Annual Fund Benefits
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It is our pleasure to send our Annual Fund Concert Circle members and above (gifts of $250 or more) one exciting CD.
Music for the soul - One of the great Mahler conductors of our time, Christoph Eschenbach has a particularly close connection to the spiritual spheres of pain and relief in the music of Gustav Mahler. This recording features the Second Symphony ("Resurrection"), which was one of Mahler's most popular and successful works during his lifetime. The celestial "Urlicht" song of the fourth movement is performed by the celebrated mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef. The famous chorus of the Finale ("Auferstehung") features Simona Šaturová and Yvonne Naef with The Philadelphia Singers Chorale.
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection" 87:31
I. Allegro maestoso 22:35
II. Andante moderato 11:14
III. [Scherzo] In ruhig fließender Bewegung - 10:34
IV. "Urlicht" (from Des Knaben Wunderhorn). Sehr feierlich, aber schlicht. - 5:50
V. Im Tempo des Scherzo - 37:14
The Philadelphia Orchestra and Tchaikovsky - a relationship on which a legend was built. Tchaikovsky's vibrant and emotionally charged Fourth Symphony resounds here with the magnificent beauty of the lush "Philadelphia Sound" in a white-hot interpretation under Christoph Eschenbach. As an added bonus this CD also includes the final six piano movements (July-December) from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons with Christoph Eschenbach as pianist.
Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 46:49
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi andante - Allegro vivo 9:46
II. Andantino in modo di canzone 11:14
III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro 5:40
IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco 9:55
The Seasons, Op. 37b 21:27
VII. July: Reaper's Song 1:56
VIII. August: Harvest 3:43
IX. September: Hunting 2:33
X. October: Autumn Song 5:18
XI. November: Troika 2:58
XII. December: Christmas-Tide 4:42
Ondine's second recording in the acclaimed partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra combines Tchaikovsky's famous Fifth Symphony with a special bonus, the first half of the piano cycle The Seasons. The latter is Christoph Eschenbach's first extensive solo piano recording in nearly thirty years. Before turning to conducting in the 1970s, Christoph Eschenbach had earned a distinguished reputation as the foremost pianist to emerge from post-war Germany, making his United States concert debut in 1969, with his mentor George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra
One might well call The Philadelphia Orchestra playing a Tchaikovsky symphony the perfect marriage. Few ensembles have built such a legacy and strong association with the great Russian master. This recording features the final Symphony No. 6 'Pathétique'. Written in the last year of his life, this most melancholic of Tchaikovsky's symphonies is forever associated with the tragedy of his sudden death in 1893. As an added bonus, the disc includes the seldom-heard piano masterpiece Dumka, performed by Christoph Eschenbach on piano.
Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" 49:45
I. Adagio - Allegro non troppo 19:48
II. Allegro con grazia 7:56
III. Allegro molto vivace 9:12
IV. Finale. Adagio lamentoso - Andante 12:36
Dumka, Op. 59 (Russian rustic scene) 9:43
Romeo and Juliet is Tchaikovsky's first acknowledged masterpiece and today one of the most popular orchestral compositions ever written. The swirling orchestral mastery of Francesca da Rimini makes this a true showpiece for the Orchestra with its legendary "Philadelphia Sound". The Mozart-like String Serenade remains one of the most beloved of all works for string orchestra. Both Tchaikovsky and Ewald were active composers in St. Petersburg's musical life during the same time and familiar with each other's work. Esteemed by all lovers of brass music, Ewald's Quintets are imbued with romantic Russian national feeling.
The Philadelphia Orchestra deservedly takes pride in its long and triumphant association with the music of Shostakovich, beginning with the U.S. premiere of his First Symphony in 1928, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. In fact, through 1973 the Orchestra gave the U.S. and Western premieres of seven of the composer's symphonies variously, as well as the First Cello Concerto, the First Piano Concerto, and the Five Pieces for Small Orchestra. Since Leopold Stokowski led the first Philadelphia performances of the Fifth Symphony in March 1939, the Orchestra has performed the work many times, as well as featured it on domestic and international tours, including performances in Russia under Eugene Ormandy in 1958.
This recording was released in 2005 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. All three works presented on this disc were written by composers affected by the Nazi regime. Bartók wrote his Concerto for Orchestra (1943) during self-imposed US exile; Martinu composed Memorial to Lidice (1943) to honour the victims of the massacre of an entire village; the Partita for Strings, arranged in 1990 by the Czech composer Vojtech Saudek after the String Trio (1944), is Gideon Klein's last work which he completed shortly before he was transported to Auschwitz.