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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 & Te Deum in C major (Allegro)

Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 & Te Deum in C major (Allegro)


Bruckner:

Te Deum in C major, WAB 45: Allegro

Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, June 1965 SACD remastering and editing by Karel Soukenik, studio Domovina, Prague

Maria Stader (soprano), Sieglined Wagner (contralto), Ernst Häfliger (tenor), Peter Lagger (bass)

Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Robert Haas Edition 1937. Recorded live, Ottobeuren Abbey, Germany, 30-31 May 1964 [Philips]

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


Eugen Jochum conducts the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, a gigantic musical cathedral and a masterpiece of counterpoint.

The Abbey of Ottobeuren in Germany celebrated its 1200th anniversary in 1964 and to mark the occasion Eugen Jochum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra performed Bruckner's Fifth Symphony there with Philips on hand to record them. The LP set arrived in the shops after Jochum had completed his groundbreaking Bruckner cycle in the studio for DG but many who heard the Bruckner remembered something significantly different from Jochum's fine Bavarian Radio Orchestra version; one of the great Bruckner orchestras in something of a golden age and the thrill of live performance in a near-ideal acoustic.

The great Maria Stader gleams in the astounding 'Te Deum laudamus' from Jochum's classic DG set. Would that there was more …

“Outstanding brass playing from the Concertgebouw and Jochum’s sure-footed structural control creates a mesmerising experience” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Wagner:

Ich sah das Kind an seiner Mutter Brust (from Parsifal)

Vienna 1955

Kirsten Flagstad (soprano)

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Vienna 1958

Birgit Nilsson (soprano)


Bruckner's Third Symphony has been characterised as 'difficult', and is regarded by some as his artistic breakthrough. According to Rudolf Kloiber, this symphony "opens the sequence of Bruckner's masterpieces, in which his creativity meets monumental ability of symphonic construction." The work is notorious as the most-revised of Bruckner's symphonies, and there exist no fewer than six versions, with three of them, the 1873 original version, the 1877-78 version, and the composer's last thoughts of 1889, being widely performed today. The 1890 Rättig edition was only used by conductors like Hans Knappertsbusch and Carl Schuricht when conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This first published version remains controversial because it hasn't been ascertained how much it reflected Bruckner's last wishes, and how much it was influenced by Josef Schalk, his student and administrator of his library of music scores.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Robert Haas Edition. Recorded live, Berlin, Radio DDR, 7 October 1944

Symphony No. 7 in E Major - Adagio

Recorded live, Berlin, Radio DDR, 7 April 1942


Wilhelm Furtwängler has left us with 112 live concert recordings. Many connoisseurs consider that his most unforgettableperformance was that of 7th October 1944 in the Berlin Beethoven-Saal, attended by Hermann Göring. The programmefeatured Bruckner’s last (unfinished) symphony, and closed with the adagio from Symphony No 7. This slow movement is heavy with Wagnerian Weltschmerz. It was written in the weeks preceding Wagner’s death in February 1883, and whennews reached Bruckner that Wagner had indeed died in Venice, he added the deeply poignant coda as an explicit tribute.This original recording represents Furtwängler's most inspired performance and is a compelling testimony to his legacy. It took Furtwängler to recognise and recreate an absolutely perfect depiction of Bruckner's tortured mind and, by extension, an entire world on the brink of collapse.

“No interpretation conveys the tragedy and frantic search for spiritual fulfilment in Bruckner 9 with such visceral power as Furtwängler and the Berliners in this overwhelmingly intense wartime recording.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 *****

“the Berlin Philharmonic’s playing reaches terrifying heights in the first movement and brutal Scherzo. Furtwängler’s way with the structure is totally flexible: sometimes he seems almost to lose his way, but then pulls the music back together for a shattering climax...Unmissable.” The Observer, 4th June 2017

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French Music: Albert Roussel

French Music: Albert Roussel


Roussel:

Suite in F major, Op. 33

Recorded, March 19, 1957

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray

Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42

Recorded, September 25, 1961

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43 - Suite No. 2

Recorded by René Challan, Wagram Hall, November 5-16, 1963

Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, André Cluytens

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 53

Recorded in London, November 1949

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan


Albert Roussel, much-travelled midshipman inspired by visions from the East, successfully endows the intrinsic classicism of the symphony with both dryness and impressionist lushness. Distinguished conductors, impressed by Roussel’s powerful, luminous and ultimately classical composition, perform this unique collection of four masterpieces, Bacchus et Ariane offering a balanced dose of sense and sensibility.

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Praga Digitals - DSD350138

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Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1

Liszt: Symphonic Poems Vol. 1


Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

RIAS Sinfonie Orchester, Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

Tasso, Lamento e trionfo, symphonic poem No. 2, S96

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stanislav Macura

Mazeppa, symphonic poem No. 6, S100

Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Die Ideale, symphonic poem No. 12, S106

Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik


Both the term symphonic poem and the form itself were invented by Franz Liszt, who in works such as Les Préludes (1848; after Alphonse de Lamartine’s Méditations poétiques) used thematic transformation to parallel the poetic emotions. That’s true again with Byron (Tasso, lamento e trionfo), Schiller (Die Ideale) and Victor Hugo (Mazeppa). A winning quartet!

“[a] stellar collection of Lizst performances” BBC Music Magazine, September 2017

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Victoria de los Angeles in Paris

Victoria de los Angeles in Paris


Debussy:

La Damoiselle élue

11/4/1955

Carole Smith (contralto)

Radcliffe Choral Society, Boston Symphony, Charles Munch

Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Paris, Eglise Saiot-Roch 1963

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) & Henriette Puig-Roget (organ)

Choeurs Elisabeth Brasseur, Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris

Ravel:

Shéhérazade

Paris, Salle Wagram, 20/2/1962

Claude Monteux (flute)

Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Georges Prêtre

Cinq mélodies populaires grecques

Salle Wagram, 20/2/1962

Orchestre des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Georges Prêtre


Fauré’s Requiem, displays in its seven ‘stations’ not a path of affliction and agony, but a joyful resurrection. Curiously its harmonies fit comfortably into the Fauve atmosphere of 'La Damoiselle Elue' and Ravel's 'Scheherezade'. Finally all negativity is dispelled by the vivaciousness of amorous angels in the Greek Mélodies. It is hard to imagine a more purely beautiful voice than that of Victoria de los Angeles at the height of her career in the 1950s and early 1960s. Combined with charm and a delightful persona her enchanting voice is by turns seraphic, disquieting and limpid in timbre, recorded in Paris and Boston 1955-63. A fitting tribute from Praga Digitals to the much-loved lyric soprano who died in 2005.

Remastered and edited by Karel Soukenik, Studio Domovina, Prague

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Arrangements or Transfigurations

Arrangements or Transfigurations


1-2 BACH: The Well-Tempererd Clavier Vol.I. Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor BWV 853

Recorded in Berlin, January 1961, Ufa Tonstudio / Wilhelm Kempff [piano]

3-4 MOZART: Six Preludes and Fugues, KV 404a No.1

Recorded in Switzerland, January 1967 / Grumiaux Trio

5 BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No.1, Op.25, II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo

Recorded in New York-City, 30 December 1967 / Artur Rubinstein [piano], Guarneri Qt

6 BRAHMS Arr. Arnold Schoenberg: II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo

Recorded in Chicago City, September 1962 / Chicago SO, Robert Craft

7-9 STRAVINSKY: Three Pieces for String Quartet

Recorded live in Prague, 2 February 1987 / Tokyo String Qt

10-12 Four Etudes for Orchestra (1914)

Recorded in London, July 1964 / LSO, Antal Dorati

13-16 JANÁCEK: Youth (Mládí), suite for wind sextet

Recorded in Prague, Domovina Studio, July 1999 / Prague Wind Quintet

17-20 JANACEK transc Krystof Martaka for String Quartet, Mladi

Recorded in Prague, September 2016, Studio Martinek, in the presence of the Arranger / Zemlinsky Qt


Whether merely copying, or else adapting, transcribing (for piano), changing key, style, instrumentation or orchestration – musical arrangement is common outside the world of classical music. Here is a world premiere by contemporary Czech composer Kryštof Martaka, whose string quartet arrangement of 'Mladi', Janácek’s wind sextet has virtually become his master’s 3rd Quartet. Are these works merely ‘in the style of’ or genuine transfigurations, along the lines of Schoenberg’s famous Transfigured Night Op. 4, itself an orchestration of a poem by Richard Dehmel? Judge for yourselves!

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

version 1878/80. Recorded live Radio Stuttgart, 20th October 1951

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Wagner:

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Recorded live Cairo-Alexandria, 25/4/1951

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Of the nine symphonies officially left by Bruckner, Furtwängler's rendering of the 4th 'Romantic' Symphony proved controversial despite the unique sound of the Vienna Philharmonic in full post-war revival. Imbued with the strains of late Mozart, Schubert, and even Wagner, this is echoed in the closing Good Friday Music, recorded in Cairo, as a postlude.

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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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