Box Set Selections, Boxed Set Selections - November 2018
November heavyweights include anniversary collections from Riccardo Chailly and Café Zimmermann, Jaap van Zweden’s Ring Cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Rafael Kubelík’s Mahler cycle with the Bavarian Radio Symphony orchestra (now available on Blu-ray Audio for the first time), and some of Claudio Abbado’s final filmed performances.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden
Following the release of their Götterdämmerung earlier this month, the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s excellent Ring Cycle (recorded live in concerts between 2015 and 2018) will be available as a complete set from 30th November; the cast includes Matthias Goerne, Petra Lang, Stuart Skelton, Heidi Melton, Gun-Brit Barkmin and Simon O'Neill. You can read Katherine’s recent interview with Jaap van Zweden about the project here.
Available Formats: 14 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC
The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection
Recorded between the early 1960s and the mid-90s, this 55-disc collection includes Previn’s complete Vaughan Williams symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Elgar and Walton cello concertos with Yo-Yo Ma, and chamber music by Ravel, Mozart, Schumann, Debussy and Milhaud; six of the works here appear on CD for the first time, remastered from the original analogue tapes.
Available Format: 55 CDs
The Complete Sir Colin Davis Recordings
Released in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death next year, this 16-disc set brings together all of the recordings which Davis made with the London Symphony Orchestra, including the Grammy-winning account of Les Troyens from 2000 with Ben Heppner, Petra Lang and Michelle DeYoung, and his second recording of the Grande Messe des Morts with Barry Banks.
Available Formats: 6 SACDs + 10 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC
Henryk Szeryng (violin)
A 44-CD limited edition jacket collection including previously unreleased recordings of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante K364, plus the complete Mozart Violin Concertos, The Four Seasons with the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Helmut Walcha; the Philips and Mercury recordings are newly remastered at 24-bit from original analogue sources.
Available Format: 44 CDs
Celebrating 40 Years on Decca
A celebration of the conductor’s four-decade partnership with the label, this 55-CD set includes two sets of the Brahms and Schumann symphonies (with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig), complete Beethoven, Bruckner and Mahler cycles, and Chailly’s inaugural concert with the Gewandhausorchester from 2000; comes with a 120-page book including interviews and a new retrospective by Gramophone’s James Jolly.
Available Format: 55 CDs
20th anniversary edition
The French ensemble celebrate their twentieth birthday with this 16-CD collection of music by members of the Bach family, Vivaldi, Marais, Lully, Michel Corrette, Pierre de la Garde, and Charles Avison, including the complete Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, and Der Frühling - an all-CPE Bach recital with tenor Rupert Charlesworth from 2016, which was described as ‘dynamic, precise and beguiling’ by Gramophone.
Available Format: 16 CDs
Three CDs of symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert with the Wiener Philharmoniker, plus four complete operas (Die Fledermaus with Popp and Prey, La Traviata with Cotrubas and Domingo, Der Freischütz with Janowitz and Schreier, and Tristan und Isolde with Margaret Price and René Kollo); all of the repertoire is also included remastered on a single Blu-ray Audio.
Available Format: 12 CDs + Blu-ray Audio
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelík
Recorded between 1967 and 1971, Kubelík’s Mahler cycle prompted Gramophone to describe him as ‘the poet among Mahler conductors’ and ‘the least pretentious [of Mahlerians], always allowing the music to breathe and flow’; it is presented here on ten CDs and (for the first time) on a single Blu-ray Audio. The discs are presented in their original jackets, supplemented by two essays: Karl Schumann’s Mahler and his time and Constantin Floros’s On the interpretation of Mahler’s symphonies.
Available Format: 10 CDs + Blu-ray Audio
Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet)
An anthology of trumpet music ranging across four centuries, including concertos by Haydn, Hummel, Molter, Torelli, Jaan Rääts and Bernd Alois Zimmermann, sonatas by Purcell, Biber, Albinoni and Stradella, and works by Wolfgang Rihm, Takemitsu, Scelsi, Messiaen, Cage and Berio.
Available Formats: 10 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Orchestra Mozart, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Claudio Abbado
This 6-disc set includes Abbado’s last known video recording, made at the 2013 Lucerne Festival just a few months before his death – the programme comprises Brahms’s Tragic Overture, the Song of the Wood Dove from Gurrelieder, and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. The collection also includes Mozart concert arias with Christine Schäfer, the Mozart Requiem, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.
Available Format: 6 DVD Videos