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Giulini in America / Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Schumann, et al

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère l'Oye, cinq pièces enfantines
>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
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Notes & Reviews:

Giulini was famous for his combination of classical discipline with thrilling excitement and color in performance. During his career, Giulini became Musical Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and made an inspiring series of recordings with them. Here, then, are the complete orchestral recordings from Los Angeles, which include many classics of the repertoire, released for the first time in a single box set.

"At 53 minutes, Carlo Maria Giulini's Los Angeles Brahms First Symphony from the early 1980s may require more listening time than most other recorded versions--yet it never drags for a second, and it beckons your attention in every bar... The final movement especially showcases the Los Angeles Philharmonic's uniformly beautiful, dynamically contrasted, committed playing, from the marvelously varied string sonorities (yes, even in the tricky pizzicato accelerandos) to the magnificent, full-throated brass playing in the coda. Integrity, passion, and deep musical intelligence define this classic, splendidly engineered Brahms First" -ClassicsToday (on Brahms: Symphony no 1)

"Serious music taken seriously--that's the first impression you might glean from this magnificent performance. Tempos are deliberate, but never unduly so... The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays spectacularly, with a warmth and precision certainly not matched by the Vienna Philharmonic in Giulini's later, less interesting remake for this same label. This earlier version also enjoys cleaner, more natural sonics." -ClassicsToday (on Brahms: Symphony no 2)

"Here, clearly, is a quest for a new kind of classical truth, a quest for which Giulini invokes and receives memorable support from his orchestra and his engineers. The accuracy and poise of the Los Angeles playing is beyond reproach, a stunning feat of application and sustained concentration" -Gramophone (on Beethoven: Symphony no 3)

"Giulini's account of the Fifth Symphony has great weight and impetus: indeed, I can recall no reading since those of Kleiber and Klemperer in the 1950s which has seemed at once so lofty and alive as this. The DG digital sound, warm and curiously upholstered, allows for far greater transparency of detail than seems probable at the outset. Woodwind detail is never obscured (the oboe's dying falls in the first movement coda or the finale's piccolo) and bass lines are resolute. This, then, is an immensely authoritative performance of a symphony which all too easily finds conductors out. " -Gramophone (on Beethoven: Symphony no 5)



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 57 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1803

>Schumann, Robert : Manfred, Op. 115 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 36 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 43 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 53 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1855-1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 48 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1877

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 33 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1850

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 6 in B minor ("Pathétique"), Op. 74
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 46 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 25 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère l'Oye, cinq pièces enfantines :: 1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant. Lent
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère l'Oye, cinq pièces enfantines :: 2. Petit Poucet. Très modéré
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère l'Oye, cinq pièces enfantines :: 3. Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes. Mouvement de march
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère l'Oye, cinq pièces enfantines :: 4. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête. Mouvement de val
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Ma Mère l'Oye, cinq pièces enfantines :: 5. Le Jardin féerique. Lent et grave
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Ravel, Maurice : Rapsodie espagnole
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 15 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907