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This is the latest release in the acclaimed series of the complete symphonies by W.A. Mozart, recorded by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and their renowned Austro-Hungarian chief conductor Adam Fischer.

On this volume you can enjoy the symphonies nos. 28, 29 and 30 as well as the informative CD booklet offering the conductor's commentaries to each symphony as well as reflective essays on W.A. Mozart and the Classic period.

Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Ádám Fischer
Recorded: 2 October 2009, April 2010
Recording Venue: Danish Radio Koncerthuset, Studio 2, Denmark

Composers

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-91)

Works

Mozart: Symphony No. 28 in C major, K200
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201
Mozart: Symphony No. 30 in D major, K202
Publication date: 2019-09-27
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Albert Camus once wrote 'when I describe what the catastrophe of modern man looks like, music comes into my mind - the music of Gustav Mahler'. If asked to specify a particular work, it is quite possible that Camus would have proposed Symphony No. 6 in A minor - the symphony that Bruno Walter claimed portrayed 'a terrifying, hopeless darkness, without a human sound'. Nevertheless, the period during which Mahler wrote his Sixth was one of the most successful and happiest of his life - prior to any marital difficulties, at the time of the birth of his second daughter Anna, his professional reputation growing.

Alma Mahler, in her memoirs, suggested that the symphony was in fact predicting instances of future distress in the composer's own life, and she and various commentators have proposed various interpretations of different elements. Most famous of these are possibly the hammer strokes in the Finale, falling, according to Alma, like 'blows of fate' on the 'hero' of the symphony.

But Osmo Vänskä has a reputation for engaging with even the most iconic scores at face value, avoiding preconceived ideas and 'time-honoured' traditions. His and the Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Mahler's Sixth follows upon the 2017 release of the composer's Fifth Symphony. Nominated to a 2018 Grammy Award, that interpretation has been described as 'at once committed and detached, intense and transcendentally timeless' (Norman Lebrecht) and 'an exceptional performance that promises great things to come' (allmusic.com).

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Composers

Mahler, Gustav (1860-1911)

Works

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor 'Tragic'
Publication date: 2018-04-27
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Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vänskä

On two previous discs, Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä have released Beethoven's three last piano concertos to critical acclaim. Distinctions include Editor's Choice in Gramophone and the performances have been described as 'electrifying' (classicfm.com), 'absolutely stunning' (Fanfare) and 'a Beethoven experience you will not want to miss' (ClassicsToday.com).

For the final disc in their cycle, Sudbin and Vänskä have travelled to Helsinki to team up with Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top Nordic ensembles, and well suited for these earlier and more classical of Beethoven's concertos. Of the two, the one we now know as the Second was actually begun several years before Concerto No. 1, and indeed even before Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna. During the following decade, Beethoven returned to the score repeatedly and made substantial revisions - including composing a new final movement - and ultimately the C major concerto reached publication first. Both concertos were conceived long before Beethoven's involvement with the symphonic genre, and the influence of Mozart and Haydn is evident in the interaction between the orchestra and the soloist - but Beethoven's individual spirit is nevertheless unmistakeable.

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Works

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Publication date: 2017-03-31
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Night, dreams, and farewells with an outstanding choir. Although different in many respects - compositional approach, geographical origin, language - the works that make up this adventurous programme from the Norwegian Soloists' Choir and its artistic director Grete Pedersen are all, to quote Shakespeare, 'such stuff as dreams are made on'. In various ways they refer to night and dreams, to the distant past or to an uncertain future. With composers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany and Greece, and texts ranging from fragments of ancient Assyrian and Sumerian (in Xenakis's Nuits) and the 8th-century Wessobrunner Prayer (Lachenmann) to poems by Balzac (Saariaho), Nietzsche (Janson) and Rilke (Nørgård), the concept of 'here and now' becomes blurred and, indeed, dreamlike. The choir and Grete Pedersen released their first disc for BIS in 2007 - an all-Grieg programme awarded a Diapason d'or and with interpretations described in Le Monde de la Musique as 'so beautiful as to make you lose your breath'. The five titles that have followed since then range from the folk-inspired 'White Night' ('some of the most striking and moving singing put down on disc for years', Gramophone) and most recently a programme combining works by the Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (1915 - 2014) with motets by Bach (BIS2184). Meeting the different challenges posed by such varied repertoire with flawless and always idiomatic performances, the Norwegian Soloists' Choir is a wonderful instrument in the hands of Grete Pedersen. On the present disc musicians from Oslo Sinfonietta join the team in the accompanied works, which include Nørgård's Singe die Gärten for eight-part choir and 8 instruments and Janson's Nocturne for double choir, 2 cellos, harp and 2 percussionists.

Awards
Gramophone Magazine December 2016 Editor's Choice

Works

Janson, A: Nocturne
Lachenmann: Consolation II (Wessobrunner Gebet)
Nørgård: Drommesang
Nørgård: Singe die Gärten
Saariaho: Nuits, adieux
Saariaho: Überzeugung
Xenakis: Nuits
Publication date: 2016-10-28
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The long-awaited final disc in the Sibelius cycle from Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä

The first disc in the Sibelius cycle from Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra made the reviewer in Gramophone speculate about a 'benchmark cycle for the 21st century' whilst the second instalment received a Grammy for 'Best Orchestral Performance'. The long-awaited final disc in the cycle, with a playing time of 82 minutes, combines the Finnish master's third symphony, completed in 1907, with his two final works in the genre, composed more or less in tandem between 1922 and 1924. Symphony No. 3 in C major is Sibelius's most classical symphony, a radical change in direction after the opulence of its predecessor. It has been claimed that the mastery of form in its first movement is comparable only to the greatest Viennese masters - and at the same time the conductor Koussevitzky, one of the composer's strongest champions, spoke of it as 'music far in advance of its time'. Fifteen years later, and after the heroic Fifth Symphony, Sibelius again presented a symphony which surprised those admirers who expected more of the same. Sibelius gave Symphony No. 6 a refined modal flavouring, avoiding both virtuoso orchestral writing and massive climaxes, and likened it to an offering of 'pure spring water'. This he followed up immediately with what would become his symphonic swan song - the stern and majestic Seventh Symphony. A one-movement work, it was at first billed as 'Fantasia sinfonica' but it is indeed a true symphony, its single movement portraying elements of all four movements of symphonic practice.

Awards
Presto Recording of the Week 29th July 2016
Presto Recordings of the Year Winner 2016
BBC Music Magazine August 2016 Orchestral Choice
Gramophone Magazine September 2016 Editor's Choice
Gramophone Awards 2017 Finalist - Orchestral

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Composers

Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

Works

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
Publication date: 2016-07-29
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In 2010 Yevgeny Sudbin released the first instalment in a cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos. Featuring the Fourth and the Fifth concerto the disc received top marks on web sites such as ClassicsToday.com and klassik-heute.de and was selected CD of the Week in Daily Telegraph and Editor's Choice in Gramophone, whose reviewer wrote 'The mother-of-pearl sheen of [Sudbin's] pianism is backed by a special underlying sensitivity...Delectably light-fingered brilliance and virtuosity shines a new light on some of the most familiar scores in the repertoire...' Other reviewers agreed that there was something very special about these interpretations ('Extraordinarily vibrant and unforced', Piano News) and, not least, about Sudbin's partnership with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra ('There is a true give-and-take between soloist and orchestra throughout these performances that makes them especially engaging', Listen Magazine). The web site Classical CD Review found Sudbin and Vänskä to be 'ideally matched Beethoven interpreters,' and the French reviewer in Classica agreed, detecting a 'Mozartian flame' in the performances. For this sequel Sudbin and Vänskä go one step further and actually include a Mozart concerto to precede Beethoven's Concerto No.3 in C minor. Also in C minor, Mozart's Concerto No.24, K 491, is often regarded as having been the inspiration for Beethoven's work. The mood of K 491 is dramatic, even Romantic - the concerto was memorably described by the Mozart expert Alfred Einstein as an 'explosion of passion, of dark tragic emotions' - reflecting its proximity to The Marriage of Figaro, which was composed at the same time. Among Mozart's concertos it is one of the most ample, both in terms of scoring and duration, and thus provides an ideal counterweight to Beethoven's Third, which the composers began to sketch in 1796, but only completed eight years later.
Publication date: 2014-02-03
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Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 are poles apart in their musical style and make a highly interesting pairing for this new release. Symphony No. 1 is rooted in the symphonic tradition and has a particular tunefulness reminiscent of Tchaikovsky, whereas Symphony No. 4 is highly original and introverted, often being seen as modern and 'cubist' by listeners in the 1890s.

The Minnesota Orchestra and its music director Osmo Vänskä were highly praised for their previous release of Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5 (BISSACD1986), being called 'a fine start to what may be the benchmark cycle for the 21st century' by Gramophone, and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance.

Vänskä has really enhanced the quality of the Minnesota Orchestra since he took the position of musical director in 2003. He has since had his tenure extended many times and continues to carve an international reputation for the ensemble.

This release has advertising planned in Gramophone magazine as part of a 'new orchestral features on BIS'.

Awards
Gramophone Magazine August 2013 Editor's Choice
Grammy Awards 56th Awards (2013) Best Orchestral Performance

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Composers

Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

Works

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63
Publication date: 2013-04-29
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BIS present a new recording of Jean Sibelius's Symphonies 2 and 5 from the Minnesota Orchestra and their Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä.

Beginning in the early 1990s, seminal recordings with Vänskä and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra of tone poems and the seven symphonies stood at the forefront of a new interpretative approach to the composer's music.

Vänskä's recordings of Sibelius over the past 20 years form the backbone of the label's newly completed Sibelius Edition.

This disc with the Minnesota Orchestra follows an acclaimed cycle of Beethoven's symphonies, and most recently a recording of Bruckner's Fourth ('Romantic') Symphony.

The Sibelius expert Robert Layton presents the Second Symphony as 'the symphony by which many music lovers find their way to Sibelius', and quotes the composer in a comment about symphonic form: 'a river with innumerable tributaries feeding it before it broadens majestically and flows into the sea'.

Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Composers

Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

Works

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
Publication date: 2012-02-27
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Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Awards
Gramophone Magazine April 2011 Editor's Choice

After huge success with their cycle of Beethoven Symphonies on BIS, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra return with the great composer's Piano Concertos performed by the sensational young pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.

Sudbin made his début on disc with a programme of sonatas by Scarlatti, but soon continued with recordings of music by later composers from his own country of birth, Russia. He has recorded the Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos No.1, Medtner's Concertos Nos. 1&2 and Rachmaninov No.4 2010 saw Sudbin's return to the 18th century, with a Haydn recital that confirmed his reputation as a highly versatile musician. “Few seem as fresh and necessary as this release from this wonder pianist” The Times (5 Star review) on Sudbin's Tchaikovsky/Medtner concertos

Opening with the composer's final two works in the genre, Sudbin shares the stage with Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, a team whose Beethoven credentials are assured after their recent cycle of the nine symphonies which critics claimed to be one of the great Beethoven Cycles.

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Works

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'
Publication date: 2011-01-31
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Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Ádám Fischer
Recorded: 2009
Recording Venue: DR Koncerthuset, Studio 2, Copenhagen

Composers

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-91)

Works

Mozart: Symphony No. 12 in G major, K110
Mozart: Symphony No. 13 in F major, K112
Mozart: Symphony No. 14 in A major, K114
Mozart: Symphony No. 46 in C major, K96
Publication date: 2009-10-26
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Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Awards:
Gramophone Awards 2009 Finalist - Orchestral
Gramophone Magazine January 2009 Editor's Choice

Beethoven's Symphonies Nos. 2 and 7 make up the fifth and final instalment of the Symphony Cycle with conductor Osmo Vänskä and Minnesota Orchestra; a cycle which has received universal praise.

The first instalment in Osmo Vänskä's and Minnesota Orchestra's Beethoven cycle was released in December 2004 and was immediately praised for the performances as well as for the state-of-the-art sound. The following discs have if anything strengthened the case for this cycle. With such forerunners it is not surprising that the present disc, closing the cycle, has been eagerly awaited.

The disc opens with Symphony No. 2, completed in 1802 during one of the darkest periods of the composer's life, as he was struggling to reconcile himself with his encroaching deafness. Under the circumstances, as Beethoven specialist Barry Cooper points out in his liner notes, a striking feature of the work is 'its thoroughly optimistic character throughout - it is almost as if he was using the symphony as a means of escape.' Following it is the Seventh Symphony in which the strong rhythmic drive that pervades all four movements has made it a favourite in the concert hall - among its admirers is found Richard Wagner who famously dubbed it 'the apotheosis of the dance'.

'Vänskä's Beethoven looks set to be a front-runner among the historically unprejudiced cycles now available.' International Record Review

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Works

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Publication date: 2008-09-29
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Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

'Vänskä offers a glowing performance of the Pastoral… The approach of the summer storm is splendidly handled…and the finale is as resplendent as could be wished.' BBC Music Magazine

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Works

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'
Publication date: 2008-01-28
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Clarinet Concertos

Martin Fröst (clarinet)
Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow

Composers

Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)

Works

Weber: Clarinet Concertino in E flat major, Op. 26
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 74
Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34, J182
Publication date: 2006-11-27
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Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Awards
Presto Favourites Recommended Recording

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Works

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Publication date: 2006-07-03
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Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä

Awards
BBC Music Magazine March 2005 Orchestral Choice
Gramophone Magazine March 2005 Editor's Choice

'It was during Osmo Vänskä's time with the BBC Scottish SO that his Beethoven began winning golden opinions. His reading of the Fourth is fiery but not relentless. Metronome marks are important but not mandatory. Transparent textures and a rigorous way with dynamics also feature. Of particular interest is the skill with which he continuously keeps in view the bass line, and thus the music's harmonic contour, never easy, given the 'open' nature of Beethoven's scoring.
The Minnesota Orchestra are extraordinarily proficient: fleet-footed and articulate, though tonally they have less in reserve than the Berlin or Vienna orchestras. This can be a limitation in the Fifth, where the sound occasionally edges towards coarseness but it makes little or no difference in the Fourth, even in the Adagio. What Vänskä sacrifices in lyric poetry he makes up for in justness of rhythm and chasteness of texture.
Skilful as BIS's engineers are in dealing with the quietest passages, finding an optimum playback level for the vibrant but pianissimo-strewn Fourth takes time and patience.
The performance of the dynamically less problematic Fifth also also bristles with character.
Typically, Scherzo and finale are bound to one another structurally but not tamed emotionally'
The Gramophone Classical Music Guide

Composers

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)

Works

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Publication date: 2005-02-03

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