Rossini: La Boutique fantasque (with Chopin: Les Sylphides & Massenet: Méditation)
Nigel Kennedy (violin) / National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge.
[ Decca SBS Eloquence / CD - released 12/Aug/2018 ]
While Richard Bonynge has long been associated with opera, particularly with that of the Bel Canto age, he has been one of the most active revivers and conductors of ballet in the 20th and 21st centuries. His recordings of the major Romantic...
NILS PETTER MOLVAER
Ibsen's Ghosts (recorded in 2017)
Norwegian National Ballet / The Norwegian National Ballet School
[ BelAir Classiques DVD / DVD - released 10/Jun/2019 ]
Ibsen's Ghosts is an evocative production in a modern dance style. Nils Petter Molvær has composed new music, which he performs on-stage together with Jan Bang.
Monteverdi: 3 x Poppea - L'Incoronazione di Poppea (complete operas recorded in 1993, 2010 & 2013)
Norwegian National Opera with Birgitte Christensen, Jacek Laszczkowski / Concerto Koln, Rene Jacobs / Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Eric Gauthier, Anneleen R
[ EuroArts DVD / 3 DVD Box Set - released 2/Feb/2018 ]
Three different approaches to the enigmatic mistress of Roman Emperor Nero - in one box: watch Poppea in two contrasting opera productions plus as a futuristic ballet performance. Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea Orchestra of the Norwegian...
Sylvia (complete ballet) [with La Source - Act II]
Orchestre du Theatre National de l'Opara de Paris, Jean-Baptiste Mari
[ EMI Ballet Edition / 2 CD - released 20/Feb/2010 ]
"The sound is fresh and the extra brightness of focus brings no attendant edginess. Seventy five minutes is offered from each ballet." *** Penguin Stereo Guide
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Overture: 'Le Corsaire' / Royal Hunt and Storm & Trojan March ('Les Troyens') (recorded 1957-59)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Thomas Beecham
[ Warner Classics Masters / CD - released 1/Feb/2012 ]
Rosette Recording (highest rating) Penguin Stereo Guide - 'If you want a genuinely French Symphonie fantastique, wonderfully performed and superbly recorded, go out and get this release before it's snapped up by your neighbour.' (Gramophone)
Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2 'Le Double'
Orchestre National de Lille, Darrell Ang
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Jul/2017 ]
"The result is impressive in its fluidity and engagement." Five Stars Diapason
Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems
Orchestre National de Lille, Jun Märkl
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Dec/2017 ]
A wide orchestral palette and stirring reserves of drama are used to evoke the youthful audacity and death of Phaéton, the ultimate triumph of virtue over pleasure in La Jeunesse d'Hercule ('The Youth of Hercules'), and Hercules' punishment, spinning...
Debussy: Complete Orchestral Works (9CD)
Orchestre National de Lyon, Jun Märkl
[ Naxos / 9 CD Box Set - released 10/Apr/2012 ]
This collection contains all Debussy's works for orchestra as well as many orchestral arrangements of his piano music. Together these display a rich panorama of Debussian sound and a remarkable insight into the composer. Established arrangements by...
Orchestral Works Volume 6 - Suite Bergamasque / Petite Suite / Printemps / En blanc et noir / Symphonie in B minor
Orchestre National de Lyon, Jun Märkl
[ Naxos / CD - released 29/Jul/2011 ]
"Robin Holloway's 2002 version of En blanc et noir breathes Debussian air, as does Tony Finno's realisation of the early Symphony" (Gramophone)
MIKHAIL IVANOVICH GLINKA
Glinka: Ivan Susanin (A Life For The Tsar) (complete opera recorded in 1955)
Maria Glavachevich, Miro Changalovich, Drago Startz, Vladeta Dimitrievich / The Yugoslav Army Chorus, Belgrade National Opera Orchestra, Oskar Danon
[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 3 CD Box Set - released 28/Sep/2018 ]
'The stereo sound is remarkable for its time ... Cangalovc is quite moving as Susanin prepares for the supreme sacrifice in his country's cause.' - Gramophone, June 1974
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOSVKY
Tchaikovsky: Iolanta / The Nutcracker (complete opera & ballet recorded in 2016) BLU-RAY
Paris National Opera & Ballet / Sonya Yoncheva, Arnold Rutkowski, Alexander Tsymbalyuk / Alain Altinoglu (cond)
[ Bel Air Classiques Blu-Ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 20/Nov/2018 ]
In March 2016 Russian stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov created a revolutionary production for the Palais Garnier in Paris - the bringing together of Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta and ballet The Nutcracker, which was to become one of the key events of...
Mireille (complete opera recorded in 2010)
Paris National Opera / Inva Mula / Charles Castronovo / Franck Ferrari / Marc Minkowski (conductor)
[ FRA Musica / 2 DVD - released 10/Oct/2010 ]
Gramophone Magazine DVD of the Month - March 2011
BERLIOZ / BIZET / DONIZETTI / MASSENET / etc
The French Collection
Piotr Beczala (tenor) / Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lyon, Alain Altinoglu
[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD - released 26/Feb/2015 ]
The remarkable Piotr Beczala has just won a prestigious ECHO Klassik award for "Singer of the Year" 2014 - and at the incredible gala event, he performed Massenet's "Pourquoi me réveiller", which will be on his brand new album. Now, this...
Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 (with Lutoslawski - Livre pour orchestre)
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich
[ Accentus Music / CD - released 20/May/2016 ]
"Altogether a superb programme" Gramophone Editor's Choice April 2016
Lutoslawski - Orchestral Works Vol 3: Symphony No. 3 / Paganini Variations
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Antoni Wit, conductor, with Bernd Glemser, piano
[ Naxos / CD - released 4/Sep/2003 ]
"a series that is setting high standards in budget-price contemporary music....Wit conjures a fantastic range of tone colour from his well-drilled Polish orchestra ...the third symphony has never sounded more convincing" - Classic CD
Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (Threnody, De Natura Sonoris, Symphony No. 3, Flourescences)
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice) / Antoni Wit, conductor
[ Naxos / CD - released 20/May/2003 ]
Opening volume of the Naxos series featuring recordings of all Krzystof Penderecki's orchestral works. Includes the "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima" for 52 strings.
Shostakovich: The Girlfriends (complete) / Rule Britannia / Salute to Spain
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mark Fitz-Gerald
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Jun/2009 ]
MARBECKS STAFF PICK: CD OF THE YEAR 2009 --"..conductor Mark Fitz-Gerald has done his job excellently, and he leads a sensitive and cogent performance of the 23 brief movements that comprise the complete score." (10 / 10 ClassicsToday)
Mahler: Complete Symphonies
Lynda Russell (soprano) / Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Warsaw Boys' Choir, Antoni Wit, Michael H
[ Naxos / 15 CD Box Set - released 10/May/2017 ]
"The excellent quality of the Katowice Orchestra of Polish Radio is impressively demonstrated...it stands comparison with any rival" Penguin Guide on No 6
Symphonies Nos 2-4 / Harnasie
Polish Radio Chorus of Krakow / Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra / Jacek Kaspszyk / Jerzy Semkow / Antoni Wit
[ EMI Gemini / 2 CD - released 21/Oct/2007 ]
1001 Classical recordings you must hear before you die (1901-1950) - "Excellent value. There's a touch of edge, a hint of congestion to the orchestral sound occasionally, but the playing throughout is first-class. Both conductors are perfectly at...
The Best Of Rachmaninov
Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Gyorgy Lehel (conductor), Ireland National Symphony Orchestra
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Oct/1999 ]