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Great Symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Tchaikovsky / Boult, Cantelli, Furtwangler et al.

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  1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125: I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (Live)
  2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125: II. Molto vivace (Live)
  3. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125: III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato (Live)
  4. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125: IV. Finale. Presto - Allegro assai (Live)
  5. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima (Live)
  6. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: II. Andantino in modo di canzone (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33bis: I. The Clowns (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33bis: II. The Magician and the Witch Play Cards (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33bis: III. March (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33bis: IV. Scherzo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33bis: V. The Prince and Princess (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33bis: VI. The Flight (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft (1851 Version) [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: II. Romanze. Ziemlich langsam (1851 Version) [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: III. Scherzo. Lebhaft (1851 Version) [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: IV. Langsam - Lebhaft (1851 Version) [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Le martyre de saint Sébastien, Fragments symphoniques: I. La cour de lys (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Le martyre de saint Sébastien, Fragments symphoniques: II. Danse extatique et Final (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Le martyre de saint Sébastien, Fragments symphoniques: III. La passion (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Le martyre de saint Sébastien, Fragments symphoniques: IV. Le bon pasteur (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. La mer, L. 109: No. 2, Jeux de vagues (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. La mer, L. 109: No. 3, Dialogue du vent et de la mer (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 Eroica: I. Allegro con brio (Live)
  26. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 Eroica: II. Marcia funebre. Adagio assai (Live)
  27. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 Eroica: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 Eroica: IV. Finale. Allegro molto (Live)
  29. Prodana Nevesta, JB 1:100 B. 131: Overture (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Música Clásica: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Fantasía Morisca: III. Serenata $0.99 on iTunes
  32. El Tambor de Granaderos: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  33. El Mundo Comedia es o el Baile de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo $0.99 on iTunes
  34. La Boda de Luis Alonso o La Noche del Encierro: Intermezzo $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo (Live)
  36. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: II. Andante moderato (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato (Live)
  39. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 MWV N16 Italian: I. Allegro vivace (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 MWV N16 Italian: II. Andante con moto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 MWV N16 Italian: III. Con moto moderato (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 MWV N16 Italian: IV. Saltarello. Presto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Sorochintsï Fair
>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
>Debussy, Claude : Le martyre de Saint Sébastien, symphonic fragments (arranged by Caplet)
>Debussy, Claude : La mer
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), overture to the opera
>Chapi, Ruperto : Música clásica
>Chapi, Ruperto : La corte de Granada, Fantasía morsica
>Chapi, Ruperto : El tambor de granaderos
>Giménez, Jerónimo : El baile de Luis Alonso
>Giménez, Jerónimo : La boda de Luis Alonso
>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A wonderful collection of some of the best-known symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Tchaikovsky together with other orchestral favourites from Debussy, Smetana, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. ICA Classics has collected together performances of these works by some of the greatest conductors of the 20th century - such as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Guido Cantelli, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Adrian Boult and Ataúlfo Argenta - in the very best remastered sound. > Wilhelm Furtwängler always regarded Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony as a near-religious work and his performances of it were special occasions. This release is important because it has never been issued before outside Japan. It came about because Furtwängler, having scheduled a number of performances of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 in January 1953, fell ill during the first concert, which was subsequently abandoned. The concerts were then rescheduled for the end of May 1953, with an extra performance thrown in for those who were at the uncompleted one on May 30th. > Gennady Rozhdestvensky's Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev recordings in stereo have never been issued before on CD while the Mussorgsky was released over 15 years ago on a now defunct label. The 1979 Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 from the Leeds Music Festival is one of Rozhdestvensky's most inspired performances. The Mussorgsky - the version of A Night on the Bare Mountain used in the composer's Sorochinsky Fair - is a rarity, taken from the 1981 Proms in stereo. Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges Suite from 1981 benefits from Rozhdestvensky's legendary experience in ballet with a performance of wit and excitement. > Guido Cantelli was the protégé of Arturo Toscanini, arguably the greatest conductor of the 20th century. These very rare 'live' recordings from 1954 have never been released before. Reviewing the performance, the Glasgow Herald stated that Cantelli's Schumann nearly raised the roof with its excitement but it also noted 'the plasticity of line and transparent textures'. Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien was also noted for its 'breathtaking moments' that 'held the audience in rapt silence'. Gramophone declared this disc to be 'mandatory for all Cantelli fans'. Cantelli was killed in an air crash in 1956. > Ataúlfo Argenta was the foremost Spanish conductor of his generation and on the verge of a major international career before a freak accident ended his life aged 44. He was chief conductor of the Orquesta Nacional, which quickly grew into a major ensemble. Argenta also established himself in Paris and London with recordings for Decca and EMI. These exciting 1957 'live' broadcasts of Beethoven's 'Eroica' and Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture are issued for the first time outside Spain. The bonus items of five zarzuela orchestral preludes by Chapí and Giménez have never been issued on CD before and reveal Argenta's unique affinity with these Spanish composers. > Sir Adrian Boult single-handedly built the BBC Symphony Orchestra into a world-renowned ensemble that attracted such artists as Arturo Toscanini to conduct it. After retiring from the BBCSO in 1950, Boult became chief conductor of the London Philharmonic until 1957. This live 1975 Proms performance of Brahms's Symphony No.4 has never been issued before. It has been recorded in stereo and fully captures the 'Indian summer' that Boult enjoyed at the Proms and in the studio with EMI at this time. The Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 was recorded live in stereo and likewise has never been issued before. > Eye-catching packaging combined with stunningly low pricing makes this 5CD set an unmissable bargain. ICAC 5034 Beethoven: Symphony No.9 Irmgard Seefried (soprano)/Rosette Anday (mezzo-soprano)/Anton Dermota (tenor)/Paul Schöffler (bass-baritone) Wiener Singakademie/Wiener Philharmoniker/Wilhelm Furtwängler (Großer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, 30 May 1953) ICAC 5035 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 (Leeds Festival, Leeds Town Hall, 1 June 1979) Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain (Sorochinsky Fair version) (Royal Albert Hall, London, 27 July 1981) Prokofiev: Suite from The Love for Three Oranges (Kurashiki City Auditorium, Kurashiki, Japan, 31 May 1981) BBC Symphony Orchestra/Gennady Rozhdestvensky ICAC 5081 Schumann: Symphony No.4 Debussy: Suite from Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien Debussy: La Mer Philharmonia Orchestra/Guido Cantelli (Usher Hall, Edinburgh Festival, 9 September 1954) ICAC 5087 Beethoven: Symphony No.3 'Eroica' Orquesta Nacional de España/Ataúlfo Argenta (Palacio de la Música, Madrid, 24 May 1957) Smetana: The Bartered Bride Overture Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ataúlfo Argenta (Victoria Hall, Geneva, 29 August 1957) Zarzuelas by Chapí and Giménez Gran Orquesta Sinfónica/Ataúlfo Argenta (Madrid, 1955 - 7) ICAC 5093 Brahms: Symphony No.4 BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult (Royal Albert Hall, London, 8 August 1975) Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 'Italian' Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult (Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 July 1972) [Barcode] 5-CD Set Price: £16.50 PPD Release Date: 29 September 2014 Catalogue Number: ICAB 5132 Barcode [5060244551329]



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 48 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1824

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 4 in F minor, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 42 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1878

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Sorochintsï Fair :: Dream of the Peasant Gritsko (Night on Bald Mountain), for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: David Wilson-Johnson (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis
  • Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  • Running Time: 14 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
  • Conductor: Guido Cantelli
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1841
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : Le martyre de Saint Sébastien, symphonic fragments (arranged by Caplet)
  • Conductor: Guido Cantelli
  • Running Time: 20 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Debussy, Claude : La mer
  • Conductor: Guido Cantelli
  • Running Time: 22 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1905
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
  • Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
  • Running Time: 46 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1803

>Smetana, Bedrich : Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), overture to the opera
  • Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Chapi, Ruperto : Música clásica :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Chapi, Ruperto : La corte de Granada, Fantasía morsica :: Serenata
  • Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Chapi, Ruperto : El tambor de granaderos :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
  • Notes: Composition written: 1894.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1894

>Giménez, Jerónimo : El baile de Luis Alonso :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Giménez, Jerónimo : La boda de Luis Alonso :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta
  • Notes: Composition written: 1897.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897

>Brahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 37 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1884-1885

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Notes: Composition written: 03/13/1833.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/13/1833