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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

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Symphonic Music - Released January 1, 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

Drawn from Herbert von Karajan's numerous recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, Karajan Gold is a two-volume introduction to the famous conductor's work. All the selections are equally famous, so this twofer may be regarded as a greatest-hits album of classical music, with Karajan providing a consistency of approach that other compilations lack. Whether the tracks are light in nature, as the Radetzky March, the Light Cavalry Overture, and On the Beautiful Blue Danube undoubtedly are, or taken from more serious works, such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 or Dvorák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," every piece is beloved by classical listeners, and Karajan's versions are favorites for many. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

Imagine Debussy's pentatonic melodies and Satie's ironic harmonies coupled with Legrand's grandly sweeping strings and Glass' minimalist ostinatos and you've more or less imagined Alexandre Desplat's score for the film The Painted Veil (2006). The composer of the scores for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and The Queen (2006), the French Desplat sets Somerset Maugham's story of moral redemption in a Chinese cholera epidemic as a sequence of strongly evocative cues with haunting themes, striking orchestrations, and infectious rhythms. Ably conducted by the composer and superbly played by the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the score features Chinese super virtuoso pianist Lang Lang as a soloist on several tracks, and the disc also includes his deeply nostalgic performance of Satie's aptly chosen Gnossienne No. 1 that follows the film's opening title music. Recorded in widescreen technical sound by Deutsche Grammophon, Desplat's score for The Painted Veil catches the film's mood of morbid romanticism, and anyone who saw the movie and wants to hear the music independent of the images will be more than satisfied with this 54-minute soundtrack. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

Incredibly, the world's greatest living conductor is getting better as he gets older. It's true -- Claudio Abbado, whose combination of effortless technique, lucid textures, and luminous tone coupled with his endless love for music has made him the preeminent conductor of our time, has only gotten better with age. Abbado's first Mahler's Fourth from 1978 is beautifully played by the Vienna Philharmonic, radiantly sung by Frederica von Stade, and joyously conducted by the young Maestro at the first peak of his powers. After his successful years with the Berlin Philharmonic and especially after some health problems, Abbado's second Mahler's Fourth from 2005 is extraordinarily spiritually led by the old Master at the peak of his interpretative abilities. His fluent technique is even more refined, but Abbado now seems more relaxed and thus more expressive than before, allowing and even encouraging portamento and vibrato. His lucid textures are less contrapuntal now and more flowing and his luminous lines are more lyrical and even more luminous. And his endless love of music -- and of life -- has infused the performance with a tangible sense of transcendence. The Berlin Philharmonic responds to its former music director with obvious affection and consummate artistry. Some listeners might find that Renée Fleming is too ironically maternal for the child's view of heaven that closes the symphony, but no listener will complain that Fleming is anything less than incandescently erotic in Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder that closes the disc. Deutsche Grammophon's live sound is entirely translucent. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

Russian chamber music from the Silver Age -- is there any? Yes, some -- Tchaikovsky wrote three string quartets, a string sextet, and a piano trio, plus Borodin wrote a couple of string quartets and Rachmaninov a couple of piano trios -- but otherwise, no, not much. Indeed, the very idea is so far from the reality that one cannot even imagine what chamber music by Mussorgsky or Scriabin would sound like. But there was one Russian composer of the Silver Age who specialized in chamber music: Sergey Taneyev. Indeed, with six string quartets and two string quintets plus a piano trio, and a piano quartet to his credit, Taneyev's chamber works far outnumber his four symphonies, one overture, and one piano concerto. But is any of Taneyev's chamber music worth hearing? Some may be, but it's not on this disc. Technically, Taneyev's piano quintet and piano trio are impeccable. Taneyev was clearly one of the great contrapuntists with thorough command of chromatic harmony plus complete control of form and structure. Emotionally, however, his quintet and trio are null, void, and empty. His melodies are either bombastic or pathetic. His harmonies are either affected or bathetic. His forms are either pompous or ponderous. One cannot blame the players. Virtuoso pianist Mikhail Pletnev appears persuaded of the music's worth and he seems to have convinced his all-star string players, but even the most dedicated fan of Russian music from the Silver Age may find it difficult to feel the same way. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is a tad too hard and a bit too close. © TiVo
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Concertos - Released January 1, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

A legend in his own time for his concentration, his intensity, and his relentless pursuit of perfectly lucid performances, Hans Rosbaud made only a handful of studio recordings during his lifetime. But after his death in 1962, those recordings eventually went out of print and Rosbaud went from being a legend to being a memory as his LPs slowly wore out. This five-CD set of Rosbaud's complete recordings for Deutsche Grammophon made from 1948 through 1956 returns to the circulation performances of almost perfect lucidity. In everything from his luminous accompaniment to Mozart's ethereal and delightful Violin Concerto in D major to his fuliginous interpretation of Berg's hellish and terrifying Drei Orchesterstucke, Rosbaud comes as close as any conductor ever has to representing the score without any trace of interpretation. Yet Rosbaud's interpretations are never less than completely musical: both his performances of two of Haydn's symphonies are models of humor in music and both his performances of two of Stravinsky's ballets are demonstrations of movement in music. But the best thing about the set is the inclusion of Rosbaud's performances of Boris Blacher's bright and vibrant Concertante Musik and brilliant and vivid Piano Concerto No. 2, two superb works that are given what might as well be called definitive performances. And if one might reasonably question Rosbaud's performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 as idiomatically sleek and his performances of Sibelius' lighter works as uncharacteristically polished, one cannot question Deutsche Grammophon's lovingly remastered sound. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

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Classical - Released September 1, 2003 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

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Opera - Released November 13, 2001 | Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

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