Posts tagged as "ludwig-van-beethoven"

The Panpipes of Zamfir

April 28, 2016

Being born in Romania and surrounded from childhood by folk melodies and fiery popular dance music certainly helps in forming an inspired musician, provided the talent is there. In the case of the exceptionally gifted Gheorghe Zamfir, who was born to a family of vine-growers in 1941 in Gaiesti near Bucharest, these fortunate circumstances led […]

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8; Bruckner: Symphony No. 1

April 28, 2016

The young Abbado made a handful of recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic of which this taught, sprightly reading of Beethoven’s Eighth (just listen to the orchestra’s reflexes in the finale) and the grand yet detailed vision of Bruckner’s First made just one short-lived appearance on CD. Now they return, remastered and at super-budget price.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7; Overtures – Leonore No. 3; Egmont

April 22, 2016

Over the years, Eloquence has pioneered on CD the Decca discography of Zubin Mehta. Here is his beautifully-graded account of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony together with passionate performances of the Leonore Overture No. 3 and the Egmont Overture.

Beethoven: Serenade; Septet; Schuman: Adagio and Allegro

April 22, 2016

Beethoven was most distressed when he discovered that of all his recent compositions, it was his Septet that was gaining greatest favour by Viennese audiences. He considered it somewhat unworthy of himself! Yet, the music continues to endure and this marvellous recording is now coupled on CD with the more intimate ‘Serenade’ as well as […]

Für Elise – Kempff Transcriptions and Encores

April 22, 2016

Kempff’s Baroque pedigree stemmed from the influence of his father also named Wilhelm Kempff and his grandfather Cantor Friedrick Kempff. Both  were organists who taught the budding prodigy much of the organ’s core repertoire. In fact, Kempff’s youthful debut as an organist took place before his first recital as a pianist in 1907. With help […]

Romantic Violin Concertos – Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Dvorak

April 22, 2016

A double-CD of Romantic Violin Concertos celebrating the art of Ruggiero Ricci, this set includes the first international release on CD of the Ricci/Boult 1952 recording of the Beethoven. Boult characterised it as ‘perhaps the most thoughtful concerto, the one which needs for the violinist to be a great man as well as a great […]

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Coriolan Overture

April 22, 2016

In the latest instalment of the Decca Ansermet Legacy, Decca Eloquence introduces the Swiss conductor’s recordings of Beethoven – his symphony cycle, overtures and the rare Weingartner arrangement of the Grosse Fuge. They are issued as three 2CD sets. François Hudry, the supreme commentator on the art of Ernest Ansermet writes, “the new vision he […]

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; Overtures – Prometheus, Fidelio, Leonore 2 & 3; Grosse Fuge

April 22, 2016

In the latest instalment of the Decca Ansermet Legacy, Decca Eloquence introduces the Swiss conductor’s recordings of Beethoven – his symphony cycle, overtures and the rare Weingartner arrangement of the Grosse Fuge. They are issued as three 2CD sets. François Hudry, the supreme commentator on the art of Ernest Ansermet writes, “the new vision he […]

BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 5-8; Egmont Overture

April 22, 2016

In the latest instalment of the Decca Ansermet Legacy, Decca Eloquence introduces the Swiss conductor’s recordings of Beethoven – his symphony cycle, overtures and the rare Weingartner arrangement of the Grosse Fuge. They are issued as three 2CD sets. François Hudry, the supreme commentator on the art of Ernest Ansermet writes, “the new vision he […]