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Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35


One of the greatest musical creations of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is undoubtedly his Scheherazade symphonic suite. The work, which is based on the famous tales of Princess Scheherazade of the Arabian Nights, has now been interpreted by the Philharmonia Zurich with its general music director Fabio Luisi at the rostrum. And one of its Zurich Opera House performances –with the ensemble “in top form”, to quote the Neue Zürcher Zeitung – has now been committed to CD. “Concertmaster Bartlomiej Niziol, who, with his solo violin, embodies the figure of Scheherazade as she tells her life story, plays his prominent part with impeccable intonation and great creative freedom; and Fabio Luisi conducts with a keenly emotional air and, with deftly-varied drive and restraint, brings the whole tale to outstanding dramatic life.”

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Rachmaninov: Piano Trios

Rachmaninov: Piano Trios


Rachmaninov:

Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor, Op. post.

Trio élégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9


Lise de la Salle (piano), Bartlomiej Niziol (violin), Claudius Herrmann (cello)

It was in devastation at the sudden death of his champion, idol and close friend Tchaikovsky that Sergei Rachmaninov wrote his Trio élégiaque No. 2 (op. 9) for piano, violin and cello in 1893. The work still clearly shows the young composer’s early artistic influences, while also featuring many of the key elements of his later masterly creations.

As artist-in-residence with the Philharmonia Zurich, French pianist Lise de la Salle has already performed and recorded works by Rachmaninov for piano and orchestra, the latter on Philharmonia Records in 2015. She now follows this up with a studio recording of his Trio élégiaque No. 2 together with its smaller brother, Trio élégiaque No. 1. De la Salle interprets these rarely-recorded chamber music pieces together with Bartlomiej Niziol, first concertmaster and Claudius Herrmann, solo cellist of the Philharmonia Zurich.

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Bach, Bartok & Boulez: Works for Solo Violin

Bach, Bartok & Boulez: Works for Solo Violin


Bach, J S:

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005

Bartók:

Sonata for Solo Violin, BB 124, Sz. 117

Boulez:

Anthèmes

Anthèmes 2


Michael Barenboim (violin)

Conceived like a solo recital, Michael Barenboim's first solo album features the works of three composers that have had a profound impact on his musical upbringing. On paper, these pieces could not seem any more different, but together they create an unexpectedly astonishing listening experience. J. S. Bach’s Sonata No. 3 for solo violin demands the greatest artistic and technical skills of the violinist and yet its melodic simplicity remains unmatched in its beauty. Béla Bartók’s Sonata Sz.117 was clearly inspired by Bach’s works for solo violin, carrying Bach’s ideas into the music of the 20th century. Filled with contrasts and yet bearing a uniquely poetic aura, the work is equally demanding for the violinist - if not more so - as the Bach. Finally, in his "Anthèmes", Pierre Boulez explores the boundaries of what can actually be played on the violin. The abstractness of Boulez's "Anthèmes 1" is surpassed by "Anthèmes 2", where live electronic elements that Boulez helped to develop at the IRCAM studios in Paris are added into the music. These two works create an entirely new sonic experience that serves as a musical frame for this exceptionally unique and extraordinary recording.

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Kalman: Die Zirkusprinzessin

Kalman: Die Zirkusprinzessin

Recorded 1969, sung in German


Ingeborg Hallstein (Fedora), Rudolf Schock (Mister X), Isy Orén (Mabel), Peter Karner (Toni Schlumberger), Jane Tilden (Carla Schlumberger), Ernst Waldbrunn (Pelikan), Fritz Korn (Adjutant) & Peter Frankenfeld (Pinelli)

Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Munich, Werner Schmidt-Boelcke

With The Csardas Princess and Countess Mariza, Emmerich Kálmán created two operetta classics that remain popular to this day. His successes from the Viennese “Silver Operetta Era” include The Circus Princess (1926), which contains elements of modern dance music in addition to the usual Kálmán mixture of Hungarian folk music and Viennese waltzes. In this entertaining filmed version some of the great singer-actors from the 1960s and 70s can once again be seen and heard – names like Ingeborg Hallstein, Rudolf Schock and Peter Frankenfeld.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), EN, FR

Region Code: 0

Running Time: 111 mins

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Lehár: Paganini

Lehár: Paganini


Antonio Theba (Paganini), Teresa Stratas (Princess Anna Elisa), Peter Kraus (Pimpinelli), Dagmar Koller (Bella Giretti), Johannes Heesters (Prince Felice)

Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Munich, Wolfgang Ebert

Franz Lehár’s operetta “Paganini” (Vienna, 1925) marked the start of a new period in the composer’s work that was strongly influenced by the tenor Richard Tauber. Lehár now began to write works that were highly demanding in vocal terms and stylistically closely modelled on the opera repertoire. One of the most successful operettas from this period was undoubtedly “Paganini”, which includes the immortal melody “Gern hab’ ich die Frau’n geküsst”. Now, the legendary 1973 fi lm version of the operetta offers an opportunity to experience once again stars like Teresa Stratas, Peter Kraus, Dagmar Koller and, last but not least, Johannes Heesters.

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Subtitles: DE (Original Language), EN, FR

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Running Time: 107 mins

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Lehár: Zigeunerliebe (Gipsy Love)

Lehár: Zigeunerliebe (Gipsy Love)


Janet Perry (Zorika), Ion Buzea (Józsi), Adolf Dallapozza (Jonel Bolescu), Colette Lorand (Ilona), Heinz Friedrich (Peter Dragotin), Kurt Großkurth (Mihály/Moschu)

Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg

With his operetta “Gypsy Love”, premiered in 1910, Franz Lehár succeeded in combining the dramatic genre of opera with rousing Viennese waltzes and Hungarian folksongs. Dragotin has promised the hand of his daughter Zorika to the rich Jonel. Shortly before the engagement is formalised, the nature-loving

Zorika comes across the gypsy Józsi on the Czerna, a mountain river in Romania inhabited by mermaids, and invites him to play music at her engagement party. But when it comes to the engagement kiss from Jonel, she takes fright and fl ees back to the Czerna, where she hopes a glass of water from the river will reveal the future to her …

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Subtitles: DE (Original Language), EN, FR

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Running Time: 88 mins

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Fall, L: Die Dollarprinzessin (The Dollar Princess)

Fall, L: Die Dollarprinzessin (The Dollar Princess)

Recorded 1971, sung in German


Tatjana Iwanow (Olga), Horst Niendorf (Couder), Gabriele Jacoby (Alice), Gerhart Lippert (Freddy Wehrburg), Regina Lemnitz (Daisy), Stefan Behrens (Hans von Schlick) & Ingrid van Bergen (Dora)

Symphony Orchestra Kurt Graunke, Munich, Wolfgang Ebert

Leo Fall (1873–1925) was the son of a military bandmaster and trained at the Vienna Conservatory. He made his debut as kapellmeister in Hamburg, before taking posts in Berlin, Cologne and Vienna, where his career as a composer of operetta took off. His compositions are ranked among the very best from the second period of Viennese operetta. The Dollar Princess, written in 1907, was one of his most popular works. – Alice, the daughter of an American millionaire, lives by the principle that “money rules the world”. And so the storyline unfolds in this highly enjoyable film adaptation of the operetta ...

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Subtitles: DE (Original Language), EN, FR

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Running Time: 87 mins

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Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg

Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg

Recorded 1972, sung in German


Eberhard Wächter (Graf von Luxemburg), Lilian Sukis (Angèle Didier), Erich Kunz (Fürst Basil), Jane Tilden (Stasa Kokozow), Peter Fröhlich (Armand Brissard) & Helga Papouschek (Juliette Vermont)

Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Graunke

“The Count of Luxembourg”, composed in 1909, is a worthy equal to Léhar’s other operettas in terms of imaginative content, visual ideas and instrumental colouring. After the sensational success of the “Merry Widow” (1905), the composer quickly wrote an operetta that displayed real Parisian flair. This film version offers a wealth of artistic entertainment, with a superb cast that includes Eberhard Wächter, Lilian Sukis, Erich Kunz, Jane Tilden, Peter Fröhlich and Helga Papouschek.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

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Subtitles: DE (Original Language), EN, FR

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Running Time: 95 mins

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Neujahrskonzert

Neujahrskonzert

New Year's Concert 2002


Hellmesberger:

Danse Diabolique

Strauss, J, I:

Beliebte Annen - Polka Op. 137

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Die Fledermaus Overture

Elisen - Polka Française, Op. 151

Karnevals-Botschafter, Waltz, Op. 270

Künstlerleben, Op. 316

Perpetuum Mobile, Op. 257

Tik-Tak Polka, Op. 365

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Zivio! - Marsch, Op. 456

Strauss, Josef:

Aquarellen - Waltzer, Op. 258

Arm in Arm, Polka mazur, Op. 215

Die Libelle - Polka mazur, Op. 204

Die Schwätzerin - Polka-Mazur Op. 144

Im Fluge Op. 230 Polka schnell

Plappermäulchen - polka schnell, Op. 245

Im Fluge Op. 230 Polka schnell


The Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert It has long been a Philharmonic New Year’s Day tradition to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the Johann Strauss family and their contemporaries. These concerts not only delight the audience in the Wiener Musikverein, but also enjoy great international popularity through the worldwide television broadcasts, which now reach over 50 countries. The concert was conducted by Seiji Ozawa for the first time in 2002 and the light-hearted nature of the event finds this always engaging conductor at his most impishly playful.

Special Features

SEIJI OZAWA PICTURE GALLERY · VIENNA OPERA BALLET

SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL OF VIENNA

DANCE OF THE MACHINES · VIENNA 2002 – ART & DELIGHTS

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.0, DTS 5.0

Picture Format: 16:9

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Running Time: 109 mins + 32 mins (Special Features)

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Oberon Celebrates Shakespeare

Oberon Celebrates Shakespeare


Beethoven:

Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 'The Ghost'

Bray:

That crazed smile

Mendelssohn:

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo


Oberon Trio

Ten years ago, in 2006, three musicians got together to play Mendelssohn. The trio eventually started looking for an appropriate name, and they eventually found their “patron” in Oberon, one of the characters in Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The King of the Elves embodies the pleasure anyone can find in metamorphosis, in games and creativity, and that remains this musical trio’s creed until today – the will to remain flexible at all times, avoiding any sort of routine in music-making and programming. “We ‘compose’ our programmes with great care”, affirms cellist Antoaneta Emanuilova.

The year 2016 also marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death: the trio thus decided to combine both jubilees in one programme. Since contemporary music is also part of the three musicians’ repertoire, they commissioned a new work. “We wanted it to be up-to-date, but something that would nevertheless have a connection with our namesake”, explains violinist Henja Semmler. They suggested this idea to British composer Charlotte Bray (born in 1982) whom the trio’s pianist Jonathan Aner met by chance at a concert in Berlin four years ago, when she had just moved to the German capital. Now in her mid-thirties, she has written a great amount of chamber music, and her cello concerto has been featured at the BBC Proms. “A magic spell must have been at work: just then, Charlotte was working on a trilogy of piano trios that were to be influenced by Shakespeare”, the pianist recalls. Thus, after her first piano trio entitled Those Secret Eyes which had been inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Bray decided to search for inspiration in the dreamworld of Oberon for her next work in the same genre. …… The resulting piano trio fantasia That Crazed Smile evokes a moonlit night where fairies join forces to shower star-crossed lovers with dreams. Bray creates Impressionist and Surrealist spaces, alternating between pointillist and planar structures. An elaborate, free-tonal fabric seems to unravel before our eyes, illuminated with flashes of lightning. Expressively heightened moods contrast with passages that are playful, almost dance-like, thus making us utterly forget that Bray is actually applying rigorous composition technique…….

For its 10th anniversary, the Oberon Trio has also allowed itself a birthday present. With the valuable assistance of Mansoor Hosseini (of Iranian-Swedish origin, born in 1967), they have been able to arrange Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream for piano trio. Hosseini had suggested this idea a few years ago to the violinist. Joint projects such as her world première performance of his violin concerto led them to the idea of arranging this work for their ensemble, since it has an obviously close connection with their chosen name. They worked on this version together, which will serve from now on as the Oberon Trio’s “calling card”.

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