Between 1994 and 2011, Pierre Boulez recorded the symphonies and songs of Gustav Mahler for Deutsche Grammophon, and for many listeners these recordings are high points in his catalog, while others regard them as idiosyncratic recordings for specialists. The basis of both views stems from Boulez's meticulous conducting and exacting performance standards, which produce music of extreme lucidity and precision, yet which can also seem overly cerebral and dispassionate. Boulez's approach to Mahler may seem clinical, and this is a reasonable assessment of the way he treats details, textures, timbres, dynamics, and rhythms as indicated in the score, clearly and cleanly, without adding personal touches or interpreting the music through Mahler's biography or his own mythology.
On this extensive release, the Verdi Quartet has taken on quite the task- recording Franz Schuberts complete string quartets. The four musicians brilliantly rise to the task, playing these works with verve and aplomb, and leaving the listener always wanting to hear more from these musicians.
This 5-CD collection puts its primary focus on the Russians, with some notable excursions over to France. Ravel's immortal Bolero joins 1812 Overture; Capriccio Italien Tchaikovsky; Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain Mussorgsky; Scheherazade ; three suites and The Flight of the Bumblebee from The Tale of Tsar Sultan Rimsky-Korsakov; Hungarian March: The Damnation of Faust Berlioz; L'Apprenti Sorcier Dukas; Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte Ravel; Danse Macabre Saint-Saens; Jota Aragonesa Glinka; Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances Borodin; Prelude A I'apres-Midi D'un Faune, and more!
The bold, beautiful symphonies of Johannes Brahms are the towering triumphs of his compositional legacy-yet no serious Brahms collection is complete without many of the other famous works you'll find in this 5-CD set. Along with the four symphonies, you'll hear Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor; Variations on a Theme of Haydn for Orchestra in B Flat Major (St. Anthony Variations); Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major; Tragic Overture in D Minor; Violin Concerto in D Major; Concerto for Violin, Concerto and Orchestra in A Minor "Double" , and more!
Cathedral keyboards and fuzzed-out guitars levitate above pounding, tribal poly rhythms while sparsely placed vocals echo in the dense sonic landscapes.
The Only Light On is the debut album from Boston psych-rockers Ghost Box Orchestra. The album was recorded in early 2010 at 1867 Recording Studio, a cavernous Freemasons Lodge-turned-recording studio in Chelsea, MA. Using a mix of analog outboard gear and digital recording workflow, the band achieved the best of both vintage and modern recording styles, tracking all songs live in the ornate former Freemasons haunt. Considering the rich history of Boston and the mysterious nature of the Freemasons, mystical forces were perceived influencing the recording process…
The New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel are among the distinguished Berlioz interpreters on hand as you behold the immortal Symphonie Fantastique and hours of other renowned works by this immensely influential orchestral innovator. Also: Harold in Italy; Tristia for Chorus and Orchestra; Les Troyens: Prelude; Roman Carnival Overture; King Lear Overture for Orchestra; Beatrice et Benedict: Overture; Requiem (Grande Messe Des Morts) for Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra; Veni Creator: Motet for 3 Voices and Chorus; Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale for Band, Strings and Chorus Ad Lib , and more!