Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

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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.

“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

“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 ****

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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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Sir John Barbirolli conducts Mahler & Stravinsky

Sir John Barbirolli conducts Mahler & Stravinsky


Mahler:

Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Victoria Elliot (soprano), Eugenia Zareska (mezzo)

Stravinsky:

Symphony of Psalms


By the time of his death, Sir John Barbirolli had conducted all the Mahler symphonies except the Eighth “Symphony of a Thousand”, and the reconstructed Tenth. He conducted the two completed movements of the Tenth (the Adagio and Purgatorio). Recordings are available for Nos. 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9.

He conducted the Adagietto of the Fifth on several occasions, the first of these being in New York. He performed the song-cycle Kindertotenlieder, with Elena Gerhardt at the Royal Philharmonic Society concert on 29 January 1931. He conducted it in Manchester in 1946 and several times later with Kathleen Ferrier (see the Barbirolli Society release SJB1080).

In 1959 he decided to prepare the Ninth Symphony and the acclaim for his interpretation inaugurated 16 years of almost an obsession with Mahler.

He repeated the Ninth in the next Hallé season and programmed it in Edinburgh, Sheffield, Leeds, Houston, Chicago and elsewhere. He conducted the Second in La Scala, Milan, for he was determined to spread the gospel of Mahler worldwide. In January 1963 he conducted the Ninth in Berlin, where Mahler’s music was little known. In 1965 he conducted the Second three times in Berlin with Janet Baker.

We are fortunate that this thrilling performance, recorded on 12 March 1959 in the Free Trade Hall, with Victoria Elliot and Eugenia Zareska as soloists and the Hallé Orchestra and Choir, is now available for the first time. Probably few people think of Barbirolli as a Stravinsky interpreter, but he regularly programmed a handful of works and did them impressively. The rhythms and colours of the Firebird and Petrushka ballets evoked some exciting performances. He gave excellent accounts of the Symphony in Three Movements and the more classic Symphony in C. The Symphony of Psalms was a favourite too if there was enough rehearsal time to do justice to the great work. It obviously had been well prepared for performance on the evidence of this disc taken from a broadcast from the Edinburgh Festival on 28 August 1957.

The choir had to travel overnight from Manchester and arrived at Prince’s Street Station at 5am on a miserable cold and wet morning. Their spirits lifted when they saw the familiar figure, with his large hat and carrying his stick, waiting to greet them.

As can be heard on this disc, he gives the music a reverential quality but does not indulge in any exaggerated religiosity. Typically, he probes the score for every ounce of lyricism without compromising the music’s baroque style.

“Barbirolli and his Hallé forces make an excellent job of the finale. The recording is somewhat stretched by some of the loudest passages – the opening being one such case – but on the other hand the offstage effects are very well managed and the incandescent ending is sonically well conveyed...admirers of this great conductor will surely want to hear them.” MusicWeb International, 10th October 2014

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Phase 4: Stereo Concert Series

Phase 4: Stereo Concert Series


 

We Shall Overcome

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Peace of mind

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

The Whiffenpoof Song

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

anon.:

Llano Gitano

La piedra escrita

Giralda de Sevilla

De badajoz a Madrid

Agua, viento, nieve y frio

Ay mi Romera

El burdon y la prima

Feria de Sevilla

Fiesta de Triana y Jerez

Paco Peña and his Group

Arlen:

I Got Dat Feelin'

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

arr. Stokowski

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 8 in E flat minor, BWV853

arr. Stokowski

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Mein Jesu! was fuer Seelenweh, BWV487

arr. Stokowski

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV437

arr. Stokowski

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Easter Cantata: Chorale

arr. Stokowski

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Beethoven:

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Henry Lewis

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

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

Heather Harper, Helen Watts, Alexander Young, Donald McIntyre

London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Leopold Stokowski

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Ilana Vered

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Ballet des Sylphes

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Bizet:

Carmen: excerpts

Marilyn Horne, Michael Molese

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Henry Lewis

Carmen Suite No. 1: excerpts

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Münch

Carmen Suite No. 2: excerpts

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Münch

L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Münch

Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Royal Philharmonic Chorus, Chorus of the Welsh National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Brahe:

Bless this house

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Britten:

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

Sean Connery

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Byrd:

Pavan and 2 Galliards No. 2 in A minor 'The Earl of Salisbury'

arr. Stokowski

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Chopin:

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

arr. Stokowski

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Clarke, Jeremiah:

Trumpet Voluntary 'Prince of Denmark's March'

arr. Stokowski

Howard Snell

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Duparc:

Extase

arr. Stokowski

David Gray

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanley Black

Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

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

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Emmett:

Dixie

Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos: Danza del molinero (farruca)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanley Black

Firestone:

If l could tell you (Marshall)

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Foster, S:

Beautiful Dreamer

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Camptown Races

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

An American in Paris, tone poem

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

I Got Rhythm Variations

David Parkhouse (piano)

London Festival Recording Ensemble, Bernard Herrmann

Glazunov:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Silvia Marcovici

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Glière:

Russian Sailors' Dance from The Red Poppy

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanley Black

Godard, B:

Berceuse from Jocelyn

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

Grieg:

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Haydn:

Gott erhalte den Kaiser!

Herrmann, B:

Psycho (A Narrative for Orchestra)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

Marnie

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

North by Northwest

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

Vertigo: Prelude, The Nightmare and Scène d'amour

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

A portrait of ‘Hitch’ (from The Trouble with Harry)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann

Heuberger:

Gehen wir ins Chambre séparée) from The Opera Ball

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

Hubay:

Scène de la csárda No. 4 'Hejre Kati', Op. 32

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

Ives, C:

Variations on 'America'

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Ketèlbey:

In a Monastery Garden

Wedgwood Blue

In the Mystic Land of Egypt

Bells across the Meadows

In a Chinese Temple Garden

Sanctuary of the Heart

Appy Ampstead

The Phantom Melody

In a Persian Market

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Chorus, Eric Rogers

Khachaturian:

Spartacus Ballet Suite

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

Masquerade Suite

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

Gayane Suite

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

Kodály:

Háry János Suite

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestr, Antal Doráti

Korngold:

Intermezzo (from Much ado about nothing)

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Ivan Davis (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Downes

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

Ivan Davis (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Downes

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Malotte:

The Lord's Prayer

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Massenet:

Meditation (from Thaïs)

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Ilana Vered

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawrence Foster

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

arr. Stokowski

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Boris Godunov: A Symphonic Synthesis

arr. Stokowski

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Leopold Stokowski

A Night on the Bare Mountain

arr. Stokowski

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Offenbach:

Gaîté Parisienne

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Münch

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Norma Burrowes, Louis Devos, John Shirley-Quirk

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Southend Boys Choir, Brighton Festival Chorus, Antal Doráti

Ponchielli:

Dance of the Hours (from La Gioconda)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanley Black

Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

narrative revised by Gabrielle Hilton

Sean Connery

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Israela Margarlit (piano)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Rachmaninov:

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

Ivan Davis (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Henry Lewis

Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor

arr. Stokowski

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Rasbach:

Trees

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Ravel:

Boléro

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Fanfare from 'L'Eventail de Jeanne'

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Respighi:

La Boutique Fantasque, PP120

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Rossiniana

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Pines of Rome

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Münch

Fountains of Rome

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Charles Münch

Rimsky Korsakov:

Snegurochka: Dance of the Tumblers

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Erich Gruenberg

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Robison, C J:

Carry me back to the Lone Prairie

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Rodgers, R:

You'll never walk alone (from Carousel)

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

The Sound of Music: 'Climb Every Mountain'

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

If I Loved You (from Carousel)

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Oklahoma! (from Oklahoma!)

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Rouget de Lisle:

La Marseillaise

Rozsa:

Ben Hur - suite for orchestra

National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Miklos Rozsa

Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Alan Loveday

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanley Black

Schubert:

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

arr. Stokowski

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Ilana Vered

Sibelius:

Finlandia, Op. 26

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Smetana:

The Bartered Bride: Skocná - Dance of the Comedians

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

Má Vlast: Vltava

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Sousa:

The Stars and Stripes Forever

El Capitan March

The High School Cadets

Washington Post

The Picador March

The Invincible Eagle

Semper Fidelis

Manhattan Beach

The Liberty Bell

The Thunderer

King Cotton

Hands Across The Sea

The Band Of The Grenadier Guards, Rodney Bashford

Sternhold:

Fêtes tziganes

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

Strauss, J, II:

Du und Du Walzer, Op. 367

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanley Black

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Frühlingsstimmen Walzer Op. 410

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Künstlerleben, Op. 316

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Henry Lewis

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Stravinsky:

Three Movements from Petrushka

Ilana Vered

Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (excerpts)

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Swan Lake, Op. 20

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Anatole Fistoulari

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Fournet

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Henry Lewis

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

Josef Sakonov (saxophone)

1812 Overture, Op. 49

Royal Philharmonic Chorus, Chorus of the Welsh National Opera, The Band Of The Grenadier Guards, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Leopold Stokowski

Marche slave, Op. 31

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Chant sans paroles, Op. 40 No. 6

arr. Stokowski

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Marche slave, Op. 31

trad.:

Nobody knows the trouble I seen

arr. Robert Sharples

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Deep River

Eileen Farrell (soprano)

Battle Hymn of the Republic

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Hoe Down!

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

When Johnny comes marching home

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Blow the man down

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

The British Grenadiers

Horst-Wessel-Lied

arr. Sharples

Vaughan Williams:

English Folk Song Suite

Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons

Hugh Bean

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

London Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Götterdämmerung: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Siegfried: Waldweben

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

London Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski

Ward, S A:

America the Beautiful

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Weber:

Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65

orch. Berlioz

London Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Black

Willson:

Ask Not

London Festival Orchestra, Stanley Black

Xian Xing-hi:

Yellow River Piano Concerto

Ilana Vered

Central Philharmonic Society, Elgar Howarth

THE MUSIC:

• The collection includes no less than 11 discs featuring works which are first international CD releases - see below for listing.

• Phase 4 stepped into the classical arena in 1964 with the launch of the ‘concert series’, releasing over 200 albums in the series. Drawn largely from the concert series, this set shows Phase 4 in its prime – big classical works requiring large scale orchestras, ripe for the display of spectacular sound engineering feats. Big classical symphonies sit alongside major piano and violin concertos. Popular ballet titles such as Carmen, Swan Lake, Spartacus are also here.

• Film / Movie scores include Rózsa’s Music from Ben Hur, Music from the Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers and Bernard Herrmann’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

• There are also big band specials, light classics from Arthur Fielder and Ketèlbey, Stokowski’s brilliant orchestral transcriptions and music which grabbed headlines back in the day – such as the Yellow River Concerto (first international CD release), probably the world’s most popular piece of Chinese-originated orchestral music.

• A BONUS CD in this set is Bob Sharples Battle Stereo. It took one year to produce, and required assistance from London’s crop of engineers to funnel all ten tape tracks down to the final two with the British Grenadier Guards and Her Majesty’s Horse Guards providing the soundtrack to what could be a motion picture about war.

THE ARTISTS:

• As well as its distinctive sound, Phase 4 was known for its range of loyal and charismatic artists. The included:

• The legendary Leopold Stokowski (star of Disney’s Fantasia) made several Phase 4 recordings, dating from the final years of his long and brilliant career and capturing his unique magic.

• Phase 4 stalwart Stanley Black, who excelled in every field imaginable from Latin-American to theatre, film and to classical.

• Antal Doráti who conducted the best-selling Peter and the Wolf, featuring Sean Connery as narrator.

• Academy Award-winner Bernard Herrmann, whose score of Journey to the Centre of the Earth had a lasting impact across Hollywood.


A comprehensive 40 CD overview of some of the most sonically-spectacular albums ever made, from a period when Decca enjoyed a clear technological lead over its competitors.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

• INCEPTION: ‘Phase 4 stereo’ was created in 1961 as an American subsidiary of Decca, and steered to success by New Yorker Tony D’Amato. 200 classical releases were eventually released within this label, with the first major classical releases 50 years ago in 1964.

• IMMEDIACY OF SOUND & A WIDE SOUND SPECTRUM: Using Decca’s 20-channel mixing desk, the label aimed to deliver an immediacy of sound which new recording and the LP techniques permitted, and thus give listeners an experience they would not obtain anywhere else either in the concert hall or from other labels. Phase 4 vividly expanded the scope and spectrum of recorded sound. See the YouTube video for details.

• THE TECHNOLOGY: A 4 track, 20 channel console mixer built especially by Decca. Each channel (recorded independently) of the console had equalisation and reverb/echo (electronic or chamber), and each channel was assignable to any of the 4 tracks of an Ampex tape recorder. For the early to mid-sixties this was state-of-the-art.

PACKAGING

• Lift-off rigid cube box (in the style of L’Oiseau Lyre)

• Original Sleeves (front and back)

• 128-page full-colour English-language booklet including ‘The Story of Phase 4’ by Tim McDonald (Producer for Phase 4 from 1972-78).

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The Originals Box - Legendary Recordings

The Originals Box - Legendary Recordings


Bach, J S:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041

David Oistrakh (violin)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

David Oistrakh (violin)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

David Oistrakh (violin), Igor Oistrakh (violin), George Malcolm (harpsichord)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Beethoven:

Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major, Op. 40

David Oistrakh (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50

David Oistrakh (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

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

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Hilde Rossel Majdan (contralto), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor), Walter Berry (bass)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Singing Club, Herbert von Karajan

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

Wilhelm Kempff

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

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

Wilhelm Kempff

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

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

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

David Oistrakh (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

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

Emil Gilels (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum

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

Emil Gilels (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116

Emil Gilels (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79

Martha Argerich (piano)

Bruch:

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

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Martha Argerich (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Études (12), Op. 10

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Études (12), Op. 25

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1

Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor, Op. 26 No. 2

Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'

Polonaise No. 4 in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44

Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major, Op. 53 'Héroïque'

Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

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

Martha Argerich (piano)

Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

Martha Argerich (piano)

Debussy:

La Mer

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rafael Kubelik

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Slavonic Dances Nos. 9-16, Op. 72 Nos. 1-8

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces (selection)

Emil Gilels (piano)

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Martha Argerich (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Martha Argerich (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik

Symphony No. 5

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

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

Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K453

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Piano Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, K238

Camerata Academica of the Mozarteum Salzburg, Géza Anda

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

Alfred Prinz (clarinet)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313

Werner Tripp (flute)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191

Dietmar Zeman (bassoon)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Die Zauberflöte, K620

Evelyn Lear (Pamina), Roberta Peters (Königin der Nacht), Fritz Wunderlich (Tamino), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Papageno), Franz Crass (Sarastro), Hans Hotter (Sprecher), Lisa Otto (Papagena), James King (Erste Geharnischter), Martti Talvela (Zweite Geharnischter), Hildegard Hillebrecht, Cvetka Ahlin, Sieglinde Wagner (Drei Damen), Antonia Fahberg, Rosl Schwaiger, Raili Kostia (Drei Knaben), Martin Vantin, Manfred Röhrl (Zwei Preister)

Berliner Philharmoniker, RIAS-Kammerchor, Karl Böhm

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Orff:

Carmina Burana

Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Gerhard Stolze (tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone)

Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Eugen Jochum

Prokofiev:

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

Martha Argerich (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78

London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Martha Argerich (piano)

Rachmaninov:

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki

Ravel:

Boléro

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Piano Concerto in G major

Martha Argerich (piano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Gaspard de la Nuit

Martha Argerich (piano)

Jeux d'eau

Martha Argerich (piano)

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

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

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Emil Gilels, Norbert Brainin, Peter Schidlof, Martin Lovett, Rainer Zepperitz

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

Amadeus Quartet

Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Die Forelle, D550

Frühlingsglaube, D686

Heidenröslein, D257

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Winterreise D911

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Hubert Giesen (piano)

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Don Juan, Op. 20

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Metamorphosen

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Vier letzte Lieder

Gundula Janowitz (soprano)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Tchaikovsky:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

David Oistrakh (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Franz Konwitschny

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

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

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

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

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Mravinsky

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich

Verdi:

Requiem

Maria Stader, Marianna Radev, Helmut Krebs, Kim Borg

RIAS Chamber Choir, St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde

Wolfgang Windgassen (Tristan), Birgit Nilsson (Isolde), Christa Ludwig (Brangäne), Martti Talvela (King Marke), Eberhard Waechter (Kurwenal), Claude Heater (Melot), Erwin Wohlfahrt (Hirt), Gerd Nienstedt (Steuermann), Peter Schreier (Seemann)

Chor und Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Karl Böhm


A 50 CD Originals Jackets Collection celebrating the 20th anniversary of THE ORIGINALS series, featuring the bestselling items from the series’ history and highlighting the key artists and recordings from DG’s LP era.

Key recordings such as Beethoven 5th and 7th by Kleiber, Mahler 5th by early Karajan, Dvořák Slavonic Dances by Kubelik, Schöne Müllerin by Wunderlich, Zauberflöte and Tristan und Isolde by Böhm, Dvorák Cello Concerto by Rostropovich, Pathétique by Kempff, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto by Mutter, Argerich’s Debut Recital and many more of the extensive ORIGINALS catalogue, rich of artistic singularity and of commercially strong impact up to this day.

Not only does the new box set showcase some well-known ORIGINALS items, but also adds TWO NEW ITEMS to the ORIGINALS catalogue, never released before within this series: Chopin Études opp.10 & 25 with Maurizio Pollini and Brahms Cello Sonatas Opp.38 & 99 with Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Serkin (also available separately within the series from September 2014 on).

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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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DVD of the Month - February 2015

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Released for the first time individually at mid-price, this outstanding interpretation from the early digital era draws on the incomparable Viennese Mahler tradition.

“With sound of spectacular range, Abbado’s performance is sharply defined and deeply dedicated. The range of expression, the often wild mixture of elements in this work, is conveyed with extraordinary intensity, not least in the fine contributions of Jessye Norman and the two choirs.” Penguin Guide, 1984

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