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PROKOFIEV: IVAN THE TERRIBLE

- ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORES -
MARINA PRUDENSKAYA, alto · ALEXANDER VINOGRADOV, bass · RUNDFUNKCHOR BERLIN · RUNDFUNK-SINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN · FRANK STROBEL

2CD-Set · C5311 PC: 22 UPC: 845221053110

(UDSSR 1943-1945)
Epic film by Sergej Eisenstein (1898-1948)
with Music for soli, choir and orchestra by Sergey Prokofiev op. 116
First complete new recording oft he reconstructed original score

IVAN THE TERRIBLE – the second joint project of Sergei Eisenstein and Sergei Prokofiev – is, much like ALEXANDER NEWSKI, a historical epic, portraying the rise and fall of the autocratic ruler Ivan IV in the 16th century. Sergei Prokofiev’s musical portrayal is unique in film history, for the score conceives both parts of the film on an epic scale. Prokofiev’s rich melodic invention thrives on the expressive sound palette of his native Russia, mostly as they echo the spiritual works of the Russian-orthodox liturgy. 

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PAUL ARMIN EDELMANN

The Schubert Album
Paul Armin Edelmann, baritone · Charles Spencer, piano

C5331 PC: 21 UPC: 845221053318

Bei dir allein, op. 95 Nr. 2, D 866  · Halt!, op. 25 Nr. 3, D 795  · Der Neugierige, op. 25 Nr. 6, D 795 · An mein Herz, D 860 · Im Frühling, op. 101 Nr. 1, D 882  · Auf der Bruck, op. 93 Nr. 2, D 853 · Die Sterne, op. 96 Nr. 1, D 939 · Der Strom, D 565 · Tiefes Leid, D 876  · Auflösung, D 807 · Am Fenster, op. 105 Nr. 3, D 878  · Über Wildemann, op. 108 Nr. 1, D 884 · Prometheus, D. 674 · Atys, D 585 · Rastlose Liebe, op. 5 Nr. 1, D 138 · Greisengesang, op. 60 Nr. 1, D 778
Der Leiermann, op. 89 Nr. 24, D 911

Baritone Paul Armin Edelmann, son of the celebrated bass-baritone Otto Edelmann, presents his personal selection of Schubert songs on this, his fourth album for Capriccio: "The title we had in mind was  On Fierce Roads. Many things can be fierce, from storms to life battering you. It’s a broad field. But they are all agitated pieces, and not very melancholic." The international success he enjoys as a Lied interpreter can be appreciated once more with this new CD.


 

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ZEMLINSKY

A FLORENTINE TRAGEDY Opera in one act op. 16 (1916)
Heidi Brunner Wolfgang Koch Charles Reid · ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · BERTRAND DE BILLY

C5325 PC: 21 845221053257

Oscar Wilde’s A Florentine Tragedy was written in 1893, but remained a fragment when the author was arrested for ‘sodomy’. But the material was in the air, so to speak, and Alexander von Zemlinsky, who may have had Richard Strauss’ recourse to Wilde’s Salome in mind and hoped for a similar success with A Florentine Tragedy, finally converted the play into a one-act opera. Puccini had also been interested in the material, but the publisher Tito Ricordi advised him against it. Other potential takers also included Ferruccio Busoni who also found the ending too hackneyed. However, such alleged triviality did not deter his colleague Alexander von Zemlinsky, who celebrated success with his opera. Alban Berg admired the work so much that musical parallels to the Florentine Tragedy can be found in his Wozzeck, premiered eight years later.

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WALTER BRAUNFELS

Carnival Overture op. 22 · Two Hölderlin Songs op. 27 · Scottish Fantasy op. 47 · Prelude and Fugue op. 36
BARBARA BUNTROCK · PAUL ARMIN EDELMANN · DEUTSCHE STAATSPHILHARMONIE RHEINLAND-PFALZ · GREGOR BÜHL

C5308 PC: 21 845221053080

Walter Braunfels is a composer whose music died twice: Once when the Nazis declared his music “degenerate art”. Then again when post-war Germany had little use for the various schools of tonal music; when the arbiters of taste considered any form of romantic music – almost the whole pre-war aesthetic – to be tainted. This 5th release of Capriccio’s Braunfels Edition shows again his large range of colorful music. From his first success in 1908 (Carnival Overture), a still unknown virtuoso Viola Concerto (Scottish Fantasy) to a strictly structured Prelude and Fugue – Braunfels Music is worth be discovered in our days.

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BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ: THE SYMPHONIES

ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CORNELIUS MEISTER

3CD-SET: C5320 PC: 22 UPC: 845221053202







COMPACT DISC 1
[1] – [4]   Symphony No. 1, H. 289 (1942)
[5] – [8]   Symphony No. 2, H. 295 (1943)
COMPACT DISC 2
[1] – [3]   Symphony No. 3, H. 299 (1944)
[4] – [7]   Symphony No. 4, H. 305 (1945)
COMPACT DISC 3
[1] – [3]   Symphony No. 5, H. 310 (1946)
[4] – [6]   Symphony No. 6 „Fantaisies symphoniques“, H. 343 (1954)


Martinu has suffered the fate of not enjoying the same popularity and wide appeal like Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák und Leoš Janáček on the podium. This often goes so far that his singular skill is referred to, but that the wealth of his oeuvre in all the salient genres is hardly familiar. For decades, Martinů had shied away from composing a symphony. The first one was finally to be written in the USA in 1942, followed by another one every year until 1946 (the sixth was only added to the work catalogue in 1953). For this reason, there is sometimes talk of the ‘American’ symphonies. The symphonies do mirror the events of the time, but at the same time long passages must be regarded as absolute music.

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