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ICA CLASSICS

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Since its launch in 2011, ICA Classics has established a reputation as a high-quality CD & DVD label under International Classical Artists, the first management agency to have set up its own audio and audio-visual department. The catalogue comprises c.150 international titles, most of them enjoying their first commercial release, from both archive and more recent material drawn from sources such as the BBC, WDR Cologne, SWR (Südwestrundfunk), ITV, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ICA Classics is distributed physically and digitally in more than 60 countries around the world via Naxos.
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Image Ein Deutsches Requiem
Kölner Rundfunkchor
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
Otto Klemperer, conductor

Otto Klemperer was one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century along with Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter and Arturo Toscanini. His period in Cologne from 1954 to 1959 was considered to be one of the most fruitful and exciting of his career, and it was during this time that EMI's classical producer Walter Legge tracked and signed him to the company following the departure of Herbert von Karajan.

His critically acclaimed recordings with the Philharmonia followed. This live studio recording from the WDR in Cologne has never been issued before. Klemperer's conducting of Brahms's Requiem, one of the cornerstones of the choral repertoire, achieves true greatness.

Gramophone Magazine said of his 1961 recording, 'a conductor whose rugged feeling for the music pays colossal dividends' sums up this 1956 account.

Both Elisabeth Grümmer (soprano) and Hermann Prey (baritone) were internationally renowned and highly respected.

The CD contains two interesting 'extras' - Mozart's delightful Serenata notturna from 1954 and a rare rehearsal sequence of the Requiem, both issued for the first time.

WDR's remastering is of very high quality aided by the excellent preservation of the original tapes.





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Image String Quartets
BOCCHERINI
String Quartet in G major op.44 No.4
'La Tirana Spagnola'

MOZART
String Quartet No.17 in B flat major K458
'The Hunt'

BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No.15 in A minor op.132
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 22 FEBRUARY 1965

Quartetto Italiano
Paolo Borciani (VIOLIN I)
Elisa Pegreffi (VIOLIN II)
Piero Farulli (VIOLA)
Franco Rossi (CELLO)

The Quartetto Italiano is regarded as one of the finest string quartets of the twentieth century. The ensemble's repertory was broad and included the entire quartet outputs of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Webern, and selected works of Galuppi, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartók, Shostakovich, Villa-Lobos, Schoenberg and many others. They were formed officially in 1945 and by the early 1950s they had achieved a measure of international celebrity, but by the 1960s the ensemble had developed a world class reputation. Between 1967 and 1975 quartets for Philips as well as the complete quartets by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Webern. They rarely collaborated with other soloists, but did so notably on Brahms's Piano Quintet op.34 with Maurizio Pollini in 1974.

The Quartetto Italiano recorded all this repertoire in the studio, but we have here some rare BBC live performances from 1965 given in the Royal Festival Hall. They are recorded in excellent stereo and issued for the very first time.

The only performance by the Quartetto of the Boccherini to be previously released is a 1956 mono studio recording, so this live performance in stereo from nine years later is an important addition to their discography.

The Quartetto Italiano recorded all the Mozart Quartets and the Penguin Guide said 'As a set, the performances have seen off all challengers for two decades or more.' Mozart's Quartet No.17 K458 'The Hunt' is here presented live in a wonderfully dedicated performance.

The Beethoven Quartet No.15 op.132 has likewise been recorded in the studio - the Penguin Guide said, 'The merits of the Italian Quartet's performances are considerable. The sonority that they produce is beautifully blended and splendidly focused.' Critics hailed it as the best since the Busch version, three decades earlier. This is a great performance of Beethoven's masterpiece.






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Image Symphony No. 1
This new release from ICA Classics presents the first recording of Antonio Pappano conducting Elgar with his Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. For this program, Elgar’s First Symphony is paired with his Concert Overture ‘In the South,’ which was inspired by the conposer’s holiday in Alassio during 1903-1904. Both of these works had been out of the orchestra’s repertoire for more than a century until Pappano stated that he was “on a mission to bring this music back to its place of birth,” knowing that his performers had “natural Italianate passion and lyricism,” which would be perfect for these works. Pappano’s 2012 London season opened with Elgar. Reviewers had only positive things to say: “…His surging striving account caught all the nervous energy of this elegia work… Now he should take the symphony… to his own orchestra [in Rome].”

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Image Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4
This is the first recording of Antonio Pappano conducting two of Schumann’s most popular symphonies, No. 2 in C major and No. 4 in D minor. Pappano brings his customary energy to the ensemble, while drawing out the magnificent beauty of the string section and the delicacies of the woodwind. His careful approach to detail makes this a commanding interpretation. Antonio Pappano began his conducting career as assistant at the Bayreuth Festival. He became music director of the Den Norske Opera in Oslo in 1990. Since 2005 he has been music director of this ensemble, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He was knighted in 2012, and was made a Knight Grand Cross of Italy’s Order of Merit.

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Image Symphony No. 3
BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra
Kurt Sanderling, conductor

Kurt Sanderling was born in Berlin in 1912 where he still lives (hopefully to celebrate his 100th birthday in 2012!). He retired from conducting in 2002 and only made his debut with the BBC Northern Symphony in 1975. Sanderling has had a most distinguished career as Co-Conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic with Mrvavinsky (1942-1960), as Music Director of the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (1960-1977), as Chief Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle (1964-1967) and as Conductor Emeritus of the Philharmonia (1992). He made many appearances at Europe's leading music festivals - Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and Edinburgh. He also worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestras.

This stereo recording has never been issued before.

As Sanderling states in his interview, he enjoyed live performances far more than the studio. This live concert performance in Newcastle proves the point.

Sanderling's German tradition brings great insights to Bruckner's 3rd Symphony though he conducted the composer rarely (Symphony No.7 being the exception).

Brilliant remastering by Paul Baily.

The fill-up is a 10 minute interview in which Sanderling talks about his career and his great admiration for Otto Klemperer.

plus:
Interview with Sanderling
Interviewer: Piers Burton-Page
BBC Studios, 21 July 1982



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Image Symphony No. 1
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Boult, conductor

PLUS:
John Douglas Todd interviews Sir Adrian Boult (extract from 85th birthday broadcast)
BBC STUDIOS, 25 MARCH 1974

Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983), one of the great British conductors of the 20th century, who studied under the legendary Arthur Nikisch in Berlin which make his Brahms interpretations so special.

This fiery 1976 Prom stereo broadcast of Brahms 1 is the only authorised live account available. He recorded the symphony three times in the studio.

The live stereo broadcast of Elgar's Enigma Variations was sourced from the Royal Albert Hall Centenary Concert on 29 March 1971 and features the alternative organ part played by George Thalben-Ball, one of the most celebrated organists of his time.

The CD is completed by an extract of an interview Boult gave on the occasion of his 85th birthday where he talks about the art of interpretation.









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Image Symphony No. 3
Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra
Yuri Bashmet, conductor

Yuri Bashmet is one of the greatest viola players of our time, featured here as an equally impressive conductor of the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that has been conducted by the likes of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valery Gergiev. Bashmet became Chief Conductor of the orchestra in 2002. With 'razor-sharp performances' (David Nice), Bashmet has been compared to Mravinsky in his dynamic and fresh approach to these three core symphonic works.




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Image Midsummer Nights Dream
OTTO KLEMPERER, conductor

Mendelssohn
Midsummer Nights Dream - Incidental Music
Käthe Möller-Siepermann (sop)
Hanna Ludwig (mezzo)
Kölner Rundfunkchor Chorus Master:
Karl Kaufhold
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
SAAL 1, FUNKHAUS, COLOGNE, 9-11 JUNE 1955

Beethoven
Symphony No. 8
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
SAAL 1, FUNKHAUS, COLOGNE, 28 MAY 1955

Rehearsal of Beethoven Symphony No. 4
SAAL 1, FUNKHAUS, COLOGNE, 25 OCTOBER 1954

Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century along with his compatriots, Wilhelm Furtwängler and Bruno Walter. These performances date from 1955,

a period when Klemperer was at his most authoritative, spending a number of seasons guest conducting in Cologne with great success. As a result, he became principal conductor of the Philharmonia in London in 1959 following the departure of Herbert von Karajan for Berlin.

Both Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream and Beethoven Symphony No. 8 are sourced from the original WDR tapes and have been superbly remastered. They appear for the first time on CD.

The Mendelssohn performance, with its wonderful clarity, like the Beethoven Symphony No.8, is in general faster than the studio made recording in 1960. Käthe Möller-Siepermann was a regular performer at Cologne Opera while Hanna Ludwig also performed there and at other houses in Germany as well as further afield. She retired in 1968 to pursue pedagogical and lecturing opportunities. One of today's most-admired singers, Diana Damrau, was a pupil of Ludwig's.



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Image Planets (The)
HOLST
The Planets Suite

Ladies of the BBC SO Chorus / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 12 MARCH 1980

BRITTEN
Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
FESTIVAL HALL, OSAKA, JAPAN, 1 JUNE 1981

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (b.1931) is the last living survivor of a great Russian quartet of conductors consisting of Mravinsky, Kondrashin and Svetlanov. He was the highly distinguished principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1981, an exciting period in the orchestra's history faithfully captured here.

During this period, he conducted many British composers, a favourite being Britten (the Russian premiere of A Midsummer Night's Dream), Vaughan Williams (a complete cycle on Melodiya), Walton, Elgar, Maxwell Davies (the premiere of Symphony No.2) and John Tavener.

These recordings of Holst's Planets and Britten's Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell have never been issued before on CD. The Planets is new to Rozhdestvensky's extensive discography. Rozhdestvensky's 1980 Royal Festival Hall performance is a freshly conceived interpretation of The Planets which is both exciting and superbly played, and the stereo recording has a spectacular dynamic range.

The performance of Britten's Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Purcell was given on a Far East tour in Osaka, Japan in 1981. Osaka's Royal Festival Hall has a wonderful natural acoustic which invests each instrument with great clarity and warmth.

Rozhdestvensky's Tchaikovsky 4 on ICA Classics (ICAC5035) received the following review: 'The opening of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony is immediately arresting as the brass pummels out a fateful summons. The strings respond in soulful terms, and when the music becomes animated we are thrown into the midst of emotional turmoil, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky the alchemist of an inspired performance that graced the Leeds Festival in 1979. Tchaikovsky's great score, its accents hammered out, its balletic motions subtly turned, is here given a fervent on-the-wing account that compels attention.' (Classicalsource.com)



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Image ITALIENISCHES LIEDERBUCH
The 46 songs that make up Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch show the composer at his most captivatingly individual; and history has proven that only singers of the utmost artistry can do them justice. Dame Janet Baker and John Shirley-Quirk are such singers, taking the listener from the depths of pathos through frissons of ecstasy with searching perception. Together with pianist Stuart Bedford, who also devised a new sequence for the songs, the singers performed the set at the 1977 Aldeburgh Festival, where the warmth and ambience of the performance was captured in this BBC stereo recording.

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Image Piano Concertos
György Cziffra, piano

Orchestre National de l'ORTF
Georges Tzipine; André Cluytens

Hungarian born György Cziffra (1921-1994) was one of the most celebrated and individual piano virtuosos of the post-war decades in Europe, especially noted for his powers of improvisation and as a Liszt pianist.

In 1950 Cziffra was arrested after he attempted to escape from Hungary's Soviet-sponsored regime and was severely tortured. When he was released in 1953, Cziffra started to record for the Qualiton and Supraphon labels (ICAC5008) which began to circulate in Western Europe, propelling him to legendary status. When Russia invaded Hungary, Cziffra fled to Vienna making his debut there in November 1956, with outstanding success. Debuts elsewhere in Europe followed. Cziffra gained international stardom not without critical disfavour, adhering to a nineteenth-century approach to music that allowed for taking 'liberties' with the texts.

Cziffra settled in France. He retired from recording in 1986 and left the concert platform in 1988. In the same year, France named him a cultural ambassador to a newly liberalised Hungary. He set up the Fondation Cziffra with his wife who runs it today.

These live recordings have never been issued commercially before.

The Grieg Concerto is typical of Cziffra's 'startling and mercurial quality' while the Liszt Concerto and Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Themes are very much in the style with which Liszt 'loved to tease and astonish his adoring audiences'. (Bryce Morrison)

'Cziffra always held miniatures in special affection' - the Lully Gavotte and Scarlatti Sonata K.96 are 'infused with all of his unique tangy brilliance and bravura'. (Bryce Morrison)

After one recital in London, The Daily Telegraph said the audience 'witnessed feats of piano playing probably never to be equalled, certainly never surpassed, in their lifetime', and Cziffra 'combined the precision of a metronome with the electrical discharge of a thunderstorm'. For the Paris press, 'he was greater than Horowitz' and for Marcel Dupré, the great French organist, he was quite simply 'the reincarnation of Liszt'. As Bryce Morrison states, 'Either way, (Cziffra) hardly invites a middle course or compromise. Above all, you could never ignore this artist who occupies a unique place
in the pianistic Parthenon.'



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Image Symphony No. 1
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR / Klaus Tennstedt

These two performances featuring Klaus Tennstedt (1926-1998) and the Stuttgart RSO were separated by only forty-one months, and yet Tennstedt's life changed dramatically during this short period. In 1971 he escaped from the German Democratic Republic and by 1973 he had settled at the small opera house in Kiel. But by spring 1974, he had appeared in North America with the Toronto Symphony and by December of the same year, he conducted the Boston Symphony in an all-Brahms programme. By 1976, he was established in both Europe and in the United States as a master of the core Austro-German repertoire.

The Martinu Symphony No.4 typifies Tennstedt's interest in more obscure repertoire during his early period in Germany. It is given a highly charged performance in this 1973 'live' studio recording. The Martinu is a new addition to Tennstedt's discography. It also highlights the work of this lesser known but very important composer (a set of the complete Martinu Symphonies won a Gramophone Award in the Orchestral category in 2012).

The live 1976 concert performance from Göppingen of Brahms's Symphony No.1 demonstrates Tennstedt's great affinity with this symphony in a dramatic and urgent reading. It is far superior to his studio account made in 1983.

This recording marks a new and exciting relationship between ICA Classics and the SWR in Stuttgart.

This is the first release of this material outside Japan.

'This is an overwhelming experience. Tennstedt's studio recordings of Mahler are impressive, but his concerts with the LPO at the Festival Hall were something different - among the greatest performances I have ever heard' (Sunday Times review of ICAC5033, Mahler: Symphony No. 3)


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Image Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"
Ingrid Jacoby, piano

WATFORD TOWN HALL, 11-12 NOVEMBER 1991 & 18 FEBRUARY 1992

Praised by The New York Times for her 'clear articulation ... unequivocal phrasing ... [and] expressivity', Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her
generation. She began her piano studies with Larisa Gorodecka, herself a pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus. Graduating at sixteen with highest honours from the St Louis Conservatory of Music, Ingrid Jacoby went on to win the National Baldwin Piano Competition, the Concert Artists Guild International Piano Competition and the Steinway Hall Artists Prize.

In America, the National Society of Arts and Letters awarded to her (in 1994) one of its highest distinctions, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Her discography includes the world premiere recording of Korngold's solo piano pieces, works by Gershwin and Bernstein, and a recording of the Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya piano concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, which earned the highest commendation from the American Record Guide.

This is Volume 2 of Ingrid Jacoby's complete set of Beethoven Piano Concertos.

The first CD of Beethoven Concertos 2 & 4 has received wonderful reviews: 'Jacoby revitalises Beethoven's Piano Concertos ... terrifically and with so much intelligence and energy that all leading
competitors pale by comparison.' (Crescendo magazine, Germany), and 'Here is a performance of Beethoven that is well-nigh flawless in every regard.' (International Record Review, UK).

This strongly projected performance of Beethoven's Concerto No.5 is complemented by an all-Beethoven recital which Ingrid Jacoby recorded in 1991-2, featuring sets of variations, the Andante favori and the op.119 Bagatelles. The producer was Tony Faulkner.

The booklet contains notes by Richard Wigmore in addition to personal insights by Ingrid Jacoby on Beethoven interpretation.

The final volume in the series, featuring Beethoven's Piano Concertos 1 & 3, will be released in the autumn this year.


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Image Symphony No. 2
Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) studied in England and at Leipzig, Germany, with early conducting work in London for the Royal Opera House and Sergei Diaghilev's ballet company. His first prominent post was conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924. When the British Broadcasting Corporation appointed him director of music in 1930, he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor. The orchestra set standards of excellence (famously conducted by Toscanini) that were rivalled in Britain only by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), founded two years later.


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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
Praised by The New York Times for her 'clear articulation ... unequivocal phrasing ... [and] expressivity', Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. She began her piano studies with Larisa Gorodecka, herself a pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus. Graduating at sixteen with highest honours from the St Louis Conservatory of Music, Ingrid Jacoby went on to win the National Baldwin Piano Competition, the Concert Artists Guild International Piano Competition and the Steinway Hall Artists Prize.


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Image Piano Concerto No. 1 / Piano Concerto No. 21
Leon Fleisher, piano
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester

The great American pianist Leon Fleisher (born in 1928) was a pupil of Artur Schnabel, with whom he stayed for an unprecedented ten years. He made his professional debut with Pierre Monteux and the San Francisco Orchestra in 1942 aged fourteen. Success came quickly and by eighteen, Fleisher had played with all the US orchestras and had given recitals at Carnegie Hall. Between 1950 and 1958, Fleisher lived in Europe, winning the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.


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Image Claudio Arrau plays Beethoven Piano Sonatas
Swedish Radio Studios, Stockholm, 5 April 1960

The celebrated Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau's (1903-1991) career spanned the evolution of recorded sound, from his first acoustic recording in 1921 to the digital era of the 1980s. He was a pianist equally at home in Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann, composers who formed the centre of his repertoire in later years.

By the mid-1930s, Arrau was giving marathon recitals of the complete keyboard works of Bach and Mozart. In 1938, he performed for the first time the complete sonatas and concertos by Beethoven. He recorded a vast discography for EMI and Philips which included selected Beethoven sonatas for EMI in the 1950s and the complete sonatas for Philips between 1962 and 1966. 'Arrau was a deeply thoughtful musician who tried to get to the heart of the work he was performing with an interpretation illuminated by his wide knowledge of art and literature' (Jonathan Summers).

This recording is extremely rare and has never been issued before.

It is considered in some circles that Arrau's live performances of the Beethoven sonatas are superior to the studio versions. Joseph Horowitz has stated 'I do not find his (studio recorded) cycle conveys Arrau's full stature as a Beethoven player'. In the later sonatas, Arrau himself alluded to the fact that an improvisatory approach was required which was difficult to achieve within the constraints of a recording studio.

Of op.111, Jonathan Summers says in his booklet note that 'as we near the close of the performance we realise that we have been transported to another world by Arrau - the result of great music interpreted by a great musician'. Of op.57, the 'Appassionata', Summers states that Arrau 'plays the work not as a virtuoso display piece but as a conflict between life and death'.

These three sonatas were recorded live in Stockholm with exceptional warmth and clarity in 1960, when Arrau was at the peak of his career. They show that 'he was one of the most accomplished Beethoven interpreters of the 20th century' (Jonathan Summers).



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Image Ingrid Jacoby plays Mozart
Praised by The New York Times for her 'clear articulation ... unequivocal phrasing ... [and] expressivity', Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Artists Presentation Award, Steinway Hall Artists Prize, Baldwin National Piano and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, the Concert Artists Guild Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Since moving to England, she has performed with many major orchestras including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the London Mozart Players, working with such eminent conductors as Mackerras, Slatkin, Sinopli, Susskind and Kaspszyk. Recent high profile performances include concerts in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Russian National Orchestra and at the Salzburg Music Festival where she played works by Mozart.

Her new recording of Mozart's Concertos K449 and K595 complete with the Concert Rondo K382 accompanied by the internationally celebrated Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner follows on from her critically acclaimed cycle of the Beethoven Concertos. Her Beethoven cycle received wonderful reviews: 'Jacoby revitalises Beethoven's Piano Concertos ... terrifically and with so much intelligence and energy that all leading competitors pale by comparison' (Crescendo Magazine, Germany) and 'Utterly compelling ... here is a performance of Beethoven that is well-nigh flawless in every regard' (International Record Review).

The booklet contains notes by Richard Wigmore in addition to personal insights by Ingrid Jacoby on Mozart.

The release of this very high-profile recording marks an important milestone in Ingrid Jacoby's career. It is planned to follow up this release with a second volume of Mozart Concertos for issue in autumn 2014.

A box of the complete Beethoven Concertos will be released in June 2014.


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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 23
Praised by The New York Times for her 'clear articulation ... unequivocal phrasing ... [and] expressivity', Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. She has won numerous prizes and competions, including the Artists Presentation Award and Steinway Hall Artists Prize, the Baldwin National Piano and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, the Concert Artists Guild Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters.Since moving to England, she has performed with many major orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the London Mozart Players, working with such eminent conductors as Mackerras, Slatkin, Sinopli, Susskind and Kaspszyk. Recent high-profile performances include concerts in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Russian National Orchestra and at the Salzburg Music Festival where she played works by Mozart.Her new recording of Mozart's Concertos K467 and K488, complete with the Rondo K386, and accompanied by the internationally celebrated Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, follows on from her earlier recording of Concertos K449 and K595 which received excellent reviews. International Record Review: 'Marriner and Jacoby seem to be on the same wavelength... often extremely beautiful' Gramophone: 'At her finest, she (Jacoby) displays a wonderful clarity of fingerwork' Fanfare Magazine: 'This is Mozart playing on a par with such greats as Rosenberg, Haskil, and Fischer' The Guardian: 'Ingrid Jacoby is in suitably playful mood, dancing through the finale of the E flat concerto and charming us with the childlike grace of No.27's larghetto' Pizzicato: 'Neville Marriner and Ingrid Jacoby perform two Mozart Concertos in a vivid yet very classical manner with the American pianist confirming her talent to emphasize the music with the most expressive naturalness'.


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Image Symphony No. 2 / Enigma Variations
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Georg Solti, conductor

Solti recorded Elgar's Symphony No.2 (along with the Cockaigne Overture) on audio around the same time as the Royal Festival Hall performance, to great acclaim. Solti's recordings were always the recommended version of each work he performed - he had a deep understanding of the repertoire.

This DVD is the first audiovisual recording to feature Solti performing Elgar 2, and has never been released before.

The Second Symphony is also a record of the first concert Solti conducted as the London Philharmonic's Chief Conductor in 1975.

James Mallinson, one of Solti's record producers, commented that his audio recordings of the two Elgar symphonies are probably two of his finest recordings due to his open and fresh approach.

Solti's quote at the time of broadcasting the Enigma Variations: "I love Elgar, and for me the Enigma Variations is his masterpiece."

Sound format: LCPM mono
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 84'
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G






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Image Piano Concerto No. 2
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

BBC Symphony Orchestra
James Loughran, conductor

Ohlsson won the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, just four years before the recital performance of Chopin and Liszt featured on this DVD. Ohlsson has also recorded the complete works of Chopin to global acclaim and is widely regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of his works.

Jeremy Siepmann describes Ohlsson as demonstrating subtlety, brilliance and generosity of performance in the Brahms Concerto.

Ohlsson has recorded on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel/EMI, Bridge, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, and Virgin Classics labels and has been awarded a Grammy Award for his disc of Beethoven Sonatas. He also features in a Chopin documentary, 'The Art of Chopin', which was released on the EuroArts label in 2010.

Sound format: LCPM mono
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 78'
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G







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Image Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoni Wit, conductor

Superbly filmed for Polish Television, Antoni Wit's performances of Szymanowski's Third and Fourth Symphonies embody the distinguished and idiomatic conducting style for which he is widely recognised. An outstanding communicator, Wit exhibits exceptional attention to detail in his rendition of these two great works with his own orchestra and choir. The recording also benefits from DTS 5.1 surround sound.

The ICA Classics Live series features performances from ICA's own artists recorded in prestigious venues around the world. The majority of the recordings are enjoying their first commercial release.

Sound format: LCPM stereo + DTS 5.1
Picture format: 16:9
Running time: 55'
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G






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Image Symphony No. 4
HANDEL
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Solomon HWV 67
Concerto Grosso op.6 No.11 HWV 329
ST JOHN'S SMITH SQUARE, LONDON, 23 & 24 MAY 1974

BEETHOVEN Große Fuge (arr. Marriner)
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 25 AUGUST 1975

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4
BRITTEN Les Illuminations
Anthony Rolfe-Johnson tenor
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 12 AUGUST 1983

The brainchild of Neville Marriner, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded in 1959, quickly becoming an example of the highest level of chamber musicianship in Britain, paving the way for the revival of Baroque performances.

Described by Denis Stevens as owning 'more sense of style than all the chamber orchestras in Europe', the Academy made a prolific number of recordings over the years, becoming the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world.

Having taken conducting lessons from Pierre Monteux, Marriner became known for his rhythmic and precise style, and was responsible for the refined string sound for which the Academy became famous.

Marriner's rendition of Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony is energetic and committed, yet sensitively communicated. Rolfe-Johnson's Proms performance of Britten's Les Illuminations took place at the height of his career. He performed at the world's major opera houses (the Royal Opera House, La Scala, The Met) and with major orchestras (New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra), recording mainly for Hyperion. This performance is utterly convincing.

Beethoven's Große Fuge is a performance of Marriner's own arrangement for chamber orchestra. Their recording of Beethoven 3 is described in the Penguin Guide as having the impression 'of weight and strength, coupled with a rare transparency of texture and extraordinary resilience of rhythm'.

The 'interpretive skill and musicianship' of Marriner and the ASMF, his 'superb ensemble' are described in the Penguin Guide featuring Marriner's recording of the Handel Concerti grossi on Decca.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono
DVD format: NTSC
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 86'
Subtitles: n/a
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G



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Image Piano Works
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Released on DVD for the first time - and the first release from ICA of this astounding artist - this is a rare glimpse into Ashkenazy as a pianist, in the intimate surroundings of a studio.

Captured at the BBC's Glasgow Studios in 1987 for their Music in Camera series, Ashkenazy demonstrates his talent and artistry as a pianist through this solo performance.

Born in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), in Russia in 1937, Ashkenazy started playing piano at the age of six, showing prodigious talent. He defected from the Soviet Union to London in 1963, becoming an Icelandic citizen in 1972, and later taking up his current residence of Switzerland - all the while maintaining his artistic integrity. As his career as a pianist blossomed, he took up the baton, becoming principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor laureate of the Czech Philharmonic.

A multifaceted performer, his talents as a pianist helped him to mould a career that has been recognised with many rewards, including second prize at the 1955 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels a year later and joint first, together with John Ogdon, at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1962. He is a multiple Grammy Award winner and is widely considered to be 'one of the great virtuoso pianists of our era' (The Guardian).

This DVD showcases Ashkenazy at the peak of his powers as a pianist, performing Schubert's Impromptus D946 Nos. 1 & 2 and the Wanderer Fantasy, alongside Schumann's widely-loved Arabeske and Piano Sonata No.1 - a piece that is certainly an unusual and interesting choice for such a recital. His calm exterior means that all of his energy is projected into infusing this performance with the variety each piece affords.

The recital demonstrates Ashkenazy's versatility and musical skill through the extreme contrasts of the Impromptus, the lyrical, song-like grace and virtuosic flair of the Wanderer Fantasy, and the elegant yet exciting rendition of Schumann's innovative Piano Sonata No.1.


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Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8
MAHLER
Symphony No. 1
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

CONCERTGEBOUW AMSTERDAM, 20 NOVEMBER 1999 (LIVE)

Symphony No. 8
Rita Cullis, Angela Maria Blasi, Ofelia Sala (SOPRANO)
Reinhild Runkel, Catherine Keen (MEZZO-SOPRANO)
Glenn Winslade (TENOR)
John Bröcheler (BARITONE)
Kurt Rydl (BASS)
National Choir of the Ukraine 'Dumka'
Ukrainian Radio Choir
Dresden Philharmonic Children's Choir
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

CONCERTGEBOUW AMSTERDAM, 10 SEPTEMBER 2002 (LIVE)

Hartmut Haenchen was born in Dresden in 1943. He was awarded first prize at the Carl Maria von Weber Competition in that city in 1971. During the 1972-3 season he made his debut at the Berlin State Opera, directing Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. He appeared there regularly until 1986. From 1973 to 1976, Haenchen was conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic and a regular guest with the Dresden State Opera. Subsequently, he began to make regular appearances at Berlin's Komische Oper.

In 1986, Haenchen became music director of the De Nederlandse Opera (DNO) in Amsterdam and chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO). His Ring cycle in Amsterdam was an outstanding success and will be revived in 2012-14. He has collaborated with La Scala, Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Opéra National de Paris, and performed with orchestras throughout the world including the Berlin Philharmonic and Concertgebouw. Projects have included a Mahler cycle with the Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. In October 2008 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Republic of Germany, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and the arts.

These recordings of Mahler's Symphony No.1 and the massive Symphony No.8 are being released on ICA's 'Live' artist series to commemorate Hartmut Haenchen's seventieth birthday.

Any recording of Mahler's 'Symphony of a Thousand' is a major and rare event and this live performance in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a venue closely associated with Mahler, is no exception.

The superb digital recording captures the stupendous sound of both symphonies and in particular the huge forces employed and wide dynamic range that Mahler demands in Symphony No.8.

Haenchen's recent live Mahler Symphony No.6 can be seen on DVD (ICAD 5018): the disc won a prestigious Diapason d'or award.


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Image Bells (The)
Rachmaninov - The Bells
Sheila Armstrong, Robert Tear, John Shirley-Quirk
London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 26 JULY 1973

Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kijé
LONDON, 24 APRIL 1977

Bernstein - Candide - Overture
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 25 NOVEMBER 1971
London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn

André Previn (b.1929) is often hailed as one of the world's most versatile musicians. The recipient of ten Grammy awards for his recordings, he has conducted many of the world's top orchestras, both in concert performances and in the studio.

All three of the performances on this DVD took place during Previn's tenure as Principal Conductor of the LSO - the Prokofiev was filmed as part of the popular BBC television series 'André Previn's Music Night'.

This footage of Rachmaninov's 'The Bells' documents the first Proms performance of this work in 1973, featuring three stellar British singers, Sheila Armstrong, Robert Tear and John Shirley-Quirk and a precise and energetic London Symphony Chorus.

The Penguin Guide describes Previn's performance of 'The Bells' on EMI, recorded just two years after the performance on this DVD, as 'powerful' due to his 'concentration on purely musical values [which] adds much as on the evocation of atmosphere'. Previn used the same three soloists.

This is the first DVD release of this material.



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Image String Quartets
HAYDN
String Quartet in C major 'Emperor'
TREDEGAR HOUSE, NEWPORT, 18 DECEMBER 1980

MOZART
String Quartet in C major K465
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON, 6 FEBRUARY 1983

MOZART
String Quartet in E flat major K428 (BONUS)

Amadeus Quartet:
Norbert Brainin - violin I
Siegmund Nissel - violin II
Peter Schidlof - viola
Martin Lovett - cello

Founded in 1947, the Amadeus Quartet dominated the British chamber music scene for over 40 years. The quartet was renowned for its impeccable ensemble playing as well as sensitive interpretation, making over 200 recordings during their four decades together, which ended with Peter Schidlof's death in 1987 - just four years after the Royal Opera House performance on this DVD.

The quartet's Wigmore Hall debut in 1948 was sold out with hundreds turned away at the door. Particularly well known for performances of the Viennese Classics, the ensemble's core repertoire included all three works on this DVD, performed here with great warmth and exuberance.

Norbert Brainin's standard answer to how the Amadeus Quartet was able to reach such great mastery of interpretation was that they 'simply listened into the music - again and again'.

The Penguin Guide praises the quartet's DG recording of the later Haydn quartets as 'bright and truthful' with a 'warm acoustic and plenty of presence' - 'outstanding'.

All four members were awarded an OBE, the German Great Cross of Merit, and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Sciences.

This is the first DVD release of this material.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 75'
Subtitles: n/a
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G
Region code: 0



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Image Piano Music
CHOPIN
Ballade No.3 op.47 in A flat major
Scherzo No.3 in C sharp minor
Fantasy in F minor
Van Cliburn
BBC TELEVISION STUDIOS, 9 JUNE 1959

BEETHOVEN
Sonata No.23 in F minor op. 57 'Appassionata'
Claudio Arrau
BBC TELEVISION STUDIOS, 13 OCTOBER 1959

BEETHOVEN
Sonata No. 32 in C minor op.111 (BONUS)
Claudio Arrau
BBC TELEVISION STUDIOS, 22 JUNE 1960

As winner of the inaugural Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958, Van Cliburn was lauded by the greats, including Shostakovich, Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter, who is said to have proclaimed 'he is a pianist, the others are not'.

The three Chopin performances on this DVD were filmed by the BBC just one year later, when Cliburn was still very much in his prime. His performances of these three popular Chopin works exude controlled brilliance - grandeur and virtuosity without ostentation.

Cliburn's album entitled 'My Favourite Chopin' topped the Billboard charts for 37 weeks - it was the first classical LP in history to sell more than one million copies. The album eventually exceeded triple platinum.

Cliburn received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

Claudio Arrau, recognisable for his rich, sonorous tone and often described as 'Prince', 'Emperor', and 'King' of the keyboard, is an excellent companion to Cliburn on this DVD. Widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, he was renowned for his definitive interpretations of almost every composer he engaged with, although he remains most celebrated for his Beethoven.

A recording of Arrau's 'Appassionata', released in 1961 on Columbia, was reviewed in Gramophone at the time as 'cogent, powerful and dramatic, and sure both in its grasp of the music and in the technical execution of it'.

The recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4, released on ICA Classics in November 2011, was made just six months before this studio performance. Reviewing this disc Colin Anderson praises Arrau's 'generous, thoughtful and poetic style' and 'purest pianism'.

This is the first DVD release of this material.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono
DVD format: NTSC
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 83'
Subtitles: n/a
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G



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Image Symphony No. 40
Peter Pears, tenor
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten, conductor

'The point of Britten's conducting was never how he looked when doing it; instead it was about the sheer musicality he brought to the task...' (Paul Kildea). The revelatory films presented on this DVD feature Britten with his favoured English Chamber Orchestra performing at two very different times of his life, with equal value.

Filmed at Christmas 1964, the main programme of Mozart's Symphony No.40 and Britten's own Nocturne shows a man in his prime. The Mozart was a particular favourite of Britten's and his admiration for it certainly comes across in the performance. This DVD release is a major addition to his discography as the symphony was previously only available on LP.

The footage is modern in its approach and captures Britten close-up in a way that had not been seen before.

In the Nocturne, we see and hear Peter Pears in fresh voice, performing one of many pieces that were written for him, and which Britten and Pears had recorded four years previously. With this DVD we are able to see the closeness between composer and performer. An original review of the piece in Gramophone comments: 'I cannot think of any settings of English words more imaginative than these of Britten's.'

The bonus is a colour film from mid-1970, with Britten at home in Snape Maltings for a gala re-opening of the concert hall, performing Mendelssohn's 'Scottish' Symphony. The physical difference is clear to see, though all his trademarks are still in evidence and the quality of the music remains undiminished. It is of particular interest as it is the only known recording of this work with Britten.

This is the first release of this material on DVD.

Sound format: Enhanced Mono
DVD format: NTSC
Picture format: 4:3
Running time: 67'
Menu languages: English
Booklet languages: E/F/G
Region code: 0



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