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Artur Schnabel - The RCA Victor Recordings

Artur Schnabel - The RCA Victor Recordings


Beethoven:

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

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

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

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

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D899


Sony Classical pays tribute to Artur Schnabel – one of the 20th century’s most influential pianists and musical thinkers – with a 2-CD set of his complete American RCA Victor recordings.

Artur Schnabel – The RCA Victor Recordings brings together all of the pianist’s sessions for RCA Victor, recorded within an intense two months of activity in 1942. Beethoven’s G major and “Emperor” Concertos with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (conducted by its long time music director Frederick Stock) first appeared on 78s. Two late Beethoven Sonatas, No. 30 in E major op. 109 and No. 32 in C minor op. 111 were issued for the first time in 1976, inviting comparisons alongside Schnabel’s much imitated early 1930s versions. Also from the 1942 sessions are the previously unpublished Schubert Impromptus D 899, a significant addition to Schnabel’s discography.

Born in 1882 and raised in Vienna, Artur Schnabel began lessons at nine years old with Theodor Leschetitzky. The legendary pedagogue recognized his young pupil’s unusual nature, and steered him towards Schubert’s then-neglected sonatas, saying, “You will never be a pianist, you are a musician.” After his 1898 Berlin debut, Schnabel began touring as a soloist, as a chamber player, and in a lieder duo with his future wife, contralto Therese Behr.

Although Schnabel commanded a wide repertoire, he was best known as an interpreter of the Austro-German classics of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, with forays into Schumann and Brahms – as he put it, “music which I consider better than it can be performed.”

From 1925 Schnabel taught at the Berlin State Academy until leaving the city in 1933 after the Nazi Party took control. He became the first pianist in history to record all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, and taught master classes at Tremezzo, Lake Como before moving to the United States in 1939, where he became a naturalized citizen five years later. He returned to Europe after the war, and died in 1951 at Lake Como.

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RCA - 88985389712

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Mahler’s masterpiece is subtitled as - A Symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) – and therefore traditionally two voices have sung the six movements of the work. However Jonas Kaufmann feels differently about this and wanted to sing both parts himself. In June this year he joined the Wiener Philharmoniker and conductor Jonathan Nott in a special concert in the Goldener Saal at the Musikverein in Vienna whereby he sang the entire work himself.

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Sony - 88985389832

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


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Sony - 88985404352

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Schubert: Overtures, Romances & Arias


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Sony - 88985407212

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Brahms: Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33

Brahms: Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33


Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Gerold Huber (piano)

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Sony - 88985413122

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Claudio Monteverdi - 450th anniversary

Claudio Monteverdi - 450th anniversary

Limited Edition


Monteverdi:

Vespro della beata Vergine (1610)


In March 1964, as a student at King’s College, Cambridge, John Eliot Gardiner led a performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers that not only launched his career as a conductor, but also provided the impetus to create his world-renowned Monteverdi Choir. In 1989, to mark the Monteverdi Choir’s 25th anniversary, he made the legendary live recording in St. Mark’s, Venice (where Monteverdi had held the position of maestro di cappella), which is re-presented in this deluxe hardback edition. This performance was also filmed by the BBC, and is included alongside the CDs.

Special deluxe edition celebrating Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary.

100-page hardback book with complete sung texts.

Includes exclusive NEW interview with John Eliot Gardiner, which explores his affinity to the Monteverdi Vespers.

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DG Archiv - 4797176

(CD + DVD Video - 3 discs)

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Pettersson: Symphony No. 14

Pettersson: Symphony No. 14

and bonus DVD with a 2-hour film about the composer; Norrköping SO/ Christian Lindberg


In their series of Allan Pettersson’s symphonies, Christian Lindberg and the NorrköpingSymphony Orchestra have arrived at the Fourteenth Symphony, completed in 1978 and given its first performance in 1981, one year after the death of the composer. As several of its predecessors, No. 14 is in one extended movement and is scored for large forces, including an expanded percussion section. But there are also important traits that set it apart. Pettersson, who had studied twelve-tone composition for René Leibovitz in the early 1950’s, never adopted the technique fully but in the present work the traces are more evident than in his other symphonies: the opening few bars contain all of the notes of the chromatic scale, and throughout the work Pettersson makes extensive use of compositional techniques associated with twelve-tone music.

In several earlier works, Pettersson had alluded to his song cycle ‘Barefoot Songs’, but in the present symphony he quotes himself extensively –the melody of Klokaroch knythänder(Wise Men and Clenched Hands) appears no less than five times in its entirety and becomes crucial to the structure of the symphony. The present disc is the sixth instalment in a series that has received distinctions such as Empfehlung (Klassik-Heute.de), Clef d’or2011(ResMusica.com),Disco exceptional(Scherzo) and Critics’ Choice(Gramophone). Included with the new recording is a bonus DVD containing a film produced by Swedish Television after the death of the composer. In the course of the film, here provided with English subtitles, we meet the composer himself, members of his family, colleagues from his time as an orchestral player and musicians uch as the violinist Ida Haendel.

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BIS - BIS2230

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Haochen Zhang plays Schumann, Liszt, Brahms & Janacek

Haochen Zhang plays Schumann, Liszt, Brahms & Janacek


Brahms:

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Janacek:

Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 in E flat minor, JW VIII/19 'From the Street'

Liszt:

Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S171/R16

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15


Haochen Zhang (piano)

In 2009, at the age of 19, Haochen Zhang became one of the youngest musicians ever to win the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then he has had a busy concert schedule, primarily in his native China and in the U.S.A. but also in Europe where he made his début at the BBC Proms in 2014. Recording has been less of a priority for Zhang, and it is only now that he releases his first studio album, recorded at the Reitstadel, the well-known audiophile venue in Neumarkt in Germany. For this recital, Haochen Zhang has devised a programme made up of works that he feels particularly close to. As he writes in his own liner notes, they ’not only speak to me in a very intimate way, but also connect with one another at a corresponding level of intimacy: as a whole they form a unique musical narrative.’ The pieces all share a reflective and introspective quality, albeit reflective in different ways. Opening the disc Schumann’s Kinderszenen were described by the composer as ‘reflections of an adult for adults’ and in the closing Op. 117 Intermezzi, Brahms also seems to be looking backwards – but with resignation rather than intimate tenderness. Framed by these two, the works by Liszt and Janá?ek contain overtly dramatic episodes, but contemplative interludes form a recurrent feature of the Ballade, and in Presentiment, the first movement of Janá?ek’s Sonata, the dark forebodings seem to rise up from the composer’s own soul.

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Super Audio CD

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BIS - BIS2238

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Mozart: Serenades Volume 1

Mozart: Serenades Volume 1


Mozart:

Serenade No. 9 in D major, K320 'Posthorn'

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

Marches (2) in D major, K335

String Quartet No. 1 in G major, K80: Minuet


Die Kölner Akademie, Michael Willens

Die Kölner Akademie and Michael Willens have previously recorded Mozart’s complete piano concertos with Ronald Brautigam, earning praise for their fresh and colourful contributions to the series. The team now releases the first of four projected discs with further Mozart scores, beginning with two of the composer’s best-loved serenades. Serenades were a characteristic feature of Salzburg musical life: opening with a march and continuing with as many as eight or nine separate movements on an orchestral scale, such works will have been ringing in Mozart’s ears from childhood. Thirteen serenades of varying scope and scorings are included in Mozart’s catalogue of works, and of these the well-known ‘Posthorn Serenade’ is the ninth. It is also the last serenade that Mozart composed before leaving Salzburg for Vienna. The nickname stems from Mozart’s inclusion of a solo for post horn (‘cornodi posta’) in one of the movements, but the wind instruments play an important role throughout the serenade, with extended solos for flute and oboe.

In comparison, Eine kleine Nachtmusik – the last serenade Mozart wrote – is for strings only. It is also shorter than many of the other serenades, and was probably intended for a more intimate occasion. Mozart’s own thematic catalogue lists it as having five movements, but as the first minuet and trio (preceding the slow movement) have been lost, only four are typically performed today. In this recording a minuet from Mozart’s very first string quartet in G major, K. 80, is incorporated by way of completion of the five-movement arch.

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BIS - BIS2244

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Nordsending: String Trios

Nordsending: String Trios


Hellstenius:

Rift

Nørgård:

Strings

Tjampuanfor violin and cello

Pastoralefrom ‘Babette’s Feast’

Saariaho:

Cloud Trio

Sørensen, B:

Gondole


Trio Aristos

Nordsending was the name given by southern Norwegian people of the late Medieval and Early Modern period to magical attacks from the sorcerous sub- Arctic and Arctic. It was the ‘broadcast from the north’. The Scots, the English and the Danes had other names for it. But all understood it similarly: the invisible medium through which turbulent air, splinters of iron or quartz, sharp stones, stone arrowheads and little mice were shot into the bodies of the healthy by Nordic witches.

This music is a different kind of nordsending, of course, being a ‘broadcast’ of works for string duo and trio from Henrik Hellstenius, Per Nørgård, Kaija Saariaho and Bent Sørensen – composers frequently classified as ‘Nordic’.

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BIS - BIS2269

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