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Szeryng plays Schumann, Vieuxtemps, Nardini & Ravel

Szeryng plays Schumann, Vieuxtemps, Nardini & Ravel


Nardini:

Violin Concerto in E minor

Ravel:

Tzigane

Schumann:

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

Vieuxtemps:

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, Op. 31


Among the great violinists of the 20th century, Henryk Szeryng (1918-1988) was once regarded as a supreme master, but has now faded from memory. Szeryng‘s fame is not comparable to that of Jascha Heifetz, David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein or Yehudi Menuhin, although he was often mentioned along with them.

No question, his performances set standards, the major record companies vied for his favor, and he was a popular guest at major orchestras throughout the world. In the great concertos by Beethoven and Brahms, he was considered authority and even today, remains for Hilary Hahn, a preeminent Bach interpreter.

Henryk Szeryng performed in Germany regularly over the decades. In 1955 Szeryng played with the Sinfonieorchester des Südwestfunks under the direction of the legendary conductor Hans Rosbaud. These live recordings of a Romantically-edited version of Nardini‘s E Minor Concerto and the popular fourth concerto by Vieuxtemps was followed in March 1957 by studio recordings of Ravel's "Tzigane" and the Robert Schumann‘s Violin Concerto. Szeryng had a very special sympathy for this neglected score that his heard in one of his first recordings of it. Szeryng was the first major violinist after Kulenkampff and Menuhin to recognize the value of this grandiose masterpiece and it play publicly.

“In the mid-1950s Szerzyng was at his peak, and his tonal purity captivates throughout. He never recorded commercially the Nardini and Vieuxtemps heard here.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 ****

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Johanna Martzy plays Mozart

Johanna Martzy plays Mozart


Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K218

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216


Johanna Martzy (violin)

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Hans Müller-Kray

Though undoubtedly one of most important Hungarian musicians after the Second World War, and was counted among the great violinists of the fifties and early sixties, Johanna Martzy‘s star would soon fade from international memory and increasing become a name known only to connoisseurs.

Even shorter than her international concert career – her final public concert took place in 1976 – was her career as a recording artist. Her first recordings were made at the beginning of the 50's, with some repertoire Deutsche Grammophon, and then in 1954, the 29 year old was signed exclusively to EMI. All of Johanna Martzy’s recordings were taken off the market a few years after their release, which gave her a near legendary mystique and a very committed following of collectors. An EMI recording of Mozart's G Major Concerto was never published. Mozart's D Major Concerto, K. 218 was recorded with Eugen Jochum in the early 50s.

Interestingly, in the present recording is not only a comparison with the commercial recordings, but also that the D Major Concerto, K. 218 (from 1956), and the G Major Concerto (from 1962) were made as a live recordings of a studio production. Johanna Martzy‘s Mozart displays not only technical perfection and a gloroiusly unfolding tone, but the consummate mastery of the bow in all its nuances, and a cultivated passion of expression.

“The rediscovery of Johanna Martzy continues with a radiant coupling of two Mozart concertos in which every note speaks with emotional authenticity.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 *****

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major

(modified 1885 version, ed. A Gutmann)


Hindemith was an all-round musician, composer, educator, violinist, violist, as well as having mastered all the instruments of the orchestra to a more or less professional level of proficiency, all of which was more than adequate to prepare him as an orchestral conductor as well. Hindemith‘s debut as a conductor came at the age of 21, but only after the Second World War he devoted himself intensively to conducting, attracting invitations from the most famous orchestras. Hindemith’s conducting style was strongly influenced by Wilhelm Furtwängler; he placed the highest value on continuing a living tradition of interpretation. The current album features Hindemith‘s 1958 recording of Bruckner, and as is apparent in this performance, the mature master locates Bruckner’s achievements as a high point on the between Bach and his own work.

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János Starker Plays Hindemith, Prokofiev & Rautavaara

János Starker Plays Hindemith, Prokofiev & Rautavaara


Hindemith:

Cello Concerto (1940)

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Andreas von Lukácsy

Prokofiev:

Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 125

Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Ernest Bour

Rautavaara:

Cello Concerto. Op. 41

Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Herbert Blomstedt


János Starker was one of the greatest cellists of all time. He died just last year in 2013 at an advanced age, but was active as a teacher to the end. The easy going naturalness of his playing and lean, lively sound were particular hallmarks of this master. Starker was known as a masterful chamber musician as well as being active as a soloist, but throughout his life, he premiered numerous works by contemporary composers as well. Among his numerous recordings, are of course the favorite cello works of the Romantic period, but this CD shows Starker as a persuasive interpreter of major cello concertos of the 20th century. This is the first time that Starker’s recording of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Cello Concerto has appeared on CD.

“Starker compels with his penetrating focus and rugged discipline” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ****

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Géza Anda plays Bartók & Tchaikovsky

Géza Anda plays Bartók & Tchaikovsky


Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 2, BB 101, Sz. 95

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Hans Müller-Kray

Brahms:

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

encore

Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Ferdinand Leitner


Géza Anda (piano)

Géza Anda single-handedly helped the Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto attain a truly international breakthrough – in Salzburg in1952 -; this CD offers his first public performance of the work in 1950. This recording allows a fascinating insight into the beginnings of a lifelong passion and shows why Anda was predestined to become the paramount representative of this concerto. Even as a very young man, Anda had performed the Tchaikovsky first, but in later years this most famous of all piano concertos only sporadically appeared on his programs. This recording from 1973 documents a blissful evening; sound, touch and phrasing always remain flexible and differentiated with all the desire of overflowing – life-affirming gestures. A subtle, burnished tone of exquisite beauty and sublime serenity informs his interpretation of the Intermezzo in E flat major, Op 117, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, performed by Anda as an encore following the Tchaikovsky Concerto, opening up the very poetic essence of this late Brahms work.

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Johanna Martzy Plays Mendelssohn & Brahms

Johanna Martzy Plays Mendelssohn & Brahms


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64


Johanna Martzy (violin)

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hans Muller-Kray, Gunter Wand

Johanna Martzy was one of the great violinists of the 20th Century. Her playing was always in the service of the composer’s intentions, avoiding extravagant displays as much as possible, instead performing with an unbridled swing, a soulful tone and flawlessly clear control as the focused medium of her musical energy. These two concerts show her talents at their most flawless. Johanna Martzy had played these works often and took her time before marking her studio recordings for EMI (with Paul Kletzki) – but in terms of creative power, these LIVE performances truly capture the spark of her genius.

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Géza Anda plays Beethoven

Géza Anda plays Beethoven


Beethoven:

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

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


The only recording of this concert ever released, this version of Anda’s rendition of Beethoven’s first and fifth piano concertos enriches his discography in a way that is truly unique.

Géza Anda belonged to a small group of 20th Century pianists, whose musicianship inspired and influenced future generations. Anda famously performed with a sense of spontaneity and reflection that created a long lasting impression on his listeners, an element captured beautifully by this recording.

“The First Concerto with Anda directing, offers Mozartian elegance. The Emperor is less convincing, suffering from a poorly focused orchestral perspective.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ***

“he starts [No. 1] with a buoyant tempo. Phrases are well shaped and articulated. There is crystal-clear playing in the fast passages. The slow movement is poetic and expressive, and he conjures up a beautiful rounded tone...The highlight [of the Emperor] is the slow movement, where Anda delivers a poignantly expressive reading” MusicWeb International, 18th November 2013

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Lorin Maazel conducts Beethoven & Bartók

Lorin Maazel conducts Beethoven & Bartók


Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

Beethoven:

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36


Hänssler Classic is proud to present a rare historical recording of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel in 1958.

Lorin Maazel is an internationally renowned conductor, and this programme, which includes the Coriolan Overture, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Beethoven’s frequently neglected Second Symphony, caters perfectly to his remarkable ability to build suspense while losing none of the grace and consistency of the music.

“The young Lorin Maazel puts the Stuttgart Orcdhestra through its paces in muscular renditions of Beethoven. Despite moments of untidiness, the Bartók is exciting.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ***

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Emil Gilels plays Beethoven

Emil Gilels plays Beethoven

Historical Recording 1980


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'


Emil Gilels (piano)

Emil Gilels in a pure Beethoven concert FROM 1980, the late phase of his artistic development. His musicianship is experienced in this late concert, performed five years before his death. An evening of the highest artistic intensity, a mature Beethoven interpretation.

“Here is this great Russian at his exhilarating best. The weighting and voicing is super-refined, the fast movements hurtle, the slow ones have a grave expressiveness, and the Eroica Variations emerge with anarchic humour.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 *****

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Rudolf Kempe conducts Bartók & Strauss

Rudolf Kempe conducts Bartók & Strauss


Bartók:

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19, Sz. 73 (suite)

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30


Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) was one of the leading conductors of his generation. However, recordings of him performing Bartok are quite scarce, something Haenssler is keen to redress with this release.

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