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Ravel: The Complete Works for Solo Piano (Original Jacket)

Ravel: The Complete Works for Solo Piano (Original Jacket)


Ravel:

Menuet antique

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Jeux d'eau

Sonatine

Miroirs, 5 pieces for piano

Gaspard de la Nuit

Menuet sur le nom de Haydn

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Prélude

A la manière de Borodine

A la manière de Chabrier

Le Tombeau de Couperin


Walter Gieseking, though German, was born in the French city of Lyon and is admired above all as a brilliant and entrancingly perceptive interpreter of Debussy and Ravel. “He created a sound world in this repertoire that had no precedent, except perhaps in the composers’ imaginations,” wrote Gramophone, while the New York Times has said that: “His playing, though focused and rhythmically exact, proves that deep concentration does not have to be intense … There is never a sense of strain or tension; everything is natural and full of character.”

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Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 9029577506

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto (Original Jacket)

Dvorak: Cello Concerto (Original Jacket)


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5


“Jackie was always the most exciting cellist,” Yo-Yo Ma, Jacqueline du Pré’s fellow-cellist, has said. “It would be hard to think of another that took as many risks as she did … always for expressive reasons. There is no other artist who can transfer that sense of excitement onto vinyl.” Here, with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, du Pré performs perhaps the most widely-loved of all cello concertos, Dvořák’s lyrical and stirring epic.

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Schumann & Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos (Original Jacket)

Schumann & Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos (Original Jacket)


Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129


“It is good to be reminded of du Pré’s vivid, intense and joyful music-making” wrote Gramophone of this pairing of cello concertos by Schumann and Saint-Saëns. “[The Schumann] has that kind of spontaneous freedom of line that made her account of the Elgar so famous. Her delicacy of response in the slow movement is matched by a romantic flair which carries the outer movements along so admirably. Barenboim directs a sympathetic accompaniment, following her subtle manipulation of rubato with complete understanding.”

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A Jacqueline du Pré Recital (Original Jacket)

A Jacqueline du Pré Recital (Original Jacket)


Bach, J S:

Adagio (from Toccata, Adagio & Fugue, BWV564)

arr. Siloti

Roy Jesson (organ)

Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D major, BWV1028: Adagio - Allegro

Ronald Kinloch Anderson (harpsichord)

Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Gerald Moore (piano)

Falla:

Suite populaire espagnole: Jota

John Williams (guitar)

Fauré:

Élégie in C minor, Op. 24

Gerald Moore (piano)

Mendelssohn:

Song without Words for Cello & Piano, Op. 109

Gerald Moore (piano)

Paradis:

Sicilienne

Gerald Moore (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Osian Ellis (harp)

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Gerald Moore (piano)


“Jackie’s musical gift, cellistic prowess and personality were so inseparable that it made her probably one of the most unique musical personalities ever to perform on the stage,” says the great violinist Itzhak Perlman, who knew Jacqueline du Pré well. “Her ability to communicate her art to her audience was uncanny. Besides her flawless and effortless technique, her command of an enormous array of colours was quite phenomenal.” Perlman’s words are borne out by this recital of popular works, in which du Pré’s partners include guitarist John Williams and pianist Gerald Moore.

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Jacqueline du Pré: The Heart of the Cello - Vinyl Edition

Jacqueline du Pré: The Heart of the Cello - Vinyl Edition


SIDE A

ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 with Sir John Barbirolli

I. Adagio - Moderato

II. Lento - Allegro molto

DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor, B191: III. Finale (Allegro moderato)

with Daniel Barenboim

SIDE B

SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op.33: I. Allegro non troppo

with Daniel Barenboim

SCHUMANN Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129 with Daniel Barenboim

II. Langsam - Etwas lebhafter - Schneller

III. Sehr lebhaft - (Cadenza) - Im Tempo - Schneller

HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 1 in C, Hob. VIIb:1: III. Allegro molto with Daniel Barenboim


“She clearly was born to play the cello,” wrote the New York Times of Jacqueline Du Pré in 1967. Just five years later her career was cut tragically short by illness. This LP provides a treasurable memento of the “perfect balance of youth and maturity” that Du Pré’s teacher, William Pleeth, found in her playing: “She approached each new experience with spontaneous pleasure and enthusiasm.” Offering a vivid experience of her art in the concerto, not least her legendary Elgar, the album comprises recordings remastered in 24-BIT / 96kHz at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios.

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Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 9029577604

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George Li – Live at the Mariinsky

George Li – Live at the Mariinsky


Chopin:

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

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob.XVI:32

Liszt:

Consolation, S. 172 No. 3 in D flat major

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42


George Li (piano)

This enthralling recital by the young American pianist George Li, silver medallist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, marks his recording debut and launches a new relationship with Warner Classics. Captured at a live performance in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg, it presents a dramatically conceived programme of works by Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt: a descent into deep darkness; re-emergence into the light, and a concluding, boisterous celebration.

Li, now 21 years old, was born in Boston to music-loving parents who came to the USA from China. He started taking part in music competitions as a child and experienced something of an epiphany when, as a young teenager, he performed a Beethoven concerto with orchestra. As he told Pianist magazine: “All of a sudden I felt like I had entered a different world … It was a unique and amazing experience: for the first time I was feeling music a lot more emotionally, rather than just remembering the right notes and where to come in. Afterwards people were coming up to me and saying that listening to me had changed their lives. I was shocked. I didn’t know before that music had that kind of power. After that, I just wanted to be able to find that feeling again.”

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Amanda Meier: Volume 2

Amanda Meier: Volume 2

Violin Sonata, Nine Pieces & Four Songs


This new release features even more world premiere recordings of the music of Amanda Maier (1853-1894). Amanda Maier was a Swedish-German composer, was married to fellow composer Julius Rontgen and was a close friend of Edvard Grieg, Johannes Brahms, and other great musicians of the time. The first volume of her music, released in 2016, was a huge success. On Volume 2, leading Swedish violinist Cecilia Zilliacus and pianist Bengt Forsberg perform Maier’s beautiful violin sonata, and Nine pieces for violin and piano. Soprano Sabina Bisholt makes her recording debut with her interpretation of Maier’s great songs. Eight of these seventeen tracks are world premiere recordings.

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dB Productions - DBCD182

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Handel

Handel


Handel:

Tra le fiamme, HWV170

Keyboard Suite, HWV 435 (Chaconne) in G major

Nascemi sento al core (from Sei pur bella pur vezzosa, HWV160b)

Sonata in G minor HWV364b

No se emendará jamás, HWV 140

La bianca rosa, HWV 160c

Col partir la bella Clori (from Ah che pur troppo e vero, HWV77)


Hille Perl (viola da gamba), Dorothee Mields (soprano)

La Folia Barokorchester, Lee Santana

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Claudio Abbado: The Symphony Edition

Claudio Abbado: The Symphony Edition


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Karita Mattila (soprano), Violeta Urmana (mezzo), Thomas Moser (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (bass-baritone)

Berliner Philharmoniker; Eric Ericsson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Berliner Philharmoniker

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Marjana Lipovsek (contralto)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Ernst-Senff-Chor

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin

Nänie von Friedrich Schiller, für Chor und Orchester, Op. 82

Berliner Philharmoniker

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16

Berliner Philharmoniker

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Lucerne Festival Orchestra

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Wiener Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Wiener Philharmoniker

Haydn:

Il mondo della luna Overture

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Symphony No. 93 in D major

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Symphony No. 96 in D major 'Miracle'

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Symphony No. 98 in B flat major

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Symphony No. 101 in D major 'The Clock'

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Symphony No. 102 in B flat major

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major, Op. 84, Hob. I/105

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Mahler:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker (Nos. 1 and 3-9), Lucerne Festival Orchestra (No. 2)

Mendelssohn:

Symphonies Nos. 1-5

Elizabeth Connell (soprano I), Karita Mattila (soprano II), Hans-Peter Blochwitz (tenor)

London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

London Symphony Orchestra

The Fair Melusine Overture, Op. 32

London Symphony Orchestra

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

London Symphony Orchestra

Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

London Symphony Orchestra

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27

London Symphony Orchestra

Trumpet - Overture Op. 101

London Symphony Orchestra

Mozart:

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

Orchestra Mozart

Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K319

Orchestra Mozart

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

Orchestra Mozart

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

Orchestra Mozart

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Orchestra Mozart

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Orchestra Mozart

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

Orchestra Mozart

Schubert:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Complete)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Rosamunde: excerpts

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Ernst-Senff-Chor


In more recent years, every Abbado recording has been an event, something special – whether his Mahler symphonies with Berlin, or the Mozart, Bach and Pergolesi projects with “his” Orchestra Mozart. And, of course, as a sponsor and champion of new orchestras he is unrivalled – not least with his most recent creations, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra Mozart.

THE SYMPHONY EDITION – OVERVIEW

His Grand-Old-Man status assured Abbado remains a modest, unassuming but tenaciously demanding orchestral leader. Now, to celebrate the maestro’s reaching his 80th year, we have prepared an ambitious Symphony Edition as a birthday tribute:

• Limited-edition 41-CD box set

• Complete recordings of eight great symphonists – Mozart (with Orchestra Mozart), Haydn, Beethoven (with Berliner Philharmoniker), Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler (with Berliner Phliharmoniker and Lucerne festival Orchestra)

• Featuring seven of the orchestras with whom Abbado is most closely associated (Orchestra Mozart, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Orchestra)

• Complete symphonic cycles of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Mahler (see attachment for complete track list).

• All recordings have been personally selected by Claudio Abbado

IN PARTICULAR…

• Bruckner’s First Symphony – a special “addition”: at Abbado’s request, we have licensed a live recording of Bruckner’s First Symphony with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, being released here for the first time anywhere.

• He had previously recorded the first version (the “Linz” version, 1866) of the Symphony with the Wiener Philharmoniker, but has since discovered and championed the later expanded “Vienna” version (carried out by Bruckner in 1890–91) – a not uncontroversial step!

• Is this such a big deal? Anyone who has heard performances of the symphony that Abbado has given with the orchestra on tour in recent months will know that this is an electrifying account, one that changes the way we should regard the work. It’s the first CD to go for in the Edition (and will be offered as advance music)!

• In sum, a superb addition to the Symphony Edition, and to Abbado’s discogaphy (also to be released in a separate Bruckner box later).

• Parallel to this Edition, Decca is releasing a 7-CD set of the early Abbado recordings on Decca

PACKAGING

• The attractive cube features four striking, dynamic portraits of Abbado from the 1970s to the present day.

• The 96-page four-language booklet has an interview with Abbado by journalist Julia Spinola (formerly of the Frankfürter Allgemeine) plus many photos.

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DG - 4791046

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$113.00

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Chopin Evocations

Chopin Evocations


Barber:

Nocturne, Op. 33

Chopin:

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

orch. Pletnev

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' in B flat major, Op. 2

Rondo in C major for two pianos, Op. 73

with Sergei Babayan (piano)

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

orch. Pletnev

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

Impromptu No. 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'

Grieg:

No 5: Studie 'Hommage à Chopin' from Moods, Op. 73

Mompou:

Variations sur un theme de Chopin

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9 No. 12: Chopin

Tchaikovsky:

Un poco di Chopin (No. 15 from Morceaux, Op. 72)


Star pianist & composer Daniil Trifonov burst onto the international music scene at the International Chopin Competition in 2010. He then went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition performing Chopin's 1st Piano Concerto in the final round. Daniil Trifonov stands for virtuosity, musical poetry and evocative power. He is the world’s top young pianist today - and the music of Chopin is close to his heart.

The album features world premiere recordings of both Piano Concertos in fascinating orchestrations by pianist-composer Mikhail Pletnev. Pletnev also conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in performances of exceptional detail, lyrical freedom and chamber music-like transparency.

The solo works include some of Chopin's earliest (Variations on "La ci darem la mano" Op. 2) and latest (Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66) works, together with the rarely-heard Rondo Op. 73a for two pianos, a devilishly difficult piece here performed by Trifonov together with his friend and mentor, Sergei Babayan.

The atmospheric tenth variation of Mompou's Variations on a Theme of Chopin is entitled "Evocation" and, in its poigant transformation of Chopin's famous melodies, inspired the name of this album.

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DG - 4797518

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