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Bartók
Duke Bluebeard's Castle

The extraordinary Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Bartók's only opera, is widely regarded as his masterpiece. Its world is sinister, dark and deeply disturbing. There are just two voices throughout, Duke Bluebeard and his new wife, Judith, and the entire one-act...

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Beethoven
Symphony No. 3, Eroica & Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Beethoven's Eroica Symphony transformed the classical symphony, bringing it firmly into the Romantic era. Despite its title there is no specific programme to the work; Deryck Cooke wrote 'we should regard it as the musical equivalent...

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Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique

Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique tells the story of a poet's opium-induced dream, in which he sees visions of the object of his unrequited love, who in the music is described by an idée fixe or recurring musical theme. From a ball, to a scene in the country...

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Brahms
Symphony No. 1 & Symphony No. 3

It took Brahms many years to compose his First Symphony; he shared much of his compositional journey with Clara Schumann, sending her a birthday card in 1868 with the notation of an Alpine horn tune that became the famous theme of the symphony's finale....

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Brahms
Symphony No. 2 & Symphony No. 4

Brahms's Second Symphony has been nicknamed his 'Pastoral'; it is lyrical and mainly in major keys. The three notes heard at the opening of the work generate most of the melodic material throughout the symphony, and the second theme of the first...

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Brahms
The Four Symphonies Box Set

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall's Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia orchestra are led by Christoph von Dohnányi in these captivating live recordings of Brahms Four Symphonies. "These live performances are about subtle shading and unexaggerated...

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Bruckner
Symphony No. 4

Continuing Signum's series of live orchestral releases with the Philharmonia Orchestra, on this new disc Christoph von Dohnányi leads a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No 4, 'Romantic'. Bruckner stands out from other 19th-century symphonists; his...

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Dvořák
Symphony No. 7 & Symphony No. 8

Dvořák's 7th Symphony sits within the Viennese symphonic tradition, keeping to the traditional structure and forms. However it still contains the composer's trademark Bohemian musical twists, with the scherzo of the third movement strongly...

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Elgar
Symphony No. 1 in A flat & Symphony No. 2 in E flat

In 1907 Elgar's wife Alice wrote in her diary that her husband was playing a 'great beautiful tune'. This became the opening theme of his First Symphony; the march is marked 'nobilmente e semplice' (nobly and simply). This...

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Mahler
Symphonies No. 1, No. 2 & No. 3

Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler's first three Symphonies. This is the first set in a series that will encompass Mahler's Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London's...

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Mahler
Symphony No. 1

Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler's Symphony No 1. This forms part of the first set in a series that will encompass Mahler's Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London's Royal...

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Mahler
Symphony No. 2

Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler's Symphony No 2. This forms part of the first set in a series that will encompass Mahler's Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London's Royal...

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Mahler
Symphony No. 3

Lorin Maazel leads the Philharmonia Orchestra and a star-studded ensemble of performers in Mahler's Symphony No 3. This forms part of the first set in a series that will encompass Mahler's Nine Symphonies, featuring live orchestral recordings from London's Royal...

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Mahler
Symphony No. 4

Mahler's 4th Symphony is Mahler's sunniest symphony, with a detuned violin depicting a folk fiddle and a setting in the final movement of the Wunderhorn song 'Das himmlisches Leben' (The Heavenly Life) depicting a child's view of Paradise. This recording...

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Mahler
Symphony No. 6

Sometimes known as 'The Tragic' - a title suggested but then withdrawn by the composer - Mahler's Sixth Symphony embodies much of the inner turmoil and superstition of its composer. This recording is conducted by the Philharmonia's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka...

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Mahler
Symphony No. 9

Mahler's late musical works are often associated with the idea of 'farewell'; after the première of his Ninth Symphony this was cemented, with one critic writing 'if you want to learn to weep you should listen to the first movement of the Ninth'. The finale is painfully beautiful...

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Mendelssohn
Overture, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn first read 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in 1826, and began work on his Overture immediately. It encapsulates Shakespeare's story in miniature, with the sparkling sounds of the fairies, the ceremonial theme of the court, and the lyrical theme...

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Schoenberg
Gurrelieder

The 'tales of Gurre' tells the story of two lovers, King Waldemar and Tove. Waldemar's wife, Queen Helwig, finds out about their love and has Tove killed; Waldemar rails against God and as punishment is forced to spend every night riding with the ghosts of his dead...

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Schubert
Symphony No. 9 in C, The Great

Schubert's 9th Symphony is known as 'The Great', partly to distinguish it from his other symphony in the same key, and partly because in it he set out to compose a 'grand' symphony on the scale of Beethoven's recent works. The work...

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Shostakovich
Festive Overture & Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich composed his Fifth Symphony in a style chosen to fit into the artistic ideals of the Soviet regime of the 1930s. Hence the work is deliberately Classical in style, strongly influenced by Beethoven and Mahler. This recording is conducted by...

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Strauss
Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche / Ein Heldenleben

Two of Strauss's great orchestral tone poems are on this CD, conducted by the Philharmonia's Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi. The hijinks and practical jokes of the eponymous hero of 'Till Eulenspiegel' are portrayed...

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Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, the 'Pathétique', was the last work the composer completed, and its tragic tone has often been interpreted as a personal premonition of his fate. There are still light moments, such as the lop-sided waltz of the second movement...

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The Orchestra App

The Orchestra is an extraordinary new app from Touch Press that will delight anyone with even a passing interest in classical music. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia performing extended extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music.

The...

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The Orchestra App
The Music

Esa-Pekka Salonen emerged as one of the most exciting and fast-rising major conductors of the last two decades of the twentieth century. Although he is primarily known as a conductor, Salonen views composition as his main career, though he has won numerous awards for both...

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Universe of Sound Bluray

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a unique performance of Holst's 'The Planets Suite', captured in High Definition by 37 cameras. This immersive experience takes the viewer to the heart of the Philharmonia as they perform this well-loved piece...

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Universe of Sound DVD

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Philharmonia Orchestra in a unique performance of Holst's 'The Planets Suite', captured by 37 cameras. This immersive experience takes the viewer to the heart of the Philharmonia as they perform this well-loved piece, using cameras placed...

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