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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


Michael Gielen celebrates his 85th birthday in July of this year and the sum of his artistry is reected in this Beethoven cycle. This special commemorative collection features the maestro’s most recent Beethoven recordings from 1997-2000.

“In my opinion, all things considered, Gielen’s is now the most consistently satisfying Beethoven symphony set available, from any era...A firm sense of the work’s architecture, or structural integrity, is always juxtaposed with an absolute treasure trove of surprisingly rendered inner detail” MusicWeb International, 12th August 2013

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Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn


Mahler:

Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs, 1901 version)

Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das himmlische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


This is a special release commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death and Michael Gielen has returned to make his first ever recording of the complete Des Knaben Wunderhorn. These vital new performances show that Gielen, despite now being in his eighties, is not slowing down. He is one of our generation’s greatest Mahlerians.

“As so often, the veteran 'modernist' proves himself a highly perceptive Mahlerian...[Muller-Brachmann's] penetrating, never heavy bass-baritone is pleasing and he is blessed with fine diction too, projecting the humour of 'Lob des hohen Verstandes' to excellent effect...admirers of Gielen's Mahler should not hesitate to acquire what is his belated first recording of these songs.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2012

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Cornelia Kallisch (mezzo) & Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor)

Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Michael Gielen

SWR music continues their critically acclaimed Mahler cycle with Das Lied von der Erde. The Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg have joined forces with two of the great Mahler singers of our time, Cornelia Kallisch and Siegfried Jerusalem.

“Gielen reveals unsuspected riches in Mahler's textures, Jerusalem excels as the drunkard” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ***

“What has been released is actually an amalgamation of two session exactly a decade apart...[Kallisch] evinces real finesse in the fourth, with its evocations of beauty and enchantment...Yet this is ultimately Gielen's 'performance', and those familiar with his Mahler will encounter the expected combination of formal precision and expressive spontaneity here.” International Record Review, July 2011

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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3


Schumann:

Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'Rhenish'


A new recording from Michael Gielen is always an event and this CD is his exciting contribution to Schumann’s anniversary year. There are no other recordings of Gielen conducting Schumann in the catalogue and after hearing these vivacious and mercurial interpretations, devoid of sentimentality, one wonders why it has taken so long for Gielen to record Schumann.

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Rihm: Orchestral Works

Rihm: Orchestral Works


Rihm:

Quid est Deus

Ungemaltes Bild

Frau/Stimme


SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart & SWR Sinfonieorchester, Sylvain Cambreling, Friedrich Goldmann & Michael Gielen

This is the latest release of recordings of the complete orchestral works of Rihm and these are World Premiere Recordings. All the music was performed and recorded under the supervision of the composer. The SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg have premiered many of the composer’s major works.

“There's an austere, hieratic quality about the writing, and a Stravinsky-like feel to some of the harmony...though the orchestral outbursts that occasionally punctuate the sequence have a highly wrought expressionist edge. It's a compellingly concentrated piece” The Guardian, 28th January 2010 ***

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Late Stravinsky Masterworks

Late Stravinsky Masterworks


Stravinsky:

Canticum Sacrum

Christian Elsner (tenor), Rudolf Rosen (baritone)

Agon ‘Ballet for Twelve Dancers’

Requiem Canticles

Stella Doufexis (mezzo), Rudolf Rosen (baritone)


Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart & SWR SO Baden-Baden, Michael Gielen

Michael Gielen proves once again that he is one of the masters of the 20th century repertoire. Both orchestra and conductor have established themselves among the most fluid and sensitive interpreters of 20th century music and here they are joined by the astonishingly virtuoso Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart in definitive performances of Stravinsky’s late choral works.

“Pungent and absorbing performances of three late Stravinsky scores. I can't recall ever having enjoyed a recording of the late, gnomic Requiem Canticles quite as much as this one: certainly no performance in my experience has sounded as fluent… Agon is pure aural sculpture, angular and uncompromising... but in a performance such as this that focuses its every pungent detail makes for an alluring and stimulating listen.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2009

“The biggest challenge is surmounted in Canticum Sacrum, a work conceived for the ample acoustics of St Marks Church in Venice. In this performance its austere beauty and grandeur really come to life, aided by the outstanding choral contribution from the SWR Vocal Ensemble and an atmospheric recording. The most immediately accessible piece here is undoubtedly the ballet Agon. ...Gielen's subtle balancing of textures and his impeccable pacing of the contrasting movements, not to mention the responsive playing of the orchestra, brings immense rewards.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2009 *****

“Rarely has late, gnomic Requiem Canticles sounded so fluent, from the extraordinary prelude (a fast, nervous pulsing with string lines crossing each other), through the taut drama of the 'Dies irae' to the second interlude (so reminiscent of the Symphonies of Wind Instruments) and the chiming finale, where ritual bells are enacted by celesta, glockenspiel and vibraphone, a distant recollection of Les noces. This was Stravinsky's last major composition and although it plays for barely a quarter of an hour seems fully to justify that dodecaphonic route that so many at the time had criticised him for taking.
The marginally more expansive and noticeably more austere Canticum sacrum marked the composer's return to the Russian Orthodox faith and calls on the unique combination (unique to Stravinsky that is) of flute, three oboes and bassoons, four trumpets and trombones, harp, violas, basses and organ, in addition to the voices.
Again Michael Gielen drives a confident course through a work that brooks no compromise and culminates in a harshly oratorical 'Illi autem profectae', one of the most striking episodes in all late Stravinsky.
The ballet Agon post-dates Canticum sacrum, just, and employs an even wider array of instruments, all of them used with the greatest economy and expressive force, the distinctive and rhythmically alluring interlude/prelude, a recurring motif, connecting a series of brief but terse and mostly outspoken dance movements...The recordings are both airy and admirably clear.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Agon provides a wonderful contrast, with its appropriation of baroque dance forms, generous rhythmic and melodic invention, and constantly varied orchestration, all of which Michael Gielen and his Freiburg-based orchestra audibly relish. All three are very fine performances, and provide as good an introduction to the world of late Stravinsky as any currently available on disc.” The Guardian, 17th October 2008 ****

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010

Choral Finalist

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 2

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 2


Poulenc:

Les Biches

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloé


EuropaChorAkademie, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gielen, Marcello Viotti

Maurice Ravel was the first French composer who received a commission from Diaghilev. "Daphnis et Chloé" is most often performed today mostly in the form of the two Suites, here thiis masterpiece is presented in its full choreographic form. Also included is Francis Poulencs " Les biches ." Poulenc's score is the backdrop for a series of amorous tableau between three muscle men and twelve excited young girls. His colorful and creative score (one of his finest) is a stylistic romp, drawing freely on everything from Mozart to Stravinsky, Folksong and Jazz, with even a little Baroque finesse thrown into the mix for good measure!

“…Ravel's radiantly magical Daphnis et Chloé complete, in a glowing, ecstatic choral performance, with a glorious "Daybreak" and a thrilling closing "Danse générale". Its coupling is Poulenc's witty Les Biches ("girls of independent spirit and virtue"), and its catchily audacious opening trumpet theme and luscious Adagietto are part of a suite full of piquantly affecting nostalgia and sparkle. ...played with spirited insouciance and plangent lyricism.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2008

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder


Robert Dean Smith (Waldemar), Yvonne Naef (Waldtaube), Andreas Schmidt (Narrator), Melanie Diener (Tove), Ralf Lukas (Peasant), Gerhard Siegel (Klaus-Narr)

Bavarian Radio Chorus, Middle German Radio Choir Leipzig, South German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gielen

“This 'Gurrelieder is grand opera. It might even be thought of as "modern Wagner" and, in fact, sounds more Wagnerian in terms of sound, styling, and phrasing than any reading I've heard. It is a performance of passion, intensity, and seething drama, with electricity surging through every fiber... Much of the success of this recording comes from the spectacular sound, whose presence, clarity and power, especially in the lower reaches of the orchestra, are exactly what this complex work needs” American Record Guide

“Gielen's conducting never sits back...he has real choral weight and a closely observed Fool (Gerhard Siegel, a true Mime) to lend distinction” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

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Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Concerto for Orchestra

Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Concerto for Orchestra


Bartók:

The Wooden Prince Suite

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116


South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-, Michael Gielen

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Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 movements, etc.

Stravinsky:

Symphony in 3 movements

Symphony in C

Symphony of Psalms


Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gielen

Maestro Michael Gielen presents the three Symphonies of Stravinsky in is certain to become one of the definitive interpretations for our time. The Symphony in Three Movements was composed during the height of WWII (1942-45), and reflects the composer’s impressions, mostly gained through cinematic representations, of the ongoing war. The Symphony in C was composed during one of the darkest periods in Stravinsky’s – years marked by illness and the death of his mother, his wife and a daughter. However, in trying to focus on formal concerns in the music, Stravinsky tried to keep his personal feelings out of the symphony. The first two movements were composed in Europe and reflect more of a traditional style. The third and fourth movements were composed after Stravinsky moved to America and herald his growing experiments with rhythmic meter change. The final composition on this CD, Symphony of Psalms, is based on various psalms from the Bible and consists of three parts. The score’s inscription à la gloire de Dieu, “to the glory of God,” reveals Stravinsky’s purpose for the work. The text, in Latin, is based on Psalm 150, which exhorts worship through the music of several different instruments, and Psalm 40, a prayer of supplication.

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