Posts tagged as "giuseppe-sinopoli"

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

May 15, 2017

This one-off partnership on record between the mercurial Argentinean pianist and scholarly Italian conductor, may have looked unlikely on paper but it struck sparks in early Beethoven as the critical response at the time recognised. Martha Argerich is, as Gramophone’s reviewer acknowledged in September 1986, a brilliant technician ‘but there is also a fantastic streak […]

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Don Juan; Also sprach Zarathustra; Tod und Verklärung

May 25, 2016

Four great Straussian heroes (including Strauss himself), in sumptuous readings by Giuseppe Sinopoli. ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ and ‘Tod und Verklarung’ receive taut, thrilling readings from the New York Philharmonic. ‘Ein Heldenleben’ and ‘Don Juan’ are spacious and gloriously recorded with plenty of colourful orchestral detail.

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote; Till Eulenspiegel; Metamorphosen; Opera Interludes

May 25, 2016

Beginning with two rascally characters, the deluded Don Quixote and the prankster Till Eulenspiegel, this set includes remarkable recordings from the catalogues of Philips and Deutsche Grammophon with some recordings appearing on CD internationally for the first time – Haitink’s ‘Don Quixote’, Jochum’s blazing ‘Till Eulenspiegel’, shimmering Rosenkavalier Waltzes (both sets) and Munchinger’s recording of […]

Verdi: Overtures

May 4, 2016

A superb collection of Verdi overtures, marvellously performed by the one-and-only Vienna Philharmonic in sumptuous readings by the late Giuseppe Sinopoli.

Wagner Duets

March 22, 2016

Looking back at ‘Tristan und Isolde’ twenty years after its composition, Wagner told his wife Cosima: ‘My model was Romeo and Juliet – nothing but duets!’ He was invoking Bellini’s opera,’I Capuleti e i Montecchi’ which he had conducted many times as a young man. Indeed, there had been much in the Italian master’s legacy that […]