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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67, etc.

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Dame Edna Everage (narrator)

Poulenc:

L'histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant

Barry Humphries (narrator)

Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Dame Edna Everage (narrator)


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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83, etc.

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Tchaikovsky:

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


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Mewton-Wood plays Twentieth Century Piano Concertos

Mewton-Wood plays Twentieth Century Piano Concertos


Bliss:

Piano Concerto in B flat major

Utrecht Symphony Orchestra

Shostakovich:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35

with Harry Sevenstern (trumpet)

Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky:

Concerto for Piano & Wind Instruments

Residentie Orchestra, The Hague


Noel Mewton-Wood (piano)

Walter Goehr

“…Mewton-Wood's hell-raising display is in a class of its own, elevating Bliss's extrovert rhetoric to new levels of musical excitement. So too is the Stravinsky Concerto for Piano and Winds, especially the pile-driving syncopations towards the close of the first movement where Mewton-Wood's fearless attack and rhythmic control are breathtaking. All in all, a worthy commemoration of a significant artist, definitely not to be missed.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

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Beethoven - Symphony No. 4

Beethoven - Symphony No. 4


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Leon Spierer (solo violin)


The concert which Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic gave in London’s Royal Festival Hall on the evening of Saturday 27 April 1985 was their first in England for four years. In May 1981 they had played Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony in the Royal Festival Hall and given an unforgettable concert of music by Bach, Mozart and Richard Strauss in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. London had not been included in the orchestra’s itinerary in its centenary year in 1982 and for much of 1983-84 Karajan and the orchestra had barely been on speaking terms. Since the centenary year had been something of a high water mark in this hitherto sensationally successful 27-year partnership, the breakdown in relations came as something of a shock to the musical world. There were times in 1984 when it looked as if the two parties would go their separate ways; finally, a reconciliation was effected in the late summer of that year ahead of a scheduled tour of Japan and South Korea. The Krach was ostensibly over the appointment of a new clarinettist but there were other factors too, not least Karajan’s advancing years and stirrings among a contingent of mainly younger players keen to assert their independence and exploit the financial strength which the orchestra’s sky-high reputation now conferred on them. Throughout his life, Karajan had been noted for his extraordinary mental and physical prowess. Now in his mid-70s, he was troubled by a painful and ultimately irreversible spinal condition that had nearly cost him his life in the winter of 1975-76. He had soldiered on but even his energies were finite. In April 1985, he had invited Klaus Tennstedt to share the conducting burden at the Salzburg Easter Festival. ‘It was good to have Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, happily reunited after a prolonged disagreement, pay their first visit to the Festival Hall – an event said to have caused prices of black market tickets to reach astronomical heights,’ wrote Peter Stadlen in the Daily Telegraph. The audience was clearly shocked to see how frail Karajan had become as he edged towards the rostrum. (He himself likened his experience of walking unaided in his later years to stepping on sheet ice.) The Times reported a slight stumble in the advance, at which point ‘the applause hiccupped in a breathless unison’. Yet once settled on the podium, Karajan was, as ever, fully in control, master of all he surveyed. Extract from the booklet note © Richard Osborne, 2008

“For anyone lucky enough to have secured a ticket few orchestral concerts have remained so vividly in the memory as the one given by Karajan's incomparable Berlin Philharmonic in London's Royal Festival Hall on April 27, 1985.
The surprises began with the conductor's own physical frailty. Edging unsteadily towards the rostrum and propping himself up against the railing, he adopted the peculiar posture that enabled him to remain upright and in command notwithstanding a debilitating spinal condition.
In truth the Beethoven was and is a gift to his many detractors. With the maestro unwilling or unable to lift his arms, the band turns in its patented imitation of a gramophone record. Surfaces are immaculate but it's like being trapped in a pudding without air in the texture. Phrases, even whole sections glide by with no intake of breath and the first two movements in particular may induce feelings of claustrophobia in younger listeners. They should persevere.
No superlatives can convey the inevitability, conviction and sweep of Karajan's Heldenleben which makes even this notoriously shrill-sounding venue resound in glory. The original BBC sound team of producer Misha Donat and balance engineer John McCulloch capture a paradoxical sonority, rich yet transparent, 'lambent in its beauty, never cloying or opaque' as described by Richard Osborne in his characteristically generous booklet-notes. The battle scene may be slow but was it ever more incisively chronicled? The Strauss at least is indispensable.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Karajan's Beethoven Fourth was recorded when the Berlin Philharmonic came to London in 1985. Its excellent speaks for itself and the coupling is equally memorable.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Bizet - L' Arlésienne Orchestral Suites

Bizet - L' Arlésienne Orchestral Suites


Bizet:

Carmen: Entr'actes

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2

L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Op. 23

(version by Marc Minkowski)


Les Musiciens du Louvre & Chœur de l’opéra de Lyon, Marc Minkowski

Marc Minkowski, one of the most outstanding conductors of our time, has joined naïve for a long-term collaboration during which he will be surveying the music of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, among others. The first in this series of recordings features the works of Georges Bizet performed on instruments of the period. It brings an original approach to the music from two of his masterpieces, L’Arlésienne and Carmen.

In 1872, Bizet composed the incidental music for Daudet’s theatre play L’Arlésienne. Following the huge success of this music, he composed a suite for orchestra based on the best pieces included in the original incidental music. In 1879, four years after Bizet’s death, his friend Guiraud arranged a new orchestral suite, mainly based on Bizet’s music, but also adding new quotes from the incidental music. In 2007 Marc Minkowski selected the best pieces from the original incidental music and conceived his own fascinating suite. The program is completed with the Prelude” and three “Entr’actes” form Carmen.

“To hear Bizet played on period instruments, and in the hands of musicians steeped in the French repertoire, gives special pleasure...Iit is rare to hear the purely orchestral movements of Bizet’s operatic masterpiece delivered with such flair, colour and authentic flavour: Minkowski’s Musiciens give us a truly Mozartian approach, as the composer would have wished, to music all too often overlaid with anachronistic verismo dynamism. In the Girl from Arles music...the delicacy and brilliance of the playing evoke the unique Provençal atmosphere of Daudet’s play as vividly as the Carmen music depicts Spain. Minkowski catches to perfection the swagger and exhilaration of the famous Farandole [in both its settings]” Sunday Times, 25th May 2008 *****

“Minkowski has a ball with these suites, relishing their rich sonorities and glorious melodies, while at the same time investing them with a serious-minded sensitivity. The L’Arlésienne suites have rarely sounded so genuinely moving...The choral singing is splendid and the playing of Les Musiciens du Louvre alternates sparkle with delicacy of colour and feeling, while the recording and sumptuous packaging are first-class. This is now a clear first choice on virtually all counts for those wanting a disc combining music from Carmen and L'Arlésienne.” Gramophone Magazine

“I find it hard to know what to praise most, the vivid, taut rhythms of the various marches and dances… the sensuous orchestral colours of the quieter moments, of the passion that suddenly erupts… in the L'Arlésienne overture.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 *****

“Couplings of the Carmen and L'Arlésienne suites have long been a favourite, and Minkowski's new disc has the best of all worlds in demonstrating a Beechamesque flair (the opening cymbal crash of the Carmen Suite is immediately arresting) and in including three suites from L'Arlésienne, their content well thought out and lovingly prepared. They consist of the familiar First Suite (as Bizet designed it), the Second, arranged after the composer's death by Ernest Guiraud, including the borrowed Menuet from La jolie fille de Perth, and a third suite of excerpts from the original score. The collection is a delight, not least because of the beautifully elegant orchestral playing.
Minkowski's choice of tempi and crisp pointing of the woodwind are admirable – in the first Entr'acte from Carmen, for instance, and the Minuet which follows. The Farandole too, is given a splendid lift by Minkowski's virtual double-dotting, while the flute solos in both Carmen and L'Arlésienne all have a delicious delicacy. There is much pleasure too, from the sensitive phrasing and the light and shade of the playing. L'Arlésienne's famous Adagietto is very affecting at the slower pacing, and it touchingly returns before the final reprise of the exuberant Farandole, heard first with men's voices and then full choir in imitation.
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“The orchestral playing is first-rate in every way, with an especially delicate contribution from the flutes...The Carmen Suite is vivaciously colourful and, throughout, the recording is of demonstration quality.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - June 2008

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Orchestral Choice - June 2008

Naive - V5130

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


“The chorus standing in (literally) serried ranks, singing from memory; rich, turbo-charged orchestral playing… it all seems more Cecil B de Mille than Brahms.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 ***

“Gundula Janowitz sings gloriously, matched by Jose van Dam's full tone and sense of drama...a performance of both fervour and fully revealed detail.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Music for Wind Band

Music for Wind Band


Bach, J S:

Fantasia in G major, BWV572

Handel:

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351

Holst:

Suite No. 1 for Military Band in E flat major, Op. 28 No. 1, H105

Suite No. 2 for Military Band in F major, Op. 28 No. 2, H106


Cleveland Symphonic Winds, Frederick Fennell

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Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3

Beethoven - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3


Beethoven:

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

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37


'For me Beethoven is like a god. I worship him, and I admire his music. It always produces very deep emotions in me when I'm conducting it or playing it on the piano.' (Mikhail Pletnev)

“…there were times when I genuinely wondered if even five stars wasn't insulting to playing of such glorious playful penetration. …the next minute Pletnev does something that makes you howl with disbelief.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 ***

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Buxtehude - Harpsichord Works 1

Buxtehude - Harpsichord Works 1

Opera Omnia 1


Buxtehude:

La Capricciosa - 32 Variations on the ‘Bergamasca', BuxWV 250

Suite in C, BuxWV 230

Suite in F, BuxWV 238

Suite in D, BuxWV 233

Courant simble in A minor, BuxWV 245

Suite in E, BuxWV 235

Aria: More Palatino, Variatio 1 – 12, BuxWV 247

Suite in C, BuxWV 228

Gigue Suite in G, BuxWV 242

Suite in C, BuxWV 226

Suite in A, BuxWV 243

Suite in D, BuxWV 234

Suite in D, BuxWV 232

Suite in D [ed. E. Roger, 1710]

Suite in C, BuxWV 231

Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BuxWV163


Ton Koopman (harpsichord)

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Recorded at Servatiuskirche auf dem Streichen, Chiemgau


Wen-Sinn Yang (violoncello)

Sound - Wilhelm Meister, Executive Producer - Korbinian Meyer, Directed for TV and Video by Ruth Käch

Recording Date: 2005

Place of recording: From the Servatiuskirche auf dem Streichen, Chiemgau

Running Time: 175 min

Picture Format: 16:9

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Menu Languages NTSC: GB

Subtitle Languages NTSC: F, GB, SP

(also included are two CDs with the complete audio recording of the suites)

“There's real feeling in his music making, a sense of genuine connection with the spirit of the music ... his cello sings with almost human expressiveness” Classics Today

“…the austere visual dimension can have the effect of focusing one's listening, not least as the interior of the 12th-century Servatiuskirche auf dem Streichen at Chemgau makes a fitting backdrop both for the music and for Yang's vision of it. Just as the church manages somehow to be both beautiful and austere, so Yang is unafraid to let fundamental full tone achieve a powerful sonority in places, while at the same time keeping his readings light with some adroitly detailed articulation.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2006

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