Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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

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

arrangement for Small Orchestra by Gilbert Kaplan and Rob Mathes


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

Wiener Kammerorchester & Wiener Singakademie, Gilbert Kaplan

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

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

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

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

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

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The Romantics: Sir Roger Norrington’s 80th birthday

The Romantics: Sir Roger Norrington’s 80th birthday

Anniversary box


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Dvorak:

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

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Elgar:

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Mendelssohn:

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

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

Schubert:

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

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

Tchaikovsky:

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

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a


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

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Living Stereo Collection Vol. 2

Living Stereo Collection Vol. 2


includes

Arnold:

Guitar Concerto, Op. 67

Julian Bream (guitar)

Melos Ensemble

Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, Robert Shaw

Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Symphony of the Air, Josef Krips

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

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

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

Henryk Szeryng (violin), Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

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

Henryk Szeryng (violin), Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Serenade for string trio in D major, Op. 8

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

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

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

Leontyne Price, Maureen Forrester, David Poleri & Giorgio Tozzi

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Berlioz:

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

Rosalind Elias, Cesare Valletti, Giorgio Tozzi

Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Chorus, Charles Munch

Bizet:

Carmen: excerpts

Morton Gould and His Orchestra

Brahms:

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

Gary Graffman (piano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Britten:

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

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Chopin:

Les Sylphides

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

The Tender Land (Suite)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Trois Nocturnes: Nuages et Fêtes

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

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

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Donizetti:

Lucia di Lammermoor

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

Erich Leinsdorf

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 13

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Alfred Wallenstein

Hovhaness:

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Kabalevsky:

The Comedians suite, Op. 26

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Khachaturian:

Masquerade Suite

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin

Kodály:

Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7

Jascha Heifetz (violin), Gregor Piatigorsky (cello)

Liszt:

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

Byron Janis (piano)

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Maureen Forrester (contralto)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chares Munch

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

Byron Janis (piano)

Prokofiev:

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Puccini:

Tosca

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

Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf

Rachmaninov:

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

Byron Janis (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Rossini:

Il barbiere di Siviglia

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

Erich Leinsdorf

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Schubert:

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

Juilliard String Quartet

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

Emil Gilels (piano)

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Byron Janis (piano)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Stravinsky:

Le Baiser de la Fée

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Tchaikovsky:

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

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Verdi:

Otello

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

Tullio Serafin

Requiem

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

Boston Chorus Pro Musica, Alfred Nash Petterson

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


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

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

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

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

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


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Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition

Bernard Haitink: The Symphony Edition


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Lucia Popp, Carolyn Watkinson, Peter Schreier, Robert Hall

Netherlands Radio Chorus

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

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

Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

Hungarian Dance No. 10 in F major

Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

Bruckner:

Symphonies 0-9 (complete)

Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Schumann:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Genoveva Overture

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Tchaikovsky:

Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (complete)

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Marche slave, Op. 31

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

The Storm Overture (Groza), Op.76

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture


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

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

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Mahler: Urlicht

Mahler: Urlicht


Mahler:

Urlicht (orig. in Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das himmlische Leben

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

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

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

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

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

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Liebst Du um Schönheit (Rückert-Lieder)

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

Um Mitternacht (Rückert-Lieder)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)


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

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

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

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

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

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Invitation au Voyage

Invitation au Voyage


Duparc:

L'Invitation au voyage

La Vague et la Cloche

Extase

Phidylé

Le Manoir de Rosemonde

Soupir

Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Pizzetti:

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

Quel rosigniuol che sì soave piagne (Francesco Petrarca)

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

Vaughan Williams:

Songs of Travel


Dietrich Henschel (baritone) & Fritz Schwinghammer (piano)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recorded in 1971


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“outstanding in every way, extrovert in display but full of dark implications...one of [Solti's] finest Mahler records” Penguin Guide, 2010 ****

“Now at last Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand can be heard on record at something approaching its full, expansive stature. Here is a version from Solti which ... conveys the feeling of a great occasion ... so overwhelming is the build-up of tension” Gramophone Magazine

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The Westminster Legacy

The Westminster Legacy


includes

Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Hermann Scherchen

Beethoven:

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

Hermann Scherchen

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

Hermann Scherchen

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

Pierre Monteux

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

Hermann Scherchen

String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4

Smetana Quartet

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

Smetana Quartet

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Egon Petri (piano)

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

Egon Petri (piano)

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

Egon Petri (piano)

Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85

Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Hermann Scherchen

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

Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Hermann Scherchen

Berlioz:

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Erica Morini (violin)

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Hans Knappertsbusch

Dvorak:

String Sextet in A major, Op. 48

European String Quartet

String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'American'

European String Quartet

Glière:

Symphony No. 3 in B minor, Op. 42 'Il'ya Murometz'

Hermann Scherchen

Handel:

Rodelinda

Teresa Stich-Randall (Rodelinda, Maureen Forresterr (Bertarido), Hilde Rössl-Majdan (Eduige), Helen Watts (Unulfo), Alexander Young (Grimoaldo), John Boyden (Garibaldo)

Wiener Rundfunk Orchester, Brian Priestman

Haydn:

Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor 'Farewell'

Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Hermann Scherchen

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Sir Adrian Boult

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Hermann Scherchen

Mendelssohn:

Octet in E flat major, Op. 20

Janacek Quartet

Mozart:

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Erich Leinsdorf

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Erich Leinsdorf

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

Erich Leinsdorf

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Clara Haskil (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major, K570

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310

Daniel Barenboim (piano)

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516

Amadeus Quartet

String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K590 'Prussian No. 3'

Amadeus Quartet

Selected lieder

Requiem in D minor, K626

Hermann Scherchen

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Raymond Lewenthal (piano)

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Raymond Lewenthal (piano)

Respighi:

Il tramonto

Sena Jurinac (soprano)

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonatas (selection)

Clara Haskil (piano)

Schubert:

String Quintet in C major, D956

Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet

Octet in F major, D803

Vienna Konzerthaus Quartet

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)

Schumann:

Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

Sena Jurinac (soprano)

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Sena Jurinac (soprano)

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Artur Rodzinski

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Erica Morini (violin)

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Artur Rodzinski

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll

Hans Knappertsbusch


The Westminster label has always been synonymous with a cult. Its catalogue, recorded between 1949 and 1970, is still of the utmost significance, technically and artistically. The Korean market has already sold upwards of 5,000 copies of its 50 CD Westminster chamber music box and now Deutsche Grammophon is presenting the best of both worlds in a glorious new 40-CD box set!

The DG Westminster box gives a cross-section of Westminster’s activity in all genres, from solo piano recordings (Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Clara Haskil, Egon Petri) to complete operas (Handel’s Rodelinda with Teresa Stich-Randall, Maureen Forrester, Alexander Young, conducted by Brian Priestman, receiving its CD premiere) to orchestral recordings by the legendary conductors Hermann Scherchen and Artur Rodzinski.

Many of these albums have never been released internationally before on CD or have been deleted for many years. Westminster Records was an American classical music record label, founded in 1949. Its trademark was Big Ben and its slogan “natural balance”, referring to its single microphone technique in recording music, similar to Mercury Records’ Living Presence series.

Done in the luxurious and endurable style of our successful DG-111 boxes, equipped with a lavish 100-page booklet, with newly commissioned articles by the great Westminster connoisseur Mike Gray, and by chamber music and vocal expert Tully Potter.

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Karl Böhm conducts Mozart, Mahler & Strauss

Karl Böhm conducts Mozart, Mahler & Strauss

recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 1962


Mahler:

Kindertotenlieder

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30


"Born in Graz in Austria in 1894, Karl Böhm began his professional career at the Munich Opera working alongside Bruno Walter and Richard Strauss. It was here

that he acquired his Mozart style: cogent, balanced, and subtly various. Strauss, in particular, was much preoccupied with the ideal pacing of a Mozart score.

Learning how to fine-tune the Mozart musical engine, then drive it vividly and exactingly along, was for Böhm an education whose value extended beyond Mozart to the wider operatic and symphonic repertoire.

In September 1962 Deutsche Grammophon released a recording of Mozart’s Symphony No.40 that Böhm had made in Berlin earlier in the year. ‘Strong,

straightforward and enjoyable’ wrote Edward Greenfield in The Gramophone, but possibly ‘a little pale and unmemorable’. As a Salzburg regular and keen Böhmwatcher, Greenfield would have known that ‘pale and unmemorable’ was the last thing Böhm’s Mozart was when he was making music live on home soil. Soloist Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau retained particular memories of the Mozart that evening. The sound, he recalled was very different and ‘more correct’ than that the Berlin Philharmonic had recently produced for ‘another star of

the podium’.

Much has been made of Mahler's choice of the subject of the death of children, and his wife Alma's angry response to it. The songs may, indeed, appear to

have tempted fate. Mahler’s four-year-old daughter, Maria, later died of diphtheria, just as two of the poet Rückert’s children had. Yet Mahler had no children when he began work on the cycle in 1901. Memories of childhood deaths among his own brothers and sisters are a more likely cue for the settings. Unbearable as the events had been, by 1901 they were now sufficiently distant in time to be distilled by Mahler into music that embodies grief yet does not luxuriate in it.

Strauss was 32 when he completed Also sprach Zarathustra in August 1896. His aim had been to trace in music the idea of the human race from its origins,

through its various phases of religious and scientific development, to the idea of the Superman as set out in Nietzsche’s rhapsodic prose-poem. Strauss does not so much paraphrase Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra as stand at a provocative angle to it. To some it is a garish piece of orchestral kitsch, for others it is far from that.

Indeed, it was the release of a recording of Also sprach Zarathustra by Böhm and the Berlin Philharmonic in 1958 that led Strauss aficionado and scholar William Mann to produce a stirring defence of the piee in the columns of The Gramophone."

Testament - SBT21489

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor


After the highly acclaimed recordings of Mahler Symphonies no. 1, 2, 4 and 6 Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra now recorded the Fifth Sympony with its famous Adagietto in F major for strings and harp - one of the most intimate pieces that Mahler ever wrote for the orchestra.

According to Fischer the Fifth is “the most Jewish of all Mahler's symphonies. The first movement takes us to the unmistakable mood of Jewish lamentation, the finale to the childlike vision of messianic joy.”

Iván Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This partnership has become one of the greatest success stories in the past 25 years of classical music. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

“the great partnership of Iván Fischer and his Budapest players make music of supreme intimacy and vitality. They endow the work with a poise and lyricism too often sacrificed in favour of frenzied intensity...you're spoilt for choice in this much recorded work. This might yet prove a favourite.” The Observer, 17th November 2013 ****

“Fischer declares the Fifth the “most Jewish” of the set: something we certainly sense in the rise and fall of Fischer’s phrasings and the rhythms’ idiomatic snap...the heartbreaking adagietto [is] performed with the fragile poise of musicians stepping over something very precious.” The Times, 15th November 2013 ****

“Fischer takes an expansive view...pretty much throughout...Fischer says he thinks this is the most Jewish of Mahler's symphonies and his way with voicing, with the way it is sung, is precisely that...collectors of the Fischer cycle will want his distinctive view of every piece. This could be the most controversial of the lot.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“The woodwind play with plenty of character and there's a surprisingly phrased trombone solo early on...Fischer knows that his strings are lean and incisive rather than sumptuous-sensuous in Berlin or Vienna fashion, so he drives a strong line with direct emotion and no sentimentality...Sound is pleasingly natural.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 ***

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