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Symphonic Music - Released September 6, 2019 | audite Musikproduktion

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This complete edition of the symphonic works of Edvard Grieg is especially convincing thanks to the authentic approach of the Norwegian Eivind Aadland, who strongly influences the interpretations of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne under his direction. The first LP of this series presents two of Grieg's principal collections on 180g vinyl: his first Peer Gynt suite from the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's drama Peer Gynt, the story of the "Nordic Faust" which inspired Grieg to compose a sonic panorama of the Norwegian character - from the melancholy song Death of Åses to the furious chase in the Hall of the Mountain King - as well as his four Symphonic Dances Op. 64 of 1898, where the composer draws on his experiences as a conductor of the leading European orchestras. The second LP of this Grieg series includes the second Peer Gynt suite, the Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak as well as the famous suite From Holberg's Time - a homage to Ludvig Holberg, the caustic "Molière of the North" - and Klokkeklang - an almost impressionist study documenting a surprisingly visionary trait of the otherwise rather conservative composer. © audite
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Classical - Released November 24, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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The twentieth anniversary of the October Revolution made the year 1937 a high point of Soviet culture. At the same time, the "Great Terror" under Stalin reached its gruesome peak. Prokofiev, who settled permanently in Moscow in 1936, knew which country he had entered. The first position amongst Soviet composers seemed to have been vacated when Shostakovich had become a non-person following the Pravda article Muddle instead of Music. Prokofiev indicated his cooperation: he was determined to become a Soviet composer. In the Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution he played out his genuine enthusiasm for mass scorings, combining colossal symphonic forces with a double choir, a brass band, an accordion ensemble and a gigantic percussion section. The cantata oscillates between revolutionary vehemence and lyrical melodies, between Russian folklore and riotous military tumult. An exceptional historical document of the highest compositional level - released in the year of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. © Audite
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Solo Piano - Released November 3, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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RIAS − Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor – was the “Western” radio in Berlin between 1946 and 1993, serving as a cultural link between the two Germanys for decades. During that time, the RIAS recorded numerous musicians from across the world, including Jorge Bolet between 1962 and 1966 (in addition to a single track with Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu in 1973): some three hours of recorded material covering a fair share of the massive repertoire of the notorious Cuban pianist at the height of his glory and career. These performances of course include works by Liszt and Chopin, numerous diabolically virtuoso pieces by Godowsky (of whom he was a disciple at the beginning of the 30s) and Moszkowski, as well as the two books of Debussy’s Préludes. An absolute delight for fans of the great gentleman pianist, particularly as all tracks, with no exception, come directly from the original RIAS matrices, re-mastered with the greatest care given to the sounds, polyphonic textures, contrasts and colours (especially for Debussy) the pianist magnificently conferred to everything he played. One can only regret that only three hours of Bolet exist in this higher quality. © SM/Qobuz
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Keyboard Concertos - Released August 11, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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These recordings reveal Nelson Freire in 1966, aged 22, making his German radio "début" (at RIAS in Berlin) with a somewhat unusual repertoire: Grieg's Lyric Pieces, which are somewhat removed from any notion of virtuosity, followed by a few moments of the most dramatic of Liszt's works - the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5, which the composer himself referred to as a "heroic elegy"; and the Fifth, which is known by the rather more sober name Preludio. Twenty years later, still in Berlin in 1986, the same Freire would perform Saint-Saëns's Second Concerto, accompanied by the Berlin Radio Symphonic Orchestra, since become known as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin directed by Ádám Fischer; this was a radio concert recorded in public and broadcast live, so no cheating was possible - not that Freire was known for such things, of course. These are fascinating archives which show that the Brazilian pianist in full command of his phenomenal powers at 22, and with a superb maturity which remains youthful and joyful for Saint-Saëns. © SM/Qobuz
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Cello Concertos - Released June 30, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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Classical - Released May 19, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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Absolute faithfulness to the musical text and youthful vigour right up to old age: Carl Schuricht (1880-1967), one of the last representatives of the generation of old German conductors during the post-war decades, focused on clear structures rather than romantic pathos or personal eccentricity. These two Lucerne live recordings demonstrate the compelling persuasiveness of his inspired objectivity, especially when performing alongside the celebrated Mozart interpreter Robert Casadesus, whose choice of tempi is particularly striking. © Audite
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Classical - Released April 28, 2017 | audite Musikproduktion

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Symphonic Music - Released March 18, 2016 | audite Musikproduktion

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Symphonic Music - Released February 26, 2016 | audite Musikproduktion

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Classical - Released November 27, 2015 | audite Musikproduktion

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Chamber Music - Released July 18, 2014 | audite Musikproduktion

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Symphonic Music - Released July 18, 2014 | audite Musikproduktion

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Opera Extracts - Released June 6, 2014 | audite Musikproduktion

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Classical - Released May 16, 2014 | audite Musikproduktion

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Chamber Music - Released April 4, 2014 | audite Musikproduktion

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Symphonic Music - Released March 14, 2014 | audite Musikproduktion

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Claudio Abbado's relationship with the Lucerne Festival was famous and highly productive, not only for his many concerts with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, but also with guest orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, who appear on this CD from Audite. The recording of Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished," dates from 1978, seven years after Abbado had become the Vienna Philharmonic's principal conductor, while the 1988 performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D major and Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll were recorded when Abbado had been conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for nine years. These performances show responsiveness and flexibility, what one might expect from a skilled communicator like Abbado and two professional ensembles that knew the pieces thoroughly. Aside from the slight audience noise, the only quibble one might have with these live performances is Abbado's fairly conventional approach, which was mainstream for the time, but seems a bit dated today, in light of more historically informed performances. Fans of Abbado will be the most interested in these recordings, though they are also a good introduction for newcomers to his style of conducting. © TiVo
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Solo Piano - Released March 14, 2014 | audite Musikproduktion

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Classical - Released November 22, 2013 | audite Musikproduktion

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Quintets - Released November 1, 2013 | audite Musikproduktion

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Classical - Released October 11, 2013 | audite Musikproduktion

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