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

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Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven

Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Maurizio Pollini (piano)

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

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Ah! Perfido, Op. 65

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Zur Namensfeier overture, Op. 115

Leonore Prohaska WoO 96


Besides the 9 Symphonies, this box set contains the piano concertos with Maurizio Pollini and the Triple Concerto with Alexander Lonquich, Ilya Gringolts, Mario Brunello as soloists. Other highlights include the Choral Fantasy with Yevgeny Kissin and “Ah! Perfido with Cheryl Studer, the overtures “Leonore No.2”, “Coriolan”, “Namensfeier”, the incidental music to Goethe’s “Egmont”,“Die Weihe des Hauses“ and “Leonore Prohaska“

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Beethoven & Brahms: Complete Symphonies

Beethoven & Brahms: Complete Symphonies


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Wilma Lipp (soprano), Ursula Boese (alto), Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Franz Crass (bass)

Philharmonia Orchestra & Wiener Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musik Freunde, Otto Klemperer

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe

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

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Rudolf Kempe


This 10-CD set includes the nine symphonies of Beethoven and the four symphonies of Brahms in performances by two of the greatest German conductors of the 20th century, Otto Klemperer and Rudolf Kempe. The recordings feature Klemperer directing Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1960, and Kempe conducting Brahms with the Munich Philharmonic in 1975 and 1976.

In 1945 the great German conductor Otto Klemperer began a close association with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. One of the high points of this collaboration is this series of live recordings from performances in Vienna in 1960 of all nine Beethoven symphonies. Rudolf Kempe (1910-1976) was regarded as an outstanding opera conductor appearing regularly at the Bavarian State Opera, the Bayreuth festival and the opera houses of New York and London. He followed Sir Thomas Beecham as conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 1965 to 1972 he undertook the artistic directorship of the Tonhalle orchestra, Zurich. The Munich Philharmonic chose him in 1967 as their general music director, a position Kempe held until 1976.

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The Cluytens Box: A Collection of His Best Recordings

The Cluytens Box: A Collection of His Best Recordings


Beethoven:

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

Berlioz:

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (excerpts)

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Bizet:

L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2

Debussy:

La Boite A Joujoux

Franck, C:

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Gounod:

Faust: excerpts

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Rachmaninov:

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

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Menuet antique

Une barque sur l'océan (orchestral version)

Saint-Saëns:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

Shostakovich:

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

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll

Siegfried: Waldweben

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March


Legendary French conductor André Cluytens is regarded as an outstanding interpreter of the German classics, the Wagner repertoire, French music of the 19th and 20th centuries and Russian symphonic works. The recordings included in this 10CD set come from the 1950s, and feature Cluytens working with pianists of the calibre of Clara Haskil, Robert Casadesus, Emil Gilels and Dimitri Shostakovich, as well as opera stars like Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda and Boris Christoff.

Amongst the leading orchestras that André Cluytens is heard conducting on this set are the Berlin and the Vienna Philharmonics as well as the top orchestras of his native France, the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française, the Orchestre du Théatre National de l’Opéra de Paris and the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire.The recordings of Rachmaninov’s 3rd and Shostakovich’s 2nd piano concertos presented here count among the best ever made. The collection also includes orchestral passages from Wagner’s “Ring”, as well as performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.24, Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, and excerpts from Gounod’s “Faust”.

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Carl Schuricht Collection Volume 2

Carl Schuricht Collection Volume 2


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

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

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

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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

Blacher:

Concertante Musik, Op. 10

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53

Lucretia West (alto)

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73: Allegro con spirito

rehearsal excerpts

Debussy:

La Mer

Liszt:

Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, symphonic poem No. 1, S95

Oboussier:

Violin Concerto

Roman Schimmer (violin)

Raphael, G:

Sinfonia breve, Op. 67

Reger:

Variations and Fugue on a theme of Johann Adam Hiller Op. 100

Reznicek:

Donna Diana Overture

Schubert:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485

Schumann:

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

Strauss, R:

Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53

Tchaikovsky:

Hamlet - Fantasy overture, Op. 67

Wagner:

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

rehearsal excerpts

Schluss from Parsifal

rehearsal excerpts

Parsifal: Good Friday Music

rehearsal excerpts

Weber:

Euryanthe Overture

Oberon Overture

Wolf, H:

Italian Serenade in G major

version for orchestra


Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra , Stuttgart Southwest Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart Lehrergesangverein, Carl Schuricht

A very special boxed set documenting the artistry of one of the 20th century’s greatest conductors. Includes a special bonus disc including Schuricht in rehearsal.

“There’s no question that if you admire Schuricht then you will be intrigued to hear those performances that stand as an appendix to his Parisian cycle of the Beethoven symphonies...This may be a specialist box but it continues the fine archival work that Hänssler is carrying out on behalf of the conductor.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2013

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Beethoven: The Orchestral Recordings

Beethoven: The Orchestral Recordings

Symphonies & Overtures


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

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

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Die Trommel geruhret

Freudvoll und leidvoll from Egmont

Klärchen's Tod

König Stephan Overture, Op. 117

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Finale

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43: Adagio


Otto Klemperer was born on 14th May 1885 in Breslau, Silesia (now Wroclaw, Poland) and died on 6th July 1973 in Zurich and hence next year we mark 40 years since his passing. He had had a remarkable career as a young man but it was at the age of 70 that he started a series of recordings that would not only establish him as an internationally renowned conductor but provide EMI with a catalogue of recordings that became and remain touchstones.

Walter Legge, founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra and one of EMI’s chief recording producers, wanted to secure a set of Beethoven symphonies that would not only fill an immediate commercial need but would stand the test of time. In Otto Klemperer he found the ideal candidate and their partnership yielded not only the Symphonies and Overtures (some more than once) but also the Missa Solemnis and Fidelio.

Beethoven was fated to struggle throughout his life especially with the deafness that he started to notice when in his early thirties, thereby forcing him to look increasingly to his inner being for the spark of creation. Klemperer, too, had his fights for life including suffering a stroke whilst a brain tumour was being removed and having to flee his country within a day to prevent potential arrest by the Nazi authorities.

This set not only includes the symphonies (with both versions of Nos. 3 and 5 and all three of No. 7) but also nine of the Overtures (with duplicate versions) and extracts from the Incidental music to Egmont and the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus. Although these recordings have been available in various couplings, this is the first time that a comprehensive collection of Beethoven’s solo orchestral work conducted by Otto Klemperer has been made.

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Otto Klemperer: In Concert

Otto Klemperer: In Concert


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Live (1960)

Philharmonia Orchestra

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

NWDR Live (1954)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Vienna Live (1960)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

1955

Philharmonia Orchestra

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

NWDR Live (1954)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Vienna Live (1960)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Egmont Incidental Music, Op. 84 (excerpts)

1957

Birgit Nilsson (soprano)

Philharmonia Orchestra

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Vienna Live (1960)

Philharmonia Orchestra

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

1955

Philharmonia Orchestra

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

WDR Live (1958)

Maria Stader (soprano), Grace Hoffman (mezzo), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor) & Hans Hotter (bass).

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra & Cologne Radio Choir & North german Radio Choir

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

WDR Live (1956)

Leon Fleisher (piano)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

WDR Live (1955)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

1959

Philharmonia Orchestra

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

NWDR Live (1954)

Geza Anda (piano)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

NWDR Live (1954)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Live (1958)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Symphony No. 8 in C minor

(Version: 1889/90). WDR Live (1957)

Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra


The legendary conductor Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was known for his strict readings of scores and turned concerts and recordings into monumental documents of his art. In particular his performances of the works of the great symphonists Beethoven, Brahms, and Bruckner during the last two decades of his life are recognised as classics of the period. On this 10CD boxed set he conducts the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in recordings of all nine Beethoven symphonies as well as incidental music from “Egmont”, Brahms’ Symphonies 1 and 3 and Piano Concerto No. 2, and Bruckner Symphonies 4, 7, & 8.

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Great Classical Symphonies

Great Classical Symphonies


Beethoven:

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

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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

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

Haydn:

Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor 'Farewell'

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Symphony No. 92 in G major 'Oxford'

Symphony No. 94 in G Major 'Surprise'

Symphony No. 100 in G major 'Military'

Symphony No. 101 in D major 'The Clock'

Symphony No. 95 in C minor

Symphony No. 103 in E flat major 'Drum Roll'

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Symphony No. 96 in D major 'Miracle'

Symphony No. 98 in B flat major

Symphony No. 102 in B flat major

Mozart:

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

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183

Symphony No. 38 in D major, K504 'Prague'

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201

Symphony No. 34 in C major, K338

Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz'


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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete), etc.

Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Overtures (complete)


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David Zinman conducts Beethoven

David Zinman conducts Beethoven


Beethoven:

Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Birgit Remmert (contralto), Steve Davislim (tenor), Detlef Roth (bass)

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Zur Namensfeier overture, Op. 115

Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Fidelio Overture Op. 72c

König Stephan Overture, Op. 117

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

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

Yefim Bronfman (piano), Gil Shaham (violin), Truls Mork (cello)

Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Yefim Bronfman (piano)

Schweizer Kammerchor


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Sir Adrian Boult: From Bach to Wagner

Sir Adrian Boult: From Bach to Wagner


includes:

Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Beethoven:

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

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Brahms:

Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)

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

Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Mozart:

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

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Schubert:

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


Sir Adrian Boult was born on 8th April, 1889 in Chester and died on 22nd February 1983 in London and hence next year we mark 30 years since his passing. From an early age he was attending concerts, firstly in Liverpool, primarily with Hans Richter, and then in London, whilst a pupil at Westminster School, by Sir Henry Wood, Claude Debussy, Arthur Nikisch and Richard Strauss; he also met Elgar for whose music he was to do so much during his life. He started studying History at Christ Church, Oxford but changed to music graduating in 1912. Among musical friends at Oxford was Ralph Vaughan Williams with whose compositions he is much associated.

He spent a year studying in Leipzig where Arthur Nikisch had the greatest influence on him. He gained experience conducting for both the Royal Opera House, where he assisted in the first production there of Wagner’s Parsifal , and Serge Diaghilev’s ballet company. He was appointed conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924 and six years later the BBC made him director of music where he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. During these years he introduced works by Bartók, Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School composers – Schönberg, Webern and Berg including his opera Wozzeck.

Forced to leave the BBC when he reached their retirement age, he became chief conductor of the LPO retiring in 1957. Although he worked with the other London Orchestras he was generally associated with them and this set of recordings bears this out. He became a champion of British music, giving numerous performances of Bliss, Britten, Delius, Tippett, Walton and Holst, whose Planets he had premiered, and the aforementioned Elgar and Vaughan Williams that he was primarily associated. His repertoire was wide from Baroque through to modern but it was the main period of Mozart to Brahms where he was pre-eminent. He continued conducting concerts and recordings until 1978.

“a fine collection of his late, ripe performances of mainstream classics, mostly with the LPO in the 1970s. A fascinating picture emerges of performance styles in transition: from Bach's Brandenburgs with jolly recorders to Wagner extracts full of fire and energy...but the pearl is Boult's unbeatably powerful and perfectly paced Schubert Ninth, thrilling and full-bodied.” The Observer, 7th October 2012

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