Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

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Herbert von Karajan: Beethoven

Herbert von Karajan: Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

1982–84

Janet Perry, Agnes Baltsa, Vinson Cole, José van Dam

Wiener Singverein

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

König Stephan Overture, Op. 117

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Zur Namensfeier overture, Op. 115

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

arranged for orchestra

Egmont Incidental Music, Op. 84

Wellington's Victory, Op. 91 (Battle Symphony)

Musik zu einem Ritterballett, WoO 1

Gratulations-Menuett WoO 3

March for Military Music in F major WoO 18 "York March"

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble

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

Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

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

Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Yo Yo Ma (cello) & Mark Zeltser (piano)

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Lella Cuberli, Trudeliese Schmidt, Vinson Cole, José van Dam, Leon Spierer

Wiener Singverein


A legend in his lifetime for his interpretations of Beethoven, Herbert von Karajan recorded a large swathe of the composer’s oeuvre. On this specially priced 13-CD box set Karajan's complete Beethoven repertoire recorded by Deutsche Grammophon is presented for the first time – comprising his final, digital recordings of the Symphonies, the Piano Concertos (with Christoph Eschenbach and Alexis Weissenberg, nos. 2 - 5 specially licensed), Violin Concerto (Anne-Sophie Mutter) and Triple Concerto (with Mutter, Yo Yo Ma and Mark Zeltser), the Missa Solemnis, Overtures, Egmont Music, Wellington’s Victory, and a host of rarities, including the Grosse Fuge (arranged for orchestra), restored to the catalogue.

The packaging of this set is a capbox with 36-page booklet with new essay by Karajan biographer Richard Osborne.

To realise this set, Alexis Weissenberg’s recordings of the Piano Concertos nos. 2 – 5 have been licensed from EMI.

DG - 4779830

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Klaus Tennstedt: The Great EMI Recordings

Klaus Tennstedt: The Great EMI Recordings


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Schicksalslied, Op. 54

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Dvorak:

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

Kodály:

Háry János, Op. 15

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Mendelssohn:

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

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Prokofiev:

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Schubert:

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

Schumann:

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

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Konzertstück for four horns, Op. 86

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Don Juan, Op. 20

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Wagner:

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Siegfried: Waldweben

Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walküre)

Tannhäuser: Overture

Rienzi Overture

Lohengrin: Preludes to Acts 1 & 3

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


Klaus Tennstedt was born on 6th June 1926 in Merseburg a small Saxon town between Leipzig and Halle. He was a highly talented violinist and followed his father into the Halle Opera orchestra of which he was made leader whilst still in his teens. He also studied in Dresden and as a member of the fire brigade was detailed to dig bodies out of the rubble after the city was blitzed in 1944. A solo career awaited him but a growth on his left hand brutally cut this short at the age of 19 but, after months of depression, he emerged as the opera’s repetiteur. He naturally watched conductors but was not given an opportunity to try until, at an hour’s notice, he took over a performance.

The experience galvanised him to seek this path as a career but his refusal to join the Communist Party ensured that he was limited to poorer opera houses. In his mid-30’s he went to Berlin seeking a chance to defect, but it was not until March 1971, aged 44, when he was allowed to conduct in Gothenburg. The freedom in the West did not give him many major opportunities either; however the offer of the musical directorship of the Kiel Opera was offered and accepted. A manager from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra heard him and duly invited him to Canada.

A chance stand-in engagement in Boston conducting Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony was met with such ecstatic reviews and audience enthusiasm that he was offered dates with the finest orchestras. He was 48 and after his years spent in provincial theatres this sudden fame and fortune must have been overwhelming for such a sensitive man. Luckily for the musical world he then discovered the composer whose music would make his career; a composer who like himself, suffered from self-doubt: Gustav Mahler. He had had no chance to hear any of his music during his student years as it had been banned by the Nazis.

He was uniquely able to identify with Mahler’s life-and-death struggles and the shear intensity that he brought to the performances made them unforgettable. It could be argued that his concerts provided the stimulus for the major record companies to change their policy of recording exclusively in the studio to one of taping live and relying on careful editing to remove any blemishes.

His repertoire was far from limited to Mahler – the romantics from Beethoven to Richard Strauss all received thoroughly detailed and considered readings.

He was popular too with soloists – his experience as a repetiteur and soloist gave him an unique understanding of what they needed in an accompanist.

Everything seemed to be set fair but the angst that he would, like Mahler, die prematurely proved correct for in his 60th year throat cancer struck. Initially he was able to continue conducting if at a reduced pace, but gradually the disease took its awful toll. His final engagement was in Oxford where he rehearsed the University orchestra before receiving an honorary doctorate in June 1994.

It is highly appropriate that Klaus Tennstedt’s career should be reassessed in 2011 as it is the year that not only marks the centenary of Mahler’s death but also what would have been the year of Tennstedt’s 85th birthday.

EMI - 0944332

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Harnoncourt - Beethoven

Harnoncourt - Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123


This boxed set includes full booklet notes for each work, texts and translations.

Building a Library

First Choice - January 2015

Warner Classics - 2564637792

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$54.25

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Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Volume 6

Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Volume 6

The Live Radio Recordings (1990-2000)


Bartók:

Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

January 6, 1990

Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) & Kolos Kovács (Bluebeard)

Iván Fischer

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

December 16, 1993

Martha Argerich (piano)

Claus Peter Flor

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

March 10, 1991

Wolfgang Sawallisch

Berio:

Sinfonia

May 16, 1997

Swingle Singers, Luciano Berio

Berlioz:

Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7

March 19, 1999

Ann Murray (soprano)

Bernard Haitink

Brahms:

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

May 12, 1995

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

November 8, 1996

Kurt Sanderling

Dallapiccola:

Liriche Greche per soprano e diversi gruppi strumentali

April 29, 1993

Lucy Shelton (soprano)

Reinbert de Leeuw

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

February 24, 1995

Jean Fournet

Diepenbrock:

Hymne an die Nacht No. 2 'Muß immer der Morgen wiederkommen?' for mezo-soprano solo & orchestra

October 10, 1997

Nathalie Stutzmann (alto)

Riccardo Chailly

Dutilleux:

L'Arbre des songes (Concerto for violin and orchestra)

February 2, 1991

Isabelle van Keulen (violin)

Charles Dutoit

Elgar:

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

February 19, 1992

André Previn

Feldman, M:

Coptic Light

October 23, 1998

Peter Eötvös

Hindemith:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

April 29, 1994

Riccardo Chailly

Ives, C:

Orchestral Set No. 1 'Three Places in New England'

April 18, 1998

John Adams

Loevendie:

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

April 19, 1996

Ronald Brautigam (piano)

Riccardo Chailly

Lutoslawski:

Concerto for Orchestra

February 18, 1993

Stanislav Skrowaczewski

Mahler:

Symphony No. 5

December 9, 1990

Klaus Tennstedt

Martin, F:

Concerto for 7 wind instruments, timpani, percussion & string orchestra

September 26, 1991

Riccardo Chailly

Messiaen:

3 Petites liturgies de la Presence Divine

January 21, 1994

Marc-André Hamelin (piano) & Jean Laurendeau (ondes martenot)

Women of the Netherlands Radio Choir, Charles Dutoit

Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

January 29, 1997

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Pijper:

Zes symfonische epigrammen

March 19, 1999

Bernard Haitink

Ravel:

Ma Mère l'Oye

February 24, 1993

Bernard Haitink

Schoenberg:

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

October 27, 1995

Pierre Boulez

5 orchestral pieces, Op. 16

November 24, 1995

Mariss Jansons

Schreker:

Vom ewigen Leben

March 10, 2000

Claudia Barainsky (soprano)

Gerd Albrecht

Schubert:

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

November 1, 1996

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major for Violin and Orchestra, Op.131

May 12, 1995

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10

September 19, 1991

Sir Georg Solti

Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

June 11, 1999

Kurt Sanderling

Sibelius:

Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63

September 11, 1991

Paavo Berglund

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

June 11, 1999

Kurt Masur

Stravinsky:

Divertimento (symphonic suite from Le Baiser de la Fée)

April 27, 1997

Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Takemitsu:

A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden

April 18, 1998

John Adams

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

December 9, 1993

Mariss Jansons

Zemlinsky:

Symphonische Gesänge (7), Op. 20

October 10, 1993

Williard White (baritone)

Riccardo Chailly

Zimmermann, B A:

Trumpet Concerto in C 'Nobody Knows De Trouble I See'

June 29, 1995

Peter Masseurs (trumpet)

Edo de Waart


The Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is a transcription in sound of the concert-giving history of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, based upon radio recordings from the archives of Dutch Radio and Radio Netherlands World Service. Six decades of the 20th century are put under the spotlight in six boxes, each containing 14 CDs. The RCO have chosen not only legendary performances by chief conductors of the Orchestra but also concerts led by countless guest conductors of both greater and lesser renown. Famous soloists make their debuts alongside world premieres of works that have since become classics of the repertoire.

This sixth volume of the Anthology features the radio recordings made by the orchestra in the 1990s, presenting an overview on 14 CDs of the orchestra’s artistic development under various conductors during that period.

The RCO will celebrate their 125th anniversary in 2013, when Volume 7 will be issued and limited print runs of the early volumes.

“Hats off to the Royal Concertgebouw: this sixth installment of their 'Anthology' crowns what is without doubt the most impressive (certainly the most representative) recorded retrospective of any orchestra ever undertaken on disc...there's the expected wealth of varied interpretation, all of it well worth preserving...with this kind of evidence to hand, there's surely no valid reason to challenge this great orchestra's continued reign.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2011

GGramophone Awards 2012

Finalist - Historic

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2011

RCO Live - Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - RCO11004

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Willem Mengelberg: The Concertgebouw Recordings

Willem Mengelberg: The Concertgebouw Recordings

Historical Live Recordings 1939-1941


Bach, J S:

St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Karl Erb (Evangelist), Willem Ravelli (Jesus), Jo Vincent (soprano), Ilona Durigo (contralto), Louis van Tulder (tenor), Herman Schey (bass)

Amsterdamn Toonkunst Choir, Zanglust Boys' Choir

Bartók:

Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz 112

Zoltán Székely (violin)

Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

To Van Der Sluys (soprano), Suze Luger (contralto), Louis Van Tulder (tenor), Willem Ravelli (baritone)

Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir, Royal Oratorio Society

Brahms:

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Jo Vincent (soprano), Max Kloos (baritone)

Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Jo Vincent (soprano)

Schubert:

Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797

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

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

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20


Decca - 4807636

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Beethoven Collection

Beethoven Collection


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Andante Favori in F, Wo057

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

The Ruins of Athens: Turkish March

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer'


Artists include Herbert von Karajan, Ferdinand Leitner, Eugen Jochum, Ferenc Fricsay, Leonard Bernstein; Sviatoslav Richter, Wilhelm Kempff, Geza Anda, Daniel Barenboim, Quartetto Amadeus and David Oistrakh; Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

DG - 4803796

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Carlo Maria Giulini: The London Years

Carlo Maria Giulini: The London Years


Beethoven:

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Bizet:

Jeux d'enfants (Petite Suite), Op. 22

Boccherini:

Symphony in C minor

Overture in D

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Britten:

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a

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

Debussy:

La Mer

Trois Nocturnes

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

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

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66

Falla:

El Amor Brujo

El sombrero de tres picos

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Psyché: Psyché et Éros

Haydn:

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Ravel:

Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)

Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

Ma Mère l'Oye

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Rapsodie Espagnole

Schubert:

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

Schumann:

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

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Tchaikovsky:

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

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

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

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

plus:

VERDI Preludes & Overtures

ROSSINI Overtures

CD17 CARLO MARIA GIULINI: A PROFILE 76.38

Documentary by Jon Tolansky


This wide-ranging collection provides an overview of Carlo Maria Giulini’s collaborations with London’s most distinguished orchestras, including his beloved Philharmonia Orchestra. The set is a showcase for the sheer quality and breadth of Giulini’s recorded legacy, and includes reverential and deeply felt readings of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, thrilling perfomances of overtures by Verdi and Rossini, and vivid and colourful Debussy, Ravel, Falla and Stravinsky, all led with the utmost flair and commitment. Also featured is a fascinating bonus documentary on Giulini’s life and career, with contributions by the conductor himself and some of the musicians who worked closely with him.

Warner Classics Carlo Maria Giulini - 9937392

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Lorin Maazel: Early Recordings

Lorin Maazel: Early Recordings


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Berliner Philharmoniker

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Berliner Philharmoniker

Contredanses (12), WoO 14

Berliner Philharmoniker

Berlioz:

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

Berliner Philharmoniker

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Berliner Philharmoniker

Britten:

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

French National Orchestra

Falla:

El Amor Brujo

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Dances from "The Three Cornered Hat"

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Mendelssohn:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mozart:

Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16

Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise

Symphony No. 28 in C major, K200

Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise

Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

Berliner Philharmoniker

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - Suites No. 1 & 2 - excerpts

Berliner Philharmoniker

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

French National Orchestra

Ravel:

L'enfant et les sortilèges

R.T.F. National Orchestre

L'heure Espagnole

R.T.F. National Orchestre

Respighi:

Pines of Rome

Berliner Philharmoniker

Rimsky Korsakov:

Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

Berliner Philharmoniker

Schubert:

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

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

Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589

Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125

Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200

Berliner Philharmoniker

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Le Chant du Rossignol

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Tchaikovsky:

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

Berliner Philharmoniker

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Berliner Philharmoniker


For the first time, DG brings together all of its celebrated early Maazel recordings! Iconic stuff in a handsome, limited-edition box, offered at an attractive price, with gorgeous original cover art, that for the most part has not been replicated in 50 years.

Highlights of the edition include the below:

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 2-6 & 8 “Unfinished”

“Romeo & Juliet” by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev

Prokofiev: “Peter and the Wolf” & Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 1, 28 & 41 “Jupiter”

Ravel operas: “L'Enfant et les sortilèges” and “L'Heure espagnole”

This release is presented in a handsome box in the style of the Rafael Kubelik Symphony Edition (lift-off upper lid) with a 44-page booklet, including a newly commissioned article by Tully Potter. The booklet also includes several historical photos of the young Lorin Maazel.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

DG - 4794306

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Beethoven For All: The Deluxe Edition

Beethoven For All: The Deluxe Edition


Beethoven:

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Staatskapelle Berlin

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Anja Harteros (soprano), Waltraud Meier (mezzo), Peter Seiffert (tenor), René Pape (bass)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra & Vokalensemble Kölner Dom

Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)


Daniel Barenboim (piano & conductor)

19CD/1DVD

A deluxe, limited-edition box containing the three main sets of Beethoven for All, plus bonus material, is scheduled for release in October in anticipation of Barenboim’s 70th birthday on 15 November 2012

This premium collector’s set includes one CD of podcast material (previously available as a promotional tool only) featuring James Jolly, Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief, interviewing Daniel Barenboim, as well as the Beethoven For All documentary on DVD and a 64-page hardback photobook celebrating Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a selection of informal and performance images.

“The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's woodwind section deserves a gold medal. Rarely in any orchestra do you hear tone quite so gorgeous and ensemble so unified, each individual’s artistry flowering to the full within the whole. Through the symphony they became a group of soloists within the larger ensemble, Beethoven’s harbingers of hope.” The Independent July 2012

“WEDO's Beethoven project has been under way for three years. That dedication showed.” The Guardian July 2012

Decca Daniel Barenboim Beethoven For All - 4783608

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Eugen Jochum

Eugen Jochum


Bach, J S:

Mass in B minor, BWV232

Helen Donath (soprano), Brigitte Fassbaender (contralto), Claes H. Ahnsjö (tenor), Roland Hermann (baritone) & Robert Holl (bass)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Julia Hamari (contralto), Stuart Burrows (tenor) & Robert Holl (bass)

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

London Symphony Orchestra

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

London Symphony Orchestra

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

London Symphony Orchestra

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

London Symphony Orchestra

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Bruckner:

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)

Mozart:

Mass in C major, K317 'Coronation Mass'

Edda Moser (soprano), Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano), Nicolai Gedda (tenor) & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K339

Edda Moser (soprano), Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano), Nicolai Gedda (tenor) & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (bass)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks


Eugen Jochum was born on 1st November, 1902 in Babenhausen, near Augsburg and died on 26th March 1987 in Munich. He showed prowess in music early even playing the organ at church services at the age of eight. Studying at the Augsburg Conservatory he moved to the Music Academy in Munich in 1922 primarily as a composition student but later studied conducting and worked as répétiteur at the Munich National Theatre.

In 1926 he made a successful concert debut as a conductor which led to his appointment at the Kiel Opera, where he was soon made first conductor. He acquired a repertory of over 50 operas and also conducted concerts at Lübeck over the next three years. Following a season in Mannheim (1929-30) he had two in Duisburg as Generalmusikdirector where a performance of Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony brought him the appointment as musical director for Berlin radio before his 30th birthday in 1932. He also had a guest association with the Berlin PO which lasted all his career.

In 1934 he became Generalmusikdirector at the Hamburg Staatsoper and principal conductor of the Hamburg PO where he remained for fifteen years continuing to conduct Bartók, Hindemith and Stravinsky at a time when they were banned elsewhere in Germany by the Nazis. He also conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra when the Netherlands were occupied which brought him a continuing association in the post-war years.

He returned to Munich in 1949 as musical director for Bavarian radio, forming and training their Symphony Orchestra to international standard. His reputation grew particularly in the field of the German Romantic Symphony of Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner, especially the last where he was President of the German section of the International Bruckner Society for 37 years. He was also presented with the Brahms medal by the city of Hamburg. The London SO made him their conductor laureate for the season that saw him record his set of Beethoven symphonies.

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