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Dresden Philharmonic - Legendary Masterworks Recordings


Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 184522   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákJohannes BrahmsAram KhachaturianGerhard Rosenfeld,   ... 
Performer:  Mirka PokornáGustav SchmahlAnnerose SchmidtNelson Freire
Conductor:  Heinz BongartzHorst FörsterKurt MasurGünther Herbig,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 8 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the oldest and most respected symphony orchestras in Germany. Though it has often been overshadowed by its neighbor, the Dresden State Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic has enjoyed a long history of success under some of the world's leading conductors, like Carl Schuricht, Kurt Masur, Herbert Kegel, Michel Plasson, Marek Janowski, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. And they have achieved critical acclaim in a vast array of repertory, from J.S. Bach and Vivaldi to Alfred Schnittke and Paul-Heinz Dittrich. The orchestra performs most of its 80 or so concerts a year at the Kulturpalast Dresden. Over the years the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra has amassed a discography of several hundred Read more recordings, with well over 100 available on the Berlin Classics label and many others on offer from DG, EMI, RCA, Thorofon, and Brilliant Classics.

The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1870, giving its first concert on November 29 of that year. The ensemble originally performed under the name of Gewerbehausorchester (Commercial House Orchestra). The first principal conductor was Hermann Mannsfeldt, who held the post from 1870-1885.

Brahms, Dvorák, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, and other leading composers would guest-conduct the orchestra in its early years, and a string of distinguished musicians would serve as principal conductor, including August Trenkler (1890-1903) and Edwin Lindner (1915-1923). It was in 1915, under Lindner, that the Gewerbehausorchester changed its name to Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Under Paul van Kampen (1934-1942) it began making regular recordings. Among its notable efforts were recordings of the Beethoven Third and Mozart 20th piano concertos with Wilhelm Kempff, on DG, from 1941-1942.

In the difficult wartime and postwar eras, the orchestra was served well by principal conductors Carl Schuricht (1942-1944), Gerhart Wiesenhütter (1945-1946), and Heinz Bongartz (1946-1964). Following the brief tenure of Horst Förster (1964-1967), Kurt Masur (1967-1972) led the orchestra, which now began performing at the Kulturpalast Dresden, built in 1969. Masur made over 50, mostly critically acclaimed, recordings with the ensemble. Günther Herbig (1972-1976) succeeded him, maintaining the orchestra's high standards, and then Herbert Kegel (1972-1976) took the podium. He made over 40 recordings during his distinguished tenure.

Jörg-Peter Weigle (1986-1994) was principal conductor during the 1990 German reunification period. Michel Plasson (1994-2001) became the orchestra's first French principal conductor, and he was succeeded by the distinguished Polish-born Marek Janowski (2001-2004). Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos took over conducting in 2007.

- Robert Cummings, AllMusic Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia 
Length: 37 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Serenade no 2 in A major, Op. 16 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Germany 
Length: 31 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Piano in D flat major by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Mirka Pokorná (Piano)
Conductor:  Horst Förster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USSR 
Length: 35 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4. Concerto for Violin no 1 by Gerhard Rosenfeld
Performer:  Gustav Schmahl (Violin)
Conductor:  Horst Förster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 30 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7. Symphony no 93 in D major, H 1 no 93 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Günther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8. Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise": 3rd movement, Minuet by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Günther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
9. Symphony no 95 in C minor, H 1 no 95 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Günther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Length: 58 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11. Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan" by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1896 
Length: 55 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1888).
Composition revised: Germany (1896). 
12. Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
13. Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 
Length: 15 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14. Night on the Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Russia 
Length: 11 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Length: 20 Minutes 5 Secs. 
16. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 1 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
17. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 2 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
18. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 3 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
19. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 4 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
20. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 5 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
21. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 6 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
22. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance no 7 by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Alexander Glazunov; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 
23. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1856; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 5 Secs. 
24. Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 0 Secs. 
25. Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Nelson Freire (Piano)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 36 Secs. 
26. Symphony no 84 in E flat major, H 1 no 84 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Günther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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