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Giulini In America I


Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001456002  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRobert SchumannJohannes BrahmsPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giulini’s Chicago recordings came in two waves, a first batch for EMI, and these. There is only one dud in this set: Schubert’s Ninth, a slowish performance weighted down by rhythmic heaviness, and sunk by a scherzo that’s longer than either outer movement. The rest of the performances are absolutely terrific, and often quite distinctive. Works that benefit from being given the “Giulini treatment,” which consists of an unfailing seriousness of purpose and dignity of approach that never precludes the necessary intensity, include Dvorák’s “New World” Symphony, Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony, Schubert’s 4th and “Unfinished,” and above all, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The Britten Serenade, with Robert Tear the excellent Read more soloist, is also a first rate addition to the Giulini (and Britten) discography.

The Dvorák Eighth and Mahler Ninth are more controversial, but none the worse for that. In the former, Giulini’s steadiness and care is miles removed from any suggestion of cutesy, bucolic, Czechishness. Indeed, in the coda of the finale (first sound clip), it might be nice to have a rousing dose of cutesy, bucolic, Czechishness, but as always with Giulini there’s no questioning his commitment or integrity. The Mahler has always divided listeners. The first scherzo certainly lacks the requisite tempo contrasts, and something odd happens down in the texture in the reprise of the Rondo:Burleske, but this is minor compared to the emotional intensity of the outer movements.

The climax of the first movement, in particular, remains the most powerful and terrifying on disc (second sound clip), and if you think that’s just the Chicago brass section, it’s not–compare to Solti’s relatively ineffectual effort. So all credit to Giulini; it’s great to see these performances gathered together in one convenient set.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Manfred, Op. 115 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
3.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1876; Austria 
6.
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
7.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish" by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
8.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
9.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
10.
Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
11.
Rapsodie espagnole by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907-1908; France 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 2. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 -"Eroica": 4. Finale (Allegro molto)
Overture Manfred, Op.115
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 2. Andante con moto
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 3. Allegro
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 4. Allegro
Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral": 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral": 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral": 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral": 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral": 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto

Customer Reviews

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 self recommending January 1, 2014 By Jonathan H. (Culpeper, VA) See All My Reviews "The love between conductor and orchestra are evident in all these readings. Giulini's reading of Beethoven's 5th is simply one of the best in a crowded field. He always brings the best qualities when they are called for, yet always achieves a satisfying whole. His work in Ravel is equally impressive - in Rapsodie espagnole his reading is as sublime as Monteux or Reiner. Some of the recordings are early digital (or analog), but don't really sound it - and perhaps in Royce Hall tend to be a little close - but musically they make up for any technical issues there may or may not be." Report Abuse
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