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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard
It is hard to remember back to a time when this cover photograph -- three geezers in ties and dark suits, two of them bald and one with thick, horn-rimmed glasses -- could have been considered hip. But, even then, of course, the last thing Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft wanted in a recording of Brahms' Double Concerto was hip. What DGG wanted was the big-boned tone of cellist Janos Starker, the hard-muscled technique of violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan, and, most of all, the clear-eyed modernism of the RSO Berlin under Ferenc Fricsay. And that's exactly what it got: a Brahms' Double that had plenty of power and precision but that was cold-blooded in its execution. But, even coupled with Fricsay's recording of Beethoven's Triple Concerto again with Schneiderhan, but partnered this time with Pierre Fournier and Géza Anda, it's hard to imagine anyone in these digital times will find these performances hip. Fricsay was a cool and clear conductor with a lean and sinewy approach to tempo and form and, while his Beethoven Triple is lyrical, it is more objective than subjective, more steel than silk. While back in the early '60s, these recordings along with the three geezers on the cover might have been hip, one wonders if digital listeners will be able to dig it, daddy-o. DG's original early stereo sound was warmer and deeper than many of its original early digital recordings.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Sacred Vocal Music - Released December 2, 2013 | Tahra

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Classical - Released December 10, 2008 | Audite

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Classical - Released October 24, 2007 | Audite

This disc by Ferenc Fricsay and the Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester performing two Haydn symphonies has several things going for it and several things going against it. On the plus side, it has the great Hungarian conductor performing Haydn's Symphonies No. 44 and No. 98 live, two works he also recorded in the studio with the RIAS Symphonie-Orchester for Deutsche Grammophon at about the same time. The No. 44 here was recorded in October 1953, four months after Fricsay recorded it in the studio, while the No. 98 here was recorded in June 1952, 15 months before he recorded it in the studio. This means it has Fricsay at his freshest and most impulsive, leading performances bursting with drive and energy. On the minus side, it has the Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester and not the RIAS Symphonie-Orchester. It takes the Cologne players a minute or two before they settle into a steady tempo in both works, and even after that, they too often slide out of sync, resulting in a sloppy pair of performances. For fans of the conductor who've already heard his DG studio recording of these works and are interested in hearing what he did with them live, these recordings will provide the answers. But most other listeners will probably want to check out the studio performances first. Audite's monaural radio sound is raw but natural, dim but honest.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Audite

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Classical - Released October 29, 2008 | Audite

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Classical - Released May 30, 2007 | Audite

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Classical - Released January 12, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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These are the recordings of Mozart created by Ferenc Fricsay at the head of the Berlin RIAS orchestra, now known at the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, of which he was the musical director from 1948 to 1954, and then from 1959 to his premature death in 1963. More precisely, these recordings date from 1951 and 1952, still in mono (high-fidelity music lovers take note); the majority having been recorded in the studio, the last few in concert. They cover almost all the symphonies of Mozart's youth, from No. 1 to No. 9, and No. 23 and No. 27; as well as a number of serenades and cassations, and some rather less-usual concertos - the Concerto for bassoon, and the Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds – and an air from the Noces with Suzanne Danco as well as a duet from Don Giovanni with Danco and Rita Streich. The impeccable sound recording by Radio Berlin, even in mono, attests to the immense musical talent and vitality of the conductor, a student of Bartók (whom he would always faithfully champion) and Kodály, who disappeared at the unreasonably-young age of 48. © SM/Qobuz
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Pop - Released April 27, 2017 | Mon patrimoine musical

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Symphonic Music - Released March 31, 2016 | Festive Music

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Symphonic Music - Released March 31, 2016 | Festive Music