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Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 1

Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 1


Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24


South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Francois-Xavier Roth

This CD marks the beginning of a new recording cycle of the complete symphonic poems of Richard Strauss as performed by the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg and their principal conductor, François-Xavier Roth.

Future volumes will be released during the coming years, at the rate of two CDs per year. Already in his first release with hänssler CLASSIC of Mahler's 1st Symphony, the French conductor has made it clear that he has both the strength as well as the sensitivity to build delicate orchestral colors – exactly what is necessary with Richard Strauss’ works. And with his orchestra, Roth has one of the best ensembles in Germany.

“the combination of his muscly, forward-moving approach, with not an ounce of fat on it, and perhaps most stunning engineering accorded to the master orchestrator yet, mean that both the mock-epic composer hero of Ein Heldenleben and the dying man of Tod und Verklärung make their momentous journeys without sag or stress...these performances pulse with ideal life.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 ****

“What I particularly like about this performance is its musical honesty...Roth draws extremely fine playing from his orchestra” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2013

Hänssler Richard Strauss Tone Poems - HAEN93299

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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58


Marina Shaguch (soprano), Ingeborg Danz (alto), James Taylor (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (bass)

Oregon Bach Festival Choir, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling

Building a Library

First Choice - June 2013

Hänssler - HAEN98006

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8


Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Kirill Karabits

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Jermolaj Albiker (violin)

Alejo Perez


Continuing with Haenssler’s fascinating series Les Ballets Russes, this next volume presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite.

Hänssler - Les Ballets Russes - HAEN93289

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Carl Schuricht Collection Volume 2

Carl Schuricht Collection Volume 2


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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

Blacher:

Concertante Musik, Op. 10

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Lucretia West (alto)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Allegro con spirito

rehearsal excerpts

Debussy:

La Mer

Liszt:

Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, symphonic poem No. 1, S95

Oboussier:

Violin Concerto

Roman Schimmer (violin)

Raphael, G:

Sinfonia breve, Op. 67

Reger:

Variations and Fugue on a theme of Johann Adam Hiller Op. 100

Reznicek:

Donna Diana Overture

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Schumann:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'

Strauss, R:

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53

Tchaikovsky:

Hamlet - Fantasy overture, Op. 67

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

rehearsal excerpts

Schluss from Parsifal

rehearsal excerpts

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

rehearsal excerpts

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture

Oberon Overture

Wolf, H:

Italian Serenade in G major

version for orchestra


Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra , Stuttgart Southwest Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart Lehrergesangverein, Carl Schuricht

A very special boxed set documenting the artistry of one of the 20th century’s greatest conductors. Includes a special bonus disc including Schuricht in rehearsal.

“There’s no question that if you admire Schuricht then you will be intrigued to hear those performances that stand as an appendix to his Parisian cycle of the Beethoven symphonies...This may be a specialist box but it continues the fine archival work that Hänssler is carrying out on behalf of the conductor.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2013

Hänssler - Carl Schuricht Collection - HAEN93292

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Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 18

Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 18


Haydn:

Symphony No. 89 in F major

Symphony No. 102 in B flat major

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


Woitek Garbowski (violin), Andrius Puskunigis (oboe), Michael Kaulartz (bassoon), Pirkko Langer (cello)

Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Fey

Presenting Volume 18 of Thomas Hey’s masterful and critically acclaimed series of Joseph Haydn’s Symphonies. This disc includes symphony numbers 89, 102 and the Sinfonia Concertante.

Hänssler - Fey Haydn Symphonies - HAEN98582

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor


Norrington has released a series of acclaimed Bruckner performances on CD. His fresh approach injects a healthy dose of “worldliness” into these works.

“Where Norrington is fearless is in Bruckner’s on-the-spot shifts of tempo or key.” Gramophone

“As might be expected, Sir Roger employs instruments of the day, with a head-count that Bruckner might have expected and an appropriate seating plan. Bowing, phrasing and articulation are all in keeping with the manners of period and there's the usual Norrington embargo on vibrato...Excellent sound and, I suppose, good to have as food for thought, which is invariably what Norrington is all about.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

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Telemann Cantatas: Easter, Ascension & Pentecost

Telemann Cantatas: Easter, Ascension & Pentecost


Telemann:

Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt, TWV 1:873

Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen. TWV 1:642

Daran ist Erschienen die Liebe Gotte, TVWV 1:165


Stefanie Wust (soprano), Angela Froemer (contralto), Georg Poplutz (tenor) & Jens Hamann (bass)

Collegium vocale Siegen & Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Ulrich Stötzel

The musicians, soloists, choir and conductor featured here have all been involved with the music of Telemann for many years. They have several critically acclaimed recordings in the Hänssler catalogue. Here they perform three festive works. The music is easy-going and tuneful with moments of virtuosity and characteristic tone painting.

Telemann had the great misfortune of being born into an age of geniuses, sharing the spotlight with Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi. In any other generation, his originality, consistent high-quality and prolific output would place him among the greatest musicians of all times. Indeed even today, no complete published edition of Telemann's works exists. Throughout his long and productive life, Telemann drew upon every musical influence at his disposal - North German counterpoint, the easy lyricism of the Italians, the elegant dance forms of the French royal court and even the folk songs of the Gypsies and Slavic peoples. In this way, Telemann may be compared to Haydn - who similarly produced a steady stream of masterworks in every form, drawing upon the widest possible range of musical influences and transformed them into utterly original, and often visionary compositions.

To date, more than 1750 Telemann cantatas have been catalogued - with new discoveries still occurring almost every year! These works range from intimate compositions for a single voice and continuo, to massive works for double choir and large orchestras. The current release from Telemann scholar Ulrich Stötzel features the World Premiere recordings of three of Telemann's choral cantatas.

“This selection of Easter, Ascension and Whitsun cantatas by Telemann is vividly brought to life by Ulrich Stotzel and his well-drilled musicians.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ***

Hänssler - HAEN98624

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Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 16

Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 16


Haydn:

Symphony No. 90 in C major

Symphony No. 92 in G major 'Oxford'


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Fey has form for his previous heavy-handed telling of Haydn's jokes but, mirabile dictu, he plays this one pretty much straight...just about the best offering yet in this occasionally exasperating but always thought-provoking series.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“Fey is rightly more interested in recreating the spirit, drama and character that Haydn would have wanted rather than strictly the sound world...it is clear that he combines that knowledge along with his sound musical instincts in everything he does...This is really exciting playing – bold and daring and invariably seems to somehow feel ‘right’.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 19th March 2012

Hänssler - Fey Haydn Symphonies - HAEN98629

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Schumann: Requiem, Der Königssohn & Nachtlied

Schumann: Requiem, Der Königssohn & Nachtlied


Schumann:

Requiem in D flat major, Op. 148

Nachtlied for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108

Der Königssohn, Op. 116


Ingeborg Danz, Christoph Pregardien, Sibylla Rubens, Yorck Felix Speer & Adolph Seidel

KammerChor Saarbrucken & Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Georg Grun

These are stunning recordings of three rarely performed Schumann masterworks. The Requiem is beautifully scored and inhabits a world between Fauré’s otherworldly peace and Berlioz’s thunderous Last Judgement.

“this version of Nachtlied will leave no-one in doubt that this choral-orchestral miniature is a significant find. Der Königssohn is similarly enjoyable” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“The soloists lend distinction, especially Christoph Prégardien as the young king-to-be, and Georg Grün's flexible direction doesn't undermine the pulse that each movement needs if it's to sustain any impression of coherence.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

“Whatever the aesthetic ambiguities of the work, Georg Grün and his musicians give the Requiem a creditable, straightforward performance. Balances tend to favour orchestral detail over a more precise choral presence...The soloists acquit themselves well.” International Record Review, September 2011

“Der Königssohn is one of four ballads that Schumann composed in 1851, which are precursors of a whole genre of narrative concert pieces in the second half of the 19th century. It may not be top-drawer Schumann, but it offers a sense of the composer creating something new.” The Guardian, 26th May 2011 **

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About Christmas

About Christmas


1. Joy to the World

2. Angels We Have Heard on High

3. Stille Nacht

4. It's Christmas Time All Over the World

5. Es kommt ein Schiff geladen

6. Kommet, ihr Hirten

7. The First Noël / A Child Is Born

8. Mary's Lullaby

9. Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier (arr. Jorg Achim Keller)

10. I Wonder As I Wander

11. Coventry Carol

12. O Tannenbaum

13. You Make It Feel Like Christmas

14. Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier (arr. Matthias Becker)


Berlin Voices

Berlin Voices is an outstanding German vocal quartet. Some of the best arrangers in the vocal jazz and pop scene have contributed to this recording and they are able to conjure up contemporary swing and fiery Latin numbers as well as contemplative, balladesque sounds from the mostly traditional Christmas songs here. Every song offers musical surprises.

Hänssler - HAEN98609

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