…Comic opera was relatively rare during the Baroque era in France and the musicologist Cuthbert Girdlestone expresses his surprise that none of Rameau's contemporaries seem to have remarked on the innovative nature of Platée. Rameau may have been inspired by a revival of an earlier comic opera, Les amours de Ragonde by Jean-Joseph Mouret, in 1742, or by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier's comic opera-ballet, Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse from 1743.
From the notes: Until the last years of his circumscribed life, Hans Rosbaud lived and worked within a geographical triangle that had Graz at one corner, Aix-en-Provence at the other, and Frankfurt-am-Mein at the apex. His zeal on behalf of twentieth-century music was far-reaching, however, just as his excellence deserved bigger posts that the ones he chose….. Rosbaud was a notable advocate of music that other conductors tended to neglect or overlook after their first performances, and beyond that was a consistently diligent, profoundly insightful interpreter.
In 2014 Deutsche Grammophon celebrated the 20th anniversary of its flagship series, The Originals, with a limited edition collection featuring some of the labels greatest albums.
This second volume concludes the labels survey of its iconic series by presenting more legendary analogue albums. Including key recordings such as Beethovens Late Sonatas with Pollini, Berliozs Symphonie Fantastique with Markevitch, Brahmss Hungarian Dances with Karajan, Dvoraks New World with Fricsay, Chopin Preludes with Argerich…
Michael Gielen, one of the great champions of the avant-garde among symphony conductors, led the three orchestral works by the German composer Helmut Lachenmann included on this 2001 Kairos disc, with three different German orchestras.
"Dass die Aufnahmen der beiden Klarinettenquintette Webers und Neukomms schon 14 Jahre alt sind, merkt man der Mehrkanalfassung nicht an: mit üppigem Raumklang und großer Präsenz genießt man die erlesene Kunst Erich Hoeprichs und der drei Streicher des Ensembles Les Adieux, das ihm schon seit Jahren zur Seite steht. Mit vehementem Zugriff und inniger Wärme schlägt Webers Klarinettenquintett in seinen Bann, in allen seinen Stimmen auf Originalinstrumenten fein ausgearbeitet, wobei Hoeprichs Klarinette zu recht mit betörendem Klang dominiert…"
…Collaboration between principal flute, strings, and French horns floats seamlessly toward the ultimate peroration in which Wagner’s mortality his epic posterity converge. Has the whole progress been a Rhine Journey? A vast and rewarding enterprise from first to last this Järvi Seventh.
One of the most important German composers to emerge during the post-World War II era, Bernd Alois Zimmermann was born in the outskirts of Cologne in 1918. Zimmermann's music frequently borders on unplayability, and it is only through the exceptional gifts of a handful of players and conductors (including cellist Siegfried Palm and conductor Hans Rosbaud) that his powerful musical creations escaped oblivion.