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Mozart - Flute & Oboe Concertos

Mozart - Flute & Oboe Concertos


Mozart:

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major, K313

Recording: Munich, Herkulessaal, 16.10.1981

Irena Grafenauer (flute)

Günter Wand

Oboe Concerto In C major, K314

Live-Recording: Munich Herkulessaal, 11./12.1.2001

François Leleux (oboe)

Sir Colin Davis

Symphony No. 32 in G major, K318

Live-Recording: München Herkulessaal, 22.6.1985

Sir Colin Davis


Irena Grafenauer and François Leleux are two internationally renowned woodwind soloists, who emerged from the ranks of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The 1981 recording of the Flute Concerto K. 313 with the Slovenian soloist Irena Grafenauer is an item of very special value in the Symphonieorchester’s discography, because it is one of the few recordings with the great Günter Wand on the conductor’s podium. François Leleux ranks today as one of the most sought-after oboe soloists in the world. This CD presents him in 2001 with Mozart’s Oboe Concerto accompanied by “his” orchestra, in which he held the position of principal oboist until 2005, with Sir Colin Davis, the long-standing Chief Conductor of the orchestra. The live recording of the short, one-movement Symphony K. 318, which conjures up the atmosphere of an Italian opera in the concert hall, was made during Colin Davis’s early years as Chief Conductor of the orchestra.

Irena Grafenauer and Frençois Leleux, two internationally renowned soloists, who emerged from the ranks of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

One of the few available CDs with Günter Wand on the conductor’s podium of the Symphonieorchester.

Both soloists were prize-winners at the ARD International Music Competition (1979 and 1991).

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Mozart: Schatten und Licht (Shadow and Light)

Mozart: Schatten und Licht (Shadow and Light)

An audio biography by Jörg Handstein


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K456

Martha Argerich (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Daniel Barenboim (piano)


Udo Wachtveitl (narrator), Florian Teichtmeister (Mozart), Andreas Borcherding (Leopold Mozart) & Anna Greiter (Nannerl)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum & Rafael Kubelik

What was Mozart really like? Was he "a flawless and infinitely good man," as his admirer Tchaikovsky believed? Or was he, as Goethe secretly feared, a man "in the grip of the demonic spirit of his genius"? This audio biography lays no claim to solving the riddle of Mozart either, but it does bring the composer to life – in his thoughts and feelings, his everyday life and his era, as embodied by the Viennese actor Florian Teichtmeister, and strictly according to original source material. The narrator is Udo Wachtveitl, while the author is Jörg Handstein, who has already retraced the lives of Mahler, Wagner and Verdi in the form of audio-biographies for the BR-KLASSIK Wissen series.

The audio biography is enhanced by the two Piano Concertos No. 18 and No. 23, played by Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim, accompanied by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Booklet in German

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1st Prize Winners of the ARD Music Competition

1st Prize Winners of the ARD Music Competition

Live-Recording from the Prize Winner Concerts 2008 & 2009, Munich, Herkulessaal der Residenz


Glière:

Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in E flat major Op. 74

Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp

Lawrence Renes

Korngold:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

Hyeyoon Park (Violin)

Lawrence Renes

Mozart:

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

Sebastian Manz (Clarinet)

Cornelius Meister


Time and again, the ARD International Music Competition in Munich has been the site of concert performances that make us forget that the name of this game is scoring points with a jury and keeping mistakes down to a minimum. All of a sudden the idea of a competition departs from our minds, and we concentrate our full attention on the concert event, suddenly opening up to the adventure, audacity, spontaneity and the perfect musical moments. Three such highlights with first prize winners are combined on this CD. Sebastian Manz, first prize winner in 2008 played Mozart's Clarinet Concerto as originally composed, on the basset horn, accompanied by the young shooting star on the conducting horizon, Cornelius Meister. French harpist Emmanuel Ceysson enchanted the audience with the iridescent wealth of colour in the rarely performed Harp Concerto by Reinhold Glière in September of 2009. And Hyeyoon Park, at 17 years of age the youngest finalist in the history of the Competition, revealed authentic prodigy qualities in a work overflowing with lush Hollywood charm, the Violin Concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Three first prize winners at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in the original version for basset horn with Sebastian Manz and shooting star conductor Cornelius Meister.

Repertoire rarity: the Harp Concerto by Reinhold Glière, played by Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harpist at the Paris Opéra.

The exceptional talent at the 2009 Competition: at only 17 years of age, Hyeyoon Park made history at the Competition and thrilled the audience with Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Violin Concerto.

Booklet: English, German, French

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Daniel Barenboim plays Mozart

Daniel Barenboim plays Mozart


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

Recording: Munich Herkulessaal, 1970/06/06

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Live-Recording: Munich Herkulessaal, 1970/06/05


Booklet Notes: English, German, French.

Daniel Barenboim ranks as one of the greatest Mozart interpreters of the 20th century. Among his recordings of Mozart’s piano concertos, there have thus far been no releases with Rafael Kubelík – Barenboim’s deeply admired conductor and “brother in spirit”. Both interpreters were united by the same musical approach, a striving for uncompromising clarity in phrasing and structure. The result is a highly vibrant, exemplary recording of two of Mozart’s most significant piano concertos. In 1970, the year the recording was made, Kubelík had already been Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for nine years and had led the ensemble to international renown.

Barenboim and Kubelík, an ideal pair of interpreters for Mozart.

A recording from Barenboim’s pianistic glory years.

The continuation of the BR-KLASSIK ARCHIVE series following the successful launch with Martha Argerich.

“Mozart’s A major Concerto K. 488, played by Daniel Barenboim (…) was more than just a pleasure – it was likewise the revelation of the unfathomable in Mozart’s music.” Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 1970

“The Bavarian performance is totally without self-indulgence, bright and perky in the outer movements and finding truly touching simplicity in the intense Andante. Barenboim is brilliantly virtuoso but never too big for his boots...this is an exhilarating rediscovery.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

“Barenboim’s rubato playing is deliciously tempered. He ekes out all possible emotional without it becoming cloying, masterfully displaying his interpretative powers. He calls on the Symphonieorcherster des Bayerischen Rundfunks in a confidently authoritative style, making the smallest gestures possessive of the most dramatic power.” Daniel Ross, bbc.co.uk, 28th April 2010

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Great Singers Live: Elisabeth Grümmer

Great Singers Live: Elisabeth Grümmer


Mozart:

Warnung 'Männer suchen stehts zu naschen', K433

Der Zauberer, K472

Ridente la calma, K152

Das Veilchen, K476

Die Verschweigung, K518

Abendempfindung an Laura, K523

Un moto di gioia, K579

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

sung in German

Porgi amor (from Le nozze di Figaro)

sung in German

Crudele? Ah no, mio bene! ... Non mi dir, bell'idol mio (from Don Giovanni)

sung in German

Temerari!...Come scoglio! (from Così fan tutte)

Ei parte...Per pietà (from Così fan tutte)

Fra gli amplessi (from Così fan tutte)

sung in German

Ach, ich fühl's (from Die Zauberflöte, K620)


Elisabeth Grümmer (soprano), Hans Altmann (piano) & Walter Kmentt (tenor)

Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Kurt Eichhorn, Horst Stein

The great Elisabeth Grümmer ranks as one of the most outstanding German sopranos of the 20th century, an artist whose romantic sensitivity was often lauded. The “Great Singers Live” series presents this artist as a fascinating Mozart interpreter accompanied by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. The CD was previously only available as part of the “Great Singers Live” box, and it is now being released as a single CD.

For the first time as a single CD with recordings by Elisabeth Grümmer.

Recordings from the years 1956, 1960 and 1962.

“The recordings are taken from the archives of Bavarian Radio, dating from between 1956 and 1962. Grümmer was now well into her forties, but her voice was still radiant, fresh and technically secure...Pamina’s aria from Die Zauberflöte is sensitively sculpted with Grümmer achieving a purity of tone and graceful simplicity. It is a captivating performance.” MusicWeb International, 10th July 2013

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Great Singers Live: Hermann Prey

Great Singers Live: Hermann Prey


Bach, J S:

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Großer Herr, o starker König

Beethoven:

An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98

Berlin, I:

They say that falling in love is wonderful (from Annie Get Your Gun)

Gounod:

Avant de quitter ces lieux (from Faust)

Leoncavallo:

Si può? (from I Pagliacci)

Lortzing:

Wie freundlich strahlt...Heiterkeit und Fröhlichkeit (from Der Wildschütz)

Mozart:

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Tutto e disposto...Aprite un po' quegl'occhi (from Le Nozze di Figaro)

Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo (from Così fan tutte)

Rossini:

Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Verdi:

Di Provenza il mar (from La Traviata)

Alzati…Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima (from Un Ballo in Maschera)


Arias from the legendary Sunday concerts from 1966, 1972, 1988 and 1992.

His Papageno was historic and turned Hermann Prey into the most popular opera singer in Germany. This CD contains a collection of hitherto unpublished recordings made during the legendary Sunday Concerts with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester from 1966 to 1992. In a representative series of roles ranging from Bach to musicals, the great baritone shows us all his facets: from the sensitivity of the comic actor to the intense, inmost sincerity of the Lieder performer. At a time when the opera was still an integral part of Germany's media landscape, Hermann Prey made it impressively clear that a broad repertoire and depth of interpretation are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Prey ends this CD with a performance of “They say falling in love is wonderful”, inviting us to fall in love with his art yet again.

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Great Singers Live: Lucia Popp

Great Singers Live: Lucia Popp

Selection from „Sunday Concerts“ with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester given in 1968, 1972, 1979, 1980 and 1982


Donizetti:

Quel guardo il cavaliere (from Don Pasquale)

Kurt Eichhorn

Handel:

V' adoro, pupille (from Giulio Cesare)

sung in German as 'Ich lieb euch, ihr Augen'

Kurt Eichhorn

Lehár:

Liebe du Himmel auf Erden (from Paganini)

Werner Schmidt Boelcke

Lortzing:

So wisse, dass in allen Elementen (from Undine)

Hans Zanotelli

Mozart:

Giunse alfin il momento... Deh, vieni, non tardar… (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Kurt Eichhorn

Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K339: Laudate Dominum

Lamberto Gardelli

Rossini:

Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Kurt Eichhorn

Smetana:

Endlich allein (from Die verkaufte Braut)

Heinz Wallberg

Wie fremd und tod ist alles umher (from Die verkaufte Braut)

Heinz Wallberg

Stolz, R:

Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein (from Der Favorit)

Werner Schmidt Boelcke

Spiel auf deiner Geige das Lied von Leid und Lust (from Venus in Seide)

Werner Schmidt Boelcke

Weber:

Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen (from Der Freischütz)

Hans Zanotelli


Lucia Popp is one of the best-documented and most versatile singers of her generation. Because of her linguistic and stylistic flexibility she was able to sing a very wide range of repertoire. Her acting talent was extraordinary as well. Before she began her vocal studies she had studied medicine and drama and acted in a number of movies. This new release shows a richly varied program with soprano arias by Mozart to Weber and Rossini all the way to Lehár and Stolz taken from concerts given in 1968 to 1982.

Previously unreleased live recordings from the “Sunday Concerts” with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester.

Singer portrait featuring Lucia Popp’s core repertoire, including famous arias from the likes of Mozart to Lehár.

After Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Margaret Price, this release continues the successful “Great Singers Live” series

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Great Singers Live: Margaret Price

Great Singers Live: Margaret Price

Selection from three “Sunday Concerts” with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester given in 1977, 1981, 1986 and 1991


Bellini:

Casta Diva (from Norma)

Cilea:

Poveri fiori (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Mozart:

Or sai chi l'onore (from Don Giovanni)

Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)

Come scoglio (from Così fan tutte)

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Rossini:

Bel raggio lusinghier (from Semiramide)

Verdi:

Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)

Pace, pace mio Dio! (from La forza del destino)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Mia madre aveva...Piangea cantando...Ave Maria (from Otello)

Weber:

Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle (from Der Freischütz)


These first releases of Margaret Price with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester cover a time period from 1977 to 1991. Her work was largely concentrated on Mozart and Verdi, to which this CD pays ample credit, and also features arias by Bellini, Cilea, Rossini and Weber. Mozartian clarity, a consistently effortless vocal production, histrionic fire and a healthy grounding – these attributes made Margaret Price an internationally revered opera star, especially by Munich audiences. Her relationship with the Bavarian State Opera was so close that Margaret Price settled in Munich for 18 years, not returning to her native Wales until the end of her career.

Previously unreleased live recordings from the “Sunday Concerts”.

Singer portrait featuring Margaret Price’s core repertoire, including famous arias from Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Aida, Otello and Norma.

Continuing the “Great Singers Live” series with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under the direction of Heinz Wallberg, Leopold Hager and Thomas Fulton.

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Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni

Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni

Selection from three “Sunday Concerts” with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester given in 1971, 1983 and 1987


Bizet:

Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (from Carmen)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

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Massenet:

Adieu, notre petite table (from Manon)

Mozart:

E Susanna non vien! … Dove sono i bei momenti (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Puccini:

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Quando me'n vo (from La Bohème)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Tu che di gel sei cinta (from Turandot)

Tchaikovsky:

Puskay pogibnu ya 'Tatiana's Letter Scene' (from Eugene Onegin)

Verdi:

Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)


With her Mimì, she conquered the world. Mirella Freni’s extraordinary career lasted for over 30 years, and she never lost the enchanting youthfulness of her voice. She said farewell to the operatic stage in 2005 as a celebrated soprano in full possession of her vocal skills. Recordings from three Sunday concerts by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester document Mme. Freni in arias that reveal the many different facets of her artistry. The program ranges from her key role, Mimì, all the way to Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Evgeny Onegin.

Previously unreleased recordings by Mirella Freni.

Documents from the popular Sunday concerts by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester from the 1970s and 80s.

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Gulda Plays Mozart & Gulda

Gulda Plays Mozart & Gulda


Gulda:

Improvisation 1 + 2

Live recording of a concert on June 27, 1982 at the Munich “Klaviersommer” with the jazz pianist Chick Corea

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Live recording of a concert on June 27, 1982 at the Munich “Klaviersommer” with the jazz pianist Chick Corea

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in A major, K386

Live recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 04.10.1969

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Leopold Hager

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in D major, K382

Live recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 04.10.1969

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Leopold Hager


Mozart was certainly among the "domestic deities" of Viennese pianist Friedrich Gulda. He repeatedly played Mozart's piano music in his concerts and had it recorded. In so doing, this classically-trained musician, who had already played successfully in jazz bands at a young age, ignored the strict limits imposed by genres: he wanted to show audiences that there are no distinctions between musical styles whenever good music is played honestly and conscientiously. On June 27, 1982, Gulda again appeared at Munich's "Klaviersommer" festival. His partner was the jazz pianist Chick Corea, and the collaboration of both musicians is documented on the CD (and DVD) "The Meeting" - a standard in recording history. Until now, only the famous second half of this concert has been available and not the first, which Gulda performed on his own and was devoted primarily to Mozart. Gulda thus used Mozart's piano music as a kind of introduction to the world of jazz improvisation. The first part of this legendary concert, performed at the Deutsches Museum in the summer of 1982, took the soloist Gulda over 40 minutes to perform, even though he "only" played Mozart's Piano Sonata in C Major K 330. But he began and ended it with his own improvisations, which sound less than Mozartian, even though they do contain a broad and subtle range of different styles and effects, catchy melodies, and violent cascades of sound. Gulda proves to be a highly gifted interpreter of Mozart as well as a mischievous improviser on the piano – who also wants to entertain and can do so on a high level. - As a transition to the second part of the concert, he performs two of his own compositions, which can also be heard on this CD from BR-KLASSIK. It is a piece of good fortune that the Bayerischer Rundfunk has now made the first half of this concert event accessible to a wide audience too.The recording begins and ends with Mozart's rarely-heard Rondos for Piano and Orchestra in A Major KV 386 and D Major KV 382. Gulda played them on October 4, 1969 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz, accompanied by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Leopold Hager. Gulda plays cheerfully without the slightest audible effort, combining Mozart with the finesse of a grandiose performer who is in fact laughing up his sleeve.

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