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Praga Digitals grundades 1992 av den franske musikvetaren Pierre Barbier, expert på östeuropeisk och sovjetisk musik. Barbier startade skivmärket efter Berlinmurens fall för att hjälpa Warszawa-paktens musiker och artister att nå en ny publik i Väst.

Genom åren har Praga även gett ut massor med historiska inspelningar med idel kända namn, som Karajan, Bernstein, Giulini, Furtwängler, Kempff, Toscanini, Rostropovic, Richter med flera.

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Image Piano Sonatas
Performers such as Artur Schnabel, Wilhelm Kempff, Alfred Brendel ... today Murray Perahia, have proposed highly legitimate readings of these sonatas, a form that hindered the irresistible need for freedom of Schubert who invented for himself fantasy, impromptu, Klavierstück and musical moment, the ideal layout. With Richter, the peremptory brevity of contrasts, an impression of true harmonic freedom in the andante and adagios, make the quadripartite frame disappear, revealing the spiritual importance of the minuet replacing the traditional scherzo at the end of 1826. Yes, a Russian pianist plays 'Viennese' music.

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Image Symphony No. 5; Symphony No. 10
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Image String Quartets
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Image Symphony No. 8 (Two versions)
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Image Souvenir of Jacqueline Du Pré
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Image Late String Quartets (3 CD)
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Image PIANO QUINTETS
Dvorak: Piano Quintets
Ivan Klansky (Piano)
Prazak Quartet

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Image Ein Sommernachtstraum; Die erste Walpurgisnacht
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Image Short Portrait
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Image Georg Szell in Europe
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Image Sonate a quattro
Rossini, at the age of 12, studied Mozart's work, that of divertimentos and serenades with the same independence of mind as his model under Colloredo in Salzburg.

Marriner returns to these six Sonatas, finally united on a single disc, their trait purity and early classicism as their innate virtuosity, refusing any added neo-baroque flourish. Simplistic music? no, juvenile and inspiring by its vitality, these sketches are as difficult to render in their obvious evidences as some 'little music of the day' signed from Haydn to Mendelssohn.

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Image Cello Sonatas
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Image The Symphonist
Martinu;, son of a bell ringer in the small town of Policka in Bohemia, was doubtless inspired by the view from his church tower! In 1923 he went to Paris for a few weeks which turned into seventeen years, then fled to the United States at the outbreak of war. Roussel had turned him into a master of counterpoint, inventor of the neo-baroque concerto grosso, where innocent chamber music is transformed into a devastatingly powerful hue and cry, which only a handful of musicians have managed to render - namely Munch, Ancerl, Kubelík and Bélohlávek, who introduced the dense, highly inventive repertoire to a wider audience. After the throbbing polytonal violence of 1937, Martinu; shifted towards a more luminous lyricism along the lines of the Fantaisies symphoniques he dedicated to Charles Munch. This is a tribute to his early conductors.

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Image From Gluck to Ravel
Furtwängler leaves the Beethovian world and escapes with the complicity of the Wiener Philharmoniker of Alceste from 1767 to Ravelian Spain while reserving the heart of his concert to the irreconcilable trio Germanic that forms Wagner, Brahms and Mahler.

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Image String Quartets
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Image Symphonies Nos. 7 & 9
Wilhelm Furtwängler has left us with 112 live concert recordings. Many connoisseurs consider that his most unforgettableperformance was that of 7th October 1944 in the Berlin Beethoven-Saal, attended by Hermann Göring. The programmefeatured Bruckner’s last (unfinished) symphony, and closed with the adagio from Symphony No 7. This slow movement is heavy with Wagnerian Weltschmerz. It was written in the weeks preceding Wagner’s death in February 1883, and whennews reached Bruckner that Wagner had indeed died in Venice, he added the deeply poignant coda as an explicit tribute.This original recording represents Furtwängler's most inspired performance and is a compelling testimony to his legacy. It took Furtwängler to recognise and recreate an absolutely perfect depiction of Bruckner's tortured mind and, by extension, an entire world on the brink of collapse.

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Image Emil Gilels Plays Russian Piano Concertos
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Image Symphonies Nos. 5-7
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Image Symphony No. 5
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Image Piano Quintet & Clarinet Quintet
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Image Romantic Poems and Viennese Dances
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Image Invitation à la Valse
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Image Russian Piano Festival
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Image The Pioneer
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Image Famous Overtures
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Image Tribute to Zara Nelsova
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Image Russian Symphonies Vol. 2
Master and pupil? A youthful venture on the part of Rimsky-Korsakov while a naval officer, his first symphony deploys fine rhetoric, worthy of Haydn’s ‘military’ model incorporating contemporary material. His ‘cadet’ applies himself studiously. After the death of Stravinsky’s father in 1902, the Rimsky-Korsakov clan became a second family for young Igor.Through them he made many friends, and from 1905-8 studied orchestration with his master. Stravinsky conducts his Symphony and Scherzo Fantastique, coupled together for the first time in decades, in Praga remasters from early 1960s stereo.

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Image Symphonic Poems, Vol. 2
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Image Emil Gilels plays Tchaikovsky
Emil Gilels (1916-85), unlike his friend and compatriot Sviatoslav Richter, enjoyed playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 44 just as much as the celebrated Concerto No. 1, Op. 23. Their playing style was very different. Both equally virtuoso, Richter’s flashes of emotivity and virtuosity contrast with Gilels’ natural restraint and impressive legato. The two scores here, which met with surprisingly contrasting acclaim, appear only rarely together.

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Image Duke Bluebeard's Castle
An opulent yet logical combination of recordings by conductor Walter Süsskind (London, 1954) in honour of Bartók, under the technical direction of the latter’s son Peter. Their purity of sound and style is unaltered by time. The Prologue, narrated by bard Erno Lorsay, heralds the rhythm, colour and mood of the mystery play, imbuing it with meaning, even to non Hungarian speakers.

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Image String Quintet, Piano Quartet & Grosse Fuge
Two extremes: the young Beethoven pays tribute to Mozart’s String Quintet K515 with Op. 29 and to his quartet for piano and strings K493 with Op.16. Then, almost 20 years later he produces his 'Great Fugue', unleashing potential for a 16-string ensemble. The hugely influential Budapest String Quartet shows how a bold fusion of princely salon music and innovative fugue can combine great power with virtuoso elegance. A timeless revelation.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Suites
Albert Roussel, much-travelled midshipman inspired by visions from the East, successfully endows the intrinsic classicism of the symphony with both dryness and impressionist lushness. Distinguished conductors, impressed by Roussel’s powerful, luminous and ultimately classical composition, perform this unique collection of four masterpieces, Bacchus et Ariane offering a balanced dose of sense and sensibility.

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Image Complete Cello Sonatas
Pablo Casals' (1876-1973) recordings of Beethoven’s complete music for cello and piano with that other musical legend, the American (but Hungarian born and educated in Vienna) pianist Rudolf Serkin, now in vastly improved sound.

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Image Les Préludes; Tasso; Mazeppa; Die Ideale
Both the term symphonic poem and the form itself were invented by Franz Liszt, who in works such as Les Préludes (1848; after Alphonse de Lamartine’s Méditations poétiques) used thematic transformation to parallel the poetic emotions. That’s true again with Byron (Tasso, lamento e trionfo), Schiller (Die Ideale) and Victor Hugo (Mazeppa). A winning quartet!

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Image Hospodine; Diary of the One Disappeared; Glagolith
These three pieces, sung in old Slavonic and Moravian dialect, offer a compelling portrait of Janácek, a former Brno monk. He became acquainted with ecclesiastical traditions and local folklore, first in the monastery choir and then at the organ, where the spoken language permeates the music. His patriotism and humanist fervour is reflected in all his work and here his grandiose 'Slava' [Gloria] proudly celebrates Slavic culture.

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Image Leonid Kogan plays Russian Music
Leonid Kogan was a great admirer of Jascha Heifetz, and his renderings of the classics, from Bach to Tchaikovsky, are imbued with a luminous majestic elegance. The sense of freedom and lightness stems from an inborn virtuosity, compellingly projected by this programme, which juxtaposes folk music from the past with subtly transcended more recent Slavic music. Leonid Kogan [1924-82] studied from the age of 10 with Philip Yampolsky, a Leopold Auer pupil, and his main mentor was Abram Yampolsky until 1951, the year he won the 1st prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Kogan was the first Soviet violinist to play and record Berg's Violin concerto. He also made a famous recording of Khachaturian's violin concerto with Pierre Monteux and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for RCA Victor (his American debut recording), a version still considered the most exciting reading of the work but his career was always overshadowed by that of David Oistrakh, who was strongly promoted by the Soviet authorities. Kogan was made an Honoured Artist in 1955 and a People's Artist of the USSR in 1964. He received the Lenin Prize in 1965.

His playing exemplified the finest qualities of the Russian School: an emotionally romantic elan and melodious filigree of technical detail. In addition to the standard repertoire, in which he excelled, he also played modern violin works, particularly those by Soviet composers. Among works dedicated to him are concertos by Knipper, Khrennikov [included here], Karayev and Bunin, the Concerto-Rhapsody by Khachaturian and Sonatas by Levitin and Weinberg. In short Praga Digitals have brought together a remarkable tribute to him of works that he inspired and which he is remembered for.

Leonid Kogan was married to Elizabeth Gilels, sister of pianist Emil Gilels, also a concert violinist. His son, Pavel Kogan (b. 1952) became a famous violinist and conductor. His daughter, Nina Kogan (b. 1954), is a concert pianist and became the accompanist and sonata partner of her father at an early age.

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Image Symphony No. 5 & Te Deum
Eugen Jochum conducts the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, a gigantic musical cathedral and a masterpiece of counterpoint.

The Abbey of Ottobeuren in Germany celebrated its 1200th anniversary in 1964 and to mark the occasion Eugen Jochum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra performed Bruckner's Fifth Symphony there with Philips on hand to record them. The LP set arrived in the shops after Jochum had completed his groundbreaking Bruckner cycle in the studio for DG but many who heard the Bruckner remembered something significantly different from Jochum's fine Bavarian Radio Orchestra version; one of the great Bruckner orchestras in something of a golden age and the thrill of live performance in a near-ideal acoustic.

The great Maria Stader gleams in the astounding 'Te Deum laudamus' from Jochum's classic DG set.

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Image Tribute to Zdenek Kosler
Zdenek Košler , Czech conductor and accomplished disciple of Karel Ancerl, was never happier than when directing Smetana's Dalibor or Libuše, or Dvorák’s Jakobin. His love of opera did not detract from his meticulous and inspired conducting of orchestral music, whose modernity was not as readily appreciated by the general public. Although a distinguished Mozartian, he only ventured into his magic world in Solvakia. The programme presented here provides proof of his extraordinary lucidity, appreciated by connoisseurs of his Dvorák, Martinu, Prokofiev or Shostakovich. He tended to let other conductors of the Czech Philharmonic shine with Smetana, Dvorák and Suk, his achievements focusing on more challenging (non Slavic) repertoires by Wagner, Roussel or Bartók

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Image Victoria de Los Angeles in Paris
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Image Arrangements or Transfigurations
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Image Russian Symphonies, Vol. 1
A logical, albeit rare, association of symphonies by Balakirev, the composer of Islamey and Tamara He was the cornerstone of the Russian Mighty Five: César Cui, Aleksandr Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Mily Balakirev, who in the 1860s banded together in an attempt to create a truly national school of Russian music; free of the stifling influence of Italian opera, German lieder, and other western European forms. In this album two prestigious conductors do them justice.

Symphony No.1 in C major is a romantic and well constructed work, performed by the early Karajan/Walter Legge team and the Philharmonia was certainly a crack ensemble at the time. The Second Symphony, which has, with some justice, been described as a paler copy of the First, brings an opening movement which under Rozhdestvensky’s baton moves forward strongly, generating much Slavic energy. Here tuttis are noticeably brash, but certainly not dull.

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Image The String Quintets (Complete)
Far removed from traditional chamber fare, the two violas are the only thing that these six quintets have in common. They provide the melodious bass so beloved of Mozart, the distinctive stamp of his K515/316 diptych, a precursor of the expressionism of the Romantic era.

The Budapest Quartet, at its apogee, provides the ultimate interpretation of these works, expressed with eloquence by Walter Trampler on the second viola.

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Image Schelomo; Double Concerto; Cello Concerto No. 1
Piatigorsky, only 18 years old, traveled from USSR to Germany, studied with Becker and Klengel and found employment playing in a trio in a Russian cafe in Berlin, frequented by Feuermann and Furtwängler, who hired him as principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He kept that post until 1929 (now 26 years old), when he decided to pursue a career as a traveling concert artist. When Richard Strauss heard him, he said, "I have finally heard my Don Quixote as I thought him to be." That same year he made his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Stowkowski, and the New York Philharmonic, with Mengelberg. He loved the United States, and became a citizen in 1942 . The first Russian cellist of the last century to be world-acclaimed before Rostropovich.

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Image Works for Two Pianos
A generous compilation of Stravinsky’s two-piano works, including his Rite of Spring. The Sacrifice is a tribute to the household gods who assemble to celebrate the inexorable danse de mort, played on a Bösendorfer and a Steinway, their exquisite respective craftsmanship proffered for our humble admiration.

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Image Symphony No. 4
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Image Serenades from Bohemia
First perfected by Mozart, the ‘classic’ serenade spread its wings with Dvorák although it had to be demurely toned down to gain the approval of the royal salons. Village fete music and bandstand concerts alongside waltzes and minuets. Cheerful, although far from frivolous, challenging Dante who said it was impossible to describe paradise. A tribute Sir Neville Marriner and the Czech approach to wind instruments.

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Image String Quartets, Vol. 2
Second volume of a tribute to violinist Rostislav Dubinsky (1923-97), keystone of the Borodin Quartet until 1974 when he emigrated to the West. The Moscow Philmarmonic Quartet was composed of orchestra members such as Rudolf and Nina Barchaï and Mstsislav Rostropovitch who often played only for one season. Dubinsky managed to keep the same Borodin Quartet together for 20 years. They acted as ambassadors of Russian music to the outside world. Although Shostakovich entrusted the premieres of 13 of his 15 quartets to the Beethoven Quartet, the Borodin Quartet earned them world acclaim, and their post-Beethoven rendering was quickly taken up by non-Slavic musicians

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Image The String Quartets
Bartók’s complete string quartets, as played by the Végh Quartet back in 1954, is still the best interpretation of this fabulous musical encapsulation of the 20th century. The first Quartet (1907) glorifies Beethoven’s 16th, while the sixth closes with the quarter tones of a wistful (mesto) and gradually etiolating refrain. In turn expressionist, with Webern-like denseness, then discursive, exploiting timbre to the full, the rural undercurrent is magnified, its acoustic scale and inventive rhythms inspired by contemporary music from central Europe, Turkey and North Africa. In all, a sense of powerful authenticity: a genuine transfiguration.

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Image Symphony No. 7 & Symphonic Poems
This collection of famous and not so famous works by Dvorák represents a Bohemian legacy, inspired by tales like Erben’s Bouquet or national milestones like the battle of the White Mountain which stood testament to the destruction of the Czech nobility and the domination of the kingdom by the Habsburgs for three long centuries.

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Image Shéhérazade
A logical albeit original association of works written in 1876 for a competition organised by the Russian Musical Society. ‘The jury commended my sextet but ignored my quintet.’ In posthumous revenge, Rimsky-Korsakov could well point out that the winner, Eduard Nápravník (1838-1916), is today known only as an excellent conductor in musical circles.

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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 13, 19 & 20
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Image Last Masonic works
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Image String Quartets & String Quintets
En deux disques, l’intégrale des quatuors et quintettes de Brahms sous l’archet des Budapest qui imposèrent l’œuvre de chambre de l’auteur du Deutsches Requiem à un monde musical qui n’avait encore d’oreilles que pour celle de Beethoven. Elle servit de modèle à toute une génération d’artistes, tels les Berg, Pražák, Belcea….prenant le relais des Juilliard et Vegh. Un hommage à Walter Trampler (1915-97), un grand altiste américain…berlinois d’origine..

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Image Piano Concertos
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Image Piano Concertos
Wilhelm Walter Friedrich KEMPFF (1895–1991) was a major German pianist and composer. Although his repertoire included Bach, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms, he was particularly well known for his interpretations of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert. His Mozart was also memorable as demonstrated today.

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Image Shostakovich plays Shostakovich
Chostakovitch avait commencé sa carrière dans la perspective de devenir un pianiste professionnel, et maintint tout au long de sa carrière une relation étroite avec cet instrument. Dans les années 40-50, il allait jouer tant en public qu’en privé sa propre musique, volontiers provocante comme son Premier Concerto pour piano op.35 ou plus intime comme La poésie populaire juive op.49 ou les Préludes & Fugues op.87.. Aujourd’hui encore, sa propre discographie n’est pas vraiment connue des amateurs de musique classique, peut-être pour des problèmes de qualité sonore devenue désuète. Sont regroupés dans ce double CD, l’essentiel de ses enregistrements authentifiés.

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Image Hommage à Carlo Maria Giulini
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Image Celebrating Glazunov
Leningrad PO / Evgeny Mravinsky

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Image Tribute To Hans Rosbaud
Hans Rosbaud, 1895-1962 the Austrian conductor is an unsung hero in the world of mid-20th century music. He gave masterly performances and premieres of a wide range of music. He was a highly cultured and discrete Austrian scholar, equally dedicated to the First and Second Viennese Schools, and paved the way for Boulez who commenced in his wake in Baden-Baden.

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Image Great Russian Pianistin
Maria Yudina [1899-1970] was famous in the 20th century for her uncompromising religious beliefs and standing up to Stalin. It is often forgotten that she was not only a consummate player of Bach (like Richter or Gould), but also of Beethoven and ‘decadent’ composers such as Bartók, Berg, Krenek and Stravinsky, the ‘cosmopolitan’ Russian, at a time when these composers were not only unknown but effectively banned in Soviet Russia. A genuinely unforgettable musical testimony.

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Image Symphonies 2 & 4
Two classic recordings by Karajan while he was in London as the guest of Walter Legge, founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra. The two symphonies form a lavish but unusual combination – Symphony N° 2, the most popular of the seven created the composer of 'Valse Triste', and his curious Symphony N° 4, a violent, arid, anti-Malherian dissertation infused with doubt and melancholy. Two paradoxical masterworks.

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Image Annie Fischer: Mozart
A further selection of timeless illustrations of the pure sound of Austro-Hungarian pianism, here masterfully rendered by Annie Fischer. She offers a dynamic, almost combative alternative to the great Clara Haskil, conveying Mozart’s irrepressible festivity and giocoso when at liberty to write as he pleases. Her intrinsically operatic approach also miraculously pervades Schubert’s late work.

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Image 1st Vienna School
Every concert conducted by the great Furtwängler was a unique and unrepeatable experience. His improvised touches added a vibrancy and immediacy which surprised audiences and even the orchestra. During the difficult post war years he conducted opera (e.g. Wagner in Milan) more than concerts, leaving few performances of Mozart or Haydn symphonies for posterity. Most of this precious heritage fits onto a single SACD.

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Image In Memoriam Toscanini
Toscanini is known as the greatest conductor of modern times, with 117 operas to his name - not just by Italian composers such as Verdi, Puccini or Giordano, but also by Wagner, Moussorgsky and Debussy. He furthermore conducted an eclectic range of 480 symphonies, which included 48 premieres. This compilation, to commemorate his 150th anniversary, reflects his distinctive blend of perfectionism and passion.

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Image Symphony No. 15
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Eduard Serov

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Image Piano Concertos
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Image Young Composer and Conductor
Darius Milhaud, French composer of an earlier and more conservative generation, paid Boulez what must be the ultimate compliment - "He despises my music, but conducts it better than anyone."
Boulez (1925-2016) started conducting in order to perform his own music and that of major 20th century composers such as Debussy, Bartók and Stravinsky, and went on to great hights with the gran repertoire including Wagner and Mahler (but avoiding Brahms).
These recordings offer a foretaste of his conducting genius.

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Image Strains of Caledonia
Bruch:
Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
24/12/60 [live]
David Oistrakh (violin)
State Symphony Orchestra of USSR Moscow

Mendelssohn:
Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
January 1963
Cleveland Orchestra, Georg Szell

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'
NY 13/1/1964
New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Bruch's Scottish Fantasia and Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony and Hebrides Overture pay tribute to the country's rugged beauty. David Oistrakh, accompanied by a remarkable (but nameless) harpist, conjures up the ancient, remote feel of Caledonia (Loch Ossian, pictured). Then with Leonard Bernstein you embark on a voyage of discovery, enjoying all the 'mod cons' (to quote Debussy) and trappings of a modern orchestra.


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Image Igor Stravinsky In USSR
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of USSR / Yevgeny Mravinsky

Russian born, naturalized French and later American citizen, Igor Stravinsky made a triumphant return to the USSR for three days in October of 1962 at the invitation of Khrushchev. In concert, he conducted Apollon Musagéte and the Song of the Volga Boatmen. This disc celebrates that historic visit. Also featured here is Yevgeny Mravinsky leading the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in Stravinsky's Orpheus, Ode and Fireworks.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Wiener Philharmoniker; Berliner Philharmoniker / Wilhelm Furtwängler



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Image In the wake of World War 2
Oïstrakh Trio
Smetana Quartet

Czech Philharmonic / Zdenek Kosler

In the spring of 1945 the intelligentsia in Russia and the rest of the world expected Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony to glorify Stalin's victory with a hymn worthy of Beethoven's. What emerged was a symphonic scherzo, more Rossini-like than majestic, except for the solemn brass call of the Largo. The symphony was preceded by a piano trio in memory of the great polyglot and intellectual Ivan Sollertinsky, who had lost favour with the Kremlin. It was followed by String Quartet No. 3, his awesome last diatribe against vice and violence, transcending his 8th Symphony's unavowed strains of imposition.



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Image Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3
David Oistrakh, violin
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Frida Bauer, piano

The Sonata Trilogy that Brahms wrote in full maturity has become the reference in this so particular form of dialogue called the 'romantic' sonata; each of the three having its own sentimental mood. The first, using the theme from the 'Regenlied', has obviously been modelled on Beethoven's last sonata for violin and piano, opus 96. The second lets break a warmer intimicy, a sort of tribute written "in the wait of a girlfriend", the young soprano Hermine Spies. The third is written with a much stronger ink: this concertante sonata has a vehemence and a surprising greatness which, this time, exceed the Beethovenian model, the Kreutzer Sonata.



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Image A Romantic Portrait
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, USSR State Symphony Orchestra / Gennady Rozhdestvensky

This release is part of the Praga label's stellar Reminiscences series of SACD remasterings. On this disc, the legendary cellist 'Slava', Mstislav Rostropovich, performs romantic concertos by Dvorák [Abbey Rd 1957] and Schumann [London 1960] and Tchaikovsky's 'Pezzo Capriccioso' [Moscow 1964] , all of which he championed for half a century. He is supported by the Royal Philharmonic led by Sir Adrian Boult, and the Leningrad Philharmonic led by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.




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Image Piano Works
A first volume (DSD350078) presented some among the most famous works by the Hungarian pianist-composer. This last volume proposes more mysterious pages, Mephistophelean with their dancing flavours, their satanic, doleful, gloomy, or oblivious aspects and with indelible threnodies... 2015 sees the centenary of the birth of Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, celebrated for the depth of his interpretations, virtuoso technique, and vast repertoire.



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Image Works for Piano
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Image Moscou
När Alexander III kröntes i Kreml 1881 framfördes en ny kantat för solister, kör och orkester: "Moskva". Till Apollon Maikovs religiöst och panslaviskt mättade text hade tsarens favoritkompositör Pjotr Tjajkovskij skrivit musik som börjar i ortodoxt allvar och innerlighet och slutar med operamässigt jubel.

År 1948 spelade Moskvas radiosymfoniorkester och kör in kantaten under ledning av en av Sovjets högst uppsatta dirigenter, Nikolaj Golovanov. Ord som "Gud" och "tsar" hade bytts ut mot sovjetfähiga termer, men för övrigt funkade kantaten tydligen bra under Stalin. Inspelningen kan man nu höra på en cd från Praga Digitals.

Golovanov går in för maximal känslostyrka och ger de enskilda musikerna ganska stor frihet i utformandet av skälvande fraseringar och mäktiga vibraton. Det sammanlagda resultatet är trubbigt men kraftfullt. Mezzosopranen Ludmilla Legostayeva och barytonen Daniel Damaniov har väldiga röster och sjunger med största eftertryck.

Framförs "Moskva" i dagens Ryssland? Jadå. 2009 spelade stjärndirigenten och Putin­stödjaren Valerij Gergijev in kantaten med solister, kör och orkester från Sankt Petersburgs Mariinskijteater där han är chefsdirigent. Spel- och sångstilen är mindre vulkanisk och mer modernt polerad än på inspelningen från 1948. Texten är den från 1881, så under Gergijev sjunger kören och solisterna återigen om ett land "mellan fem hav" där folket lever som en enda familj under Gud och "ledaren". Ryssland "kläs i rustning", Moskva ska bli det "tredje Rom", och detta Rom ska aldrig falla.

Tobias Lund, Sydsvenskan



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Image Chamber Music
Unusual last Janácek chamber programme including the Concertino, an adventurous, amazingly experimental work. Its 'programme' recalls the naturalism and anthropomorphisms of the adventures of the Cunning Little Vixen. The concluding Allegro, opening with an unpredictable, almost swaggering recitative, is progressively hinged on an increasingly rapid rhythm that leads to a popular scene of jubilation that foreshadows the fanfares of the Glagolitic Mass.


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Image Don Juan
Furtwängler conducting Strauss three symphonic poems in Vienna reproduced in the best possible sound today's truth, pairing with the first recording in London of the Vier Letzte Lieder, under the supervision of Walter Legge. Homage to Richard Strauss for his 150th anniversary.One of the best recordings countersigned by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf at the top.

Richard STRAUSS (Compositeur)
Elisabeth SCHWARZKOPF (Interprète Secondaire)
Philharmonia Orchestra (Interprète Secondaire)
Otto ACKERMANN (Interprète Secondaire)
Philharmonie de Vienne (Interprète Principal)
Wilhelm FURTWÄNGLER (Interprète Principal)




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Image Chamber Music
Mallarmé was saying about a Gaugin' paiting It's wonderful to obtain so mysterious climax with so strong dash: an alternative with this "Faune" chamber approach. The first, the Piano Trio of 1879, and the last score, the Cello Sonata written in 1915 by 'Debussy," musicien français".


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Image La Mer / Nocturnes
Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris
Manuel Rosenthal

Dukas considered that with Debussy "ideas generate form". His Nocturnes tap into impressions and light effects, [...] fading into white-tinged grey, and only then movement, jaunty rhythms, sudden bursts of light and glittering dust combining to form a total rhythm (Debussy's directions). Rosenthal and the Paris Opera orchestra still provide the most faithful rendering of this profusion of rhythm and timbre.



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Image String Quartets, Op. 71
Prazak Quartet::
Pavel Hula, Vlastimil Holek [violins]
Josef Kluson [viola]
Michal Kanka [cello]

Haydn conceived these three first London quartets specifically for public performances, in the large hall of Hannover Square where the draper-violinist-impresario Johann Peter Salomon used to organise chamber and orchestral concerts.

In this way, this trilogy requires a resolutely symphonic style in order to attain completeness, which is no problem for the Prazaks following their recent recording of Haydn's 'Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross' (DSD250291).

"The recording is first-rate, vividly present yet natually balanced." Robin Stowell, The Strad, June 2012



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Image Three Concertos
Mstislav Rostropovich, cello
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, conductor

Leonard Bernstein, piano and conductor
New York Philharmonic Orchestra

David Oistrakh, violin
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Evgeni Mravinsky, conductor

Together for the first time, three acclaimed concertos performed by the soloists who made them famous - dedicatees and performers D. Oistrakh and M. Rostropovitch, and then Leonard Bernstein himself, pianist, conductor and composer with the less beloved Concerto Op.102. Lenny has produced a successful rendering of this curios cocktail - a tribute to Rococo style Bach, an entranced romantic andante along with a caricature of Prokofiev style virtuoso piano in the opening and closing allegros.







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Image Piano Concertos
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra / Kirill Kondrashin
Prague Symphony Orchestra / Vaclav Smetacek

Sviatoslav Richter (1915-97) has left behind the extraordinary image of a highly sensitive, angst-ridden yet ultimately serene musician, a true monstre sacré, a perfectionist in search of the absolute. This duo of 'nationalist' concertos by Grieg and Dvorák featured only briefly in his repertoire. The uncharacteristic liberty of his playing and the sense of exultation is astounding, illuminating this romantic composition based on imaginary song and dance national folklore. They form a unique , totally unprecedented combination.



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Image STRING QUARTETS
95 kr (159 kr)
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