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Mozart: Last Masonic Works

Mozart: Last Masonic Works


Mozart:

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

Eine Kleine Freimaurerkantate 'Laut verkünde unsre Freude', K 623

Maurergesang, K623a

Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, Peter Maag

Requiem in D minor, K626

New York Philharmonic, The Westminster Choir, Bruno Walter


Mozart was a convinced freemason and true brother. He composed music for his Lodge, never denied the meaning behind the 'Magic Flute' and accepted a mysterious commission for a Requiem he never completed. Sixty years after her performance, Irmgard Seefried (1919-1988) lives on, inspired by Bruno Walter’s legendary empathy.

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Praga Digitals - DSD350131

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Carlo Maria Giulini in London

Carlo Maria Giulini in London


Schumann:

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

3-4 June 1958

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

orch. by Mahler, [Original Columbia Gramophone Company]

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'

29 September 1956


A tribute to Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005), equally famous as opera conductor (Falstaff, Don Carlos, Don Giovanni, etc.) and orchestra conductor. Walter Legge invited him to conduct ‘his’ Philharmonia Orchestra in London, whose brass section was created by Dennis Brain (1921-57). Giulini proceeded to demystify Mahler’s respectful re-orchestration of Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony, proving one could pass from the waldhorn to the modern French horn. 30 years after Schumann, the young Tchaikovsky wanted the naturalness of the former plus the virtuosity of the latter – the magic of the sound of the horn.

Giulini expanded his repertoire at a careful pace, not conducting the symphonies of Mozart and Beethoven until the 1960s. During this time he was in great demand as a guest conductor of leading orchestras around the world, and made numerous well-received recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and several others.Overall, his impact on the musical world of the mid-to-late 20th century is summed up by Anthony Tommasini in his New York Times obituary of 2005:

"Far from being an autocratic conductor or a kinetic dynamo of the podium, Mr. Giulini was a probing musician who achieved results by projecting serene authority and providing a model of selfless devotion to the score. His symphonic performances were at once magisterial and urgent, full of surprise yet utterly natural. He brought breadth and telling detail to the operas of Mozart and Verdi."

“The Little Russian gets a spruce outing.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2017 ****

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In Memoriam Arturo Toscanini

In Memoriam Arturo Toscanini


Mendelssohn:

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

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107 'Reformation'

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Wagner:

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

London Symphony Orchestra

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

London Symphony Orchestra


Toscanini is known as the greatest conductor of modern times, with 117 operas to his name - not just by Italian composers such as Verdi, Puccini or Giordano, but also by Wagner, Mussorgsky and Debussy. He furthermore conducted an eclectic range of 480 symphonies, which included 48 premieres. This compilation, to commemorate his 150th anniversary, reflects his distinctive blend of perfectionism and passion.

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Sviatoslav Richter plays Mussorgsky & Tchaikovsky

Sviatoslav Richter plays Mussorgsky & Tchaikovsky


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Prague 14 November 1956

Tchaikovsky:

Grand Sonata for Piano in G major Op. 37

Moscow 6 December 1954

The Seasons, Op. 37b (excerpts)

New York 25 October 1960


Richter's creative flair lifts hitherto neglected pieces by Tchaikovsky to the level of Mussorgsky's mighty 'Pictures' in recordings from Moscow to New York.

A Russian pianist known for the depth of his interpretations, virtuoso technique, and vast repertoire, Richter is considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and his approach resulted in some of the most distinctive and individual performances of the piano repertoire ever recorded. In later life he took to playing at very short notice in small, most often darkened halls, with only a small lamp lighting the score. Richter said that this setting helped the audience focus on the music being performed, rather than the performer's grimaces and gestures.

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Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 & The Seasons (Ballet Music)

Glazunov: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 & The Seasons (Ballet Music)


Glazunov:

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 55

Philharmonic Hall, Leningrad, live September 28 1968

Symphony No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 48

Philharmonic Hall, Leningrad, 2nd March 1948

The Seasons, Op. 67: extracts

Philharmonic Hall, Leningrad, 28th September 1969, during a ballet festival


A tribute to Alexander Glazunov who turned post-Tchaikovsky Russian musicians into true professionals. He was a composer emeritus and helped raise the profile of classical symphonies and ballet music before and after the mighty Group of Five. Mravinsky insisted on performing pieces by this incredibly selfless pedagogue which slip into the category of Romanticism, although he preferred the 'banned' compositions of his students such as the 'obstreporous' young Stravinsky or the 'insufferably pretentious' Prokofiev.

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Wilhelm Furtwängler: First Vienna School

Wilhelm Furtwängler: First Vienna School


Haydn:

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Mozart:

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Every concert conducted by the great Furtwängler was a unique and unrepeatable experience. His improvised touches added a vibrancy and immediacy which surprised audiences and even the orchestra. During the difficult post war years he conducted opera (e.g. Wagner in Milan) more than concerts, leaving few performances of Mozart or Haydn symphonies for posterity. Most of this precious heritage fits onto a single SACD.

“The full, rich sound Furtwängler gets from the Vienna and Berlin strings in these large-orchestra recordings from the late 1940s and early 1950s may not be to today’s tastes, but he gives the quick Haydn movements exhilarating momentum.” Sunday Times, 25th September 2016

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A tribute to František Stupka

A tribute to František Stupka


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Live, Prague, Smetana Hall 8/1/1959

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

Live, Prague, Domovina 6/1/1964


Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, František Stupka

A tribute to František Stupka (1879-1965) ranked among the greatest Czech conductors of the 20th century, alongside Bedrich Bakala, Rafael Kubelík, Vaclav Talich and Karel Ancerl. After leading a string quartet, he was co-director of the Czech Philharmonic (1946-56) with Talich. His career was limited to the East and his significant contribution to new ensembles like the Moravian Philharmonic remained without any modern studio recordings. Here Praga offer as a reminder Stupka’s landmark rendering of two of Dvorak’s masterpieces.

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Praga Digitals - DSD350134

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Mravinsky in Prague

Mravinsky in Prague

Prague Live recording 3/6/1955 Smetana Hall


Beethoven:

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

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93


Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is 50 minutes of tragedy, despair, terror, and violence and three minutes of triumph. Premiered in 1953, the best performance is still that conducted by Mravinsky. Yevgeny Mravinsky's June 3, 1955, performance with the Leningrad Philharmonic of Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 is just as great. Mravinsky was the best Soviet conductor and his passionate precision and intense interpretations were as valid for Beethoven as they were for Shostakovich. His interpretations can be hard-driven and sharp-edged, but no one could object to the lucid strength and linear lyricism he brings to the work.

“a sizzling Beethoven No 4 with Shostakovich’s Tenth … both performances generate maximum intensity, the second movement of the Shostakovich virtually to the point of self-combustion.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2016

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Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 12

Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 12


Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

live radio recording, Moscow, Great Hall of the Conservatory 24/10/1965

Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112 'The Year 1917'

6/1/1962, broadcast by Prague Radio of the first public performance [Leningrad 1/10/1961]


Shostakovich was genuinely trying to break new ground but had been sharply brought into line (viz. the edict issued against his opera 'Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk'). His 5th Symphony seems to cast doubt on the Marxist purity of the Party in power. He conveyed his rage in unexpectedly neo-Mahlerian style, but concluded with politically correct optimism.

A quarter of a century later he produced 'The Year 1917', a skilfully produced commission which sounds like a film score. Even today Mravinsky is still the most effective interpreter of these pieces, capable of rendering both their intrinsic power and resounding ambiguities.

“I was absolutely amazed at how well it’s played here [12th Symphony] … a very rare recording from the premiere … it reminds me of the way Shostakovich played his own music … it’s very expressive but at the same time it has this classical grace about it.” CD Review, 9th July 2016

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Praga Digitals - DSD350122

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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 & The Bells

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 & The Bells


Rachmaninov:

The Bells, Op. 35

Elizaveta Shumskaya (soprano), Mikhail Dovenmann (tenor) & Alexei Bolshakov (bass)

Moscow Philharmonic & Russian Republic Capella

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

Van Cliburn (piano)

Symphony of the Air, New York


“Is he the best?” Khrushchev asked a nervous Jury in 1958, “Then give him the prize”. At the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow during the height of the Cold War, the gold medal went to the young American pianist Van Cliburn. On his return to New York he was carried aloft through the streets in triumph. The conductor Kondrashin, no stranger to such acclaim, met with similar success when he came to New York in 1962. He knew how to render the innate Russian-ness of Rachmaninov’s compositions imbued with religious fervour, (like 'The Bells', his universally respected choral symphony).

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