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Great Symphonies (5 CDs)

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Wilhelm Furtwangler: Beethoven: Symphony No.9 - 1953
ICAC 5034
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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 - 1979
ICAC5035
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Guido Cantelli: Schumann: Schumann: Symphony No.4 - 1954
ICAC5081
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Atauflo Argenta: Beethoven: Symphony No.3 – 1957
ICAC 5087
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Sir Adrian Boult: Brahms: Symphony No.4/Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 – 1972 & 1975
ICAC 5093

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Beethoven’s Ninth and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” are two of the great symphonies to appear in this collection, which also features works by Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Brahms, among others. With renowned conductors including Sir Adrian Boult and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky at the helm, these expertly remastered recordings represent an excellent addition to any symphony-lover’s collection.

ICAB 5132


Track List CD1

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

 Symphony No.9 in D minor op.125 ‘Choral’

1 I           Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso                                                                          17.57

2 II          Molto vivace                                                                                                                                     12.06

3 III         Adagio molto e cantabile                                                                                                             18.24

4 IV        Presto – ‘O Freunde, nicht diese Töne’

Allegro assai – ‘Freude, schöner Götterfunken’ (Schiller: Ode ‘An die Freude’)  25.43

 

Irmgard Seefried soprano

Rosette Anday mezzo-soprano

Anton Dermota tenor

Paul Schöffler bass-baritone

Wiener Singakademie

Wiener Philharmoniker

WILHELM FURTWÄNGLER

 

Recorded: Großer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna, 30 May 1953

ICAC 5034

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Track List CD2

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY 1840–1893

 Symphony No.4 in F minor op.36

1 I           Andante sostenuto – Moderato con anima                                         18.12

2 II          Andantino in modo di canzona                                                                  9.55

3 III         Scherzo: Allegro                                                                                              5.46

4 IV        Allegro con fuoco                                                                                            8.55

 

MODEST MUSSORGSKY 1839–1881

 5 A Night on the Bare Mountain (Sorochinsky Fair version)*                       10.46

 

SERGEY PROKOFIEV 1891–1953

 The Love for Three Oranges Suite op.33bis

6 I           Les Ridicules                                                                                                      2.59

7 II          Le magicien Tchélio et Fata Morgana jouent aux cartes                 3.25

8 III         Marche                                                                                                                               1.35

9 IV        Scherzo                                                                                                                               1.20

10 V       Le Prince et la Princesse                                                                                               3.10

11 V       La Fuite                                                                                                                               2.16

 

David Wilson-Johnson baritone*

BBC Singers Chorus director: John Poole*

BBC Symphony Chorus Chorus director: Brian Wright*

BBC Symphony Orchestra

GENNADI ROZHDESTVENSKY

Recorded: Leeds Festival, Leeds Town Hall, 1 June 1979 (Tchaikovsky)

Royal Albert Hall, London, 27 July 1981 (Mussorgsky)

& Kurashiki City Auditorium, Kurashiki, Japan, 31 May 1981 (Prokofiev)

ICAC 5035

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Track List CD3

ROBERT SCHUMANN 1810–1856

 1–4 Symphony No.4 in D minor op.120                        23.59

 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY 1862–1918

5–8 Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien – Suite     20.29

9–11 La Mer 22.31

 Philharmonia Orchestra

GUIDO CANTELLI

Recorded: Usher Hall, Edinburgh Festival, 9 September 1954

ICAC5081

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Track List CD4

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

Symphony No.3 in E flat major op.55 ‘Eroica’*

1 I Allegro con brio 14.22

2 II Marcia funebre: Adagio assai 14.52

3 III Scherzo: Allegro vivace 5.42

4 IV Finale: Allegro molto 11.48

 

BEDRICH SMETANA 1824–1884

5 The Bartered Bride – Overture† 6.56

 

BONUS: ZARZUELAS

RUPERTO CHAPÍ 1851–1909

6 Música clásica – Prelude‡ 4.27

7 La corte de Granada, Fantasía morsica – Serenata‡ 3.30

8 El tambor de granaderos – Prelude‡ 5.12

 

GERÓNIMO GIMÉNEZ 1854–1923

9 El baile de Luis Alonso – Intermezzo‡ 3.35

10 La boda de Luis Alonso – Intermezzo‡ 5.27

 

*Orquesta Nacional de España

†Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

‡Gran Orquesta Sinfónica

ATAÚLFO ARGENTA

 

Recorded: Palacia de la Música, Madrid, 24 May 1957 (Beethoven); Victoria Hall, Geneva, 29 August 1957 (Smetana); Madrid, 1955–7 (zarzuelas)

ICAC 5081

 

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Track List CD5

 

JOHANNES BRAHMS 1833–1897

Symphony No.4 in E minor op.98

1 I Allegro non troppo 11.46

2 II Andante moderato 9.23

3 III Allegro giocoso 6.21

4 IV Allegro energico e passionate 10.06

 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN 1809–1847

Symphony No.4 in A major op.90 ‘Italian’*

5 I Allegro vivace 7.44

6 II Andante con moto 6.07

7 III Con moto moderato 6.12

8 IV Saltarello: Presto 5.49

 

BBC Symphony Orchestra

*Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

SIR ADRIAN BOULT

 

Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, 8 August 1975 (Brahms); 29 July 1972 (Mendelssohn)

ICAC 5093

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