Posts tagged as "rafael-kubelik"

RAFAEL KUBELÍK – The Mercury Masters

April 7, 2021

Groundbreaking technology, dynamic musical leadership, world-class orchestral playing: a brief marriage of lasting impact for the history of recorded music. To mark the 70th anniversary of Mercury Living Presence, this limited-edition box presents the complete Chicago Symphony/Rafael Kubelík recordings, newly remastered by Thomas Fine and including never-before-published material. Original cover albums New booklet essay on […]

RAFAEL KUBELÍK – Complete Decca Recordings

April 7, 2021

Rafael Kubelik, the Czech conductor, was in every way a big man: tall and robust in physique, he was the most generous of human beings and he inspired devoted affection among his friends and colleagues. This complete Decca collection finds Kubelík working with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Israel Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian […]

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1–4

June 16, 2017

Even while creating a sensation across the US with concerts in Chicago, Cleveland, New York and further afield, Rafael Kubelík recorded the four symphonies of Brahms with the Vienna Philharmonic for Decca (in stereo) in the 1950s. Long unavailable, they are here presented together for the first time on CD, in an economical 2CD package, […]

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Manfred Overture

May 25, 2016

The companion volume to Kubelik’s recordings of Schumann’s first and second symphonies. As with those, there is an air of elegance about these and the slow movement of the ‘Rhenish’ is perhaps without equal. There is also a refulgent ‘Manfred Overture’ to complete this well-filled disc. First release in Australia.

The Best of Beethoven

May 25, 2016

A collection of some of the greatest performances of Beethoven’s music here excerpted on a single CD from the ‘Yellow Label’s’ premium catalogue of Beethovenia.

Ave Maria – Sacred Songs

April 29, 2016

A delectable – and ever popular – collection of sacred songs sung by four of the most famous female singers of our time. Includes the Bach/Gounod ‘Ave Maria’ and the Schubert ‘Ave Maria’, favourite soprano arias from Bach’s sacred works and inspiring movements from the sacred works of Bruckner, Stradella and Dvorak.

Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Serenade for Strings

April 29, 2016

Two of Dvorák’s sunniest inspirations on CD together. The rare recording of the Violin Concerto with German violinist Edith Peinemann is once more made available and Kubelík’s recording of the Serenade was always one of the most highly recommended.

Wagner: Lohengrin (highlights)

April 28, 2016

This is one of the most ennobling performances of ‘Lohengrin’ and the stellar cast is led by one of the most famous of all Wagnerian heldentenors, James King. The CD provides nearly 74 minutes of music from this masterpiece, including both the Act I and Act III preludes and the famous ‘Bridal Chorus’.

Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Viola Concerto

April 22, 2016

One of Bartók’s most popular symphonic works is his Concerto for Orchestra. Rafael Kubelik’s fabulous recording of it has long been out of the catalogue and is now restored to circulation at budget price. What’s more, it’s the first recording of the piece made by the orchestra for which it was written. Koussevitzky and the […]

Janacek: Sinfonietta; Taras Bulba; Concertino

April 22, 2016

Together with Sir Charles Mackerras, Rafael Kubelik’s name is synonymous with the music of Janacek. Here, reissued at budget price, are his superb readings of a trio of Janacek masterpieces recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, recordings that have plenty of weight, get to the heart of the emotion of the music as well as giving it […]

Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Janacek: Sinfonietta; Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

April 22, 2016

Legendary cellist, Pierre Fournier’s stereo recording of the Dvořák Cello Concerto is well known but his earlier recording from July 1954 for Decca is largely forgotten. It’s revived in this Kubelik-led anthology also bringing back to the catalogue the conductor’s mono version of the Janáček Sinfonietta and his electrifying account of Tchaikovsky’s love poem ‘Romeo […]

Royal Opera Gala

April 22, 2016

The stunning ‘Covent Garden Anniversary Album’ released complete for the first time on CD, coupled with Solti’s firecracker accounts of Overtures and Preludes. Soloists include a range of 1960s Covent Garden stalwarts, – Carlyle, Sutherland, Veasey, Minton, Shuard, Collier, Gobbi, Evans, Pears and Ward; and conductors – Downes, Bonynge, Walton and Goodall. Nearly 160 minutes […]