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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


Among the major choral-orchestral works of the 19th century, Sir Roger Norrington and his former Orchestra, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, have tackled over the years, now finally comes Brahms' "German Requiem." one of the most beautiful and popular sacred music works in the repertoire.

Brahms’ contemporaries, including his close friend Clara Schumann were moved with the score and were enthusiastic about it - and it has been a favorite with the general public ever since. Although Biblical texts are used, the piece is not in the standard church-liturgical tradition. It was Brahms‘personal response to "those who mourn"! The central idea of this masterpiece is the reality of human existence.

It is precisely this „earthly character“ that Roger Norrington uses to shape his interpretation

emphasizing the grave beautify of the music and not religious awe; in this, Norrington draws us close to the composer’s intentions. He is ably supported by soprano soloist Christina Landshamer, basso Florian Boesch, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the NDR.

“Norrington's tempos have eased a little since his first, period instrument recording...but there is still something hair-shirtish about the interpretation...There is, however, much to admire in the reading, not least the ripe-toned choral singing, and the way it's captured by the wide-pan recording, enabling Brahms's gorgeous part-writing to be properly appreciated.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 ****

“Norrington has a knack of drawing out detail that other conductors overlook...[the choir] meet all the work's demands admirably, delicate or full-throated as required...the orchestra respond to their Conductor Laureate with enthusiastic subtlety. Fine soloists, too, with Florian Boesch conveying barely suppressed terror in his first solo.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

“Even now Brahms’s Requiem can be made to seem stodgy, but not in this superb account by Stuttgart forces under their former director. Whatever one thinks of Norrington’s insistence on vibrato-less strings, the effect here is to clear the air gloriously...The choral singing — cleansed and vivid — is wonderfully expressive.” Sunday Times, 15th March 2015

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Best of Stuttgart Sound

Best of Stuttgart Sound


Excerpts from works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Bruckner, Elgar, Holst, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Schubert


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Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)

Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)


“Norrington's approach is pensive, sober and funereal-but it's so well paced that the sense of inevitability underlines man's mortality, and the outbursts when they do come are more effective for their comparative restraint...a reminder that the first performance was in church, not on a concert hall stage.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 8th May 2006

“"Truly it was of frightening greatness," wrote Berlioz after the Requiem 's première. The massed timpani of the "Tuba mirum" produced an "indescribable shock". The chief priest wept uncontrollably, while one of the choral singers suffered a nervous breakdown. Thankfully, there seems to have been no such casualty among the singers in this "live" performance from Stuttgart. The rich, ample acoustics of the Beethovensaal give full value to Berlioz's vast spatial effects, most spectacularly the four brass bands that herald the timpani onslaught in the "Tuba mirum". Yet Norrington's concern for clarity of line and articulation, and the carefully judged balances, mean that we hear far more than usual of Berlioz's brilliant and bizarre orchestral detail. Norrington's dramatic urgency, allied to choral singing of thrilling body and bite, make the apocalyptic movements duly overwhelming. No less moving is the choir's luminous delicacy in the "Quid sum miser" and "Quaerens me" - music of Cistercian purity and austerity - while Toby Spence brings a calm, rapt beauty to the cruelly high solo in the "Sanctus". A magnificent achievement, to be set alongside Colin Davis's recordings of this awesome work.” The Telegraph

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major


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Der Musikalische Adventskalender

Der Musikalische Adventskalender

The Musical Advent Calendar 2014


includes

Bach, J S:

Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier, BWV469

Fauré:

Berceuse, Op. 16

Gruber, F:

Stille Nacht

Haydn:

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob. VIIe:1: 2nd movement

Ives, C:

Psalm 100

A Christmas Carol

Manfredini:

Concerto grosso in C major, Op. 3 No. 12 'per il Santissimo Natale': II. Largo

Mawby:

Laudate Dominum

Mendelssohn:

Veni Domine 'Hear my prayer, o Lord', Op. 39 No. 1

Praetorius, M:

Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme

Reger:

In dulci jubilo

Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

Kommt und laßt uns Christum ehren

Rheinberger:

Ave Maris Stella

Mass in A major, Op. 126: Sanctus

Rutter:

God be in my head

Tchaikovsky:

Suite No. 4 'Mozartiana': Preghiera


Thomas Hopp (organ), Lajos Lencsés (oboe), Christophe Bianco (violin), Gaby Pas-Van Riet (flute), Sophie Hallynck (harp), Thomas Hammes (trumpet), Eva-Maria Roth (soprano), Markus Eichenlaub (organ)

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Mädchenchor am Dom und St. Quintin, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, Südpfalzlerchen, Marcus Creed, Matthias Bartsch, Miguel de la Fuente, Roger Norrington, Anne Kohler, Paul Goodwin, Klaus Eichenlaub, Garcia Navarro, Neville Marriner

Each year hänssler CLASSIC is pleased to present our beloved Musical Advent Calendar! 24 pieces of music, performed by some of the best amateur and professional ensembles in Southwest Germany provide a sparkling accompaniment for your Christmas countdown!

This year offers something for everyone’s taste and mood, from Michael Praetorius‘ ever-popular Christmas motets to Charles Ives' rugged ‚Psalm 100‘ for mixed choir and bells, together with festive works for the season by JS Bach and John Rutter. From the grandeur of a full orchestra to the angelic beauty of a children’s choir, the tonal range is varied and edifying.

“No selection of Advent music would be complete without a mention of Hänssler's Musical Advent Calendar - an annual tradition for this record label, it's a sparkling collection of 24 delightful pieces that look forward to Christmas, performed by the finest musicians in southwestern Germany.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 29th November 2014

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The Romantics: Sir Roger Norrington’s 80th birthday

The Romantics: Sir Roger Norrington’s 80th birthday

Anniversary box


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Elgar:

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Schubert:

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

Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp), D 644 - Overture

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a


Even 30 years ago, Roger Norrington surprised audiences with his historically informed interpretations of Romantic music. Over the past decade working with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), he has crafted what has been called the "Stuttgart Sound", “Stuttgart sound”, which developed out of Norrington's conviction of the vibrato-free performance, and which he developed to perfection with the Romantic repertoire. With works from Mozart and Haydn, (of which several CDs are available at hänssler CLASSIC in interpretations by Norrington), the conductor has has discovered the world of the high Romantic period step by step. These 10 CDs present a wide range of controversial music-making, that in addition to the wonderful music also provides plenty of material for future discussions.

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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8


Schubert:

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

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


Sir Roger Norrington's approach to adapting historical performance practice for a modern symphony orchestra fruitful has generated some excellent results. His recordings of the Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (hänssler Classic / SWR music 93288) were the beginning of Norrington’s recorded investigation of the pre-romantic Schubert. His 8th Symphony, the "Unfinished", is undoubtedly his most popular symphony, and among his most popular works, and an essential work of the standard repertory.

“In the Unfinished Symphony the gauntness and grandeur of the sound-palette...allied to the essentially classical temper of Norrington's reading give the music a powerful sense of tragic inevitability.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

“Norrington brings a satisfying sense of completeness to his interpretation, and the playing of the Stuttgart orchestra is precise and distinguished in every department.” MusicWeb International, 4th September 2013

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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique & Concert Overtures

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique & Concert Overtures


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roger Norrington

Waverley Overture Op. 1

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

King Lear Overture, Op. 4

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

Rob Roy Overture

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling


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Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


Schubert:

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

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485


Since 2011 Sir Roger Norrington has been The Stuttgart RSO’s Conductor Laureate, so remains committed to the orchestra. These recordings of Schubert symphonies continue their successful partnership.

“Norrington delivers an impressively austere account of No. 4's dramatic slow introduction, and his performances throughout are imbued with characteristic insight and intelligence. Only his easy-going view of the Fifth Symphony's minuet is curiously at variance with the music's character.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ***

“For all his occasional idiosyncrasies, Norrington's freshness and imagination in Schubert are always compelling. If your taste is for period-style performances, this coupling, brilliantly played and finely recorded, has no rivals.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor


Norrington has released a series of acclaimed Bruckner performances on CD. His fresh approach injects a healthy dose of “worldliness” into these works.

“Where Norrington is fearless is in Bruckner’s on-the-spot shifts of tempo or key.” Gramophone

“As might be expected, Sir Roger employs instruments of the day, with a head-count that Bruckner might have expected and an appropriate seating plan. Bowing, phrasing and articulation are all in keeping with the manners of period and there's the usual Norrington embargo on vibrato...Excellent sound and, I suppose, good to have as food for thought, which is invariably what Norrington is all about.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

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