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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 16 maart 2018 | CAvi-music

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 16 februari 2018 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
No, this is not a re-edit, but really a brand new recording – January 2017 – made by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Marek Janowski. In addition to the vigorous and explosive Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, the theme in question stemming from Schiller’s version of Gozzi’s Turandot, the recording also features the rarer – and much less “fun” – Nobilissima visione suite. In the initial eponymous ballet from which the suite is derived, Hindemith depicted in musical tones a few episodes of the life of Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, better known as Saint Francis of Assisi. The last movement depicts, provided such a text can even be depicted, the Canticle of the Sun; Hindemith turns it into an immense and intense passacaglia that instead of actually “telling” the Canticle, manages to convey its sheer grandeur. The album closes on another splendour, Konzertmusik for Brass and String Orchestra, Op. 50 from 1930, as ordered by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Orchestra. In the great polyphonic tradition, the composer “opposes” groups, in this case the brass – 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 3 trombones, 1 tuba – and the strings (for which the partition requires the largest possible headcount), resulting in a fantastic musical, contrapuntal and architectural richness, not to mention a touch of humour in the race between both ensembles in the second part, as the brass play a rather quirky waltz with jazzy accents and the strings a much more “serious” style is adopted. For anyone barely familiar with Hindemith, these two latest works are a must-have, and more than likely a true revelation! © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
One of the big events of 2017 was the opening of the Hamburg Philharmonie. Krzysztof Urbański and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra gave inaugural concerts there that made a lasting impact on audiences and critics alike. On this occasion, the Polish conductor chose to record one of the works closest to his heart, The Rite of Spring: "Stravinsky invented a new language. For me, The Rite is not a score, but a painting: on each page, I see Matisse, Gauguin, the Fauve painters . . . It’s an explosion of colours, emotions, and surprises too: if you don’t know the piece, you never know what’s going to happen. It’s so suggestive that you don’t need to do all that much with the orchestra, the magic is written into the music. . . . When I conduct The Rite, I don’t think: the music penetrates your backbone, it’s inside you . . . It’s a ballet, and perhaps it’s because I was a dancer when I was younger that I can’t control my body when I hear and conduct this piece. It’s a mystical experience for me!". © Alpha Classics
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | harmonia mundi

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Although a valedictory mood underpins it, Mahler’s Ninth Symphony offers above all a profound meditation on the fate of humanity and seems to exude an immense love of life. Sustained by the commitment and excellence of the artists, this recording reveals the formal, technical and orchestral modernity of a work that was to exert a genuine fascination on the Viennese composers of the following generation. © harmonia mundi
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 februari 2018 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Record of the Month - Le Choix de France Musique - 5 étoiles de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 december 2017 | Evidence

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 24 november 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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Volume 12 of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL editionpresents a sensational archive discovery: a live recording of the Manfred Overture from the 1953 festival, until recently presumed lost, and now released for the very first time. In 1953, Furtwängler also conducted two of his all-time favourites, Beethoven's Eroica and Schumann's Fourth Symphonies. Until now, these exciting interpretations were only available in technically flawed recordings made by enthusiasts. For this edition, the newly rediscovered original tapes from the archives of the SRF Swiss Radio and Television were made available. Wilhelm Furtwängler, invited to Lucerne for the first time in 1944, was one of the defining artists of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL's first decades. From 1947, he performed in Lucerne each summer (with the exception of 1952, when he had to cancel due to illness) until his final concert in August 1954, a few months before his death (recording also available in the "Historic Performances" series: audite 95.641). In total, Furtwängler conducted eighteen of the festival's concerts, sixteen of which with the Swiss Festival Orchestra who also played on 26 August 1953. Furtwängler's motto was to be "faithful to the spirit" rather than "faithful to each note". This Lucerne recording demonstrates his methodical approach, especially by means of a precisely calculated tempo architecture: Furtwängler's seemingly arbitrary tempo modifications hold structural significance, dynamising the musical form. Illustrated with numerous photos from the festival's archive, the 32-page booklet in three languages discusses this approach, whilst also referring to other famous recordings, such as Furtwängler's studio recording of Schumann's Fourth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic, made only a few months earlier. © Audite
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Soundtrack - Verschenen op 10 november 2017 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 3 november 2017 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 6 oktober 2017 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
At the start of the 20th Century, "Hungarian Music" was still under the influence of the Magyaresque writing of Brahms and Liszt, which was more a mix of the sounds of the Viennese salons with Romany themes than a real reflection of popular musical traditions. It was not until the advent of the ethnomusicological research of Bartók and Kodály that the "real Hungary" made its appearance in the smart press. No-one will be surprised, then, to learn that Leo Weiner's Serenade Op. 3, written in 1906, still contains many Brahmso-Liszto-Viennese elements, whereas the further forward we move through time, the more his Hungarian language (and Romanian language, as a large eastern chunk of historic Hungary was ceded to Romania after the First World War) converges with the real folk music sound. That said, what sets Weiner apart from Bartók and Kodály is that the former suffuses his harmonisations and his transcriptions with a symphonic and post-romantic spirit (the same spirit that inspired Enescu's folk music explorations, for example), without the harmonic research of his two Hungarian colleagues, who drew upon the same trove of people's music to produce works that were ever-more-cutting edge, more avant-garde, more modern. Until the Fourth and Fifth (and last) Divertimentos of 1951, the tone remains romantic. And oh: how delicious! Neeme Järvi and the Estonian National Orchestra perform.
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 30 juni 2017 | Accentus Music

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Exceptional sound - Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik
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Soundtrack - Verschenen op 23 juni 2017 | Jube Pops

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 8 april 2015 | audite Musikproduktion

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 31 maart 2017 | MUNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER GBR

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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 16 november 2015 | Philharmonia Records - Opernhaus Zürich

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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 3 maart 2017 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4 étoiles de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 26 februari 2016 | audite Musikproduktion

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 17 februari 2017 | BR-Klassik

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 10 februari 2017 | Alpha

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Soundtrack - Verschenen op 14 oktober 2016 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet