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Salzburg Festival Opening Concerts / Boulez, Barenboim, Harnoncourt

Bartok / Boulez / Wiener Philharmoniker
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  C Major   Catalog #: 713608  
Composer:  Igor StravinskyBéla BartókMaurice RavelFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Daniel BarenboimKlaus Florian VogtElina GarancaRené Pape,   ... 
Conductor:  Pierre BoulezNikolaus HarnoncourtDaniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SALZBURG FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERTS 2008-2011
(4-DVD Box Set)

DVD 1 (2008 Opening Concert)

Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1
Igor Stravinsky: L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)

Daniel Barenboim, piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Recorded live at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival, July 2008

DVD 2 (2009 Opening Concert)

Franz Schubert: 6 German Dances, D. 820 (arr. A. Webern)
Josef Strauss: Frauenherz, Op. 166, Delirien, Op. 212, Pêle-mêle, Op. 161
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944,
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, 2009

DVD 3 (2010 Opening Concert)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Pierre Boulez: Notation I–IV & VII for orchestra
Anton Bruckner: Te Deum, WAB 45

Dorothea Röschmann, soprano
Elina Garanca, mezzo-soprano
Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor
René Pape, bass

Vienna State Opera Chorus
(chorus master: Thomas Lang)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim, piano and conductor

Recorded at the Salzburg Festival, 2010

DVD 4 (2011 Opening Concert)

Alban Berg: Lulu Suite, Der Wein
Gustav Mahler: Das klagende Lied

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Dorothea Röschmann, soprano
Anna Larsson, contralto
Johan Botha, tenor

Vienna State Opera Chorus
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Recorded live from the Salzburg Festival, 2011

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Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS 5.1 / 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (DVD 3 only)
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 365 mins
No. of DVDs: 4 (DVD 9)

R E V I E W S

Barenboim and Boulez of course collaborated in Bartók’s First Piano Concerto for EMI back in 1967 with the New Philharmonia Orchestra. But that was 45 years ago, and if today there’s a bit less stab and bite to their reading of the score than there was back then, what has really changed even more, I think, is us and how we have come to assimilate Bartók into the fold. The music no longer shocks as it once did. And as I watched and listened to this performance, I had to wonder to myself, have Boulez and Barenboim mellowed and softened somewhat in their approach, or was that eerie “night music” of the second movement always the composer’s idea of a nocturne? The “three Bs”—Bartók, Barenboim, and Boulez—cast quite a hypnotic spell.

For Stravinsky’s Firebird , Boulez gives us the same 1910 version of the score he recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1991 for Sony. His performance of the work here with the Vienna Philharmonic, if perhaps not quite as atmospheric and mysterious in the opening pages as I would have liked, is high on energy and sharply delineated in contrasts between the orchestra’s sections, lending the piece a great deal of color and dramatic thrust.

Boulez carries through the sharply etched coloristic effects in the Valses nobles et sentimentales , so that what we hear (and see) is a Ravel closer in spirit and style to the neoclassicism of Stravinsky than to the Impressionism of Debussy, a point of view I believe Boulez has consistently emphasized in his Ravel readings and with which I happen to agree wholeheartedly.

If you happened to be in Salzburg at the end of July 2008, and you got to attend the festival’s opening concert, you will no doubt want this DVD as a memento. For the rest of us stay-at-homes, this DVD is the next best thing to having been there, and allows us to enjoy the experience vicariously.

-- Jerry Dubins, FANFARE
reviewing disc 1


[A] splendid performance of Notations. The oft-revised work – originally written for piano – continues the distinguished tradition of French music from Claude Debussy to Olivier Messiaen. The almost-Impressionist colours of Modéré – Fantasque and Trés modéré (I and III) are beautifully realized with the stopped brass and assorted percussion being very well caught. Goodness, it’s hard to believe this airy, detailed sound is part of the same concert. Movement IV, Rhythmique, always reminds me of Messiaen – La Transfiguration in particular – while Hiératique, added in 1997, is full of imagination and flair. Barenboim, flicking through a sail-sized score, chooses to end with the aptly named Strident, which is superbly played and recorded... Buoyed by this terrific performance I had high hopes for the Te Deum... the opening is as rafter-raising as ever. The soundstage is deep and wide, the choral singing wonderfully incisive. The soloists are well blended, and one marvels anew at how Bruckner structures this huge edifice. The mood is now fearful, now fervent. How he builds unerringly to those vaulting climaxes rendering the hushed ‘holies’ a tingling precursor to yet another blaze of sound. As for the Viennese brass, they’re in splendid form throughout.

-- Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919/1945;   
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1, Sz 83 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Valses nobles et sentimentales by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
4.
German Dances (6) for Piano, D 820 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Frauenherz, Op. 166 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Delirien, Op. 212 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Pęle-męle, Op. 161 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1825-28; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 1 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
11.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 2 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
12.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 3 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
13.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 4 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
14.
Notations (12) for Orchestra: no 7 by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945/1978; France 
15.
Te Deum in C major, WAB 45 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Klaus Florian Vogt (Tenor), Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano), René Pape (Bass),
Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1884; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Lulu-Suite by Alban Berg
Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Austria 
17.
Der Wein by Alban Berg
Performer:  Anna Prohaska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Austria 
18.
Das klagende Lied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Anna Larsson (Alto), Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano), Johan Botha (Tenor),
Anna Prohaska (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1899; Austria 

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