Concert

Ravel Famous Works

Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for a night of famous Ravel works. Recorded 2018 at the Lucerne Festival. The following music is performed:

  • Valses nobles et sentimentales

  • La Valse

  • Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 1

  • Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No. 2

  • Boléro

Directed by Ute Feudel; produced by Paul Smaczny. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection." Also includes a performance of Zimmerman’s Trumpet Concerto “Nobody Knows De Trouble I See.” Andris Nelsons conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Features soloists Ekaterina Gubanova (contralto), Lucy Crowe (soprano), and Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet). Released 2019. Grade: NA

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2018 New Year's Concert a/k/a Silversterkonzert

2018 New Year's Concert a/k/a Silversterkonzert by the Berliner Philharmoniker. Daniel Barenboim conducts and is piano soloist at the Berlin Philharmonie. Here is the program:

  1. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 “Coronation”

  2. Ravel Rapsodie espagnole

  3. Ravel Alborada del gracioso

  4. Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte

  5. Ravel Boléro

  6. Bizet Carmen Suite No. 1 (excerpts)

We only cover gala and New Year’s concerts if the program is substantial (not just pops, marches, polkas, and waltzes). This program is attractive, and we are also encouraged in that the sound file was recorded with 96kHz/24 bit sound sampling. Directed for TV by Torben Jacobsen. The official video trailer below has several nice whole-orchestra and multi-section shots that suggest that Jacobsen has tried to reduce the amount of DVDitis in his video content. Released 2019, the disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 concert in 2017 at the Concert Hall of KKL Luzen. Long Yu conducts the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Features violinist Maxim Vengerov. The concert includes the following pieces:

  1. Aaron Avshalamov Hutongs of Peking (A Symphonic Poem about the sounds and voices of Chinese streets.)

  2. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

  3. Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Directed for TV by Michael Beyer. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration

The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration concert in 2018 at Severance Hall. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Cleveland Orchestra. Features pianist Lang Lang. The concert includes the following pieces:

  1. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24

  2. Richard Strauss “Symphonic Fantasy” from Die Frau ohne Schatten

  3. Johann Strauss, Jr. Wiener Blut

  4. Ravel La Valse

Directed for video by Michael Beyer. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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The Grand Organ of Westminster Abbey

Daniel Cook plays the following selections on the grand organ of Westminster Abbey:

1. Purcell “Rondeau” from Abdelazer
2. Charles-Marie Widor “Toccata” from Organ Symphony No. 5
3. Howells Psalm-Preludes Set 1 No. 3
4. J. S. Bach Prelude & Fugue in E Flat
5. Prokofiev “Montagues And Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet
6. P. Whitlock “Dignity and Impudence” (March)
7. Parry “Eventide” from 7 Choral Preludes, Set 2
8. Walton Spitfire Prelude & Fugue
9. Hollins Concert Overture
10. Handel Variations on The Harmonious Blacksmith
11. L. Vierne Final Movement from Organ Symphony No. 6

Priory specializes in church and organ music. This package has a Blu-ray, a DVD, and a CD!

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Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra 50th Anniversary Concert

Alfred Eschwé conducts the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra for its 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, 2016. Directed for video by Karina Fibich. Released 2019, the Blu-ray disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Grade: NA

The concert is as follows:

1. Johann Strauss II “Ouvertüre” zur Operette Waldmeister (“Overture” to the operetta Waldmeister)
2. Johann Strauss II “Neues Leben” polka (“New Life”)
3. Johan Strauss II “Die Bajadere” polka (“The Bayadere”)
4. Josef Strauss “Dorfschwalben aus Österreich” waltz (“Village Swallows from Austria”)
5. Josef Strauss “Die tanzende Muse” polka (“The Dancing Muse”)
6. Josef Strauss “Vélocipède” polka (“Velocipide”)
7. Josef Strauss “Transactionen” waltz (“Transactions”)

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Petrushka

Stravinksy Petrushka concert. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker for the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. Features Mezzo-Soprano Elīna Garanča. The entire concert is as follows:

  1. Strauss Don Juan

  2. Berg Sieben frühe Lieder

  3. Ravel Shéhérazade

  4. Stravinsky Petrushka

Released 2018, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Tchaikovsky Complete Symphonies

Tchaikovsky The Complete Symphonies box set. This is not a collection of titles previously published separately. This box includes six symphonies performed on three separate days. Philippe Jordan conducts the Paris Opera Orchestra for each performance. The symphonies are split across three discs as follows:

  1. Symphony No. 1 “Winter Dreams,” Symphony No. 5. Performed at the Opera Bastille, October 12, 2017.

  2. Symphony No. 2 “Little Russia,” Symphony No. 4. Performed at the Philharmonie de Paris, March 27, 2018.

  3. Symphony No. 3 “Polish,” Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique.” Performed at the Philharmonie de Paris, May 15, 2018.

Released 2019, the 3 discs have 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Prokofiev Complete Symphonies and Concertos

Prokofiev Complete Symphonies and Concertos box set. Valery Gergiev conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre (Principal Chorus Master Andrei Petrenko) at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, April 2016. Features soloists Denis Kozhukhin (Piano), Denis Matsuev (Piano), Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Daniil Trifonov (Piano), Igor Morozov (Tenor), Sergei Redkin (Piano), Vadym Kholodenko (Piano), Kristof Barati (Violin), Olga Borodina (Mezzo-soprano), Yulia Matochkina (Mezzo-soprano), Mikhail Petrenko (Bass), Alexei Petrenko (Narrator), and Alexander Ramm (Cello). The symphonic and choral works included in this box set are spread over three Blu-ray discs.

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Mahler Symphony No. 6

Mahler Symphony No. 6 "Tragic”. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmonker in 1987 and 2018. This is a commemorative release celebrating Sir Simon Rattle’s final performance as chief conductor for the Berliner Philharmoniker. Title includes two recordings of Mahler Symphony No. 6: an early recording from 1987 and Rattle’s final concert from 2018. The package also includes a CD version for each recording and a bonus documentary. Released 2018. Grade: NA

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St. Thomas Choir Leipzig Box Set

St. Thomas Choir Leipzig box set with 3 titles featuring The St. Thomas Boys Choir. Below are the discs. The first two titles have been covered on this site, and you can get more details by using the links provided. The third title is a documentary that we do not cover.

  1. Bach St. Matthew Passion. 2012. (Grade NA)

  2. Bach Mass in B minor. 2014. (Grade NA)

  3. Die Thomaner: A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig documentary.

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Claudio Abbado: The Last Years Box Set

Claudio Abbado: The Last Years box set with 6 titles featuring Claudio Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra Mozart as they perform works from Mahler, Bruckner, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Shoenberg. Each of the titles have been covered on this site before. You can learn more about an individual title by clicking on the links below:

  1. Mahler Symphony No. 9. 2011. Grade: D+

  2. Bruckner Symphony No. 5. 2012. Grade: NA

  3. Mozart Requiem Mass. 2013. Grade: NA

  4. Mozart Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”). 2015. Grade: B-

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Les Funérailles Royales de Louis XIV

Les Funérailles Royales de Louis XIV concert (The Royal Funerals of Louis XIV) performed 2015 at the Chapelle Royale in Versailles. Raphaël Pichon conducts the Ensemble Pygmalion. Features singers Céline Scheen (Soprano), Lucile Richardot (Mezzo-soprano), Samuel Boden (Countertenor), Marc Mauillon (Baritone), and Christian Immler (Baritone). Directed for TV by Stéphane Vérité. Released 2018, Grade: B+

For the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV (the Sun King), the Palace of Versailles staged a concert featuring French music likely played during the various funereal ceremonies conducted for the King.

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