Notes & Reviews:
In tribute to Claudio Abbado's recent death on 20th January 2014, we are now releasing four mini boxes from the extraordinary symphony set - dedicated to Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Mozart.
The 5 CD BRAHMS box of Symphonies, Serenades and Overtures, is generally recognized as containing the best modern recordings of his symphonic oeuvre. "Brahms would be the top of my Abbado picks," critic Martin Kettle has written, "partly but not only because all those years ago he drove into the tragic grandeur of the first movement of the first symphony with a human warmth which very few other have conductors ever achieved."
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Carl Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 / New York PO; Gilbert
Rossini: Guillaume Tell (William Tell) / Andrew Foster_Williams, Michael Spryes, Judith Howarth, Nahuel Di Pierro, Tara Stafford [4 CDs]
Bizet: Roma; March funèbre; Overture; Patrie; Petite suite / RTÉ National SO; Jean-Luc Tingaud
Hans Pfitzer (1869-1949): Palestrina / Peter Schreier, Siegfried Lorenz, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen. Otmar Suitner
Franz Schubert: Hungarian Melody, D 817; Sonata D 894; Moments musicaux D 780; Alegretto D 915; Impromptus D 935; Sonata D 960 / Andras Schiff, fortepiano
Louis Spohr: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 9; Erinnerung an Marienbad Waltz / NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover; Griffiths
Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 / London PO; Skrowaczewski
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hopf, Otto Edelmann et al.; Hans Rosbaud (Milan, 1955)
Handel: Suites for Keyboard / Daria van den Bercken, piano