Notes & Reviews:
2013 marked the 100th anniversary of recording between the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon, two giants in music. DG celebrated by releasing a hugely successful limited edition 50 CD 'Centenary Edition', with content chosen by public vote.
New for 2014 is a more bite-size box - 8 CDs honoring the same iconic relationship between label and orchestra, at a fantastic price. The featured maestros at the helm of the orchestra include Karajan, Abbado, Rattle, Böhm, Giulini, Kubelik and Furtwängler.
The eight titles chosen are all best-sellers, generating over Euro1.5 million turnover in their combined sales history.
Top of the best-seller list for units sold (and topical in Strauss Year), is Karajan's 1981 interpretation of 'An Alpine Symphony'. Top of the best-seller list for turnover is Abbado's more recent 2002 phenomenal recording of Mahler's Symphony No. 9.
A magnificent account of the Alpine Symphony, spacious and noble... this new and masterly account is arguably the finest to have appeared in recent years.
There's sunlight - and a certain tenderness - in this account of the Ninth that you won't find anywhere else, a fluency and ease that's something to marvel at.
The New York Times
An ideal pairing of artists for this rhapsodic, youthful yet formidable work... Here are musicians inspired by one another.
International Record Review
Rafael Kubelik's Schumann Symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 - 64 are lucid, unaffected and full of life.
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Cimarosa: Overtures Vol 2 / Kevin Mallon, et al
Maria Joao Pires: Complete Solo Recordings / Maria Joao Pires, piano [20 CDs]
Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 / Claudio Abbado
William Kapell: Complete Recordings 1944-1953 - Concertos & solo pieces by Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert et al. [11 CDs]
Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg / Barenboim, Zukerman, Harrell, Shirley-Quirk, Nimsgern, Mesple, Partridge et al. [11 CDs]
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Great Cello Masterworks by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Haydn, Schumann, Elgar, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms et al. [8 CDs]
Jascha Heifetz plays Great Violin Sonatas - by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Bloch, Debussy, Grieg et al. / Emanuel Bay, piano [9 CDs]
The Tokyo String Quartet Plays Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets [9 CDs]
Legendary Moments of the New Year's Concert / Karajan, Kleiber, Maazel, Mehta