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Classical - Released February 2, 2018 | PentaTone

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Andrew Manze started his music career as a baroque violinist with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, and then the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Concert. Only later he started dabbling in more ancient repertoires, ranging from romanticism to modern partitions, conducting non-baroque classical orchestras. As the head of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, he gives us a profoundly delicate and transparent interpretation, with great care given to respect Mendelssohn’s partition, highlighting countless little details. The listener will no doubt feel like he’s hearing Mendelssohn’s Italian for the first time, or at least believe he’s discovering a long-forgotten original version: but no, it is exactly the partition as we know it, or at least as we thought we knew. As for the Symphony “Reformation”, it is here more designed like a fine and beautiful orchestral score rather than an unpalatable reformed mammoth. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released February 8, 2019 | PentaTone

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Considered to be the highest triumph of instrumental composition in his own day, Mozart’s final symphonies continue to sweep audiences away. From the famous G-minor opening movement of the 40th symphony that cuts straight to the chase to the unprecedented complexity of the 41st symphony’s majestic finale, Mozart displays his vivid melodic invention as well as the maturity of his “old” musical soul. Even if his untimely death came unexpectedly, these two symphonies fill the listener with a sense of culmination, and may be seen as a sublime conclusion of both Mozart’s musical development and of the eighteenth-century symphony in general. These extraordinary works are performed here by the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze, and will be followed by a recording of Mozart’s 38th and 39th symphonies. With their first Mozart album, conductor and orchestra extend their successful Pentatone discography that already contains the complete symphonies of Mendelssohn, crowned with a 2017 Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. © Pentatone
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Classical - Released January 10, 2020 | PentaTone

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After their prize-winning Mendelssohn symphonies cycle and acclaimed Mozart symphonies album, the NDR Radiophilharmonie and its chief conductor Andrew Manze now present Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh symphonies. While Beethoven’s Fifth is arguably the most famous symphony in the history of music, the Seventh counts as one of the most rhythmically-advanced pieces of nineteenth-century music; an “apotheosis of dance”, to quote Richard Wagner. Both works display Beethoven’s mastery of and audacious approach to musical form as well as the richness of his melodic invention, and are generally praised as paragons of symphonic composition. Andrew Manze brings his experience in the field of historically informed performance to the polished symphonic sound of the NDR Radiophilharmonie, providing an ambience that fits these early nineteenth-century works like a glove. © Pentatone
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Classical - Released February 14, 2020 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released June 1, 2018 | PentaTone

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Opera - Released November 16, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released January 4, 2019 | CPO

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Felix Woyrsch was born in 1860, around the same time as Richard Strauss and Debussy, and died in 1944, one year before Bartók. Until the start of the Great War he remained reasonably modernist, but after 1920 his style, which was firmly rooted in German post-Romanticism, was hard-pressed by the revolutions of Stravinsky, Schönberg, Hindemith, and even Strauss: although more conservative, he professed his admiration for his illustrious contemporaries. In his own words, he learned counterpoint from Palestrina, Gabrieli and Bach, composition from Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn and then later with Brahms and Wagner, and orchestration from Berlioz. This self-proclaimed pedigree didn’t lack panache! The Fourth and Fifth Symphonies date respectively from 1931 and 1935, the dawn of Woyrsch's life, but there is not the slightest trace of pessimism in any of this music and in fact, in spite of itself, it offers a strong dose of modernism stripped of all its romanticism. With these two very mature works discover a composer who defies classification. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | CPO

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | CPO

To the extent that Dmitry Kabalevsky has been viewed as the Soviet composer par excellence, his reputation has suffered in the west, especially since the end of the Cold War. Certainly, some of his less politically rewarded contemporaries have risen to greater prominence in the same period, and this demonstrates a shift in public opinion, from favoring the tuneful and conservative music of Kabalevsky to exploring the deeper, agonized expressions of such artists as Dmitry Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Particularly in the realm of the symphony, Kabalevsky's four symphonies are far less significant than Shostakovich's fifteen or Weinberg's twenty five, which reflect in their troubled music much of what was wrong in the Soviet Union, while Kabalevsky's adhere to the party line and portray a heroic Russian populism that rings false today. This is not to say that Kabalevsky's symphonies are bad music, for they are constructed quite well in the expansive, late Romantic style, and anyone who appreciates highly melodic music in the tradition of Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov will find these works easy to appreciate. Indeed, the lively performances of Eiji Oue and the NDR Radio Philharmonic convey their excitement over these rarely recorded works, and their muscular energy makes them worth hearing, even though they are among the shallowest of twentieth century symphonies and of primary interest to students of Russian history. CPO's sound quality is excellent, so the performances come across with natural orchestral colors and resonance.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | CPO

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Classical - Released February 8, 2006 | Berlin Classics

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Classical - Released February 14, 2020 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released June 2, 2017 | CPO

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | CPO

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Classical - Released July 3, 2015 | CPO

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Classical - Released July 1, 2014 | CPO

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Classical - Released January 10, 2020 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | CPO

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | CPO