Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Thomas Hampson: Autograph

Thomas Hampson: Autograph


includes

Britten:

Billy Budd (Excerpts)

Gounod:

Faust: excerpts

Mahler:

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Mendelssohn:

Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60: So weit gebracht, dass wir bei Nacht

Mozart:

Le Nozze di Figaro: excerpts

Don Giovanni: excerpts

Soave sia il vento (from Così fan tutte)

Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo (from Così fan tutte)

Schumann:

Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Thomas, Ambroise:

Hamlet: excerpts

Verdi:

Ove son io?....Vada in flamme (from Macbeth)

Perfidi!…Pietà, rispetto, amore (from Macbeth)

Oui, je fus bien coupable...Au sein de la puissance (from Les Vêpres siciliennes)

Di Provenza il mar (from La Traviata)

Suona ogni labbro il mio nome (from Simon Boccanegra)

Il Trovatore (excerpts)

Don Carlo (excerpts)

Wagner:

Tannhäuser (excerpts)

Götterdämmerung: excerpts

CD1 - MOZART AND THE OPERAS BY LORENZO DA PONTE

CD2 - GOETHE AND SHAKESPEARE (Mendelssohn, Gounod, Ambroise Thomas, Verdi)

CD3 - VERDI – FATHERS AND FANATICS

CD4 - WAGNER – OPERAS AND SONGS

CD5 - BRITTEN – OPERA AND WAR REQUIEM

CD6 - LIEDER AND MELODIES, PART ONE: SCHUBERT

CD7 - LIEDER AND MELODIES, PART TWO: SCHUMANN

CD8 - LIEDER AND MELODIES, PART THREE (Berlioz, Liszt, Strauss, Mahler, Korngold)

CD9 - AMERICAN SONG (Copland, Hopkinson, Bernstein, Ives, Ungar, Warren, Carpenter, Duke, Still, Bowles, Homer, MacDowell, Foster)

CD10 - OPERETTA AND BROADWAY (Lehár, Kálmán, Millöcker, Stolz, Tauber, Zeller, J Strauss II, Berlin, Porter, Weill, Kern)

CD11 – ORATORIO (Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Fauré, Puccini, Duruflé)

CD12 - AN INTERVIEW PORTRAIT (with Jon Tolansky)


Thomas Hampson (baritone)

One of today’s most innovative and insightful singers, Thomas Hampson is widely admired for his accomplished performances and his commitment to musical research and education. Encompassing opera, operetta, song, oratorio and Broadway musicals, this special collection – Thomas Hampson has personally overviewed the track selection – showcases his remarkable versatility and highlights some of his greatest operatic roles. The set also includes an interview documentary CD by Jon Tolansky, which offers fascinating insights into Hampson’s career and achievements.

Warner Classics Autograph - 2564619045

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

recorded live at Teatro La Scala in November 2014


Filarmonica della Scala, Daniel Barenboim

Decca - 4811530

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4


Mahler:

Symphony No. 3

2007

Waltraud Meier (mezzo)

Symphony No. 4

2008

Genia Kühmeier (soprano)


Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchstra (HR-Sinfonie Orchster), Paavo Järvi

Symphonies Nos. 3 + 4 will continue the release of the complete Mahler cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Bonus: Introductions to Symphonies Nos. 3 + 4 with Paavo Järvi.

Outstanding soloists: Waltraud Meier, Genia Kühmeier

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM 2.0, dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES Symphony No. 3 + 4: Original language: German, Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean,

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C Major Paavo Järvi Complete Mahler Symphony Cycle - 719204

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Pierre Boulez: Emotion & Analysis

Pierre Boulez: Emotion & Analysis


includes

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Boulez:

Notations I-IV

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Debussy:

La Mer

Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Diana Damrau (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo)

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Schoenberg:

Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34

Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Fireworks, Op. 4

The Rite of Spring


This DVD-Box, a compilation of 10 DVDs, pays homage to Pierre Boulez in honor of his 90th birthday on the 26th of March, 2015.

Not only do we celebrate a great conductor and composer but also his creativity and effort in supporting young, aspiring musicians as a teacher and mentor as well as his open and progressive approach to composition and music in general.

These fantastic productions, each represent a stage in the great conductor’s life, therefore granting the viewer deep insights into the activities and growth of a musical legend. Revealing motivations, projects, opinions, and personal information through enlightening interviews.

3 documentaries and 9 concerts productions put together into one captivating Boulez-Box.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound format DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: total running time 1.022 mins

Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Français

German FSK: 0

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Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EuroArts - 2061008

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Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado

Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado


Beethoven:

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

August 2013

Claudio Abbado

Berg:

Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel' (1935)

Isabelle Faust (violin)

Hölderlin:

Brot und Wein

Mahler:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor: Langsam

Schubert:

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished' - Allegro moderato


It was a deeply affecting and appropriate farewell. The spirit of Claudio Abbado, the great conductor and founder of orchestras who died in January 2014, was present in music, words, and silence. Thousands upon thousands came to the Basilica di Santo Stefano in Bologna and the Piazza della Scala in Milan to pay their last respects. In Lucerne, the members of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA paid tribute to this extraordinary man and friend with a deeply moving concert – “The emotional intensity was unbelievable; this could only be achieved by true musicians, by those capable of love.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) Friends and associates look back fondly on Claudio Abbado and speak of how they experienced these moments of grief and farewell.

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (weltweit)

Running Time: 98:57 min

Disc Format: DVD‐9

Subtitles: German (Original), English, Japanese, Korean

“a sombre and moving document...the concert itself begins with the first movement of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony performed without a conductor, the empty podium standing as a conspicuous symbol of loss...Berg's Violin Concerto [is] beautifully performed by Isabelle Faust and Andris Nelsons.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 *****

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Accentus Music - ACC20319

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Pierre Monteux: The Complete RCA Album Collection

Pierre Monteux: The Complete RCA Album Collection


 

French songs

Bonus interview

Bach, J S:

Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Sinfonia 'Hirtenmusik'

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Berlioz:

Benvenuto Cellini Overture

Les Troyens: Act II Overture

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Benvenuto Cellini Overture

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Benvenuto Cellini Overture

Brahms:

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Bruch:

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

Chabrier:

Fête Polonaise

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20

Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19

Debussy:

Images for orchestra: I. Gigues

Images for orchestra: III. Rondes de Printemps

Sarabande

Images for orchestra: I. Gigues

Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria

La Mer

Trois Nocturnes

La Mer: De l'aube à midi sur le mer

stereo version

Delibes:

Sylvia: Suite

Coppélia - Suite

Coppélia - Prelude & Mazurka

stereo version

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Pièce héroïque, M37

Symphony in D minor

Symphony in D minor

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice

Gounod:

Faust - Ballet Music

Gruenberg:

Violin Concerto, Op. 47

Ibert:

Escales

Indy:

Symphonie sur un chant montagnard, Op. 25

Symphony No. 2, Op. 57

Istar - Symphonic Variations, Op. 42

Fervaal, Op. 40: Prelude to Act 1

Khachaturian:

Violin Concerto in D minor

Lalo:

Le Roi d'Ys: Overture

Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Mendelssohn:

Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

Milhaud:

Symphonic Suite No. 2

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K414

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K456

Ravel:

La Valse

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 1

Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)

Rimsky Korsakov:

Le Coq d'Or: Cortège de noces

The Tale of Tsar Saltan: March

Sadko (tone poem), Op. 5

Le Coq d'Or: Introduction & Cortège de noces

Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 'Antar'

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Saint-Saëns:

Havanaise, Op. 83

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Scriabin:

Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poème de l'extase', Op. 54

Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poème de l'extase', Op. 54

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka

Tchaikovsky:

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

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Verdi:

La Traviata

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


Sony Classical is proud to announce an unparalleled reissue of Pierre Monteux’s RCA Victor recordings. They are being issued together for the first time in a single original jacket collection of 40 CDs.

Each and every recording in this new 40-CD set comes from the best source, including previous Living Stereo, SACD and XRCD reissues. Many others have been newly re-mastered from the original 78-rpm matrices or tapes.

Most of Monteux’s now legendary recordings for RCA were made between 1941 and 1961 with the two US orchestras he served as music director: the Boston Symphony (1919-24) and San Francisco Symphony (1936-52).

Naturally they contain music he had introduced to the world decades earlier, for example Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (recorded in Boston on 78s in 1945 and on LP in 1951) and Petrushka (recorded in Boston, 1959) as well as Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and Daphnis et Chloé.

His RCA French discography also contains multiple recordings of Debussy’s Images, La Mer and Nocturnes, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and works by Chausson and d’Indy. And then there is his peerless interpretation of the Franck Symphony in D Minor. Monteux recorded that symphony in San Francisco in 1941 and 1950, then once again with the Chicago Symphony in 1961. Those were his last RCA sessions, and the recording it yielded is still universally regarded as the work’s finest ever.

RCA - 88843073482

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Mahler: Symphony No. 1


Barbirolli:

An Elizabethan Suite

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


For Barbirolli, the 1950s and 60s became a golden age for his art and the gramophone, and his reputation became more widespread than those famous recordings of his from the 1930s with the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and New York Philharmonic Orchestras which originallly established his name on disc.

Having first visited the Prague Spring Festival in 1958 with the Hallé, making a considerable impact in the then communist country of Czechoslovakia (a concert from that visit is available on the Barbirolli Society label SJB 1083) a return engagement to Prague for Barbirolli became an urgent necessity – for him alone if necessary. And so, almost two years later to the day, we can hear part of the programme he gave with the Czech Philharmonic in May 1960, comprising his own Elizabethan Suite and Mahler’s First Symphony. The Mahler is a performance of rare quality, the players responding to this late 19th-century evocation of their Bohemian provenance with demonstrable love and affection, keen to impress their distinguished conductor with their dedication to the recreation of this masterpiece. The remaining work in the programme was a Concerto for Two Pianos by Jan Dussek (released on CD by Supraphon) in which the soloists were František Maxián and Jan Panenka. For his second visit, Barbirolli spent more than a week in Prague, and nine days before conducting the concert recorded here, he was interviewed on Czech Radio (included as a bonus track on this CD), in which conversation he discussed his impressions of the Prague Spring Festival, the great Czech conductor Václav Talich (who was to die less than a year later) and the city itself. The recordings are from the archives of Czech Radio and are published here for the first time.

“Mahler's First Symphony was always a Barbirolli party piece, and the superlative Czech Philharmonic play out of their skins for him in Prague's acoustically gorgeous Smetana Hall.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

Barbirolli Society - SJB1082

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Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 4


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Verlorne Müh' (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Lob des hohen Verstandes (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


Lisa Larsson (soprano)

Het Gelders Orkest, Antonello Manacorda

This hybrid SACD recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 comes from the internationally renowned Het Gelders Orchestra and its principal conductor Antonella Manacorda. The soloist in the last movement is the outstanding mezzo-soprano Lisa Larsson, who can also be heard on this disc performing three songs from Mahler’s song-cycle “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”.

Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony was completed in 1901. At first Mahler had major plans for the piece. It was to be an extensive work of six movements alternating vocal and instrumental parts, somewhat like the Third Symphony. But gradually the scope of the concept was reduced with the work ending up as a four-movement piece for a considerably smaller orchestra than the composer’s previous three symphonies. Only the final movement contains a vocal element, with a soprano singing the praises of heavenly eternity as seen through the eyes of a child. The soloist on this recording is the highly- regarded soprano Lisa Larsson, who on this recording also performs three songs form Mahler’s early song-cycle “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”.

As a founder-member, vice-president, and concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Antonello Manacorda’s has strong links with Gustav Mahler’s music. He was appointed Principal Conductor of the Kammerakademie in Potsdam in 2010, and took on the same role with the Het Gelders Orchestra in 2011. Manacorda has also been a regular guest conductor with many other orchestras, including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Equally at home on the concert platform and the opera house, Lisa Larsson is known for her diversity as an artist. She has made guest appearances at most of the major European opera houses including the Bavarian State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, as well as at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Glyndebourne Festival. She has released two recordings to date for Challenge Classics: the critically-acclaimed album ‘Ladies First’ (CC72622) which featured arias by Joseph Haydn, and ‘La Captive’ (CC72639), a disc devoted to the music of Hector Berlioz.

“Manacorda is sunny and relaxed, an impression enhanced by exceptionally lush and velvety sound engineering which puts us at some distance from the performers even when listening through the regular two channels. Though some Mahlerian grit and sparkle is sacrificed in the process, audiophiles should be entranced” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

“[Manacorda] directs a performance of uncommon musical sensitivity here, often attaining moments of lambent pathos in this most Arcadian of Mahler symphonies, and his reading is by any reckoning tremendously impressive. No less accomplished, either, is the playing of Het Gelders Orkest, which…responds with exemplary precision and commitment…the three songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn are welcome fillers, and they're beautifully delivered.” International Record Review, March 2015

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Challenge Classics - CC72659

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Masterpieces in Miniature

Masterpieces in Miniature


Debussy:

La plus que lente

Delibes:

Cortege de Bacchus from Act III, Sylvia

Delius:

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Dvorak:

Legends, Op. 59: No. 6 in C sharp minor

Fauré:

Pavane, Op. 50

Grieg:

Våren, elegiac melody for strings, Op. 34 No. 2

Ives, C:

The Alcotts

arr. Brant

Litolff:

From Concerto symphonique, No. 4 Op. 102: Scherzo

Yuja Wang (piano)

Mahler:

Blumine (original 2nd movement of Symphony No. 1)

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Schubert:

Rosamunde, D797: Entr'acte No. 3

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1


On ‘Masterpieces in Miniature’, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony offer an exquisite recording of miniature masterpieces, brief but brilliant pieces by some of the world’s favourite composers, including Litolff’s Scherzo electrifyingly performed by pianist Yuja Wang.

This exquisite recording from the Grammy award-winning partnership of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony is proof that great things come in small packages. Featuring a thrilling performance of the Scherzo from Litolff’s Concerto symphonique No. 4 by virtuoso pianist Yuja Wang, alongside pieces by Debussy, Dvorák, Fauré, Grieg, Mahler, Rachmaninoff and others, ‘Masterpieces in Miniature’ is a must-have collection of short pieces by some of the world’s favourite composers that will delight casual listeners and aficionados alike. “These pieces were haunting, unforgettable”, explains MTT. “They seemed to explore the realms of vanished emotions, like wistfulness. They seemed like elusive and charming recollections of long ago.”

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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'


Evgenia Gorokhovskaya (mezzo-soprano) & Galina Kovalyova (soprano)

Choir of the Leningrad State Academic, Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre, The Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad State Academic Kirov Opera & Ballet Theatre, Yuri Temirkanov

Firma Melodiya presents a recording of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony as interpreted by Yuri Temirkanov.

The Second Symphony was a landmark in Mahler’s artistic biography. It took him six years to compose (1888 to 1894), and chronologically it concurred with the swift rise of his conducting career. For the first time Mahler addressed a tragic collision of the inevitability of death thus casting doubt on the purpose of human existence (“Why did you live? Why did you suffer? Is it all an enormous frightful joke?” the composer wrote to a friend).

The Second Symphony became Mahler’s first vocal one. Just like Beethoven, he needed a word to completely expose his idea, and the words were found in Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock’s ode (“Rise again, yes, you shall rise again / My dust”) – the answer to the symphony’s main question was found in the Christian idea of Resurrection.

The large-scale line-up and huge volume of the symphony (it lasts more than 80 minutes) did not prevent it from becoming one of Mahler’s most popular works, and it has been subjected to numerous interpretations by conductors.

Yuri Temirkanov is a prominent representative of Ilya Musin’s school, who now heads the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Society and previously conducted the orchestra of the State Academic Kirov (now Mariinsky) Opera and Ballet Theatre for many years. With that orchestra, he was one of the first in the USSR who recorded Mahler’s Second Symphony, in 1980. The recording features Kirov Theatre soloists Evgenia Gorokhovskaya and Galina Kovalyova.

Melodiya - MELCD1002253

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