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Marches & Dances - Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Wagner, Etc / Claudio Abbado, Et Al


Release Date: 07/08/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001142502   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenHector BerliozGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Gordon SandisonPlacido DomingoTeresa BerganzaYvonne Kenny,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The sad thing about this 2008 Deutsche Grammophon disc is not the music, which is unfailingly bright and cheerful, nor the program, which is consistently surprising and delightful, nor the performances, which are unendingly smiling and life-affirming. The sad thing about this disc compiled and conducted by Claudio Abbado called Marce & Danze (Marches and Dances) is that the Italian maestro is no longer performing or recording as nearly much he used to owing to the swift decline of his health. Thus most of the performances here were recorded in the early '90s when the conductor was at the peak of his powers. With the talents of the Wiener and Berliner Philharmonikers, the Chicago and London symphonies, as well as three other top-notch Read more ensembles, Abbado crafts performances brimming with light, color, and energy. And with a program that moves gracefully from Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven to Berlioz, Hindemith, and Prokofiev, Abbado creates a collection filled with charming contrasts and piquant juxtapositions. Anyone looking for a disc of classical music at its most approachable and enjoyable will surely get pleasure from this release, but those who have known and admired Abbado's work for the past 40 years may find it just a bit sad. Deutsche Grammophon's digital sound is typically clear, crisp, and detailed.


-- James Leonard, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Contradances (5), K 609: no 1 in C major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This contradance is based on the melody of the aria "Non più andrai" from Mozart's opera Le nozze di Figaro. 
2.
German Dances (3), K 605: no 3 in C major "Sleigh ride" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Ruins of Athens, Op. 113: no 5, Marcia alla turca by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: 4th movement, March to the Scaffold by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Carmen: Écoute, écoute, compagnon by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Gordon Sandison (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano),
Yvonne Kenny (Soprano), Alicia Nafé (Mezzo Soprano), Geoffrey Pogson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Orchestra, WoO 1: no 21 in E minor by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian": Andantino marziale, quasi moderato by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1872).
Composition revised: Russia (1880). 
9.
Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11.
March in B flat major, Op. 99 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USSR 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
12.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13.
Galop and Ecossaises (8) for Piano, D 735/Op. 49: Galop by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
14.
Fierrabras, D 796: Zu hohen Ruhmespforten by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15.
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber: 3rd Movement, March by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
16.
Lohengrin: Treulich geführt "Bridal Chorus" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ulrike Erfurt (Alto), Marianne Sattmann (Alto), Renate Hasler (Soprano),
Gretchen Eder (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
17.
Aida: Gloria all' Egitto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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