Concert

Ives Universe, Incomplete

Charles Ives Universe, Incomplete symphony and performance art piece. Directed 2018 by Christoph Marthaler at the Ruhrtriennale 2018 Festival. Titus Engel conducts the Bochumer Symphoniker. Set design by Anna Viebrock. Directed for TV by Michael Beyer. Also features the documentary The Unanswered Ives by Anne-Kathrin Peitz. Produced by Paul Smaczny. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace

Sir Karl Jenkins The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace concert. Performed 2019 at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin. Sir Karl Jenkins (The Armed Man) and Grant Llewellyn (Lament for Syria) conduct the World Orchestra for Peace and the World Choir for Peace (Chorus Master Nicol Matt). Soloist singers are Leah-Marian Jones, Yumeji Matsufuji, Pauline Rathmann, and Amir Aziz. Features cellist Valentino Worlitzsch. Directed for TV and produced by Hefin Owen; executive production by Gareth Williams; music production by Gwawr Owen; film editing by Gareth Owens and Chris Lawrence. Sung in English, French, Arabic, Welsh, German, Latin, and Japanese. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Bach Christmas Oratorio

Christmas Oratorio. Music is Bach concert of 6 cantatas (BWV 248) to a sacred text. Recorded 2018 at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Gotthold Schwarz conducts the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Thomanerchor Leipzig with soloists Dorothee Mields (soprano), Elvira Bill (alto), Patrick Grahl (tenor for Evangelist part), Markus Schafer (tenor for arias), and Klaus Hager (bass). Sung in German. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound output. Grade: NA

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Schumann Symphonies 1-4

Schumann Complete Symphonies:

  • Symphony No. 1 "Spring"

  • Symphony No. 2

  • Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"

  • Symphony No. 4

In 2018, Christian Thielemann conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo. Directed for TV by Akira Miki. Released 2019, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Orsay Museum Concert

2019 Europakonzert: Daniel Harding conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker this year in its traditional “Europakonzert” on May 1 celebrating the founding of the orchestra on May Day. Normally this event occurs in a different European city in a beautiful venue of historical significance. Performed 2019 at the Orsay Museum (Musée d'Orsay) in Paris. Here’s the program:

  • Wagner “Good Friday Spell” from Parsifal

  • Wagner '“Wotan’s Farewell” and “The Magic Fire” from Die Walküre (Concert Version)

  • Wagner “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde

  • Berlioz “Royal Hunt” and “Storm” from Les Troyens

  • Berlios “Love Scene” from Romeo et Juliette

  • Debussy Pelléas and Mélisande Concert Suite (Suite by Claudio Abbado, based on the Orchestral Suite arranged by Erich Leinsdorf)

  • Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

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Blomstedt Conducts Beethoven Box Set

Blomdstedt Conducts Beethoven Box Set released 2019. Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Gewandhausorchester, the MDR Rundfunkchor, the GewandhausChor and the GewandhausKinderchor from 2015-2017. Below are the discs. Each of them has already been reported on this website, and you can get more details by using the links provided:

  1. Beethoven Triple Concerto and Beethoven Symphony No. 5. The Triple Concerto features Isabelle Faust (violin), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), and Martin Helmchen (piano).(Grade: N/A)

  2. Beethoven Symphony No. 6 and Symphony No. 7. (Grade: N/A)

  3. Beethoven Symphony No. 9. Features Simona Šaturová (soprano), Mihoko Fujimura (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor), Christian Gehaher (baritone). (Grade:N/A)

Released 2019, three disc set has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Total Grade: N/A

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Bruckner Symphony No. 2

Bruckner Symphony No. 2. Performed 2018 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Christian Thielemann conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden. Directed for TV by Alexander Radulescu. Released 2019, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

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Voices of Music Early Music Project

HDVD stands for “High-Definition Video Discs” and also for “High-Definition Video Download (Including Streaming).” Voices of Music is a non-profit performance project focused on early music (mostly before 1800) based in San Francisco. Their main activity is giving live performances in California. But thanks to co-director David Tayler, they are also taking a lead in making recordings of early music available to all. Their most important recording initiative is to publish YouTube videos, most of which run from 2 to 15 minutes. Typically, a video is devoted to a single piece of music. The musical forces playing range from soloists to complete chamber orchestras. Usually, each video is supported by a donor who underwrites expenses.

Of the YouTube videos published by May 2019, about 100 were in 4K!

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Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique concert. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts a Berlioz evening with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Performed 2018 at the Opéra Royal — Château de Versailles. The program:

  • Symphonie fantastique: Épisode de la vie d'un artiste

  • Overture from Le Corsaire

  • La Mort de Cléopâtre cantata

  • “Chasse Royale e Orage” from Les Troyens

  • “Monologue et air de Didon” from Les Troyens

Features contralto Lucile Richardot. Directed for TV by Stéphan Aubé. Package contains both a DVD and a Blu-ray disc. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Grade: NA

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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" concert 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 in 2018 at the Grosses Festspielhaus as part of the Salzburg Festival. Features soloists Ekaterina Gubanova (contralto), Lucy Crowe (soprano), and Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet). Directed for TV by Elizabeth Malzer. Includes subtitles German, English, French, Korean, and Japanese, a feature often omitted by careless publishers of Mahler 2. Released 2019, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. 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:

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

  • Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

  • 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

The Grand Organ of Westminster Abbey concert. Daniel Cook plays the following selections on the grand organ of Westminster Abbey:

  • Purcell “Rondeau” from Abdelazer

  • Charles-Marie Widor “Toccata” from Organ Symphony No. 5

  • Howells Psalm-Preludes Set 1 No. 3

  • J. S. Bach Prelude & Fugue in E Flat

  • Prokofiev “Montagues And Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet

  • P. Whitlock “Dignity and Impudence” (March)

  • Parry “Eventide” from 7 Choral Preludes, Set 2

  • Walton Spitfire Prelude & Fugue

  • Hollins Concert Overture

  • Handel Variations on The Harmonious Blacksmith

  • 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! Grade: NA

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