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BR Klassik

BR KLASSIK - 10 YEARS OF RECORDED EXCELLENCE

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BR Klassik label, Naxos Direct are offering 20% off of the complete BR Klassik catalogue.

BR Klassik is the label of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus, and the Munich Radio Orchestra, devoted to making performances of its symphony orchestra more widely available. The orchestra’s high standards are well represented on recordings of excellent quality.
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Image HAYDN:MASS IN B FLAT MAJOR
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Image Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder
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Image BACH:CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
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Image Bach: St Matthew Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthew-Passion, BWV 244

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Regensburger Domspatzen, Concerto Köln
Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
Soloists: Karina Gauvin, Gerhild Romberger, Julian Prégardien, Maximilian Schmitt, Michael Nagy, Karl-Magnus Fredriksson

To follow the Christmas Oratorio, the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under its artistic director Peter Dijkstra again present a major work by Johann Sebastian Bach, in a live recording on CD and DVD: the St. Matthew Passion. The choir's instrumental partner is the renowned period instrument group Concerto Köln, who can already be heard together with the choir on several BR-KLASSIK CDs. (Händel: Israel in Egypt, Dixit Dominus; Bach: Magnificat). Bach's epoch-making St. Matthew's Passion can be heard in historically informed performance practice with the renowned Bach singer Julian Prégardien, the Regensburger Domspatzen and further well-known soloists. The DVD edition of this live recording from Munich's Herkulessaal features highly atmospheric lighting effects.

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Image Bach:Complete Edition
At the beginning of the 500th anniversary of the reformation by Martin Luther, BR-KLASSIK will release the Complete Edition with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Peter Dijkstra as a 6 DVD boxset.

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Image J. S. BACH: MASS IN B MINOR BWV 232
Even after almost three hundred years, the music of Bach's Mass in B minor is still animated, fresh, and a true Baroque delight – whether heard live in concert or recorded. What makes this concert version of June 2016 at the 'ION - Nuremberg International Organ Week' in Nuremberg’s St. Lorenz Church so special that it should definitely be added to any DVD collection? The fresh voices of the young but excellent vocal soloists: the regularly praised 'astonishing three-dimensionality' and 'crystalline clarity' of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and of course of the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln; and last but not least, the exciting live atmosphere of a concert event that delighted the audiences, and even managed to coax the word “magical” from music critics – rare praise, but in this case, richly deserved! The DVD recording of Bach's Mass in B Minor has now been reissued by BR-KLASSIK.

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Image BACH:ST JOHN PASSION WV 245
The music of Bach's 'St. John Passion', which the composer wrote for Holy Week in 1724 immediately after his appointment as cantor of St Thomas's Church in Leipzig, still retains all its freshness and vitality nearly 300 years later, and is a true Baroque delight. The two main choruses Herr, unser Herrscher and Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine form the beginning and culmination of a large-scale orchestral and vocal structure in which Bach reveals his absolute mastery of polyphony. Inwardly reflective chorales are as much interwoven into the events of the Passion as the haunting arias which comment on the biblical texts of the Gospel of St John. Throughout this solemn Passion oratorio, there is a constant emphasis on Baroque musical magnificence. What makes this live recording of the concert version of March 2015 so special? The fresh voices of the young and excellent vocal soloists, the regularly praised "astonishing three-dimensionality" and "crystalline clarity" of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and, of course, the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln. This recording of Bach's 'St John Passion' has now been released on DVD, at a concert during the “ION – Nuremberg International Organ Week” in Nuremberg’s St. Lorenz Church, and enhanced by the film “Stories of Hope – Music that Touches the Soul” by Melitta Müller-Hansen.

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Image Sibelius: Symphony No 2
The latest new release from BR KLASSIK gathers together on one CD the most famous and popular musical works of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The music of the symphonic poem "Finlandia", op 26, which premiered in Helsinki in 1899 as a "historical tableau" from Finnish history, inspired Sibelius's compatriots immediately. The work - as it were the unofficial national anthem of Finland - became internationally known in 1900, and continues to be world-famous today, not only because of the hymn-like chorale that concludes it. Sibelius's "Karelia" Suite op. 11, composed some years earlier, which refers to the Finnish landscape of Karelia and the legends of the "Kalevala" epic, was also received very enthusiastically by the national Finnish movement at that time and soon became internationally famous as well. The Symphony No. 2, op 43, the best-known and most popular of the composer's seven completed symphonies, premiered in 1902. With this work Sibelius managed to emancipate himself, moving from being a merely national Finnish composer to an international one. The clear, confident character of the work goes far beyond the purely "exotic" national style, and its "absolute" music remains unaffected by any extra-musical programme. Whether we appreciate Sibelius as an absolute musician or as Finland's national composer, and whether we regard his music as international or as an expression of Finland's struggle for independence - as his compatriots have done to this day - the music remains highly individual and unique, and has successfully established itself in the international concert repertoire. The exemplary interpretations on this CD by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under its chief conductor Mariss Jansons were recorded at several Munich concerts during the autumn of 2015. Sensitively conducted and full of gripping majesty, the performances show clearly why Sibelius's symphonies have retained their importance to the present day.

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Image Mahler: Symphony No. 9
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Image Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 4
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Image Paradisi Gloria 21: 21st Century Sacred Music
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Image Franz Schubert: Symphonie Nr. 8 C-Dur; Grosse C-Du
The "Great" C major Symphony was the last symphony that Schubert composed – a “Finished” to follow his "Unfinished", the first two movements of which he had just completed before discontinuing work on it (for reasons unknown). Schubert began this composition in August 1824, or possibly even as late as March 1825. Most of the work on it took place in the summer of 1825, during the longest journey of his life. It took him from Vienna via Linz, Steyr, Gmunden (where he found the scenery "truly heavenly"), Salzburg and then up to Bad Gastein, where he saw some magnificent alpine peaks. The first page of the score manuscript is dated "March 1828" – possibly the month in which he finally completed the work. On November 19 of that same year, Schubert died at the age of only thirty-one. The symphony was premiered posthumously on March 21, 1839 in the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and conducted by the Gewandhaus Kapellmeister at that time - the 30-year-old Felix Mendelssohn. This is a star-studded and outstanding interpretation of one of the most important compositions of the Romantic symphonic repertoire.

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Image Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
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Image HARTMANN:DES S SIMPLICISSIMUS
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Image Beethoven/ Mozart: Piano Concertos
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Image HANDEL:ISRAEL IN EGYPT
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Image Various: ARD Competition Winners
Time and again, the ARD International Music Competition in Munich has been the site of concert performances that make us forget that the name of this game is scoring points with a jury and keeping mistakes down to a minimum. All of a sudden the idea of a competition departs from our minds, and we concentrate our full attention on the concert event, suddenly opening up to the adventure, audacity, spontaneity and the perfect musical moments. Three such highlights with first prize winners are combined on this CD. Sebastian Manz, first prize winner in 2008 played Mozart's Clarinet Concerto as originally composed, on the basset horn, accompanied by the young shooting star on the conducting horizon, Cornelius Meister. French harpist Emmanuel Ceysson enchanted the audience with the iridescent wealth of colour in the rarely performed Harp Concerto by Reinhold Gli?¿re in September of 2009. And Hyeyoon Park, at 17 years of age the youngest finalist in the history of the Competition, revealed authentic prodigy qualities in a work overflowing with lush Hollywood charm, the Violin Concerto by Erich?áWolfgang Korngold.

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Image Kyrill Kondraschin conducts Rimskij-Korsakow and F

Kyrill Kondraschin and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks: what had been planned as a happy relationship between the signi?cant representative of the Russian conducting school and the ?rst class Munich ensemble ended tragically with the sudden death of the conductor before he could assume the position of Chief Conductor of the orchestra. All the more signi?cant is thus this sound document. The live recording made at concerts in Munich’s Herkulessaal comprises an exciting program that juxtaposes two late romantic works from different symphonic cultures: Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Russian Easter’ Overture and César Franck’s only symphony, in D minor. One of the few testimonies to the collaboration between Kyrill Kondraschin and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. An appealing juxtaposition of a Russian and a French work, this CD was released in October 2010 and will now be rereleased for March 2019.

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Image Bruckner: 10 Symphonies Box Set
In a spectacular concert cycle from January to March 1999, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Lorin Maazel played the complete symphonies of Bruckner in Munich's Philharmonie in the Gasteig. Maazel had at his disposal an ensemble with a long, impressive Bruckner tradition dating back to Eugen Jochum. The founding father and first Chief Conductor of the orchestra ranks as one of the most significant Bruckner conductors in the interpretive history of these works. The chronological compactness of the recording process, which guaranteed a unified artistic signature is the outstanding feature of this compete recording vis-a-vis many of the versions from the competition. An occupation with Bruckner's complete works is an overwhelming experience for today's listeners. With an enthralling effect the series develops from the stylistic variety of the early symphonies all the way to the ultimate clarity of the musical language in the unfinished Ninth Symphony.

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Image Strauss Wagner Mahler
On this new CD the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra presents itself a cappella in works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner.

Magnificent tone paintings like \Isoldes Liebestod" ("Isolde's Love-Death") and the "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" ("Songs of a Wayfarer") radiate a new unprecedented glory in transcriptions for 16-part chorus by Clytus Gottwald. Thanks to its special tonal homogeneity and stylistic versatility, this ensemble enjoys the highest regard throughout the world. Dutch conductor Peter Dijkstra - the artistic director of the ensemble since 2005 - is the shooting star on the choral scene and has presented the ensemble together with both BR orchestras in a number of versatile programs."

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Image Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Rachel Harnisch - soprano
Anke Vondung - mezzo soprano
Maximilian Schmitt - tenor
Christian Immler - bass

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Peter Dijkstra - conductor

After the success of his introduction to the St. Matthew Passion, author Wieland Schmid now takes us on a journey through the Christmas Oratorio with thrilling insights into Bach's creative process and background information on the composition. Outstanding narrators and the complete recording of the 2010 performance of the Christmas Oratorio with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin under the direction of Peter Dijkstra make this 4-CD set the ideal Christmas gift.

Narrated by Christian Brücknder, Germany's dubbing voice for Robert de Niro, and TV top cop Udo Wachtveitl.

Introduction and concert on 4 CD's, available at a special price.

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Image Jansons
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Image SCHUBERT/GOUNOD:MASSES
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Image Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphonie No. 10
Mariss Jansons considers Dmitri Shostakovich to be one of the most serious and sincere composers ever, and finds the fifteen symphonies in particular to be deeply moving and captivating. He sees their music as bearing shattering testimony to a traumatic era of political darkness, while remaining a timeless expression of existential human feeling and experience. Over a period of seventeen years, Mariss Jansons has recorded all the Shostakovich symphonies, on each occasion together with the orchestra he was artistically associated with at the time. Six of the performances were with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. In 2006 the cycle was completed in time for the centenary of the composer's birth. The performance of the Thirteenth Symphony was awarded a Grammy in the 'Best Orchestral Performance' category.

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Image Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3/ Sonata In F Min
Alexej Gorlatch was the winner in the piano category at the 2011 ARD Music Competition. His interpretation of Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto not only convinced the high-ranking jury, but also the audience, bringing him both a first prize and the audience prize. Alexej Gorlatch was born in 1988 in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and has lived in Germany since 1991. At the age of twelve he became a junior student at the University of the Arts in Berlin where he studied with Martin Hughes; from 2002 to 2007 he studied with Karl-Heinz Kammerling in Hanover. After graduating from secondary school, he now continues his music studies there. In 2011 the ARD Music Competition celebrated its 60th anniversary. It took place for the first time in 1952 in Munich, where it is still put on every year by Bavarian Radio. For many artists, Munich was the springboard to their international careers. Among the prize winners, we find household names as Jessye Norman, Thomas Quasthoff, Maurice Andre, Sol Gabetta, the Tokyo String Quartet, Yuri Bahmet, Francois Leleux, the Quatuor ebene and many others.

"Gorlatch has a dramatic flair and the courage to take risks. His lively, agogically flexible performance style had many colors, and his cadenza in the first movement was downright thrilling." Suddeutsche Zeitung

"Alexej Gorlatch...knew how to use his darling interpretation of Beethoven's C minor Piano Concerto sweep the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Sebastian Terwinkel into such a frenzy that the musicians obviously (and audibly) allowed themselves to be forced to play their music almost at the edge of their seats. Der Tagesspiegel
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Image Sondheim: Sweeney Todd
The Complete recording of this musical by Stephen Sonheim.

Features soloists such as Mark Stone in the title role and Jane Henschel.

Recorded on the occasion of the Müncher Runfunkerorchester's 60th birthday.

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Image Bach: Magnificat | Handel: Dixit Dominus
The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks joins forces with Concerto Köln to produce another superb CD.

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Image WAGNER: Feuerzauber Weltenbrand
Audio Biography of Wagner's life with musical selections from outstanding recordings, including Tannahauser Overture and Tristan and Isolde "Liebstod".

Celebrity voices with Udo Wachtveitl as narrator.

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Image Wagner: Great Wagner Voices
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Image Strauss: Biography Letters
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Image Michael Volle
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Image Beethoven: Symphonies and Reflections
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Image Britten: War Requiem
This release commemorates the life of the English composer Benjamin Britten, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Britten, who in May 1942 refused to fight in World War II, began working in 1960 on a "War Requiem". In March of this year, during the performances by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, the work delivered its shattering impact once again - due not only to the Tölz Boys' Choir but also an outstanding trio of soloists.

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Image Schnittke: Konzert Fur Chor
The disc contains moving choral music written by two of the most significant composers of the 20th century. At its world premiere in 1986, Alfred Schnittke's "Concerto for Chorus" was said to be "revolutionary", whilst Arvo Pärt remains one of the most popular composers of the present day.

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Image Joy To The World - Famous Christmas Songs
Under the direction of Howard Arman, the BR-chorus sings international holiday songs from Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Greece amongst others, by composers like von Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Puccini.

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Image Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
A recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ninth" is always a great event, especially because the symphony’s final chorus, Schiller's "Ode to Joy", is understood around the world as a plea for peace and international understanding. It was no coincidence that the catchy melody to the text 'Joy, beautiful spark of divinity' was chosen as the Hymn of the European Union. This recording of Beethoven’s great choral symphony under the direction of Bernard Haitink and with excellent instrumental and vocal soloists is not only an outstanding interpretation of the work but also very much an event in itself – because these recordings document Haitink’s last ever concerts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Haitink's decision marks the end of a conducting career spanning 65 years. He has been a regular and highly welcome guest of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and numerous CDs on the BR-KLASSIK label document the exceptional quality of this creative collaboration.

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Image Symphonie Fantastique
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Image Bach: St Matthew Passion
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Image Symphony No. 6
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Image Strauss: Alpine Symphony
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Image Haydn: The Creation
Following Mahler's Ninth and Bruckner's Fifth, this live recording of Joseph Haydn's "The Creation" is already the third CD recording to feature the masterly Bernard Haitink at the helm of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Haitink has been a guest conductor of the orchestra for over 50 years now. Haydn's oratorio "The Creation", first performed in 1798, instantly became an established part of the repertoire and the greatest success the composer had ever experienced. Today, it still ranks as an important test for any ensemble of soloists, choir and orchestra. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its Choir joined forces for this recording, together with a team of renowned soloists. The solo parts of the three archangels are sung by renowned soprano Camilla Tilling, Mark Padmore, who can also be heard in the BR-KLASSIK recording of Britten's "War Requiem", and bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann who, as a representative of the younger generation, is enjoying a remarkable operatic, lieder and concert career.

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Image Schumann: Scenes From Goethe's Faust
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Image Braunfels: Verkuendigung
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Image Tchaikovsky:Pique Dame
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Image Beethoven:Symphonies 4/5
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Image Brahms:Jansons Conducts
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Image Beethoven:Symphony No 3
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Image Mahler:Symphony No 6
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Image Strauss:Don Juan
In these live recordings, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its long-time chief conductor Mariss Jansons present two "heroic" tone poems by Richard Strauss. With his "Don Juan", the young and aspiring Strauss secured himself a lasting place in the musical life of the German Empire and proved to be a prematurely consummate master of the symphonic poem genre. "Ein Heldenleben" ("A Hero's Life"), written at the turn of the 20th century, is a work of unshakeable self-confidence in every regard. Strauss left everyone in little doubt that he had portrayed himself as the hero in his music, and the work met with an ambivalent reception. Today, with its massive score for over one hundred musicians, "Ein Heldenleben" ranks as one of the great touchstones for a symphony orchestra - and with its extensive solo violin part, for a concertmaster too.

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Image Part:Te Deum
CDs from BR-KLASSIK and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Peter Dijkstra are regular winners of prestigious awards - two such being the Strauss-Wagner-Mahler recording, which won the Diapason d'or, and the Concerto for Choir by Alfred Schnittke, which won the ECHO Klassik. In this latest recording of sacred music by Arvo Pärt, the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks is joined by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. The two ensembles frequently perform together in their concert series, which regularly include sacred music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The present CD production focuses on four compositions by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (born 1935). They were written in 1984, 1990 und 1997 in the composer's own tintinnabulation style of composition (from the Latin word for the 'ringing of bells'). In his Te Deum, Pärt makes a conscious departure from the traditionally powerful and festive sound of such precursors as Charpentier, Bruckner and Verdi. The restraint of the Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrims' Song), a setting of Psalm 121, evokes the ancient Judeo-Christian tradition of psalm recitation. Dopo la vittoria was commissioned by the City of Milan for the 1600 year celebration of the death of St. Ambrose (1997). The Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) is so named because it was first performed in the city's St. Hedwig's Cathedral (1990) to mark the German Katholikentag (Catholics Day).

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Image Beethoven:Missa Solemnis
The BR-KLASSIK label has already released several recordings with Bernard Haitink, who has now been connected with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for over 55 years. Following Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, Mahler's Ninth and Haydn's "Creation," BR-KLASSIK now presents a live recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Missa solemnis" - a work performed for the recording market for the first time under the baton of Bernard Haitink. The musical partners of this grand seigneur among world-class conductors are the Choir and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks as well as a finely coordinated ensemble of soloists, consisting of Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Mark Padmore and Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

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Image Wagner:Das Rheingold
Everything the conductor Sir Simon Rattle touches "turns to gold". Everything except for the music dramas of Richard Wagner, that is! It has often been asserted, albeit without good reason, that Rattle and Wagner do not go together. This has now been conclusively disproved by the third collaboration between Rattle and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, together with a team of the very best Wagner singers. This concert performance of "Das Rheingold", the first opera in Wagner's mighty tetralogy "The Ring of the Nibelung", was performed in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz on April 24 and 25, 2015, and has now been brought out by BR KLASSIK on two CDs just a few months after the live event.

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Image Beethoven:Symphony No. 6
The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has already performed Beethoven symphony cycles on several occasions. Mariss Jansons has now extended the cycle concept in two respects: with works specially commissioned from contemporary composers, who have contributed their own musical reflections on Beethoven symphonies, and by presenting these outstanding concert events on the record market as a series of live recordings. Following the excellent response from critics and audiences for the award-winning Complete Edition (BR-KLASSIK, 900119), BR-KLASSIK now also presents Beethoven's symphonies on individual CDs. In addition to the live recording of the "Pastorale" by Ludwig van Beethoven from Munich's Herkulessaal in 2012, the production includes a contribution from the Georgian composer Giya Kancheli (born 1935), whose work "Dixi" ("I have spoken") for choir and orchestra is oriented towards Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and was first performed in 2009.

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Image Beethoven:Symphony No. 7 8
The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has already performed several Beethoven symphony cycles. Chief conductor Mariss Jansons has now extended the cycle concept in several regards, with performances of the works in Tokyo's Suntory Hall with its excellent acoustics, with specially assigned commissions from contemporary composers who were asked to contribute their own musical reflections on Beethoven's symphonies, and also with the publication of live recordings of these outstanding concert events on the music market. The live recordings of Symphonies Nos 7 and 8 were made in 2012 in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, with its spectacularly good acoustics, and were exceptionally well received by the public and the trade press. The Music Pen Club of Japan praised Mariss Jansons shortly after the tour for his "new, modern and transparent-sounding Beethoven." The Seventh and Eighth Symphonies are complemented by the work "Con Brio," a modern contribution by Jörg Widmann (born 1973), one of the most important representatives of a younger generation of composers.

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Image Handel:Messiah
As a steady favourite with audiences, Handel's most famous oratorio "Messiah" has met regularly with rapturous receptions ever since its premiere back in 1742! This three-part masterpiece portrays the life of the "anointed one" (the literal meaning of the Hebrew word 'Messiah'), from the Annunciation and his birth to his death on the cross and revelation, and contains a considerable number of baroque super-hits - including the world-famous 'Hallelujah Chorus.' What makes the present complete recording into something really special is, above all, the successful interpretation with its excellent line-up of performers: Julia Doyle, Lawrence Zazzo, Steve Davislim and Neal Davies, the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (recently called "a new centre for historically informed performance practice") under the overall direction of Peter Dijkstra, accompanied by B'Rock, the Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent.

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Image Beethoven:Symphonies 1 2
The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has already performed several Beethoven symphony cycles. Chief conductor Mariss Jansons has now extended the cycle concept in several regards, with performances of the works in Tokyo's Suntory Hall with its excellent acoustics, with specially assigned commissions from contemporary composers who were asked to contribute their own musical reflections on Beethoven's symphonies, and also with the publication of live recordings of these outstanding concert events on the music market. The live recordings of Symphonies Nos 1 and 2 were made in November 2012 in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, and were exceptionally well received by the public and the trade press. The Music Pen Club of Japan praised Mariss Jansons shortly after the tour for his "new, modern and transparent-sounding Beethoven". The two modern works based on the First and Second Symphonies were contributed by the composers Misato Mochizuki (born Tokyo, 1969) and Johannes Maria Staud from Austria (born 1974).

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Image Beethoven:Symphony No 9
The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has already performed several Beethoven symphony cycles in the concert hall. Its chief conductor Mariss Jansons has now extended and enhanced the cycle concept, with guest performances in Tokyo's Suntory Hall with its excellent acoustics and the publication of live recordings of these outstanding concert events. The live recording of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 was made in 2012 in Tokyo's Suntory Hall with its spectacularly good acoustics, and was extremely well received by the public and press. Soon after the tour, the Music Pen Club of Japan praised Mariss Jansons for his "new, modern and transparent-sounding Beethoven." Christiane Karg, Mihoko Fujimura, Michael Schade and Michael Volle, all of whom have worked regularly with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, can be heard as the vocal soloists.

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Image Strawinsky:Petrushka
Two well-known masterpieces of Russian music complement each other perfectly on the latest CD of Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Firstly, Stravinsky's ballet music "Petrushka" in its 1947 version which, with its smaller orchestra and more prominent piano part (played by Lukas Maria Kuen), is more of an instrumental work, or "a kind of concert piece"; and secondly, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Originally written in 1874 as a piano cycle, it can be heard here in the colourful, universal and engaging orchestral version of 1922 by Maurice Ravel, which made it world-famous.

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Image Js Bach:Christmas Oratorio
For many, Christmas without Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" - that baroque masterpiece made up of six cantatas, telling the story of Christmas from the Nativity to the visit of the Three Wise Men - would be quite unthinkable. Whether experienced live in concert or heard on a CD, the work is always a great treat. What makes this December 2010 live recording of the concert performance at the Herkulessaal in the Munich Residenz so special? The clear voices of the young but excellent vocal soloists, the regularly acclaimed "crystal clear sound" and "astonishing three-dimensionality" of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, under the direction of Peter Dijkstra, and of course that renowned period instrument ensemble, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. There is also the exciting atmosphere of a live concert event that delighted the audience, plus the fact that the performance even managed to elicit the adjective "magical" from Munich reviewers - rare praise, but in this case highly deserved!

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Image Dvorak: Stabat Mater
With his four concertos for marimba the Danish composer Anders Koppel (b. 1947) has played a crucial role for the development of a concert repertoire for this distinctive instrument. His concertos have been performed by virtuoso percussionists all over the world, but for this premiere recording the composer has personally selected a quite special soloist, the young Polish marimba player Marianna Bednarska, who is thus making her CD debut - accompanied by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen.

Marianna Bednarska is a young Polish percussionist. She demonstrated her musical talent from her earliest years, and after graduating with merit from Henryk Mikolajczyk's percussion class at the K Szymanowski Secondary Music School in Warsaw, she is now studying under Marta Klimasara at Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. 20-year old Marianna Bednarska is already a well-recognized percussionist. She has won 19 first prizes in national and international percussion competitions, where she scored the highest marks from juries for outstanding musicality and technique. The most important prizes were won in the marimba competitions in Paris (2009), Fermo (Italy 2008) and the Percussion Competition in Plovdiv (Bulgaria 2007), where she also received a Special Prize, and in several percussion competitions in Poland. She was a finalist in the National Eurovision Competition 'Young Musician of the Year 2009'. As a soloist, Marianna Bednarska has played concerts in many prestigious concert halls in Poland and abroad with orchestras such as Sinfonia Varsovia, the Aalborg Symphonic Orchestra, the Lviv Philharmonic and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. Marianna Bednarska has also received many prestigious scholarships from among others the Polish Government, the Sinfonia Varsovia Foundation and Kunststiftung Baden-Wurttemberg. In 2013 Marianna Bednarska was awarded the 'Polish-Danish Friendship Prize' for her close connection with Danish musical life, culminating in the CD recording of Anders Koppel's four marimba concertos.

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Image Great Verdi Voices
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Image Bach:Johannes Passion
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Image Folkslied
As a Lied interpreter, on the concert stage and, increasingly, on the operatic stage as well, the baritone Christian Gerhaher is currently setting new artistic standards. After publication of two choral-symphonic recordings with this exceptional singer, BR-KLASSIK now presents a Lieder CD containing recorded material from Gerhaher's time as Artist in Residence with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Gerhaher's finely coordinated programme - ambiguously entitled 'folkslied' - examines the exciting contrast between the Volkslied (folk song) and the Kunstlied (art song). It contains the rarely heard Folk Song Arrangements by Benjamin Britten, the folk song arrangements for piano trio and voice by Beethoven and Haydn. Gerhaher's decision to use German texts to Haydn's melodies that were published in the 1920s represents a tribute to Fritz Wunderlich, whose first recording of the German text versions is particularly close to his heart. The instrumental partners are: Gerold Huber, Gerhaher's long-time accompanist; Sebastian Klinger, the principal cellist of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks who is currently pursuing a solo career; and, on the violin, Anton Barachovsky, leader of the Symphonieorchester.

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Image Mahler: Symphonie No 1
The music of Gustav Mahler, the Late Romantic composer on the threshold of modernity, has been a firm part of the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks ever since the early 1960s, when the orchestra's Mahler tradition was established by its former chief conductor Rafael Kubelik. BR-KLASSIK has already released Mahler's First (as part of an audiobook CD) and Seventh Symphonies with Mariss Jansons, as well as the Ninth with Bernard Haitink. The young Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is making his debut here on the BR-KLASSIK label with Mahler's First Symphony. He is one of the most important representatives of a younger generation of conductors and, since his European debut in 2004, has already conducted such renowned orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic. Yannick Nézet-Séguin is currently chief conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Image Dvorak: Symphony No 8
Dvo?ák's lyrical and cheerful Eighth Symphony, which premiered successfully in Prague on February 2, 1890, is one of the famous Bohemian composer's most often-played works. He succeeded here "in writing a work different from my other symphonies, with individual thoughts elaborated in a new way". Every movement and every melody in this music reflects the fact that it was wholly inspired by the landscape of Bohemia. Dvo?ák's close familiarity with and love of Slavonic folk music can be clearly heard, as can his deep preoccupation with the symphonies of Tchaikovsky: the rhapsodic Adagio and the waltz-like Scherzo, for example, in their melodic inventiveness as well as their formal structure, are both highly reminiscent of the famous Russian composer. - Alongside Dvo?ák's much-performed Ninth Symphony, his Eighth is a further masterpiece of late 19th-century instrumental music. Josef Suk's Serenade for Strings of 1892 is far more than a mere time-filler on this CD. The first successful composition by this budding Czech composer - who was Dvo?ák's pupil and son-in-law - is audibly influenced by the musical and aesthetic ideas of his teacher and mentor, but is also a highly individual work in its own right and an important example of the genre. In the recordings of the two concerts performed in the Philharmonie im Gasteig on January 29 and 30, 2016, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Mariss Jansons successfully demonstrated that Dvo?ák's traditional yet visionary symphonic writing continues to retain all its validity today: the interpretation is sensitive, dynamic and majestic. Suk's Serenade for Strings was recorded in a studio only a few days beforehand.

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Image Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2 - 'Auferstehungssym
Gustav Mahler wanted his Second Symphony to exceed any known format - and he also wanted it to tackle the key questions of existence: 'Why have you lived? Why have you suffered? Is everything just one enormous, terrible joke? We have to solve these questions in some way if we want to carry on living,' said the composer. Similar questions preoccupied him throughout his life, and with a special intensity during his time as an opera conductor in Hamburg. The Second Symphony, also referred to as the 'Resurrection Symphony', is a complete expression of Mahler's existential struggle; both its form and its overpowering sound make this utterly clear. The premiere of the complete symphony took place on December 13, 1895 in Berlin under Mahler's direction; previously (on March 4 of that year) he had already performed the first three movements. The premiere of the Second Symphony thus took place after that of the Third. The reactions were initially subdued, but today the work ranks as one of the most popular of Mahler's symphonies. Recorded at concerts in Munich in May 2011.

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Image Franz von Suppé: Ouvertüren
Franz von Suppé is one of the most famous Austrian composers of the 19th century, and his oeuvre includes nearly three dozen operettas and light operas as well as countless farces and comedies. His most famous operettas are The Beautiful Galatea (1865), Fatinitza (1876) and Boccaccio (1879). Although most of his stage works have now been forgotten, overtures such as Light Cavalry, Poet and Peasant or Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna were indispensable parts of Viennese operetta's 'golden age', and have remained a regular feature of the city's musical life, including at the Vienna New Year's Concerts, to this day. As Chief Conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ivan Repušic has selected some of Suppé's best-known and most popular overtures for his new studio production. Recorded in May 2018, this album anticipates the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth in 2019.

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Image Johann Sebastian Bach: Motetten
The motets written during Bach's first years in Leipzig stand apart from other sacred music because they were not composed for the regular church liturgy, but for private occasions instead. Compared to 'modern' cantatas they are relatively conservative in style, and belong to the tradition of vocal polyphony that reached its peak in the 16th century. The choir is not backed by an orchestra, but only a simple instrumental accompaniment with basso continuo. To compensate for the missing orchestra, the vocal score is even more complex and finely detailed than usual. On this disc the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under its artistic director Howard Arman present a selection of Bach's most famous motets: Jesu, meine Freude (Jesus, my joy), BWV 227, for five-part choir and the four motets for double choir Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied (Sing to the Lord a new song), BWV 225, Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf (The Spirit gives aid to our weakness), BWV 226, Fürchte dich nicht (Do not be afraid), BWV 228, and Komm, Jesu, komm (Come, Jesus, come), BWV 229.

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Image Rhapsody
This latest CD from BR KLASSIK contains five great rhapsodies, devised and elaborated by very different composers from different regions, with a lot of imagination and local flavour. With his rhapsody "España" the Frenchman Emmanuel Chabrier focused on the Iberian music and folk music so popular at the time, as did his more famous compatriot Maurice Ravel with his "Rhapsodie espagnole", the four-movement structure of which still harks back to long-outdated symphonic forms. From the Hungarian-born Franz Liszt we have the famous "Hungarian Rhapsody" No. 2, and from the Romanian composer George Enescu the scarcely less famous and popular "Romanian Rhapsody". The American George Gershwin created what was probably the most famous example of the genre in the 20th century with his "Rhapsody in Blue" for piano and orchestra... The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under their chief conductor Mariss Jansons are a guarantee of outstanding interpretative quality for these large-scale rhapsodic musical works. The Russian pianist Denis Matusev - internationally famous ever since he won the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1998 - proves to be a sovereign and stylistically confident interpreter of George Gershwin's concertante masterpiece, with its numerous jazz elements. The live recording of this concert was made in October 2015 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz.

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Image Fuoco di Gioia! – Famous Opera Choruses
Fuoco di gioia' – at the beginning of Verdi’s Otello, the compatriots of the victorious protagonist cheer his triumphant return to his home port with a vocal "fire of joy". The opera quote is also the title of this new CD recently recorded by the Bavarian Radio Chorus, together with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under its chief conductor Ivan Repušic. The opera chorus from “Otello” begins this selection of famous choruses and instrumental pieces from stage works of Italian belcanto (Verdi), Italian verismo (Leoncavallo, Puccini, Mascagni), Russian opera (Borodin, Glinka, Tchaikovsky), and the romantic operas of Richard Wagner. These very recent recordings from January, February and July 2019 contain well-known and enjoyable melodies that are perfect for singing along to (secretly or otherwise)!

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Image Bach:Complete Edition
At the beginning of the 500th anniversary of the reformation by Martin Luther, BR-KLASSIK will release the Complete Edition with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Peter Dijkstra as a 9 CD set.

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Image Fritz Wunderlich
Although fifty years have now passed since Fritz Wunderlich's tragic death on September 17, 1966, the singer and his incomparable tenor voice have remained unforgotten. One reason was the meteoric success of his artistic career. Following his performance in a student production of Mozart's Magic Flute in Freiburg, the young singer was instantly engaged by the Stuttgart State Opera; he then went on to Frankfurt and Munich, performed at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival, and had already received an offer from the New York Metropolitan Opera. What people remember most about him was his vital, lively personality, his almost limitless ability to cope under pressure, and of course his mellifluous voice, with its great depth, radiance, and delightful timbre. His accurate and always intelligible pronunciation of the words he sang has remained quite unparalleled. He performed operetta scenes with ease and charming levity; he bestowed the grace of genuine feeling onto lieder that had fallen into sentimental discredit; and he belted out party pieces with all the effortless verve of an Italian....

This new CD from BR-KLASSIK commemorating the 50th anniversary of the singer's death presents early, as yet unreleased radio recordings made between 1959 and 1965. The recordings of some Munich Sunday concerts and studio recordings by the Bayerischer Rundfunk show him and his tenor voice at the height of their success. Together with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, he can be experienced singing with such renowned conductors as Kurt Eichhorn, Siegfried Köhler, Willy Mattes, Hans Moltkau and Meinhard von Zallinger. Here he focused primarily on the German repertoire, from comic opera to operetta all the way to popular hits which, to this day, more or less owe their very survival to his interpretations of them in concerts and recordings. Fritz Wunderlich - the tenor voice of the 20th century par excellence - can be relived here in these unreleased recordings from BR-KLASSIK.

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Image STRASS:AN ALPINE SYMPHONY
At the age of just fifteen, the budding composer Richard Strauss (1864-1949) lost his way during a summer hike on the Heimgarten in the Bavarian Alps, and ended up in a thunderstorm. The next day, he fantasized about the experience on the piano. - Twenty years later, that memory had matured into a concept describing a one-day hike in the form of a symphonic poem, and in 1915 – a further fifteen years later – Strauss finally completed his masterpiece. The hike begins in the darkness before dawn, and after sunrise the ascent goes through a forest, past a stream and a waterfall, through meadows and pastures, and up to a glacier. The hiker then loses his way, and after several risky moments arrives at the summit, where he also experiences a vision. The weather then suddenly worsens, and the descent is accompanied by heavy rain and fierce thunderstorms. The eventful day - summarized in just sixty minutes of music - ends with a sunset, and darkness returns.

'An Alpine Symphony' is probably Strauss' most famous symphonic poem. Its content is easily understandable, and the work became especially well-known for its gigantic orchestra. The music is far from heavy-handed, however, with many of the passages orchestrated like chamber music. Like a kind of greeting from the Bavarian Alps, as it were, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its chief conductor Mariss Jansons have placed this masterpiece, and the music of Richard Strauss in general, on the programme of their forthcoming tour of Asia in late 2016. The live recording of 'Alpine Symphony' concerts planned for October 2016 in Munich's Philharmonie im Gasteig is enhanced on this latest CD from BR-KLASSIK by the addition of Strauss' symphonic poem 'Death and Transfiguration', first performed in 1890; the recording here is of concerts performed in Munich in February 2014. – We thus have two very recent interpretations of two of this great German composer's most important tone poems on one CD.

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Image J. S. BACH: MASS IN B MINOR BWV 232
Even after almost three hundred years, the music of Bach's Mass in B minor is still animated, fresh, and a true Baroque delight – whether heard live in concert or recorded. What makes this concert version of April 2016 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz so special that it should definitely be added to any CD collection? The fresh voices of the young but excellent vocal soloists: the regularly praised 'astonishing three-dimensionality' and 'crystalline clarity' of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and of course of the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln; and last but not least, the exciting live atmosphere of a concert event that delighted the audiences, and even managed to coax the word “magical” from Munich’s music critics – rare praise, but in this case, richly deserved!

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Image MAHLER:SYMPHONY 9
Gustav Mahler's Ninth Symphony is primarily regarded as the composer’s reaction in the summer of 1908 to the diagnosis of a heart ailment, which he received just before writing the first sketches for the work. Mahler was deeply distraught and cannot have known how few years he still had left to live. His processing and exploration of his life experiences, and of valedictions, the meaning of life, death, salvation, life after death and love, always took place in and through his music. The Ninth Symphony was composed between 1909 and 1910 in Toblach, in a kind of creative frenzy, and was first performed in Vienna on June 26, 1912 by the Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of Bruno Walter. Mahler had already died on May 18, 1911, and was no longer able to experience the premiere of his last completed work. Willem Mengelberg, the first ardent conductor of the composer’s works, wrote in his score: "Mahler's soul sings its farewell!" Mahler's Ninth Symphony represents the culmination of a development process. The progressive chromaticism and maximum utilization of the tonal are here taken to their limits - and, for the first time, beyond them. Indeed, the two movements that frame the work, in particular, depart from the tonal entirely, pointing clearly to the dawn of a new musical epoch. Alban Berg even called this symphony "the first work of New Music". The Munich concert event of October 2016 is now being released on CD by BR-KLASSIK – it is an outstanding interpretation of one of the most important compositions of the international symphonic repertoire of the early 20th century.

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Image RAVEL:L'HEURE ESPAGNOLE; CHABRIER: ESPANA
A concert performance of the two works took place on April 24, 2016 as part of the "Sonntagskonzerte" (Sunday Concerts) series in Munich’s Prinzregententheater, and can now be experienced on CD. Ravel's opera (in its original French-language version) is interpreted by young soloists, all of them entirely at home in the Franco-Spanish oeuvre; they are accompanied by the Munich Rundfunkorchester under the direction of Asher Fisch.

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Image Arvo Paert: Live
Arvo Pärt, who was born in Estonia in 1935, has succeeded in bringing sacred music back to a broader audience, and away from the confines of the church service, more than almost any other contemporary composer. The meditative character of his works, and his return to the simplest and most basic musical forms, convey moments of intense spirituality. Even before his emigration from the Soviet Union to Austria and then to Germany, Pärt had already invented what he termed the tintinnabuli style of composition (from the Latin word for a bell). He produced an early and important example of this style in 1977 with the "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten", scored for string orchestra and bell, and it is also a key feature of the three great choral works that form the greater part of this new BR-KLASSIK CD "Arvo Pärt: Live", namely the "Seven Magnificat Antiphons" for mixed choir a capella, the large-scale oratorio "Cecilia, vergine romana" for mixed choir and orchestra, and the vocal work „Litany – Prayers of St John Chrysostom for Each Hour of the Day and Night” for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra. Also included on this CD is the "Collage on B-A-C-H" for strings, oboe, harpsichord and piano. Composed in 1964, before Pärt's aesthetic reorientation, it is one of his most famous works. Despite its radical reduction of means of expression, Pärt's music demands the greatest care in execution from those performing it – and this has been masterfully realized in the present recording by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, whose combined and homogenous sound is a direct result of their regular cooperation. Ulf Schirmer, Marcello Viotti und the choir's current artistic director Peter Dijkstra here demonstrate their deep familiarity with the subtle sound-world of Arvo Pärt.These live recordings were made at Munich concerts in July 2000, February and December 2005, and January and October 2011, all of which received public and critical acclaim.

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Image GULDA PLAYS MOZART & GULDA
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Image George Frederic Handel: Occasional Oratorio HWV 62
For his Occasional Oratorio, composed in 1746 in an age of personal and political upheaval, Handel made generous use of much of his own earlier material, and this resulted in something quite close to an anthology: a choice collection of his most beautiful and most famous pieces – a 'Best Of', as it were. The Messiah librettist Charles Jennens complained loudly that the oratorio was "a triumph for a victory not yet gain'd", and that its libretto, by a certain Newburgh Hamilton, was an "inconceivable jumble of John Milton and Edmund Spenser". Nevertheless, the Occasional Oratorio offers the modern listener magnificent and largely familiar melodies, highly virtuosic Baroque arias, moving choruses and, above all, a magnificent Late Baroque sound that, in this extremely compact score, is quite unique. Audiences at the time probably considered this to be 'Handel at his best', and today's public doubtlessly shares that opinion. This virtuoso and colourful interpretation, recorded recently on February 11, 2017 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz, was an exemplary success, delighting the audience and the trade press alike. Howard Arman conducted the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Akademie für Alte Music Berlin with its historically informed performance practice, and a line-up of highly talented English soloists. This concert recording is also the world's first recording of the Occasional Oratorio according to the historically researched and edited score of the Neue Hallische Handel edition.

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Image Mariss Jansons conducts: Ludwig van Beethoven: Sym
Hollow pathos is not his thing. From an artist like Mariss Jansons, Friedrich Schiller’s ode An die Freude has a far deeper significance, which also fully encompasses the doubt and profound hope embodied in this text. And thus, in Jansons’s recording of the Ninth Symphony, the choral finale does not degenerate to a merely superficial jubilation, but rather becomes a delicately balanced, wisely developed drama. On October 27 2007, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks played Beethoven’s Ninth in the presence of the Pope in the Vatican. The recording of this memorable concert is now being released by BR-KLASSIK.

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Image Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 5
All Mahler scholars have agreed from the very start that Gustav Mahler embarked on an entirely new path with his Fifth Symphony. Even for his immediate contemporaries, such as the conductor Bruno Walter or the music critic Paul Bekker, the Fifth marked the beginning of a new creative phase, and Mahler himself was also keenly aware of this – which is why he was all the more upset by the fact that his work was not understood at its premiere in Cologne in October 1904 and, even later, met with a largely negative reception. In 1905, following an unsuccessful performance in Hamburg, the composer complained: "The Fifth is an accursed work. No-one understands it.” It was only after Mahler’s death in May 1911 that people slowly began to appreciate the piece. The Fifth ranks today as one of Mahler's most popular symphonies. This is due in part to Luchino Visconti's 1971 film adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella ‘Death in Venice’, which used the symphony’s world-famous Adagietto to great effect: the movement enjoyed unanimous approval from the very start, and has now advanced to become Mahler's ‘greatest hit’ and the most famous work in his entire oeuvre. In its structure, the symphony does not follow the classic four-movement form, but presents us with five movements in three sections. Conceptually, Mahler relies on methods he had already tried and tested in the work’s great predecessors, the Second and Third Symphonies. The centerpiece of the work is a lengthy scherzo full of grotesque humour, inspired by Jean Paul, while its resting-point is the Adagietto, which certainly bears many of the hallmarks of Mahler's slow movements. The harsher sound of this symphony ushered in a new creative phase for Mahler – one that he developed further in the Sixth. The maximum use he makes of the tonal means available already clearly anticipates the Ninth, in which he begins to abandon tonality altogether and encompass the transcendental aspect of the music. This Munich concert event of March 2016, now released as a CD by BR KLASSIK, is an outstanding interpretation of one of the most important compositions of the international symphonic repertoire of the early 20th century.

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Image Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, Ottorino Respighi: Conce
Ivan Repušic, the new chief conductor of the Munich Rundfunkorchester, devotes his first CD on BR-KLASSIK to works by the composers Maurice Duruflé and Ottorino Respighi, both of whom took a major interest in the melodies and harmonies of Gregorian chant. The French composer Duruflé’s Requiem is based on the Gregorian 'Missa pro defunctis', the Latin Mass for the Dead, and the Italian Respighi, in his Concerto Gregoriano, used Gregorian chant as a source of inspiration for the harmonious sound of the concerto and for the song-like treatment he gives to the solo violin. Recorded in March 2017.

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Image Gioachino Rossini: Amor Fatale - Rossini Arias
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Image Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Psalmen
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Image Music for Strings
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Image Hört! Die Engelsboten singen
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Image Anton Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 6
This release features a performance of Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphon, recorded recently at a Munich concert performance in May 2017. This outstanding interpretation of one of the key compositions in the Late Romantic symphonic repertoire is conducted by Bernard Haitink.

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Image Im Arm der Liebe – Love’s Embrace
Juliane Banse's current concept album, entitled 'Love’s Embrace', is devoted to orchestral Lieder of the early twentieth century and presents works and composers who have been very unjustly forgotten. Together with the Munich Rundfunkorchester conducted by Sebastian Weigle, Juliane Banse recorded the orchestral Lieder in a studio production by the Bayerische Rundfunk in March 2015.

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Image Mariss Jansons - Portrait
‘He’s the best of all of us!’ In an interview about great conductors with the newspaper Die Welt on April 2, 2015, that was the remarkable response from Sir Simon Rattle when he was asked about Mariss Jansons. Numerous music fans the world over are in complete agreement with Rattle’s statement, and what better way to congratulate Mariss Jansons on his 75th birthday (the 14th of January 2018)? The Maestro’s birthday was also the inspiration for this 5CD set from BR Klassik. (Stefan Piendl)
This release offers a cross-section of the classical symphonic repertoire. The works range from music of the First Viennese School to early 20th-century Late Romanticism; from Haydn's ‘Harmoniemesse’ to the Minuet from Haydn's Symphony Hob. I:88; from Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, Brahms's Fourth Symphony and Mahler's Ninth Symphony to Strauss' Eine Alpensinfonie op. 64, and also his ‘Vier letzte Lieder’. The fifth CD offers several impressive masterpieces of the twentieth century including Stravinsky's ‘Symphony of Psalms’, Varese's symphonic poem ‘Ameriques’ – both recordings first time released on CD - and Shostakovich's Sixth Symphony.

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Image en travesti
Anna Bonitatibus is one of the most successful mezzo-sopranos of our time. On her new album entitled ‘en travesti’, together with the Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Corrado Rovaris, she presents the most famous and important arias written over the past three hundred years for women acting in male roles on the opera stage: so-called ‘trouser roles’. The studio recordings by the Bayerischer Rundfunk were made in the summer of 2016, and have now been released on BR-KLASSIK.

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Image Sergey Rachmaninov: The Bells; Symphonic Dances
Two large symphonic tone poems by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov can be experienced on this release: the four-movement symphonic poem 'The Bells' ('Kolokola') op 35, based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, for solo voices, choir and orchestra, composed in 1913, and the three 'Symphonic Dances' op 45 from 1940 – the last completed work by the composer, who died in 1943. These outstanding performances of significant compositions of the early 20th-century symphonic repertoire are conducted by Mariss Jansons.

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Image Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller
Ivan Repusic made his debut as Chief Conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester on September 24, 2017 at the city's Prinzregententheater with a concert performance of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Luisa Miller sung in the original Italian at Munich's Prinzregententheater. The Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka – the orchestra's Artist in Residence during the 2017/18 season – was successfully engaged for her debut in the title role of the tragic opera, based on Friedrich Schiller's Kabale und Liebe. This highlight of the Munich music scene last autumn has now been released by BR-KLASSIK. Verdi's masterpiece was written during the year 1849 in Paris and Busseto, completed in Naples, and first performed there on December 8, 1849 at the city's Teatro San Carlo. Schiller's tragedy tells the story of the calamitous love of the nobleman Ferdinand (Rodolfo in the opera) for the musician's daughter Luisa Miller, who falls victim to a terrible court intrigue that ultimately drives both to their deaths. To turn the play into an opera Verdi worked intensively with his librettist Salvadore Cammarano; both men were fascinated by Schiller's tableau-like dramaturgy, which matched their own ideas of an 'epic drama'. The tragedy was given three acts, entitled 'Amore' (Love), 'Intrigo' (Intrigue) and 'Veleno' (Poison).

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Image Gustav Mahler: Symphonien 1 - 9
The performances on this disc were recorded live between 1996 and 2016 in the Philharmonie im Gasteig and the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Mariss Janson conducts Symphonies Nos 2, 5, 7 and 9, Bernard Haitink Nos. 3 and 4, Daniel Harding No. 6 and Colin Davis no. 8, the 'Symphony of a Thousand'.

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Image Anton Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 8
The genesis of Anton Bruckner's Eighth Symphony was perhaps ignited by a bout of sudden fame that boosted the composer's constantly shaky self-confidence. After the performance of Bruckner's Seventh, the famous conductor Hermann Levi had hailed him as 'the greatest symphonist since the death of Beethoven'. Frequently ridiculed in Vienna, Bruckner had finally been taken seriously in Munich: his importance had been recognized, and the Austrian emperor had awarded him the Order of Franz Joseph. In the summer of 1884 he set to work on a new symphony, returning this time to C minor, the key of his first two symphonies. This key had an especially powerful symphonic precedent in Beethoven's Fifth, and virtually challenged him to make the journey per aspera ad astra ('through the night to the light'). He wanted to create the greatest instrumental symphony of all time; its scale became gigantic, placing huge demands on performers and audience alike. The incomparably bold design of the finale probably represents the longest and most daring sonata-form movement ever written; Bruckner referred to it as 'the most important movement of my life'. Towards the end of it, when the main themes of all four movements sound simultaneously, he wrote a euphoric 'Hallelujah!' into the draft. In August 1887, after three years of work, the symphony was completed, but because of energetic objections from Levi it was not immediately performed. Bruckner revised his work thoroughly between October 1887 and March 1890, and the premiere of the Eighth Symphony in its new version finally took place on December 18, 1892, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under Hans Richter. It was an extraordinary success. Hugo Wolf described the concert as follows: 'It was an absolute victory of light over darkness, and the storm of delighted applause was like some elemental manifestation of nature. In short, it was a triumph as complete as any Roman emperor could have wished for.' Since then, Bruckner's Eighth Symphony has been an integral part of the symphonic repertoire, yet it still continues to present a huge challenge to performers. Mariss Jansons and the musicians of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks are however more than equal to the extraordinary demands made by this masterpiece. The recording of the Munich concert event of November 2017 is an exemplary performance of one of the most important compositions of the Late Romantic symphonic repertoire, in its version of 1890.

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Image Edita Gruberová - Muenchner Rundfunkorchester
Slovak soprano Edita Gruberova is undoubtedly one of today's most well-known interpreters of colouratura opera singing, and especially of Italian bel canto. She made her debut in 1970 as Queen of the Night in Mozart's Magic Flute at the Vienna State Opera and, ever since her performances in the same role at Glyndebourne and Salzburg in 1974, she has been a regular fixture on the world's leading operatic stages and concert podiums. Flattering epithets such as 'the Queen of colouratura', 'the Slovak Nightingale' or 'prima donna assoluta' are hardly exaggerated, for they really do represent what Edita Gruberova has embodied for almost half a century. She is celebrated all over the world for her perfect mastery of vocal technique, her astonishing ability to master even the most difficult colouraturas and highest notes, her clear and precise intonation and, most importantly, for something that overshadows and transfigures everything else: the seductive and beguiling timbre of her voice. This CD released by BR-KLASSIK to celebrate her 50th stage anniversary (Gruberova debuted on February 19, 1968 at the age of 21 as Rosina in Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' at the National Theatre in her hometown of Bratislava) presents nine recordings made between October 1983 and June 2000 at Bayerischer Rundfunk concerts. In addition to well-known and well as lesser-known arias from operas by Handel ('Alcina'), Rossini ('Il barbiere di Siviglia'), Donizetti ('Lucia di Lammermoor', 'Linda di Chamounix') and Bellini ('Beatrice di Tenda'), and also the Couplet of Adele from Johann Strauss' operetta 'Die Fledermaus', Edita Gruberova can also be heard in interpretations from Mozart's 'Exsultate, jubilate', his 'Laudate Dominum' from the 'Vesperae solennes de confessore' (performed together with the Regensburger Domspatzen), and also Michael Haydn's far too rarely performed Christmas cantata 'Lauft, ihr Hirten, allzugleich.' This CD is more than a historical portrait – it offers a representative musical cross-section of Edita Gruberova's wide-ranging repertoire, and also includes several surprises that complement and enrich her comprehensive discography.

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Image Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, this performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) was recorded at concerts in Munich's Herkulessaal on January 25 and 26, 2018, and features Magdalena Kožená and Stewart Skelton. The work is subtitled 'A symphony for tenor, alto (or baritone) voice and orchestra'. It examines the border between two different genres: the Lied, in its extended form as a song cycle, and the symphony. The entire work is spanned by a taut arc, culminating – in accordance with the principle of intensification – in a huge final movement lasting as long as all the others together, and entitled Der Abschied (The Farewell). Here, Mahler is continuing the genre of the 'Finale Symphony', and the brightening of C minor to C major is even reminiscent of his usual apotheoses. In this symphony, as in his others, Mahler wanted to 'create a world using all existing technical means'.

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Image Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonien Nr. 40 & 41
The symphonies in G minor, K. 550 (no. 40), and C Major, K. 551 (no. 41, also known as 'The Jupiter') are the ones that most represent Mozart's symphonic legacy to later generations of musicians. As early as 1800, the popular 'Great' G minor Symphony was praised as the 'painting of a passion-stricken soul'. Like its big sister, the 'Jupiter' Symphony in C Major, it numbers among the most-played works in classical music and has been immortalized in countless recordings. Nevertheless, these symphonies - probably the most profound ones before Beethoven - reveal themselves as something quite new in every interpretation. 'Mozart placed all the dark sides of human existence into his G minor Symphony', says Herbert Blomstedt, adding that its 'passion' continues to fascinate him.
The eminent Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt, a close associate and regular guest conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted the G minor Symphony in concerts on January 31 and February 1, 2013 and the 'Jupiter' Symphony on December 21 and 22, 2017 in the Herkulessaal of Munich's Residenz.

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Image Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps; L’oiseau d
Before the First World War, Igor Stravinsky composed the first three of his great ballet music works for large orchestra, indeed, the most important of his ballets in general: "L'oiseau de feu" (The Firebird) in 1910, "Petrushka" in 1911, and "Le sacre du printemps" (The Rite of Spring) in 1913 especially for the famous ballet ensemble "Les Ballets Russes", one of the most important dance companies of the 20th century, and its impresario Sergei Diaghilev. The first of these ballets ranks as a pioneering work of the early 20th century – and the third, regarded as a key work of 20th-century music due to its extraordinary rhythmic and tonal structures, can both be experienced on this new CD from BR-KLASSIK - in live recordings with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfun ks under its chief conductor Mariss Jansons, and in masterly interpretations.

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Image Ludwig van Beethoven: Messe C-Dur; Leonore Overtur
The tonal language of Beethoven’s Mass in C major, the first of his two Mass settings, is that of a personal confession, making the work very modern and forward-looking and opening up entirely new worlds of expression for the liturgical text. It is in no way to be seen as a precursor of the "Missa solemnis' but instead as a highly independent work that set new standards for the advancement of mass compositions in the 19th century. Beethoven himself was well aware of its innovative nature, and wrote as much in a letter to his publisher: 'I am reluctant to say anything about my Mass, or indeed about myself, but I do believe that I have treated the text in a manner to which it has rarely been treated.' For people at the time, the Mass in C major, Op. 86 of 1807 provided unprecedented access to the Christian faith in a way that is still relevant today.

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Image Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin a
It was thanks to his father's penchant for organizing musical concerts in his family's Berlin apartment on Sunday mornings that the 11-year-old Felix Mendelssohn began to compose quite a long series of string symphonies, and also that the works were initially performed. The study of music and composition spurred the young composer on greatly; his diligence as well as his youthful creativity developed early, and he made astonishing progress. In 1821, he wrote the first half of his string symphonies, which together took less than two years to complete. During performances that formed part of the concerts at home, he always took over the direction of the chamber orchestra, which consisted of amateur and professional musicians from the Berlin court orchestra.

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Image Anton Bruckner: Symphonie Nr. 9
It seems that the Ninth is a limit. He who wants to go beyond it must pass away. [...] Those who have written a Ninth stood too close to the hereafter.' Arnold Schoenberg wrote those words in reference to Gustav Mahler, who had just died without ever having heard his own Ninth Symphony performed. Bruckner was apparently afraid of the fatal number as well: 'I don’t want to start on my Ninth at all, I don’t dare'. However, very soon after the completion of his Eighth Symphony in September 1887, Bruckner started on his first drafts. Overall, work on the Ninth then dragged on over the long period from 1887 to 1896, having to be constantly interrupted because of the composer’s deteriorating health. Bruckner finally died while working on the fourth movement – and his masterpiece dedicated to 'the beloved God' remained unfinished. Even without a finale, the three-movement torso that survives is, of course, extremely impressive.


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Image Bernard Haitink Portrait
To mark the 90th birthday of the eminent conductor Bernard Haitink, this representative portrait – a box set containing a total of eleven CDs – is being released by BR-KLASSIK.


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Image Anton Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 1–9
Bruckner's Nine Symphonies are a constant in the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, as in those of all major orchestras. The special feature of the 9 CD box being presented here by BR KLASSIK is that the recordings are conducted by not only one but a total of four conductors closely associated with the orchestra, all of them proven international Bruckner experts. More than in any other compilation, common features in interpretation (also due to the same orchestra) as well as fascinating differences due to the various interpretive approaches of the respective conductors can all be detected. In these recordings it also becomes clear what brilliant contributions Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel have made over the decades to Bruckner’s symphonic oeuvre

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Image Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1; Franz Schubert: S
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Image Giuseppe Verdi: I due Foscari
Ivan Repušic, who made his debut as principal conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in theautumn of 2017 with Giuseppe Verdi’s “Luisa Miller”, now presents a lesser-known masterpiece by the famous Italian opera composer. The concert performance of Verdi's early stage work “I due Foscari” was recorded on November 25, 2018 at the Munich Prinzregententheater.
Verdi's early masterpiece “I due Foscari” was the first opera he wrote for the Teatro Argentina in Rome. He had already worked on the material (Lord Byron's drama “The Two Foscari”), and, after a first subject had been rejected by the Roman censors, Verdi returned to it and had the libretto written by Francesco Maria Piave. Although the opera’s premiere on November 3, 1844 was only moderately successful, the work was still frequently performed up to the 1870s. It was rediscovered during the early 1950s and has since become a fixed part of the international opera repertoire.
The concert performance in Munich's Prinzregententheater received great acclaim from audience and critics alike. Ivan Repušic conducts a genuine theatrical Verdi here: vital, robust, fiery and extremely lively.

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Image Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.1 D Major
The music of Gustav Mahler, the Late Romantic composer on the threshold of modernity, has been a firm part of the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks eve r since the early 1960s, when the orchestra's Mahler tradition was established by its former chief conductor Rafael Kubelik.
The 2007 recording that has now been re-issued by BR-KLASSIK of Mahler's First Symphony, with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under its chief conductor Mariss Jansons, can be regarded as a CD premiere – in that this recording has only so far been available as a bonus CD forming part of the audio biography of Gustav Mahler "World and Dream” (BR-KLASSIK 900901).
This new release (BR-KLASSIK CD 900179) is thus aimed primarily at listeners eager to experience Mahler's First Symphony under Mariss Jansons who would prefer to purchase the orchestral work separately from the audio biography.

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Image Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
The Symphony No. 5, which came about over a very short time period some twelve years later is today one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular works. As early as the world première in St. Petersburg it was already a great public success. More feeling, more emotion and more drama could hardly be converted into symphonic music; however a superior compositional technique and a ongoingly consummate command of structure keeps the work from ever slipping into superficial mawkishness.

No question about it: Mariss Jansons has just the right pinch of “Russian soul” to bring out this work in to full power: the recording in October 2009 reveal the conductor in perfect unity with his orchestra, a combination capable of bringing ecstasy and control into perfect balance here.

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Image Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7
It was in the war year of 1941 that Shostakovich composed his Symphony No. 7 in C major. It comes in the approximate middle of his oeuvre and was named the “Leningrad” symphony because Shostakovich dedicated it to his native city (today’s St. Petersburg). It was there on March 5, 1942 that the symphony received its world premiere, performed by the similarly evacuated orchestra of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre under the direction of Samuil Samossud. The Moscow premiere on March 27 took place in perilous conditions, but even an air raid alert could not convince the audience to go to the shelters, so captivated were they by the music.
Mariss Jansons, who himself ranks as a specialist in the Slavic repertoire as well as the symphonic music of the 19th and 20th centuries, has tackled this masterpiece on numerous occasions. This performance, released on CD for the first time, was recorded at concerts on February 11 and 12, 2016 at the Philharmonie in Munich’s Gasteig. Under Jansons' baton, the musicians of the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra interpret Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony as a shattering testimony to the epoch in which it was written as well as a profound expression of our present age.

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Image Antonín Dvorák: Stabat Mater
The “Stabat mater” by the Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorák, well-known in its later orchestral version, was initially composed with piano accompaniment. This rarely heard original version has now been recorded for this new CD from BR-KLASSIK, featuring the excellent Bavarian Radio Chorus under the direction of Howard Arman, and accompanied by Julius Drake on the piano.
Shortly before Dvorák wrote down this first version of his” Stabat mater” between February 19 and May 7, 1876, a heavy blow had struck the young family. On December 19, 1875, his daughter Josefa died two days after she was born. Dvorák did not set all the verses of the hymn to music, and chose an ensemble of four soloists, a choir and a piano. This original version from the spring of 1876, with its seven-movement structure, is not a fragment, draft or piano reduction but an independent and self-contained work. In the autumn of 1877, when he composed the missing four verses and scored his” Stabat mater” for a large orchestra, he effectively created a new and different work.

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Image MAHLER:SYMPHONY NO7
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Image Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major
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Image HAYDN:MASS IN B FLAT MAJOR
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Image Martin: Mass for Double Choir
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Image Tchaikovsky: Jansons
The symphonic poem ''Francesca da Rimini'' stands opposite one of Tchaikovsky's most popular works on this SACD - the Symphony No. 5 in E minor. The poetic-dramatic work ''Francesca da Rimini'', based on an episode from Dante's ''Inferno'', which unfolds a splendid and captivating tableau ranging from lyrical passages with a beguiling wealth of colour all the way to dramatic-theatrical outbursts.

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Image Bruckner: Symphony No.5
When people speak of Brucknerian"cathedral edifices", then this description best applies to his 5th Symphony in B-flat major. This work ranks as a paradigm of the most complicated polyphony in symphonic writing and concurrently as a stirring confession of faith. The yearning for divine light, for hope and faith - these ideas are communicated in the music and directly touch the listener. This recorded concert document was made in January of 2010 during a guest appearance by Bernard Haitink, one of the most renowned conductors world-wide, with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The concert recording was made at the highest level of technology as a SACD with multi-channel and stereo sound.

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Image Brahms: Symphonies 2/ 3
The two middle symphonies by Johannes Brahms form a highly contrasting pair of works, which define the radius of Brahms's musical language, equally marked by both poesy and the highest level of constructive stringency. The beauty of Brahmsian symphonic creativity comes to full fruition in these live recordings from the Musikverein in Vienna and the Herkulessaal in Munich under the direction of Mariss Jansons. The qualities of one of the world's best orchestras are captured in the highest fidelity by the audiophile SACD process.

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Image Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 | A Hero's Song Op. 111
Andris Nelsons is a private student of Mariss Jansons. Andris is one of the most highly regarded young conductors and is under serious consideration as a potential successor to several blue-ribbon chief conductor positions.

This release presents a live recording of Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 9 from the Munich Herkulessaal and Dvo?ák's A Hero's Song, Op. 111 from the Philharmonie im Gasteig, recorded in 2010 and 2012.

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Image FRITZ WUNDERLICH:RADIO RECORDINGS
This new CD from BR-KLASSIK to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the singer’s death presents early, as yet unreleased radio recordings made between 1959 and 1965. The recordings of some Munich Sunday concerts and studio recordings by the Bayerischer Rundfunk show him and his tenor voice at the height of their success. Together with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, he can be experienced singing with such renowned conductors as Kurt Eichhorn, Siegfried Köhler, Willy Mattes, Hans Moltkau and Meinhard von Zallinger.

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Image The SACD Recordings Mariss Jansions
For all fans of truly great audio recording, this new 10-SACD box set, released to mark the tenth anniversary of the BR-KLASSIK label offers musical highlights from the rich symphonic repertoire of Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The box also provides magnificent interpretations of masterpieces, ranging from the First Viennese School and Austro-German Late Romanticism to the music of the 20th century.
The box contains Joseph Haydn’s Symphonies Hob. Ia:7 and Hob. I:88 as well as the famous "Harmoniemesse"; Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Johannes Brahms' Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, Anton Bruckner's Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8, Gustav Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 5, 7 and 9, as well as Peter I. Tchaikovsky's Fantasy "Francesca da Rimini" and his Symphony No. 5 – each of them in complete recordings. The SACD box set is rounded off by a CD and SACD reissue recording of Dmitri Shostakovich's Seventh "Leningrad" Symphony.
The box is a must for anyone who wants to gain an impression of the work of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of its chief conductor Mariss Jansons.

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Image Great Singers: Hermann Prey
His Papageno was historic and turned Hermann Prey into the most popular opera singer in Germany. This CD contains a collection of hitherto unpublished recordings made during the legendary Sunday Concerts with the Munchner Rundfunkorchester from 1966 to 1992. In a representative series of roles ranging from Bach to musicals, the great baritone shows us all his facets: from the sensitivity of the comic actor to the intense, inmost sincerity of the Lieder performer. At a time when the opera was still an integral part of Germany's media landscape, Hermann Prey made it impressively clear that a broad repertoire and depth of interpretation are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Prey ends this CD with a performance of"They say falling in love is wonderful", inviting us to fall in love with his art yet again.

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Image Daniel Barenboim Plays Mozart
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Image Mozart: Flute Concerto
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Image Strauss: Jansons Conducts
Since 2003, Mariss Jansons has been the Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. With him, the orchestra has experienced one of the most successful phases in its history, not least through its sixth place ranking in Gramophone magazine's Best Orchestras in the World list. \His music has been my constant companion throughout my life and has moved me very deeply time and again", said Mariss Jansons of Richard Strauss. The program on this CD comprises three of Strauss's best-known compositions, starting with the Rosenkavalier Suite?áthen moving on to the colourful spectacle of Till Eulenspiegel all the way to the Four Last Songs. Here, Mariss Jansons brings one of the most celebrated sopranos of recent times together with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks."

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Image Stravinsky: Maazel Conducts
Under Lorin Maazel, who held the Chief Conductor position from 1993 to 2002, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks reached a new level of performance culture, precision and flexibility. Like no other conductor, Maazel is capable of masterfully handling large-dimensioned works and performing music tightly packed with emotional content clear-headedly to make its effect even greater. The works on this CD mark two key moments in Stravinsky's development as a composer during the period before the First World War. The ballet music for L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird) contains many of the attributes that had made the Sacre such a scandalous avant-garde event in the Paris of 1913: unprecedented sound colours, rapidly changing rhythms, orgiastic climaxes and an exotic subject matter. Lorin Maazel and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - a dream combination for Stravinsky's sensuous and rhythmically irresistible ballet works.

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Image Elgar/ Ralph Vaughan Williams: Davis Conducts
Sir Colin Davis, the ''quiet star'' on the list of the top international conductors, assumed his position as Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in the autumn of 1983. He enriched the repertoire of the orchestra, inter alia, with works from the late British romantic era, as documented by the two recorded compositions by Sir Edward Elgar and Ralph?áVaughan?áWilliams. Elgar's ''Enigma Variations'' number today among the most important symphonic works ever to emerge from England. Friends and other persons in the composer's inner circle are concealed behind the mysterious abbreviations in the titles of the individual variations, all of whom Elgar portrays in musical terms. With its acerbic musical utterance and its experimental treatment of both harmony and sound, Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 6 (completed in 1947) attests to the horrors of the recently ended war, marking, however, concurrently a phase of new beginnings and turning away from established conventions.

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Image Furtwangler: Symphony No.2
Wilhelm Furtwangler himself would have gladly have exchanged his fame as a conductor for international recognition as a composer. Nevertheless, performances of his works have remained rarities in our concert life. A few days before the performance of his 2nd Symphony by Eugen Jochum and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Furtwangler unexpectedly died, turning the concerts in December of 1954 into a memorial service for the great musician. Furtwangler's compositions stand in the tradition of Bruckner, Wagner and Reger. His 2nd Symphony, composed in 1944 and 1945 in Switzerland, bursts the dimensions of most Bruckner symphonies and takes the musical material of the late romantic era in gigantic architectures almost to its breaking point. Eugen Jochum had founded the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in 1949 and would continue to preside over it as Chief Conductor until 1960. As early as this first phase of its existence, the orchestra welcomed such significant guest conductors as Igor Markevitch, Ernest Ansermet and Clemens Krauss to its podium.

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Image Bruckner: Symphony No.8
Rafael Kubelik enriched the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks primarily with works by Czech composers and 20th century music. However, during his period as chief conductor of the orchestra, he also fostered the traditional German romantic repertoire with which the ensemble had made a name for itself as far back as its founding years under Eugen Jochum. In May of 1977 Kubelik conducted Bruckner's Symphony No.?á8 in C minor at a concert in Munich's Herkulessaal, the recording of which is now being released. In a review in Munich's Suddeutsche Zeitung, the orchestra was rated as equal in rank to such famous Bruckner orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras.

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Image VARIOUS:MIRELLA FRENI
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Image VARIOUS:NICOLAI GHIAUROV
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Image VARIOUS:MARGARET PRICE
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Image Great Singers Live
Lucia Popp is one of the best-documented and most versatile singers of her generation. Because of her linguistic and stylistic flexibility she was able to sing a very wide range of repertoire. Her acting talent was extraordinary as well. Before she began her vocal studies she had studied medicine and drama and acted in a number of movies. This new release shows a richly varied program with soprano arias by Mozart to Weber and Rossini all the way to Lehar and Stolz taken from concerts given in 1968 to 1982.

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Image Great Singers Live Box Set
The most successful singer portraits from the "Great Singers Live" series available as an exclusive collectors' box! Includes six CDs with recordings from the Münchner Rundfunkorchester's Sunday concerts featuring Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Margaret Price, Lucia Popp and Hermann Prey. This box is exclusively supplemented by the latest title in the series, the magnificent Elisabeth Grümmer singing Mozart arias and lieder. This CD is not available separately.

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Image Schubert: Symphony Nos 1-8
With his works by single composer, Lorin Maazel made history as Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. After the successful release of the album containing the complete symphonic works of Anton Bruckner, the BR-KLASSIK label now presents the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert, recorded in 2001. The present Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic had already conducted Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony" at the age of eight.

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Image Mozart: Elisabeth Grummer | Die Zauberflote
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Image Verdi: Messa Da Requiem
Looking back on the Verdi year of 2013, BR-KLASSIK has now supplemented its discography with the live recording of a concert highlight of October 2013, with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester and Chorus of the Bayerischer Rundfunk. With the 'Messa da Requiem', chief conductor Mariss Jansons is now represented on the BRKLASSIK label with Verdi's choral-symphonic legacy. Together with the international soloists (Krassimira Stoyanova, Marina Prudenskaya, Saimir Pirgu, Orlin Anastassov) and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Chorus of the Bayerischer Rundfunk is also a fundamental element of the Requiem, and its tonal versatility received special praise from the press.

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Image MOZART:SCHATTEN UND LICHT
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Image BEETHOVEN:FREEDOM ABOVE ALL
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Image GLORIA:HIGHLIGHTS OF SACRED CHORAL MUSIC
The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks can be heard here performing highlights of sacred choral music dating from the Baroque period to modern times. Even today, three hundred years later, the large oratorio choirs by Bach and Handel are as vivid, realistic and captivating as ever. Haydn succeeded in preserving this for the sacred music of the Wiener Klassik era, which reached its peak in Beethoven's Missa solemnis. The heartfelt masses composed by Schubert are typical of early German Romanticism, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass is the French equivalent here, and Dvorák's Stabat mater represents Bohemian Romanticism of the mid- to late 19th century. Verdi's famous Messa da Requiem testifies to the close relationship between Italian opera and Italian church music. The Mass written just before the end of World War II by the Hungarian composer Kodály is still Late Romantic in its musical language, while in his Berlin Mass, written shortly before the start of the 20th century, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt maintains the Tintinnabuli style that informs and inspires his work.

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Image HAITINK CONDUCTS MAHLER SYMPHONY 3
Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony still ranks today as one of the greatest and most powerful creations of the Late Romantic period. The huge symphony, longer and more monumental than the others and containing texts from the collection of poems by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim entitled 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn', was composed over a period of four years from 1892 to 1896, and especially during the summers of 1895 and 1896, which Mahler spent at the Attersee in Austria. Following performances of several individual movements of the symphony, the complete work was premiered on June 9, 1902, at the 38th 'Tonkünstler Festival' in Krefeld. Mahler conducted the Städtische Kapelle Krefeld and Cologne's Gürzenich Orchestra at this exciting event. It was one of his greatest successes, and his contemporaries were deeply impressed. Between 1902 and 1907, the composer conducted his Third Symphony a further 15 times.

Of the six powerful movements, the slow fourth one requires not only a large orchestra but also a mezzo-soprano solo for a setting of the 'Midnight Song' ('O Man! Take heed!') from Friedrich Nietzsche's poetical-philosophical 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra,' while in the cheerful fifth movement the mezzo-soprano soloist is joined by a children's choir and a female chorus for the song Es sungen drei Engel from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'. The symphony is a huge challenge for all its performers, and this concert recording of June 2016 has a prestigious line-up: guest conductor Bernard Haitink with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Augsburger Domsingknaben and the Frauenchor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; the solo parts are sung by Gerhild Romberger.

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Image Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Messe C-Moll KV 427 Mit W
First recording of the definitive version as newly reconstructed/completed by Clemens Kemme (CD 1), and with an introduction to the work (CD 2). Studio recording of July/August 2018. Outstanding singers for the four solo parts. Howard Arman conducts the Bavarian Radio Chorus and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

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Image Otto Klemperer Conducts: Haydn and Brahms
Otto Klemperer was one of the most important German conductors of the 20th century. After his return from emigration he guest-conducted some of the most important orchestras in Germany - including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. He did not assume the position of Chief Conductor in his homeland again, however: he felt estranged and alienated from post-war Germany, and this was compounded by his advanced age and poor health. In April 1956, Klemperer conducted the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for the very first time – the debut of a man who was almost 71 years old. Up to May 1969, he would conduct a total of eleven evening concerts in Munich. The audiences were always just as delighted as the critics. The latter emphasized the "utmost perfection" of his interpretations and were aware that, due to the conductor’s advanced age and state of health, the Munich concerts bore "the seal of the unrepeatable", and that "those fortunate enough to hear these concerts will remember them all their lives".

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Image Gioachino Rossini: Sigismondo
The Italian composer Gioachino Rossini is best known for his operas. Many of their overtures and arias were catchy tunes at the time and have remained so to this day. Although it is Rossini’s comic operas that are primarily performed today, more than half of his stage works are in fact based on serious themes. One veritable rarity is the stage work "Sigismondo", which premiered in 1814 at the famous Teatro La Fenice in Venice but was only ever rarely performed afterwards. Presumably, the story on which it was based had no appeal for the audience at that time, because musically, the work is hardly less impressive than the "Italian Girl in Algiers", written during the previous year, or the "Barber of Seville", which followed two years later. The subject of the opera is, however, based on a long tradition. Rossini shows his protagonist, the fictional King Sigismondo, in extreme states of mental distress. Confusion and insanity reveal inner feelings, and it is only delirium that finally brings the truth to light. This "madness opera" is highly topical, both in its subject matter and its musical language – after all, Rossini is among the top ten most-performed composers of our time.

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