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Herbert Blomstedt

Herbert Blomstedt – Complete Decca Recordings (33CD Boxset)

Collected here in one edition are the complete Decca recordings of Herbert Blomstedt: recordings made with the San Francisco Symphony and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. It is released as a 33-CD set with spined wallets, original jackets, and original programming. The recordings are accompanied by a 76pp book with new notes by Andrew Stewart, complete recording information, index and photographs.

Highlights include: o Blomstedt’s advocacy of Hindemith generated many albums of the German composer’s music – demanding and receiving pinpoint precision from his players from both the Gewandhausorchester and San Francisco Symphony leading to a critic for High Fidelity to write the headline “Hindemith Gems from the Golden State”. o The award-winning complete Nielsen cycle with the San Francisco Symphony. o Herbert Blomstedt’s profound understanding of the music of Sibelius informed one of the finest recorded cycles of the Finnish composer’s symphonies in the catalogue. o The Grammy-Award winning account of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The Gramophone critic Ivan March declared this “the finest digital recording yet of Orff’s splendid celebration of the joys of … springtime fecundity, with more than a little help from the grape harvest of previous years”. o Definitive recordings of contemporary music such as John Harbison’s Second Symphony, commissioned to celebrate the San Francisco Symphony’s 75th anniversary. o Several revered and thought-provoking accounts of Richard Strauss’s tone poems including Ein Heldenleben, Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan and Eine Alpensinfonie. o Concerto recordings with pianists Olli Mustonen (Grieg & Chopin) and Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Mendelssohn). o Plus many recordings that have vanished from the catalogue for many years including Blomstedt’s Bruckner symphony recordings – a highly personal Sixth, a lyrical Fourth and a Ninth coupled with the Adagio from the String Quintet all recorded in Leipzig.

CD1: BARTÓK: Kossuth; Concerto for Orchestra (SFS) CD2: BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (SFS) CD3: BERWALD: Symphonies 1 ‘Sinfonie séreiuse’ & 4 ‘Sinfonie Naïve’ (SFS) CD4: BRAHMS: Symphony No.4; Motets (GOL) CD5: BRAHMS: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op.54; Alto Rhapsody, Op.53 [Jard Van Nes, mezzo-soprano]; Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Hymn), Op.13; Nänie, Op.82; Gesang Der Parzen (Song of the Fates), Op.89 (SFS) & Chorus CD6: BRAHMS: Ein deutsches Requiem. Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, soprano; Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone; (SFS) & Chorus CD7: BRUCKNER: Symphony No.4 (SFS) CD8: BRUCKNER: Symphony No.6; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll (SFS) CD9: BRUCKNER Symphony No.9; Adagio for String Orchestra in G flat major (Third movement of the String Quintet arr. By Hans Stadlmair) (GOL) CD10: GRIEG Piano Concerto. CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 Olli Mustonen (piano), (SFS) CD10: GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2; NIELSEN
Aladdin Suite; Maskarade Overture (SFS) CD11: GRIEG Peer Gynt – Incidental Music (SFS) CD12: HARBISON Oboe Concerto William Bennett (oboe); Symphony No.2
SESSIONS Symphony No.2 (SFS) CD13: HINDEMITH Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler’; Trauermusik; Symphonic Metamorphosis of themes by Carl Maria von Weber (SFS) CD14: HINDEMITH Konzertmusik, Op.50; Der Schwanendreher [Geraldine Walther, viola]; Nobilissima Visione Suite (SFS) CD15: HINDEMITH Symphonia Serena; Symphonie “Die Harmonia der Welt” (GOL) CD16: MAHLER Symphony No.2 “Resurrection”. Ruth Ziesak, soprano, Charlotte Hellekant, mezzo-soprano), (SFS) & Chorus CD17: MENDELSSOHN Symphonies Nos. 3 “Scottish” & 4 “Italian” (SFS) CD18: MENDELSSOHN Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano CD19: NIELSEN Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 (SFS) CD20: NIELSEN Symphonies Nos. 2 “The Four Temperaments” & 3 “Sinfonia Expansiva” (SFS) CD21: NIELSEN Symphonies Nos. 4 “The Inextinguishable” & 5 (SFS) CD22: ORFF Carmina Burana. Lynne Dawson, soprano, John Daniecki, tenor), Kevin McMillan, baritone, (SFS) & Chorus CD23: SCHUBERT Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 (SFS) CD24: SCHUBERT Overture in C major, D591 “In the Italian Style”; Symphony No.9 in C major “Great”, D944 (D849) (SFS) CD25: SIBELIUS Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7 (SFS) CD26: SIBELIUS Symphony No.2 (SFS) CD27: SIBELIUS Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6 (SFS) CD28: SIBELIUS Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (SFS) CD29: R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra; Till Eulenspiegel; Tod und Verklärung (SFS) CD30: R. STRAUSS Don Juan; Eine Alpensinfonie (SFS) CD31: R. STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben; Metamorphosen (SFS) CD32: R. STRAUSS Burleske Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano); Rosenkavalier Waltzes; Capriccio Sextet (GOL) 
 (SFS) = San Francisco Symphony
(GOL) = Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Herbert Blomstedt, conductor