Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Berliner Philharmoniker: Great Recordings

Berliner Philharmoniker: Great Recordings


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Herbert von Karajan

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

Julia Varady (soprano), Jard van Nes (mezzo), Keith Lewis (tenor), Simon Estes (bass)

Ernst Senff Choir, Carlo Maria Giulini

Brahms:

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

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

Sir Simon Rattle

Mahler:

Symphony No. 9 in D major

Claudio Abbado

Schubert:

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

Karl Böhm

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

Karl Böhm

Schumann:

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Rafael Kubelik

Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Herbert von Karajan

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Tannhäuser: Overture

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Wilhelm Furtwängler


2013 marked the 100th anniversary of recording between the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon, two giants in music. DG celebrated by releasing a hugely successful limited edition 50 CD ’Centenary Edition’, with content chosen by public vote.

New for 2014 is a more bite-size box – 8 CDs honouring the same iconic relationship between label and orchestra, at a fantastic price. The featured maestros at the helm of the orchestra include Karajan, Abbado, Rattle, Böhm, Giulini, Kubelik and Furtwängler.

Top of the best-seller list for units sold (and topical in Strauss Year), is Karajan’s 1981 interpretation of ‘An Alpine Symphony’.

“A magnificent account of the Alpine Symphony, spacious and noble… this new and masterly account is arguably the finest to have appeared in recent years” Gramophone on An Alpine Symphony (Karajan)

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Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (complete)


Eteri Gvazava (soprano - No. 2); Anna Larsson (contralto - Nos. 2 & 3); Renée Fleming (soprano - No. 4); Cheryl Studer, Sylvia McNair, Andrea Rost (sopranos - No. 8), Anne Sofie von Otter, Rosemarie Lang (mezzos - No. 8), Peter Seiffert (tenor - No. 8), Bryn Terfel & Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass-baritones - No. 8)

Berliner Philharmoniker; Orfeon Donostiarra (No. 2); London Symphony Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus (No. 3); Rundfunkchor Berlin, Prager Philharmonischer Chor, Tölzer Knabenchor (No. 8), Claudio Abbado

The 11 CD MAHLER box brings together Abbado’s complete Berlin cycle for the first time. It is regarded as one of the crowning achievements of his final years. “In performance, he became a conduit between the forces assembled on stage and the emotional narrative that resides in the music, completely transparent and without an interfering ego” – Stanley Dodds (BP violinist)

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Rafael Kubelik: The Symphony Edition

Rafael Kubelik: The Symphony Edition


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

The Cleveland Orchestra (No. 8), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bavarian Radio Chorus (No. 9), Helen Donath, Teresa Berganza, Wieslaw Ochman, Thomas Stewart (No. 9)

London Symphony Orchestra (No. 1), Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (No. 2), Berliner Philharmoniker (No. 3), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (No. 4), Boston Symphony Orchestra (No. 5), Orchestre de Paris (No. 6), Wiener Philharmoniker (No. 7)

Dvorak:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

The Wild Dove, Op. 110 (B198)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Genoveva Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Berliner Philharmoniker,

BEETHOVEN CD 1 – 5

Various (great) orchestras; first released 1976

Amazingly, each symphony is recorded with a different orchestra – and what orchestras! – London Symphony, Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmoniker, Israel Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Wiener Philharmoniker, The Cleveland Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – culminating a Ninth with Kubelik’s “own” orchestra. Now issued as an integral set for the first time.

QUOTATIONS on the BEETHOVEN CYCLE

“A notable undertaking – sanely, humanly, at times gloriously realised. In an often troubled and divided world, its message quite literally crosses frontiers” – Richard Osborne (Gramophone)

The “Eroica” (with the Berlin Philharmonic): “A glorious reading, patient, articulate, and deeply expressive … a triumph for the orchestra – who play like gods, perfectly tuned to the music’s every nuance – and for Kubelik” (Gramophone)

SCHUMANN CD 6 – 7

Berliner Philharmoniker; 1963 – 1964

Kubelk’s first major project with the Berlin Phil. “It is a testimony to Kubelik’s human qualities that he was able to achieve in so short a time such a close rapport with the Berlin players”

QUOTATION on the SCHUMANN CYCLE

“Rafael Kubelik's Schumann Symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 – 64 are lucid, unaffected and full of life . . . This is still one of the most rewarding Schumann cycles . . . notable for its rhythmic energy and warmly sympathetic playing.” – Nigel Simeone (International Record Review)

DVOŘÁK CD 8 - 13

Berliner Philharmoniker; first released between 1966 and 1973

Naturally close to Kubelik’s heart, Kubelik’s Dvořák cycle has been a mainstay of the catalogue since it first appeared.

QUOTATION on the DVOŘÁK CYCLE

"Une intégrale qui domine la discographie, couronnée par une Septième Symphonie anxieuse, une Huitième vertigineuse et une Symphonie "Du Nouveau Monde" d'une densité rare.” – Le Monde de la Musique (Paris) [A complete cycle that dominates the catalogue, crowned by a Seventh full of angst, a giddily intoxicating Eighth, and ‘New World’ of rare density]

MAHLER CD 14 - 23

Symphonie orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) recorded between 1967 and 1971, with an international cast of soloists

The first Mahler cycle to be performed and recorded by a German orchestra. Kubelik passionately championed Mahler’s music when it was unfashionable to do so.

QUOTATIONS on the MAHLER CYCLE

“It has taken us all the wars and suffering to understand Mahler … Nobody else has dared to put so many human problems into their music, or tried to work out those problems in terms of music… I know of no composer, except Beethoven, who expressed such a love of mankind.” – Rafael Kubelik

“Le chef tchèque ressent dans ses fibres les origines bohémiennes de cette musique, qu'il interprète avec une absence de sophistication et une passion indémodables.” – Diapason [The Czech conductor feels the Bohemian origins of this music to his bones, and he performs it with a timeless lack of indulgence and passion]


One of the great conductors of the 20th century, Rafael Kubelik (1914 – 1996) would have been 100 years old on 29 June this year.

He made many recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, and is above all remembered for four symphony cycles, those of Beethoven, Schumann, Dvořák and Mahler (repertoire list attached here). They have been part of our catalogue since they were first issued on LP back in the 1960s and 1970s, and continue to form part of the backbone of Collectors Edition (Dvořák, Mahler) and Originals (Schumann); Beethoven is nearly all present on the 2-CD series.

For the first time, DG brings together these celebrated, iconic recordings in a handsome, limited-edition box, offered at an attractive price.

THE PACKAGING: A handsome box in the style of the John Eliot Gardiner Collection of 2013 (lift-off upper lid).

Great new liner notes by Kubelik expert Patrick Lambert.

Sung texts and translations included in booklet (Beethoven, Mahler).

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Bernarda Fink sings Mahler Lieder

Bernarda Fink sings Mahler Lieder


Mahler:

Im Lenz (Drei frühe Lieder)

Winterlied (Drei frühe Lieder)

Ablösung im Sommer (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Nicht wiedersehen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Kindertotenlieder

Frühlingsmorgen (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Bernarda Fink (mezzo) & Anthony Spiri (piano)

Gustav Mahler Ensemble & Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Andrés Orozco-Estrada

An exciting exploration of the sources of Mahlerian inspiration. Can one really grasp the whole of Mahler’s symphonic output without knowing his songs? Not only do they extensively irrigate the first four symphonies, often known as ‘Wunderhorn symphonies’; they also encapsulate the fundamental principles of his reading of the world. Bernarda Fink explores the Mahler cycles from three different angles: the traditional format with piano naturally has its counterpart in the orchestral song, culminating in the 'Kindertoten' and the 'Rückert' lieder.

“the Argentinian mezzo brings characteristically classy musicianship and intelligence to the task in hand. The voice is now more sinewy, a little more pushed at the extremes, and it can sound a touch underpowered in the middle register. But the concentration and integrity of the performances is often compelling.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“I admire Bernarda Fink’s assurance, her excellent diction and smooth, fluid control. One senses Fink’s complete engagement with the meaning and mood of the texts. In splendid form throughout the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich under Andrés Orozco-Estrada prove unfailingly sympathetic partners.” MusicWeb International, 16th September 2014

“The clarity of her words, expressive inflection and alluring tone puts her in the league of Baker, Ludwig and Fassbaender on disc. She receives superb support from her pianist, Spiri, and co.” Sunday Times, 29th June 2014

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Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4-6

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 4-6


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Sarah Fox (soprano)

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'


Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Mahler’s Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies. This is the second in a series that will encompass Mahler’s Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London’s Royal Festival Hall of Maazel and the Philharmonia’s much-lauded Mahler Cycle.

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Bach Transcriptions

Bach Transcriptions


Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

arr. Stokowski

Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, BWV537

arr. Elgar

Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 3

arr. Webern

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

arr. Schoenberg

Fugue in G minor, BWV578 'Little'

arr. Stokowski

Mahler:

Bach Suite


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Herbert Blomstedt - The San Francisco Years

Herbert Blomstedt - The San Francisco Years


Bartók:

Kossuth Symphonic Poem Sz21

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

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

Berwald:

Symphony No. 1 in G minor 'Sinfonie sérieuse'

Symphony No. 4 in E flat major 'Sinfonie naïve'

Brahms:

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13

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

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

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Grieg:

Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23

Hindemith:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Mendelssohn:

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

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

Nielsen:

Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 (FS29) 'The Four temperaments'

Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 (FS60) 'Sinfonia espansiva'

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Schubert:

Overture D 591 in C major 'in the Italian style'

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

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105

Tapiola, Op. 112

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64


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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

Vier letzte Lieder

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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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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