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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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Eugen Jochum conducts Furtwängler

Eugen Jochum conducts Furtwängler

Single release of the 60th anniversary-box


Furtwängler:

Symphony No. 2 in E minor


Wilhelm Furtwängler himself would have gladly have exchanged his fame as a conductor for international recognition as a composer. Nevertheless, performances of his works have remained rarities in our concert life. A few days before the performance of his 2nd Symphony by Eugen Jochum and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Furtwängler unexpectedly died, turning the concerts in December of 1954 into a memorial service for the great musician.

Furtwängler’s compositions stand in the tradition of Bruckner, Wagner and Reger. His 2nd Symphony, composed in 1944 and 1945 in Switzerland, bursts the dimensions of most Bruckner symphonies and takes the musical material of the late romantic era in gigantic architectures almost to its breaking point.

Eugen Jochum had founded the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in 1949 and would continue to preside over it as Chief Conductor until 1960. As early as this first phase of its existence, the orchestra welcomed such significant guest conductors as Igor Markevitch, Ernest Ansermet and Clemens Krauss to its podium.

An early recording with Eugen Jochum, who regarded Furtwängler all his life as a role model.

Catalogue rarity: a seldom-performed work.

Live recordings, Munich, Herkulessaal, 9th and 10th December 1954

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Martha Argerich plays Beethoven & Mozart

Martha Argerich plays Beethoven & Mozart


Beethoven:

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

Seiji Ozawa

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K456

Eugen Jochum


A concert by Martha Argerich is always sensational, sometimes grandiose, and occasionally the audience experiences a truly stellar event. Going through the archives of Bavarian Broadcasting, the feeling was unanimous, and many “ear witnesses” themselves remembered the concerts: on these evenings Argerich was in top form, collaborated with two congenial conductors, inspired the orchestra and drew inspiration from it. In short: these live recordings should, indeed must be heard! Especially with this artist, the medium of live recording is especially valuable. Before an audience in the sold-out hall, there developed a knack for communication and spontaneous music-making with a downright personal appeal to the listener.

For the Mozart concerto, Eugen Jochum mounted the podium of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. He had a special relationship with the orchestra, having been the first chief conductor of the newly founded ensemble since 1949, a position he held until 1960. Seiji Ozawa was and is regularly heard as a guest conductor in Munich, where audiences look forward to his return in the 2009/2010 season. After the concert evening in June of 1983 the audience and reviewers were unanimous in their enthusiasm, as attested by the Abendzeitung: “Martha Argerich, currently in the form of her life, played (…) with inimitable fire without forgetting intimacy, sensitivity and expression.”

“…Martha Argerich in resplendent form… the elegance and limpidness of her Mozart… are a constant joy. …in the Beethoven… Argerich's playing is again full of spirit, generating an atmosphere of mystery in the opening movement's central development section, and an infectious lilt in the finale's 'tin-pan alley' minor-mode episode.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 *****

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