Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

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Rhapsody

Rhapsody

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, October 2015


Chabrier:

España

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Denis Matsuev (piano)

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Ravel:

Rapsodie Espagnole


This latest CD from BR KLASSIK contains five great rhapsodies, devised and elaborated by very different composers from different regions, with a lot of imagination and local flavour. With his rhapsody "España" the Frenchman Emmanuel Chabrier focused on the Iberian music and folk music so popular at the time, as did his more famous compatriot Maurice Ravel with his "Rhapsodie espagnole", the four-movement structure of which still harks back to long-outdated symphonic forms. From the Hungarian-born Franz Liszt we have the famous "Hungarian Rhapsody" No. 2, and from the Romanian composer George Enescu the scarcely less famous and popular "Romanian Rhapsody". The American George Gershwin created what was probably the most famous example of the genre in the 20th century with his "Rhapsody in Blue" for piano and orchestra… The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under their chief conductor Mariss Jansons are a guarantee of outstanding interpretative quality for these large-scale rhapsodic musical works. The Russian pianist Denis Matusev – internationally famous ever since he won the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1998 – proves to be a sovereign and stylistically confident interpreter of George Gershwin’s concertante masterpiece, with its numerous jazz elements. The live recording of this concert was made in October 2015 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz.

“Ravel’s achingly sensuous Rapsodie espagnole receives the finest performance here, infused with infectious warmth that is sensually beguiling.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2016 ****

“[the Ravel] is played with a satisfying balance of exactitude and flair…[the Gershwin is] full of fire and fun, despite the occasional overindulgence” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“This disc is a bit of a guilty pleasure.” MusicWeb International, 21st October 2016

BR Klassik - 900146

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Leopold Stokowski: A Gala Concert 1963

Leopold Stokowski: A Gala Concert 1963


Donizetti:

Il dolce suono mi colpì di sua voce! … Spargi d'amaro pianto (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Giordano, U:

Un dì, all' azzurro spazio (from Andrea Chénier)

Franco Corelli (tenor)

Puccini:

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Franco Corelli (tenor)

Rachmaninov:

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

Susan Starr (piano)

Strauss, R:

Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture


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The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project - Balkan Fever

The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project - Balkan Fever


Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Balkan Music: Iovka Komarovka, Strange Occasion

Trio Improvisation: Koljo, traditional macedonian songs and dances

Balkan Music: Say Bob, Eleno, Kite, Yunus Emre Scherzo, Fire Feast

Trio Improvisation: Kalajdzisko Oro

Balkan Music: Gipsy Dance


Theodosii Spassov (kaval, 8-hole wooden flute), Vlatko Stefanovski (guitar) & Miroslav Tadic (guitar)

MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi

Kristjan Järvi and Naïve launch the Kristjan Järvi Sound Project. This original recording series presents the charismatic conductor's extensive classical, world music and jazz collaborations, while capturing the essence of this vibrant and original musical personality. The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project spans Järvi's prolific musical output with an ambitious release schedule over several years. Recordings will reflect all of Kristjan Järvi's activities, from Music Director of MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, to the Baltic Youth Philharmonic (BYP) and his acclaimed classical-world-hip-hop-jazz group, Absolute Ensemble. As a creative force on today's music scene, Järvi is known for his innovative classical music programmes and instinctive vision for cross-genre collaborations. The first album on the Kristjan Järvi Sound Project is 'Balkan Fever' featuring the vibrant colours of folk-influenced orchestral pieces by Enescu and Kodály, with hypnotic sounds, melodies and beats from the Balkans.

The album stars a trio of virtuosic Balkan musicians: kaval-player Theodosii Spassov, and guitarists Miroslav Tadic and Vlatko Stefanovski, whilst the live concert recording captures the highly-charged atmosphere of intoxicating classical-folk-jazz fusion. The result is an electrifying sound experience.

“The ever-resourceful Kristjan Jarvi and his MDR Leipzig players lay on the spice with a vengeance, push the dance element too.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

Naive Kristjan Järvi Sound Project - V5395

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Leonard Bernstein conducts Brahms, Liszt, Enescu & Borodin

Leonard Bernstein conducts Brahms, Liszt, Enescu & Borodin


Borodin:

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Brahms:

Hungarian Dance No. 5

Hungarian Dance No. 6 in D flat major

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 1 in E major

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 4 in E flat major


Sony Classical Masters - 88697712832

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Favourite Rhapsodies

Favourite Rhapsodies


Alfvén:

Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 19 'Midsommarvaka'

Dvorak:

Slavonic Rhapsody, Op. 45 No. 3

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Glazunov:

Oriental Rhapsody, Op. 29

Liszt:

Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Robert Crowley (clarinet)


Australian Eloquence - ELQ4767104

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Adams, J: Violin Concerto, etc.

Adams, J:

Violin Concerto

Corigliano, J:

Red Violin ‘Chaconne’

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

(arr. Waxman)

Waxman, F:

Tristan and Isolde Fantasia


“The soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto was the beguiling Chloë Hanslip, a sizzling young product of the Yehudi Menuhin School. Hanslip produces a full-blooded sound… Her dazzling technical proficiency made sparks fly.” The Independent, concert review 2005

“It's excellent sense to couple John Adams's Violin Concerto with John Corigliano's Chaconne based on his film music for The Red Violin. Both require bravura of the highest order… This is the fourth recording of the Adams Concerto. …Hanslip's new version seems to me undoubtedly the one to acquire.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 *****

“As an overall concept this album is a mess. Franz Waxman's arrangement of Enescu's First Romanian Rhapsody is positioned before the Adams Concerto and sounds like an encore before the main event. Waxman's Tristan and Isolde Fantasia pushes Wagner towards Cecil B DeMille histrionics, while John Corigliano's hacked-together Chaconne is episodic and rhetorical and is severely lacking in the material department.
This is a pity because nothing should hide the fact that Chloë Hanslip is the sort of musician every teenager forced to practise their scales dreams of becoming. The richness and clarity of her tone is beyond learning, and she demonstrates such profound empathy for John Adams's 1993 Violin Concerto that Gidon Kremer (Nonesuch) can consider himself completely outplayed. This is the sort of performance that secures a reputation for life.
The first movement is a particular challenge, as an unwinding melodic line generates itself over a quarter-hour span. Kremer plays the notes mechanically but Hanslip deconstructs their meaning and pieces together a cogent narrative direction that's a bona fide interpretation.
The sing-song ballad quality of the slow middle movement unlocks her lyrical imagination, while the tricky moto perpetuo of the violin part zigzags and breakdances across occasional Nancarrow-like rhythmic overlays in an exuberant finale. Assertive and enthused accompaniment from Slatkin and the RPO, too – everybody's doing Adams the greatest of service.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“…Chloë Hanslip is the sort of musician every teenager forced to practise their scales dreams of becoming. The richness and clarity of her tone is beyond learning, and she demonstrates such profound empathy for John Adams's 1993 Violin Concerto that Gidon Kremer... consider himself completely outplayed. This is the sort of performance that secures a reputation for life.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2006

Presto Disc of the Week

4th August 2008

Naxos Top 30

Naxos American Classics - 8559302

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Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1, etc.

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Romanian Rhapsody in D major, Op. 11 No. 2

Poème roumain, Op. 1

Suite No. 3 in D major, Op. 27 'Villageoise'

Suite No. 1 in C, Op. 9

Suite No. 2 in C, Op. 20

Symphonie concertante in B flat minor for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 8

Franco Maggio-Ormezowski (cello)


“Enescu's three suites stand in relation to the symphonies rather as Tchaikovsky's suites relate to his symphonic works. The First opens with a striking prelude for strings in unison which in turn gives way to a gorgeous Menuet lent. The more formal Second Suite (which falls between the First and Second Symphonies) is based on Baroque models, while the relatively 'late' Third Suite, named Villageoise (it dates from 1938), overflows with invention, whether imitations of birdsong and children at play, or exquisite tonepainting of nature by day and night. Foster also offers us the early, 23-minute Symphonie concertante for cello and orchestra, his soloist Franco Maggio-Ormezowski unfolding its generous stream of melody with a warm, fluid tone.
Lawrence Foster's performances of these fascinating if occasionally over-effusive works provided a fitting tribute for the 50th anniversary of Enescu's death (1955). Do give this music a try. It combines the freshness of Dvorák with the earthand- spirit daring of Bartók; and while not quite on a level with either, it comes pretty damned close.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“This lively companion-set to the multi-layered symphonies (reviewed in July) balances the Romaniana for which Enescu was famous with a very individual neo-classicism. Drily-recorded but dedicated accounts.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2005

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - September 2005

Apex - 2564620322

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

Slavonic Dance No. 9 in B major, Op. 72 No. 1

Slavonic Rhapsody, Op. 45 No. 3

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

The Bartered Bride Overture

The Bartered Bride: Polka

The Bartered Bride: Furiant


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Inspirations and Dreams

Inspirations and Dreams

Ravel, Enescu, Debussy, Mihalovic, Schumann


Debussy:

Études pour piano (12) (complete)

Enescu:

Vierstimme Fuge

Valse for piano

Flori de garoafa

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Mihalovich:

Bagatelles (5), Op. 27

Ravel:

Gaspard de la Nuit

Sarasate:

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Ahnung


Luiza Borac (piano)

Until now the important contribution of the Romanian composer, violin virtuoso, pianist, conductor and music teacher George Enescu (Georges Enesco, 1881–1955) to the arts of his second homeland, France, has been recognised only in fleeting references. Enescu was one of the most important Romanian ambassadors of cultural exchange in the French capital, alongside the sculptor Constantin Brancusi (Brâncusi, 1876–1957), the writer Tristan Tzara (1896–1963) and the painter Marcel Janco (Jancu, 1895–1984). The latter two made significant contributions to the Dadaism movement, which started in Zurich in 1916 and was further developed in Paris in 1920. Unlike his Paris-based compatriots Stan Golestan (1875–1956) and Filip Lazăr (1894–1936), co-founder of the progressive chamber music society Triton in 1928, Enescu had a lasting influence on the Paris music scene.

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Profil Medien - PH17000

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125 Years of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

125 Years of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra


includes

Debussy:

Trois Nocturnes: Sirènes

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Holst:

The Planets: Mars

The Planets: Jupiter

MacCunn:

The Land of the Mountain and the Flood - Concert Overture, Op. 3

Mendelssohn:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Prokofiev:

Lieutenant Kijé: Troika

Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Strauss, R:

September (from Vier Letzte Lieder)

Wagner:

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

Webern:

Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1


In the 2015 / 2016 season, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra celebrates a proud 125-year history of bringing the best in classical music performances to audiences right across Scotland and beyond. Marking its recording relationship with the Orchestra, Chandos has compiled a two-disc set (at the price of one CD) of the finest of thirty years of recordings that have shaped the reputation of the Orchestra as well as the label.

Since its official founding, in 1891, as the Scottish Orchestra, the RSNO has worked with some of the world’s most respected composers, conductors, and soloists – among them Gustav Holst, Richard Strauss, Artur Rubinstein, Aaron Copland, Luciano Pavarotti, and Elmer Bernstein – and has played a crucial role in shaping the musical life of the nation.

The RSNO has amassed a tremendous discography on Chandos over the years, including great recording series devoted to works by Dvořák, Elgar, and Prokofiev. Now on SACD, its releases continue to receive high praise.

Chandos 241 - CHAN241-55

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