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a blog about music by Marc Haegeman


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Herbert von Karajan remastered

Mili Balakirev: Symphony #1 in C Major
Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from “Prince Igor” (Mono & Stereo Versions)
Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (Act 4 Entr’acte & Dance of the Persian Slaves); Khovanshchina (Excerpts)1; Boris Godunov (Excerpts)1;
Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)
Serge Prokofieff: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67²
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 (Mono & Stereo Versions); The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a; The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66 (Mono & Stereo Versions); 1812 Overture, Op. 49; Symphony #4 in F minor, Op 36; Symphony #4 in F minor, Op 36 *; Symphony #5 in E minor, Op. 64, Symphony #6 in B minor “Pathétique”, Op. 74
Igor Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes

1 Boris Christoff, bass
2 Peter Ustinov, narrator
Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
* Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics 2564633620-3 7CDs Mono/Stereo ADD

Claude Debussy: La Mer, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Maurice Ravel: Bolero, Alborada del Gracioso **, La Valse **, Rapsodie Espagnole **, Le Tombeau de Couperin **
Georges Bizet: L’ Arlésienne Suite No. 2
Emmanuel Chabrier: Espana Rapsodie
Charles Gounod: Faust-Ballet Music
Hector Berlioz: Hungarian March from “La Damnation de Faust”
César Franck: Symphony in D minor **
Giacomo Puccini: Intermezzo from Suor Angelica, Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo from L’Amico Fritz
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony #8 in G Major, Op. 88, Symphony #9 in E minor “From The New World”, Op. 95, Slavonic Dance #8 in G Minor
Bedřich Smetana: The Moldau from “Ma Vlást”
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4 in F minor, Op 36; Symphony #5 in E minor, Op. 64; Symphony #6 in B minor “Pathétique”, Op. 74

** Orchestre de Paris/Herbert von Karajan
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Warner Classics 2564633593-0 7CDs Stereo ADD

Karajan Official Remastered Edition

Karajan Official Remastered Edition

To mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Herbert von Karajan (this 16 July) Warner Classics, now owning the EMI catalogue, reissues a substantial chunk of the Austrian maestro’s legacy. The Official Remastered Edition, as it is called, will comprise 13 box sets regrouping his most remarkable orchestral recordings for EMI, in all 101 discs, spanning a period between 1946 and 1984. (Karajan’s opera recordings are conspicuously absent, but will perhaps be covered in a separate edition.)
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Lutosławski, Liszt and Tchaikovsky in Paris

Witold Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto #2 in A Major, S. 125
Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Suite #3 in G Major, Op. 55

Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
Orchestre de Paris/Andrey Boreyko
Paris, Salle Pleyel, 12 June 2013

Paris celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Polish composer and conductor Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994) with a series of concerts, performed by local and invited ensembles throughout the year. The Orchestre de Paris has worked on different occasions with the composer and revives a couple of his works. The Concerto for Orchestra, dating from 1950-54, remains one of his most popular works. For the occasion, at the Paris Salle Pleyel, it was somewhat awkwardly squeezed into a program which also featured Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, with Khatia Buniatishvili as soloist, and Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Third Suite.
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Khatia Buniatishvili’s Chopin

Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in C minor, Op. 64 #2 (B 164)
Sonata for Piano #2 in B Flat minor, Op. 35 (B 128)
Ballade #4 in F minor, Op. 52 (B 146)
Concerto for Piano #2 in F minor, Op. 21 (B 43) *
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 #4
Bonus Video: Warsaw – Paris (A short film conceived by and featuring Khatia Buniatishvili)

Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
* Orchestre de Paris/Paavo Järvi
Sony Classical 88691-97129-2 71m

Bunatishvili Chopin CD

Khatia Buniatishvili plays Chopin

Khatia Buniatishvili’s second solo CD is dedicated to Frédéric Chopin and continues in the same vein as her acclaimed solo debut which focused on Franz Liszt. The 25-year old Georgian pianist proposes a highly personal album again, with a handpicked selection of pieces that form a compelling ensemble of 70 minutes of Chopin music, linked by inherent themes like youth and nostalgia, love and death. As in her Liszt CD Buniatishvili’s pianism blends prodigious technique with a vivid imagination and instinctive musicality. By all means, it is a CD to savior slowly and gradually, because like some select wine it can hit rather heavily when taken in too quickly. When tasted with moderation however the rewards turn out to be so much bigger. Buniatishvili is a profound and intelligent artist, and evidently everything has been well considered, not only the choice of music but also the photos and the booklet essay. This may not be your everyday Chopin recital, yet it clearly comes straight from the heart with irresistible eloquence as well as tremendous skill.
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