Seiji Ozawa: The Philips Years (Original Jacket Collection) | Decca 4787495

Seiji Ozawa: The Philips Years (Original Jacket Collection)

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4787495

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 50

Release Date: 13th October 2014

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch', BWV769 (arr. Stravinsky)
Musical Offering, BWV1079
» 5: Ricercare a 6 (arr. A Webern)
Partita for solo violin no.2 in D minor, BWV1004 (arr. Hideo Saito)
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne' (orch. Schoenberg)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 (orch. Leopold Stokowski)

Bartok, Bela

Concerto for orchestra, Sz116 BB123
Music for strings, percussion and celesta, Sz106 BB114

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
Symphony no.9 in D minor, op.125 'Choral'

Berlioz, Hector

Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Brahms, Johannes

Symphony no.1 in C minor, op.68
Symphony no.2 in D major, op.73

Britten, Benjamin

Les Illuminations, op.18
War Requiem, op.66

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.7 in E major

Debussy, Claude

La Damoiselle elue

Dvorak, Antonin

Carnival Overture, op.92 B169
In Nature's Realm, op.91 B168
Symphony no.8 in G major, op.88 B163
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
The Noon Witch, op.108

Holst, Gustav

The Planets, op.32

Mahler, Gustav

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)
Symphony no.10 in F sharp major (Adagio)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Symphony no.32 in G major, K318 'Overture in the Italian Style'

Orff, Carl

Carmina Burana

Poulenc, Francis

Le Bal Masque
Les Mamelles de Tiresias

Puccini, Giacomo

Manon Lescaut (highlights)
Tosca (highlights)

Ravel, Maurice

Sheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Russian Easter Festival Overture, op.36
Scheherazade, op.35

Schoenberg, Arnold

Gurrelieder
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op.4

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Symphony no.5 in D minor, op.47

Sibelius, Jean

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47

Strauss, Richard

Also sprach Zarathustra, op.30
Ein Heldenleben (A hero's life), op.40
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op.64
Elektra, op.58
Salome, op.54

Stravinsky, Igor

Apollon musagete (1947 version)
Oedipus Rex
The Rake's Progress
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)

Takemitsu, Toru

Ceremonial: An Autumn Ode
Eclipse for shakuhachi and biwa
My Way of Life
November Steps for biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra
Requiem for string orchestra
Viola Concerto 'A String around Autumn'

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74 'Pathetique'
The Nutcracker: Suite, op.71a
The Sleeping Beauty: Suite, op.66a
Violin Concerto in D major, op.35

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1
Faust Overture
Gotterdammerung
» Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 3
Rienzi
» Overture
Siegfried Idyll, op.103

Artists

Barbara Bonney (soprano)
Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone)
Jean-Philippe Lafont (baritone)
Galina Gorchakova (soprano)
Neil Shicoff (tenor)
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
Viktoria Mullova (violin)
Hildegard Behrens (soprano)
Jessye Norman (soprano)
Peter Schreier (tenor)
Sylvia McNair (soprano)
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (tenor)
Ian Bostridge (tenor)
Nobuka Imai (violin)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Orchestre de Paris
Saito Kinen Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Staatsoper Dresden
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Seiji Ozawa

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch', BWV769 (arr. Stravinsky)
Musical Offering, BWV1079
» 5: Ricercare a 6 (arr. A Webern)
Partita for solo violin no.2 in D minor, BWV1004 (arr. Hideo Saito)
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne' (orch. Schoenberg)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 (orch. Leopold Stokowski)

Bartok, Bela

Concerto for orchestra, Sz116 BB123
Music for strings, percussion and celesta, Sz106 BB114

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Symphony no.3 in E flat major, op.55 'Eroica'
Symphony no.9 in D minor, op.125 'Choral'

Berlioz, Hector

Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Brahms, Johannes

Symphony no.1 in C minor, op.68
Symphony no.2 in D major, op.73

Britten, Benjamin

Les Illuminations, op.18
War Requiem, op.66

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony no.7 in E major

Debussy, Claude

La Damoiselle elue

Dvorak, Antonin

Carnival Overture, op.92 B169
In Nature's Realm, op.91 B168
Symphony no.8 in G major, op.88 B163
Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
The Noon Witch, op.108

Holst, Gustav

The Planets, op.32

Mahler, Gustav

Symphonies 1-9 (complete)
Symphony no.10 in F sharp major (Adagio)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Symphony no.32 in G major, K318 'Overture in the Italian Style'

Orff, Carl

Carmina Burana

Poulenc, Francis

Le Bal Masque
Les Mamelles de Tiresias

Puccini, Giacomo

Manon Lescaut (highlights)
Tosca (highlights)

Ravel, Maurice

Sheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Russian Easter Festival Overture, op.36
Scheherazade, op.35

Schoenberg, Arnold

Gurrelieder
Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op.4

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Symphony no.5 in D minor, op.47

Sibelius, Jean

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47

Strauss, Richard

Also sprach Zarathustra, op.30
Ein Heldenleben (A hero's life), op.40
Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op.64
Elektra, op.58
Salome, op.54

Stravinsky, Igor

Apollon musagete (1947 version)
Oedipus Rex
The Rake's Progress
The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps)

Takemitsu, Toru

Ceremonial: An Autumn Ode
Eclipse for shakuhachi and biwa
My Way of Life
November Steps for biwa, shakuhachi and orchestra
Requiem for string orchestra
Viola Concerto 'A String around Autumn'

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Symphony no.6 in B minor, op.74 'Pathetique'
The Nutcracker: Suite, op.71a
The Sleeping Beauty: Suite, op.66a
Violin Concerto in D major, op.35

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1
Faust Overture
Gotterdammerung
» Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
Lohengrin
» Prelude to Act 3
Rienzi
» Overture
Siegfried Idyll, op.103

Artists

Barbara Bonney (soprano)
Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone)
Jean-Philippe Lafont (baritone)
Galina Gorchakova (soprano)
Neil Shicoff (tenor)
Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)
Viktoria Mullova (violin)
Hildegard Behrens (soprano)
Jessye Norman (soprano)
Peter Schreier (tenor)
Sylvia McNair (soprano)
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (tenor)
Ian Bostridge (tenor)
Nobuka Imai (violin)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Orchestre de Paris
Saito Kinen Orchestra
Wiener Philharmoniker
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
Staatsoper Dresden
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Seiji Ozawa

About

Released ahead of Seiji Ozawa’s 80th birthday in September 2015, this 50-CD set includes the legendary Japanese conductor’s most celebrated recordings for Philips and Decca. It spans four decades and three continents and an astonishing breadth of repertoire.

Ozawa has always been a prolific recording artist, from his earliest LPs in the 1960s, and this collection embraces the key orchestral relationships of his career: San Francisco and Boston, Berlin, Paris and Vienna and, for the past thirty years, the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan.

The earliest recording in the set dates from February 1974 - the Beethoven Ninth in London - and the most recent is the Brahms First from Carnegie Hall, New York in December 2010. In between these two dates, there is a vast array of classic recordings to discover. Highlights include the complete Mahler cycle with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Ozawa’s complete recordings with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, culminating in his appearance at the New Year’s Concert in 2002 (sales of the CD afterwards produced record-breaking results).

Before his appointment as Music Director of the Vienna State Opera (2002-2010), Seiji Ozawa served as Music Director of the Boston Symphony for 29 seasons (1973-2002). When once asked to reflect on this record-breaking tenure, Ozawa commented: “There have been so many experiences, so many friendships, so much wonderful music. I suppose in the end I’ve learned that music is everyday work. That this kind of art is practised and lived every day of your life.”

This set celebrates just some of those musical friendships - famous recordings with Jessye Norman and Viktoria Mullova and the championing of works by his compatriot Toru Takemitsu. The bonus CD was released to mark the historic 1979 Boston Symphony tour of China, following the then recently signed cultural pact between the two nations. 

The Saito Kinen Orchestra has become, under Ozawa's careful stewardship, one of the world's finest ensembles. Few orchestras could surpass the discipline and refinement of the playing we have on this disc… Ozawa's reading is spirited and gracious.” - Gramophone on Beethoven Symphony No.3

“[It] brings the very best out of Seiji Ozawa, a colourist who likes to mould the music and make it dance” - Gramophone on Scheherazade

Aside from the sheer pleasure of hearing the Boston Symphony in excellent form, there are some real gems here. Ozawa’s renditions of the First, Third, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth all rank among the finest available” - Classicstoday.com on the complete Mahler cycle

Contents:
CD 1
J S Bach: 20th-Century Transcriptions
Boston Symphony Orchestra

CD 2
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 3
Beethoven: Symphony No.3
Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 4
Beethoven: Symphony No.9
New Philharmonia Orchestra

CD 5
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
Saito Kinen Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite
Orchestre de Paris

CD 6
Brahms: Symphony No.1
Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 7
Britten: War Requiem
Saito Kinen Orchestra, 2009

CD 8
Bruckner: Symphony No.7
Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 9
Dvořák: Symphony No.8
Dvořák: The Noon Witch
Wiener Philharmoniker

Dvořák: Carnival Overture
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

CD 10
Dvořák: Symphony No.9
Dvořák: In Nature
Wiener Philharmoniker

CD 11
Holst: Planets
Boston Symphony Orchestra

CDs 12–23
Mahler: Symphonies 1–10
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
Boston Symphony Orchestra

CD 24
Mozart: Symphony No.32
Brahms: Symphony No.2
Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 25
Orff: Carmina Burana
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 26
Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias
Poulenc: Le Bal masqué
Barbara Bonney (soprano) / Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone) / Jean-Philippe Lafont (baritone) / Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 27
Puccini: Tosca & Manon Lescaut, excerpts
Galina Gorchakova (soprano) / Neil Shicoff (tenor) / Maggio Musicale

CD 28
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Britten: Les Illuminations
Debussy: La Damoiselle élue
Sylvia McNair (soprano) / Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano) / Boston Symphony Orchestra

CD 29
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival
Wiener Philharmoniker

CD 30
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (1947)
Saito Kinen Orchestra

CDs 31 & 32
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Jessye Norman (soprano) / James McCracken (tenor) / Boston Symphony Orchestra

CD 33
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5
Saito Kinen Orchestra

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
Boston Symphony Orchestra

CD 34
Sibelius & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos
Viktoria Mullova (violin) / Boston Symphony Orchestra

CD 35 New Year’s Concert 2002
Wiener Philharmoniker

CD 36
R Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
R Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
Boston Symphony Orchestra

CD 37
R Strauss: Alpensinfonie
Wiener Philharmoniker

CDs 38 & 39
R Strauss: Salome
Jessye Norman (soprano) / Staatsoper Dresden

CDs 40 & 41
R Strauss: Elektra
Hildegard Behrens (soprano) / Boston Symphony Orchestra

CD 42
Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex
Jessye Norman (soprano) / Peter Schreier (tenor) / Saito Kinen Orchestra

CDs 43 & 44
Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress
Sylvia McNair (soprano) / Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (tenor) / Ian Bostridge (tenor) / Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 45
Takemitsu: November Steps, Eclipse & Viola Concerto
Nobuka Imai (violin) / Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 46
Takemitsu: Requiem, My Way of Life & Ceremonial
Saito Kinen Orchestra

CD 47
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 & Nutcracker Suite
Orchestre de Paris

CD 48
Wagner: Overtures
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

CD 49 National Anthems
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

BONUS CD (CD 50) Boston Symphony Orchestra in People’s Republic of China
Liszt • Sousa • Tsu-Chiang


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