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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 4 januari 2019 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
It's hardly common to become a global star at the age of 96; and even less so to record Beethoven's nine symphonies at that age – especially if these recordings rejuvenate our whole approach to a corpus that seemed to have no secrets left. And as the most familiar landscape can suddenly take on a new appearance when viewed from a new angle, so can music. The Swede Herbert Blomstedt, son of a strict pastor and cut from the same cloth as his countryman Ingmar Bergman, is possessed of a freshness and physical appearance that belie his age: the greatest concession he has made has been to cut down from 100 concerts a year to 70, conducting the greatest orchestras in the world. After his recent refreshing reinterpretation of Beethoven and Mozart's last two symphonies, recorded in concert in 2017, we find him here dealing with the works of the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar, recorded at concerts given in Gothenburg in 2013 and 2014. Bowled over by hearing his friend Sibelius's Second Symphony, Stenhammar tried to renew his own style, writing a "second symphony" of his own, and as soon as it was done, in May 1915, he wrote to the Finnish composer. Written for the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, which plays it in this recording, it is structured classically around four movements. The first is built on a folk music theme; the second is a kind of great nocturnal procession that precedes a Scherzo written as a stylised dance whose central Trio is played on wind instruments whose quality Stenhammar looked to underline. As for the Finale (which, how to put it, gave some critics a headache...), it is to this day one of the most masterful pages of symphonic music written in Sweden. First performed in 1914, the Serenade in F major, written after a trip to Florence, was quickly withdrawn by the composer, who made a new version in five movements which was performed in 1919 and enjoyed lasting success at home. Just like Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, Tchaikovski’s Souvenir de Florence and Italian Capriccio , or indeed Strauss's Aus Italien the work highlights the magic attraction that Italy exercises on Northern composers. It is an illuminating and idealised description of a dreamy Arcadia, largely inspired by antiquity. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 6 april 2018 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional sound
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 27 april 2018 | La discothèque idéale de Diapason

Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 11 januari 2019 | Profil

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 6 april 2018 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 22 februari 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 21 september 2018 | LSO Live

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 8 februari 2019 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
The premiere of Mahler’s Third Symphony took place in June 1902 in Krefeld (not far from Düsseldorf), but it was indeed the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne which gave that first performance... greeted with acclaim – this was not always the composer’s experience with his masterpieces. Originally conceived as a hymn to Nature, in which the inert chaos of the opening movement is gradually left behind, the work calls for enormous forces (large orchestra, women’s choir, boys’ choir, and contralto soloist) and at each hearing leaves an unforgettable impression on the audience. Such was the case in October 2018, when François-Xavier Roth led the esteemed successors of the work’s first interpreters in this latest Mahler adventure. © harmonia mundi
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | Nar Classical

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 7 januari 2019 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
Like every year, the Vienna Musikverein welcomes the musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to its great hall! German conductor Christian Thielemann will be the man with the baton for the traditional 2019 New Year concert, which will open with Carl Michael Ziehrer’s Schönfeld Marsch op.422. Named as musical director of the imperial court balls in 1907, putting an end to the Strauss dynasty’s tenure in this position, Ziehrer wrote around 600 compositions for orchestra (waltzes, polkas, marches etc.) and 23 operettas, including the Schönfeld Marsch. Named as the head of the Viennese orchestra for the first time, succeeding many renowned conductors (from Daniel Barenboim to Lorin Maazel, Nikolaus Harnoncourt or Gustavo Dudamel), Thielmann is familiar with the Strauss dynasty’s repertoire - he recorded (amongst others) An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64 and Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose) in March 2011 with the Wiener Philharmoniker. For this concert, which is broadcast in 92 countries, he leads the most beautiful of repertoires from the Strauss era (Künstlerleben op. 316, Die Tänzerin. Polka française op. 351, Lob der Frauen. Polka Mazur, op. 315…). © Sandra Dubroca/Qobuz
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 10 augustus 2018 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Record of the Month - Exceptional sound - 5 étoiles de Classica
If Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest conductors from the second half of the 20th Century, his interpretation job never outshone his composer one. But the durable and worldwide success of West Side Story has often irritated him, as it left in the shadowed the rest of his abundant and varied catalog. Antonio Pappano has had the good idea to gather the three symphonies from Bernstein in a single album recorded in several concerts in Rome with his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, which reaches under his baton an international dimension. Bernstein had a special relation with this institution that he has frequently conducted. Jeremiah, Bernstein’s first symphony, dates from 1944. Bernstein was 26 and wrote it the same year as his first ballet for Broadway, Fancy Free.He blends genres in a way that is now typical of him, disturbing many timorous music lovers who don’t understand that this dichotomy is the result of his genius. This first symphony sung in Hebrew denounces the horror of the Holocaust in Europe. 1949 is the year of The Age of Anxiety, his strange second symphony inspired by a long and difficult poem by W. H. Auden. Rarely played because of his difficult solo piano section that few interprets possess in their repertoire, this symphony is a succession of “themes and variations”. If the beginning flirts with the European Art music, notably from Prokofiev, it ends in a syncopated sentimentalism in the style of the great Hollywood movies. The excellent pianist Beatrice Rana (who has recorded for Warner Classics a very exciting Second Concerto by Prokofiev with the same conductor, as well as, more recently, the most talked-about Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach) is here a brilliant and convinced performer of the work. Written in 1963 and dedicated to President Kennedy, Kaddish, his third symphony, is probably the most personal work of this trilogy. Heterogeneous as is all Bernstein music, it goes together with a text written by him that caused a scandal because of his iconoclastic arrogance, as Bernstein is giving advice to God to better rule mankind… Unsatisfied with his text, the composer did several revisions of his work to give it the form that is mostly used today. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | San Francisco Symphony

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Berlioz's preface for his dramatic symphony Romeo and Juliet reads as follows: "Although voices are frequently used in it, it is neither a concert opera, nor a cantata, but a choral symphony. The reason there is singing almost from the start is to prepare the listener’s mind for the dramatic scenes where the feelings and passions are to be expressed by the orchestra. This latter scene depicts the reconciliation of the two families and is the only one to belong to the genre of opera or oratorio. If, in the celebrated scenes in the garden and in the cemetery, the dialogue of the two lovers, Juliet’s asides and the impassioned pleas of Romeo are not sung, if in short the love duet and the duet of despair are entrusted to the orchestra, the reasons for this are numerous and easy to grasp. First, and this would by itself be a sufficient justification for the author, the work is a symphony and not an opera. Then, since duets of this kind have been treated countless times in vocal form by the greatest masters, it was wise as well as interesting to try another mode of expression. It is also because the very sublimity of this love made its depiction so dangerous for the composer that he needed to allow his imagination a freedom which the literal meaning of the words sung would have denied him. Hence the resort to instrumental language, a language which is richer, more varied, less finite, and through its very imprecision incomparably more powerful in such a situation." This new recording by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra brings together American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and tenor Nicholas Phan, as well as Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Some people may disagree with the absence of French voices; it is true that the pronunciation of the soloists is a little wobbly at times, but let’s not forget that this is Berlioz: the overwhelming majority of the score is symphonic, and that is where the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra truly shines through. © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | San Francisco Symphony

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama
The four Nations by François Couperin (also known as "Couperin the Great") consist of France, Spain, the Empire and Piedmont (Italy, therefore), though it would be rather futile to look for any truly national characteristics in each of the movements of these four suites. And all the more so due to the fact that many of the pieces had already been composed well before the collection’s publication in 1726, and they were simply renamed... Yes, throughout the thirty-six movements of the work we do hear the French style on the one hand and the more Italianising style on the other, but the many interpolations make it, in fact, a kind of mixed European collection. At most, Spain is entitled to a few rare and truly Iberian turns of phrase, even though they are only visible under a microscope. Christophe Rousset and his musical ensemble Les Talens Lyriques approach these "trios" with joy and respect, knowing that the term "trio" does not necessarily imply three musicians; in fact, the melodic parts are entrusted to two oboes, two flutes and two violins, both together and alternately, while the continuo is played by the bassoon, harpsichord, gamba and theorbo, again either together or in various combinations depending on the musical texture. In this way, the thirty-six movements demonstrate the immense musical richness of these various nations, with all the diversity and contrasts that Couperin has assigned to them. © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 12 april 2019 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | Auris-Subtilis

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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 8 maart 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 15 maart 2019 | London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 12 oktober 2018 | CAvi-music

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