Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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All Who Wander

All Who Wander


Dvorak:

Gypsy Melodies (7), Op. 55 (B104)

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Ich ging mit Lust (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Sibelius:

Svarta rosor, Op. 36 No. 1 (Ernst Josephson)

Säf, säf, susa, Op. 36 No. 4 (Text: Gustav Fröding)

Flickan kom från sin älsklings möte, Op. 37, No. 5

Kyssens hopp, Op. 13 No. 2

Marssnön, Op. 36 No. 5

Var det en dröm? Op. 37 No. 4 (J.J. Wecksell)


Jamie Barton (mezzo), Brian Zeger (piano)

Read our exclusive interview with Jamie Barton about the recording here.

“The world has been waiting for this voice for a long time – one that reminds you of how capable the human voice is of creating something of absolute beauty. Jamie pours all of her heart into every phrase of this deeply personal debut album. You will be utterly transported.” – Joyce DiDonato

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton burst upon the global opera and concert scene in recent years after having won many of the world’s most prestigious prizes for vocal excellenceand accomplishments. Delos has scored a major coup in releasing her debut album.

Jamie’s well-chosen program of late-Romantic repertoire begins with eight of Gustav Mahler’s finest lieder – including his wonderful Five Rückert Songs – before treating us to the rare delights of Antonin Dvořák’s song cycle Gypsy Songs. Her album concludes with even more seldom-heard selections from the many lovely Swedish-language songs of Finnish master Jean Sibelius.

“A captivating and well presented album” MusicWeb International, 10th January 2017

“The voice is rich, generous and vibrant, big but beautifully controlled, impeccably smooth throughout its range. It’s the sort of instrument you could listen to all day, in any sort of repertoire...The disc’s highlight, though, is the Sibelius, in which the mezzo pours her heart into grand, soaring accounts of some of the composer’s most seductive songs.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“A gorgeous debut from the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World. Her rich, soulful mezzo draws out Mahler’s dark colours and soars in Sibelius’s snowy miniatures.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 *****

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Fantastic Cenčić

Fantastic Cenčić


Bach, J S:

St John Passion, BWV245: Zerfliesse, mein Herze

Caldara:

Barbaro non comprendo (from Adriano in Siria)

Fauré:

Requiem: Pie Jesu

Gasparini:

Dolce mio ben, mia vita (from Flavio Anicio Olibrio)

Giacomelli:

Sposa non mi conosci (from Merope)

Gluck:

Dubbioso amante (from Ezio)

Se tu lo reggi al volo (from Ezio)

Handel:

Sebben mi lusinga (from Faramondo)

Voglio che sia l'indegno (from Fernando, Re di Castiglia)

Virtu, che rende (from Fernando, Re di Castiglia)

Salda quercia (from Arianna)

Sorge nell'alma mia (from Imeneo)

Alma mia (from Floridante)

Benché mi sprezzi (from Tamerlano)

Pena tiranna (from Amadigi)

Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Mahler:

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Mendelssohn:

Neue Liebe, Op. 19a No. 4

Bei der Wiege, Op. 47 No. 6

Nachtlied, Op. 71 No. 6

Porta, G:

Mormorando quelle fronde (from La costanza combattuta in amore)

Rossini:

Eccomi alfine in Babilonia (from Semiramide)

In si barbara sciagura (from Semiramide)

Mura felici (from La donna del lago)

O patria...Di tanti palpiti (from Tancredi)

Dolci silvestri... Perché mai le luci apprimo Arsace (from Aureliano in Palmira)

Schubert:

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Das Fischermädchen D957 No. 10

Die Taubenpost, D965A (D957 No. 14)

Rosamunde, D797: Romance 'Der Vollmond Strahlt auf Bergeshöh'n'

Die Vogel D691

Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 (Von Chezy / Muller)

Die Forelle, D550

Schumann:

Mondnacht (No. 5 from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1

Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3

Strauss, J, II:

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Strauss, R:

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Verdi:

Saper vorreste (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Vinci, Leonardo:

Va' tra le selve ircane (from Artaserse)

Vivaldi:

Mi vuoi tradir lo so (La verità in cimento, RV 739)

Gelido in ogni vena (from Il Farnace, RV711)

Gemo in punto e fremo (from L'Olimpiade RV725)


Max Emanuel Cenčić (countertenor)

Even in an age of thrilling countertenors, Max Emanuel Cencic stands out for the heroic scale and brilliance of his voice, his expansive lyricism, and his imagination and enterprise in choice of repertoire. Cencic has excelled as both a soprano and a mezzo-soprano, and Fantastic Cencic showcases his extraordinary interpretative range – from the great and lesser-known masters of the Baroque to the bel canto of Rossini and composers of the Romantic era from Schubert to Strauss. The third of these three CDs comprises recordings from the early 1990s, shortly after Cencic left the Wiener Sängerknaben, which are released here for the first time.

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20c Shaping The Century – Vol. 1 1900-1949

20c Shaping The Century – Vol. 1 1900-1949


Bartók:

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Berg:

Drei Orchesterstücke, Op. 6

Anne Sofie von Otter

Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Britten:

Peter Grimes

Peter Pears (Peter Grimes), Claire Watson (Ellen Orford), James Pease (Balstrode), Jean Watson (Auntie), Raymond Nilsson (Bob Boles), Owen Brannigan (Swallow), Geraint Evans (Ned Keene), Lauris Elms (Mrs Sedley), David Kelly (Hobson), Marion Studholme (First Niece), Iris Kells (Second Niece), John Lanigan (Horace Adams)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Benjamin Britten

Cage:

Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

John Tilbury (piano)

Copland:

Billy the Kid

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

El Salón México

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Debussy:

La Mer

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

Ives, C:

Central Park in the Dark

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Wiener Philharmoniker, Charles Mackerras

Taras Bulba

Wiener Philharmoniker, Charles Mackerras

Lachian Dances

London Philharmonic Orchestra, François Huybrechts

Mahler:

Symphony No. 9

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Martin, F:

Concerto for 7 wind instruments, timpani, percussion & string orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Messiaen:

Turangalîla Symphony

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Orff:

Carmina Burana

June Anderson (soprano), Philip Creech (tenor) & Bernd Weikl (baritone)

Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus, James Levine

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Schoenberg:

Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21

Christine Schäfer

Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Strauss, R:

Salome

Catherine Malfitano, Bryn Terfel, Kenneth Riegel, Hanna Schwarz, Kim Begley

Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnanyi

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Szymanowski:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Symphony No. 3 'The Song of the Night', Op. 27

Ryszard Karcykowski

Kenneth Jewell Chorale, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Tippett:

A Child of Our Time

Jessye Norman (soprano), Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Richard Cassilly (tenor) & John Shirley-Quirk (bass)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Choral Society & BBC Singers, Sir Colin Davis

Varèse:

Amériques

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Arcana

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Déserts

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Ionisation

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony'

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Roger Norrington

Walton:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton

Webern:

Symphony, Op. 21

Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Weill, K:

The Threepenny Opera

RIAS Berlin Sinfonietta, John Mauceri

Zemlinsky:

Lyric Symphony Op. 18

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly


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It presents a comprehensive overview of music from an often-turbulent era to provide a balanced overview of 20th century composition.

26 essential and iconic works by 26 composers covering the years 1900-1949.

These are works you must know to understand the music of the first half of the 20th century.

Each album includes a timeline of 20th Century Musical Premieres, and repertoire notes by leading musicologist and writer NIGEL SIMEONE, who also curated the ‘20C’ project, which set out the context, and introduce the composers and the works.

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Mahler (arr. Schoenberg): Songs

Mahler (arr. Schoenberg): Songs


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

arr. Arnold Schoenberg

Roderick Williams (baritone)

Das Lied von der Erde

arr. Arnold Schoenberg

Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano) & Charles Reid (tenor)


Attacca Quartet & Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, JoAnn Falletta

Arnold Schoenberg founded the Society for Private Musical Performances in 1918 to perform contemporary music from ‘Mahler to the present’. Mahler had been an early supporter of Schoenberg’s music, and Schoenberg repaid the favour by arranging Mahler’s orchestral works for chamber ensemble and including them at the society’s concerts. The colourful Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen are given a feel of great intimacy in this form, while the lighter scoring of Das Lied von der Erde has the advantage of clarifying instrumental textures, its magical effects capturing ‘the finite nature of earthly things’.

Interest in Schoenberg and his circle’s arrangements of orchestral works for chamber ensemble for his Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen has grown considerably in recent years, with recordings of the chamber version of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony alone already having appeared on the Avie, Linn, Dorian and ABC Classics labels.

The Schoenberg arrangements of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Das Lied von der Erde have also proven popular, but our release can boast a world-beating team of musicians. Conducted by the GRAMMY® Award-winning JoAnn Falletta, soprano Susan Platts is a celebrated and Rolex-Prize winning Mahlerian soloist who has performed Das Lied von der Erde to great acclaim all over the world. Baritone Roderick Williams is connected with every major UK opera house, singing concert repertoire with the BBC orchestras and internationally, as well as appearing in major operatic premières by composers such as Sally Beamish and Robert Saxton.

Central to the ensemble for these recordings is the multiple award-winning Attacca Quartet, recognized as one of America’s premier young ensembles. The Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players recently appeared on the new Naxos recording of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (8573537), also conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and described by Graham Rickson of The Arts Desk as “phenomenally good… Highly enjoyable, and possibly the best modern recording of an important, influential work.”

“Roderick Williams’s baritone bathes in the sparse instrumental textures and in JoAnn Falletta’s slow tempos. though rubato is not as idiomatic as it could be, Williams’s typical skill at drawing in the listener well captures well the intimacy of Schoenberg’s arrangement.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ***

“Falletta conducts with admirable refinement and passion.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


The first releases from the Munich Philharmonic’s own recording label feature sensational performances of works by two composers with whom the orchestra is closely associated: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4.

The recording of Mahler’s Second Symphony was made during the opening concerts of Valery Gergiev’s first season as Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic. Since first coming to prominence after winning the Karajan Conducting Competition at the age of 24, Gergiev has established himself as one of the world’s great conductors and communicators on the value and role of music in today’s society.

The Munich Philharmonic had an especially close relationship with Gustav Mahler and has long been associated with his music. Mahler conducted the Munich Philharmonic at the world premieres of his very own Fourth and Eighth Symphonies as well as Das Lied von der Erde.

Although he rarely offered direct insight into any specific meaning behind his music, Mahler’s symphonies are characterised by the sense of a composer openly expressing his emotions regarding the great struggle of “life”. His epic second symphony, often referred to as The Resurrection Symphony, culminates in a spectacular final movement, complete with chorus, as the music passes though darkness to a place of redemption and elation.

For this astonishing recording, Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic are joined by soprano Anne Schwanewilms and mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, as well as the magnificent Munich Philharmonic Choir.

Valery Gergiev has held many of the top roles in the world of classical music and is one of the most influential conductors of our time. He is General and Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where is has lead a renaissance of this historic institution, firmly re-establishing it as one of the world’s leading opera and ballet companies. From 2006 to 2015 he was Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also enjoyed positions and close relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Pacific Music Festival and World Orchestra for Peace, whose founder Sir Georg Solti nominated him as his successor as Music Director. However, Gergiev’s role with the Munich Philharmonic is his first position with a German orchestra.

Gergiev has a peerless reputation in Russian and French repertoire. He has received acclaim around the world, and recordings with Philips, LSO Live and Mariinsky have won countless awards, especially in the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Berlioz and Debussy. However, over recent decades he has become widely regarded as one of the greatest and most exciting conductors of German repertoire in the world today, garnering adulation, especially for his interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner – music that is at the very heart of the Munich Philharmonic’s repertoire.

“It reminds me a little of Karajan at his paradoxical best/worst: magnificently convincing in its artistic overview, rather less persuasive when it comes to what Henry James called the ‘sharpness of human contact’” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

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Eugen Jochum: Complete Recordings on DG

Eugen Jochum: Complete Recordings on DG

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Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

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

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

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

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

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

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

Bruckner:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Handel:

Organ Concerto No. 4 in F major, HWV292, Op. 4 No. 4

Haydn:

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Symphony No. 91 in E flat major

Symphonies Nos. 93 - 104 (the London Symphonies)

Höller, K:

Symphonische Phantasie über ein Thema von Gerolamo Frescobaldi Op. 20

Sweelinck-Variationen, Op. 56

Mahler:

Das Lied von der Erde

Mozart:

Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K319

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

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

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

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Act III: March

Le Nozze di Figaro K492: Fandango

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

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

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

Sibelius:

The Tempest, Op. 109

The Oceanides, Op. 73

Night Ride and Sunrise, Op. 55

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Waltz Sequence No. 1 (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Schlagobers, Op. 70: Waltz

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Good Friday Music


30 years after his death, DG commemorates the quintessential “Kapellmeister” with a 42-CD set of Complete DG Orchestral Recordings presented in original jackets.

In addition to the complete symphonic cycles of Bruckner (the first ever complete recorded cycle), Beethoven and Brahms, this set offers the entire Jochum orchestral recordings for DG for the first time.

Several recordings appear on CD for the first time including recordings of Weber, Mozart and Beethoven.

Excellent documentation includes numerous rare photographs and a new appreciation of the conductor by Nigel Simeone.

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Charles Munch - The Complete RCA Album Collection

Charles Munch - The Complete RCA Album Collection


 

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Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

Barber:

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Gratulations-Menuett WoO 3

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

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

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

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

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

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

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Berlioz:

Béatrice et Bénédict, Op. 27: Overture

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (excerpts)

L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25

Harold en Italie, Op. 16

Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Béatrice et Bénédict, Op. 27: Overture

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

Benvenuto Cellini Overture

Chasse royale et Orage (from Les Troyens)

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

Blackwood:

Symphony No. 1, Op. 3

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

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

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

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

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruch:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20

Chopin:

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

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

Debussy:

La Damoiselle élue

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien

La Mer

Images for orchestra

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Trois Nocturnes: Nuages et Fêtes

Printemps, suite for piano 4 hands or orchestra, L. 61

Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Elgar:

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Fauré:

Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 (suite)

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Symphony in D minor

Le Chasseur maudit

Handel:

Water Music Suite

Haydn:

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'

Honegger:

Symphony No. 5 'Di tre re'

Symphony No. 2 in D for strings and trumpet

Ibert:

Escales

Indy:

Symphonie sur un chant montagnard, Op. 25

Symphonie sur un chant montagnard, Op. 25

Lalo:

Le Roi d'Ys: Overture

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Kindertotenlieder

Martinu:

Symphony No. 6 'Fantaises symphoniques'

Mendelssohn:

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

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Capriccio Brillant in B minor Op. 22

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

Scherzo from Octet, Op. 20

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Menotti:

Violin Concerto

Milhaud:

Suite Provençale, Op. 152c

La Création du Monde, Op. 81

Mozart:

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

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Piston:

Symphony No. 6 ‘Gettysburg’

Poulenc:

Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings & Timpani

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole

La Valse

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Daphnis et Chloé

Rapsodie Espagnole

Boléro

La Valse

Piano Concerto in G major

Daphnis et Chloé

Boléro

Pavane pour une infante défunte

La Valse

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Roussel:

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 2

Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

La Princesse jaune (The Yellow Princess)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor, Op. 44

Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28

Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Schubert:

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

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

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

Genoveva Overture

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Stravinsky:

Jeu de cartes

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

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

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Die Walkure: Magic Fire Music

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

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

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Walton:

Cello Concerto



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“This tribute to the conductor Charles Munch... is overdue. Munch’s continuing reputation is based on elegant, often fiery accounts of French repertoire...but here there’s opportunity to explore far more, including numerous recordings on CD for the first time or in fresh masterings.” New York Times, 24th November 2016

RCA - 88875169792

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Berio: Sinfonia & Berio/Mahler: Frühe Lieder

Berio: Sinfonia & Berio/Mahler: Frühe Lieder


Berio:

Sinfonia

The Synergy Vocals

Mahler:

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Erinnerung (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Hans und Grete (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Ich ging mit Lust (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Phantasie aus Don Juan (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio

Nicht wiedersehen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

orchestrated Berio


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"Since it was first performed in 1969, Luciano Berio's Sinfonia has become a classic, certainly the most widely known of all his works and arguably the most successful concert piece by a composer of his generation." The Guardian

This release is dedicated to the pioneer of Italian modernism Luciano Berio. His 5-movement 'Sinfonia', is undoubtedly his most well-known work, written for the New York Philharmonic and dedicated to Leonard Bernstein. It has become one of the key works and principle musical manifestations of the 1960s bringing together collage technique and modernism.

A few years later, Berio went on to orchestrate a number of songs on texts from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn', which Mahler had scored for piano and voice, as if they had been written at the time of the later 'Kindertotenlieder'. A symphonic backcloth tailor-made for the great baritone voice of Matthias Goerne [whose 'Knaben Wunderhorn' songs are already available on DVD, with Andris Nelsons, from Lucerne]. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the sombre and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else.

“Berio’s skilful arrangements invoke a similar soundworld as Mahler’s own orchestrations of his songs: it’s colourful, slightly brittle, and vividly pointed up by Pons...Goerne gives the vocal lines the slightly larger-than-life quality they need, exaggerating their expressive extremes and running through his full palette of baritonal shades.” The Guardian, 28th September 2016 ****

“any attempt to describe this [third] movement can't possibly do full justice to how extraordinary an accomplishment it is; it's much more than simply copying out some Mahler and throwing in a few other bits and pieces, and the overall effect in performance is remarkable, shifting from violent orchestral outbursts to some truly sublime moments.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 16th September 2016

“Berio’s Sinfonia, premiered in 1968, remains an incomparably rich conundrum...On a disc such as this outstanding one, balance can be contrived so that the throng of words is audible to just the right degree.” Sunday Times, 9th October 2016

“Goerne summons a dark, curdled tone, which can switch in an instant to a delicate tenderness...Altogether, this disc is a wonderful introduction to one of the 20th century’s great composers.” The Telegraph, 22nd October 2016 ****

“Pons’s new, gorgeously textured performance couples the endlessly fascinating work with Berio’s two-decades-later, light-touch orchestrations of Mahler songs, sung with heart-piercing point by Matthias Goerne.” Irish Times, 26th October 2016

“We have only to listen to [Berio’s] exquisite song orchestrations, graced with Goerne on riveting, vibrant form, to feel the depth of his empathy, an almost palpable longing to be absorbed into that lost Viennese world…this coupling is a must-have” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

“Matthias Goerne projects each song with ursine power and humour, albeit in slightly frayed voice. His larger-than-life stage persona fits Berio’s vividly faithful arrangements…this new [recording] feels even truer to the spirit of '68 which inspired Sinfonia” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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Harmonia Mundi - HMC902180

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Mahler: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Mahler: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Completed D. Cooke, 1976


“You may be surprised by Thomas Dausgaard’s force and conviction as a Mahlerian. This exceptional issue from the Pacific Northwest ought to be a game-changer for all concerned” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

“What a fabulous string section this orchestra has - violins absolutely fearless in Mahler’s exposed high lines, cellos and basses like rich velvet. They’re totally in sympathy with Dausgaard’s very human take on the work. The first movement’s screaming discord is terrifying, but what lingers is how this conductor leads us out of the shadows.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

“You will have to hunt far and wide for a finer-sounding recording of Mahler's final Tenth Symphony than this one...It is the beauty of the symphony's lyrical unfolding, and the gut-wrenching contrast between it and the elements that break it apart, that make Seattle Symphony's recording of Mahler's magnificent farewell a must-hear.” Stereophile (USA), 13th July 2016

“Here, by an exceptional command of long-term tempo relationships Dausgaard manages to unify the symphony into single whole. Without loss of intensity, it emerges as not only a psychological document but an orchestral classic – fully realised by the Seattle Symphony, long an adventurous outfit but here sounding like one of the world’s great orchestras” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

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The Originals Box - Legendary Recordings Volume 2

The Originals Box - Legendary Recordings Volume 2


Albinoni:

Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor

Wolfgang Meyer (organ)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Auber:

La muette de Portici: Overture

Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV525

Chorale Partita BWV768 'Sei gegrusset, Jesu gütig'

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

Chorale Preludes II, BWV645-650 'Schübler Chorales'

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Bartók:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (complete)

Geza Anda (piano)

Beethoven:

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Zärtliche Liebe 'Ich liebe dich', WoO 123

Adelaide, Op. 46

Resignation, WoO 149

Der Kuss, Op. 128

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Berg:

Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Boccherini:

String Quintet Op. 30 No. 6 in C major (Quintettino), G324 'La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Boulez:

Piano Sonata No. 2

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major

Hungarian Dance No. 17 in F sharp minor

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 20 in E minor

Hungarian Dance No. 19 in B minor

Hungarian Dance No. 18 in D major

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Emil Gilels (piano), Norbert Brainin (violin), Peter Schidolf (viola), Martin Lovett (cello)

Ballades (4), Op. 10

Emil Gilels (piano)

Bruckner:

Mass No. 1 in D Minor

Mass No. 2 in E minor

Mass No. 3 in F minor

Edith Mathis (soprano), Marga Schiml (alto), Wieslaw Ochman (tenor), Karl Ridderbusch (bass), Elmar Schloter (organ)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum

Cherubini:

Anacréon Overture

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Prelude Op. posth. in A flat major (No. 26)

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Debussy:

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Melos Quartet

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Slavonic Dance No. 16 in A flat major, Op. 72 No. 8

Slavonic Dance No. 7 in C minor, Op. 46 No. 7

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay

Falla:

El Amor Brujo

Grace Bumbry (mezzo-soprano)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lorin Maazel

Three dances from El Sombrero de Tres Picos

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lorin Maazel

Haydn:

The Creation

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwangler

Honegger:

Symphony No. 2 in D for strings and trumpet

Fritz Wesenigk (trumpet)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 3, H186 'Liturgique'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Janacek:

Glagolitic Mass

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Rafael Kubelik (piano)

Kodály:

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10

Melos Quartet

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

A Faust Symphony, S108

Kenneth Riegel (tenor)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tangelwood Festival Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Christa Ludwig (mezzo)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Christa Ludwig (mezzo)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K459

Clara Haskil (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Clara Haskil (piano)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Ferenc Fricsay

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280

Clara Haskil (piano)

Ferenc Fricsay

Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Deutschen Oper Berlin, Karl Bohm

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 3

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 6

Visions fugitives, Op. 22, No. 9

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Ravel:

String Quartet in F major

Melos Quartet

Respighi:

Fountains of Rome

Pines of Rome

Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, P. 172

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Michel Schwalbe (violin solo)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Gaston Litaize (organ)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Prélude to Le Deluge Op. 45

Alain Moglia (violin solo)

Orchestre de Paris

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Luben Yordanoff (violin solo)

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Schubert:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwangler

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Goethe-Lieder

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Jorg Demus (piano), Gerald Moore (piano)

An Sylvia, D891

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360 (Mayrhofer)

Liebhaber in allen Gestalten, D558

Der Einsame, D800

Im Abendrot, D799

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

An die Laute D905

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

An die Musik D547

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Novelette, Op. 21 No. 1 in F major

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Waldszenen, Op. 82

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: The Swan of Tuonela (No. 2)

Festivo (No. 3 from Scènes historiques I, Op.25)

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Tapiola, Op. 112

Berliner Philharmoniker, Hans Rosbaud

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferenc Fricsay

Stravinsky:

Instrumental Miniatures (8)

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Concerto in E flat for chamber orchestra 'Dumbarton Oaks'

Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez

Ebony Concerto

Michel Arrignon (clarinet)

Pierre Boulez

Concerto in D for string orchestra 'Basler'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Three Movements from Petrushka

transcribed for piano solo by the composer

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

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

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Verdi:

Operatic Choruses

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Claudio Abbado

Requiem

Katia Ricciarelli, Shirley Verrett, Plácido Domingo & Nicolai Ghiaurov

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Claudio Abbado

Rigoletto

Piero Cappuccilli (Rigoletto), Ileana Cotrubas (Gilda), Plácido Domingo (Il Duca), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Sparafucile), Elena Obraztsova (Maddalena), Hanna Schwarz (Giovanna), Kurt Moll (Monterone), Luigi de Corato (Marullo), Walter Gullino (Borsa), Dirk Sagemuller (Conte di Ceprano), Olive Fredricks (Contessa di Ceprano), Audrey Michael (Un paggio)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini

Weber:

Der Freischütz

Gundula Janowitz (Agathe), Edith Mathis (Ännchen), Peter Schreier (Max), Theo Adam (Kaspar), Franz Crass (Hermit), Siegfried Vogel (Kuno), Bernd Weikl (Ottokar), Günther Leib (Kilian), Gerhard Paul (Zamiel)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Carlos Kleiber

Webern:

Variations, Op. 27

Maurizio Pollini (piano)


In 2014 Deutsche Grammophon celebrated the 20th anniversary of its flagship series, The Originals, with a limited edition collection featuring some of the label’s greatest albums.

This second volume concludes the label’s survey of its iconic series by presenting more legendary analogue albums. Including key recordings such as Beethoven’s Late Sonatas with Pollini, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique with Markevitch, Brahms’s Hungarian Dances with Karajan, Dvořák’s “New World” with Fricsay, Chopin Préludes with Argerich, Respighi’s Fontane & Pini di Roma with Karajan, Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony with Furtwängler, the Schumann Piano Concerto with Richter and Dichterliebe with Wunderlich, Stravinsky with Boulez, Verdi Choruses with Abbado and many more. Also featured is the complete Brahms Symphony cycle with Jochum as well as three complete operas: Böhm’s Le nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto with Giulini, and Der Freischütz under Carlos Kleiber.

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Sleeves presented in THE ORIGINALS jackets.

CD covers based upon the original LP cover design, most of them with the iconic yellow cartouche.

112-page booklet including a new 2000-word essay – “The aura of the extraordinary” by Werner Pfister (FONO FORUM, Musik & Theater reviewer, author).

DG Originals - 4796018

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