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The Art Of Giuseppe Sinopoli - Orchestral Works

Sinopoli,Giuseppe
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 1986056  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenPeter Ilyich TchaikovskySir Edward ElgarModest Mussorgsky,   ... 
Performer:  Alan TitusThomas MoserFelicity PalmerSolveig Kringelborn,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera ChorusDresden StaatskapellePhilharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 16 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Italian Universal box (the listing of Brahms’ “Un Requiem tedesco” is a dead giveaway) contains a generally well-chosen selection of Giuseppe Sinopoli’s non-operatic output. It should have been called “The Art of Decadence” because if anything stands out, it’s Sinopoli’s luscious, languorous take on the late romantic repertoire. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but there’s no gainsaying the fact that the man had a distinct point of view. So here’s what you get:

Disc 1: Beethoven’s Ninth, a surprisingly stylish and effective live performance featuring the Staatskapelle Dresden with soloists Kringelborn, Palmer, Moser, and Titus.

Disc 2: Un Requiem tedesco, opaque and somewhat flabby, although
Read more Lucia Popp and Wolfgang Brendel sing nicely and the Czech Philharmonic is its inimitable self, however soggily recorded.

Discs 3 and 4: Bruckner 4 and 7; so-so recordings from Dresden. Sinopoli is at his best in the Third and Eighth.

Disc 5: Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” and Romeo and Juliet from Sinopoli’s early, “glory days” with the Philharmonia. Have the string tunes in R & J ever throbbed this passionately? Great stuff.

Disc 6: Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Serenade for Strings, and In the South. Sinopoli in the symphonies was less decadent than simply decayed, but this disc offers his lush, neurasthenic Elgar at its best.

Disc 7: Bruno Maderna’s Quadrivium, Aura, and Biogramma. You won’t hear it better done. Moving right along…

Disc 8: Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. This was the first and best of Sinopoli’s alternately underplayed and overindulgent, ridiculously uneven Mahler cycle. He should have quit while he was ahead.

Disc 9: Mendelssohn “Italian” Symphony and Schumann Symphony No. 2. Just wonderful.

Disc 10: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition and Una notte sul Monte Calvo; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, beautifully played by the New York Philharmonic, with typically smashing brass.

CD 11: Ravel: Boléro and the Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloé; Debussy: La Mer. The Ravel is gorgeous, but the Debussy is somewhat sluggish and, for all the attention to texture, heavy-handed.

CD 12: Respighi: Roman Trilogy. I saw these performances live, and I can tell you that the reason you can’t hear the fortissimo tam-tam smashes at the end of The Pines of Rome is because the brass section really did drown them out. Not all of that ridiculous volume is captured on this CD, however well recorded, but the performances are still seductive, decadent, measured, spectacularly played, and really, really loud.

CD 13: Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande; Verklärte Nacht. Everything we expect in a late romantic slush-fest. Just great, and a disc that we seem to have forgotten in the intervening years, unfairly.

CD 14: Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 and 9. An earlier, darker, and in my opinion better “Unfinished” was the original coupling to the Mendelssohn, above, but these are surprisingly good versions nonetheless, with the Dresden orchestra in fine fettle.

CD 15: Sinopoli: Lou Salomé, suites from the opera. It’s a good thing that Sinopoli kept his day job.

CD 16: Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra; Don Juan; Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils. Sinopoli was unquestionably a great Strauss conductor if you regard the composer as the acme of fin-de-siècle decadence. Of their type, these are pretty special.

So, all told a fun set in which the good stuff outweighs the bad by a wide margin, and that really does give a fair summary of Sinopoli’s career.

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

1.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alan Titus (Baritone), Thomas Moser (Tenor), Felicity Palmer (Mezzo soprano),
Solveig Kringelborn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Semperoper, Dresden 
2.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/1989 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 47 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/1989 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1987 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 34 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1989 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
In the South, Op. 50 "Alassio" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1989 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
Pictures at an Exhibition for Orchestra (orchestrated by Ravel) by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1874/1922; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 36 Minutes 30 Secs. 
8.
Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 18 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1988 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 11 Secs. 
11.
Daphnis et Chloé Suite no 2 by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1988 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 54 Secs. 
12.
La mer by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1988 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 26 Minutes 15 Secs. 
13.
Pelleas und Melisande, Op. 5 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899/1943; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 16 Minutes 20 Secs. 
16.
Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Johannes Geffert (Organ)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1924; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 23 Minutes 22 Secs. 
17.
Feste romane by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  Johannes Geffert (Organ)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 
18.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 24 Minutes 48 Secs. 
19.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 49 Minutes 48 Secs. 
20.
Don Juan, Op. 20 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Germany 
21.
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
22.
Salome, Op. 54: Dance of the seven veils by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Germany 
23.
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1991 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden 
Length: 64 Minutes 57 Secs. 
25.
German Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano), Wolfgang Brendel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1868; Austria 
26.
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1985 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, London, England 
Length: 68 Minutes 54 Secs. 
27.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
28.
Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Germany 
29.
Lou Salomé: Suite 1 and 2 by Giuseppe Sinopoli
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
30.
Aura by Bruno Maderna
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Italy 
31.
Biogramma by Bruno Maderna
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Italy 
32.
Quadrivium by Bruno Maderna
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Italy 

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