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Schubert: Piano Works

Schubert: Piano Works


includes

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 9 in B major, D575

Friedrich Wührer (piano)

Klavierstücke (3), D459A

Friedrich Wührer (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 1 in E major, D157

Friedrich Wührer (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 2 in C major, D279

Friedrich Wührer (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 5 in A flat major, D557

Friedrich Wührer (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 4 in A minor, D537

Andreas Haefliger (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 6 in E minor, D566

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Rondo in E major, D506

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

March in E major, D606

Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)

Scherzo in B flat major, D593 No. 1

Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)

Variations on Diabelli's Waltz, D718

Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 8 in E flat major, D568

Friedrich Wührer (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 11 in F minor, D625

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Ländler (12) D790: selection

Leon Fleisher (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, D664

Paul Badura-Skoda (piano)

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Edwin Fischer (piano)

Ländler (12) D790: selection

Alfred Cortot (piano)

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Moments Musicaux (6), D780, Op. 94

Artur Schnabel (piano)

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 4 in C sharp minor

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Valses Sentimentales (34), D 779 Op. 50

Marcelle Meyer (piano)

Ländler (17), D366: selection

Marcelle Meyer (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Emil Gilels (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Lili Kraus (piano)

12 Waltzes, D145 (selection)

Lili Kraus (piano)

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

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

16 German Dances D783

Marcelle Meyer (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D845

Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Waltzes, D145 Nos. 2 & 6

William Kapell (piano)

Ländler, D734, No. 1

William Kapell (piano)

Ländler, D734, No. 2

William Kapell (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D major, D850

Emil Gilels (piano)


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Beethoven: Concertos

Beethoven: Concertos


includes

Beethoven:

Ah! Perfido, Op. 65

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

1959

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

1931

Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Willem Mengelberg

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

1957

Hans Richter-Haaser (piano)

Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Symphoniker, Karl Böhm

Fidelio, Op. 72

1957

Leonie Rysanek (Leonore), Irmgard Seefried (Marzelline), Ernst Haefliger (Florestan), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Don Pizarro), Gottlob Frick (Rocco), Friedrich Lenz (Jacquino), Kieth Engen (Don Fernando)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Ferenc Fricsay

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

1931

Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Willem Mengelberg

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

1939

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

1955

Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Karl Böhm

Mass in C major, Op. 86

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

1976

Emil Gilels (piano)

USSR Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Masur

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

1955

Johanna Martzy (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paul Kletzki

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6

1962

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Wiener Symphoniker, Kurt Sanderling

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

1930

British Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

1958

Walter Hendl (piano), John Corigliano (violin), Leonard Rose (cello)

New York Philharmonic, Bruno Walter

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

1958

David Oistrakh (violin)

Orchestre national de la Radiodiffusion française, André Cluytens

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

1932

Arthur Schnabel (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

1961

Leon Fleisher (piano)

Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

1954

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

1961

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra, Heinz Wallberg

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

1961

Leon Fleisher (piano)

Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 - Largo

1957 (bonus track)

Arthur Schnabel (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent

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

1951

Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Clemens Krauss

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

1939

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm

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

1955

Robert Casadesus (piano)

New York Philharmonic, Dimitri Mitropoulos

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

1961

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor' - Adagio un poco mosso

1957 (bonus track)

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Hans Knappertsbusch

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

1951

Edwin Fischer (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

1952

Zino Francescatti (violin)

New York Philharmonic, Dimitri Mitropoulos

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Allegro ma non troppo

1936 (Kreisler cadenza)

Fritz Kreisler (violin)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Allegro ma non troppo

1934 (Joachim cadenza)

Bronislaw Huberman (violin)

Wiener Philharmoniker, George Szell

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Allegro ma non troppo

1961 (Milstein cadenza)

Nathan Milstein (violin)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Allegro ma non troppo

1955 (Auer/Heifetz cadenza)

Jascha Heifetz (violin)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Allegro ma non troppo

1962 (Beethoven cadenza)

Wolfgang Schneiderhan (violin)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Eugen Jochum

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

1949

Ginette Neveu (violin)

Südwestfunk-Orchester, Hans Rosbaud

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

1943

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

1944

Wiener Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

1934 (bonus track)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Walter

Fidelio, Op. 72


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Mozart: Les grands operas

Mozart: Les grands operas


Mozart:

Idomeneo, K366

recorded 1956

Sena Jurinac, Léopold Simoneau, Richard Lewis

Glyndebourne Festival, John Pritchard

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

recorded 1949

Sari Barabas, Anton Dermota, Rita Streich, Josef Greindl

RIAS Symphonie Orchester, Ferenc Fricsay

Le nozze di Figaro, K492

recorded 1955

Rita Streich, Teresa Stich-Randall, Rolando Panerai, Heinz Rehfuss, Pilar Lorengar

Orchestre de la Société des concerts du Conservatoire, Hans Rosbaud

Don Giovanni, K527

recorded 1956

Cesare Siepi, Elisabeth Grümmer, Lisa Della Casa, Rita Streich

Wiener Philharmoniker, Dimitri Mitropoulos.

Così fan tutte, K588

recorded 1960

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Graziella Sciutti, Waldemar Kmentt, Hermann Prey, Karl Dönch

Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Die Zauberflöte, K620

recorded 1954

Maria Stader, Ernst Haefliger, Rita Streich, Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau

RIAS Symphonie-Orchester, Ferenc Fricsay


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Richard Strauss: Les Grands Operas

Richard Strauss: Les Grands Operas


Strauss, R:

Salome

recorded 1954

Christel Goltz, Julius Patzak, Margareta Kenney, Hans Braun, Anton Dermota, Else Schürhoff

Clemens Krauss

Elektra

recorded 1957

Dimitri Mitropoulos

Der Rosenkavalier

recorded 1960

Herbert von Karajan

Ariadne auf Naxos

recorded 1944

Karl Böhm

Die Frau ohne Schatten

recorded 1955

Karl Böhm

Arabella

recorded 1958

Joseph Keilberth

Capriccio

recorded 1957/58

Wolfgang Sawallisch

Die schweigsame Frau, Op. 80: excerpts

Die Ägyptische Helena: excerpts

Daphne: excerpts

Feuersnot, Op. 50: excerpts


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Beethoven: Les symphonies

Beethoven: Les symphonies


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

1939

Arturo Toscanini

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

1938

Felix Weingartner

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

1952

Herbert von Karan

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

1951

Arturo Toscanini

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

1950

Erich Kleiber

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

1958

Carl Schuricht

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

1961

Rene Leibowitz

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

1953

Erich Kleiber

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

1936

Arturo Toscanini

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

1963

Leonard Bernstein

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

1942

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

1951

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

1958

Carl Schuricht

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

1958

Fritz Reiner

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

1937

Wilhelm Mengelberg

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

1954

Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

1948

Herbert von Karajan

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

1953

Josef Krips

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

1958

Bruno Walter

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

2011

Frans Brüggen


Beethoven's Nine Symphonies in recordings chosen by a selected group of musicologists and famous symphonic orchestral conductors.

Third volume of a new series launched by Diapason, the world famous specialized classical music magazine.

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Chopin: Piano Works

Chopin: Piano Works


includes:

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Ballades Nos. 1-4

Prelude Op. 45 in C sharp minor (No. 25)

Études (12), Op. 10

Études (12), Op. 25


Bring together Mozart’s chamber music in a single box set? Schubert’s piano music? The Mahler symphonies? The principle is not new, but our particular method is unprecedented: the selection of thirteen hours of Chopin’s piano music was en- trusted to twenty-three experts. One team consisted of eight Diapason critics plus two of our highly esteemed colleagues, Jacques Drillon and Jed Distler. The other included a dozen pianists—and not just any pianists!—who agreed to enter into the spirit of the game. We sent seven or eight versions of the body of works they selected to Aldo Ciccolini, Nelson Freire, Nelson Goerner, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang, Nikolai Lugansky, Jean-Marc Luisada, Alain Planès, Alexandre Tharaud, Simon Trpecski and Daniil Trifonov. The fruits of their labours, their illuminations, and their ambivalences are summed up in the second half of this booklet. Certain groups of pieces implied a significant amount of work: hats off to Bertrand Boissard for leading us through the jungle of the Mazurkas, and the musicologist Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, who worked through the twelve nocturnes. From Cortot to Rubinstein and Horowitz to Perlmuter, from the ageing Horszowski to the teenaged Pollini, this unparalleled survey celebrates Chopin’s creative imagination, as Nikolai Lugansky points out in the notes. We’ll be hearing more than thirty pianists, some of whose performances have long been fêted as definitive versions, others whose recordings are rarities, like Hofmann playing Ballade no. 4 in 1938. Novaes’s concert version of the Concerto No. 2 had only been issued in a limited edition, and at a very unlikely pitch, because the soundtrack went too quickly! We slowed things down to a plausible speed, an operation that was also carried out on several other 78s. For greater listening comfort we sometimes modified the order of the opus numbers in the polonaises and nocturnes, basing our decisions on the different sound qualities and key signatures. For the last two tracks on CD 10, critics and pianists are in perfect harmony. A few years ago the Diapason team held a round-table on the formidable Barcarolle, and actually came to the same conclusion as Alain Planès: of the eight versions he listened to blind, Dinu Lipatti and Martha Argerich emerged as clear favourites, proving that our game of compare and contrast was not a completely random and subjective exercise.

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Mozart: Chamber Music

Mozart: Chamber Music


Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K304

Violin Sonata No. 28 in E flat major, K380

Violin Sonata No. 26 in B flat major, K378

Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454

Violin Sonata No. 24 in F major, K376

Violin Sonata No. 27 in G major, K379

Violin Sonata No. 33 in E flat major K481

Violin Sonata No. 35 in A major, K526

Violin Sonata No. 17 in C major, K296

Violin Sonata No. 25 in F major, K377

Piano Trio No. 1 in G major, K496

Piano Trio No. 5 in C major, K548

Piano Trio No. 3 in B flat major, K502

Piano Trio No. 4 in E major K542

Divertimento in E flat major, K563

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K575 'Prussian No. 1'

String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K387 'Spring'

String Quartet No. 16 in E flat, K428

String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 'Dissonance'

String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K421

String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K464 'Drum'

String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major, K458 'The Hunt'

String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K590 'Prussian No. 3'

String Quintet No. 2 in C minor, K406

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516

String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K515

String Quintet No. 6 in E flat major, K614

String Quintet No. 5 in D major, K593

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

Clarinet Trio in E flat major, K498 "Kegelstatt-Trio"

Violin Sonata No. 33 in E flat major K481


Bring together eight or ten CDs of most of Mozart’s chamber music in a boxed set? Schubert’s piano music? Chopin’s? Dvorak’s? Debussy’s? The Beethoven symphonies? The idea is certainly not new. But the unusual method definitely is. This time it isn’t a record company delving more or less carefully through its archives, choosing performances to form a vast panorama, one that inevitably results in compromises, since the company must select from its own catalogue. In our case, the entire Diapason magazine team is part of the project, searching high and low for the crème de la crème. The same uncompromising rigour we use to select five, six or seven gems from the flood of new record- ings each month was put into practice here, to create a series that, one boxed set after another, will gradually build an unprecedented ideal record library. Let it be understood that such teamwork is both a virtue and a necessity. We don’t rely on hazy memories or include recordings thought to be definitive merely out of habit or laziness; we make sure that everyone’s memory is refreshed through comparative listening. Each of the selections in the set is the result of patient and scrupulous listening, divided amongst the more than 30 specialists of the Diapason team. When necessary, we base our criteria on rarity: this helps to choose between top performances—and gives us the perfect chance to bring some forgotten treasures to light. Should we have chosen homogeneous groups, bet on a single interpreter, for example the marvellous and imitable Horszowski and Szigeti for Mozart’s violin and piano sonatas? We decided to go in the opposite direction for three reasons: to avoid competing with record companies that may still have this rendition in their catalogues; to lessen the risk of including a version that many people already own; and particularly, to showcase a variety of different approaches to the same composer by confronting one against the other. This can be cruel when a version is mediocre or merely pretty. But at this level of excellence, it will always be fascinating.

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