Christopher Hogwood conducts Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, considered in his generation as the most successful composer of the Bach family, spent most of his life in Berlin at the court of Frederic the Great. His fame already during his life resided mainly in that he was considered a great teacher, author of the famous book „Versuch über die wahre Art Clavier zu spielen“ („Essay on the True Way to play the Piano“). Beyond that he was famed to be an outstanding improviser, surpassing all rivals. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was especially esteemed by great composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert who all confessed to have learned from him. Yet he never founded any school. His way of composing is singular, intelectual, often somewhat hard edged, always stern, even when he was being witty. It‘s music for intelligent listeners and outstanding musicians because, very much like Beethoven, he never had any regards for the instrument he was writing for. In this recording of a concert at the Prinzregenten-theater in Munich the Bach Collegium München performs under the direction of Christopher Hogwood, one of the most reputed representative of histoically correct performance practice the Symphonie C-DUR WQ 182,3, the Konzert fürVioloncello und Orchester a-moll Wq 166 (with David Adorján, cello), the Symphonie G-Dur Wq 182,1 and the Konzert für Flöte und Orchester d-moll Wq 22 (with Andras Adorján, flute) Directed by Horant H. Hohlfeld - 107’ incl. interview with Christopher Hogwood Elgar Howarth: Ligeti This live concert recording with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Elgar Howarth includes Ligeti's orchestral work Melodien and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. The soloist is Volker Banfield. Directed by Georg Wübbolt - 38'
Elgar Howarth: Richard Strauss Elgar Howarth conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Volker Banfield (piano) in a performance of Strauss's Burleske in D minor for Piano and Orchestra. Directed by Georg Wübbolt - 21'
Pavel Kogan: A Concert with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra This performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No.10 in E minor Op.93, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23 (soloist Alexei Sultanov), and Violin Concerto in D Op.35 (soloist Maxim Vengerov) was recorded live from the Munich Philharmonie. The encores are showpieces from Glasunov, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Shostakovich and Paganini. Directed by Enrique Sanchez-Lansch – 34' (TchaikovskyPiano Concerto) –41' Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto – 74' Shostakovic Symphony 148' whole concert (including encores)
Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica The Kremerata Baltica is an ensemble of young musicians, recently founded by violinist Gidon Kremer. In this live concert recording, made at the Philharmonie during the 1998 Münchner Klaviersommer, Kremer is both leader and a soloist. The programme includes Pärt's Trisagion for string orchestra; Kancheli's V&V for violin and orchestra; Schnittke's Concerto For Three; Rota's Concerto per archi; and Piazzolla's Tango Ballet. Directed by Georg Wübbolt – 90'
Katia & Marielle Labeque in Concert Recorded live from the Munich Philharmonie, Victor Pablo Perez conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in de Falla's El sombrero de tres picos. The Labèque sisters join the orchestra for Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor and a selection from Bernstein's musical West Side Story. Directed by Volker Weicker - 43'
Erich Leinsdorf: A Richard Strauss Concert Strauss specialist Erich Leinsdorf died in 1993.In this live recording from the 1991 Garmisch Partenkirchen Richard Strauss Festival, Leinsdorf conducts the Berlin Staatskapelle in Don Juan Op.20, Ein Heldenleben Op.40 and Hölderlin Hymnen Op.71, with soloist Sabine Hass. Directed by Karlheinz Hundorf - 86'
Georges Prêtre: A Richard Strauss Gala Concert This gala concert was recorded live from the Olympic Stadium at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Georges Prêtre conducts the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in performances of Strauss's last full-scale orchestral work, Eine Alpensinfonie and his tone-poem Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. Soprano Margaret Price is the soloist for Vier Letzte Lieder. Directed by Karlheinz Hundorf - 93'
Horst Stein: A Mozart Matinee Soloists Kurt Nikkanen (violin) and Ruth Ziesak (soprano) appear with the Dresden Staatskapelle, conducted by Horst Stein, in an all-Mozart programme. This live concert recording features the Symphony No. 20 in D K133, Violin Concerto No. 3 in G K216; two concert arias for solo voice and orchestra and Symphony No. 36 in C K425 (Linz). The setting is the famous Salzburg conservatoire, the Mozarteum. Directed by Helmut Rost - 107'
Vladislav Tschernuschenko: A Concert with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra Vladislav Tschernuschenko conducts the St Petersburg State Orchestra in a concert recorded live from the Munich Philharmonie. It includes performances of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18, Chopin's Scherzo in B minor and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op.64. The featured soloist is pianist Arkadi Zenziper. Each piece is also available as a separate programme. Directed by Helmut Rost - 36' Rachmaninov, 11' Chopin, 57' Documentary and Rachmaninov 46' Tchaikovsky, 95' Full Concert