Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Beethoven 6-cd

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Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Catalog: 19439703962
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Michael Tilson Thomas; English Chamber Orchestra; Orchestra of St. Luke's; London Symphony Orchestra; The Ambrosian Singers; Eva Marton

Sony Classical announces another ten releases in its popular series of Classical Masters. This new batch of budget-priced sets contains major recording projects by some of the 20th century’s most celebrated musicians. Not long before he took up the principal conductorship of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1988, Michael Tilson Thomas recorded all of Beethoven’s symphonies with another of the British capital’s leading ensembles, the English Chamber Orchestra, rounding off the cycle with a performance of the “Eroica” featuring New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A Gramophone reviewer wrote in 1985 that “Tilson Thomas’s ‘chamber versions’ … always throw new light on the strings/wind balance, giving us something closer to what Beethoven expected than we are used to … You can expect details to stand out which you had not noticed before”, while another, writing in 1987 on the sound of the Abbey Road Studio No. 1 recordings, found “plenty of weight and power … bright and immediate with a fine feeling of presence” and declared the Ninth “a splendid culmination to Tilson Thomas’s cycle”. The six albums of this first release in a single box also contain the conductor’s London recordings of Beethoven overtures, late choral works and the concert aria Ah! Perfido with soprano Eva Marton.CD 1Symphony No. 1 in C major op. 21Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36Ah! perfido op. 65Eva Marton soprano · English Chamber OrchestraCD 2Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major “Eroica” op. 5512 Contredanses for Orchestra WoO 14Orchestra of St. Luke’sEgmont Overture op. 84English Chamber OrchestraOpferlied op. 121aLorna Haywood soprano · The Ambrosian Singers · London Symphony OrchestraCD 3Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major op. 60Symphony No. 5 in C minor op. 67English Chamber OrchestraCD 4Symphony No. 6 in F major “Pastoral” op. 68English Chamber OrchestraKönig Stephan op. 117 · Elegischer Gesang op. 118The Ambrosian Singers · London Symphony OrchestraCD 5Symphony No. 7 in A major op. 92Symphony No. 8 in F major op. 93English Chamber OrchestraBundeslied op. 122The Ambrosian Singers · London Symphony OrchestraCD 6Symphony No. 9 in D minor “Choral” op. 125Suzanne Murphy soprano · Carolyn Watkinson mezzo-soprano · Dennis O’Neill tenor · Gwynne Howell bassTallis Chamber Choir · English Chamber OrchestraMeeresstille und glückliche Fahrt op. 112The Ambrosian Singers · London Symphony Orchestra

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