Thirty years on, renowned Beethoven specialist, Rudolf Buchbinder presents his second complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas, this time recorded live at Dresden's Semperoper. Beethoven and Buchbinder is an event like Bach and Glenn Gould, like Johann Strauss and The Vienna Philharmonic. Says Buchbinder, "I have been able to discover a different Beethoven, richer and more multi-layered. It is Beethoven himself who demands this freedom from his interpreter."
Rudolf Buchbinder has recorded the complete cycle of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano sonatas twice: the first set was on Teldec, released in 1992, and the second on RCA, released in 2011. A thorough-going musician with meticulous technique and exacting standards, Buchbinder is famous for adhering to original sources and avoiding anything not specified by the composer. As a result of his rigorous scholarship, his playing is precise and clear, and everything sounds as it appears on the page, with astonishing attention to detail. (…) Buchbinder's set is well worth exploring at length, especially by students and Beethoven aficionados who take these works seriously.
On the tenth CD I would like to give you the opportunity of becoming familiar with the styles of interpretation of Bethoven employed by the earlier Gewandhaus-Quartett line-ups.
One of the oldest recordings in existence of this ensemble dates from the year 1916. The Gewandhasu-Quartett of that time performed Beethoven's String Quartet in C sharp major, op. 131 in the line-up of Edgar Wallgandt and Karl Wolschke (violins), Carl Herrmann (viola) and the unforgotten Julius Klengel (violoncello).
A pianist noted for his taste and precise technique, Rudolf Buchbinder has been particularly identified with Austro-Germanic Classical and Romantic composers, especially since his survey of the complete Haydn piano sonatas for Teldec in the 1970s. Of his later efforts, his recording of the Brahms concertos with Nikolaus Harnoncourt won remarkably high praise upon its release in 2000. In recital, he plays a great deal of 20th century music, but his discography has been devoted almost exclusively to older works…
Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler already enjoyed a worldwide legendary standing during his lifetime he was considered the German conductor and performances were greeted with rapturous applause. Today, more than 50 years after his death, Wilhelm Furtwängler is still an icon and his work has become an integral part of the music scene.
Phillips' Great Pianists of the 20th Century issue has gotten a lot of publicity in the ten or so years since it has been released. In a musical niche suffering from falling revenues, it was a decent seller. But it left many connoisseurs disappointed, as the quality was limited to the fancy packaging.
10 CD Wallet Box of the greatest voices in Opera including Maria Callas, Rosa Ponselle, Kirsten Flagstad, Lotte Lehman, Enrico Caruso, Giuseppe Stefano, Benjamino Gigli, Lauritz Melchior, Richard Tauber and Tito Gobbi.
"Inside the Pleasuredome" is an "Ultra-Deluxe box set" released by ZTT Records and Union Square Music in October 2014 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's debut album, "Welcome to the Pleasuredome". Spread across a double album on 180g vinyl, three 10" singles, a cassingle, a 5 track download-only instrumental EP and a DVD, the boxset contains 20 previously unreleased mixes of tracks from the Pleasuredome album. Limited to 2000 boxes.
The box set contains remastered versions of Howard's classic albums 'One to One' , 'Cross That Line' and 'In The Running'. The box set also contains 2 bonus discs containing a wealth of previously unreleased and rare tracks, all remastered. Also included are new remixed versions of 'The Prisoner' and 'You Know I Love You Don't You', these are not dance mixes but complete reconstructions from the original parts using modern technology. The box sets are hand numbered and complete the trilogy of Warner Remastered box sets.
Superb boxset that makes me remember why these guys were my favorite band in my teenage years. The official 80s live albums either missed the duration and the coherence of a full concert experience. This boxset has 5 such experiences on offer. With this boxset compiling 5 concerts from the 82-87 period we get a dazzling overview of their career. Each of these shows had previously been 'available' as bootlegs, but the sound quality in this box doesn't sound like bootlegs at all.