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First Choice features top artists - in the first batch, Claudio Abbado, the Emerson String Quartet, Helene Grimaud, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Anna Netrebko, Itzahak Perlman, Trevor Pinnock, Gil Shaham, Bryn Terfel and Krystian Zimerman - performing great music in best-selling and benchmark recordings from the last 30 years.
The look is fresh, modern, easy to grasp: original album covers newly presented in a Polaroid-style frame, with series blurb on spine "Original Album Series". The Polaroid look is carried through in the booklet layout and forms the basis of the entire product image. Each release comes with new liner notes on the artist and recordings by expert authors and critics.
The Guardian, January 2004
... the results are every bit as incandescent as you would expect with Argerich partnering such a stellar trio of string players ... It sounds like a concert performance; there is a perfectly focused energy and a sense of daring about every phrase. The sense of expressive give-and-take within the quartet seems almost subliminal ... Argerich s playing is crammed with vivid invention.
Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (02/2002).
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Ravel: Boléro; La Valse; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Daphnis et Chloé, suite no. 2 / Barenboim
Verdi: Requiem / Anja Harteros, Elina Garanca, Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape. Daniel Barenboim, Orchestra Of La Scala [DVD]
Beaux Arts Trio 60: Complete Philips Recordings, celebrating 60 years / Menahem Pressler, Daniel Guilet, Bernard Greenhouse [60 CDs]
Giorgio Mirto: Norwegian Memories; Gisle Krogseth: Viking Concerto / Giorgio Mirto, guitar
Elegy:' Works for Cello & Orchestra, by Saint-Saëns, Dvorák, Bloch, Tchaikovsky et al. / Harriet Krijgh, cello; Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz; Gimeno [CD+DVD]
Homages - Guitar Music of Villa-Lobos, Sor, Falla, Llobet, Rodrigo et al. / Christoph Denoth, guitar
Karajan: 1980s - Complete Orchestral Recordings, feat. Complete Symphonies of Beethoven & Brahms, Haydn "Paris" & "London" Symphonies et al. / Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vienna, Berlin PO, Karajan et al.
Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
Brahms: The 4 Symphonies / Riccardo Chailly, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Works DetailsBrahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
- Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano); Yuri Bashmet (Viola); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
- Running Time: 39 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Chamber Music
- Written: 1861
Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88
- Performers: Mischa Maisky (Cello); Martha Argerich (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
- Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1842