Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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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.

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Wiener Philharmoniker Edition

Wiener Philharmoniker Edition


 

Vienna Holiday

Hans Knappertsbusch

New Year Concert 1951

Hilde Gueden (soprano)

Clemens Krauss, Josef Krips

Overtures of Old Vienna

Willi Boskovsky

New Year Concert 1979

Willi Boskovsky

Adam:

Giselle

Herbert von Karajan

Bartók:

Two Portraits Op. 5

Erich Binder (violin)

Christoph von Dohnányi

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (complete ballet)

Christoph von Dohnányi

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Pierre Monteux

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

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

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

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

Erich Kleiber

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Erich Kleiber

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Erich Kleiber

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Clemens Krauss

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Claudio Abbado

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

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (contralto), James King (tenor), Martti Talvela (bass)

Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt

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

Friedrich Gulda (piano)

Karl Böhm

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

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Zubin Mehta

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

Friedrich Gulda (piano)

Horst Stein

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Friedrich Gulda (piano)

Horst Stein

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

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Hans Knappertsbusch

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'

orch. Mahler

Christoph von Dohnányi

Egmont Incidental Music, Op. 84

George Szell

Berg:

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Anja Silja (soprano)

Christoph von Dohnányi

Brahms:

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

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Karl Böhm

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

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Bernard Haitink

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

orch. Schoenberg

Christoph von Dohnányi

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Zubin Mehta

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Zubin Mehta

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Carl Schuricht

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

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Carl Schuricht

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

István Kertész

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

Following Kertész’s death on 16 April 1973 this was completed without a conductor on 14 May 1973

István Kertész

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Claudio Abbado

Symphony No. 2 in C Minor

Horst Stein

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Lorin Maazel

Symphony No. 6 in A major

Horst Stein

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Zubin Mehta

Cherubini:

Anacréon Overture

Karl Münchinger

Dvorak:

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

Kirill Kondrashin

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

István Kertész

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

András Schiff (piano)

Christoph von Dohnányi

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Sir Georg Solti

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Pierre Monteux

Symphony No. 101 in D major 'The Clock'

Pierre Monteux

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Herbert von Karajan

Mass, Hob. XXII: 7 in B flat major 'Kleine Orgelmesse'

Karl Münchinger

The Creation

Erna Spoorenberg soprano (Eva) / Elly Ameling soprano (Gabriel) / Werner Krenn tenor (Uriel) / Tom Krause, baritone (Raphael) / Robin Fairhurst, bass (Adam)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Karl Münchinger

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Damen des Wiener Staatsopernchors, Herbert von Karajan

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Sir Charles Mackerras

Taras Bulba

Sir Charles Mackerras

The Cunning Little Vixen - Suite

arr. Václav Talich

Sir Charles Mackerras

Glagolitic Mass

Eva Urbanová (soprano), Marta Benacková (mezzo), Vladimir Bogachov (tenor), Richard Novák (bass), Thomas Trotter (organ)

Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Riccardo Chailly

Khachaturian:

Spartacus (excerpts)

Aram Khachaturian

Gayane (ballet highlights)

Aram Khachaturian

Symphony No. 2 'The Bell' in e minor

Aram Khachaturian

Kodály:

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'

Sir Georg Solti

Variations on a theme of Paganini, Op. 26

Sir Georg Solti

Korngold:

Passover Psalm and Op. 30: Andante

Eva Urbanová (soprano)

Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Riccardo Chailly

Leimer:

Piano Concerto No. 4

Kurt Leimer (piano)

Robert Wagner

Piano Concerto No. 4

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Zubin Mehta

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)

Sir Adrian Boult

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)

Sir Adrian Boult

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Ileana Cotrubas (soprano), Christa Ludwig (contralto)

Zubin Mehta

Das Lied von der Erde

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto), Julius Patzak (tenor)

Bruno Walter

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)

Bruno Walter

Das Lied von der Erde

James King (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Mendelssohn:

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

Sir Georg Solti

Athalie - incidental music, Op. 74

Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K450

Leonard Bernstein (piano)

Leonard Bernstein

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

Leonard Bernstein

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Clifford Curzon (piano)

George Szell

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Clifford Curzon (piano)

George Szell

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

Alfred Prinz (clarinet)

Karl Münchinger

Flute & Harp Concerto in C major, K299

Werner Tripp (flute), Hubert Jellinek (harp)

Karl Münchinger

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Herbert von Karajan

Requiem in D minor, K626

Arleen Auger (soprano), Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo), Vinson Cole (tenor), René Pape (bass)

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Sir Georg Solti

Schmidt, F:

Symphony No. 4 in C major

Zubin Mehta

Philadelphia Symphony, Op. 28

Zubin Mehta

Schoenberg:

6 Lieder for soprano and orchestra, Op. 8

Anja Silja (soprano)

Christoph von Dohnányi

Schubert:

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

Josef Krips

Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797

Pilar Lorengar (soprano), Klaus-Jürgen Wussow (narrator)

Karl Münchinger

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

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

István Kertész

Schumann:

Genoveva Overture

Karl Münchinger

Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, Op. 52

Sir Georg Solti

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

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Sir Georg Solti

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

Lorin Maazel

Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105

Lorin Maazel

Tapiola, Op. 112

Lorin Maazel

Smetana:

Má Vlast

Rafael Kubelík

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus: Ballet Music, Act 2

Herbert von Karajan

Champagner-Polka, Op. 211

Willi Boskovsky

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Willi Boskovsky

Neue Pizzicato-Polka Op. 449

Willi Boskovsky

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 114

Willi Boskovsky

Explosions Polka, Op. 43

Willi Boskovsky

Wiener Bonbons Walzer, Op. 307

Willi Boskovsky

Persischer Marsch, Op. 289

Willi Boskovsky

Waldmeister: overture

Anton Karas (zither)

Willi Boskovsky

Graduation Ball

arr. Dorati

Willi Boskovsky

Strauss, Josef:

Heiterer Muth, Polka Francaise, Op. 281

Willi Boskovsky

Strauss, R:

Vier letzte Lieder

Lisa Della Casa (soprano)

Karl Böhm

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Herbert von Karajan

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Pierre Fournier (cello), Ernst Morawec (viola)

Clemens Krauss

Aus Italien, Op. 16

Clemens Krauss

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53

Clemens Krauss

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60

Clemens Krauss

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Sir Georg Solti

Vier letzte Lieder

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Sir Georg Solti

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Sir Charles Mackerras

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Lorin Maazel

Suite No. 3 in G major, Op.55

Lorin Maazel

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Herbert von Karajan

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Herbert von Karajan

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Ballet Suite

Herbert von Karajan

Verdi:

Otello: Ballet Music

Herbert von Karajan

Requiem

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Marilyn Horne (contralto), Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) Martti Talvela (bass)

Wiener Staatsopernchor, Sir Georg Solti

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Zubin Mehta

Rienzi Overture

Sir Georg Solti

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Sir Georg Solti

Tannhäuser: Overture

Sir Georg Solti

Tannhäuser: Venusberg Music (bacchanale)

Sir Georg Solti

Siegfried Idyll

Sir Georg Solti

Kinderkatechismus

Sir Georg Solti

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Sir Georg Solti

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)

Hans Knappertsbusch

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)

Hans Knappertsbusch

Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (from Parsifal)

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)

Hans Knappertsbusch

Du bist der Lenz (from Die Walküre)

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)

Hans Knappertsbusch

Weber:

Preciosa, Overture J279 (Op. 78)

Karl Münchinger

Euryanthe Overture

Horst Stein

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

Horst Stein

Der Beherrscher der Geister, J122: Overture

Horst Stein

Abu Hassan Overture

Horst Stein

Zemlinsky:

Psalm 83 'Gott! Schweige doch nicht'

Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Riccardo Chailly


A luxurious and authoritative 64CD orchestral and concerto set, celebrating one of the world’s great orchestras and their 64-year relationship with Decca Classics.

‘Champagne’ style box - lift off lid, with luxury gold-wrap outer box.

Black and gold CD wallets, with recordings arranged chronologically by composer, starting with Haydn and ending with Khachaturian and Kodály);

200pp softcover perfect-bound book, approx. 200mm x 110mm, landscape orientation. FIVEessays are provided, each of approx. 1500 words, respectively by Dr. Silvia Kargl of the Wiener Philharmoniker Historisches Archiv, by long-term Decca producers Christopher Raeburn, Erik Smith and John Culshaw, and by Paul Moseley/Raymond McGill of Decca;. All note content in English, German and Japanese.

The book presents the majority of the original album sleeves, as well as photographic images, contracts and even letters, all of which together offer a comprehensive overview of the Decca-WP relationship across several decades.

Designed and art directed by UMGI’s Matt Read, whose work for Decca includes the remarkable Solti / Ring Deluxe Edition of 2012 and the Britten Complete Works of 2013, among many others.


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Seiji Ozawa: The Philips Years

Seiji Ozawa: The Philips Years


 

National Anthems

New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Little Sisters of the Grassland

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Musical Offering, BWV1079

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Canonic Variations on the Christmas Hymn 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her', BWV769

Boston Symphony Orchestra

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

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Bartók:

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

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Beethoven:

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

Saito Kinen Orchestra

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Saito Kinen Orchestra

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

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Saito Kinen Orchestra

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Saito Kinen Orchestra

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

Saito Kinen Orchestra

Britten:

War Requiem, Op. 66

Christine Goerke (soprano), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), James Westman, (baritone)

Saito Kinen Orchestra, SKF Matsumoto Choir, Tokyo Opera Singers, Ritsuyukai Choir, SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus

Les illuminations, Op. 18

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Debussy:

La Damoiselle élue

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Wiener Philharmoniker

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

San Francisco Symphony

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

Wiener Philharmoniker

In Nature's Realm Overture, Op. 91

Wiener Philharmoniker

Hellmesberger:

Danse Diabolique

Wiener Philharmoniker

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Liu Teh-hai (pipa), Liu Shih-kun (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano - Symphonies No. 2 & 4), Marilyn Horne (mezzo - Symphony No. 2), Jessye Norman (soprano - Symphony No. 3); Faye Robinson (soprano 1 and Magna Peccatrix), Judith Blegen (soprano II & Una poenitentium), Deborah Sasson (soprano III & Mater Gloriosa), Florence Quivar (alto I & Mulier Samaritana), Lorna Myers (alto II and Maria Aegyptiaca), Kenneth Riegel (tenor I and Doctor Marianus), Benjamin Luxon (baritone & Pater Ecstaticus), Gwynne Howell (bass & Pater Profondus)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Nos. 2, 3 and 8)

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Seiji Ozawa

Kindertotenlieder

Jessye Norman (soprano)

Mozart:

Symphony No. 32 in G major, K318

Saito Kinen Orchestra

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Edita Gruberova (soprano), John Aler (tenor), Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Knabenchor des Staats- und Domchores Berlin, Shin-Yu Kai Choir

Poulenc:

Les Mamelles de Tirésias

Barbara Bonney (Thérèse), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Le Mari), Wolfgang Holzmair (Le Gendarme), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Le Directeur) Mark Oswald, (Presto), Graham Clark (Lacouf), Gordon Gietz (Le Journaliste) / Anthony Griffey (Le Fils), Akemi Sakamoto (La Marchande)

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Tokyo Opera Singers

Puccini:

Tosca (highlights)

Manon Lescaut (highlights)

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Saito Kinen Orchestra

Shéhérazade

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Shoko Aki Erle, Masuko Ushioda (violins), Mazumi Tanamura, Nobuko Okada - (violas), Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Sumiko Kurata (cellos)

Gurrelieder

Jessye Norman (Tove), Tatiana Troyanos (Waldtaube), James McCracken (Waldemar), Kim Scown (Klaus-Narr), David Arnold (Peasant), Werner Klemperer (narrator)

Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Sousa:

The Stars and Stripes Forever

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Strauss, J, I:

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Wiener Philharmoniker

Strauss, J, II:

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Fledermaus Overture

Wiener Philharmoniker

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Wiener Philharmoniker

Strauss, Josef:

Arm in Arm, Polka mazur, Op. 215

Wiener Philharmoniker

Aquarellen - Waltzer, Op. 258

Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Schwätzerin - Polka-Mazur Op. 144

Wiener Philharmoniker

Im Fluge Op. 230 Polka schnell

Wiener Philharmoniker

Strauss, R:

Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85

Shoko Aki Erle, Masuko Ushioda (violins), Mazumi Tanamura, Nobuko Okada - (violas), Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Sumiko Kurata (cellos)

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Joseph Silverstein (violin)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Fanfare für Wiener Philharmoniker, Op. 109

Wiener Philharmoniker

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Rudolf Scholz (organ)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens, Op. 103

Rudolf Scholz (organ)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Salome

Jessye Norman (Salome), James Morris (Jochanaan), Walter Raffeiner (Herodes), Kerstin Witt (Herodias), Richard Leech (Narraboth), Annette Markert (Ein Page)

Dresdener Staatskapelle

Elektra

Hildegard Behrens (Elektra), Christa Ludwig (Clytemnestra), Nadine Secunde (Chrysothemis), Ragnar Ulfung (Aegisth), Jorma Hynninen (Orest)

Dresdener Staatskapelle

Stravinsky:

Apollon musagète

Saito Kinen Orchestra

The Rite of Spring

Oedipus Rex

Jessye Norman, Philip Langridge & Bryn Terfel

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Shin-Yu Kai Male Choir

The Rake's Progress

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tom Rakewell), Sylvia McNair (Anne Trulove), Paul Plishka (Nick Shadow), Donald Adams (Trulove), Jane Bunnell (Mother Goose), Jane Henschel (Baba the Turk), Raymond Aceto (Keeper of the Madhouse)

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Tokyo Opera Singers

Takemitsu:

November Steps for biwa, shakuhachi & orchestra

Eclipse

Concerto for Viola & Orchestra 'A String Around Autumn'

Requiem for string orchestra

Dwayne Croft (baritone)

Saito Kinen Orchestra

My Way of Life

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Tokyo Opera Singers

Ceremonial, An Autumn Ode

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Tokyo Opera Singers

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

Orchestre de Paris

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

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

Orchestre de Paris

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Orchestre de Paris

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Berliner Philharmoniker

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tannhäuser: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Berliner Philharmoniker


• Commemorative ‘cube’ packaging

• CDs presented in original jackets

• 126pp booklet in English and Japanese, with essay ’50 CDs from 40 Years’ by Dominic Fyfe

Released ahead of Seiji Ozawa’s 80th birthday in September 2015, this 50-CD set includes the legendary Japanese conductor’s most celebrated recordings for Philips and Decca. It spans four decades and three continents and an astonishing breadth of repertoire.

Ozawa has always been a prolific recording artist, from his earliest LPs in the 1960s, and this collection embraces the key orchestral relationships of his career: San Francisco and Boston, Berlin, Paris and Vienna and, for the past thirty years, the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan.

The earliest recording in the set dates from February 1974 — the Beethoven Ninth in London — and the most recent is the Brahms First from Carnegie Hall, New York in December 2010. In between these two dates, there is a vast array of classic recordings to discover. Highlights include the complete Mahler cycle with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Ozawa’s complete recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, culminating in his appearance at the New Year’s Concert in 2002 (sales of the CD afterwards produced record-breaking results).

Before his appointment as Music Director of the Vienna State Opera (2002-2010), Seiji Ozawa served as Music Director of the Boston Symphony for 29 seasons (1973-2002). When once asked to reflect on this record-breaking tenure at the, Ozawa commented: There have been so many experiences, so many friendships, so much wonderful music. I suppose in the end I’ve learned that music is everyday work. That this kind of art is practised and lived every day of your life.”

This set celebrates just some of those musical friendships — famous recordings with Jessye Norman and Viktoria Mullova and the championing of works by his compatriot Toru Takemitsu. The bonus CD was released to mark the historic 1979 Boston Symphony tour of China, following the then recently signed cultural pact between the two nations.

"The Saito Kinen Orchestra has become, under Ozawa's careful stewardship, one of the world's finest ensembles. Few orchestras could surpass the discipline and refinement of the playing we have on this disc… Ozawa's reading is spirited and gracious.” Gramophone on Beethoven Symphony No. 3

"[It] brings the very best out of Seiji Ozawa, a colourist who likes to mould the music and make it dance” Gramophone on Scheherazade

“Aside from the sheer pleasure of hearing the Boston Symphony in excellent form, there are some real gems here. Ozawa’s renditions of the First, Third, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth all rank among the finest available” Classicstoday.com on the complete Mahler cycle

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KARAJAN 1980s: The Complete DG Recordings

KARAJAN 1980s: The Complete DG Recordings

78 CD Limited Edition


Albinoni:

Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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

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

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

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

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

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

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Bizet:

L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1

L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2

Carmen Suite

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

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

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruch:

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

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 2 in C Minor

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Te Deum in C major, WAB 45

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Debussy:

La Mer

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Dvorak:

Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

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

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Gluck:

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Grieg:

Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55

Haydn:

Symphony No. 82 in C major, 'The Bear'

Symphony No. 87 in A major

Symphony No. 84 in E flat major

Symphony No. 85 in B flat major 'La Reine'

Symphony No. 83 in G minor 'The Hen'

Symphony No. 86 in D major

Symphony No. 93 in D major

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Symphony No. 95 in C minor

Symphony No. 96 in D major 'Miracle'

Symphony No. 97 in C major

Symphony No. 98 in B flat major

Symphony No. 99 in E flat major

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Symphony No. 101 in D major 'The Clock'

Symphony No. 102 in B flat major

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

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

The Creation

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Hungarian Rhapsody, S359 No. 5 in E minor

Mahler:

Symphony No. 9

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Mozart:

Mass in C minor, K427 'Great'

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

Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'

Mass in C major, K317 'Coronation Mass'

(with Gregorian chant)

Requiem in D minor, K626

Divertimento No. 17 in D major K334

Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Divertimento No. 15 in B flat major, K287

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

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Nielsen:

Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (FS76) 'The Inextinguishable'

Offenbach:

Orphée aux Enfers Overture

Barbe-bleue - Overture

La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein - Overture

La Belle Helene Overture

Vert-Vert Overture

Gaîté Parisienne: overture

Pachelbel:

Canon & Gigue

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Ravel:

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Boléro

Rapsodie Espagnole

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture

Saint-Saëns:

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

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Scriabin:

Four Pieces, Op. 51

8 Etudes, Op. 42

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

Sibelius:

Pelléas and Mélisande Suite, Op. 46

Finlandia, Op. 26

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

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

Tapiola, Op. 112

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Má Vlast: Vltava

Strauss, J, I:

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Beliebte Annen - Polka Op. 137

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Eljen a Magyar Schnell-Polka, Op. 332

Accelerationen, Op. 234

Persischer Marsch, Op. 289

Die Fledermaus Overture

Leichtes Blut, polka schnell, Op. 319

Künstlerleben, Op. 316

Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324

Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214

Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388

Der Zigeunerbaron Overture

Annen-Polka, Op. 117

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333

Auf der Jagd, Op. 373

Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 257

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Fledermaus-Quadrille, Op. 363

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Napoleon-Marsch, Op. 156 (1854)

Die Fledermaus Overture

Annen-Polka, Op. 117

Vergnügungszug, Op. 281

Pizzicato Polka

Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437

Der Zigeunerbaron Overture

Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 257

Strauss, Josef:

Sphärenklänge, Op. 235

Delirien Waltz, Op. 212

Sphärenklänge, Op. 235

Delirien Waltz, Op. 212

Ohne Sorgen! - polka schnell, Op. 271

Strauss, R:

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

David Bell (violin)

Metamorphosen

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Don Juan, Op. 20

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Vier letzte Lieder

Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland Op. 56 No. 6

Capriccio: Intermezzo (Moonlight Music)

Kein andres, das mir so im Herzen loht (from Capriccio)

Don Quixote, Op. 35

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Tchaikovsky:

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

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

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Verdi:

Requiem

Vivaldi:

Flute Concerto, Op. 10 No. 2 in G minor, RV 439 'La notte'

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Tannhäuser: Overture

Siegfried Idyll

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Weber:

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65


Between 1980 and his death in 1989, Herbert von Karajan recorded the incredible amount of 78 CDs worth of orchestral and choral music for DGG. In the final decade of his creative life, Karajan once again revisited some of the keystones of his repertoire, such as the Beethoven and Brahms symphonies, but also made quintessential recordings of major works he never touched before.

Among the highpoints of Karajan’s late years is the major part of his collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter, the “wunderkind” Karajan discovered in the late 1970s and mentored throughout the 1980s. The almost complete recordings of Richard Strauss’ great symphonic poems radically re-thought and played like you never heard them before under the great maestro’s baton. Massive renderings of Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiems stand next to Karajan’s personal “requiems”: The famous 1987 New Year’s Concert and the “farewell” recordings of Bruckner 7 and Bruckner 8, where you can still experience how Karajan, struggling with his fading health, infused the music with contemplations about life and death. Pure musical magic, as powerful as it was 25 years ago!

The box contains the core of Karajan’s repertoire as an orchestral conductor:

Full symphony cycles of Beethoven and Brahms

Haydn: “Paris” and “London” Symphonies

Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4-6

The celebrated Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky concerto recordings with Anne-Sophie Mutter

Karajan’s artistic testament: His final recordings of Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8

The famous New Year’s Concert of 1987

Karajan’s final take on the great works of Richard Strauss: “Eine Alpensymphonie”, “Ein Heldenleben”, “Also sprach Zarathustra”, “Tod und Verklärung” and many more

The legendary 1982 live recording of Mahler 9

Solemn and massive recordings of the Mozart and Verdi Requiems & Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

Fascinating forays into repertoire that Karajan had not recorded before: Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable” and Saint-Saëns’ “Organ”-Symphony

Three delightful albums with recordings of Strauss waltzes, marches & polkas

...and many more!

…It’s all there, 78 CDs of the original LPs, in their original cover art, most of them in their original couplings, arranged in four snug compartments.

On top of the CDs, there’s The Book: 200+ pages, containing two newly commissioned articles:

• an extensive new interview with Anne-Sophie Mutter, where she relates the story of her discovery by Karajan and sheds light upon his defining role as her mentor.

• Günther Breest, Karajan’s producer at Deutsche Grammophon, remembering the years he worked side by side with one of the greatest maestros of all times.

In addition, the book will contain a Karajan timeline, a tracklist with full recording details, a discography of Karajan’s 1980s opera recordings, and many photos of the maestro.


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Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez

The Complete Columbia Album Collection


Bartók:

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

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (complete ballet)

Dance Suite, BB 86, Sz. 77

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

The Wooden Prince

Four Orchestral Pieces Op. 12 (Sz 51)

3 Village Scenes, BB 87b, Sz. 79

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112

Berg:

Wozzeck

Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments

Drei Orchesterstücke, Op. 6

5 Orchesterlieder nach Ansichtskartentexten von Peter Altenberg, Op. 4

Sieben frühe Lieder

Wozzeck: Act III Interlude

Lyric Suite - three movements for string orchestra (1928)

Lulu-Suite (Five Symphonic Pieces) for soprano and orchestra

Der Wein

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

Drei Orchesterstücke, Op. 6

Sieben frühe Lieder

5 Orchesterlieder nach Ansichtskartentexten von Peter Altenberg, Op. 4

Jugendlieder: selections

Er klagt, daß der Frühling so kurz blüht

Berio:

Nones

Allelujah II

Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Ritorno degli snovidenia

Chemins II

Chemins IV

Corale (su Sequenza VIII)

Points on the curve to find…

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Lélio, ou Le Retour a la vie

Benvenuto Cellini: excerpts

Les Troyens à Carthage (excerpts)

Béatrice et Bénédict: excerpts

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

La Mort de Cléopâtre - Scène lyrique

Boulez:

Pli selon pli

Le Marteau sans maître

Livre pour cordes

Eclat

Multiples

Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna

Le Marteau sans maître

12 notations pour piano

Structures for 2 Pianos, Book 2

Carter, E:

A Symphony of Three Orchestras

Mirror on Which to Dwell

Debussy:

La Mer

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Jeux - Poème dansé

Images for orchestra

Pelléas et Mélisande

Trois Nocturnes

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

Rhapsody for clarinet & piano (or orchestra), L. 116 'Première rapsodie'

Dukas:

La Péri

Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos

Concerto for Harpsichord & Chamber Ensemble

Handel:

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV348

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Berenice Overture

Concerto a due cori in F major, HWV 334

Mahler:

Das klagende Lied

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Messiaen:

Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum

Couleurs de la cité céleste

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Rapsodie Espagnole

Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)

Piano Concerto in G major

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Une barque sur l'océan (orchestral version)

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Le Tombeau de Couperin

La Valse

Menuet antique

Ma Mère l'Oye

Boléro

Daphnis et Chloé

Shéhérazade

Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne'

Shéhérazade

Trois poemes de Stephane Mallarmé

Trois chansons madécasses

Don Quichotte à Dulcinée

Cinq mélodies populaires grecques

Roussel:

Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42

Schoenberg:

Gurrelieder

Moses und Aron

Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31

5 orchestral pieces, Op. 16

Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34

Serenade, Op. 24

Lied der Waldtaube (from Gurrelieder)

Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 41

Die Jakobsleiter

Erwartung, Op. 17

Die glückliche Hand, Op. 18

Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9

Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38b

3 Pieces for Chamber Orchestra

Four Orchestral Songs, Op. 22

Septet (Suite) in E flat major, Op. 29

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Friede auf Erden, Op. 13

Stücke (6), Op. 35

Drei Volkslieder Op. 49

Kanons (2)

Drei Volkslieder Op. 49

Four Pieces for Mixed Chorus, Op. 27

Three Satires for Mixed Chorus, Op. 28

Stücke (6), Op. 35

Dreimal tausend jahre, Op. 50a

Moderner Psalm für Sprecher, Chor und Orchester, Op. 50c

Scriabin:

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

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

The Rite of Spring

Petrushka (1911 version)

The Firebird

Le Chant du Rossignol

Pulcinella Suite

Scherzo Fantastique, Op. 3

Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Suite No. 1

Valse

Varèse:

Amériques

Ionisation

Arcana

Ecuatorial

Déserts

Intégrales

Hyperprism

Octandre

Offrandes

Densité 21.5

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Tannhäuser: Overture

Faust Overture, WWV59

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, WWV 69

Siegfried Idyll

Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Webern:

Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1

Entflieht, Op. 2

Six Pieces for Orchestra Op. 6

Zwei Lieder, Op. 8

Five Pieces for Orchestra Op. 10

Four Songs Op. 13

Sechs Lieder, Op. 14

Fünf geistliche Lieder, Op. 15

Five Canons on Latin Texts for Soprano, Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet, Op. 16

Drei Volkstexte (Three Traditional Rhymes) for Soprano, Violin, Viola, Clarinet, and Bass Clarinet, Op. 17

Drei Lieder, Op. 18, for voice, E flat clarinet and guitar

Two Songs, Op. 19 (Texts: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Symphony, Op. 21

Quartet, Op. 22 for violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone and piano

Concerto for Nine Instruments Op. 24

Das Augenlicht, ‘Through Our Open Eyes Light Flows into the Heart’, Op. 26

Cantata No.1 for Soprano Chorus and Orchestra op.29

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30

Cantata No. 2, Op. 31

Five movements for String Quartet, Op. 5 (1909)

Ricercata from J.S. Bach’s ‘Musical Offering’


Sony Classical is delighted to announce an unprecedented reissue of the recordings made by Pierre Boulez for CBS/American Columbia. Covering a career spanning over 55 years, these albums are all being issued together for the first time in a single Sony Classical box set of x67 CDs. Every recording comes from the best source; several have been newly re-mastered from the original analogue tapes, such as Bergs Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4 (1967), Seven Early Songs (1972) and Carter's A Mirror On Which To Dwell. Each disc comes in a card slip case, with original artwork, all collected together in a heavy duty card box. Superb value budget priced release.


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Lorin Maazel: Great Recordings

Lorin Maazel: Great Recordings


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Lucia Popp (soprano), Elena Obraztsova (mezzo), Jon Vickers (tenor), Martti Talvela (bass)

The Cleveland Orchestra

Wellington's Victory, Op. 91 (Battle Symphony)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

The Cleveland Orchestra

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

The Cleveland Orchestra

Debussy:

Jeux - Poème dansé

Wiener Philharmoniker

La Mer

Wiener Philharmoniker

Trois Nocturnes

Wiener Philharmoniker, Arnold Schoenberg Choir

Grofe:

Grand Canyon Suite

Patricia Prattis Jennings (celeste), Andres Cardenes (violin)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Herbert, V:

Hero and Leander

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Because you're you (from The Red Mill)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

When you're away (from The Only Girl)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

I can't do the sum (from Babes in Toyland)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

I'm Falling In Love With Someone (from Naughty Marietta)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Gypsy Love Song (from The Fortune-Teller)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Italian Street Song (from Naughty Marietta)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Kiss me again (from Mademoiselle Modiste)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Irish have a great day tonight (from Eileen)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

It happened in Nordland (from Absinthe Frappé)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

L'orchestre Nationale de France

Liszt:

Hunnenschlacht, symphonic poem No. 11, S105

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

L'orchestre Nationale de France

Prokofiev:

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

L'orchestre Nationale de France

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

L'orchestre Nationale de France

Ravel:

Boléro

L'orchestre Nationale de France

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 1

Wiener Philharmoniker

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Wiener Philharmoniker

Rapsodie Espagnole

Wiener Philharmoniker

La Valse

Wiener Philharmoniker

Boléro

Wiener Philharmoniker

Respighi:

Fountains of Rome

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pines of Rome

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Roman Festivals

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Saint-Saëns:

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

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Phaéton, Op. 39

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Cleveland Orchestra

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Don Juan, Op. 20

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Andreas Röhn (violin)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Macbeth, Op. 23

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Stravinsky:

Petrushka

Rainer Keuschnig (piano), Herbert Rüdisser (celeste), Klara Torbova (celeste)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Le Chant du Rossignol

Rainer Keuschnig (piano), Herbert Rüdisser (celeste), Klara Torbova (celeste)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Fireworks, Op. 4

Rainer Keuschnig (celeste), Klara Torbova (celeste)

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony in 3 movements

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

L'Histoire du Soldat

Lorin Maazel (violin), Markus Steckeler (percussion), Hansjörg Profanter (trombone), Wolfgang Bauer (trumpet), Eberhard Marschall (bassoon), Karl-Heinz Steffens (clarinet)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Symphony of Psalms

Symphonieorchester und -Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Tchaikovsky:

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Cleveland Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Cleveland Orchestra

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

Cleveland Orchestra

Marche slave, Op. 31

Wiener Philharmoniker

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Wiener Philharmoniker, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Berliner Philharmoniker

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Berliner Philharmoniker

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Waltraud Meier (mezzo)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Rienzi Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

Berliner Philharmoniker

Faust Overture, WWV59

Berliner Philharmoniker

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Siegfried Idyll

Berliner Philharmoniker

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Berliner Philharmoniker


On 13th July 2014 Lorin Maazel died at the age of 84 in Virginia, from complications following pneumonia.

In memoriam Maestro Maazel, Sony Classical re-releases the ‘Maazel Great Recordings’ 30-CD Box to honour his great work.

During his career, Maazel conducted over 150 orchestras in some 5,000 opera and concert performances. He served as general manager and artistic director at the Vienna State Opera and conducted the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, the first American to do so in both cases. He also served at the Radio Symphony of Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Mahler: Symphony No. 7


Gustavo Dudamel resumes his survey of the Mahler symphonies with this recording of the rare, mysterious 7th Symphony.

The 7th is a “symphony of everything”, says Dudamel, “from chaos to glory, sarcasm to tenderness, from a funeral march to a seductive tango. It is a cosmic symphony of perfect construction and galactic emotional scope.”

It was his triumph at the 2003 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg that catapulted Gustavo Dudamel to international stardom, and the music of Mahler has remained central not only to his repertoire, but to his entire musical philosophy.

Over the last decade, Dudamel has grown along with his brothers and sisters from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. No longer a band of Sistema “Wunderkinder”, the Venezuelan orchestra together with its charismatic conductor, has conquered the great festivals and concert halls of the world, energizing audiences and traditional symphonic repertoire through their musical commitment, inexorable sense of rhythm and passion.

“The excellent and the rather less good jostle alongside each other...No doubts about the finale, though: the pell-mell daylight rites sound like a Latin American carnival...The ending carries the joy that only a live performance can bring. That merits four stars and a permanent place on the CD shelves.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“Dudamel conducts with a strong sense of colour and bursts of fire, but the orchestra’s virtuosity sounds hard-won. Admirers of what these young Venezuelans have achieved need not hold back, but the top Mahler orchestras just have this music in their bones.” Financial Times, 11th October 2014 ***

“intellectual entertainment on an epic scale - which isn't to say Dudamel lacks emotional depth...Dudamel and his orchestra spin some very refined textures...Interesting at the start of the lovely second Nachtmusik how clearly Dudamel underlines the violas' appoggiatura and how effectively he traces the music's relatively subtle course.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Mahler: Symphony No. 9


Theodor W. Adorno regarded Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 as “the first work of modern music”. Adorno’s teacher, Alban Berg, saw in it “the expression of a tremendous love for this world, a longing to live in peace and to savor Nature to its depths – before the arrival of Death. For it will inevitably come.” This live recording of the composer’s last completed symphony is part of an ongoing Leipzig cycle of Mahler’s symphonies. It confirms once more the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s reputation as an exemplary ensemble for the performance of Mahler’s music. The highest level of performance culture combined with a sharply contoured, transparent, polished, and detailed manner of playing, plus infectious verve and an unmistakable sound characterized by a darkly golden color – these are qualities responsible for the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s international reputation. Since the time of Bruno Walter, the orchestra has developed over the years a deep understanding of the works of Gustav Mahler, which in their collaboration with Riccardo Chailly has been continued.

BONUS: Riccardo Chailly on Mahler 9 and in conversation with Henry‐Louis de La Grange.

“The keynote here is momentum, never forced except when it needs to feel that way...Right from the way Chailly flecks the short note of the cellos' opening arrhythmia, there's a superhuman level of detail and textures, much of which sounds new to me...an interpretation as impressive, in terms of articulation and colour, as any in an ever-growing catalogue of greats.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 ****

“Here we have something very special, and a good deal more than 'just another Mahler Ninth'...This Leipzig Ninth is Chailly off the leash, liberating the music in a way that is impassioned, positive, fitfully fractured and often ethereal. He flicks the Symphony's heartbeat opening into action with the most economical of gestures” Gramophone Magazine, February 2015

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Live recording, 1967


This recording bears witness to Carlos Kleiber’s sole encounter with Gustav Mahler. Prior to this, he had never conducted a work by the composer, and he would never do so again. Given how extremely selective he was in his choice of repertoire, this was certainly an exceptional case. The only work by Wagner that he had ever studied was Tristan und Isolde, for example, yet he conducted it quite a few times in Stuttgart (1969), as well as Vienna (1973), Bayreuth (1974–76) and Milan (1978). But he had not yet achieved this [elite] status in 1967.

Within the context of the Mahler Festival, he therefore had to bow to the pressures of what was, by his standards as presented above, an extremely short rehearsal period for Das Lied von der Erde. He faced the almost insurmountable challenge of relieving a standard piece of its merely acceptable status within the space of four rehearsals.

The performance was thus considered thoroughly controversial - almost a half century later, the listener may now form his own opinion of the existing recording, conscious of the basically irreconcilable differences between the original concert experience and technically generated reproductions, and taking into consideration the 'zero-sum game' in which the views of former critics cancelled one another out.

Past releases of this particular Das Lied von der Erde recording have received high praise in various Kleiber internet forums. But owing to the fact that necessary adjustments and final editing did not take place, these recordings were of such poor quality that knowledgeable Kleiber fans simply could not listen to them.

Judging by the condition of the source material, we were working with a second or even a third generation of the original recording. In this regard, several traps inevitably lay in store for the person charged with remastering. To bring new life to this historic recording, which cognoscenti considered very marginal and barely listenable, was certainly our challenge.

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Kathleen Ferrier & Sir John Barbirolli

Kathleen Ferrier & Sir John Barbirolli


Berkeley, L:

Four poems of St. Teresa of Avila, Op. 27

Chausson:

Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19

Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder


This CD presents musicians and music-lovers with a profound conundrum, made more inexplicable by the vivid reminder it brings of the loss to the world of the artistic qualities of Kathleen Ferrier. For it is her artistry that must surely strike us forcibly on being given the opportunity of coming into contact with these live performances from the late 1940s and early 1950s, thankfully preserved from BBC broadcasts. It is that reminder of what the world of music lost, when Ferrier died, a victim of the scourge of cancer, in October 1953 at the age of 41, bringing to a tragic end a career that barely traversed nine years.

She recorded Kindertotenlieder in London in October 1949, almost a year to the day after the performance on this CD took place on 13 October 1948 – a broadcast ‘live’ from Manchester’s Albert Hall. For those who know this work intimately, succeeding generations should be grateful that Ferrier’s account with Barbirolli has been preserved: it is a performance of great penetration and depth, such as to reveal exactly why Bruno Walter, on hearing Ferrier sing for the first time ‘...recognised with delight here was potentially one of the greatest singers of our time.’ Lennox Berkeley had written Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila in 1947 for contralto and string orchestra, expressly for Ferrier. As it was his first solo vocal work, Berkeley consulted with Ferrier during its composition, recalling that ‘she put herself at the service of the music.’ She gave the first broadcast performance at the end of April 1948 with the Arnold Goldsbrough Orchestra, and this subsequent performance from November 1949 under Barbirolli reveals the insight of both artists with music of their British contemporaries, more so perhaps as Ferrier never recorded the work commercially.

It seems that Sir John Barbirolli was responsible for introducing Ferrier to the Poeme de l’amour et de la mer by Ernest Chausson, setting a poem by Maurice Bouchor and composed between 1882 and 1890. Barbirolli played in the cello section of the orchestra at the work’s London premiere, on 29 May 1919 at Queen’s Hall, conducted by Geoffrey Toye.

The recording on this CD comes from a performance in Manchester’s Deansgate in March 1951, and offers Ferrier’s superb account of this masterly score, a work which had obviously come to mean something very personal to her and to Barbirolli. A few days before Kathleen Ferrier died, the conductor visited her in hospital. He was clearly deeply moved on that occasion when she sang the opening of the Chausson (as Barbirolli recalled), ‘in a voice with all the bloom and tender ache of spring in it...the glory that was hers remained untouched.’

“This is an indispensable anthology for all admirers of this great singer. There’s much wonderful, expressive and heartfelt singing here and Barbirolli’s contributions from the podium are just as deeply felt. The documentation is excellent and Paul Baily has made a fine job of transferring what must have been challenging source material to disc.” MusicWeb International, 7th October 2014

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