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Mozart & Haydn: Symphonies & Horn Concertos

Mozart & Haydn: Symphonies & Horn Concertos


Haydn:

Symphony No. 7 in C major 'Le Midi'

Horn Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.VIId:4

Mozart:

Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183


Radek Baborak (horn & conductor)

Czech Sinfonietta

The horn player and conductor Radek Baborák is one of the most outstanding figures on the classical music scene. Since beginning his solo career over twenty-five years ago, his extraordinary musical performances have enthralled audiences in the most important cultural venues around the world. He has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Vladimir Askhenazy, James de Priest and Marek Janowski.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Super Audio CD

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Hybrid Multi-channel

Exton - OVCL00441

(SACD)

$16.00

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor Op. 13 'Winter Reveries' & Overture 1812

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor Op. 13 'Winter Reveries' & Overture 1812


Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 'Winter Daydreams'

1812 Overture, Op. 49


London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi

Here is the first instalment of a complete Tchaikovsky's Symphonic output by Exton.

London Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by one of currently reference conductor on Japanese scene: Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Super Audio CD

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Exton - OVCL00548

(SACD)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


This Hybrid SACD features a recording of Mahler’s First Symphony in D Major, (sometimes referred to as the “Titan”). It was made at the inaugural concert in September 2008 of the highly-regarded Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Gustav Mahler composed his Symphony No. 1 in D major between 1884 and 1888, but made significant revisions to the work during 1894. It was premiered in Budapest in 1889, where it was presented as a five-movement piece under the title "Symphonische Dichtung in zwei Teilen" (symphonic poem in two parts). In subsequent performances the piece was presented as "Titan," eine Tondichtung in Symphonie-form (a tone poem in the form of a symphony). “Titan” refers to the book of the same name by the German writer Jean Paul. After further revisions, however, Mahler dropped the title, the descriptive movement titles, and the Andante second movement, called "Blumine".

The Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. Since September 2008 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague. After several highly successful guest appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed its ninth Music Director in 2008.

“Mahler's First Symphony is now so frequently performed, broadcast and recorded that it is difficult to imagine how strange, even discomforting, it must have sounded to its early listeners...Yet in this new recording something of that freshness is recaptured through observing, for once, Mahler's enormously detailed markings, to the letter...In short, a reading to surprise even the most jaded Mahlerian.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 ****

“Honeck brings a wealth of insider knowledge and a distinctive Viennese/Bohemian take on expressive content...spaciously conceived with generous inflections of tempo and dynamic within the larger frame...Much of the First Symphony is uncommonly gentle for all that the conductor enjoys whipping up a storm at movement ends.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

“Honeck's account of the symphony delights in the many felicitous details in which the score abounds, yet never loses sight of the underlying structure, particularly in the most difficult movement of all, the finale.” International Record Review, July/August 2010

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Exton Manfred Honeck Mahler Symphonies - EXCL00026

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$15.00

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R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben


Fletcher, Alan:

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

world premiere

Michael Rusinek (clarinet)

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture


Andres Cardenes (solo violin)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

This is the very first recording from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its new music director, Manfred Honeck.

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Exton - OVCL00338

(SACD)

$15.00

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'


Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo is one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the current international scene. He is particularly well-known in the UK for his time with the CBSO and, more recently, appearances at the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He will be taking over as the BBC SO’s chief conductor in 2013. Sakari Oramo is already renowned for his performances of the symphonies of Anton Bruckner, but has not recorded any until now. This hybrid SACD of the composer’s so-called “Wagner Symphony”, No. 3 in D Minor, in which he directs the Stockholm Philharmonic, the orchestra of which he is currently Chief Conductor, will surely enhance that reputation.

As well as being chief conductor and artistic adviser of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo is also chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and co-founder and principal conductor of West Coast Kokkola Opera. From 1998-2008 he was Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2011, and has recently been appointed its chief conductor designate from the beginning at the 2013 BBC Proms season.

Since taking over the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in 2008, Oramo has led the orchestra in many highlights, including a Stockholm Mahler festival featuring all ten Mahler symphonies on consecutive days, and critically acclaimed recordings of the music of Mahler and Schumann, among others. Oramo has frequently been guest conductor in recent years with the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, and collaborates regularly with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In 2013, Oramo is due to make his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic. A prolific recording artist, he has a number of recordings to his credit on labels such as Warner Classics, Ondine, and Hyperion, and most recently has recorded all of Schumann's symphonies with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic for Sony Classics.

Future recordings include a set of Elgar's Symphonies.

“Oramo demonstrates very impressive credentials as a Bruckner conductor...sustaining an urgent but steady pulse throughout the [Finale]...Oramo's impeccable structural control also pays huge dividends in the first movement...The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic responds to Oramo's demands with playing of great expressive power” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 *****

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Exton - EXCL00073

(SACD)

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Mahler: Symphony No. 5


William Caballero (horn) & George Vosburgh (trumpet)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

This new 2 channel hybrid SACD of the 5th Symphony is the fourth release in a cycle of recordings of Mahler’s symphonies from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its highly regarded conductor Manfred Honeck. The previous three have featured Symphonies No. 1(EXCL00026), No. 4 (EXCL00048), and No. 3 (EXCL000450). The last and most recent of these was picked as a Gramophone “Editor's Choice” in November 2011.

Considered to be one of the best modern day interpreters of Gustav Mahler’s music, the Austrian musical director Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded. He went on to become assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. After several highly successful guest appearances as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra he was appointed its Director of Music in 2008. Honeck conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling, acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony at last year’s BBC Proms.

The Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor was composed in 1901 and 1902, mostly during the summer months at Mahler's cottage at Maiernigg. Among its most distinctive features are the funereal trumpet solo that opens the work and the frequently performed Adagietto, which was famously used in the film ‘Death in Venice’.

“As in their previous recordings of Mahler, Manfred Honeck continues to seek fresh insights through a scrupulous re-examination of Mahler's detailed markings and the superb Pittsberg brass continue to exalt in the wide-open spaciousness of their Heinz-Hall home-base.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012 ***

“Honeck's account is big, bigger and biggest on pretty much every count. You have to possess a temperament compatible with Mahler's own to take the opening 'Trauermarsch' quite so broadly...And Honeck has fantastic instinct for Mahler's nodal points - those key moments where all the energy is concentrated...Pittsburgh's first horn is as spectacular as any on disc” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

“[Honeck] generally favours a warm, Romantic, traditional sound and while he has a keen ear for balancing sonorities he is unafraid to give the brass their head...I find it to be very fine but without anything especially striking to say...Yet all is beautifully played in first-rate sound” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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Exton Manfred Honeck Mahler Symphonies - OVCL00460

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Afflatus Quartet: Esprit

Afflatus Quartet: Esprit


Bozza:

Sonatine for brass quintet

Trois Pièces pour une musique de nuit

Debussy:

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

The Little Shepherd (from Children's Corner)

Françaix:

Quatuor a vents - flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon

Gounod:

Funeral March of a Marionette

Ibert:

Le petit âne blanc (from Histoires)

Deux mouvements for wind quartet

Cinq pièces en trio

Tomasi, H F:

Concert Champêtre


Afflatus Quartet: Roman Novotny (flute), Jana Brozkova (oboe), Vojtech Nydl (clarinet) & Ondrej Roskovec (bassoon)

This new Hybrid SACD recording features four members of the internationally renowned Afflatus (Wind) Quintet performing music by several French composers including Ibert, Bozza, Debussy, Gounod, Tomas, and Françaix. Afflatus Quartet derives from Afflatus (Wind) Quintet, the winner of one of the most prestigious chamber music competitions in the world, the International Music Competition of the ARD Munich 1997. With Radek Baborak, the world famous horn player and Afflatus member taking a "vacation" from the ensemble, the four remaining members, each of which is an active soloist throughout Europe and especially in Czech Republic, have produced an album of music by 20th century French composers. The disc includes Ibert’s ‘The Little White Donkey’, Deux Mouvements, and Cinq Pièces en Trio; Bozza’s Sonatine, and Trois Pièces pour une Musique de Nuit; Debussy’s ‘Golliwog’s Cakewalk’, and ‘The Little Shepherd’; Gounod’s ‘Funeral March of a Marionette, Tomasi’s Concert Champêtre; and Françaix’s Quartet for Wind Instruments.

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Exton - OVCL00176

(SACD)

$16.50

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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6

Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 4

Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60


On this new five-channel Hybrid SACD, Zdenek Mácal conducts the legendary Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Antonin Dvořák’s Symphonies Nos. 2 in B flat and 6 in D, the latter being the first of the composer’s mature works in the genre. Zdenek Mácal is considered to be one of the foremost interpreters of his compatriot’s music.

During a highly successful career Zdenek Macal has conducted over 160 orchestras worldwide including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony, as well as appearing at major opera houses throughout Europe. He has recorded several discs with the Czech Philharmonic for Exton, with recent releases including Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, Mahler's Symphony No. 3, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 (Pathètique).

Although Antonin Dvořák composed his Second Symphony in 1865, the work was not published until 1959 as part of the complete edition of his works. This recording uses a version that was performed in Prague in 1888 for which event the composer made many changes from the original manuscript. The Sixth Symphony dates from the years when the Dvořák’s reputation was spreading rapidly from his native Bohemia to the rest of Europe and beyond. It was written in just seven weeks between August and October 1880 in response to a request from the great conductor Hans Richter.

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Exton - EXCL00003

(SACD - 2 discs)

$25.25

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Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Mahler: Symphony No. 3


Michelle DeYoung (mezzo soprano), Peter Sullivan (solo trombone) & George Vosburgh (post horn)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh & Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh, Manfred Honeck

After the successful release by the highly regarded Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra of recordings of two of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies, No. 1 in D major (EXCL00026) and No. 4 in G major (EXCL00048), this two channel double SACD set features a live performance of the composer’s massive Third Symphony in D minor.

Considered to be one of the best modern day interpreters of Gustav Mahler’s music, the Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. After several highly successful guest appearances as conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed its Music Director in 2008.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor was written between 1893 and 1896 and is the longest symphony in the standard repertoire. It has five movements and features a large orchestra, chorus, children’s choir, and female soloist.

“There are many glorious things in here: the ethereally distant posthorn in the Scherzo, or the sudden eruption of raw elemental power at the end of the movement. Michelle de Young's 'O Mensch!' is suitably mesmerising, and the children's 'Bimm, bamm' bell effects in the fifth movement are splendidly lacking in Anglo-Saxon embarrassment. The recording captures everything with vivid fidelity.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“The great cinemascopic vistas that are summoned up by those eight unison horns at the start are quite remarkable for their depth, breadth and thunderous immediacy. Manfred Honeck (clearly a Mahlerian to reckon with) and his engineers are especially impressive in catching the gaudy splendour of the first movement...The orchestral playing is pretty tremendous throughout...More than a little special, then, in marvellous sound.” Gramophone Magazine, Gramophone 2011

“this is a notably successful new version...First, there's the playing: this orchestra has a long and distinguished recording history...but it can seldom have sounded as magnificent as it does here...Next, there's Manfred Honeck's conducting...it's one of the most successful readings I've heard of the work in recent years...As for the sound, it's marvellous” International Record Review, January 2012

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2011

Super Audio CD

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Exton Manfred Honeck Mahler Symphonies - OVCL00450

(SACD - 2 discs)

$29.75

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Wagner: Orchestral Works 2

Wagner: Orchestral Works 2


Wagner:

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Die Feen: Overture

Faust Overture, WWV59

Rienzi Overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 3

Siegfried Idyll


This is the second volume of a set of multi-channel Hybrid SACD recordings by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under renowned conductor Edo de Waart that features the orchestral music of Richard Wagner. The new disc includes The Ride of the Valkyries, the Overtures ‘Die Feen’ and ‘Faust’, the Prelude to Act 3 of Die Meistersinger, and Siegfried-Idyll.

Edo de Waart was Chief Conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989-2004, and is now its conductor Laureate. His early career took off when he won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York, and that resulted in his appointment as Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic. On his return to Holland he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and in 1973 he was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Although at different times in his career Richard Wagner planned series of programmatic concert overtures and one-movement symphonies, he actually wrote remarkably little concert music. This disc contains the two most substantial concert works of his maturity, the Faust Overture and the Siegfried Idyll. These works are complemented on this recording by two of Wagner’s early operatic overtures, and by two excerpts from his later music-dramas. It is the second volume of a set of multi-channel Hybrid SACD recordings by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and conductor Edo de Waart to feature Wagner’s orchestral music. The first volume (OVCL00153) was released in January and included the Preludes to Act 1 of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Preludes and Overtures from Parsifal, Lohengrin, The Flying Dutchman, Tristan and Isolde, and Tannhauser.

Super Audio CD

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Exton - OVCL00198

(SACD)

$16.50

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