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Schubert: Eight Symphonies

Schubert: Eight Symphonies


Schubert:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82

Live recordings from Munich’s Prinzregententheater made in March 2001.

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'


With his works by single composer, Lorin Maazel made history as Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. After the successful release of the album containing the complete symphonic works of Anton Bruckner, the BR-KLASSIK label now presents the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert, recorded in 2001. The present Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic had already conducted Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” at the age of eight.

The second album featuring the long-standing Chief Conductor of the BR Symphonieorchester.

Live recordings from Munich’s Prinzregententheater made in March 2001.

First release at an attractive midprice.

“These interpretations are by and large more tense and taut than the genial, relaxed manner typified by many previous, celebrated interpreters...Maazel’s treatment of the Fourth is urgent and vital...The performance of D.759 is graced by gorgeous instrumental tone in every department.” MusicWeb International, 24th May 2013

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BR Klassik - 900712

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Bruckner: Symphonies 0-9 (complete)

Bruckner: Symphonies 0-9 (complete)

Live-Recording: Philharmonie im Gasteig, January-March 1999, Munich


Booklet: English, German

In a spectacular concert cycle from January to March 1999, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Lorin Maazel played the complete symphonies of Bruckner in Munich’s Philharmonie in the Gasteig. Maazel had at his disposal an ensemble with a long, impressive Bruckner tradition dating back to Eugen Jochum. The founding father and first Chief Conductor of the orchestra ranks as one of the most significant Bruckner conductors in the interpretive history of these works.

The chronological compactness of the recording process, which guaranteed a unified artistic signature is the outstanding feature of this compete recording vis-à-vis many of the versions from the competition.

An occupation with Bruckner’s complete works is an overwhelming experience for today’s listeners. With an enthralling effect the series develops from the stylistic variety of the early symphonies all the way to the ultimate clarity of the musical language in the unfinished Ninth Symphony.

Complete Bruckner recording made by an orchestra with an outstanding Bruckner tradition.

The chronological compactness of two months guarantees a unified artistic signature.

The only complete Bruckner recording with Lorin Maazel.

CD Review

Critics' Disc of the Year - December 2010

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Maazel conducts Stravinsky

Maazel conducts Stravinsky

Single release of the 60th anniversary-box


Stravinsky:

The Firebird

Live recording: Munich, Herkulessaal, 17th and 18th June 1999

The Rite of Spring

Live recording: Munich, Philharmonie, 2nd and 3rd April 1998


Under Lorin Maazel, who held the Chief Conductor position from 1993 to 2002, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks reached a new level of performance culture, precision and flexibility. Like no other conductor, Maazel is capable of masterfully handling large-dimensioned works and performing music tightly packed with emotional content clear-headedly to make its effect even greater. The works on this CD mark two key moments in Stravinsky’s development as a composer during the period before the First World War.

The ballet music for L’oiseau de feu (The Firebird) contains many of the attributes that had made the Sacre such a scandalous avant-garde event in the Paris of 1913: unprecedented sound colours, rapidly changing rhythms, orgiastic climaxes and an exotic subject matter. Lorin Maazel and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – a dream combination for Stravinsky’s sensuous and rhythmically irresistible ballet works.

Individual release from the successful anniversary box of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Two of Igor Stravinsky’s most popular works.

Highly virtuosic orchestral works in which Maazel’s conducting expertise comes most impressively to the fore.

“Unlike some recordings originally destined for radio broadcast, the sound here is very good indeed. There is clarity and a naturalness (for CD) that conveys both the breadth of the orchestral palette and a sense of occasion. The delicacy of the hushed textures in the opening of Part 2 is magical, and a fitting tribute to the best of Lorin Maazel's work with the orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2011 ***

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BR Klassik Archive - 900706

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