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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Jörg Widmann (b.1973): Ad absurdum / Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet; Jörg Widmann, Irish Chamber Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4; Jörg Widmann (b.1973): Ad absurdum / Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet; Jörg Widmann, Irish Chamber Orchestra

1 CD / Orfeo / 2016-07-08

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 11; Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"; Jörg Widmann: Ad absurdum, concerto for trumpet & chamber orchestra
Performers: Nakariakov, Sergei [Trumpet]
Conductors: Widmann, Jörg
Ensemble: ; Irish Chamber Orchestra

This release fulfills a modern fascination with complete recordings, especially of symphonic cycles. The quality of Mendelssohn's symphonies, combined with their astonishing obscurity, makes them...continue...
Recording information: University Concert Hall Limerick (04/11/2013); University Concert Hall Limerick (04/19/2012); University Concert Hall Limerick (07/11/2014)....continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4; Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7; Coriolan Overture / Wilhelm Backhaus, piano. Hans Knappertsbusch, Vienna Philharmonic
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4; Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7; Coriolan Overture / Wilhelm Backhaus, piano. Hans Knappertsbusch, Vienna Philharmonic

2 CD / Orfeo / 2016-06-10

Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

This double-disc collection features a complete concert which was given in the Musikverein in Vienna on January 17 1954, as well as the Third Symphony...continue...
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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Luciano Pavarotti, Piero Cappuccilli, Gabriele Lechner, Ludmila Schemtschuk, Magda Nador, Georg Tichy, Franco De Grandis (live, Vienna State Opera, 1986)
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Luciano Pavarotti, Piero Cappuccilli, Gabriele Lechner, Ludmila Schemtschuk, Magda Nador, Georg Tichy, Franco De Grandis (live, Vienna State Opera, 1986)

2 CD / Orfeo / 2016-04-08

Conductors: Abbado, Claudio
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Vienna State Opera Orchestra Chous

Luciano Pavarotti's repertoire comprised only a few roles, but his performances and recordings of them wrote and rewrote history. This was the case in 1970...continue...
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Wagner: Orchestral Highlights / Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christian Thielemann
Wagner: Orchestral Highlights / Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Christian Thielemann

2 CD / Orfeo / 2016-03-11

Works: Richard Wagner: Rienzi; Lohengrin; Tannhäuser; Götterdämmerung; Parsifal; Tristan und Isolde; Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Conductors: Thielemann, Christian
Ensemble: ; Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

How time flies: it's already thirteen years since Christian Thielemann made his celebrated debut on the Green Hill of Bayreuth with The Mastersingers in the...continue...
Recording information: Musikverein Wien, Groáer Saal (11/28/2004)....continue...
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Wagner: Lohengrin, opera / Kurt Bohme, bass; Hans Hopf, tenor; Ingrid Bjoner, soprano; Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Bavarian State Orch., Hans Knappertsbusch
Wagner: Lohengrin, opera / Kurt Bohme, bass; Hans Hopf, tenor; Ingrid Bjoner, soprano; Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Bavarian State Orch., Hans Knappertsbusch

3 CD / Orfeo / 2016-03-11

Works: Richard Wagner: Lohengrin
Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Chorus; Bavarian State Orchestra

This incredible three-disc release is a must have for collectors. Wagner's opera Lohengrin is presented in this live recording from the Bayreuth Festival of 1960....continue...
Recording information: Prinzregententheater München (09/02/1963)....continue...
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Schubert: 8 Impromptus / Amir Katz, piano
Schubert: 8 Impromptus / Amir Katz, piano

1 CD / Orfeo / 2016-03-11

Works: Franz Schubert: Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90; Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
Performers: Katz, Amir

When the pianist Amir Katz engages with what is probably the most popular group of piano works by Franz Schubert, he can draw on a...continue...
Recording information: Funkhaus Nalepasstrasse Saal 1 (02/27/2015-02/28/2015)....continue...
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Concertos for Clarinet by Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) & Jörg Widmann (b.1973) / Jörg Widmann, clarinet; Deutsches SO Berlin, Peter Ruzicka
Concertos for Clarinet by Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) & Jörg Widmann (b.1973) / Jörg Widmann, clarinet; Deutsches SO Berlin, Peter Ruzicka

1 CD / Orfeo / 2016-03-11

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622; Jörg Widmann: Schattentänze (3), for clarinet; Carl Maria von Weber: Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in F minor, J 114/Op 73
Performers: Widmann, Jorg
Conductors: Ruzicka, Peter
Ensemble: ; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

When the clarinettist Jörg Widmann releases his first -ever recording of Mozart's concerto, it is a special occasion in a different sense from what one...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastraáe, Berlin (03/09/2013); Philharmonie Berlin Konzertmitschnitt (03/09/2013); RBB Kleiner Sendesaal (03/09/2013); Gro&a...continue...
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Beethovne: Fidelio / James King, Eva Marton, Aage Hauglund, Lilian Watson, Theo Adam, Kurt Rydl, Tom Krause. Vienna PO, Maazel
Beethovne: Fidelio / James King, Eva Marton, Aage Hauglund, Lilian Watson, Theo Adam, Kurt Rydl, Tom Krause. Vienna PO, Maazel

2 CD / Orfeo / 2015-11-13

Conductors: Maazel, Lorin
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic

In this 1983 performance, Maazel conducts Beethoven's liberation opera full of energy and precision, partnered by a highly dramatic Leonore, a Florestan in heroic voice...continue...
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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Josef Greindl, Theo Adam, Wolfgang Windgassen, Elisabeth Grummer, Ludwig Weber. Hans Knappertsbusch  (Bayreuth, 1960)
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Josef Greindl, Theo Adam, Wolfgang Windgassen, Elisabeth Grummer, Ludwig Weber. Hans Knappertsbusch (Bayreuth, 1960)

4 CD / Orfeo / 2015-10-30

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Conductors: Knappertsbusch, Hans
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus

Hans Knappertsbusch is regarded as one of the great Wagner conductors of the past and his Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg does not disappoint! This recording...continue...
Recording information: Bayreuther Festspiele (07/23/1960)....continue...
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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7 / Karl Bohm, Vienna PO (live, 1980)
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 7 / Karl Bohm, Vienna PO (live, 1980)

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-10-09

Conductors: Bohm, Karl
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic

This penultimate concert, consisting of Beethoven's Second and Seventh Symphonies from 17 August 1980 by the legendary Austrian conductor Karl Böhm in his old age,...continue...
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Strauss: Don Quixote Op. 35; Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 / Vienna PO, Karajan (live, 8/30/1964)
Strauss: Don Quixote Op. 35; Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 / Vienna PO, Karajan (live, 8/30/1964)

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-10-09

Works: Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35; Also Sprach Zarathustra
Performers: Fournier, Pierre [Cello]; Streng, Rudolf
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: ; Vienna Philharmonic

Captured live in a gripping concert event dated 30 August 1964, at a point in time many consider the prime of his career or something...continue...
Recording information: Groáes Festspielhaus (08/30/1964)....continue...
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Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 12/1; Brahms: Sonata in G Major, Op. 79; Stravinsky: Divertimento; Debussy: Sonata in G minor / István Hajdu, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in D Major, Op. 12/1; Brahms: Sonata in G Major, Op. 79; Stravinsky: Divertimento; Debussy: Sonata in G minor / István Hajdu, piano

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-10-09


In an era that tolerated, expected and accepted far greater variety of interpretation and tone than the current and persistent "new internationalism" approach that admits...continue...
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Schubert: Lieder; Schwanengesang / Hermann Prey, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano (live, 8/14/1964)
Schubert: Lieder; Schwanengesang / Hermann Prey, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano (live, 8/14/1964)

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-10-09


In this mixed program of lieder by Franz Schubert, the greatest and most prolific composer of the form, some 600 songs, despite his tragically early...continue...
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Nielsen, Sibelius: Violin Concertos; Serenades (2) / Baiba Skride, violin; Tampere PO, Rouvali
Nielsen, Sibelius: Violin Concertos; Serenades (2) / Baiba Skride, violin; Tampere PO, Rouvali

2 CD / Orfeo / 2015-09-25

Works: Jean Sibelius: Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47; Serenades (2) for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 69; Carl Nielsen: Concerto for Violin Op. 33 (FS 61)
Performers: Skride, Baiba [Violin]
Conductors: Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
Ensemble: ; Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

Born into a musical Latvian family violinist Baiba Skride won First Prize at the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition, held annually in Belgium. Ms. Skride's natural...continue...
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G.F. Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6/1, 6, 10, 12; Das Alexanderfest / Stuttgart CO, Michael Hofstetter
G.F. Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6/1, 6, 10, 12; Das Alexanderfest / Stuttgart CO, Michael Hofstetter

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-07-10

Works: George Frederick Handel: Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6; Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op.6/10, HWV 328; Concerto grosso in C major, HWV 318 "Alexander's Feast"
Conductors: Hofstetter, Michael
Ensemble: ; Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

Handel’s impressive closing act in the genre of the “concerto grosso” is cast in a whole new light by Michael Hofstetter and the Stuttgart Chamber...continue...
Recording information: Bad Cannstatt (03/03/2010-03/05/2010); Carl-Benz-Arena in Stuttgart (03/03/2010-03/05/2010)....continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; March Slave / Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham SO
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony; March Slave / Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham SO

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-06-09

Works: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Marche slave, Op. 31; Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
Conductors: Nelsons, Andris
Ensemble: ; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

When considering Tchaikovsky's symphonic output, the large-scaled Manfred Symphony, Op. 58 (1885), composed between the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, is too often been overlooked. The...continue...
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Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin / Pavol Breslik, tenor; Amir Katz, piano
Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin / Pavol Breslik, tenor; Amir Katz, piano

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-04-14

Works: Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25)
Performers: Breslik, Pavol [Tenor Vocal]; Katz, Amir

Tenor Pavol Breslik has for a long time now been one of the most in-demand lyrical tenors on the world's operatic stages - but nor...continue...
Recording information: August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald/München (09/11/2014-09/15/2014)....continue...
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Britten, Prokofiev, Shostakovich: The Cello Sonatas
Britten, Prokofiev, Shostakovich: The Cello Sonatas

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-04-14

Works: Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119; Benjamin Britten: Sonata for cello & piano in C major, Op. 65; Dmitry Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
Performers: Müller-Schott, Daniel; Piemontesi, Francesco

This new CD by Daniel Muller-Schott and Francesco Piemontesi offers three sonatas for cello and piano, works that sum up several chapters of 20th c....continue...
Recording information: Bayerischer Rundfunk, Studio 2, München (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)....continue...
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Bach: Goldberg Variationen / Konstantin Lifschitz, piano
Bach: Goldberg Variationen / Konstantin Lifschitz, piano

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-03-10

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)
Performers: Lifschitz, Konstantin [Piano]

This live recording is being released 20 years after Konstantin Lifschitz's final concert at the Gnessin School. He played Bach's Goldberg Variations there as part...continue...
Recording information: Groáer Saal Musikhochschule Würzburg (11/27/2012)....continue...
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Raimondi, Price, Varady, Popp, Winkler, Dean, Moll. Sawallisch, Bayerische Staatsoper (live, 7/12/1973)
Mozart: Don Giovanni / Raimondi, Price, Varady, Popp, Winkler, Dean, Moll. Sawallisch, Bayerische Staatsoper (live, 7/12/1973)

3 CD / Orfeo / 2015-03-10

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni
Conductors: Sawallisch, Wolfgang
Ensemble: Bayerische Staatsoper

The rare production of Mozart's Don Giovanni that doesn't just have a charismatic Don came about in 1973 at the Munich Opera Festival. Ruggero Raimondi...continue...
Recording information: Bayerischen Staatsoper München, Nationaltheater (07/12/1973)....continue...
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Verdi: Don Carlo; Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass; Michael Halasz, Carlos Alvarez et al.; Vienna State Opera Chorus & Orch.; Gatti, Sokhiev
Verdi: Don Carlo; Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass; Michael Halasz, Carlos Alvarez et al.; Vienna State Opera Chorus & Orch.; Gatti, Sokhiev

1 CD / Orfeo / 2015-01-13

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo; Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunow
Performers: Alvarez, Carlos; Caproni, Bruno [Vocals]; Derntt, Wolfram Igor; Elisabetta; Furlanetto, Ferruccio; Halfvarson, Eric; Houtzeel, Stephanie; Kobel, Benedikt; Selinger, Michaela; Silvasti, Jorma; Zajick,...
Conductors: Halász, Michael; Sutej, Vjekoslav; Gatti, Daniele; Sokhiev, Tugan

In the world of opera there are certain roles for every type of voice that can crown a singer's stage career. For the basso profondo,...continue...
Recording information: Österreichischen Rundfunks (01/19/2001); Österreichischen Rundfunks (04/20/2012); Österreichischen Rundfunks (05/28/2007); Österreichischen Rundfunks (09/16/...continue...
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R. Strauss: Salzburg Recitals / Schwarzkopf, Della Casa, Seefried, Gedda, Ludwig, Prey, Price, Schreier, Mathis, Von Stade et al. (rec. 1956-2010)
R. Strauss: Salzburg Recitals / Schwarzkopf, Della Casa, Seefried, Gedda, Ludwig, Prey, Price, Schreier, Mathis, Von Stade et al. (rec. 1956-2010)

2 CD / Orfeo / 2014-11-11


The collection of selections from various song recitals from 1956 to 2010 is in celebration of the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. No less than...continue...
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Brahms: String Quartet, Op. 51/2; Shostakovitch: String Quartet No. 8; Ravel: String Quartet, Op. 35 / Borodin Quartet
Brahms: String Quartet, Op. 51/2; Shostakovitch: String Quartet No. 8; Ravel: String Quartet, Op. 35 / Borodin Quartet

1 CD / Orfeo / 2014-11-11

Works: Johannes Brahms: Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2; Dmitry Shostakovich: Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110; Maurice Ravel: Quartet for Strings in F major
Conductors:
Ensemble: Borodin Quartet

With ist first performance in Salzburg of Shostakovich's Quartet from the Soviet Union emphasised its close relationship with the composer. Their Brahms and Ravel then...continue...
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Frank Martin: Der Zaubertrank; Le vin herbé / Patzak, Cebotari, Koréh, Zadek, Ilosvay, Poell. Ferenc Fricsay (Live recording, August 1948)
Frank Martin: Der Zaubertrank; Le vin herbé / Patzak, Cebotari, Koréh, Zadek, Ilosvay, Poell. Ferenc Fricsay (Live recording, August 1948)

2 CD / Orfeo / 2014-11-11

Works: Frank Martin: Le vin herbé, secular oratorio for 12 voices, 7 strings & piano
Performers: Heiller, Anton
Conductors: Fricsay, Ferenc
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus

Frank Martin's Tristan adaptation, situated between opera and oratorio, is here offered in a live recording of the world-premiere production of the stage version, sung...continue...
Personnel: Hilde Zadek, Alfred Poell, Maria von Ilosvay, Maria Cebotari, Karl Donch, Endre Koreh, Wilhelm Friedrich, Julius Patzak, Dagmar Hermann (vocals).

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Mozart: Symphonies K.201 & K.385
Mozart: Symphonies K.201 & K.385 "Haffner"; Piano Concerto K.459 / Maurizio Polini, piano; Karl Bohm, Vienna PO

1 CD / Orfeo / 2014-11-11

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a); Concerto for Piano no 19 in F major, K 459; Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner"
Performers: Pollini, Maurizio [Piano/Conductor]
Conductors: Böhm, Karl
Ensemble: ; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Böhm's last concert in Salzburg far removed from any routine, a great Mozart expert here offers a vivid account with the Vienna Philharmonic at ist...continue...
Recording information: 14. Orchesterkonzert Kleines Festspielhaus (08/30/1980)....continue...
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Beethoven: Prometheus Ov.; Stravinsky: Firebird Ste; Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet; Mussorgsky, Schonberg / Claudio Abbado
Beethoven: Prometheus Ov.; Stravinsky: Firebird Ste; Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet; Mussorgsky, Schonberg / Claudio Abbado

1 CD / Orfeo / 2014-11-11

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus; Arnold Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46; Igor Stravinsky: L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra no 2; Sergey P...
Conductors: Abbado, Claudio
Ensemble: ; European Community Youth Orchestra; Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra; Vienna Youth Choir

For Claudio Abbado, the European youth orchestras he founded and conducted were always an affair of the heart. With them he could live out his...continue...
Recording information: Felsenreitschule (07/29/1994); Felsenreitschule (08/13/1979)....continue...
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Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concertos; Myths / Baiba Skride, violin; Vasily Petrenko; Lauma Skride
Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concertos; Myths / Baiba Skride, violin; Vasily Petrenko; Lauma Skride

1 CD / Orfeo / 2014-10-14

Works: Karol Szymanowski: Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35, M37; Concerto for Violin no 2, Op. 61; Myths (3), Op. 30
Performers: Skride, Baiba [Violin]; Skride, Lauma [Piano]
Conductors: Petrenko, Vasily
Ensemble: ; Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Baiba Skride is almost unparalleled in her virtuosic, idiomatic mastery of the standard solo violin repertoire. But that is not all, for her concert calendar...continue...
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Wagner: Tannhauser / Josef Greindl, Wolfgang Windgassen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Theo Adam, Victoria de los Angeles, Grace Bumbry (rec. live, August 1961)
Wagner: Tannhauser / Josef Greindl, Wolfgang Windgassen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Theo Adam, Victoria de los Angeles, Grace Bumbry (rec. live, August 1961)

3 CD / Orfeo / 2014-10-14

Works: Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser
Conductors: Sawallisch, Wolfgang

This 1961, Wieland Wagner directed Bayreuth Tannha¨user, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, stars Victoria de los Angeles as Elisabeth and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (at his last Bayreuth...continue...
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Rafael Kubelík Conducts Dvorák, Haydn, Mendelssohn & Schumann / Cologne Radio SO; Kubelík (rec. 1960-63)
Rafael Kubelík Conducts Dvorák, Haydn, Mendelssohn & Schumann / Cologne Radio SO; Kubelík (rec. 1960-63)

3 CD / Orfeo / 2014-09-09

Works: Robert Schumann: Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129; Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"; Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no...
Performers: Arrau, Claudio [Piano]; Starker, János
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: ; Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra

Rafael Kubelik's reputation as one of the most significant conductors of the 20th c. rests not just on his work with the great orchestras of...continue...
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J. N. Hummel: Septets Opp. 74 & 114 / Florian Uhlig, piano; Consortium Classicum; Klöcker
J. N. Hummel: Septets Opp. 74 & 114 / Florian Uhlig, piano; Consortium Classicum; Klöcker

1 CD / Orfeo / 2014-09-09

Works: Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Septett Militaire for piano, flute, violin, clarinet, cello, trumpet & double bass (or for piano qui; Septet for piano, flute, oboe, horn, viola, cello & double bass (or for pi...
Performers: Uhlig, Florian
Conductors: Klöcker, Dieter
Ensemble: Consortium Classicum

The Austrian composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) studied both piano and composition with his great countryman Mozart, and was also a friend of Beethoven, of...continue...
Recording information: Clara-Wieck-Auditorium Sandhausen (03/20/2007-03/25/2007)....continue...
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Strauss: Elektra / Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Leonie Rysanek, Gundula Janowitz, Regina Resnik, Eberhard Waechter. Karl Böhm (Vienna, 1965)
Strauss: Elektra / Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Leonie Rysanek, Gundula Janowitz, Regina Resnik, Eberhard Waechter. Karl Böhm (Vienna, 1965)

2 CD / Orfeo / 2014-07-08

Conductors: Böhm, Karl
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Thanks to Nilsson and Böhm, this Elektra at the Vienna State Opera in 1965 was a musical triumph. Not only did they give full rein...continue...
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Dvorak: The Cello Works / Daniel Muller-Schott, cello; Michael Sanderling
Dvorak: The Cello Works / Daniel Muller-Schott, cello; Michael Sanderling

1 CD / Orfeo / 2014-06-10

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150; Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191; Silent Woods (Klid), for cello & piano (arr. from From the Bohemian Forest...
Performers: Kulek, Robert; Muller-Schott, Daniel
Conductors: Sanderling, Michael
Ensemble: ; NDR Sinfonieorchester

Antonín Dvorák's Cello Concerto in B minor is one of the absolute masterpieces of the genre, and every world-class cellist has naturally been keen to...continue...
Recording information: NDR, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg (06/27/2011-07/01/2011)....continue...
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Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel / Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham SO
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel / Andris Nelsons, City of Birmingham SO

1 CD / Orfeo / 2014-05-27

Works: Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan, Op. 20; Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Conductors: Nelsons, Andris
Ensemble: ; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
[Nelsons] knows he can ask anything of his players...Nelsons attacks when necessary with full-throttle precipitation...the shadowlands are even more sustained, ...continue...
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Verdi: Arias / Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano; Munich RSO
Verdi: Arias / Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano; Munich RSO

1 CD / Orfeo / 2014-04-29

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera; Il trovatore; Giovanna d'Arco; Un ballo in maschera; Luisa Miller; La traviata; Don Carlo; La forza del destino; Otello
Performers: Stoyanova, Krassimira
Conductors: Baleff, Pavel
Ensemble: ; Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Krassimira Stoyanova, one of the most renowned Verdi sopranos today, now presents her newest solo CD with arias by the composer. Some of these roles...continue...
Recording information: Bayerischer Rundfunk, Studio 1, München (07/01/2013-07/06/2013)....continue...
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Verdi: Don Carlo / Ruggero Raimondi, José Carreras, Pero Cappuccilli, Matti Salminen [Vienna State Opera, live 1979]
Verdi: Don Carlo / Ruggero Raimondi, José Carreras, Pero Cappuccilli, Matti Salminen [Vienna State Opera, live 1979]

3 CD / Orfeo / 2014-02-25

Conductors: Karajan, Herbert von
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Verdi's Don Carlo was one of the few operas that Herbert von Karajan conducted time and again over several decades. In this live recording from...continue...
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Irmgard Seefried: Recordings 1944-67 - works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Wagner, Puccini, Schubert et al.
Irmgard Seefried: Recordings 1944-67 - works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Wagner, Puccini, Schubert et al.

4 CD / Orfeo / 2014-01-28

Works: Franz Joseph Haydn: Chi vive amante, H 24b no 13; Original Canzonettas Book 2, H 26a; Spirit's Song, H 26a no 41; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620; Le nozze di ...
Performers: Baier, Hermann; Bohne, Annemarie; Klein, Peter; Lorenz, Max; Noni, Alda; Reining, Maria; Schneiderhan, Wolfgang [Conductor/Violin]; Schoeffler, Paul [Baritone Vocal]; Schweiger, Hans; Seefried, Irmga...
Conductors: Ludwig, Leopold; Böhm, Karl; Karajan, Herbert von; Furtwängler, Wilhelm; Leitner, Ferdinand; Blech, Harry; Walter, Bruno; Ansermet, Ernest; Geese, Heinz
Ensemble: ; Instrumentalensemble

  • Soprano Irmgard Seefried was a magnificent presence both on the operatic stage and in recital.
  • 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of Ms. Seefried's passing.
  • Many
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Verdi: Ernani / Neil Shicoff, Eke Rider, Carlos Alvarez, Roberto Scanduzzi, Liliana Ciuca, Benedikt Kobel. Ozawa
Verdi: Ernani / Neil Shicoff, Eke Rider, Carlos Alvarez, Roberto Scanduzzi, Liliana Ciuca, Benedikt Kobel. Ozawa

2 CD / Orfeo / 2014-01-28

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani
Conductors: Ozawa, Seiji
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra

  • This 1998 Vienna State Opera production of Verdi's Ernani was the first in that house in more than 70 years.
  • Conductor Seiji Ozawa's only Verdi
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Personnel: Benedikt Kobel, Michele Crider, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Neil Shicoff , Carlos Alvarez, Liliana Cluca , Aik Martirosyan (vocals).

Recording information: Wiener Staatsoper (12/14/1998)....continue...
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Schubert: Winterreise / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Maurizio Pollini, piano
Schubert: Winterreise / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Maurizio Pollini, piano

1 CD / Orfeo / 2013-11-19

Works: Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Pollini, Maurizio [Piano/Conductor]

In 1978 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Maurizio Pollini came together for the first and only time to perform this great cycle. Fischer-Dieskau's balance of words and...continue...
Recording information: Kleines Festspielhaus (08/23/1978)....continue...
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Mozart: Sonata K.330; Schumann: Fantasie; Chopin: Andante spianto et Grande Polonaise brillante et al. / Shura Cherkassky, piano
Mozart: Sonata K.330; Schumann: Fantasie; Chopin: Andante spianto et Grande Polonaise brillante et al. / Shura Cherkassky, piano

2 CD / Orfeo / 2013-11-19

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h); Robert Schumann: Fantasia in C major, Op. 17; Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition; Samuel Barber: Excursions (4) for...
Performers: Cherkassky, Shura [Piano]

In the concert documented on this CD, Shura Cherkassky follows a well-proportioned interpretation of Mozart's Sonata K 330 with Schumann's C major Fantasy and then...continue...
Recording information: Salzburger Festspielen (07/31/1961)....continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Sonata, Op. 26; Op. 31/1; Schumann: Toccata, Op. 7; Arabeske, Op. 18; Brahms: Ballades, Op. 10 / Emil Gilels, piano
Beethoven: Piano Sonata, Op. 26; Op. 31/1; Schumann: Toccata, Op. 7; Arabeske, Op. 18; Brahms: Ballades, Op. 10 / Emil Gilels, piano

2 CD / Orfeo / 2013-11-19

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1; Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"; Robert Schumann: Toccata for piano in C major, Op. 7; Arabeske fo...
Performers: Gilels, Emil [Piano]

Recording information: Groáes Festspielhaus, Salzburg (08/09/1976)....continue...
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 8; Strauss: Four Last Songs; Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8; Strauss: Four Last Songs; Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

2 CD / Orfeo / 2013-11-19

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93; Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116
Performers: Schwarzkopf, Elisabeth [Soprano vocals]
Conductors: Kertész, István

Istvan Kertesz's early death from a swimming accident in 1973 meant that he performed very little in Salzburg. In the previous decade he quickly established...continue...
Recording information: Mozarteum (08/11/1962)....continue...
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Verdi: Otello / Vinay, Schoeffler, Dermota, Jaresch, Greindl, Bierbach. Salzburg Festival, Furtwangler
Verdi: Otello / Vinay, Schoeffler, Dermota, Jaresch, Greindl, Bierbach. Salzburg Festival, Furtwangler

2 CD / Orfeo / 2013-11-19

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Performers: Dermota, Anton [Tenor Vocals]; Jaresch, August; Monthy, Georg; Schoeffler, Paul [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The only recording of an Italian opera by this conductor whose star shines ever more brightly: a legendary performance with the greatest Otello of his...continue...
Recording information: Altes Festspielhaus (08/07/1951)....continue...
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Schumann: Violin Concerto; Phantasie / Baiba Skride, violin; Danish Nat'l Orch., Storgards
Schumann: Violin Concerto; Phantasie / Baiba Skride, violin; Danish Nat'l Orch., Storgards

1 CD / Orfeo / 2013-09-24

Works: Robert Schumann: Concerto for Violin in D minor; Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 131; Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
Performers: Skride, Baiba [Violin]
Conductors: Storgårds, John
Ensemble: ; Danish National Symphony Orchestra

When listening to this new CD it is difficult to comprehend why the music world had a negative opinion of Robert Schumann's works for violin...continue...
Recording information: DR Concert Hall, Copenhagen....continue...
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Wagner: Die Walkure / Stemme, Botha, Anger. Franz Welser-Most  (Vienna State Opera live, 12/2/2007)
Wagner: Die Walkure / Stemme, Botha, Anger. Franz Welser-Most (Vienna State Opera live, 12/2/2007)

1 CD / Orfeo / 2013-09-24

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walkürie
Performers: Anger, Ain; Botha, Johan; Stemme, Nina [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Welser-Möst, Franz
Ensemble: ; Vienna State Opera Chorus

At the most recent production at the Vienna State Opera, the twins were sung by Nina Stemme and - for the first time in the...continue...
Recording information: Wiener Staatsoper (12/07/2007)....continue...
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Andris Nelsons: Genius on Fire - 52-minute documentary and 3 bonus concert excerpts / Voigt, Barenboim, Hardenberger, Opolais, Rattle [DVD]
Andris Nelsons: Genius on Fire - 52-minute documentary and 3 bonus concert excerpts / Voigt, Barenboim, Hardenberger, Opolais, Rattle [DVD]

1 DVD Video / Orfeo / 2013-09-24


Andris Nelsons is either silently anchored to his chair, deeply reflective and monosyllabic or he's pouring every ounce of energy into his surroundings. It is...continue...
Run Time: 68 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
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Wagner: Die Feen, Das Liebesverbot, Rienzi / Gray, Anderson, Hass, Seibel, Kuhn, Janssen, et al.
Wagner: Die Feen, Das Liebesverbot, Rienzi / Gray, Anderson, Hass, Seibel, Kuhn, Janssen, et al.

9 CD / Orfeo / 2013-07-30

Conductors: Sawallisch, Wolfgang
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera

In 1983 the Bavarian State Opera performed Wagner's three early operas under Wolfgang Sawallisch. This new CD box from Orfeo, in which these operas -...continue...
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Wagner: Lohengrin / Talvela, Thomas, Watson, Berry, Ludwig, Waechter, Equiluz. Karl Bohm
Wagner: Lohengrin / Talvela, Thomas, Watson, Berry, Ludwig, Waechter, Equiluz. Karl Bohm

3 CD / Orfeo / 2013-06-25

Works: Richard Wagner: Lohengrin
Conductors: Böhm, Karl
Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
Claire Watson excels her studio performances, singing Elsa with floods of pure tone that rarely falters...[Ludwig's] 'Entweihte Götter!' literally stops th...continue...
Recording information: Wiener Staatsoper (05/16/1965)....continue...
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Verdi: Arias / Piotr Beczala; Ewa Podles; Mariusz Kwiecien
Verdi: Arias / Piotr Beczala; Ewa Podles; Mariusz Kwiecien

1 CD / Orfeo / 2013-05-28

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; Les Vêpres Siciliennes; Il Trovatore; I Lombardi alla prima Crociata; Aida, opera; La Traviata; Macbeth; Requiem Mass; Un Ballo in Maschera; Don Carlo
Performers: Beczala, Piotr; Kozlowski, Karol; Kwiecien, Mariusz
Conductors: Borowicz, Lukasz
Ensemble: ; Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Internationally renowned tenor Piotr Beczala celebrates the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth with a collection of highlights that include the roles in which he has...continue...
Recording information: Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall (2011-08-??&2011-09-??&2012-)....continue...
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Schubert: Winterreise, D. 911 / Kurt Moll, bass; Cord Garben, piano
Schubert: Winterreise, D. 911 / Kurt Moll, bass; Cord Garben, piano

1 CD / Orfeo / 2013-05-28

Works: Franz Schubert: Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89
Performers: Cord Garben [Conductor/Piano]; Moll, Kurt

The sophistication and precise diction that characterized Moll's greatest roles reminded one that he was a singer who also paid equal attention to the lied....continue...
Recording information: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg (1982-05-18_1982-05-19&1982-)....continue...
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Wilhelm Furtwängler: Vienna Concerts 1944-1954 / Badura-Skoda, Seefried, Patzak, Fischer-Dieskau [18 CDs]
Wilhelm Furtwängler: Vienna Concerts 1944-1954 / Badura-Skoda, Seefried, Patzak, Fischer-Dieskau [18 CDs]

18 CD / Orfeo / 2013-04-30

Conductors: Furtwangler, Wilhelm
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic

After Berlin, Vienna was the music center to which Wilhelm Furtwängler had the closest artistic connections. Under his direction the Vienna Philharmonic made a whole...continue...

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