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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

London Symphony Orchestra

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

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra


The latest release in the Remastered Classics series is Rafael Kubelik's sprited and acclaimed reading from the 1970s of Beethoven's first and fourth symphonies, performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Delightful, infectious and witty, the opening Adagio which starts in the wrong key and the final movement which struggles to get started at all.

Beethoven's cheerful and optimistic fourth has been described as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" for its mix of engaging melodies, lurching rhythms, pungent dissonances and its vigorous orchestral writing.

Rafael Kubelik recorded his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven symphonies in the 1970s for Deutsche Grammophon, each with a different orchestra to dazzling effect. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, PENTATONE's engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound.

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Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra & Mahler: Totenfeier

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra & Mahler: Totenfeier


Bruckner:

Symphonisches Präludium, WAB deest

Mahler:

Totenfeier

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30


Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin excel in these new recordings of Richard Strauss's electrifying Also Sprach Zarathustra and Mahler's Totenfeier.

Released to coincide with the Russian maestro taking up office as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the orchestra.

Strauss's bold and passionate tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra is a riveting work, famous for its startlingly atmospheric opening. With a thrilling and florid orchestral score, it's a work which Jurowski observes "...launches the whole idea of 20th century music”

It is paired with Mahler's no less gripping Totenfeier which is an early version of the first movement of his Symphony No 2 "Resurrection".

Jurowski is one of today's most sought-after conductors and has made several critically acclaimed recordings for PENTATONE.

The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is one of the leading orchestras in Berlin. Under former artistic director and chief conductor Marek Janowski, it has made numerous classic recordings with PENTATONE, including a critically acclaimed cycle of 10 Wagner operas.

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Serenade

Serenade


Bizet:

Pastorale

La Coccinelle

La chanson du fou

Chabrier:

Villanelle des petits canards

Chausson:

Le Chevalier Malheur

Cantique à l'épouse, Op. 36 No. 1 (Jounet)

Le temps des lilas

Gounod:

Sérénade

O ma belle rebelle

La chanson du pecheur

Magnard:

Les roses de l'amour

Massenet:

Les Yeux clos

Heure vécue

Meyerbeer:

Fleurs qu'adore la beauté (Sicilienne)

Saint-Saëns:

Le Pas d'armes du Roi Jean (Hugo)

Danse macabre (song)

Si Vous N'avez Rien A Me Dire


Thomas Hampson (baritone) & Maciej Pikulski (piano)

Thomas Hampson's "Serenade," his first album exclusively dedicated to French song.

Critically acclaimed and lauded, Hampson has starred in the title roles of Chausson's Le roi Arthus at Opera National de Paris; Massenet's Werther (baritone version) at The Metropolitan Opera and Theatre National du Chatelet; Massenet's Thais (Athanael) at Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Metropolitan Opera; Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Four Villains) at the Royal Opera House - Covent Garden; and Thomas' Hamlet at the Theatre National du Chatelet.

Mr. Hampson carries the title of Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France.

Curated with the French Literature scholar Sylvain Fort and in a first collaboration with the Polish pianist Maciej Pikulski, the track listing includes romantic and introspective as well as humorous selections by Bizet, Chabrier, Chausson, Gounod, Magnard, Massenet, and Saint-Satins, featuring texts written by some of France's most revered writers including Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine, Rosemonde Gerard, and others.

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


Julia Fischer (violin)

Bach's astonishing and unsurpassed works for solo violin are glowingly realised in award-winning performances by Julia Fisher in this re-issue from PENTATONE. Bach's remarkable Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are revered for their boundless inventiveness, technical ingenuity and emotional depth. With their brilliant preludes, stately dances and complex four-part fugues, the demands on the performer are enormous - from rapid scale passages, double stopping and arpeggios, to the skill and concentration required to create the illusion of separately moving and interweaving voices.

The set is full of surprises. Sonata No. 3 contains a colossal fugue of increasing complexity and difficulty (and at over 350 bars, one of his longest). Partita No. 3 is one of Bach's sunniest works, with the virtuoso Prelude and the charming Gavotte being regularly performed as encore pieces. Most famous of all is the legendary Chaconne from Partita No. 2, a kaleidoscopic series of variations as deeply felt and cathartic as anything Bach wrote and an incontestable milestone in classical music. Julia Fischer's recording for PENTATONE was showered with praise upon its first release in 2005. "Classic accounts by Milstein and Grumiaux have been usurped by this extraordinarily gifted newcomer" enthused BBC Music Magazine.

"Her mastery is beyond question," affirmed Gramophone magazine "her ability to trace a smooth, even line a source of pleasure itself." It also achieved the rare distinction of garnering three of France's most prestigious awards: the Diapason d'Or from Diapason; the CHOC from Le Monde de la Musique; and the highest rating from Classica-Repertoire. Julia Fischer's extensive recordings for PENTATONE have earned major recognition and awards. This reissue is launched simultaneously with an exquisitely designed LP edition. Julia Fischer plays on an Italian violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, dating from 1742. www.pentatonemusic.com

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Graziani, C: Sonatas (6) for Violoncello and Basso Continuo, Op. 3

Graziani, C: Sonatas (6) for Violoncello and Basso Continuo, Op. 3


Armoniosa: Stefano Cerrato (solo cello), Marco Demaria (violoncello di continuo), Michel Barchi (harpsichord)

Carlo Graziani, born in the Italian city of Asti c1710 was one of the earliest cello virtuosos. Well-travelled, he played in London with the 7-year-old Mozart in 1764 and left many sets of sonatas and several concertos for his instrument. He retired from the Prussian court in 1773, to be succeeded by Jean-Pierre Duport, but he continued to work for Friedrich Wilhelm II on a very generous pension. His sonatas provide a fascinating example of his artistry and ability: rapid passage work, double-stopping and extensive use of the upper register. They also illustrate the composer's view on the melodic capabilities of the instrument. The Six Sonatas Op.3 were dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm II, who must have been an exceptionally gifted pupil.

Armoniosa, also from Asti, deliver elegant, polished and affectionate performances of these sonatas by one of the key figures in the instrument's development.

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Rubicon - RCD1018

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L'Opéra - Vinyl Edition

L'Opéra - Vinyl Edition


Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Merci, doux crépuscule!

Inutiles regrets…En un dernier naufrage (from Les Troyens)

Bizet:

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

C’est toi, toi qu’enfin je revois (from Les pêcheurs de perles)

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Ludovic Tézier (baritone)

Gounod:

L'amour, l'amour... Ah, lève-toi soleil (from Roméo et Juliette)

Halévy:

Rachel, quand du Seigneur (from La Juive)

Lalo:

Puisqu'on ne peut flêchir (from Le roi d’Ys)

Vainement, ma bien-aimée (from Le roi d’Ys)

Massenet:

Traduire ! Ah ! Bien souvent mon rêve s’envole… Pourquoi me réveiller (Werther)

Enfin Manon, nous voilà enfin seuls ensemble... En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Toi ! Vous ! Oui ! Je fus cruelle… N’est-ce plus ma main (from Manon)

Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)

Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

Meyerbeer:

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Offenbach:

O Dieu, de quelle ivresse (from Les contes d'Hoffmann)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naïve (from Mignon)


Read Presto's complete review of this recording here.

Jonas Kaufmann pays homage to a magnificent era of opera that defined musical splendor and elegance, in his new album of 19th-century French opera arias and duets. His selection of music for tenor spans this momentous period, starting with “Rachel, quand du Seigneur” from Halévy’s La Juive (1835), through two of Bizet’s greatest works, “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from Carmen (1875) and “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pêcheurs de perles (1863), by way of Gounod’s “Ah! lève-toi, soleil!” from Roméo et Juliette (1867) and ending with the latest aria “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Massenet’s masterpiece Werther (1892). Plus many more along the way. “The French operatic repertory is very close to my heart,” says Kaufmann. “This fascinating music reflects a unique period in European culture. I didn’t want to choose only highlights for this album but also works and roles that have been key experiences for me. Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, for example, was my first major French role – I sang it in Toulouse in 2001. Carmen and Werther helped to open doors for me. The fact that I sang my first Werther at the Paris Opéra of all places, as a German surrounded by a French ensemble, was undoubtedly rather risky, but I had some excellent guides to help me: répétiteurs, colleagues, conductors and, not least, the recordings of the legendary French tenor Georges Thill.”

“There should be no carping at his finely judged phrasing, his psychological acuity and, when he hits a sweet spot, sheer seductive swagger. His and Tézier’s searing delivery of the famous duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers is as good as any you will hear on record...As the repertoire gets heavier, so the album builds to a terrific climax.” The Times, 8th September 2017 ****

“To my mind, the finest recording he’s made in a decade...it’s the tantalising glimpses of roles which may never feature in Kaufmann’s stage repertoire that are the real plums of this album for me: Berlioz’s Énee, Meyerbeer’s Vasco de Gama and Rodrigue from Massenet’s Le Cid bear testimony to a voice that’s ageing quite spectacularly.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 15th September 2017

Presto Disc of the Week

15th September 2017

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Paul Badura-Skoda plays Schubert - The Complete Piano Sonatas

Paul Badura-Skoda plays Schubert - The Complete Piano Sonatas


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in E major, D157

Piano Sonata No. 2 in C major, D279

Piano Sonata No. 3 in E major, D459

Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D537

Piano Sonata No. 5 in A flat major, D557

Piano Sonata No. 6 in E minor, D566

Piano Sonata No. 8 in E flat major, D568

Piano Sonata in F sharp minor D571

Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, D575

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, D613

Piano Sonata No. 11 in F minor, D625

recorded 1967

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

recorded 1971

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

recorded 1967

Piano Sonata No. 15 in C major, D840 'Reliquie'

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

recorded 1971

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

recorded 1971

Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

recorded 1971

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

recorded 1967 & 1968

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

recorded 1967

all recorded 1968 unless stated


Badura-Skoda plays Schubert sonatas - The first CD release of a landmark edition

Paul Badura-Skoda is unquestionably the outstanding Schubert pianist of the 20th century, declared the Leipzig Volkszeitung in 2012. An astute interpreter, a sensuous singer on the keyboard, one who plumbs the notes fully yet treats each one with love and intelligent solicitude. Coinciding with the pianists 90th birthday, Sony Classical presents the first CD release of Badura-Skoda’s complete recording of the Schubert sonatas, an LP collector’s item ever since its original publication in 1971.

Encouraged by the Vienna-born RCA Victor executive George Marek, Badura-Skoda recorded all of Franz Schubert’s sonatas including his own completions of several works left unfinished by the composer between May 1967 and May 1971. A few of the sessions (which were produced by the incomparable Max Wilcox) took place in New York at RCA Recording Studio A, but most were held in the Vienna studios of Westminster Records president James Grayson. Badura-Skoda then was playing on a modern grand piano. In the 1990s, this ever-enterprising artist whose remarkable recording career continues to this day would remake the Schubert cycle using his own fortepianos.

When RCA released the complete set of sonatas on 13 LPs at the end of 1971, the Gramophone reviewer showered Badura-Skoda’s interpretations with praise: As a fellow Viennese he has the style in his blood and loves the music. Nothing is over-driven or inflated. Schubert for him is no would-be Beethoven: he conveys the music’s relaxed lyricism, its basic simplicity, emphasizing romantic dreams more than the stern, classical sonata heritage.

Now this very special set is available again, newly remastered from the original analogue masters for its first CD appearance as a 12-disc box.

• The first ever release of Paul Badura-Skoda’s legendary Schubert Sonatas cycle for RCA Victor on 12 CDs

• The complete recordings newly remastered from the original analogue masters using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology

• Includes the four Volumes of Sonatas released in September and October 1971 as well as alternate Versions, previously only available in the complete LP edition Victrola VICS-9001, released November 1970

• Booklet with a new essay by the pianist on his special relationship to the works, track listings with full discographical notes

• Facsimile LP sleeves and labels

Biography

Born on 6 October 1927 in Vienna, Paul Badura-Skoda studied there at the Conservatory and later with the legendary pianist Edwin Fischer in Switzerland. In 1949, the still-unknown young artist was engaged as soloist by both Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert von Karajan for their concerts in Vienna. His international breakthrough came in 1950 when he substituted on short notice for his ailing mentor, Edwin Fischer. That same year he began recording for the new vinyl LP medium. Three years later, when he made his New York debut, American music lovers still knew Badura-Skoda only from his records; yet the recital attracted a capacity audience.

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Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida


Leontyne Price (Aida), Plácido Domingo (Radamès), Grace Bumbry (Amneris), Sherrill Milnes (Amonasro), Ruggero Raimondi (Ramphis), Hans Sotin (Il Re di Egitto), Joyce Mathis (Una Sacerdotessa), Bruce Brewer (Un Messaggero)

John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

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Puccini: Il tabarro

Puccini: Il tabarro


Sherrill Milnes (Michele), Plácido Domingo (Luigi), Piero De Palma (Il Tinca), Robert Amis El Hage (Il Talpa), Leontyne Price (Giorgetta), Oralia Domínguez (La Frugola), Philip Langridge (Venditore di canzonette), Elizabeth Gale (Due amanti)

John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

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Beethoven: The Piano Trios

Beethoven: The Piano Trios


Beethoven:

Piano Trio No. 1 in Eb major, Op. 1 No. 1

Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, Op. 1 No. 2

Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3

Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 'Gassenhauer', for violin, cello & piano

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

Piano Trio No. 6 in E flat Major, Op. 70 No. 2

Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat Major, Op. 97 'Archduke'


Oliver Schnyder Trio

The main mission of The Oliver Schnyder Trio (Andreas Janke, violin, Oliver Schnyder, piano, and Benjamin Nyffenegger, cello) is to celebrate classical works written for trio and commission new compositions. Their first grand opus is this timeless recording of Beethoven’s works for piano trio in a special 3CD set. The music of Ludwig van Beethoven is revolutionary and reaches far beyond the time of writing. Beethoven was unique, but at the same time, offered a central point of departure for new traditions of composition. The Oliver Schnyder Trio made their debut at the Zurich Tonhalle in 2012. Their recording of Schubert’s Piano Trios was hailed as “a new benchmark recording” by the magazine Die Bühne and was chosen as Switzerland’s Best Classical Album of the Year by the Aargauer Zeitung.

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