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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

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Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Volume 7 - (2000-2010)

Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Volume 7 - (2000-2010)



Daniel Harding


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

Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano), Marianne Cornetti (mezzo), Robert Dean Smith (tenor), Franz-Josef Selig (bass)

Mariss Jansons



Heinz Holliger


Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Herbert Blomstedt


Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20

Stefan Asbury


Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Zubin Mehta


Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42

Ed Spanjaard


La Mer

Bernard Haitink


Elektra - symphonic suite

Waltraud Meier (mezzo), Robert Dean Smith (tenor), Marcel Reijans (tenor), Juha Uusitalo (bass-baritone), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass-baritone), Johan Leysen (speaker)

Claus Peter Flor


Tout un monde lointain (Concerto for cello and orchestra)

Godfried Hoogeveen (cello)

Yan Pascal Tortelier


Musique pour l’esprit en deuil

Bernard Haitink


Symphony No. 97 in C major

Nikolaus Harnoncourt


Konzertmusik, Op. 50 for strings & brass

Kurt Masur


Jealousy (original prelude to Jenufa)

Sir Mark Elder

Taras Bulba

Sir Mark Elder


Fünf tragische Lieder

Detlef Roth (baritone)

Lothar Zagrosek


Piano Concerto

Lars Vogt (piano)

Daniel Harding


Das Lied von der Erde

Anna Larsson (contralto), Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

Fabio Luisi


Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca, H. 352

Leonard Slatkin


Les Offrandes oubliées (1930)

George Benjamin


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

Ivan Fischer


No reason to panic

David Robertson


Autumnal sketch, Op. 8

David Robertson


Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Mariss Jansons


Marsyas, rhapsody for trumpet with percussion & orchestra

Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet), Gustavo Gimeno (percussion)

George Benjamin


Symphony No. 3, Op.45 'Gamelan'

Hans Vonk


Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

Ivan Fischer


Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Kurt Masur


Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 113 'Babi Yar'

Sergei Leiferkus (baritone)

Kurt Masur


Pohjola's Daughter, Op. 49

Sir Colin Davis

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82

Paavo Berglund

Strauss, R:

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53

Lorin Maazel

Der Rosenkavalier - Suite

Mariss Jansons


Oedipus Rex

Riccardo Chailly

Violin Concerto in D

Alexander Kerr (violin)

Riccardo Chailly


Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Vesko Eschkenazy (violin)

Sir Mark Elder


Lied for trombone and orchestra

Jorgen van Rijen (trombone)

Markus Stenz


Six Pieces for Orchestra Op. 6

Pierre Boulez



Ingo Metzmacher

This seventh installment of the Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2000- 2010) covers a period in the orchestra's history largely characterised by changing perspectives in a new century. Indeed, it was in 2004 that Riccardo Chailly relinquished his position as chief conductor after a 16-year-long tenure, whereupon the orchestra managed to forge what would be a long-term relationship with the renowned maestro Mariss Jansons. A specialist in Romantic, and particularly Italian, opera repertoire, Chailly was also an advocate of the modern classics and of contemporary music. His collaboration with the RCO resulted in internationally acclaimed recordings of works by such composers as Varese, Stravinsky and Berio.

The Latvian maestro Jansons, a passionate orchestral conductor particularly of the late Romantic repertoire, shifted the orchestra's focus more towards Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss and Shostakovich, invariably endeavouring to strike a careful balance between clarity of form and aesthetics. In addition, Jansons successfully continued the tradition of high-profile co-productions between the RCO and De Nederlandse Opera with performances of Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District' and Tchaikovsky's 'Yevgeny Onegin'. The orchestra itself also underwent changes. A generation of orchestral players, including the illustrious principal wind instrumentalists who had laid the foundations for the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, retired and were succeeded by a group of outstanding young musicians, most of them hailing from outside the Netherlands, resulting in a growing internationalisation of the RCO. There were also changes in the orchestra's business and artistic management and its concert programming policy also saw a shift in direction. The 'Picasso/Rembrandt formula' was retired to make way for the new A Series, featuring more firmly embedded contemporary, often Dutch, repertoire. The launch of the orchestra's own in-house record label, RCO Live, breathed new life into its rich recording tradition. The identity of a modern, 21st-century orchestra would be further bolstered by the RCO's active online presence, its own Web channel, effective use of social media, and the successful digital platform RCO Universe, a novelty in the orchestral world. This CD box set constitutes the final volume of the Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a musical journey through time in seven installments, each made up of fourteen CDs of live concert recordings. Drawing on the wealth of recordings in the Dutch public broadcasting network archives, the compilers set out to create a colourful historical overview and sound mosaic whilst doing justice to the unique history of the orchestra from 1935, the year from which its oldest surviving radio recording dates. Repertoire, performance, conductors, soloists and recording quality were the criteria which, in the proper interrelationships, proved to be decisive. Working to document such a vast musical legacy has been a privilege, the compilers having been aware that the making of choices brings with it the duty to showcase as many aspects of this rich history as possible.

The compilers wish to dedicate this series to all the musicians who have been part of the orchestra over the past 125 years. It is hoped that all seven volumes will be re-released as a 'superbox' to celebrate the RCO's anniversary.

“Anyone who has been collecting this series will certainly want this latest addition, for the unusual repertoire as much as for the performances … the live sound is tremendous.” International Record Review, February 2013

“throughout this set it's the astonishing consistency of the orchestral playing that is most vivid...regardless of the conductor or the repertoire, the depth and eloquence of the strings, the quick-witted brilliance of the woodwind and the rounded security of the brass are unfailing.” The Guardian, 3rd January 2013 *****

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Karajan Adagio: Music To Free Your Mind

Karajan Adagio: Music To Free Your Mind


Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor

Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')


L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1: III. Adagietto

Carmen: Entr'acte to Act III (Intermezzo)


Les Sylphides - Nocturne

Arr. Roy Douglas


Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune


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


Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song

Peer Gynt: Ase's Death


Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 12 in B minor, HWV330: III - Aria


Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Adagietto


Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo


Meditation (from Thaïs)


Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik': Romance (Andante)


Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Arranged by M. Rosenthal




Humming Chorus (from Madama Butterfly)


Pavane pour une infante défunte


Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3, P. 172: III. Siciliana


Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

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


Romeo & Juliet - Love Theme

Serenade for strings in C major, Op. 48: III. Élégie


La traviata: Prelude to Act 3


Winter from The Four Seasons (extract)


Concerto in A minor for Two Violins, RV 523: Largo


Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde): orchestral version

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“Adagio Karajan” was the ORIGINAL CLASSICAL CHILL-OUT ALBUM. Over two-and-a-half hours of the world’s most relaxing music – from the most accomplished conductor of all time. Emphasizing classical music’s unique power in transporting the listener away from the stresses and strains of modern-day living - All over the world, consumers are searching for an escape, and the soothing sounds of “Karajan Adagio” can provide that.

“Adagio” – the literal translation is “at ease”, with a slowness, with a tranquillity, and with a longing – the perfect antidote to the relentless pace of modern global living.

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Historic Mahler & Bruckner

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Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

1890 version. Live recording, 8 April 1953 from the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft


Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Original production by ORF [Austrian Radio], studio recording, 29 March 1956.

Anny Felbermayer (soprano) & Sonja Dreksler (alto)

Austrian Radio Choir

Vienna Symphony Orchestra, F.Charles Adler

A conducting student of Mahler, F. Charles Adler conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in works by Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (WAB 103) [1890 version first published by Theodor Rättig]. Live recording, 8 April 1953 from the Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft, Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C-minor, “Resurrection,” with Anny Felbermayer, sop.; Sonja Dreksler, alto; Austrian Radio Choir. Original production by ORF [Austrian Radio], studio recording, 29 March 1956. Both recordings are previously unissued.

“the courage, enterprise and vision of musicians such as Charles Adler in presenting these scores cannot be overstated. There may be shortcomings in these performances – or, at least, shortcomings as judged by today’s standards...However, there’s also a great deal to commend these readings and they are well worth hearing. Music & Arts deserve our gratitude” MusicWeb International, 3rd May 2013

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Mahler & Wagner: Transcriptions for soprano & string quartet

Mahler & Wagner: Transcriptions for soprano & string quartet


Rückert-Lieder (5 songs, complete)


Wesendonck-Lieder (5)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Schumann Quartet

Transcriptions which got to the heart of the sheet music’s technicality and spirit were essential to reveal its core substance. One also needed first rate musicians to transpose its rich orchestral colours. It is fair to say that listeners will find all this in this interpretation by Dame Felicity Lott and the members of the Schumann Quartet.

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A Musical Journey: Mahler Symphony No. 1 ‘Titan’

A Musical Journey: Mahler Symphony No. 1 ‘Titan’

With scenary and sights from Switzerland, Austria, Italy & Germany


Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

The Places

The journey starts in Switzerland, in the canton of Thurgau, leading from Steckborn and the Bodensee to the Rhine Falls. From Styria, in Austria, comes Hochosterwitz Castle and from Bavaria Weikersheim Castle, the latter intercut with wild life from the Austrian Assling Nature Park. The tour ends amid the strangely shaped mountains of the Dolomites in Southern Tyrol, a region divided between Austria and Italy.

The Music

In a remarkable way Mahler, in his symphonies and songs, has seemed to reflect the world of today in all its bewildering variety and has now won an established place in concert repertoire. Distinguished as a conductor, his fame as a composer has grown over the years since his death. The music included here is Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, nick-named Titan, not for its massive power, but after the book by Jean Paul, a strong influence over earlier romantics and over Mahler at this stage in his career. The symphony breathes the spirit of the Austrian countryside, reflected in Mahler’s songs.

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Georg Solti, Vol. 7

Georg Solti, Vol. 7


Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

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Folk Stories

Folk Stories

Songs by Beethoven, Britten & Mahler


Régi keserves (No. 2 from 20 Hungarian Folksongs)

Aszszonyok, aszszonyok (No. 3 from 8 Hungarian Folksongs)

Istenem, istenem (No. 2 from 8 Hungarian Folksongs)

Ha kimegyek arr' a magos tetöre (No. 5 from 8 Hungarian Folksongs)


Sad and luckless, WoO 153, No. 6

The Return to Ulster, WoO 152 No. 1

Thou Emblem of Faith, WoO 152 No. 11

Come, draw we round a cheerful ring, WoO 152 No. 8


Marienwürmchen, Volks-Kinderlieder, No. 13

Da unten im Tale (No. 6 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)


The Plough Boy

O Waly, Waly

The Bonny Earl o' Moray

Il est quelqu'un sur terre

Quand j’étais chez mon père


Wer hat dies' Liedlein Erdacht? (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Lob des hohen Verstandes (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


No, non è morto il figlio tuo (No. 1 from Quattro liriche - Antica poesia popolare armena)

La mamma è come il pane caldo (No. 2 from Quattro liriche - Antica poesia popolare armena)

Io sono la madre (No. 3 from Quattro liriche - Antica poesia popolare armena)


Den första kyssen, Op. 37 No. 1 (Text: J.L. Runeberg)

Säf, säf, susa, Op. 36 No. 4 (Text: Gustav Fröding)

Flickan kom från sin älsklings möte, Op. 37, No. 5


A Sprig of Thyme

Spoken folk text

Cora Burggraaf (mezzo-soprano), Simon Lepper (piano), Liza Ferschtman (violin) & Floris Mijnders (cello)

On this Hybrid SACD recording ‘Folk Stories’, young multi-award winning mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf is joined by the pianist Simon Lepper, cellist Floris Mijnders, and highly-regarded violinist Liza Ferschtman. The disc features folk songs and arrangements by composers ranging from Beethoven, Brahms, and Mahler to some of the most important figures of the 20th century, including Britten, Bartók, and Sibelius.

The Dutch mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf graduated with distinction from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2002. She pursued her vocal studies in London at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She has been the recipient of many prizes including the 2009/2010 ECHO Rising Star Award, the 2006 Elizabeth Everts Prize, the second prize in the International Vocalist Competition Den Bosch 2004, the 2003 Maggie Teyte Prize and the Miriam Licette Scholarship. Her studies in London were funded by the Dutch Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. In opera, Burggraaf has appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House in London (for which she was named “Most Promising Newcomer of the Year” by The Observer), San Francisco Opera, Welsh National Opera, The Netherlands Opera, Garsington Opera, Opéra de Bordeaux and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, BBC Proms and the Gergiev Festival.

“The essence of folk song is outward simplicity: this disc is a wide-ranging selection of arrangements and originals, performed with artful directness.” Sunday Times, 3rd February 2013

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Absolute Heaven

Absolute Heaven

Essential Choral Masterpieces

1. Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue, Prologue [excerpt]

2. Francis Poulenc: Mass in G major for chorus, FP 89, Agnus Dei

3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass No. 17 in C minor (fragment, Great Mass), K. 427 (K. 417a), Kyrie

4. Ludwig van Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, oratorio, Op. 85, Hallelujah

5. Sergey Rachmaninov: Vespers (All-Night Vigil), Op. 37, Bless the Lord, O My Soul

6. Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 (3 versions), Sanctus

7. Antonin Dvorák: Te Deum, B. 176 (Op. 103) (once listed as Opp. 93 & 98), Te Deum Laudamus [excerpt]

8. Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D major, RV

9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14), Suscepit Israel

10. Gabriel Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, Pie Jesu

11. Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass (Manzoni Requiem), Libera me [excerpt]

12. Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act, Regina coeli

13. Franz Schubert: Mass in G major, D. 167, Benedictus

14. Hector Berlioz: Requiem (Grande Messe des morts), H. 75 (Op. 5), Rex tremendae

15. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major (Symphony of a Thousand), Finale

Donna Carter, Judith Blegen, Edith Wiens, Susan Dunn, Christine Brewer, David Gordon & Heidi Grant Murphy

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus & Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Robert Shaw

This collection features conductor Robert Shaw, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers performing sacred choral classics from some of the albums they recorded for Telarc between 1979 and 1993.

In consistently excellent sound, Shaw’s unrivalled mastery of this repertoire shines through in every selection on the disc, from the final pages of the "Prologue in Heaven" from Boito’s Mefistofele, to the towering conclusion of Mahler's Symphony No. 8.

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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'

Barbara Haveman (soprano), Orla Boylan (soprano), Christiane Oelze (soprano), Anna Palimina (soprano), Petra Lang (mezzo-soprano), Maria Radner (contralto), Brandon Jovanovich (tenor) & Hanno Müller-Brachmann (baritone)

Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Girls and Boys of Choirs at the Cologne Cathedral Choir of the Bach Society, Cologne; Cologne Cathedral Choir, Kartäuserkantorei Cologne, Philharmonic Choir of Bonn Vocal Ensemble Cologne Cathedral, Markus Stenz

Continuing the critically acclaimed series of Mahler recordings with the Gurzenich-

Orchester Cologne conducted by Markus Stenz, the orchestra is joined on this recording by various soloists. The series so far has been chosen as Gramophone Editor’s Choices and has been well reviewed by all other outlets, remarkable in such a crowded market place.

“Stenz outdoes himself in finding a level of musical depth rarely plumbed in this piece. So too is he blessed with a roster of singers who view the music as more than merely a series of dramatic effects. Combing operatic firepower with the interpretative acumen of recitalists, the cast uniformly docuses not so much on hitting the dramatic points as floating the moments in between.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013

“Stenz excels at knitting together the disparate elements – the Veni, creator spiritus really feels like a component part of Mahler’s grand design instead of a clumsy prologue. The Gürzenich-Orchester make a burnished, very European sound. The brass play with incredible force and power, but never sound strident.” The Arts Desk, 8th December 2012

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