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Charles Munch Conducts Berlioz (10CD)

Charles Munch Conducts Berlioz (10CD)

by Charles Munch
$49.99

The new release brings together the complete RCA Berlioz recordings of Charles Munch Conducting the Boston Symphony, including both the mono and stereo versions of the Fantastic Symphony and Romeo and Juliet as well as the hard-to-find Summer Nights with Victoria de los Angeles. Discographiesneatly articulated the special Munch-Berlioz affinity: "This Alsatian-born conductor's mercurial temperament was uniquely suited to the composer's stark, abrupt changes of affect, which juxtaposes passages of febrile intensity with others of simple, aching lyricism. Berlioz's brilliantly orchestrated palette of Berlioz's brilliant orchestral palette ... Yet Munch's most singular asset can be heard in his Berlioz phrase ... as collectors already know, he always was at his best in Berlioz TRACKLIST, and no doubt these performances will continue to take place in the


future.

CD1

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17

1 Part I, Fights - Tumult - Prince's intervention

2 Part I, Old sleeping hatreds

3 Part I, First transports that no one forgets!

4 Part I, Soon Romeo's pale daydream

5 Part II, Romeo alone

6 Part II, Sadness

7 Part II, Far Sounds of Concert and Ball

8 Part II, Big party at Capulets

9 Part II, Serene Night

10 Part II, Love Scene

11 Part II, Scherzo - The Queen Mab

 

CD2

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17

1 Part III, Juliet's Funeral Convoy

2 Part III, Romeo at the tomb of Capulets

3 Part III, Summoning - Juliet's Awakening

4 Part III, delusional joy

5 Part III, Last anxieties and death of the two lovers

6 Part III, What! Romeo back!

7                   Part III, Je vais dévoiler le mystère

8                   Part III, Pauvres enfants que je pleure

9                   Part III, Jurez donc par l'auguste symbole

 

Les nuits d'été, Op. 7

10                 I. Villanelle

11                 II. Le spectre de la rose

12                 III. Sur les lagunes

13                 IV. L'absence

14                 V. Au cimetière (Clair de lune)

15                 VI. L'ile inconnue

 

16                 Les troyens, H. 133: Chasse royale et orage

 

CD3

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24

1                   Part I, Le vieil hiver

2                   Part I, Les bergers laissent

3                   Part I, Mais d'un éclat guerrier

4                   Part I, March hongroise: (Rákóczy March)

5                   Part II, Sans regrets j'ai quitté

6                   Part II, Christ vient de ressusciter!

7                   Part II, Hélas! doux chants du ciel

8                   Part II, O pure émotion!

9                   Part II, A boire encor!

10                 Part II, Oh! qui'il fait bon

11                 Part II, Certain rat

12                 Part II, Amen. Amen

13                 Part II, Vrai Dieu, messieurs

14                 Part II, Une puce gentille - Chanson de Méphistophélés

15                 Part II, Assez! fuyons ces lieux

16                 Part II, Voici des roses

17                 Part II, Dors, heureux Faust, dors!

18                 Part II, Ballet of the Sylphes

19                 Part II, Margarita!

20                 Part II, Villes entourées

21                 Part III, La retraite

22                 Part III, Merci, doux crépuscule!

23                 Part III, Je l'entends!

24                 Part III, Que l'air est étouffant!

25                 Part III, Autrefois un roi de Thulé  - The King of Thule

26                 Part III, Esprit des flammes

 

CD4

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24

1                   Part III, Menuet des follets

2                   Part III, "Maintenant" - "Devant la maison"

3                   Part III, Grands dieux

4                   Part III, Allons, il est trop tard!

5                   Part IV, D'amour l'ardente flamme

6                   Part IV, Au son des trompettes

7                   Part IV, Nature immense (Invocation à la Nature)

8                   Part IV, A la voûte azurée

9                   Part IV, Dans mon coeur retentit (La course à l'abîme)

10                 Part IV, Has! Irimiru Karabrao!

11                 Epilogue, Alors l'enfer se tut

12                 Epilogue, Laus! Hosanna!

 

13                 Béatrice et Bénédict, H. 138: Overture

14                 Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21, H. 101

15                 Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76: Overture

 

CD5

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part I

1                   Dans la crèche

2                   Qui vient?

3                   Toujours ce rêve!

4                   Seigneur!

5                   Les sages de Judée

6                   La voix dit vrai, seigneur

7                   Eh bien!

8                   O mon cher fils

9                   Joseph! Marie!

10                 Overture

 

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part II

11                 Il s'en va loin de la terre (L'adieu des bergers à la Sainte Famille)

12                 Les Pèlerins étant venus

 

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part III

13                 Depuis trois jours

14                 Dans cette ville immense

15                 Entrez, entrez, pauvres hébreux

16                 Sur vos traits fatigués

 

CD6

L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part III

1                   Trio pour deux flûtes et harpe

2                   Vous pleurez, jeune mère

3                   Ce fut ainsi que par un infidèle

 

Harold en Italie, Op. 16

4                   I. Harold aux montagnes

5                   II. Marche des pèlerins

6                   III. Sérénade

7                   IV. Orgie des brigands

 

8                   Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9, H. 95

 

CD7

Requiem, Op. 5

1                   Requiem et Kyrie

2                   Dies irae

3                   Quid sum miser

4                  Rex tremendae

5                   Quaerens me

6                   Lacrymosa

7                   Offertorium

8                   Hostias

 

CD8

Requiem, Op. 5

1                   Sanctus

2                   Agnus Dei

 

Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

3                   I. Reveries: Passions

4                   II. A Ball

5                   III. Scene in the Country

6                   IV. March to the Scaffold

7                   V. Dream of the Witches' Sabbath

 

CD9

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

1                   Part I, Combats - Tumulte - Intervention du Prince

2                   Part I, D'anciennes haines endormies

3                   Part I, Premiers transports que nul n'oublie

4                   Part I, Bientôt de Roméo la pâle rêverie

5                   Part II, Roméo seul

6                   Part II, Tristesse

7                   Part II, Bruits lointains de concert et de bal

8                   Part II, Grande fête chez les Capulet

9                   Part II, Nuit sereine - Le jardin de Capulet, silencieux et désert

10                 Part II, Scéne d'amour

11                 Part II, La reine Mab, ou la Fée des songes

12                 Part III, Jetez des fleurs pour la vierge expirée

13                 Part III, Roméo au tombeau des Capulets

14                 Part III, Invocation

15                 Part III, Réveil de Juliette - Joie délirante, désespoir - Dernières angoisses et mort des deux amants

 

CD10

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

1                   Part III, Quoi! Roméo retour!

2                   Part III, Je vais dévoiler le mystère

3                   Part III, Pauvres enfants que je pleure

4                   Part III, Jurez donc par l'auguste symbole

 

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

5                   I. Rêveries -  Passions

6                   II. Un Bal

7 III. Scene in the fields

IV. March to torture

9 V. Dream of a Sabbath Night

 

10 Beatrice and Benedict, H 138: Overture

Claudio Abbado Conducts Mozart (5CD)

Claudio Abbado Conducts Mozart (5CD)

by Claudio Abbado
$34.99

Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic once again defy the inexorable progress of period performance in exhilarating accounts of Mozart using modern instruments,” opined Gramophone. The new 5-CD reissue of these recordings from the early 1990s includes several favourite symphonies, the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, the Masonic Funeral Music, a serenade and divertimento as well as the C minor Mass, of which “Abbado’s performance is wide-ranging, delivering most satisfyingly on every aspect of this hugely varied score. He has an impressively unified team at his disposal, with a superb quartet of singers: in fact Bonney and Auger are as well matched as you could reasonably expect to find in the impossibly demanding Domine Deus duet” (Music-Web International).

TRACKLIST

CD 1

 

1                    March No. 1 in D Major, K. 335 (320a)

 

Serenade No. 9 in D Major, K. 320 "Posthorn"

2                    I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con spirito

3                    II. Menuetto - Allegretto - Trio

4                    III. Concertante - Andante grazioso

5                   IV. Rondeau - Allegro ma non troppo

6                    V. Andantino

7                    VI. Menuetto - Trio I - Trio II

8                    VII. Finale - Presto

 

9                    March No. 2 in D Major, K. 335 (320a)

 

Divertimento No. 11 in D Major, K. 251, "Nannerl Septet"

10                   I. Molto allegro

11                   II. Menuetto - Trio

12                   III. Andantino

13                   IV. Menuetto - Tema con variazioni

14                   V. Rondeau - Allegro assai

15                   VI. Marcia alla francese

 

CD 2

Symphony No. 23 in D Major, K. 181

1                    I. Allegro spiritoso

2                    II. Andantino grazioso

3                    III. Presto assai

 

Sinfonia concertante in E-Flat Major, K. 364

4                    I. Allegro maestoso

5                    II. Andante

6                    III. Presto

 

Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 "Linz"

7                    I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso

8                    II. Andante

9                    III. Menuetto - Trio

10                   IV. Presto

 

CD 3

Symphony No. 28 in C Major, K. 200

1                    I. Allegro spirituoso

2                    II. Andante

3                    III. Minuetto. Allegro

4                    IV. Presto

 

Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201

5                    I. Allegro moderato

6                    II. Andante

7                    III. Menuetto

8                    IV. Allegro con spirito

 

Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 "Haffner"

9                    I. Allegro con spirito

10                   II. Andante

11                   III. Menuetto

12                   IV. Finale. Presto

 

CD 4

Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297 "Paris"

1                    I. Allegro assai

2                    II. Andantino

3                    III. Allegro

4                    II. Andante (1st Version)

 

5                    Maurerische Trauermusik, K. 477

 

Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183

6                    I. Allegro con brio

7                    II. Andante

8                    III. Menuetto - Trio

9                    IV. Allegro

 

Serenade No. 9 in D Major, K. 320 "Posthorn"

10                   I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con spirito

11                   V. Andantino

12                   VII. Finale. Presto

 

CD 5

Great Mass in C Minor, K. 427 (417a)

1                    I. Kyrie - Andante Moderato

2                    II. Gloria - Allegro vivace

3                    II. Gloria - Laudamus te - Allegro aperto

4                    II. Gloria - Gratias agimus tibe - Adagio

5                    II. Gloria - Domine - Allegro moderato

6                    II. Gloria - Qui tollis - Largo

7                    II. Gloria - Quoniam - Allegro

8                    II. Gloria - Jesu Christe - Adagio

9                    III. Credo - Cum sancto spiritu

10                   III. Credo - Allegro maestoso

11                   III. Credo - Et incarnatus est

12                   IV. Sanctus

13                   V. Benedictus - Allegro comodo

 

Pierre Monteux - The Complete RCA Stereo Recordings (8CD)

No great conductor was more versatile than Pierre Monteux, whose RCA stereo recordings are collected in Sony’s new reissue. This legendary Frenchman made his name in Paris collaborating with Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel and premiering many of their greatest works, including Petrushka – included here in his peerless 1959 Boston Symphony recording. Monteux was equally at home in French, Russian and German repertoire. Among the numerous other treasures in this new 8-CD set are his unsurpassed recordings of the Franck D minor with the Chicago Symphony; his versions of Tchaikovsky’s last three symphonies (“the beautiful playing of theBoston Symphony and Monteux’s refusal to get hysterical remain all of a piece” – ClassicsToday); the first CD release of Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration from 1960 (“The maître’s last word from San Francisco is a particularly eloquent illustration of how well a French conductor can play German music” – High Fidelity); as well as his complete Rome Opera recording of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (“With the noble Orfeo of the great Risë Stevens, and the masterful, sublime conducting by the peerless Pierre Monteux, this is an Orfeo for the ages” – Fanfare).

TRACKLISTING
CD 1

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (Remastered)

1      I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima

2      II. Andantino in modo di canzone                

3      III. Scherzo - Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro     

4      IV. Finale - Allegro con fuoco

 

CD 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

1      I. Andante - Allegro con anima

2      II. Andante cantabile

3      III. Valse - Allegro moderato

4      IV. Finale - Andante maestoso

 

CD 3

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" (Remastered)

1      I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo

2      II. Allegro con grazia

3      III. Presto - Allegro molto vivace

4      IV. Finale - Adagio lamentoso

 

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) - Scene I - The Shrovetide Fair

5      Vivace

6      The Magic Trick

7      Russian Dance

 

8            Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) - Scene II - Petrushka's Room

 

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) - Scene III - The Moor's Room

9     Feroce stringendo

10      Dance of the Ballerina

 

11          Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) - Scene III: Waltz - The Ballerina and the Moor

 

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (Remastered) Scene IV - The Shrovetide Fair

12      Con moto

13      The Wet Nurses' Dance

14      The Peasant and the Bear

15      The Jovial Merchant with Two Gypsy Girls

16      Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms

17      The Masqueraders

18      The Fight - The Moor and Petrushka

19      Death of Petrushka

20      Petrushka's Ghost

 

 

CD 4

César Franck: Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48 (Remastered)

1      I. Lento - Allegro ma non troppo

2      II. Allegretto

3      III. Finale - Allegro non troppo

    

4            Leo Délibes: Coppélia (Remastered) - Prélude et Mazurka

5            Claude Debussy: La mer, L. 109 (Remastered) - I. De l'aube à midi sur la mer

 

Camille Saint-Saëns: Havanaise in E Major, Op. 83 (Remastered)

6      Allegretto lusinghiero

7      Allegro

8      Allegro non troppo

 

CD 5

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 (Remastered)

1      I. Largo

2      II. Allegro molto agitato

3      III. Meno mosso, ma sempre alla breve

4      IV. Moderato

 

5            Richard Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll, WWV 103 (Remastered)

 

CD6

Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77

1                    I. Allegro non troppo

2                    II. Adagio

3                    III. Allegro giocoso

 

Aram Khachaturian: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor (Remastered)

4                    I. Allegro con fermezza

5                    II. Andante sostenuto

6                    III. Allegro vivace

 

CD7

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Act I

1      Overture

2      Coro: "Ah! Se intorno a quest'urna funesta"

3      Recitativo: "Amici, quel lamento"

4      Pantomime

5      Coro: "Ah! Se intorno a quest'urna funesta" (cont.)

6      Recitativo: "Restar vogl'io da sol fra l'ombre oscure"

7      Aria: "Chiamo il mio ben così"

8      Recitativo: "Euridice, Euridice!"

9      Aria: "Cerco il mio ben così"

10      Recitativo: "Euridice, Euridice"

11      Aria: "Cerco il mio ben così" (cont.)

12      Rectitativo: "O Num! Barbari Num!"

13      Recitativo: "Amore assisterà l'infelice consorte"

14      Aria: "Se il dolce suon de la tua lira"

15      Scena: "Ciel! Rivederla potrò!"

16      Aria: "Gli sguardi trattieni"

17      Recitativo: "Che disse! Che ascoltai! Dunque Euridice vivrà"

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Act II - Scene I

18      Orchestral Introduction

19      Coro: "Chi mai dell'Erebo"

20      Dance of a Fury

21      Coro: "Chi mai dell'Erebo" (cont.)

22      Deh! Placatevi con me

23      Coro: "Misero giovane!"

24      Aria: "Mille pene, ombre sdegnose"

25      Coro: "Ah! Quale incognito"

26      Aria: "Men tiranne, ah! Voi sareste"

27      Coro: "Ah! Quale incognito" (cont.)

28      Dance of the Furies

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Act II - Scene II

29      Dance of the Blessed Spirits

30      Air

31      Questo asilo di placide calme

32      Arioso: "Che puro ciel! Che chiaro sol!"

33      Coro: "Vieni a' regni del riposo"

34      Dance of the Heroes

35      Recitativo: "O voi, ombre felici"

36      Coro: "Torna, o bella, al tuo consorte"

 

CD 8

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Act III

1      Recitativo: "Ah vieni, Euridice, dietro me"

2      Duetto: "Vieni, appaga il tuo consorte"

3      Recitativo: "Qual vita è questa mai"

4      Aria: "Che fiero momento!"

5      Aria: "Avvezza al contento"

6      Aria: "Che fiero momento!" (cont.)

7      Recitativo: "Ecco novel tormento!"

8      Aria: "Che farò senza Euridice?"

9      Recitativo: "Ma finisca, e per sempre"

10      Non più! Che fai?

11      Divo Amore, son tue pene

 

Christoph Willibald Gluck;Ranieri de' Calzabigi: Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 - Ballet

12      Gracieux

13      Gavotte

14      Air vif

15      Menuet

16      Maestoso

17      Très lentement

18      Chaconne

19      Trionfi Amore