This budget-price 32 CD box set brings together 12 classic live Royal Opera performances, spanning over forty years, from 1955 to 1997. It includes many of the world’s greatest performers from this period.
In 1981, Gramophone wrote that “No living conductor has done more for the music of Sibelius than Herbert von Karajan.” The release of the Karajan Official Remastered Edition over the first half of 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the conductor’s death in July 1989 at the age of 81.
Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor Op 53Suk: Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra Op 24Janáček: Violin Concerto 'Pilgrimage of the Soul' Josef Špaček (violin) Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek
This is a new live recording, in a 2 CD set, of the Halle, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, performing Mahler's Symphony No. 9 which closed the 2014 Halle season at The Bridgewater Hall on 22 May 2014.
Minnesota Orchestra Osmo Vänskä (conductor) Bis – 82 mins
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano) Manchester Camerata Gábor Takács-Nagy (conductor) Chandos CHAN 10929 – 74 mins
Graham Bradshaw (Tibetan singing bowl) Bradley Creswick (leader) David Wright (harpsichord) BBC Symphony Orchestra Tasmin Little (violin, conductor) Chandos CHSA 5175 – 63 mins
Concerto in D major KV 451 Concerto in B flat major KV 450 Quintet in E flat major KV 452 for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Manchester Camerata Gabor Takacs-Nagy Chandos Records Ltd, 2018
The Vaughan Williams’ masterpiece in a live recording of the Halle Orchestra and Choir from the stunning 2014 Bridgewater Hall performance. Much of the music is descriptive of the sea, particularly The Waves, but in the other movements the sea becomes a metaphor for a voyage into eternity.
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Symphony No. 9 in D minor HalléChrstian Mandeal"Mandeal drew playing of warmth and flair, imposing a wholeness of musical vision that accommodated plenty of thrills and some shattering climaxes..."– The Independent
English Symphony Orchestra English Chamber Orchestra Rodolfus Choir Kenneth Woods (conductor) Avie – 60 mins
Piano ConcertoAspects of SaturnConcertino for Bassoon and String OrchestraSymphony No. 2 Murray McLachlan (piano)Lesley Wilson (bassoon)Manchester CamerataStephen Threlfall (conductor) Released by Divine Art
Tarik O'Regan, A Celestial Map of the Sky HalléHallé Youth ChoirThe Manchester Grammar School ChoirSir Mark ElderJamie Phillips NMC Recordings "The other star player on this recording is the Hallé Orchestra itself, illuminating with passion and precision the bright colours of O’Regan’s immensely enjoyable and refreshing sound world."- Gramophone Magazine
Legendary Recording from the Decca Catalogue: Riccardo Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Joseph Marx (1882-1964) Natur-Trilogie | Nature Trilogy: Symphonische Nachtmusik | Symphonic Night Music Idylle | Idyll Eine Frühlingsmusik | Spring Music Bochum Symphony OrchestraSteven Sloane (conductor) Released by Naxos
Benjamin Frith (piano) Northern Sinfonia, David Haslam (conductor) Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Andrew Mogrelia (conductor) Naxos – 66 mins
USSR Symphony Orchestra Evgeni Svetlanov (conductor) Alto ALC 1316