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Seiji Ozawa Anniversary Edition [11 CDs]

Audio Samples

>Bartók, Béla : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116
>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Takemitsu, Toru : Ceremonial
>     An Autumn Ode, for sho & orchestra
>Takemitsu, Toru : Family Tree (Keizu), for speaker & orchestra
>Takemitsu, Toru : My Way of Life
>     In Memory of Michael Vyner, for baritone, chorus & orchestra
>Takemitsu, Toru : Requiem, for string orchestra
>Takemitsu, Toru : Air for solo flute
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ein Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079
>     Ricercare a 6
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita in D minor, BWV 1004
>     Chaconne
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, BWV 552 "St. Anne"
>Poulenc, Francis : Gloria in G major
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto Champêtre for Harpsichord
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
>Strauss, Richard : Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare, AV 109
>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
>Strauss, Richard : Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens, AV 103
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49
>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>     Overture
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>     Prelude
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Prelude
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>     Overture
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>     Prelude
>     Liebestod
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64b
>     Montagues and Capulets
>     Dance
>     Romeo at Juliet's Grave
>     Dance of the Girls from the Antilles
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64a
>     Death of Tybalt
>Berlioz, Hector : Romeo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17
>     3. Love Scene (Excerpt)
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106
>Bartók, Béla : Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116
>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
>Takemitsu, Toru : Ceremonial
>Takemitsu, Toru : Family Tree (Keizu), for speaker & orchestra
>Takemitsu, Toru : My Way of Life
>Takemitsu, Toru : Requiem, for string orchestra
>Takemitsu, Toru : Air for solo flute
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ein Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita in D minor, BWV 1004
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, BWV 552 "St. Anne"
>Poulenc, Francis : Gloria in G major
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto Champêtre for Harpsichord
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
>Strauss, Richard : Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare, AV 109
>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
>Strauss, Richard : Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens, AV 103
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49
>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64b
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64a
>Berlioz, Hector : Romeo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
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Notes & Reviews:

In honor of internationally acclaimed Maestro Seiji Ozawa's 75th Birthday, this 11-CD set presents Seiji Ozawa in a wide variety of symphonic repertory in collaboration with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, from San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony to the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics and the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japa. A celebration of a truly Worldwide Maestro.

Works:
Bela Bartok:
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106 - Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra

Hector Berlioz:
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - Saito Kinen Orchestra

Maurice Ravel:
Pavane pour une infante defunte - Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra

Toru Takemitsu:
Ceremonial (An Autumn Ode) - Saito Kinen Orchestra
Family Tree (Musical Verses for Young People) - Saito Kinen Orchestra
My Way of Life (In Memory fo Michael Vyner) - Dwayne Croft, Tokyo Opera Singers, Saito Kinen Orchestra
Requiem pour orchestre a cordes - Saito Kinen Orchestra
Air for flute solo - Aurele Nicolet, Saito Kinen Orchestra

Gustav Mahler:
Symphony No.2 in C minor - "Resurrection" - Kiri Te Kanawa, Marilyn Horne, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (Transcription: Leopold Stokowski) - Boston Symphony Orchestra
Musical Offering, BWV 1079 (Transcription: Anton Webern) - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (Transcription: Hideo Saito) - Boston Symphony Orchestra
Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, BWV 769 (Arr. Igor Stravinsky) - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV 552 (Transcription: Arnold Schoenberg) - Boston Symphony Orchestra

Francis Poulenc:
Gloria - Kathleen Battle, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver
Concerto for organ, strings and percussion in G minor - Simon Preston, Everett Firth, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Concert Champetre - Trevor Pinnock, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov:
Scheherazade, Op.35 - Rainer Honeck, Wiener Philharmoniker
Russian Easter Festival, Overture, Op.36 - Wiener Philharmoniker

Richard Strauss:
Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare - Wiener Philharmoniker
Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Wiener Philharmoniker
Feierlicher Einzug (Einzug der Ritter des Johanniterordens), 1909 - Wiener Philharmoniker

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 - Berliner Philharmoniker
Ouverture solennelle "1812, " Op.49 - Berliner Philharmoniker

Richard Wagner:
Der fliegende Hollander, Overture - Berliner Philharmoniker
Lohengrin, Prelude to Act I - Berliner Philharmoniker
Tannhauser, Overture - Berliner Philharmoniker
Tristan und Isolde, Prelude to Act 1. Langsam und schmachtend - Berliner Philharmoniker
Tristan und Isolde, Liebestod - Berliner Philharmoniker

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Sergei Prokofiev:
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, Nos.1 & 2 (Excerpts) - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Hector Berlioz:
Roméo et Juliette, Op.17, Scene d'amour - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein:
West Side Story (Symphonic Dances) - San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

"You'd expect so much languorous beauty to become cloying, but Takemitsu (like his mentor Debussy) has the taut discipline of the true sensualist, and knows just when to stop. And he's wonderfully served by the performances, which search for the expressiveness in the music rather than dwelling on its fastidious beauties - though they too are there, caught in a beautifully clear and glowing recording. - BBC Music Magazine (on Takemitsu: My Way Of Life)

The Vienna Philharmonic has a natural, noble claim to Strauss's Alpine territory; and yet it has exercised it all too rarely. Doubts as to whether Seiji Ozawa was the right man to lead this orchestra to the summit quickly vanishes in the light of their free and easy progress from darkest night to a broad, richly perspectived sunrise... Usually the listener is impatient to reach the heart of the epilogue; with rare, unforced tenacity, Ozawa makes us listen to the craggier beauties just before it, and he never hurries over the onlookers' generous-spirited rhapsodies to nature earlier in the work... The final bars are as disquieting as I've ever heard them. -BBC Music Magazine (on Strauss: Alpensinfonie)

"Previous recordings of this orchestral crystallization have been too aggressive for my ear, but Ozawa is marvelously refined, yet he does not lose the music's inherent vitality. The lyrical sections are warmly done to remind us that there are still heart-stirring melodies being written." -Gramophone (on Bernstein: West Side Story - Symphonic Dances)

"Seiji Ozawa (with the Berlin Philharmonic at their glossiest) offers a studio approach to Tchaikovsky that's big-boned and transatlantically Romantic in spirit...there's much that's detailed, well-focused and honestly accountable. 1812 is finely imagined, a cantering scenario of pomp and circumstance with a welcome touch of seriousness." -BBC Music Magazine (on Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 5)



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Works Details

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106
  • Performers: Mariko Kobayashi (Celesta); Everett Firth (Timpani); Sawako Yasue (Xylophone); Hiroshi Arimori (Piano); Naoko Yoshino (Harp)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 28 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 37 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1943-1945
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 46 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 04/1830

>Ravel, Maurice : Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Takemitsu, Toru : Ceremonial :: An Autumn Ode, for sho & orchestra
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Takemitsu, Toru : Family Tree (Keizu), for speaker & orchestra
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Takemitsu, Toru : My Way of Life :: In Memory of Michael Vyner, for baritone, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Dwayne Croft (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Takemitsu, Toru : Requiem, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 7 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1957

>Takemitsu, Toru : Air for solo flute
  • Performer: Aurèle Nicolet (Flute)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 2 in C minor "Resurrection"
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 21 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1894

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ein Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079 :: Ricercare a 6
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 05/1747-07/1747

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita in D minor, BWV 1004 :: Chaconne
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 16 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 06/1747

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, BWV 552 "St. Anne"
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 14 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739

>Poulenc, Francis : Gloria in G major
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 22 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1959-1960

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor
  • Performers: Everett Firth (Timpani); Simon Preston (Organ)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 12 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1938

>Poulenc, Francis : Concerto Champêtre for Harpsichord
  • Performer: Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 25 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1927-1928
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Scheherazade
  • Performer: Rainer Honeck (Violin)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 42 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 14 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888

>Strauss, Richard : Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare, AV 109
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Strauss, Richard : Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
  • Performer: Rudolf Scholz (Organ)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1911-15.
  • Running Time: 45 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1915

>Strauss, Richard : Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens, AV 103
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1909

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 45 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture, Op. 49
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 15 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman :: Overture
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1841.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Overture
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 15 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Liebestod
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 19 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64b :: Montagues and Capulets
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1936.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1936

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64b :: Dance
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1936.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1936

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64b :: Romeo at Juliet's Grave
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1936.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1936

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64b :: Dance of the Girls from the Antilles
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1936.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1936

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, Op. 64a :: Death of Tybalt
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1936.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1936

>Berlioz, Hector : Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, Op. 17 :: 3. Love Scene (Excerpt)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 09/1839

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960