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Image Christmas
Winchester Cathedral Choir
Martin Neary

The sacred space of Winchester Cathedral has echoed to music every day for almost a thousand years, inspiring worshippers and visitors alike. Winchester Cathedral is home to a Cathedral Choir which, under the leadership of Martin Neary, was internationally regarded as one of the great choirs of England. He was Organist and Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral from 1972 to 1988, and Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey from 1988 to 1998.

As the organist at Westminster Abbey, he was the musical director of the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales, for which he was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the New Year Honours List in 1998.

Philips Classics recorded Christmas Carols in its series of Quadraphonic Recordings with the Winchester Cathedral Choir directed by Martin Neary in 1973. PentaTone has digitally re-mastered the recording using DSD technology and is now releasing this best seller in the RQR series in superb surround sound.


23,50 €
Image Symphony No. 5 / Four Sea Interludes
The Oregon Symphony
Carlos Kalmar




23,50 €
Image Violin Concertos
This release arguably features the two greatest concertos ever written for the violin: performed by one of the most brilliant violinists of her generation,together with one of the finest orchestras,and under the baton of one of the world's foremost conductors.This recording of Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn violin concertos bears witness to the eminence of the collaboration between violinist Arabella Steinbacher, conductor Charles Dutoit and PENTATONE's Orchestra of the Season January-June 2015, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the result thereof.After waiting for a long time to record these concertos with the perfect collaboration,Arabella Steinbacher didn't waste any chance to shine with heart-felt enthusiasm and bravura in this recording.Her performance produced such a pure, yet fierce sound that it allowed the music to speak in an immediate, translucent way. Recorded in September 2014 in the magnificent Victoria Hall, Geneva, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande were totally at home with the repertoires and performed with great confidence;they were led by Dutoit, who was vivid, rhythmic and clear in his direction. The vigorous playing results in a vibrant sound that is captured perfectly in this multi-channel SACD recording.


23,50 €
Image Orchestral Dances
23,50 €
Image Creating Timeless Classics
This timeless collection is pretty much every piece you would expect to be included, and then some. A good variety of music to please every palate, from an inimitable and incredibly precise performance by Julia Fischer to Mari Kodama's solo piano whose splendid movement allows you to experience the full glory of Beethoven's music.

But that's no surprise, since PENTATONE has some of the finest interpreters in its catalogue to draw from and over 150 surround-sound albums- each and every one a top-quality DSD recording.

This compilation can be enjoyed by both the curious beginner and classical aficionado. Includes music by Robert Schumann; Tchaikovsky; JS Bach; Corelli; Mendelssohn; Beethoven; Korngold; Rachmaninov


16,95 €
Image Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams
Spectacular virtuoso playing, bravura passagework and show-stopping melodies are balanced with wistful lyricism and sublime tone painting in this irresistible program of perennial favorites, played with elan by the violinist Arabella Steinbacher. "Great violinists like Heifetz, Kresler, menuhin...played virtuosic pieces in their concerts," recalled Steinbacher in a recent interview. She lamented that such pieces are infrequently played owing to the perception that "...this kind of repertoire is 'not serious enough' which I find is really a pity and also not true." In a change of pace, the album also features the work which has topped Classic FM's listeners' "Hall of Fame" for the last three years running: the much-loved and achingly lyrical The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams completed it following the horrors of the First World War. For this recording Arabella Steinbacher plays the "Booth" Stradivari from 1716, a generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

23,50 €
Image Masses
Marcel Tyberg was an accomplished Viennese composer, conductor and pianist. Unfortunately, due to the conditions of World War II, Tyberg, only 1/16th Jewish, was sent to his death and his musical career was prematurely extinguished. When Marcel Tyberg was murdered at Auschwitz, his music was lost with him. Until now. Anticipating the Nazi movement in his region in 1943, Marcel gathered his friends in secret to share hi smusic one last time. One friend recalled, "There was a childlike joy and tenderness in him taht is only seen in great souls shortly before their return home. The tears ran down my cheeks. We all had the feeling that he will not be with us much longer." That night Marcel entrusted his compositions to a friend - including the two Masses, his only sacred manuscripts that exist today. Only a few days later, Marcel was captured in a night raid by the Nazi Gestapo and later counted among the millions murdered at Auschwitz. His music was kept by friends and eventually ended up in Buffalo, NY where the Buffalo Philharmonic began uncovering his symphonies in 2008. Tyberg's Masses reverberate the joy of a devout man and brilliant musician. Their late-Romantic structure and harmonic composition resemble other masters like Mahler and Bruckner, and their symphonic breadth encompass a vast range of human emotion. From the intimate iterations of "Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus" in both Mass settings, to the roaring organ solo in the "Sanctus" of the Messe di fascile in F major, to the painfully beautiful soprano solo in the "Agnus Dei" of the Mass in G major.

23,50 €
Image Stay In Tune With Pentatone
12,95 €
Image Peter and the Wolf
23,50 €
Image Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time. Now over a quarter of a century later thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel super audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then. As a result of Pentatones labour of love re-recording and remastering this release, every music aficionado can hear the significance of each musical detail. This release clearly demonstrates that brilliance and virtuosity are no longer a means to show off the skills of the pianist, but now serve to convey individual expressive gestures. Another crucial innovation concerns the relationship between soloist and orchestra: the symphonic principle of the large orchestral work (i.e. with the additional expression and sound-world of the clarinets, trumpets and timpani) and the concertante principle of the solo concerto are interwoven. The soloist and the ensemble enter a yet unheard of intimacy: no longer are they simply forces set against one another; they have become partners representing the social principles of both the collective and the individual. Beethoven give great piano concertos give evidence not only of outstanding pianistic skills, but also of an iron will with regard to taking great strides forward in the composition. Now on SACD, you can indulge in the Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 in the intended sound quality as when they were recorded.


19,95 €
Image Guitar Concertos
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time. Now over a quarter of a century later thanks to the arrival of the multichannel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then. This release is a delicious offering of Villa-Lobos clear and expressive works, unique pieces reflecting the transitional period between the Classic and the Romantic at Giuliani, bound together with the melodious and lush works of Castelnuovo-Tedesco. How mind blowing it is to be able to enjoy the compositions from one of the most underrated guitar maestros of all time next to the creations of one of the leading guitar virtuosi of the early 19th century, tied up together with the works of one of the most fascinating modern composers all in one recording. Now on SACD, you get to indulge in the Mauro Giuliani, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Heitor Villa-Lobos: Guitar concertos in the intended sound quality as when they were recorded.


19,95 €
Image Piano Concertos Nos. 14 & 26
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time. Now over a quarter of a century later thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel super-audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they already deserved back then. As a result of Pentatones labour of love re-recording and re-mastering this release, we get to experience how Mozart laid the foundation for the series of so-called great concertos with his Concerto in E flat, K.449. from the K.357 piano concerto. The juxtaposition of conventional passage work and contrapuntal episodes in the piano emphasises the sketchy, as yet unperformed character of the work. Though the wealth of melodic ideas is primarily intended for its effect on the audience rather than as a compositional innovation, it doesnt diminish the charm. Now, on SACD, you get to indulge in the Mozart Piano Concertos K.449 and K.537 in the intended sound quality as when they were recorded.


19,95 €
Image Orchestral Works
19,95 €
Image Violin Concertos
Shlomo Mintz, violin
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Claudio Abbado

Russian-born Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz made his concert debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the tender age of 11. Shortly after, he stepped in to perform Paganini's first violin concerto when Itzhak Perlman fell ill, and made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 16.

An extensive European tour in 1977 established his international reputation and a series of recordings for Deutsche Grammophon followed. The first album to be released was a 1980 recording of the Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos, with Claudio Abbado leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos: two strokes of genius combined. Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 is a prime example of a composition that really has everything; that stands out as an absolute masterpiece. Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 shows a striking similarity to Mendelssohn's concerto in several ways. For instance, it is one of the works that the travelling violin virtuoso has in his "ready repertoire" as a matter of course. And like Mendelssohn's E-minor work, this concerto is highly popular with violinists and audiences alike.

With its re-release as part of PENTATONE's REMASTERED CLASSICS series, this is another quadraphonic recording that finally gets the chance to come into full bloom and which can now be enjoyed in the sound quality it deserved from the beginning.



19,95 €
Image Mörike Lieder
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

This album contains 18 of the 53 Mörike Lieder by Hugo Wolf, performed by legendary artists Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Sviatoslav Richter. The Gedichte von Eduard Mörike is one of the five major song cycles that brought great recognition to the nineteenth-century composer, Hugo Wolf. The 18 songs included in this recording rank amongst the composer's most outstanding works. Despite Wolf's own regret of being recognised as a great lied composer, he developed the Lieder genre to its highest level. The undeniable influence of Wagner and, to some extent the "Second Viennese School", is self-evident in Wolf's music. By pushing the boundaries of tonality and dramatic effect, Wolf was able to achieve an unprecedented level of tension in the Lieder genre.

The epic collaboration between Fischer-Dieskau and Richter began in 1965 at the Aldeburgh Festival. Their great mutual respect has been well documented. Nonetheless, during their collaboration Sviatoslav Richter and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau only recorded works by three different composers: Schubert, Brahms and Wolf. It was about recording Wolf that Richter said: "On this occasion it seems as though we really entered into the spirit of these songs; we'd rehearsed sufficiently and felt not only confidence, but real friendship towards each other." According to Richter, their collaboration with Hugo Wolf's Lieder was the most creative and satisfying. These legendary artists bring their uncompromising attention to detail and unity of vision to produce musicmaking of great power and beauty. This re-release of the 1973 Deutsche Gramophone recording of the Mörike Lieder allows us to experience the work of these 20th century musical giants in an unprecedented way and to enjoy the Mörike Lieder like never before.


19,95 €
Image Violin Concerto No. 1
Pinchas Zukerman, violin / conductor
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Members of The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

The seeds had already been planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording on multi-channel tapes, using either four or eight channels. But it was not meant to be, as imperfections in the playback equipment at the time made it impossible for musical connoisseurs to enjoy these recordings in the way the artists, producers and engineers who created them intended - the new recording technology was clearly way ahead of its time. Now with the advent of the Super Audio CD, there is finally a system that makes it possible to release these magnificent recordings in the quality they deserve. There is finally a system that enables these magnificent flowers to come into full bloom.

The latest flower to unfurl its petals is this SACD of Joseph Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major and his Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major. The pieces are performed by one of the 20th century's leading violinists, Pinchas Zukerman, former Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Ronald Leonhard, oboist Barbara Winters and bassoonist David Breidenthal, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. These are outstanding performances of often neglected repertoire by the great Classical master, finally realised in the finest sound quality.


19,95 €
Image Violin Concertos
First released in 1977-78 on the Philips Classics label, Accardo's rendition of the Beethoven Violin Concerto and his masterly survey of the violin concertos of Bruch were praised by critics for the luminous playing and for Masur's sensitive and nuanced accompanying. Famous for his heartfelt and searching interpretations of the Romantic repertoire, the German conductor Kurt Masur was one of the most critically acclaimed and admired conductors of the late 20th century.

19,95 €
Image Concerto for Orchestra & Music for Strings, Percus
Bela Bartók’s brilliant orchestral tour de force, the Concerto for Orchestra is coupled with his spine-tingling Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta in these newly ‘Remastered Classics’ recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Kubelik and Seiji Ozawa. Bartók’s at times breezily energetic Concerto for Orchestra was an instant hit on its premiere given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1944 and it has remained popular ever since. It’s a compelling work, bursting with Central European folk melodies, North African rhythms, shimmering harmonies and vivid orchestration that culminates in a strident final movement guaranteed to bring the house down. In a darker vein, Bartók’s earlier Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is a powerful and eerily atmospheric work which has been used in film soundtracks to great effect, notably in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Rafael Kubelik recorded the Concerto for Orchestra several times throughout his career but it was this 1974 recording with the Boston Symphony Orchestra that has been singled out for especial praise, Gramophone magazine commending Kubelik’s “sheer animal excitement and biting intensity ... with the rhythms pointed to bring out the wit, above all the peasant-like jollity … This is a performance to keep making you smile with delight.” Although recorded in multi-channel sound, these memorable performances have previously been available only in the conventional two-channel stereo format. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, PENTATONE’s engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound.

19,95 €
Image Sinfonie 40
16,95 €
Image Selections
Russian National Orchestra / Mikhail Pletnev

Back in 1990, highly respected both nationally and internationally, Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev formed the first independent orchestra in the history of his country, the Russian National Orchestra. Many of Russia’s finest musicians joined him in the launch of this ensemble, which achieved a towering stature among the world’s orchestras within a short period and which Pletnev continues to serve as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Twenty-five years ago, the first recording the RNO ever made was of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the Pathétique. This album combines Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Coronation March (1883), Capriccio Italien , Op. 45, Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32, Romeo and Juliet (1880) and Marche Slave, Op. 31. It completes the Tchaikovsky cycle including the integral symphonies and the Manfred Symphony, the RNO recorded for PENTATONE between 2011 and 2014, under the baton of its artistic director Mikhail Pletnev.

At the occasion of the orchestra’s 25th anniversary in 2015, the cycle was re-released as a 7-SACD box-set. With a musical content varying from virtuoso fireworks to ravishing lyricism, one could say this disc is a true coronation of the first 25 years of this magnificent orchestra.

17,95 €
Image Handel Variations & Ballades
The incomparable, soul-searching playing of the veteran Russian pianist Nelly Akopian-Tamarina is captured in a rare studio recording for PENTATONE with a luminous performance of Brahms’s towering Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24 and the introspective Four Ballades, Op. 10. In a distinguished tradition of playing stretching back to the great Russian school of Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Medtner through her teacher, the acclaimed virtuoso Alexander Goldenweiser, Nelly Akopian-Tamarina is an exemplar of an exquisitely crafted and poetical style of playing which is subtle, probing, deeply lyrical and utterly spellbinding. Winner of the 1963 Robert Schumann International Competition for Pianists and Singers and recipient of the coveted Robert Schumann Prize in 1974, her career was nevertheless blocked by official censorship in the Soviet Union during the 1970s such that she made her London debut only in 1983 with a programme of Schumann and Brahms. Her public appearances are all too infrequent but sought after and cherished by aficionados; for an all Brahms recital in 2008 she was praised for her “luminous fortissimi, ice-edged chords, fine pianissimos, deliberated textures, intricate pedalling, and expansive, singing melodies” (Ates Orga). For this new release, Akopian-Tamarina approaches the programme with her customary sensitivity and poetic insights to give performances of rare subtlety and perfection. “Classically framed romantic miniature fantasies, intricate, entwining studies in embroidery, decoration and voicing”, she writes of the Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, “the twenty-five variations navigate the theme to a coronation of fugal triumph, immeasurable and immortal”. Elsewhere she compares the Four Ballades to the passing of the seasons “The First, Winter … icy and unforgiving … The Second, Spring, is an awakening … the first buds blushing into life. The Third, Summer, as brief as youth … The Fourth, Autumn, is a symphonic poem, drawing to a close the dissonance of life’s pain, touching the untouchable.” “The piano sound made by the Moscow-born Nelly Akopian-Tamarina was not only distinctive, but almost tangible … a playing tradition going back to the giants of the past, to Rachmaninov, Moiseiwitsch, Scriabin and what we imagine of Liszt … a fragile, poetic creation in every fold of her dress and with each flick of the wrist.” (The Sunday Times, December 2010). This recording, her first for PENTATONE, was made in the warm acoustic of the Snape Maltings in England.

19,95 €
Image Piano Concerto No. 1
23,50 €
Image Piano Concerto No. 2
23,50 €
Image Youth Symphonies, Vol. 3
23,50 €
Image Concertos
23,50 €
Image Rondo Capriccioso/Variations
23,50 €
Image Sinfonie 2
23,50 €
Image Sinfonien 1+2
23,50 €
Image Streichquartette op.59 1
23,50 €
Image Streichquartette op.59 2 & 3
23,50 €
Image Streichquartette op.76
23,50 €
Image Bearbeitungen für Blasinstrumente
23,50 €
Image Hamburg Symphonies
The English Concert / Trevor Pinnock

"Seldom has a musical composition of a more exalted, saucy, and humorous character poured forth from such an ingenious soul." This is what the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung reported following a private performance of the works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. We should not forget that while we now consider Johann Sebastian Bach as one of the greatest musical geniuses, even during his lifetime the name "Bach" was principally associated with his second son, Carl Philipp Emanuel.

From the total of 19 Symphonies that C.P.E. Bach wrote, six are released on this album. These six String Symphonies, commissioned in 1773 by Bach's patron Gottfried van Swieten, perfectly represent the late 18th century Sturm und Drang movement in music. They are performed by world renowned harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock and "his" (The) English Concert, the orchestra he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years, and with which he pioneered performance on historical instruments.

The recording was made at the Henry Wood Hall in London in October 1979 and will now be added to PENTATONE's revealing REMASTERED CLASSICS Series. This SACD will give the listener a chance to enjoy in full detail the ground-breaking work of Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert.


23,50 €
Image Années de Pèlerinage
The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording on multi-channel tapes, using either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time. Now over a quarter of a century later and thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they deserve. One of those precious recordings comes in the form of the Franz Liszts Années de Pèlerinage II & Deux Légendes, which ranks among his most important works. Franz Liszt, the prodigious pianist, didnt only draw his inspiration from art forms such as literature and visual arts, but also sought to collect them in a synaesthetic sense as a composer. Wilhelm Kempffs performance in this recording reflects all of those features engaged in detail in an exemplary manner. Referring specifically to Kempffs non-bombastic Liszt, (Arthur) Brendel called them the greatest we have. In Kempff's hands, the pieces do indeed turn into a pilgrimage as the two Franciscan pieces integrate seamlessly into the journey. Get ready to follow the pilgrimage as it takes place.


23,50 €
Image Rite of Spring (The)
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Michael Tilson Thomas

According to the official police report, 27 people were injured and the distinguished Théâtre des Champs-Elysées was almost completely ruined. This was the result of the tumultuous 1913 première of Le Sacre du printemps for which ballet impresario Sergej Djagilev commissioned Igor Stravinsky to write for his Ballets Russes. The audience was shocked by Stravinsky's barbaric and savage music and Nijinsky's revolutionary choreography.

However, it didn't take more than three performances to turn Le Sacre du printemps into a huge success and not more than a year for Stravinsky to become a highly respected composer in Paris. A century later, it is clear that Stravinsky is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and his Le sacre du printemps a benchmark composition in Western music.

While working on Le sacre du printemps, Stravinsky also wrote a cantata for male choir and orchestra entitled Le roi des étoiles (Zvezdóliki), based on a poem by symbolist poet Konstantin Balmont and dedicated to Claude Debussy. Musicologists have interpreted the work as a kind of Christian counterpoint to the pagan images of Russia in Sacre.

This Super Audio CD combines these two fascinating Stravinsky compositions, recorded in 1972 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Men's Chorus Of The New England Conservatory Choir (track 1) and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. As with all releases in Pentatone's Remastered Classics series, these 1972 quadraphonic recording tapes are now finally presented in the quality they deserved right from the start.


23,50 €
Image Cello Sonata / Violin Sonata / Syrinx
Michael Tilson Thomas, piano
Boston Symphony Chamber Players

How fortunate that, with modern technology, the most subtle of nuances in a performance can be successfully captured in a recording. The music of the great French master Debussy - who revolutionised and pushed the boundaries of tonal harmony, as well as discovered new sound and expressive possibilities for musical instruments - is reproduced in this high resolution quality recording like never before.

The three chamber music works represented here were all written in the last three years of Debussy's life and are a fusion of the styles he used to adopt throughout his composing career. The cavalier and Moorish flavour of the Cello-Piano Sonata, the subtly seductive Violin Piano Sonata and the beautifully transparent Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp are masterfully performed by members of the legendary Boston Symphony Orchestra, with the great Michael Tilson Thomas at the piano. As an added bonus, we have the mystical Syrinx for solo flute which completes this beautiful album.


23,50 €
Image Quintets
James Levine, piano
Lynn Harrell, cello
LaSalle Quartet

What a treat! Two of the most magnificent chamber music compositions ever written - the Schubert String Quintet in C major and the Schumann Piano Quintet in E major - combined on to one SACD.

It is not known when exactly Schubert wrote his string quintet. He mentions the composition in a letter to his publisher dated less than seven weeks prior to his untimely death. This is the only clue as to the work's period of composition. Therefore, it can be safely assumed that it is one of the last works he ever composed. One may also assume he himself never heard it being performed: almost unimaginable, if one really thinks about it.

After a legal battle with his piano teacher Friedrich Wieck, father to his beloved Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann and Clara finally gained the right to marry on 12 September 1840. The first years of their marriage were the happiest of Schumann's life, which translated to an outburst of musical creativity. While until then Schumann wrote almost exclusively for piano solo, he then started to widen his scope. Schumann wrote a large number of masterpieces within a period of just four to five years, varying from his famous song cycles (Liederkreis Op. 39, Frauenliebe und -leben and Dichterliebe) to his first symphony, a piano concerto and string quartets to the piano quintet which was written for his young bride. Unlike Schubert and his string quintet, Schumann must have heard his piano quintet often during his lifetime, as Clara, delighted with the masterpiece dedicated to her, performed it regularly to the public.


23,50 €
Image Music for Violin and Piano
Shlomo Mintz, violin
Clifford Benson, piano

Not only was Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) one of the greatest and most influential violinists of his time, he also was an excellent composer. Both of Kreisler's original compositions and his arrangements of works by other composers still form an integral part of many violin concert programmes. This SACD presents a 1981 all-Kreisler recital given by violinist Shlomo Mintz, together with pianist Clifford Benson. Another of the quadraphonic recordings made by Deutsche Grammophon in the 70s and early 80s that can finally be enjoyed in the sound quality it was supposed to have right from the start. Mintz's impeccable technique and outstanding virtuosity and Kreisler's delightfully heart-warming compositions and arrangements can now be enjoyed to their fullest.


23,50 €
Image Dido & Aeneas
Original 1973 quadraphonic recording by Philips Classics, remastered in 2015

Josephine Veasey, Helen Donath, Delia Wallis, Elizabeth Bainbridge, Gillian Knight, Thomas Allen, John Shirley-Quirk, Frank Patterson

Academy of St Martin in the Fields & John Alldis Choir / Colin Davis

When Henry Purcell wrote his one and only opera Dido and Aeneas in the second half of the seventeenth century, there was no existing opera tradition in England. With a libretto based on Virgil’s Aeneid and its music stylistically close to and derived from the typically English ‘Masque’ form (a festive courtly entertainment involving music, dancing, singing and acting, within an elaborate stage design) Purcell created a monumental baroque opera. Dido and Aeneas is considered by many to be the most important opera to appear between Claudio Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea and W.A. Mozart’s later masterpieces. Still today it is widely performed and its most famous aria Henry Purcell ‘When I am lead in earth’ (Dido’s lament) arguably can be counted amongst some of the most famous opera arias ever.

23,50 €
Image String Quartets Nos. 10 & 13
Quartetto Italiano

The twentieth century has heard great string quartets, such as the Busch Quartet, the Budapest String Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet, the Borodin Quartet and the Guarneri Quartet. The Quartetto Italiano certainly belongs to this top echelon of ensembles. The musicians met and first played together in 1942 and the quartet was founded in 1945. The musical development of the group was greatly influenced by German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, whom they met at the Salzburg Festival in 1951. They reached the pinnacle of their careers in the late 1960s and the 1970s and by the time they stopped playing in 1980, they had recorded the complete quartets by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Webern, amongst many others.

Despite his short life (Schubert died at the age of 31), his very harsh self-criticism and the fact that he had to measure himself against Beethoven, the composer who was considered an institution in early 19th century Vienna, Schubert, next to his numerous songs and his symphonic repertoire, is known to have written 20 string quartets. Fourteen of them were completed and can easily be divided into early, middle and late period quartets.

This new release in PENTATONE’s Remastered Classics series reveals a remastered recording by the Quartetto Italiano, originally recorded by Philips in January 1976. On this album, the Quartetto Italiano performs Schubert’s String

Quartet No. 10 D87, which comes from his middle period as well as his String Quartet No. 13 D804, also referred to as Rosamunde from the late period, a great masterpiece and one of the most outstanding quartets of the entire string quartet repertoire.

23,50 €
Image Period
39,95 €
Image Joan and the Bells
23,50 €
Image The White Election
23,50 €
Image Tour De France Musicale
23,50 €
Image Piano Sonatas Op. 2
23,50 €
Image Piano Trios Nos. 2 & 5
23,50 €
Image Wesendonck Lieder & Arien
23,50 €
Image Highlights From Russian Operas
23,50 €
Image Highlights from Russian Operas Vol.2
23,50 €
Image Haffner Serenade
23,50 €
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