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Symphonic Music - Released February 2, 2018 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Record of the Month - Le Choix de France Musique - 5 étoiles de Classica
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released May 6, 2014 | RCO Live

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In this era of minimally sized ensembles performing Mozart, it's almost refreshing to hear the composer's swan song, the unfinished Requiem in D minor, K. 626, performed by the sizable Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam under conductor Mariss Jansons. The recording is part of a series of live performances of major requiem masses, with those by Brahms and Verdi following this one. Indeed, Jansons' reading of Mozart's mass seems to look forward to the other two; it has a broad Romantic feel and an operatic tinge in the solo parts, ably supported by a quartet of soloists including the mighty contralto Bernarda Fink. Operatic is probably the way to go in Mozart when dealing with a large orchestra, and in general this is a strong example of a rather old-fashioned way of doing Mozart, one that still has plenty of mileage. Sample the opening Introitus and its extremely unusual and very effective pacing quality. The Netherlands Radio Choir's contributions in the explosive Dies Irae and other large sections are outstanding, with power married to contrapuntal precision. The sound from the engineering team associated with the orchestra's in-house label is excellent; there's many a studio recording that can only aspire to this level of clarity and fidelity. This is, in short, an exceptional Mozart Requiem for anyone with any sympathy for what the 19th century brought to the work.
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released September 25, 2015 | RCO Live

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année
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Symphonic Music - Released June 7, 2011 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released September 24, 2013 | BR-Klassik

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - La Clef du mois RESMUSICA
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Classical - Released August 4, 2017 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles de Classica
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Symphonic Music - Released January 8, 2016 | Sony Classical

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It is the third time that Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons is invited to direct the prestigious New Year's Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, having previously done so in both 2006 and 2012. This concert, broadcast direct across the planet to about 90 million viewers, will certainly honour the Strauss dynasty: Johann father, Johann son, Josef and Eduard, but also the composer of operettas and film scores Robert Stolz (1880 - 1975), Carl Ziehrer, Emil Waldteufel and Josef Hellmesberger. The majority of waltzes and polkas by Strauss from a big part of the habitual content for the New Year's Concert supply, but eight works are really offered first. They will end unquestionably with Vienna's least kept secret, The Blue Danube Waltz and The Radetzky March. It is worth noting that this will mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of the New Years Concert in Vienna. © SM/Qobuz
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Symphonies - Released February 24, 2015 | RCO Live

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
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Symphonic Music - Released January 2, 2012 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Symphonic Music - Released May 26, 2015 | RCO Live

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | BR-Klassik

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Antonín Dvorák's Stabat Mater, Op. 58, written in the aftermath of the deaths of three of his children, is a sober and powerful work, inexplicably neglected and unlike any other work of choral music from the 19th century. Perhaps most performances don't capture its full weight, but this live recording from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, does so. There are many deep pleasures here. The orchestra's choir is extraordinary: rich yet without a hint of wobble and utterly clear in its sense of the text. Jansons keeps things at a deliberate pace that lets the music breathe and the currents of personal experience rise to the surface. The soloists, none terribly well known, are fine in their individual numbers, but absolutely transcendent in ensembles, nowhere more so that in the sublime "Quando corpus morietur" finale (track 10); there are a couple of other strong recordings of this work, but it seems likely that no one has ever matched this conclusion. The live recording from the Herkulessaal in Munich is impressively transparent and faithful to the spontaneity of the event. A superb Dvorák release.
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Ballets - Released April 1, 2014 | RCO Live

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Performed with amazing polish and astounding virtuosity, this 2008 coupling of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and Rite of Spring by Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is nevertheless quite dull. It's not really the orchestra's fault. The skill the Dutch players bring to this supremely difficult music is incredible. No matter how excessive the music's technical demands, the Concertgebouw performs everything with consummate professionalism. And it's not really the conductor's fault. Jansons is an extremely talented and tremendously skilled director and no matter how complex the music's requirements, he elicits flawless playing from the Dutch musicians. If there is fault to be apportioned here, it goes to the performing tradition. Where in the early years of their history, Stravinsky's two ground-breaking ballet scores were considered the ne plus ultra of orchestral challenges; the scores have since become repertoire standards and even advanced high school orchestras have taken them up. Thus, when one of the three most virtuosic orchestras in Europe play them, the effortless ease of their performances undercut the scores' intrinsic difficulties, reducing music that was avant-garde to old favorite status and thereby producing performances that, for all their virtuosity, are still quite dull. RCO Live's super audio sound is cool, deep, and detailed, with an astonishing sense of time and place.
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Full Operas - Released September 4, 2015 | BR-Klassik

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Symphonic Music - Released June 3, 2016 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica
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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 1988 | Chandos

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Symphonic Music - Released April 1, 2016 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Symphonic Music - Released July 20, 2009 | Sony Classical

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Symphonic Music - Released November 6, 2015 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released February 1, 2011 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released November 17, 2009 | BR-Klassik

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  • The Qobuz Studio: Episode #5
    The Qobuz Studio: Episode #5 This week featuring albums from David Bowie, Kevin Gates, Mariss Jansons & Wiener Philharmoniker, Pop ETC, John Moreland, and a retrospective on Mike Oldfield.