)

Liszt:

Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto, S.434 after Verdi's opera

Byron Janis (piano)

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Maureen Forrester (contralto)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Byron Janis (piano)

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Puccini:

Tosca

Zinka Milanov (Tosca), Jussi Björling (Cavaradossi), Leonard Warren (Scarpia), Fernando Corena (Sagristano), Leonardo Monreale (Angelotti), Mario Carlin (Spoletta), Nestore Catalani (Sciarrone), Giovanni Bianchini (Un pastore), Vincenzo Preziosa (Un carceriere)

Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1

Byron Janis (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Rossini:

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Roberta Peters (Rosina), Cesare Valletti (Almaviva), Robert Merrill (Figaro), Giorgio Tozzi (Don Basilio), Fernando Corena (Bartolo), Margaret Roggero (Berta), Calvin Marsh (Fiorillo)

Erich Leinsdorf

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

Juilliard String Quartet

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

Emil Gilels (piano)

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Byron Janis (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Stravinsky:

Le Baiser de la Fée

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Tchaikovsky:

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Verdi:

Otello

Jon Vickers (Otello), Leonie Rysanek (Desdemona), Tito Gobbi (Iago), Florinda Andreolli (Cassio), Mario Carlin (Roderigo), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Roderigo), Franco Calabrese (Montano), Robert Kerns (Herald), Myriam Pirazzini (Emilia)

Tullio Serafin

Requiem

Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Lili Chookasian (mezzo), Carlo Bergonzi (tenor), Ezio Flagelli (bass)

Boston Chorus Pro Musica, Alfred Nash Petterson

and Rossini Overtures (Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra); Reiner conducts Wagner; The Virtuoso Liszt (Gary Graffman); Giuliana Guitar Concerto (Julian Bream); Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose & Gregor Piatigorsky play Bach, Beethoven and Schubert; My favorite Chopin (Van Cliburn); Chopin Nocturnes (Rubinstein)


Through the decade following 1953, RCA Victor made a wondrous and substantial body of recordings which have come to be identified with their early stereo release label, Living Stereo. At the beginning of the widespread adoption of stereo audio in the home, Living Stereo offered a widely available range of quality music and performances in high quality sound.

An impressive amount of these records offer music, performances and audio quality which are still top choices and in many cases, still definitive! In its recording philosophies, Living Stereo influenced many of the recordings made since. They were significant in terms of music and sound quality and represent an important part of audiophile history.

On October 6, 1953, RCA held experimental stereophonic sessions in New York's Manhattan Center with Leopold Stokowski conducting a group of New York musicians in performances of Enesco's Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1 and the waltz from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin. There were additional stereo tests in December, again in the Manhattan Center, this time with Pierre Monteux conducting members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In February 1954, RCA made its first commercial stereophonic recordings, taping the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Munch, in a performance of The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz. This began a practice of simultaneously recording orchestras with both stereophonic and monaural equipment. Other early stereo recordings were made by Toscanini and Guido Cantelli respectively, with the NBC Symphony Orchestra; the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler; and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner.

Initially, RCA used RT-21 quarter-inch tape recorders (which ran at 30 inches per second), wired to mono mixers, with Neumann U-47 cardioid and M-49/50 omnidirectional microphones. Then they switched to an Ampex 300-3 one-half inch machine, running at 15 inches per second (which was later increased to 30 inches per second). These recordings were initially issued in 1955 on special stereophonic reel-to-reel tapes and then, beginning in 1958, on vinyl LPs with the logo ‘Living Stereo’.


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RCA - 88843003502

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Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition

Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Lucia Popp, Carolyn Watkinson, Peter Schreier, Robert Hall

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major

Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

Bruckner:

Symphonies 0-9 (complete)

Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Genoveva Overture

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Tchaikovsky:

Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Marche slave, Op. 31

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

The Storm Overture (Groza), Op.76

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


Haitink will be 85 on 4 March 2014, and this set presents his six complete symphonic cycles by cornerstone classical composers: Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Schumann and Tchaikovsky. Originally recorded for Philips, the CDs are now smartly re-packaged in a collectable cube, with a substantial 160-page booklet including extensive essays in 3 languages (English, French, German) and includes essays by authoritative writers such as William Kinderman (Beethoven), Michael Kennedy (Mahler) and John Warrack (Schumann and Tchaikovsky).

Every single symphonic cycle is played by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, recently voted by Gramophone Magazine as ‘The Greatest Orchestra in the World’. Dutch-born Bernard Haitink made his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra on 7 November 1956. From 1963 Haitink was Principal Conductor, a position he held for 25 years. An exclusive Philips artist for more than 30 years, Haitink remains fully active on the international concert scene. 2013/14 is the 60th season of his conducting career.

Decca - 4786360

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Mahler: Urlicht

Mahler: Urlicht


Mahler:

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das himmlische Leben

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht (No. 1 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Ging heut' morgen übers Feld (No. 2 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Ich hab' ein gluhend' Messer (No. 3 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz (No. 4 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Liebst Du um Schönheit (Rückert-Lieder)

Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder! (Rückert-Lieder)

Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)


Janina Baechle (mezzo-soprano) & Markus Hadulla (piano)

The songs (lieder) presented in this recording are among Gustav Mahler’s most representative. Performed by German mezzo-soprano Janina Baechle and accompanied by pianist Markus Hadulla, this truly magical CD should find instant favour with Mahler enthusiasts and lovers of lieder generally.

Except for the musical settings of poems by Friedrich Rückert, the lieder are all based on Mahler’s own poems or folk poems out of “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” (“The Boy's Magic Horn: Old German Songs”), a particular favourite of Mahler’s and great source of inspiration to him.

Best known for her performances with the Vienna State Opera, Janina Baechle is an immensely talented artist whose voice has been described by German publication Der Western as having “a wonderful timbre, shimmering like glowing velvet with radiant high notes”.

“Baechle has a nicely rounded tone, although she shows some signs of strain in her upper middle register...She also shades her voice with delicacy, and obtains some nice sense of meaning where the orchestral accompaniment might have demanded the use of a broader brush.” MusicWeb International, 13th May 2014

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Invitation au Voyage

Invitation au Voyage


Duparc:

L'Invitation au voyage

La Vague et la Cloche

Extase

Phidylé

Le Manoir de Rosemonde

Soupir

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Pizzetti:

La vita fugge e non s'arresta un'ora (Francesco Petrarca)

Quel rosigniuol che sì soave piagne (Francesco Petrarca)

Levommi il mio pensier in parte ov'era (Francesco Petrarca)

Vaughan Williams:

Songs of Travel


Dietrich Henschel (baritone) & Fritz Schwinghammer (piano)

“an enterprising programme, superbly executed by Dietrich Henschel. His virile, incisive baritone is always a pleasure to listen to, his characterisation keen and imaginative.” Richard Wigmore, Daily Telegraph, 1 July 2006 Classical CD of the Week

“This four-language recital is something of a tour de force; the recording is excellent.” Patrick O’Connor, Gramophone Magazine, September 2006 Gramophone Recommended

“Henschel is frequently anguished and extreme: his balefully dark Duparc singing, in particular, is riveting if potentially controversial. He turns the emotional volume down for the Vaughan Williams song cycle, which is exceptionally beautiful in its restraint.” Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 9 June 2006 *****

“Henschel steers a sure and certain interpretative course stylishly accompanied throughout by pianist Schwinghammer in these subtle examples of lyricism.” George Hall, The Independent on Sunday, 11 June 2006 *****

“Throughout the programme Henschel brings to mind the intelligence, flexibility, musical responsiveness, and even at times the very timbre of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau at his best.” Michael Dervan, The Irish Times, 23 June 2006 *****

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1951875

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