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The Art Of Giuseppe Sinopoli - Concerto Recordings

Sinopoli,Giuseppe
Release Date: 07/17/2012 
Label:  Imports   Catalog #: 2029964  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenMax BruchFelix MendelssohnJean Sibelius,   ... 
Performer:  Martha ArgerichGil ShahamMischa MaiskyMaurizio Pollini,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraNew York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given his tendency to wallow decadently in late romantic music, Giuseppe Sinopoli turns out to be a very sensitive accompanist on these eight CDs, bringing his own ideas to the proceedings where he can but letting his soloists strut their stuff. Indeed, a set like this can only marginally be about the conductor, so let’s consider it soloist by soloist.

1. Gil Shaham, violin. Shaham is a splendid musician who has since gone off to record for his own label, like many artists unceremoniously jettisoned by Universal in the Great Shakeout a decade or so ago. Without major distribution, he has accordingly assumed a lower profile, discographically speaking, but these are one and all very recommendable performances of the standard
Read more concertos by Bruch, Mendelssohn, Paganini (No. 1), Saint-Saëns (Nos. 3), Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius. In the latter, Sinopoli’s gifts as accompanist come to the fore with an especially dramatic account of the first movement.

2. Martha Argerich, piano. What is there to say? These accounts of Beethoven’s first two concertos remain very highly regarded and for good reason. They are exciting as hell.

3. Mischa Maisky, cello. Maisky is one of those heavy-breathing, vibrato-loving, indulgent romantic artists close to Sinopoli’s own interpretive views. Accordingly, whether or not you can tolerate these deliberate, indulgent versions of the Elgar concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations will be very much a matter of personal taste. I’ll pass.

4. Shlomo Mintz, violin. A sensitive and sincere but not great account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and two Romances. The first movement of the concerto, especially, could stand a bit more tension, but it’s nice to have this effort by a fine artist who seems to have dropped off the discographic earth entirely.

5. Maurizio Pollini, piano. Manzoni’s Masse: Omaggio a Edgar Varèse represents a last gasp of the sclerotic post-War avant-garde. Enjoy.

6. In addition to the above, we get a fine reading of Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 with members of the Berlin Philharmonic (it comes with the Manzoni), plus a lovely disc of (not) Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for winds and the Concerto for Flute and Harp, both featuring members of the Philharmonia Orchestra. This last is valuable as a sample of Sinopoli in Mozart–pleasantly graceful and stylish.

I for one am very happy to have these performances collected together, if only for the opportunity to revisit Shaham’s excellent concerto recordings. Argerich fans will naturally already have the two Beethoven concertos in one of their other incarnations, but the rest (especially the Mozart disc) may be quite hard to find elsewhere, making this a valuable potential purchase.

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

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
4.
Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
5.
Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Finland 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 31 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 35 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 1 Secs. 
8.
Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Masse: Omaggio a Edgard Varèse by Giacomo Manzoni
Performer:  Maurizio Pollini (Piano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; Italy 
10.
Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, K 299 (297c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kenneth Smith (Flute), Bryn Lewis (Harp)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 29 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11.
Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Michael Collins (Clarinet), Meyrick Alexander (Bassoon), John Anderson (Oboe),
Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1778 
Date of Recording: 12/1991 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 30 Minutes 19 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6 by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1817 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 30 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in B minor, Op. 61 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 31 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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