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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.

£29.99
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.

£59.99
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.

£19.99
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
£24.99
Image Beethoven/ Mozart: Piano Concertos
£9.99
Image HANDEL:ISRAEL IN EGYPT
£24.99
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.

£62.99
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.

£24.99
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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£13.99
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.

£24.99
Image Bach: Magnificat | Handel: Dixit Dominus
The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks joins forces with Concerto Köln to produce another superb CD.

£13.99
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.

£24.99
Image Wagner: Great Wagner Voices
£13.99
Image Strauss: Biography Letters
£13.99
Image Michael Volle
£13.99
Image Beethoven: Symphonies and Reflections
£48.00
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.

£24.99
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.

£13.99
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.

£13.99
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.

£13.99
Image Symphonie Fantastique
£13.99
Image Bach: St Matthew Passion
£24.99
Image Symphony No. 6
£13.99
Image Strauss: Alpine Symphony
£13.99
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.

£24.99
Image Schumann: Scenes From Goethe's Faust
£24.99
Image Braunfels: Verkuendigung
£24.99
Image Tchaikovsky:Pique Dame
£29.99
Image Beethoven:Symphonies 4/5
£13.99
Image Brahms:Jansons Conducts
£29.99
Image Beethoven:Symphony No 3
£13.99
Image Mahler:Symphony No 6
£13.99
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.

£13.99
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).

£13.99
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