Rafael Kubelik - The Symphony Edition

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Label: DG
Catalog: 4792689
Format: CD

Rafael Kubelik

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete) The Cleveland Orchestra (No. 8), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bavarian Radio Chorus (No. 9), Helen Donath, Teresa Berganza, Wieslaw Ochman, Thomas Stewart (No. 9) London Symphony Orchestra (No. 1), Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (No. 2), Berliner Philharmoniker (No. 3), Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (No. 4), Boston Symphony Orchestra (No. 5), Orchestre de Paris (No. 6), Wiener Philharmoniker (No. 7) Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete) Berliner Philharmoniker Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66 Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Carnival Overture, Op. 92 Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks The Wild Dove, Op. 110 (B198) Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Mahler: Symphonies 1-9 (complete) Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (complete) Berliner Philharmoniker Genoveva Overture Berliner Philharmoniker Manfred Overture, Op. 115 Berliner Philharmoniker,

BEETHOVEN CD 1 – 5
Various (great) orchestras; first released 1976 Amazingly, each symphony is recorded with a different orchestra – and what orchestras! – London Symphony, Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmoniker, Israel Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Wiener Philharmoniker, The Cleveland Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – culminating a Ninth with Kubelik’s “own” orchestra. Now issued as an integral set for the first time.
QUOTATIONS on the BEETHOVEN CYCLE
“A notable undertaking – sanely, humanly, at times gloriously realised. In an often troubled and divided world, its message quite literally crosses frontiers” – Richard Osborne (Gramophone) The “Eroica” (with the Berlin Philharmonic): “A glorious reading, patient, articulate, and deeply expressive … a triumph for the orchestra – who play like gods, perfectly tuned to the music’s every nuance – and for Kubelik” (Gramophone)
SCHUMANN CD 6 – 7
Berliner Philharmoniker; 1963 – 1964 Kubelk’s first major project with the Berlin Phil. “It is a testimony to Kubelik’s human qualities that he was able to achieve in so short a time such a close rapport with the Berlin players” QUOTATION on the SCHUMANN CYCLE
“Rafael Kubelik's Schumann Symphonies with the Berlin Philharmonic from 1963 – 64 are lucid, unaffected and full of life . . . This is still one of the most rewarding Schumann cycles . . . notable for its rhythmic energy and warmly sympathetic playing.” – Nigel Simeone (International Record Review)
DVOŘÁK CD 8 - 13
Berliner Philharmoniker; first released between 1966 and 1973 Naturally close to Kubelik’s heart, Kubelik’s Dvořák cycle has been a mainstay of the catalogue since it first appeared.
QUOTATION on the DVOŘÁK CYCLEM/b>
"Une intégrale qui domine la discographie, couronnée par une Septième Symphonie anxieuse, une Huitième vertigineuse et une Symphonie "Du Nouveau Monde" d'une densité rare.” – Le Monde de la Musique (Paris) [A complete cycle that dominates the catalogue, crowned by a Seventh full of angst, a giddily intoxicating Eighth, and ‘New World’ of rare density]
MAHLER CD 14 - 23
Symphonie orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) recorded between 1967 and 1971, with an international cast of soloists The first Mahler cycle to be performed and recorded by a German orchestra. Kubelik passionately championed Mahler’s music when it was unfashionable to do so.
QUOTATIONS on the MAHLER CYCLE
“It has taken us all the wars and suffering to understand Mahler … Nobody else has dared to put so many human problems into their music, or tried to work out those problems in terms of music… I know of no composer, except Beethoven, who expressed such a love of mankind.” – Rafael Kubelik “Le chef tchèque ressent dans ses fibres les origines bohémiennes de cette musique, qu'il interprète avec une absence de sophistication et une passion indémodables.” – Diapason [The Czech conductor feels the Bohemian origins of this music to his bones, and he performs it with a timeless lack of indulgence and passion]

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