One of the finest and most charismatic tenors on the international classical music scene, Rolando Villazon’s many best-selling recordings have covered an extraordinary range of musical styles from his great opera roles to the Baroque, Mexican favourites and popular song. For his new solo album, Rolando brings his lustrous Latin timbre to the rarely recorded concert arias of Mozart. He is joined by ‘Britain’s Finest Orchestra’ [The Arts Desk], the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano.
This 6CD set contains 100 tracks from the catalogues of EMI Records, EMI Classics and Virgin Classics of recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra under some of the world’s greatest conductors and with a number of famous soloists.
REPRINT (2nd EDITION) Comprising all previously unreleased recordings, this four-CD set presents classic, headline-generating performances by the London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Karl Böhm at the Salzburg Festival. Dating from 1973 to 1977, the recordings also feature pianist Emil Gilels (in the Schumann Piano Concerto) and violinist Henryk Szeryng (in a concerto once attributed to Mozart). A veritable symbol of Central European values, Böhm leads the LSO in Mozart's Symphonies No. 28 and No. 35 ("Haffner"), Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, Schumann's Symphony No. 4 and Brahms' Symphony No. 2. The four-disc set is sold for the price of three, with the Richard Strauss tone poem Death and Transfiguration coming on a bonus CD. The Austrian Radio (ORF) stereo tapes were digitally mastered by Ton Eichinger Studio in Vienna. Illustrated with photos from the LSO archive, the 96-page booklet features an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winner Tim Page and an essay by notable British critic/author Richard Osborne, as well as artist bios from The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. REPRINTED COPIES INCLUDE: Attractive, informative and protective slipcase Improved book layout Additional photographs with expansive captions Same high-quality audio production
The Seventh remains the least well-known of all Mahler's symphonies. Precisely because its material is so enormously wide-ranging, its colors so thrillingly kaleidoscopic, this work is also perhaps the one from all the composer's canon most reliant on a knowing, strong-willed interpretive presence. This Michael Tilson Thomas provides in spades in one of his finest performances on disc.
Conductor and pianist James Levine is one of the powerhouse figures of the classical music scene today. As a child he undertook both piano and violin; he was so accomplished on the violin that at the age of ten he played Mendelssohn's second violin concerto at a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra youth concert. He studied piano at various summer music festivals before enrolling at New York's Juilliard School, where he took conducting courses with Jean Morel and continued piano studies with Rosina Lhevinne.
Despite no doubt dedicated performances, this recording of Khachaturian's Piano Concerto, Sonatina, and Toccata are distinctly disappointing. Part of the responsibility for this is pianist Alberto Portugheis, who plays with plenty of panache but not enough power and nowhere near enough precision. Part of the responsibility is conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, who leads the London Symphony Orchestra in a tepid accompaniment to the Piano Concerto with especially grave ensemble and intonation problems in the slow movement. Part of the responsibility is AVS, which gives Portugheis, Tjeknavorian, and the LSO distant and dismal recorded sound. But most of the responsibility is the incontrovertible fact that William Kapell recorded the Khachaturian Piano Concerto at the height of his powers and, after that awesome achievement, any merely dedicated performance cannot help but sound distinctly disappointing.