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7 CDs box-set of Choral Works & Opera for Children, Benjamin Britten’s new release on EMI

Posted on 06 June 2013 by admin

This year is  Benjamin Britten’s 100 years birthday. In this very special Britten year,  EMI Classics celebrate his birthday with several box-set releases of his works, the most recent one is this collection box-set of his choral works and opera for children.

This special collection showcases the way in which the composer’s love of poetry formed a crucial basis for much of his choral and operatic music; inspired by poets such as Auden, Smart and Hopkins, Britten crafted their works into compelling narratives. His imaginative text setting and the artful melodies of works such as Rejoice in the LambA Ceremony of Carols and the iconic War Requiem have captivated listeners throughout the 20th century and beyond. Among the world-class performers featured in the collection are Robert Tear, Janet Baker, Elisabeth Söderström and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

Choral Works & Opera for Children

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Bruno Walter’s new 39 CD box-set released, with Columbia Symphony Orchestra & New York Philharmonic

Posted on 03 June 2013 by admin

Bruno Walter's new 39 CD with Columbia Symphony Orchestra & New York Philharmonic

Bruno Walter’s new 39 CD box-set released, with Columbia Symphony Orchestra & New York Philharmonic

Bruno Walter (September 15, 1876 – February 17, 1962) was a German-born conductor, pianist, and composer.He helped establish Gustav Mahler’s music in the repertory, is widely considered one of the great conductors of the 20th century. He held major positions with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,Columbia Symphony OrchestraNew York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Salzburg Festival, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Oper Berlin, among others, made recordings of historical and artistic significance. This 39 CDs collection includes his great performances of great works from Barber, Brahms, Bruckner, Dvorak, to Smetana, Wagner…

Bruno Walter: The Edition

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Benjamin Britten’s new release 65 CDs box-set on Decca

Posted on 01 June 2013 by admin

English composer, conductor, and pianist , Baron Edward Benjamin (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, and wrote music in many genres. This year is his 100 years birthday. ‘In this very special Britten year it seemed to us at Decca that something unique had to be attempted to honour such a huge figure in British music. The first ever “complete works” on disc best fitted the bill, and we are most grateful to all participating labels and to the Britten-Pears Foundation for their support in making this happen.’ said Paul Moseley, managing director of Decca Classics.

The 65-CD set includes every Britten work with an opus number, and draws on recordings from across 20 labels, including EMI Classics, Virgin Classics, Naxos, Warner Classics and NMC. But it is appropriate that Decca is behind the initiative. Britten had strong links with Decca, many of his most important recordings being produced and released by the label, and indeed Decca discs make up three-quarters of this anniversary set. The 1963 Decca recording of the War Requiem remains one of the fastest-selling classical releases of all time – this new set offers a version newly remastered from the analogue tapes, as well as material from Britten’s rehearsals at the recording session.  In addition to the recordings the box-set will also contain a 208-page full-colour hardback book featuring articles, a complete alphabetical index of works included in the edition, a gallery of original Decca LP sleeves from 1953 onwards, and photographs of recording sessions and the landscape around Aldeburgh where Britten lived and founded his festival. Four bonus CDs offer newly conducted interviews with musicians who worked closely with the composer, historic recordings and other rarities, and there’s also a DVD of Tony Palmer’s film on the making of the 1967 recording of The Burning Fiery Furnace.

Britten Conducts Britten

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EMI new releases Sir Adrian Boult 19 CDs box-set, Elgar’s Complete Recordings

Posted on 26 May 2013 by admin

EMI Sir Adrian Boult  Elgar's Complete Recordings

EMI new releases Sir Adrian Boult

Sir Adrian Cedric Boult (8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983) was an English conductor, he was known for his championing of British music. Boult felt as comfortable in the recording studio as on the concert platform, making recordings throughout his career. From the mid-1960s until his retirement after his last sessions in 1978 he recorded extensively for EMI, the first set to unite all of Boult’s recordings for EMI of a composer he conducted and recorded throughout his long career. The oldest recording in this collection, being Sir Adrian’s first of his long association with Elgar, and about a tenth of the total collection is available on CD for the first time in this box set.

Sir Adrian Boult – Elgar: The Complete EMI Recordings

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