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Sacred Oratorios - Released November 13, 2020 | LSO Live

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Few recordings exist of Beethoven’s unique oratorio which drew influence from Händel’s work Haydn’s The Creation and the Seasons. A revelation came in 1966 Philadelphia when Eugene Ormandy made a beautiful recording of the oratorio. Ormandy’s lead was then followed by several more recordings. But, the composition remains a rarity within repertoires, even the monumental Beethoven edition published by Deutsche Grammophone for the 200th anniversary of the composers birth omitted this deserving oratorio. Christ on the Mount of Olives’ writing and theatricality varies in an experimental fashion that would give birth to Leonore the following year and then Fidelio ten years later. Beethoven seems to oscillate between several genres with a writing style that mixes academia, operatic vocal virtuosity and innovation (stemming from his own language). The bad reception of his 1803 work seems to shadow this oratorio like a malediction. This new recording by Sir Simon Rattle, captured during a concert performed at the Barbican Centre in London in February 2020, turns a salutary spotlight onto an all too often neglected work. Elsa Dreisig plays the seraph with great virtuosity and Pavol Breslik as a determined Christ. It was the first time that a composer had had Christ sang by a tenor and not by a bass singer, as was tradition. David Soar accurately plays the role of Peter, who is somewhat treated as secondary on the score. The choirs are omnipresent in their representation of the crowds (the “turba”) and their cries and murmurs. The one hundred and twenty-five singers in the London Symphony Choir are the true heroes of this vigorous interpretation which is brought to life with energy and dramatism by a particularly inspired and elated Sir Simon. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 6, 2019 | LSO Live

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Symphonic Music - Released February 8, 2019 | LSO Live

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Widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation, LSO Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda presents a work of concentrated emotional intensity in the first of a new series exploring Tchaikovsky's final three symphonies. Urgent, supercharged and violent in places, Tchaikovsky's Fourth is said to reflect the turmoil he found himself in while composing: a disastrous marriage, struggles with his sexuality and severe depression. Yet, despite the gloomy outlook, the symphony proves undoubtedly that Tchaikovsky knew how to fill his works with memorable melodies. Known for his mastery of Russian repertoire, for this album Noseda pairs Tchaikovsky with a masterpiece by his fellow countryman, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, performed here in Ravel's iconic orchestration. © LSO Live
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Violin Concertos - Released November 16, 2018 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released June 15, 2018 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released March 2, 2018 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released February 2, 2018 | LSO Live

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Symphonic Music - Released September 1, 2017 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released February 3, 2017 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released November 18, 2016 | LSO Live

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Symphonic Music - Released September 9, 2016 | LSO Live

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Symphonic Music - Released September 9, 2016 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released September 9, 2016 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released March 4, 2016 | LSO Live

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Symphonic Music - Released August 28, 2015 | LSO Live

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Symphonic Music - Released August 28, 2015 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released November 18, 2014 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released October 27, 2014 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released October 13, 2014 | LSO Live

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