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The Chicago Recordings / Carlo Maria Giulini (4 Cd Set)


Release Date: 06/15/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 85974   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav MahlerHector BerliozLudwig van BeethovenAnton Bruckner,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 5 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Of the Chicago recordings in EMI’s truly bargain-priced four-disc set (I’ve seen it selling for less than six dollars per disc), the stand-outs for me are the astonishing 1971 Mahler First Symphony that held me utterly captivated and engrossed from beginning to end (one thing among so many others that Giulini gets right is his very specific sense of Mahler’s sound world, one in which the different sections of the orchestra must make their own individual impressions even as they continue to interact with the larger ensemble) and, from 1969, Giulini’s powerful, positively glowing account of the orchestral excerpts from Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette—all of them, including the opening “Combat and Tumult; Intervention of the Prince” Read more and closing “Romeo at the Tomb of the Capulets.” (Giulini’s conducting of this music with the Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1975 remains one of the most gratifying and vivid memories of my concert-going experience.)"

- Marc Mandel, FANFARE

This welcome tribute from EMI contains some familiar favorites whose qualities are well known. In brief, the Bruckner 9, Mahler 1, Berlioz Romeo and Juliet excerpts, and Brahms 4 are all very good to superb, and certainly worth owning both for the excellence of the playing and the insights that Giulini brings to the music. They are also livelier (in the case of Bruckner and Brahms) than his later DG remakes. The Beethoven 7 and two Stravinsky Suites from The Firebird and Petrushka are good, but hardly essential. The Beethoven lacks dynamism, the Stravinsky--well, it's asking for little beyond accuracy to make its points, and Giulini and his players certainly are that-- but there are other performances more compelling still, with a touch more fire in their belly. Nevertheless, some of this material has never been available domestically, and none of it has been in print all that recently, so grab it while you can. For the really good stuff, it's worth it--and the sound always was and still is very fine.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Date of Recording: 03/30/1971 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 56 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 
2.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Combats et tumulte by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Festival by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 13 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Queen Mab Scherzo by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Love scene by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 17 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Roméo at the tomb by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1971 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 40 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1976 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 63 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98: 1st movement, Allegro non troppo by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 12 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Austria (1884 - 1885). 
10.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98: 2nd movement, Andante moderato by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Austria (1884 - 1885). 
11.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98: 3rd movement, Allegro giocoso by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Austria (1884 - 1885). 
12.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98: 4th movement, Allegro energico by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/15/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Austria (1884 - 1885). 
13.
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1945;   
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 24 Minutes 53 Secs. 
14.
Pétrouchka: Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1947; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 26 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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