January 2011 NEW RELEASE GUIDE
R EPRESENTING TODAY’S GREAT LABELS
THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS: CLASSICS
Soli Deo Gloria
CD OF THE MONTH Jean SIBELIUS (1865–1957) Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio II. Allegro molto vivace III. Tempo largo IV. Allegro Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82 I. Tempo molto moderato – Largamente – Allegro moderato II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto III. Allegro molto
harmonia mundi s.a
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen
On this second volume of Sibelius Symphonies (Nos. 1 and 3 are available on Naxos 8.572305), the acclaimed young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen interprets two of his compatriot’s most contrasting symphonies. CLASSICS
Symphony No. 4 is a work of ominous brooding and bleak desolation, reflecting Sibelius’s psychological state at the time of its composition. Sibelius commented of his much-revised and expansively heroic Symphony No. 5 ‘It is as if God the Father had thrown down mosaic pieces from heaven’s floor and asked me to put them back as they were.’ “This first sample suggests it is going to be a cycle well worth following, for Inkinen seems a conductor of bold, sure-footed intelligence, and on this evidence the New Zealand orchestra is a fine, responsive unit, too.” The Guardian on Vol. 1 8.572227
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Michael DAUGHERTY (b. 1954) Route 66 Ghost Ranch Bone - Above Clouds - Black Rattle Sunset Strip 7PM - Nocturne -7AM Time Machine for Three Conductors and Orchestra Past - Future
Sergey Mikhaylovich LYAPUNOV (1859–1924) Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 61 Symphony No. 1 in B minor, Op. 12 Maxim Fedotov (violin), Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Mei-Ann Chen, Laura Jackson
This recording is a musical road trip from the unique creative world of Michael Daugherty, one of America’s most performed composers, and the visionary conductor Marin Alsop, who has championed his music for over 20 years. The music takes off with Route 66, a high-octane nostalgic drive from Illinois to California through ‘Main Street America’, as seen through Daugherty’s rear view mirror. Along the way, we stop at Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keeffe created her brilliant paintings inspired by the open skies and bone-parched earth of New Mexico. Arriving in Los Angeles, Daugherty takes us for a tuneful spin down Sunset Strip where anything can happen, and it usually does. Our journey concludes as we travel into the fourth dimension with Time Machine, an adventure in rhythm, sound and space for three conductors and orchestra.
Sergey Mikhaylovich Lyapunov belonged to the second generation of Russian nationalist composers who were professionally trained and strongly influenced by Balakirev and his associates. His Violin Concerto has “a gorgeous solo part, big tunes, high energy, emotional Russian-romantic sweep, and a simply terrific cadenza … Maxim Fedotov sounds like he is having the time of his life”MusicWeb International. The first of Lyapunov’s two symphonies is a grand essay in the late Russian Romantic mould, a youthful yet masterful work of great charm and power. This release is a follow up to the recent release of Lyapunov’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2.
“Daugherty obviously knows how to handle large orchestral forces. Marin Alsop and her Colorado orchestra respond with vivid and committed playing.” Music Web International 8.559613
Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828) Mass No. 5 in A flat major, D. 678 Magnificat in C major, D. 486 Trine Wilsberg Lund (soprano), Bettina Ranch (alto), Min Woo Lim (tenor), Dominik Königer (bass), Immortal Bach Ensemble, Leipziger Kammerorchester, Morten Schuldt-Jensen
A chorister from the age of eight until his voice broke seven years later, Franz Schubert was well placed to compose sacred music, including several splendid settings of the mass. Composed and revised over a seven-year period (1819-26) Schubert’s fifth Mass setting is arguably his most songful and inventive. His integration of the soloists and chorus, mastery of fluid harmonies, and idiomatic treatment of the orchestra’s woodwind section give the Mass in A flat major a symphonic quality which would later inspire Bruckner. Schubert regarded it as the finest of his six Latin Mass settings. Schubert’s C major setting of selected versicles from the Magnificat is a more Haydnesque piece, recalling the joyfully expressive music of the earlier composer’s famous oratorio The Seasons (available on 8.557600-01)
8.570462 Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) BARTÓK: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Op. 19 BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 London Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Pasternack
Béla Bartók’s pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin was banned after its first performance in 1926, but the composer’s orchestral suite quickly became a popular concert work, appreciated for its energetic rhythms and daring harmonies. Though facetiously dubbed ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’, Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 is a somewhat revolutionary work which charts a journey from darkness to light from its brooding introduction to its euphoric finale. This splendid 2008 recording joins other fine LSO albums available from Naxos. It is the debut recording for American conductor Jonathan Pasternack.
8.572114 Giovanni PACINI (1796-1867) Il convitato di pietra Leonardo Cortellazzi (tenor), Geraldine Chauvet (mezzo-soprano), Zinovia-Maria Zafeiriadou (soprano), Giorgio Trucco (tenor), Ugo Guagliardo (Bass), Giulio Mastrototaro (baritone), Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Cluj, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Daniele Ferrari
Giovanni Pacini wrote some 74 operas, and this is not only the first recording but the first ever public performance of Il convitato di pietra (The Stone Guest), written for private performance in 1832. It is based on the same tale used by Mozart for Don Giovanni but without the character Donna Elvira. While Pacini’s version is scored for chamber orchestra and draws on arias from his other operas, many of which were doubtless family favourites, it nonetheless demands bel canto singing of the highest order particularly for Don Giovanni, Zerlina and Ficcanaso.
8.660282-83 (2 CDs)
8.572448 Mieczysław KARŁOWICZ (1876–1909) Serenade, Op. 2 I. March: Allegro moderato – Tempo di marcia – Trio: Meno mosso II. Romance: Andante con moto III. Waltz: Allegro moderato – Poco più mosso – Tempo IV. Finale: Allegretto non troppo Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8 I. Allegro moderato II. Romance: Andante III. Finale: Vivace assai Ilya Kaler (violin), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit
Mieczysław Karłowicz ranks among the most important Polish composers of his generation. Described by Gramophone as a ‘magician, bewitching our ears’, is an ideal soloist in Karłowicz’s attractive and spirited Violin Concerto. The Serenade, Karłowicz’s first orchestral work, signals the young composer’s extraordinary command of expressive ideas and opulent harmonies.
Gian Francesco MALIPIERO (1883-1973) Symphonic Fragments from Tre commedie goldoniane: Stradivario, for orchestra (Ballet in one act); La Cimarosiana, for orchestra; Gabrieliana, for orchestra
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Christian Benda Following the re-issue on Naxos of Malipiero’s Complete Symphonies on Naxos, this recording re-presents more of his orchestral output. The complete published Malipiero Symphonies are available on Naxos 8.570879 to 8.570882: “A great symphonic cycle that is just waiting to be (re) discovered…. the playing by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Antonio de Almeida is stimulating. To my mind, they are great advocates of Malipiero’s music.” MusicWeb International on 8.570878
Miklós RÓZSA (1907-1995)
Leonardo BALADA (b. 1933)
Overture to a Symphony Concert, Op. 26a Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 3 Hungarian Nocturne, Op. 28 Three Hungarian Sketches, Op. 14
Caprichos Nos. 2, 3 and 4
Mark Kosower (cello), MAV Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Mariusz Smolij
Born in Hungary and trained in Leipzig, Miklós Rózsa moved to America in 1940, winning a name for himself as a master of the Hollywood epic. Along with his legacy of nearly one hundred film scores Miklós Rózsa’s concert music has held its place in the repertoire and this fourth Naxos album brings his heartfelt and impeccably crafted compositions to a new generation of listeners.
Andrés Cárdenes (solo violin), Jeffrey Turner (double bass), Pittsburgh Sinfonietta, Lawrence Loh
An exciting new volume in the Naxos Spanish Classics series, Balada’s Caprichos form a collection of compositions in the form of suites. “A contemporary Spanish voice that ably blends modernity and the past without compromise.... If proof were required that significant Spanish, postRodrigo compositional life exists, and that it is influenced by, though not obsessed with Spain’s past, Balada would suffice to provide it.... Naxos is performing a valuable service by focusing on this most creative composer in this recording and in his previous one.” Gramophone
8.572176 Mieczyslaw WEINBERG (1919-1996)
Franz Anton HOFFMEISTER (1754-1812) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Complete Music for Solo Cello Vol. 2
HOFFMEISTER: Double Bass Quartets Nos. 2, 3 and 4 SCHUBERT: Arpeggione Sonata (arr. for double bass)
Sonata for Cello No. 2 Op. 86 Sonata for Cello No. 3 Op. 106 Sonata for Cello No. 4 Op. 140 Sonata for Cello No. 4 Op. 140 (original version 1985)
Norbert Duka (double bass), Erno Sebestyen (violin), Helmut Nikolai (viola), Martin Osertag (cello), Phillip Moll (piano) Josef Feigelson (cello)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Franz Xaver RICHTER (1709–1789)
String Trios, Op. 9
Sonatas for Flute, Harpsichord and Cello • 1
Attila Falvay (violin), János Fejérvari (viola), György Éder (cello)
Sonate da camera Nos. 1–3, 1764; Sonata Nos. 1-3
Pauliina Fred (flute), Aapo Häkkinen (harpsichord), Heidi Peltoniemi (cello)
Thomas BLOCH (b. 1962)
Johann Christoph Friedrich BACH (1732–1795)
Missa Cantate; Sancta Maria; Cold Song; Christ Hall Blues; Christ Hall Postlude
Symphony in C major, HW. I/6 Symphony in E flat major, HW. I/10 Symphony in B flat major, HW. I/20
Jörg Waschinski (male soprano), Thomas Bloch (Rare instruments: glass harmonica, crystal bells, waterphone, bells, ondes martenot), Jacques Dupriez (viola), David Coulter (musical saw), Paderewski Philharmonic Orchestra, Fernand Quattrocchi
Rare-instrument specialist Thomas Bloch is equally at home performing on the soundtrack to Milos Forman’s Amadeus, with rock group Radiohead, or at La Scala, Milan or the Salzburg Festival. He has given more than 3000 concerts and made more than 100 recordings, including several for Naxos.
Leipziger Kammerorchester, Morten Schuldt-Jensen
The three elegant and witty symphonies on this disc are delightful examples of the synthesis between mid-to-late 18th-century Italian and German musical styles which marks the transition from Baroque to Classical.
Latin-American Music for Guitar
Giorgio Federico GHEDINI
Ponce: Preludio; Romero: Tango Angelita; Brouwer: Canción de cuna; Ponce: Guitar Sonata No. 3: II. Chanson: Andantino molto espressivo; Morel: Al Maestro; Barrios Mangoré: La cathedral; Cantoral: El reloj (Arr. Coves); Romero: Guasa; Iradier: La Paloma (Arr. Coves); Coves: Chelitango; Barrios Mangoré: Vals, Op. 8, No. 4; Ramirez: Alfonsina y el mar (Arr. Coves); Piazzolla / Ferrer: ChiquilÌn de Bachín (Arr. Coves) Vicente Coves (guitar), Enrique Morente (vocal), Horacio Ferrer (narrator), Esteban OcaÒa (piano)
The Guerra Manuscript Vol. 1
Complete Piano Music Vol. 2 Sonatina in D major*; Puerilia. 4 piccoli pezzi sulle 5 note*; Sonata in A flat major*; Fantasia*; Divertimento contrappuntistico; Capriccio; Ricercare super <<Sicut cervus desiderat ad fonts aquarum>>; Allegretto * *World Première Recording Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi (piano)
This second of Naxos’s two-disc survey of Giorgio Federico Ghedini’s complete piano music includes his largest-scale work for solo piano, the 1922 Sonata, an intimate and harmonically complex piece which emphasizes pianistic colour. Volume 1 is available on Naxos 8.572329. 8.572330
Italian Songs and Ballads
17th Century Secular Spanish Vocal Music Anon.: Introduction (solo harp); Anon.: Oyeme, escuchame; Juan Hidalgo (1614-85): Quien es amor; Anon.: Mayor es mi dolor; Anon.: Que corriendoy volando; José Marín (1619-99): Que obstinarse en las sombras; Anon.: No parezca rigor el desden; Anon.: Cansada imaginación; Anon.: Cuidado, descuido; Juan Hidalgo: Peces, fieras, aves; Anon.: Si la Gloria de adorer; Juan Hidalgo: Quien son aquellos; Juan Hidalgo: Rompe amor las flechas; Juan Hidalgo: Credito es de mi decoro; José Marín: Que pues muero y me matas Isabel Monar (soprano), Manuel Vilas (Spanish baroque harp)
Francesco Paolo TOSTI (1846-1916): Malia - A vucchella - Arietta di Posillipo - L’ultima canzone - Aprile - Non t’amo più - Luna d’estate - La serenata - Ideale Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945): Serenata: Come col capo sotto l’ala bianca TOSTI: Marechiare - Sogno - L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra - Partir c’est mourir un peu Stefano DONAUDY (1879-1925): O del mio amato ben Stefano Secco (tenor), David Abramovitz (piano)
Antonín DVOřÁK (1841-1904)
Antonín DVOřÁK (1841-1904)
Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8
Symphonies Nos. 6 and 9
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop
AUDIO Recorded and edited in HIGH DEFINITION 24-bit, 88.2 kHz PCM Surround • Presented in HIGH DEFINITION 24-BIT 96 KHZ DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround PCM Stereo 2.0 Total Running Time: 74.15
AUDIO Recorded and edited in HIGH DEFINITION 24-bit, 88.2 kHz PCM Surround • Presented in HIGH DEFINITION 24-BIT 96 KHZ DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround PCM Stereo 2.0 Total Running Time: 87.28
Jascha Heifetz 1951-1954 Recordings
Gian Carlo MENOTTI (1911–2007)
LALO Symphonie espagnole Op. 21 • RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra • William Steinberg (Recorded 12-13 June 1951) • SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op. 28 • RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra • William Steinberg (Recorded19 June 1951) • CHAUSSON: Poème, Op. 25 • RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra • Izler Solomon (Recorded 2 December 1952) • RAVEL: Tzigane (Rhapsodie de concert) • Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra • Alfred Wallenstein (Recorded 8 December 1953) • TCHAIKOVSKY: Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26 • Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra • Alfred Wallenstein (Recorded 29 October 1954) • WIENIAWSKI: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra • Izler Solomon (Recorded 5 November 1954)
The Saint of Bleecker Street Gabrielle Ruggiero, David Poleri, Gloria Lane, Maria Di Gerlando, Leon Lishner, Orchestra and Chorus, Thomas Schippers Recorded in New York City in February - March 1955
The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore Instrumental Ensemble and Chorus, Thomas Schippers Recorded in New York City in 1957
8.111360-61 (2 CDs)
8.111363 Louis SPOHR (1784-1859)
IDIL BIRET BEETHOVEN EDITION 18
Complete String Quartets Vol. 14
Beethoven Piano Sonatas Vol. 9
String Quartet No. 31 in A major, Op. 132 String Quartet No. 36 in G minor, Op. 157 Potpourri No. 4 in B major, Op. 24
Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a (Les adieux) Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet: Jaroslav Krasnikov, Sofia Krasnikova (violins), Olga Zhmaeva (viola), Victor Kozodov (cello)
Pelle GUDMUNDSENHOLMGREEN The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Examples (1970); Again (2006); Six simple Danish Songs; Three Stages (2003); Four Madrigals from the Natural World (2001) Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier A pronounced fan of Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s music, Paul Hillier leads his Ars Nova Copenhagen through this breathtaking choral disc with passion, insight and humour.
“Biret grasps the size of Beethoven’s style. The polyphony is laid out in a relaxed way with little indulgence in point making. She keeps the big line and yet is thankfully sparing in her use of fortissimos. The piano tone is sumptuous. Biret’s gentle and almost sensuous sonorities are really captivating. One is reminded that her mentor is Wilhelm Kempff.” Gramophone
HYMN TO THE SUN
Juliana Hodkinson & Niels Rønsholdt
Works for a cappella choir VAGN HOLMBOE (1909-96): Solhymne (1961); PETER BRUUN (b. 1968): Forårssang (2000); Vandring i skoven (2000); PER NØRGÅRD (b. 1932): Two Hans Christian Andersen Poems (2004-05); BO HOLTEN (b. 1948): Ps. 23: Herren er min hyrde (2004); HERMAN D. KOPPEL (1908-98): Three Pieces for Mixed Choir with Texts from the Psalms of David op. 74 (1962); JØRGEN JERSILD (1913-2004): Il cantico delle creature (1991); POUL RUDERS (b. 1949): Three Motets Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Søren Kinch Hansen
6.220583 (Hybrid SACD)
Ursula Andkjær Olsen, lyrics Juliana Hodkinson, composer Niels Rønsholdt, composer
With the experimental CD project FISH & FOWL, the two Danish composers Juliana Hodkinson and Niels Rønsholdt have transformed recordings of their chamber works into one total “super remix”: A journey through an intimate and violent universe, which has been woven together from thousands of clips of studio recordings by the ensemble SCENATET. 8.226550
August ENNA (1859-1939)
Franz LISZT (1811-1886) Années de Pèlerinage II
“Fairy Tale” Symphonic Pictures; “Hans Christian Andersen” Overture; Symphony No. 2 in E major
Deuxième Année “Italie”+ Wiegenlied; Mosonyis Grabgeleit; Am Grabe Richard Wagners; La Lugubre Gondola Nr. 2; Trauervorspiel und Trauermarsch
Michael Korstick, Piano (piano) Michael Korstick now continues his Liszt series with Années de Pèlerinage II.
NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Michael Hofstetter
August Enna, a Dane by birth but an Italian by ancestry, was a composer who took his inspiration for the works on this new CPO release, from the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, one of Denmark’s most significant and best known writers.
Georg ENESCU (1881-1955)
Eduard MARXSEN (1806-1887)
The Piano Quartets
Johann KUHNAU (1660-1722) Vincenzo ALBRICI (1631-1696)
Piano Quartet No. 1 op. 16 in D major; Piano Quartet No. 2 op. 30 in D minor
Rondo brillant op. 9; 15 Variationen über ein finnisches Lied op. 67,2 “Die Kantele Spielerin”; Lied ohne Worte op. 37; Sonata op. 8 in B flat major; Tre Romanci; 12 Variationen über ein altdeutsches Volkslied op. 67,1; Kochersberger Bauerntanz; Pièce fugitive op. 31,3
Kuhnau: Weicht ihr Sorgen aus dem Herzen; Ach Gott, wie läßt du mich verstarren; In te Domine speravi; Bone Jesu; Und ob die Feinde Albrici: Omnia quae fecit Deus; Mihi autem bonum est concerto con voce
Barbara Christina Steude (soprano), Jan Katzschke (direction)
Tammuz Piano Quartet: Oliver Triendl (piano), Daniel Gaede (violin), Lars Anders Tomter (viola), Gustav Rivinius (violoncello)
12 Concerti Grossi Op.6
I Musici Recordings made in 1987-89
Symphonic sketches & fragments realised and orchestrated by Brian Newbould
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
‘The devotion of I Musici to the baroque has until quite recently been centred more on the music than on the stylistic fidelity of its presentation, but most of the romantic ghosts of their past have effectively exorcised. Whatever I Musici may have discarded it is not the sumptuousness of their sound (though the good recording ensures that it rarely muddies the textures).’ Gramophone, February 1990
Recordings made in 1981–84
‘These nicely packaged discs combine familiar Schubert in superb performances with the unfamiliar newly minted by Brian Newbould. The best of the unfamiliar items is what is here called No.10. This is fascinating, one of the great Might-Have-Beens – if only he’d lived another month or two’. Gramophone, March 1985 8802033 (6 CDs)
8802030 (3 CDs)
‘Concerti con titoli’: Concertos and Sonatas Opp. 1–12
Collection Works by Haydn, Mozart, Telemann, Beethoven, Corrette, Czerny, Strauss, Gliere, Rossini, von Krufft, Saint-Saens, Chabrier, Dukas, Pokorny, Weber, Grande Messe de Saint, Hubert & virtuoso showpieces Hermann Baumann, horn
In 19 CDs overall, I Musici give us a complete survey of the dozen major Vivaldi sets of concertos and sonatas published with opus numbers. Apart from the famous named sets, L’estro armonico, Op. 3, La stravaganza, Op. 4 and Il cimento dell’armonia e dell‘inventione, Op. 8 – all three dominated by the distinguished solo playing of Felix Ayo – and Severino Gazzeloni’s splendid set of the Op. 10 flute concertos (still unsurpassed), most of this music is hardly known.
‘Hermann Baumann is the principal soloist in all five [Telemann] works and, while using a modern instrument to virtuoso effect, reproduces the brilliant tone of the baroque original. The other horn soloists blend well and an excellent balance has been achieved throughout’ Gramophone, June 1985 8802035 (7 CDs)
8802034 (19 CDs) TCHAIKOVSKY Complete Symphonies London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Markevitch Recordings made in 1962–66
‘Markevitch recorded a complete cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies with the LSO between 1962 and 1966. As time went by they were overshadowed by both the Karajan and Haitink sets and to some extent by Muti, too. The recording was always brilliant and resonantly full with fine deep brass sonorities; now it is that bit clearer, yet the strings remain rounded and the ambient bloom is retained…’ Gramophone, March 1991 8802036 (4 CDs)
Russian Overtures and Orchestral works
Short works by Borodin, Glazunov, Glinka, Kabalevsky, Liadov, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Tcherepnin Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev Recordings made in 1993/94
Jean-Marc Luisada (piano) Recordings from 1990–91
‘Pletnev is at his most successful with the more reflective introduction to Semyon Kotko, and with the beautiful evocation of dawn over the Moscow River that opens Khovanshchina.’ Gramophone, December 1994
8802037 (2 CDs)
Mozart: Sonatas for four hands Marie & Veronica Kuijken
Marie Kuijken: pianoforte Veronica Kuijken: pianoforte
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
The four-hand repertoire was certainly not popular during the period that the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his slightly older sister Nannerl would be placed behind a clavier to entertain audiences with four-hand music. Mozart wrote five duet sonatas and several separate works for pianoforte four-hand. On this CD, the four-hand pieces are Mozart’s two last and most monumental sonatas. They explore the limits of the pianoforte, both literally and regarding sound volume. Mozart did not shy away from giving both players an independent and often complicated and technically demanding part.
According to the conductor Jan Willem de Vriend, in the Fifth Symphony you can hear the repressiveness and authoritarianism of the period of the Metternich government (with the reactionary Klemens von Metternich) in Vienna. It rings out in the motif of the first movement, and the entire symphony seems like a process of breaking free from it. However, every limitation can in itself present a kind of “freedom,” as certainly was the case with Beethoven’s deafness: not being able to hear the world around you creates the freedom to be able to hear yourself and use that experience to compose.
Symponies nos. 1 & 5 (Complete symphonies vol.2)
Although Jean-Marc Luisada has recorded repertoire by Grieg, Schumann, Scriabin, Beethoven and Haydn, it is his recordings of Chopin that have cemented his reputation; particularly this set of the Mazurkas. He plays almost all the 58 that Chopin wrote and revels in the composer’s novel approach to the form.
8802038 (2 CDs)
The Unkown Beethoven:
Works for cello & piano Julius Berger: cello
Jan Willem de Vriend /
Jose Gallardo: piano
Based on my in-depth research and the many clues – which can be elucidated here only in part – I concur with Harro Schmidt, the editor of the sheet music publication by Schott Music Mainz (1984). In his preface he writes: “Contrary to all the traditional timidity in attribution and doubts about authenticity passed on to us by musicologists – Riemann, Hess and Kinsky, for example – I regard it as proven that we have here an arrangement that was created and published under the composer’s own eyes in BEETHOVEN’S IMMEDIATE SPHERE OF INFLUENCE.”
Mosaic Orsolya Korcsolán, violin Judit Kertész, piano
As one who is devotedly and professionally committed to these ancient melodies over six decades, no words can express my overwhelming and emotional feelings listening to this vibrant and exceptionally talented young artist. Orsolya Korcsolan’s versatile artistry is unusual in quality, emotional warmth and in brilliant movement tempered with dignity. Certainly her skill and talent put her amongst the truly great young violinists of her generation.
aurora records Norwegian Safari
Knut Vaage: Gardens of Hokkaido
Øivind Farmen, accordion Elise Batnes, violin
Vaage: Gardens of Hokkaido for piano and orchestra Einar Røttingen (piano) Cyclops for orchestra Chaconne for flute, harp and orchestra Gro Sandvik (flute) & Turid Kniejski (harp)
The CD begins with Håkon Berges Girlander (Garland). In this piece the musical phrases twist outwards in repeated circular movements. The circle is also present as a feature of the harmony. A similar idea can be heard in Wolfgang Plagge’s Fractals. Plagge conducts a dialogue between pedal notes and light echo effects, which creates a composed resonance on the instrument. Antonio Bibalo’s Sonata quasi una fantasia is the longest piece on the disc, and is a narrative with many layers, unfolding in a way that testifies to the composer’s experience of music theatre.
There are three works featured on this new CD by the highly regarded contemporary Norwegian composer Knut Vaage. The first, Gardens of Hokkaido, is a concerto for piano and orchestra, whilst the second, entitled Cyclops, is for orchestra alone. Finally the third, Chaconne, is a piece for flute, harp and orchestra. All of the music is performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Iveta Apkalna: L’Amour et la Mort
Dupré & Alain: Triologies
Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2 / Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50 Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40 / Widor: Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5 In F Minor, Op. 42 No. 1
Alain: Trois Danses, AWV119 Dupré: Prelude & Fugue in B major, Op. 7 No. 1 Prelude & Fugue in F minor, Op. 7 No. 2 Prelude & Fugue in G minor, Op. 7 No. 3 3 Esquisses, Op. 41
Iveta Apkalna (organ)
Prize winning organist Iveta Apkalna performs these works on the Kuhn organ in the Philharmonie Essen. She has established herself as a virtuoso and combines a deep sense of musicality and masterful technique with an unerring instinct for the effect of the music.
Gunther Rost, organ
Dupré and Alain are among the most important 20th century French composers of organ music. Gunther Rost studied with Alain’s sister who was in turn was a pupil of Dupré. Rost performs these works on the Schuke organ in the new church at the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg.
OC679 (Hybrid SACD)
Haydn: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
JS Bach: Cantatas BWV131 & BWV182
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No.1 in C HobVIIb:1. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No.2 in D HobVIIb:2. Transcription of Violin Concerto in G major, Hob VIIa /4
Bach, J S: Cantata BWV131 ‘Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir’ Cantata BWV182 ‘Himmelskönig, sei willkommen’
L’Accademia d’Archi Bolzano Wen-Sin Yang (cello)
Wenn-Sinn Yang is an experienced solo and chamber musician. He performs these works with only a few players and without a conductor. He has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the Radio Suisse Romande and St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra and has worked with Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons.
A Selection of Film Music Treasures in Arrangements for Chamber Orchestra Ulrich Herkenhoff, pan pipes Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester, orchestra Frank Zacher, conductor
The Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester perform famous pieces from recent films which have been arranged for the ensemble by Matthias Keller. The reduction for chamber orchestra gives these soundtracks directness and intimacy. The CD includes soundtracks from “Lord of the Rings”, “The Godfather”, “Miss Marple”, “Il Postino” and compositions by Morricone.
Regine Jurda, alto Maximilian Kiener, tenor Franz Schlecht, bass L’Arpa Festante & Arcis-Vocalisten Munchen, Thomas Gropper
The 50 members of Arcis-Vocalisten München are all professionally trained and the choir is complemented by students from the Academy of Theatre and Music in Munich. Here they bring their experience to two early cantatas by Bach.
OC783 Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 Ruth Ziesak, soprano Konrad Jarnot, baritone Munchener Bach Chor & Orchestra, Hansjorg Albrecht
This performance has a particular intensity, as it was given in September 2010 as a memorial concert for Dominik Brunner who died defending four children from attackers on a Munich commuter train. The first class soloists are Ruth Ziesak soprano and Konrad Jarnot baritone.
Traumend wandle ich bei Tag Maximilian Schmitt, tenor Gerold Huber, piano
Maximilian Schmitt has a passion for opera and has sung roles such as Tamono and Don Ottavio. He is increasingly performing as a concert singer and has worked regularly with Gerold Huber. This CD of Schumann songs, based on texts by Heine documents the cooperation of the two. The two major cycles Dichterliebe and Liederkreis are complemented by three compositions by Clara Schumann.
MUSICA ANTIQUA KÖLN Johann Friedrich Meister Il giardino del piacere
Bach: Partitas for Violin Nos. 1-3 Bach, J S: Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV1002 Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004 Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV1006
Reinhard Goebel / Stephan Schardt, Violine / violin Klaus-Dieter Brandt, Violoncello Léon Berben, Cembalo, harpsichord
Midori Seiler, violin
This is music in its most potent concentration – Midori Seiler speaks in the booklet notes of a distillation which the soloist needs to release in her playing in order to suggest the underlying harmony. This recording in Köthen presents the acclaimed violinist playing her Guarneri violin in an equally historic, free and emotional interpretation of pure Bach.
A new recording from Musica Antiqua Köln? Wasn’t this legendary ensemble disbanded years ago? Yes, it was, but one thing at a time ... The ensemble was founded in 1973, and just five years later, it was recording exclusively for Archiv (Deutsche Grammophon) under the artistic direction of Reinhard Goebel. By the end of the 1980s it had made about thirty recordings for the label, with the emphasis on faithful interpretations of unknown masterpieces.
0016742BC DOLCISSIMA MIA VITA Music of the 16th century
LUDWIG GÜTTLER A Baroque Celebration in the Frauenkirche Blechbläserensemble Ludwig Güttler / Leitung: Ludwig Güttler Semper Brass / Leitung Mathias Schmutzler Recorded live on / Live aufgenommen am 27.12.2000
Ludwig Güttler was heavily engaged in all these activities, whether as a musician or as an organizer and motivator, and can be heard in the live recording of the festive “drum roll” concert of December 27, 2000, featured on the present CD: the Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble playing Baroque music in celebration of Christmastide.
Heinrich Isaac (um 1450 - 1517) Pierre de La Rue (ca. 1460 - 1518)
BC Choral Edition: The series of exclusively compiled choral music from five centuries - for everyone who sings in a choir or loves choral music. This CD presents works by German Renaissance composers like Hassler, secular madrigals by Wilbye from England and Italian compositions like the famous motet “Viri Galilaei” by Palestrina.
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN: Lachen verlernt · HAFLIDI HALLGRIMSSON: Offerto · Poemi for Violin and String Orchestra · POUL RUDERS: Variations Sølve Sigerland, violin Risør Festival Strings / Per Kristian Skalstad, conductor
Violin solo. Strong, direct and personal. Sølve Sigerland shapes his music with natural authority and generosity. Written in Sand is his second solo album, presenting brilliant Nordic music for violin. A rewarding release from the outstanding violinist of Grieg Trio. Sølve Sigerland has extended his solo repertoire of Bach, Paganini and Ysaÿe with new works that carry the tradition further. The composers Hallgrimsson, Ruders and Salonen demonstrate that the violin, unaccompanied, is capable of displaying the full texture of an expressive and many-layered musical design.
Jehan Alain JEHAN ALAIN: Litanies • Le Jardin suspendu • Petite Pièce • Première Fantaisie • Deuxième Fantaisie • Suite pour orgue • Prélude et Fugue • Andante • Fantasmagorie • Choral Cistercien pour une Élévation • Chant donné • Lamento • Choral Dorien • Choral Phrygien • Aria • Trois Danses • Monodie • Complainte à la mode ancienne - pour que Poucette joue l’orgue de Valloires • Variations sur un thème de Clément Jannequin • Variations sur l’hymne “Lucis Creator” • Deux Préludes profanes • Deux Danses à Agni Yavishta • De Jules Lemaître • Intermezzo • Berceuse sur deux notes qui cornent • Grave • Climat • Ballade en mode phrygien • Postlude pour l’office de Complies Lars Notto Birkeland, organ The Goll organ (2007) in Fagerborg Church, Oslo
Celebrating 100 years since the birth of the French composer Jehan Alain on February 3rd 2011, Simax Classics is proud to release his complete works for organ recorded at the new Goll organ at Fagerborg church in Oslo. A fascinating experience of this enigmatic musical soul filled with humour, serenity and love.
Chasing the Butterfly
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor ‘Tragic’
Sigurd Slåttebrekk, piano(Grieg’s own 1892 Steinway at Troldhaugen) Edvard Grieg, piano (the 1903 acoustic recordings) Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra • Michail Jurowski, conductor Tony Harrison, creative director
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor
The 1903 acoustic recordings of Grieg playing nine of his own piano pieces are well known. Sigurd Slåttebrekk and Tony Harrison were drawn to the artistic quality of the playing itself. This evolved into a historic pioneering project of ‘musical archaeology’, reviving a performance tradition from over a hundred years ago. They have gone through re-creation and beyond - with interpretations based as much on how Grieg played as on how he wrote. A brand new approach to ‘original performance practice’!
This release of a concert performance of Mahler’s Sixth is the third in a very successful series of recordings on Simax by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra of the composer’s symphonies, and the first to feature its current chief conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. This recording of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was made during concerts in March 2010. Previous releases by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra of the First and Ninth (PSC1270), and the Seventh (PSC1271) have been conducted by Mariss Jansons, but the this new CD features renowned Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. The Oslo Philharmonic are playing concerts of Mahler in Europe this season with Saraste, and will perform Symphonies 9, 4 and 8 during this and the coming season.
Antonio Vivaldi : Le Quattro Stagioni Musici Aurei Grazia Raimondi, viola Luigi Piovano, conductor
Astor Piazzolla - Antonio Vivaldi : The Four Seasons Les Dissonances; David Grimal, violin
A special concert in a special place. It was during a Musici Aurei concert - created and directed by cellist Luigi Piovano - in the “garage” Bulgari of Rome(among the vintage cars) that born this project to make a luxurious product with a masterful interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons together with a full color booklet with sumptuous photos by Michele Mari. Luigi Piovano, conductor and cello, offer us both virtuosity and sensuality, passion and whispers. A Vivaldi played with heart!
Ludwig van Beethoven : Piano Concertos Vol.1 Shani Diluka, piano; Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine Kwamé Ryan, conductor
The spirit of “Les Dissonances” is one of bringing together disparate worlds, there lies its specificity. The ensemble varies in size according to the requirements of the repertoire and plays without a conductor. It has absolute freedom in its choice of programmes. Such autonomy enables the musicians to fulfil their first objective, which is to go out and meet new audiences that have tended to be intimidated by “classical” music and to enable them to see the major works of the repertoire in a different light.
Johann Sebastian Bach / Max Reger : Sonates & Partitas Sayaka Shoji, violin
All great minds possess a relationship with space-time. Beethoven manages in his music to establish the core of each of our existences. Fleisher the pupil of Schnabel; Marie-Françoise Bucquet the pupil of Kempff; Perahia and Schenker; Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet – all rooted in the great tradition of and respect for this noble “Goethean” culture.
A great but still neglected composer, Max Reger was an unconditional admirer of Johann Sebastian Bach. His works for unaccompanied violin are inspired by the sonatas and partitas of his illustrious model. Here they strike up a dialogue as if between two mirror images, right down their respective chaconnes. A fascinating comparison!
Gustav Mahler : Symphonie no2 in C minor “Resurrection”
Johannes Brahms : Piano concertos No.1 in D minor, op.15
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra James Levine, conductor
Piano concerto No.2 in B flat major The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Rudolf Buchbinder, piano Zubin Mehta, conductor
Levine is a mighty virtuoso of the orchestral tone. The orchestra is a tool in his hands, and he produces music from it that is at the level of the world’s greatest orchestras. The music is transparent, clear and precise.
Rudolf Buchbinder and Zubin Mehta are in perfect unison in both concertos. Buchbinder’ playing is both bold and well-articulated, dramatic yet sensitive to sound and balance. Maestro Mehta leads the IPO with carefully detailed textures and chosen tempos – spacious in the outer movements, but with tension to spare, and relatively fast in the central movements, thereby avoiding excessive sentimentality and the risk of boredom.
Anton Bruckner : Symphonie No.9 (Live 1960)
Antonio Vivaldi : The four seasons
Carl Schuricht, conductor
Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera Hermann Scherchen, conductor
Carl Schuricht was an Austro-German repertory specialist from Franz Schubert to Gustav Mahler. Both technically rigorous and whimsical at the implementation level, a youthful dynamism but controlled to a great age, the nomadic leader, greatly admired by the few tolerant yet Sergiu Celibidache has left memorable recordings with various orchestras (Vienna, Stuttgart, Paris, Besançon ...). His fiery playing the symphonies of Anton Bruckner offers a striking contrast with the more mystical, Eugen Jochum.
deadly enemy of art... Scherchen avoids falling into the trap of descriptive music. After all, the purity of Vivaldi’s music can well do without “program”. The descriptive sonnets that were attributed to the composer are no reference here. Like in Beethoven’s Pastoral, it is impression that primes against description...
Ingenious… erratic… biased… innovator… incredible… And other epithets depicting this great conductor confirm even today as yesterday his art that often is unorthodox yet always fascinating. Like some other few interpreters, Scherchen considered routine as a
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Night Music
Johann Sebastian Bach : Cantatas & Arias
The English Concert Andrew Manze, conductor
Elizabeth Watts, soprano The English Concert Harry Bicket, conductor
In their first recording together, Andrew Manze and The English Concert explore the range of Mozart’s night-music, from the deceptive innocence of Eine kleine Nachtmusik and the turbulent passion of the Adagio & Fugue in C minor, to the playfulness of Ein musikalischer Spaß. Informed by the latest scholarship, these vibrant performances peel away layers of tradition to reveal fresh surprises in familiar works. “The playing of The English Concert is beyond criticism.” (The Guardian, London)
Winner of the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 2007 Cardiff Song Prize, soprano Elizabeth Watts makes her harmonia mundi début in a luminous programme of Bach cantatas and arias, deftly supported by The English Concert led by Harry Bicket. “Watts is a terrific communicator, her demeanour as engaging as her vocalism. (…) Dazzling aplomb.” The Evening Standard (UK)
Johann Ludwig Bach : Trauermusik
Gustav Mahler : Des Knaben Wunderhorn
RIAS Kammerchor; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin Anna Prohaska, soprano; Ivonne Fuchs, alto Maximilian Schmitt, tenor Andreas Wolf, bass; Hans-Christoph Rademann, conductor
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano Dietrich Henschel, baryton Orchestre des champs Elysées Philippe Herreweghe, conductor
Here is the most ambitious composition left by Johann Ludwig Bach, known as ‘the Meiningen Bach’, who belonged to a branch of the family separated from Johann Sebastian’s since the 16th century. Its genesis was rather unusual: Johann Ludwig had composed his cantatas to texts by his patron, Duke Ernst Ludwig, and was therefore commissioned to set the poem which the duke had written for his own funeral, in November 1724.
Fertile song.1887-1901: for more than fifteen years, Mahler drew on the early 19th-century anthology collected by Arnim and Brentano for virtually all the poems he set to music. The resulting songs in their turn constituted the principal source of inspiration for the first four symphonies.
C.P.E. Bach – Solo Keyboard Music, Vol. 22
Haydn – The Complete Early Divertimenti
C.P.E. Bach: Achtzehn Probe-Stücke in Sechs Sonaten: Sonata I, Wq63/1 (H70); Sonata II, Wq63/2 (H71); Sonata III, Wq63/3 (H72); Sonata IV, Wq63/4 (H73); Sonata V, Wq63/5 (H74); Sonata VI, Wq63/6 (H75)
Haydn Sinfonietta Wien (playing on period instruments) Simon Standage, leader & solo violin Manfred Huss, conductor
Miklós Spányi, clavichord
Haydn Sinfonietta Wien and Manfred Huss have possibly done more than any other performers when it comes to spreading the music of Haydn’s earliest years, resurrecting scores which for decades and even centuries have been lying forgotten in archives. Their endeavours began already in the 1980s, and recordings of the composer’s Scherzandi (the forerunners of the symphonies) and many other works were released on the Koch Schwann label in the 1990s.
By 1753, when these pieces were composed, C.P.E. Bach had been employed for more than a decade at the court of Frederick the Great in Berlin. He had earned a reputation as an important musical personality, and was attracting a number of students. It was for the benefit of these and other keyboard students that he composed his Achtzehn Probe-Stücke in sechs Sonaten (Eighteen Sample Pieces in Six Sonatas), publishing them as a supplement to his famous.
BIS-CD-1806/08 (5 CDs for the price of 3) White Night – Impressions of Norwegian Folk Music
Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (1830); Cléopâtre, scène lyrique (1829)
The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir (Det Norske Solistkor) / Grete Pedersen Berit Opheim Versto, folk singer; Gjermund Larsen fiddle / hardanger fiddle
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin Anna Caterina Antonacci, soprano
In a very short time, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has become one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world, popular with orchestras and audiences alike. Recently named as Music Director Designate of the Philadelphia Orchestra, he succeeded Valery Gergiev as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008, and has since then taken the orchestra on acclaimed tours to Asia, the USA and his native Canada, as well as making a high-profile appearance during the BBC Proms in London and undertaking a residency at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Combining traditional folk songs with recent compositions springing from folk music, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir on the present disc makes a compelling case for the powerful hold that this music has over the country’s cultural life, in performances that easily makes one understand why! The choir’s conductor, Grete Pedersen, has a constant eye open for the immediacy of folk music, but also its melancholy which, as she writes in her own introduction, ‘always shines through, whether the tune is a wedding march or a lullaby, and whether it accompanies a religious song or a tale of a maiden abducted by trolls.’
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 New Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (Royal Festival Hall, 10 July 1967) Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 New Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult (Royal Festival Hall, 13 July 1967)
Emil Gilels, along with fellow Russian artists, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich represented four of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. These live performances from London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1967 capture Gilels at his best playing in front of an audience away from the confines of the studio. William Mann in the Times wrote after the concert of Concerto No.3, “For all his truly Beethovian brio in the first movement, Gilels never allowed this to get the better of the clarity and firmness of his phraseology, indeed his opening was like chiselled stone. There was immense dignity in the Largo and in the Rondo, taken at what I thought to be exactly the right speed, came across with remarkable vivacity”. These archive recordings in stereo are extremely rare and have never been issued before. ICAC5000
Mahler: Symphony No.2 Stefania Woytowicz, soprano / Anny Delorie, mezzo soprano Kolner Rundfunkchor / Kolner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester (Saal 1, Funkhuaus, Koln, 10 September 1965)
Steinberg was a frequent performer of Mahler’s works in the US though he only recorded the composer’s Symphony No.1 with Pittsburg in 1952 for Capitol Records. This blazing account from 1965 of Mahler’s titanic ‘Resurrection’ Symphony in brilliant stereo sound confirms his authority as a great Mahlerian. Dutch contralto Annie Delorie (1925-2009) gives a stunning rendition of the ‘Urlicht’ and is joined in the final movement by the radiant Polish soprano Stefania Woytowicz (1922-2005). This live studio recording is a rarity, having never been issued before.
Brahms: Requiem Elisabeth Grummer, soprano / Herman Prey, baritone Kolner Rundfunkchor / Kolner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester (Saal 1, Funkhaus, Koln, 20 February 1956)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 ‘Resurrection’ Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor / Rubinstein, piano / KRSO (Zurich, 23 May 1966)
Mozart: Serenade No.6 in D, K.239 ‘Serenata Notturna’ Kolner Rundfunkchor / Kolner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester (Saal 1, Funkhaus, Koln, 25 October 1954) Rehearsal of Brahms Requiem (Saal 1, Funkhaus, Koln, 19 February 1956)
Brahms: Rhapsody Op.79, No.1 Brahms: Capriccio Op.76, No.2 Chopin: Nocturne Op.27, No.2 Chopin: Waltz Op.64, No.2 Falla: Ritual Fire Dance (encore with introduction from Rubinstein) (Nijmegen, Holland, 20 April 1963)
Klemperer’s conducting of the Brahms’s Requiem, one of the cornerstones of the choral repertoire, achieves true greatness. Gramophone Magazine said of his 1961 recording, ‘ a conductor who’s rugged feeling for the music pays colossal dividends’ sums up this 1956 account. Both Elisabeth Grummer (soprano) and Herman Prey (baritone) were internationally renowned and highly respected. This live studio recording from the WDR in Cologne has never been issued before.
Arthur Rubinstein requires no introduction - he was one of the greatest and most distinguished pianists of the 20th century with a large discography. These rare performances have an historical importance in that after 1914, Rubinstein never played in Germany again and therefore to have him with a German orchestra (KRSO) in Zurich in 1966 was a very rare event. Rubinstein caught live in 1966 rather than in the studio brings a much greater spontaneity in the Brahms, which is beautifully and excitingly performed. These performances have never been issued before.
Bruckner: Symphony No.3 BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra / Sanderling (City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 21 April 1978)
Verdi: La Traviata Maria Callas / Cesare Valletti / Mario Zanasi / Marie Collier Forbes Robinson / Ronald Lewis / David Kelly Royal Opera House Orchestra & Chorus / Nicola Rescigno, conductor (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 20 June 1958)
Sanderling enjoyed live performances far more than the studio, something he discusses in the interview about his career and his great admiration for Otto Klemperer, featured on this CD. This live concert performance in brilliant stereo in Newcastle proves the point. Sanderling’s German tradition brings great insights to Bruckner’s 3rd Symphony, though he conducted the composer infrequently (Symphony No.7 being the exception). It is a rare recording has never been issued before.
Peter Heyworth in the Observer commented, ‘it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that illuminated again and again the part as though for the first time’. Opera News said, ‘there must have been many Verdi lovers who felt at last that they had come face to face with Violetta herself...’ John Ardoin praised the conductor Nicola Rescigno who ‘brings sanity and song to the performance and was remarkably one with Callas in the ends she sought’. This recording drawn from private tapes has been remastered by Paul Baily using the ICA’s Ambient Mastering process, which has enhanced and widened the sound considerably.
C.P.E. Bach: Andantino in B minor Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas K.159, K.446, K.259, K.533, K.284 Couperin: Les Moissonneurs (Pièces de clavecin Vol.2) Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 (Prague 1955) Bach arr. Liszt: Fantasy and Fugue on Bach Liszt: Funerailles (Turin, 22 January 1959)
This 1955 recital, only Cziffra’s second studio recording is totally free from eccentricity and represents Cziffra at his best. It features miniatures (CPE Bach, Scarlatti and Couperin) as well as the Liszt war horses which Cziffra became famous for. The two bonus tracks come from a 1959 recital in Turin, which show off Cziffra’s dazzling technique. The Bach arr. Liszt: Fantasy & Fugue, like the rest of the CD, has never appeared on CD before. It is extremely rare having been remastered from a collector’s LP using ICA’s Ambient mastering Process.
Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D minor ECO / Colin Davis, conductor / David Oistrakh, violin (23 September 1962, Royal Albert Hall) Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 Moscow Philharmonic / Yehudi Menuhin, conductor / Igor Oistrakh, violin / David Oistrakh, viola (1 October 1963, Royal Albert Hall) Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77 Moscow Philharmonic / Kirill Kondrashin, conductor / David Oistrakh, violin (24 September 1963, Royal Festival Hall)
The first two performances on this DVD feature David Oistrakh in one of his favourite performing partnerships, with his son, violinist Igor Oistrakh. The Bach concerto for two violins formed the duo’s first foreign engagement whilst the Mozart was performed two years later in a sell-out performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Kirill Kondrashin, one of Oistrakh’s preferred conductors, directs the Brahms concerto, which has all the warmth and confidence one would expect from a classic Oistrakh recording.
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra
Debussy: Ibéria (31 October 1961, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University) Debussy: La Mer (28 October 1958, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University) Ravel: Ma mère l’oye (4 February1958, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)
Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (extracts) (8 March1960, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)
Celebrated for his performances of French music, Munch was an authority on the works featured on this DVD, all of which were composed during his lifetime. More than fifty years later, his recordings of French music remain a permanent standard of reference. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.
René Jacobs : singer & teacher
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 (18 April 1961, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University) Beethoven: Symphony No.5 (3 November 1959, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University)
This performance of extracts from The Creatures of Prometheus is a rare one, Munch having only conducted the ballet at the BSO in one season. He breathes life into his performances of Symphonies No.4 and 5, which are executed with excitement, exuberance and panache. The ICA Classics Legacy series represents an historic account of performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their Music Director, Charles Munch.
Presto Vol.2 Les Siècles
Les leçons particulières de musique
A movie proposed by François Manceaux & Olivier Bernager Directed by Claude Mouriéras Maria Cristina Kiehr, Soprano Susanne Rydén, Soprano René Jacobs, Countertenor
This film was the first in the series of “Leçons particulières de musique” (private music lessons). Although it was originally conceived in 1987 as a pilot for the nascent Franco-German cultural channel Arte, known at that time as “La Sept sur FR3”, René Jacobs, then at the height of his vocal powers, agreed to take part in the adventure. The film may be viewed today as a unique historical document on the interpretation of Baroque music in general and Handel in particular.
Les Siècles François-Xavier Roth, conductor Pierre Charvet, presenter With the exceptional participation of Philippe Giusiano, Quatuor Ebene, Esther Brayer and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Brigitte Engerer, Carlos Mena and Philippe Bianconi.
PRESTO has been written and presented by Pierre Charvet in order to familiarize viewers with classical music which they too often consider as being “unreachable”. An author and presenter, Pierre Charvet - who has already been at the origin on FRANCE 5 (a French TV channel) of a pedagogical series called “Simple comme Musique” - ; a conductor who led an international career, François Xavier Roth and his orchester Les Siècles, excel in playing four centuries of music with the same enthusiasm and same commitment, respecting period instruments, jumping from one tune to another.
The The Super Super Guitar Guitar Trio: Trio: Recorded Recorded Live Live at at the the Nightstage, Nightstage, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, 1991 1991 Cambridge,
Archie Shepp Quartet Part 2: Recorded Live At The Teatro Alfieri, Torino, 1977
Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Biréli BirÈli bagrène LagrËne and friends Chris Carrington (guitar), Arto Tuncboyaci (percussion), Gumbi Ortiz Arto Tuncboyaci (percussion), (percussion) Gumbi Ortiz (percussion)
Archie Shepp (saxophone), Siegfried Kessler (piano), Cameron Brown (bass), Clifford Jarvis (Drums)
New Year’s Concert 2007: Live Recording from the Teatro La Fenice
Turandot: Live Recording From The Salzburger Festspiele, 2002 Gabriele Schnaut, Paata Burchuladze, Johan Botha, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor & Tölzer Knabenchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev, David Pountney
Puccini’s last opera “Turandot” stands out from the rest of his works. In the fairytale based upon Gozzi’s motif, the composer blends exoticism with psychology in a way that can not be imitated when telling the story of the men-hating Chinese princess who eventually finds love.
Works by Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Bellini, Mascagni, Verdi, Paganini Dimitra Theodossiou, Giuseppe Filianoti, Roberto Frontali, Massimo Quarta, Teatro La Fenice, Kazushi Ono
Since 2004 Venice‘s rebuilt Teatro La Fenice has welcomed each New Year with a celebration of opera and symphonic music.
Berliner Philharmoniker from El Escorial: Live Recording from the Basilica of the Monastery El Escorial, 1992
Berliner Philharmoniker from Florence: Live Recording from the Palazzo Vecchio, 1995 Works by Beethoven, Paganini, Stravinsky, Dvořák, Blacher
Works by Verdi, Schubert, Wagner, Berlioz
Sarah Chang (violin), Berliner Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta
Plácido Domingo (tenor), Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim
This European Concert, which annually celebrates the founding of the Berlin Philharmonic on 1st May 1882, was performed in this venue on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO. After the premiere in Prague in 1991, it was the second concert of its kind.
In 1540 Cosimo de’Medici moved with his family and court into the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. On 1st May 1995 the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performed its jubilee concert – conducted on this occasion by Zubin Mehta – in the same building. Since 1991 the orchestra has commemorated its foundation on 1st May 1882 with a concert, each time in a different European musical capital.
Donizetti Lucia Di Lammermoor
Stefania Bonfadelli, Marcelo Alvarez, Roberto Frontali, Teatro Carlo Felice, Patrick Fournillier (conductor), Graham Vick (director), Paul Brown (design)
Paris Opera Ballet, Aurelie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio, Melanie Hurel, JeanMarie Didiere, Isabelle Ciaravola, Gil Isoart, Ermanno Florio (conductor), Marie-Claire Musson, Michel Fresnay (design), Pierre Lacotte after Filippo Taglioni (choreography)
This DVD shows an impressive staging of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor filmed at the opera house in Genoa, directed by Graham Vick with an all-star cast that includes Marcelo Álvarez, hailed as one of the hottest tenors on the international scene. In this staging, Vick concentrated all his attention on the performers and employed the simplest of means to create intangible, atmospheric spaces rather than concrete physical settings.
Arthaus presents Pierre Lacotte’s landmark reconstruction of La Sylphide. The original choreography by Philippe Taglioni changed the world of dance forever, cementing the features of Romantic ballet as we know it. These include dance en pointe and the tutu, which owe their omnipresence in ballet to the success of the 1832 staging of La Sylphide in Paris.
Martha ARGERICH: A Piano Evening with Martha Argerich La Roque d’Anthéron, 2005
107 217 Verdi Macbeth Thomas Hampson, Paoletta Marrocu, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Luis Lima, Zurich Opera House, Franz Welser-Most (conductor), David Pountney (director), Stefanos Lazaridis (design)
Martha Argerich, piano
The film focuses on the piece - from its inception, through the many stages of the creative process to its world premiere but also features the many great expectations of the music world and the resulting pressure on Gubaidulina.
With this opera, Verdi composed a true music drama. Written early in his career, he demanded from his librettist Francesco Maria Piave a text that would have ‘extravagance, originality brevity and sublimity.’ of the sexes and throws into sharp relief the link between power and gender.
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte
Bolshoi Theatre, Maria Gavrilova, Vladimir Redkin, Nikolay Baskov, Aik Martirosyan, Mark Ermler (conductor), Boris Pokrovsky (director), Yuri Papko (choreography), Alena Pikalova (design)
Kathleen Battle, Margaret Marshall, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza, James Morris, Sesto Bruscantini, Vienna Philharmonic, Riccardo Muti (conductor), Michael Hampe (director), Mauro Pagano (design)
Martha Argerich, piano
This DVD presents a lavish and naturalistic staging of Eugene Onegin performed in Moscow, the city where the work had its world premiere on 29 March 1879. The Bolshoi not only adopt a traditional music theatre approach, they also successfully revive a classic production.
A true Salzburg success story on DVD. Così fan tutte is the third most-frequently performed work at the festival after Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte. This 2-DVD set provides a closer look at a classical staging from the Salzburg Festival in the series of important opera productions seen at the festival in the last decades.
Ludwig MINKUS (1826–1917)
MUSICA ANTIQUA KÖLN Johann Sebastian Bach The Art of Fugue
La Bayadère Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nuñez, Tamara Rojo, Gary Avis, Christopher Saunders, Kenta Kura, Valeri Hristov, The Royal Ballet, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Valeriy Ovsyanikov, Natalia Makarova
Marius Petipa’s exotic ballet, set in legendary India, is a story of love, death and vengeful judgement. Natalia Makarova’s sumptuous recreation of Petipa’s choreography, with atmospheric sets by Pier Luigi Samaritini and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, stars Tamara Rojo as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Carlos Acosta as Solor, and Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti whose alluring presence challenges Solor’s love for Nikiya.
OA1043D (DVD) OABD7079D (Blu-ray)
Reinhard Goebel, Violine & violin Margret Baumgartl, Violine, violin, Viola Karlheinz Steeb, Viola Klaus-Dieter Brandt, Violoncello Léon Berben, Cembalo & harpsichord Wolfgang Kostujak, Cembalo & harpsichord
Having officially disbanded in 2006, Musica Antiqua Köln gave a kind of “encore” the following year in the form of an unusual television recording by Arte and WDR. The ensemble took J.S. Bach’s “Art of Fugue” to a former NATO base at Neuss, now the home of the Langen Foundation.
Sigmund Groven & Iver Kleive: harmOrgan Sigmund Groven & Iver Kleive: harmOrgan
Sigmund Groven and Iver Kleive have collaborated for more than 30 years and have built a repertoire consisting mainly of baroque pieces and Norwegian music, most of which they have composed and arranged themselves. Even though they have chosen very different instruments, and are also quite different personalities in many ways, they have a fundamental musical rapport and understanding and also have many other things in common.
2L077SABD (Pure Audio Blu-ray + SACD)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6
Symphonies Nos. 7, 8 & 9 Discovering Beethoven with Joachim Kaiser and Christian Thielemann
Discovering Beethoven with Joachim Kaiser and Christian Thielemann Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann
A. Dasch, P. Beczala, G. Zeppenfeld, M. Fujimura, Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann
704908 (3 DVDs for 2) 705004 (Blu-ray)
705108 (3 DVDs for 2) 705204 (Blu-ray)
Wagner The Ring Without Words
András Schiff Plays Bach
Berlin Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel (conductor)
Strongly influenced by the comments of Richard Wagner’s grandson, Wieland, about the importance of the orchestra in The Ring, Lorin Maazel created a symphonic synthesis of the tetralogy, which he called The Ring Without Words. It is a 75-minute orchestral distillation, bringing the magic of these monumental music dramas to a new audience through the sumptuous playing Maazel draws from the Berlin Philharmonic. Bonus features include an interview with Lorin Maazel.
2057604 (Blu-ray) 2057608 (DVD)
Bach, J S: French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV812-817 French Overture in B minor, BWV831 Italian Concerto, BWV971 András Schiff, born in 1953 in Budapest, is nowadays one of the most appreciated and distinguished pianists in the world. Magically, he brings life into pieces, makes them breathing and swinging and keeps up almost forgotten ideals of piano playing.
Hearing the Silence
Petite Messe Solennelle: Live recording from the Gewandhaus Leipzig, November 2008
Sketches for a Portrait by Paul Smaczny
One of the world’s finest and most-respected conductors, seventy-year-old Claudio Abbado is legendary in stature, having held the post of musical director with La Scala in Milan from 1968 to 1986, with the Vienna Opera from 1986 to 1991, and the Berlin Philharmonic from 1989 to 2002.
Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Manuela Custer, Stefano Secco, Mirco Palazzi, Choir of the Leipzig Opera and the Gewandhaus Choir Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly
On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the composer’s death, crowds gathered at the Leipziger Gewandhaus to witness a world-class performance of one of Rossini’s two large-scale, major choral works: the Petite Messe Solennelle.
Daniel Barenboim - The Jubilee Concert from Buenos Aires: Recorded at the Teatro Colón,
Buenos Aires, August 2000 Mozart: Sonata C Major Beethoven: Sonata F minor Appassionata Albéniz: 1st and 2nd book · 13 encores by Chopin, Schumann, Villa-Lobos, Scarlatti, et al. Documentary: “Multiple Identities”: Featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Cecilia Bartoli, Waltraud Meier, Edward Said, Staatskapelle Berlin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and many more. Live recording from the Gewandhaus Leipzig, November 2008