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Solo Piano - Released November 1, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon

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In tribute to the life and art of the Viennese pianist Jörg Demus, who died in April 2019, Eloquence releases his earliest recordings of Schubert’s Impromptus and Moments Musicaux. By the time of these sessions, which took place over a week in April 1958, Demus was not yet 30 but already an experienced recording artist, having made LPs of the duet music for Westminster with his Viennese colleague Paul Badura-Skoda, as well as a Remington Records disc of the Moments musicaux and much else besides, focusing on the Austro-German repertoire of the Classical and early-Romantic eras which would make his reputation. The Deutsche Grammophon engineers captured Demus more lucidly and favourably than their rivals, and in both mono and stereo incarnations these records would stand the test of time, though they have never been reissued as a complete set on CD. Newly remastered from the original tapes, they reveal the depth of Demus’s understanding in Schubert’s music, an unfussy technique and a modesty which never seeks to impose pathos and profundity from without but which dances with a rare lightness of spirit. Born and raised in Vienna, Demus understood this music as a precursor to the popular waltzes and polkas of the Strauss family. ‘Only a complete realization and comprehension of the accompanimental rhythms – precise and yet with a slight touch of a personal accent – will in many cases create the right atmosphere.’ When he died in April 2019, one of the many affectionate Austrian obituaries referred to Demus as ‘the ballet-master of ten fingers’: a description that summed him up perfectly, as these recordings demonstrate. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)
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Symphonic Music - Released June 14, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon

Epic interpretations of orchestral music from Wagner’s music dramas, conducted by James LevineIn 1991 and 1995, James Levine recorded two albums for Deutsche Grammophon which have become known as ‘bleeding chunks’, in Ernest Newman’s phrase, from Wagner’s operas. Collected together for the first time on this Eloquence reissue, they form a comprehensive survey of overtures, preludes and excerpts, featuring many of Wagner’s best-known melodies and most thrilling orchestral climaxes. There are the noble trumpet tunes to open his early operatic successes, ‘Rienzi’ and ‘Tannhäuser’ and the turbulent sea-scape to open ‘Der fliegende Holländer’. Both the serene first-act and jubilant third-act Preludes to ‘Lohengrin’ are included as well as highlights from the ‘Ring’ and the preludes to the operas he composed while on a seven-year working holiday from the ‘Ring’, ‘Die Meistersinger’ and ‘Tristan und Isolde’. The anthology concludes with some of the most quietly ecstatic music Wagner ever wrote, for the baptism of Kundry on the Good Friday Meadow in the third act of ‘Parsifal’. Levine became music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York aged just 27, having studied as a teenager with Walter Levin, Rudolf Serkin and at the Juilliard School. Under his leadership, the Met orchestra was trained and transformed into a superlative Wagner orchestra: full-bodied, silky and holding power in reserve for Levine to harness at the points of intense crisis and triumph without words in the music dramas. On this reissue, they are prefaced by the 1991 recording made by Levine in Berlin of Wagner’s birthday gift to his wife Cosima, the ‘Siegfried Idyll’ which he based on themes from the ‘Ring’. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)
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Classical - Released February 15, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon

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Classical - Released February 8, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon

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The first great asset of this second album from Simon Graichy for the Yellow Label is the clarity of its recording which captures the exquisite sound of this Franco-Lebanese Mexican pianist and the intense energy with which he plays, especially in Schumann’s Humoreske. Its second great asset is that it includes Schumann’s very rare Etudes in Variation Form on a Theme by Beethoven based on the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphony No.7, which many people may not be familiar with. The very first version was developed in the years 1831-32 and was scarcely recorded, but it is a true masterpiece from Schumann’s youth. To summarise, Simon Graichy takes us on a unique journey through his imagination on this album, where the possibilities are endless. It is not often that Schumann’s Humoreske is combined with “minimalist” pieces like Chilly Gonzales’ amazing Robert on the bridge and Pawel Szymanski’s poetic Etudes pour piano. An intriguing voyage that makes for a mesmerising experience. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz
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Classical - Released February 8, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon

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Symphonies - Released October 26, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon

Fiery accounts of six symphonies from Haydn’s ‘Sturm und Drang’ periodDaniel Barenboim had been conducting the English Chamber Orchestra for 20 years when he made the first of the three Deutsche Grammophon LPs newly remastered and compiled on this Eloquence twofer. The familiarity tells in the crisp and dynamic response of the ECO to Barenboim’s elegant and idiomatic leadership. Without recourse to the bright and individuated instrumental textures of period instruments – a performing philosophy he has always shunned – Barenboim vividly outlines the knife-edge drama of the ‘Trauer’ Symphony (No.44), the horn-led festivity of the piece dedicated to the 'Empress Maria Theresia (No.48)' and the unpredictable twists and turns of the ‘Farewell’ (No.45). Deprived of memorable nicknames, Nos. 46 and 47 have never achieved the renown of the other four symphonies composed around the turn of the 1770s, yet Barenboim is alive to their revolutionary qualities. Haydn was no hide-bound conservative but one of music’s great innovators and experimenters, exemplified by the palindromic ingenuity of No.47’s Minuet and Trio and the subtle, proto-Minimalist rhythmic patterning of the symphony’s not-so-slow movement. While Barenboim has since become renowned for his broadly conceived interpretations of Bruckner and Wagner, the forward drive and relentless energy of No.49 (‘La Passione’) belong in spirit to the early recordings of Mozart concertos and Beethoven sonatas that propelled him to international fame as a prodigiously gifted young musician. Made in studio sessions in 1975 and 1978 in Edinburgh and London, these recordings combine the best of ‘old’ and ‘new’ approaches to Papa Haydn at his least Papa-like. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)
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Classical - Released February 17, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon

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Classical - Released February 17, 2017 | Deutsche Grammophon

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Classical - Released August 25, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon

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Classical - Released August 25, 2015 | Deutsche Grammophon

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon