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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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Rafael Kubelík conducts Bruckner

Rafael Kubelík conducts Bruckner

Single release of the 60th anniversary-box


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 8 in C minor


Rafael Kubelík enriched the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks primarily with works by Czech composers and 20th century music. However, during his period as chief conductor of the orchestra, he also fostered the traditional German romantic repertoire with which the ensemble had made a name for itself as far back as its founding years under Eugen Jochum. In May of 1977 Kubelík conducted Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor at a concert in Munich’s Herkulessaal, the recording of which is now being released. In a review in Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, the orchestra was rated as equal in rank to such famous Bruckner orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras.

A document of the Bruckner tradition that linked Rafael Kubelík with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

A new remastering brings out the best possible sound quality from the master tape from 1977.

Live recording, Munich, Herkulessaal 12th May 1977

Building a Library

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Building a Library

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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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