Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'


"The audience knows that the performance of a Mahler symphony is not only a musical experience, but is also emotionally effective" (R. Chailly). This counts especially for Mahler's enigmatic sixth symphony, an emotionally stirring challenge for both performers and listeners, whilst also being one of the most impressive works in musical history. Chailly's interpretation with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is "intensely great" (Die Presse). "Chailly uncompromisingly considers this sixth symphony through the lens of modernity; looking forward, not retrospectively staying in ‘late romantic’. In this celebrated orchestra, all sections splendidly come together and fulfil an ‘open’ sound, conserving whilst respecting its original beauty." (Salzburger Nachrichten)

BONUS FILM

“My Sixth will propound riddles”

A panel discussion with Riccardo Chailly and Reinhold Kubik

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“The interpretation is brisk and joined-up, with an orchestra in peak form – not least in the Andante, where the Gewandhaus’s golden strings and woodwinds are heard to advantage. All that’s missing is the last ounce of intensity.” Financial Times, 28th December 2013 ****

“the playing of Chailly's Gewandhaus Orchestra is unarguably superb and it is fair to say that not even Abbado or Boulez reveal more in the way of instrumental substrata...Mahler's rural interludes glisten in decidedly novel fashion, sounding as much like Berio as Bruckner...It's a sensational package in its way” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'


"The audience knows that the performance of a Mahler symphony is not only a musical experience, but is also emotionally effective" (R. Chailly). This counts especially for Mahler's enigmatic sixth symphony, an emotionally stirring challenge for both performers and listeners, whilst also being one of the most impressive works in musical history. Chailly's interpretation with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is "intensely great" (Die Presse). "Chailly uncompromisingly considers this sixth symphony through the lens of modernity; looking forward, not retrospectively staying in ‘late romantic’. In this celebrated orchestra, all sections splendidly come together and fulfil an ‘open’ sound, conserving whilst respecting its original beauty." (Salzburger Nachrichten)

BONUS FILM

“My Sixth will propound riddles”

A panel discussion with Riccardo Chailly and Reinhold Kubik

Picture Format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

Running Time: 86:25 min

Running Time Bonus: 18:26 min

Disc Format: DVD-9

Subtitles Bonus: Deutsch (original), English, Français

“The Gewandhaus Orchestra's once wiry sound is as focused as ever, but pushed to the limits of its sophisticated ability. Brass are bright and undercut any lushness, crowned by a superb first trumpeter...Under Chailly...the music burgeons at the climax where too many conductors rush.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ****

“The interpretation is brisk and joined-up, with an orchestra in peak form – not least in the Andante, where the Gewandhaus’s golden strings and woodwinds are heard to advantage. All that’s missing is the last ounce of intensity.” Financial Times, 28th December 2013 ****

“the playing of Chailly's Gewandhaus Orchestra is unarguably superb and it is fair to say that not even Abbado or Boulez reveal more in the way of instrumental substrata...Mahler's rural interludes glisten in decidedly novel fashion, sounding as much like Berio as Bruckner...It's a sensational package in its way” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

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Rudolf Kempe conducts Mahler, Wagner & Mendelssohn

Rudolf Kempe conducts Mahler, Wagner & Mendelssohn


Mahler:

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Maida Vale Studios, 14 May 1957

Joan Alexander (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn:

Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

Royal Festival Hall, London, 12 February 1967

London Symphony Orchestra

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Maida Vale Studios, 26 May 1965

BBC Symphony Orchestra


The highly distinguished conductor Rudolf Kempe (1910–1976) started as an oboist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. During the Second World War, he was chief conductor of the Chemnitz Opera until 1946. He then worked at Weimar for the 1948–9 season, before joining the Dresden Opera and becoming chief conductor. From 1952 to 1954, he was chief conductor of the Bavarian State Opera, which he conducted at Covent Garden in 1953 to great acclaim.

He quickly became highly regarded in England and was offered the chief conductorship of the Covent Garden Opera twice. Although he declined these invitations, he worked with the company frequently, and in 1957 conducted a memorable account of Wagner’s Ring cycle, which established his reputation as a Wagnerian of the highest calibre. In 1961, Sir Thomas Beecham effectively appointed Kempe to become his successor as chief conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a post which Kempe held until 1975, when he moved to the BBC Symphony Orchestra prior to his untimely death in 1976.

The recording of Mahler’s Symphony No.4 came about due to the ill-heath of Bruno Walter. One of Walter’s programmes was to have consisted of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and it was this work that Kempe, substituting for Walter, conducted in studio performances on 12 and 14 May 1957. The quality of the performance of the Mahler stands as a tribute to the great conductorial skills of Kempe, then establishing himself as a major international musical presence.

Mahler’s Symphony No.4 is a new addition to the Kempe discography. The recording, which was discovered in the Music Preserved archive in York, is very rare, a collector’s item. Similarly, Mendelssohn’s Ruy Blas Overture is a new addition to the conductor’s discography. It is heard here in a fiery performance captured live from the Royal Festival Hall in 1967 with the LSO.

Kempe’s account of the Prelude to Act I of Wagner’s Parsifal, recorded in 1965, confirms his status as one of the greatest Wagnerian conductors of the 20th century. His Covent Garden performances of Parsifal in 1959 were landmarks for the company.

“a performance [of the Mahler] that is characteristic of a notable conductor in prime professional condition.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'


“It's not only as compelling as this team's Seventh and Ninth Symphonies, it also counts among the most bracing, revelatory Sixths on disc...The all-embracing theatricality is equal to Leonard Bernstein's first New York recording...the torrents around the fallout from the hammerblows of fate in the colossal finale.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - January 2014

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Brahms:

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

Bonus Track. Montreux Festival 17.09.1962

Claudio Arrau (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Helen Watts


Two wonderful performances taken from the early 1960’s and with excellent sound, these recordings show Horenstein at his best with the London Symphony Orchestra and soloists.

This is the first release of these performances on any format.

BONUS TRACKS: BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 Claudio Arrau 17.09.1962 Montreux Festival 17.09.1962

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

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


Benjamin Zander and Linn launch their new partnership with Mahler’s hugely popular ‘Resurrection’ Symphony; exceptionally challenging and thrillingly powerful it is the perfect showcase for Zander’s distinctive balance of insightful musicianship and emotional intensity.

A GRAMMY-nominated conductor, Zander has established an impressive reputation as arguably the most devoted Mahlerian of today, having previously released seven of the nine symphonies to critical acclaim.

Together with the Philharmonia Orchestra Zander’s recordings of Mahler symphonies have inspired critics worldwide to use superlatives such as ‘revelatory’, ‘exhilarating’, ‘illuminating’ and ‘remarkable’.

An infectiously enthusiastic communicator, Benjamin Zander has also recorded a detailed and highly informative discussion to accompany the recording (available to download for free).

The featured soloists are Sarah Connolly, one of the foremost British mezzo sopranos who has impressed at La Scala and Glyndebourne, and Swedish soprano Miah Persson, who is in great demand with the major opera houses including Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera New York.

Further commendations for his Mahler Symphonies include: nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Orchestral Performance (Ninth Symphony), named a ‘Top 10 Recording of 2001’ by the New York Times and The Sunday Times (Fourth and Fifth Symphonies respectively), named a ‘Recording of the Year’ by Boston Globe, The Sunday Times, and Fanfare Magazine (Sixth Symphony).

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world.

With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra, he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, recordings which have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim and several awards.

“don’t expect searing agony: Zander prefers the lofty objective view, and lets the drama of death and resurrection unfold without jabbing our elbows...Special ingredients? The tense opening bars; the feeling radiating from mezzo Sarah Connolly; the finale’s first steps, so gravely beautiful; the prayerful singing of the Philharmonia Choir, steady at the slowest speeds” The Times, 15th November 2013 ****

“Zander's Resurrection begins well enough with a clear-etched, finely nuanced funeral march...[but in the Scherzo] the familiar Zander leisureliness becomes a liability...Salvation is on hand from the ever-meaningful, velvet-toned mezzo Sarah Connolly...You couldn't wish for a more floaty soprano than Miah Persson” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ***

“Zander’s way with the big first movement is impressive...Connolly is eloquent and rich of tone in ‘Urlicht’...the recorded sound is absolutely superb, making a great impact yet also bringing out also countless little subtleties in Mahler’s scoring. The playing and singing are of an equally high order” MusicWeb International, December 2013

“The richly coloured performance, by a Philharmonia on top form, bears out many of Zander’s points, not least the vital importance in Mahler of a clarity of texture in which every line is audible. His argument for a slower than usual tempo in the spectral scherzo is also vindicated...Essential listening.” Sunday Times, 12th January 2014

“Zander's fidelity to Mahler's markings remains remarkable. So too goes he handle timbral contrasts supremely well, particularly in balancing the vocal soloists Miah Persson and Sarah Connolly within the overall texture.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

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Boulez Conducts Mahler: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon

Boulez Conducts Mahler: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon


Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Totenfeier

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Rainer Keuschnig (organ), Christine Schäfer (soprano) & Michelle Deyoung (mezzo-soprano)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Wiener Singverein

Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Anne Sofie von Otter (contralto)

Women’s Chorus of the Vienna Singverein, Wiener Sängerknaben & Wiener Philharmoniker

Das klagende Lied

Dorothea Röschmann (soprano), Anna Larsson (contralto), Johan Botha (tenor)

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 4 in G major

Juliane Banse

The Cleveland Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 7 in E minor

The Cleveland Orchestra

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

Twyla Robinson, Erin Wall, Adriane Queiroz, Michelle DeYoung, Simone Schröder, Johan Botha, Hanno Müller-Brachmann & Robert Holl

Staatskapelle Berlin, Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin & Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw

Symphony No. 9 in D major

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, 1899)

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano) & Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Cleveland Orchestra

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

Cleveland Orchestra

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Anne Sofie Von Otter, Violeta Urmana & Thomas Quasthoff

Wiener Philharmoniker

Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)

Anne Sofie Von Otter, Violeta Urmana & Thomas Quasthoff

Wiener Philharmoniker

Kindertotenlieder

Anne Sofie Von Otter, Violeta Urmana & Thomas Quasthoff

Wiener Philharmoniker

Das Lied von der Erde

Violeta Urmana (mezzo-soprano), Michael Schade (tenor)

Wiener Philharmoniker


Pierre Boulez’s Mahler cycle, which started almost 20 years ago with the recording of the Sixth Symphony in 1994, has now reached its conclusion with the release, this year, of songs from Des Knabenwunderhorn and the Adagio from the Tenth Symphony.

Without a doubt, this has been one of the greatest recording projects of its time – with two of the symphony recordings receiving Grammy Awards (nos. 3 and 9).

The complete cycle of symphonies and songs is now presented for the first time in a single set of 14 CD at budget price. This is a non-limited edition.

The set features the top orchestras: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (nos. 1 and 9), the Wiener Philharmoniker (nos. 2, 3, 5, 6, Das Lied), The Cleveland Orchestra (nos. 4, 7, 10), and the Staatskapelle Berlin (no. 8). The earlier version (Totenfeier) of the first movement of the Second Symphony is also included.

It also includes Das Lied von der Erde, Lieder eines fahrendes Gesellen, Rückert-Lieder and Kindertotenlieder – all with top soloists such as Christine Schäfer, Anne Sofie von Otter, Juliane Banse, Magdalena Kožená, Thomas Quasthoff, Violeta Urmana, Michael Schade (full details attached).

The accompanying booklet includes a new essay by Wolfgang Stähr and the sung texts and English translations of all works (with the exception of Das Lied).

The Boulez boxes of recent years (Bartók, Stravinsky, Debussy & Ravel) have all been successful, with nearly 20,000 sets sold since 2009. We expect the Mahler set will attract great attention and achieve the best results of all – it’s so full of wonderful recordings and marks a glorious peak in Boulez’s recording career.

DG Pierre Boulez Mahler cycle - 4779528

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Decca Sound Vol. 2 - The Analogue Years

Decca Sound Vol. 2 - The Analogue Years


includes

Bartók:

Suite No. 1, Op. 3, BB. 39, Sz. 31

Antal Dorati

Suite No. 2, Op. 4, BB. 40, Sz. 34

Antal Dorati

Two Pictures, (Op.10) Sz. 46

Antal Dorati

Beethoven:

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

Berwald:

Grand Septet in B flat major

Bloch, E:

Schelomo

Voice in the Wilderness

Borodin:

Piano Quintet in C minor

Brahms:

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

Clifford Curzon (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Britten:

Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

Bruch:

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

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 6 in A major

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25

Copland:

Appalachian Spring

Lincoln Portrait

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

Pascal Roge (piano)

Children's Corner

Pascal Roge (piano)

Violin Sonata

Dvorak:

The Water Goblin, Op. 107 (B195)

My Home Overture, Op. 62

The Noon Witch, Op. 108 (B196)

Hussite Overture, Op. 67

The Golden Spinning Wheel, Op. 109

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Fauré:

Fantaisie for piano & orchestra, Op. 111

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Gershwin:

An American in Paris, tone poem

Glazunov:

Stenka Razin

Decca’s first stereo recordings

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Gounod:

Faust - Ballet Music

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, John Lanchbery

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Hérold:

La Fille mal gardée (highlights)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, John Lanchbery

Hindemith:

Violin Concerto

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

Honegger:

Symphony No. 2 in D for strings and trumpet

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Dances of Galanta

The Peacock

Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'The Peacock'

Kraft, William:

Contextures

Lecocq:

Mam'zelle Angot - ballet

Anatole Fistoulari

Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Martin, F:

Studies for String Orchestra

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

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

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Massenet:

Le Cid - Ballet music

Mendelssohn:

Piano Sextet Op. 110

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

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

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierino Gamba

Montsalvatge:

Concerto Breve for Piano & Orchestra

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

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

Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K388

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Clifford Curzon (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, George Szell

Offenbach:

Le Papillon

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Weller

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Weller

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Puccini:

La Bohème

Carlo Bergonzi (Rodolfo), Renata Tebaldi (Mimi), Ettore Bastianini (Marcello), Gianna D' Angelo (Musetta), Renato Cesari (Schaunard), Cesare Siepi (Colline), Fernando Corena (Benoit/Alcindoro), Piero De Palma (Parpignol), Attilio D' Orazi (Sergente dei doganieri), Giorgio Onesti (Un doganiere)

Santa Cecilia Orchestra & Chorus, Tullio Serafin

Rachmaninov:

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

Julius Katchen (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Georg Solti

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in G major

Introduction & Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet

Boléro

Ma Mère l'Oye

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Rimsky Korsakov:

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Symphony No. 2, Op. 9 'Antar'

Decca’s first stereo recordings

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 17

Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

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

Schoenberg:

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31

Schubert:

Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

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

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Scenes from Goethe's Faust, WoO 3

Scriabin:

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 20

Prometheus (The Poem of Fire), Op. 60

Le Poème de l'extase, Op. 54

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

String Quartet No. 15 In E Flat Minor, Op. 144

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 117

Sibelius:

Pelléas and Mélisande Suite, Op. 46

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

The Tempest, Op. 109

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Horst Stein

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Karelia Suite, Op. 11

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Strauss, J, II:

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Wiener Philharmoniker, Willi Boskovsky

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

Violin Concerto in D

Surinach:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1973)

Tchaikovsky:

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58

Valse-scherzo in C major for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano), Op. 34

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

Anatole Fistoulari

1812 Overture, Op. 49

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Marche slave, Op. 31

London Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Alwyn

Verdi:

Requiem

Otello

Mario Del Monaco (Otello), Renata Tebaldi (Desdemona), Aldo Protti (Iago), Nello Romanato (Cassio), Athos Cesarini (Rodrigo), Fernando Corena (Lodovico), Tom Krause (Montano), Ana Raquel Satra (Emilia)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Kinderchor, Herbert von Karajan

Walton:

Violin Concerto

Wolf-Ferrari:

Il segreto di Susanna


In the late 1940s, the pioneering Decca recording engineers perfected a new set of microphone techniques that allowed the full range of frequencies to be fully heard by listeners for the first time, and the term ‘full frequency range recording’ was launched. It was a major revolution in sound quality, and the beginnings of high fidelity.

Perfected with the birth of stereo in the mid-1950s, Decca’s ‘Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound’ became a worldwide hallmark of sonic excellence and a golden age of classical recorded music was born. THE ANALOGUE YEARS presents a 50-Album overview across 53 CDs, in original jackets, of the celebrated international recordings that emerged from the London-based record label in that pre-digital era.

Decca - 4785437

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 19 February 2011


LPO Principal Guest Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has a great affinity with the German Romantic repertoire. His previous LPO Label disc, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, received great critical acclaim and is one of the most popular discs on the label.

In Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), Mahler married together for the first time the lyricism of the song-cycle and the formal ambition of the symphony, describing it as ‘probably the most personal composition I have created thus far’.

This live 2011 concert recording from Royal Festival Hall features two of Britain’s finest soloists: tenor Toby Spence and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, who is particularly renowned for her Mahler interpretations.

“it finds the tenor Toby Spence in ringing voice for the demanding Drinking Song...[Connolly] has rarely sung with such limpid beauty...Nézet-Seguin perfectly captures the yearning for lost youth and resigned acceptance of mortality that pervades Mahler’s masterpiece.” Sunday Times, 29th September 2013

“This strikes me as the real deal...The players, on top form, are participants rather than accompanists...For all that [Spence's] timbre is unmistakeably English, on CD at least he is never drowned out and there is much sensitivity too. What can there be left to say about Sarah Connolly, whose performances these days are pretty much beyond praise?” Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

“one smudged turn apart, the orchestral playing is perfect, the crucial oboe, flute and clarinet solos the best I've heard. Nezet-Seguin's vision is suitably hyperaesthetic - he is already an idiomatic Mahler conductor, so imagine what he'll be like in ten years' time.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ***

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2013

LPO - LPO0073

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BBC Legends 20-CD Box Set

BBC Legends 20-CD Box Set


Bach, J S:

Aria Variata in A minor, BWV989 ‘alla Maniera Italiana'

recorded 27th February 1959

Emil Gilels (piano)

Beethoven:

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

recorded 28th May 1939

Zinka Milanov (soprano), Kerstin Thorborg (contralto), Koloman von Pataky (tenor), Nicola Moscona (bass)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Choral Society, Arturo Toscanini

Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16

recorded 24th August 1957

Dennis Brain (horn)

Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble

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

recorded 12th May 1961

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

recorded 2nd November 1958

Annie Fischer (piano)

Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

recorded 19th May 1963

Annie Fischer (piano)

Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

recorded 15th December 1961

London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Chasse royale et Orage (from Les Troyens)

recorded 4th November 1959

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Brahms:

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

recorded 15th February 1957

Dennis Brain (horn), Cyril Preedy (piano), Max Salpeter (violin)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

recorded 26th February 1961

David Oistrakh (violin)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Ballades (4), Op. 10

recorded 17th September 1972

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Romance in F major, Op. 118 No. 5

recorded 3rd November 1969

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op. 118 No. 6

recorded 3rd November 1969

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Intermezzo in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4

recorded 3rd November 1969

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Chabrier:

Gwendoline Overture

recorded 20th December 1955

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

España

recorded 22nd October 1959

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Cherubini:

Anacréon Overture

recorded 25th January 1960

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Chopin:

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

recorded 10th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

recorded 10th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Mazurkas (4), Op. 24

recorded 10th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

recorded 10th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

recorded 16th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin

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

recorded 16th May 1961

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

recorded 6th October 1959

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Mazurka No. 35 in C minor, Op. 56 No. 3

recorded 6th October 1959

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

recorded 6th October 1959

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Étude Op. 10 No. 6 in E flat minor 'Lacrimosa'

recorded 6th October 1959

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

recorded 6th October 1959

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Étude Op. 10 No. 9 in F minor

recorded 6th October 1959

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22

recorded 6th October 1959

Arthur Rubinstein (piano)

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

recorded 30th June 1959

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39

recorded 2nd November 1958

Annie Fischer (piano)

Clementi:

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 12 No. 1

recorded 30th June 1959

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1 (selection)

recorded 10th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin

Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria

recorded 18th October 1961

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

L'Enfant prodigue: Cortege et Air de danse

recorded 22nd October 1959

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Delius:

Brigg Fair

recorded 22nd October 1959

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Dukas:

Villanelle

recorded 24th August 1957

Dennis Brain (horn), Wilfrid Parry (piano)

Haydn:

Piano Trio No. 28 in D major, Hob.XV:16

recorded 28th February 1959

Leonid Kogan (violin), Emil Gilels (piano), Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

recorded 30th March 1961

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

recorded 2nd November 1958

Annie Fischer (piano)

Kodály:

Dances of Marosszék

recorded 19th May 1963

Annie Fischer (piano)

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

recorded 18th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

recorded 18th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin

Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123

recorded 18th July 1961

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Kyrill Kondrashin

Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 5)

recorded 5th September 1961

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Berceuse S174 1854/1863 (second version)

recorded 5th September 1961

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Valse oubliée No. 1, S.215/1

recorded 5th September 1961

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

recorded 5th September 1961

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Mahler:

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

recorded 20th March 1959

Joyce Barker (Magna Peccatrix), Beryl Hatt (Mater Gloriosa), Agnes Giebel (Una Poenitentium), Kerstin Meyer (Mulier Samaritana), Helen Watts (Maria Aegyptiaca), Kenneth Neate (Doctor Marianus), Alfred Orda (Pater Ecstaticus), Arnold van Mill (Pater Profundus)

London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Chorus, BBC Choral Society, Hampstead Choral Society, Emanuel School Boys' Choir, Orptington Junior Singers, Goldsmith's Choral Union, Jascha Horenstein

Marais, M:

Le Basque

recorded 24th August 1957

Dennis Brain (horn), Wilfrid Parry (piano)

Massenet:

La Vierge: Le Dernier Sommeil de la vierge (Légende sacrée)

recorded 22nd October 1959

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Mozart:

Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

recorded 18th February 1957

Dennis Brain (horn)

English String Quartet

Divertimento in D major, K131

recorded 22nd October 1959

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

recorded 24th February 1971

Annie Fischer (piano)

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

recorded 7th September 1961

Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Lullaby

recorded 26th August 1962

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Strekotun’ya beloboka (The magpie)

recorded 26th August 1962

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Noch'

recorded 26th August 1962

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Where are you, little star?

recorded 26th August 1962

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Ozomik

recorded 26th August 1962

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Na Dnepre

recorded 26th August 1962

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Prokofiev:

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

recorded 27th February 1959

Emil Gilels (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Le Rouet d'Omphale, Op. 31

recorded 9th December 1959

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor

recorded 22nd April 1957

Emil Gilels (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K27 in B minor

recorded 22nd April 1957

Emil Gilels (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K125 in G major

recorded 22nd April 1957

Emil Gilels (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K247 in C sharp minor

recorded 22nd April 1957

Emil Gilels (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K533 in A major

recorded 22nd April 1957

Emil Gilels (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

recorded 12th May 1961

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K172 in B flat major

recorded 12th May 1961

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

recorded 12th May 1961

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Schubert:

Die junge Nonne, D828

recorded 2nd October 1977

Janet Baker (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)

Das Rosenband, D280 (Klopstock)

recorded 2nd October 1977

Janet Baker (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)

Auf dem See, D543 (Goethe)

recorded 2nd October 1977

Janet Baker (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)

Blumenlied, D431 (Holty)

recorded 2nd October 1977

Janet Baker (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)

Gondelfahrer, D808

recorded 2nd October 1977

Janet Baker (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)

Strophe aus Die Gotter Greichenlands D677

recorded 2nd October 1977

Janet Baker (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)

Der Jungling und der Tod, D545 (Spaun)

recorded 20th April 1970

Janet Baker (mezzo), Martin Isepp (piano)

Schwestergruss, D762 (Bruchmann)

recorded 20th April 1970

Janet Baker (mezzo), Martin Isepp (piano)

Amalia, D195 (Schiller)

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Der Jüngling am Bache, D30 (Schiller)

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Die Entzückung an Laura, D390

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Sehnsucht, D636 (Schiller)

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Der Sieg D805 (Mayrhofer)

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Abendstern, D806

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Atys D585

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Augenlied, D297 (Mayrhofer)

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Memnon, D541 (Mayrhofer)

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Auflösung, D807

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

recorded 1st September 1980

Janet Baker (mezzo), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Impromptu in E flat major, D899 No. 2

recorded 24th December 1961

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

recorded 24th December 1961

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Impromptu in A flat major, D899 No. 4

recorded 24th December 1961

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 6 in E minor, D566

recorded 17th September 1972

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Impromptu in A flat major, D935 No. 2

recorded 17th September 1972

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11

recorded 27th February 1959

Emil Gilels (piano)

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

recorded 6th July 1961

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

recorded 18th October 1961

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

recorded 17th September 1972

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

recorded 23rd September 1960

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

recorded 9th September 1960

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43

recorded 7th September 1962

Philharmonia Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Suite from 'Katerina Ismailova', Op. 114a

recorded 4th September 1962

Philharmonia Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky

Stravinsky:

The Rite of Spring

recorded 26th August 1962

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Tchaikovsky:

Rêverie du soir (No. 1 from Morceaux (6), Op. 19)

recorded 27th February 1959

Emil Gilels (piano)

Feuillet d'album (No. 3 from Morceaux (6), Op. 19)

recorded 27th February 1959

Emil Gilels (piano)

Nocturne for cello & small orchestra (or cello & piano), Op. 19 No. 4

recorded 27th February 1959

Emil Gilels (piano)

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

recorded 7th September 1961

Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

recorded 26th August 1962

London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

recorded 19th January 1960

David Oistrakh (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Norman del Mar

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll

recorded 18th November 1960

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pierre Monteux


This 20-CD box represents some of the greatest performances taken from the BBC archives which were featured in the best-selling series BBC Legends, launched in 1998.

The Legends series is no longer available, making this set of 20 CDs highly sought after by collectors. This important set is being offered at a reduction of around 70% of the original selling price – a bargain complete with luxurious presentation box and full track listing, recording information etc. Highlights include: Toscanini’s incandescent Beethoven in London in 1938; Horenstein’s pioneering Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ in stereo from 1959; the legendary Mravinsky conducting Shostakovich’s greatest symphony in 1960 in stereo with the Leningrad Philharmonic in London; Richter’s early recitals from 1961 and electrifying Liszt concertos; Rostropovich performing the European premiere of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 in 1961; Dennis Brain, arguably the greatest horn player of the 20th century; Emil Gilels, the celebrated Russian pianist in London in 1957; Dame Janet Baker, one of Britain’s most revered singers performing Schubert; David Oistrakh, the doyen of violinists playing the Brahms and Tchaikovsky concertos from 1960 and 1961; Rubinstein, the composer’s greatest interpreter playing Chopin accompanied by Giulini in 1961; Beecham conducting his favourite ‘lollipops’; Kempff, that poet of the piano playing Schubert in 1972; the legendary Michelangeli in 1961 performing Beethoven and Chopin sonatas; and Rozhdestvensky conducting the European premiere of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.4 in 1960 in stereo.

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