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The present recording, a milestone among the multitude of televised recordings made in they heyday of analogue recording technique,
The Cello Concerto is significantly placed in Dvorak's output; it represents the last of his three solo concertos and at the same time the last work which the composer produced during his three-year stay in America as Director of the National Conservatory in New York.
Mendelssohnís Symphonies nos. 4 and 5 were composed within a short period of time and the highly individual form of the movements are proof positive of the young geniusís never-ending source of ideas.
The title alone "Quartet for the end of time" and the fact that it was composed in 1940, when war was raging, give one an inkling of the ominous background to the writing of this piece of music.
In spite of the varying degrees of popularity of Mozartís numerous piano concertos, no one would seriously consider ranking them by quality. It would certainly prove an impossible task, for each and every one of these intense yet often playful compositions could be considered the most perfect of its genre.
The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra with Ferenc Fricsay conducting performing Mozart Mass No. 18 in C Minor.
That the present recording of the Concertos Nos. 20 and 21, even after 25 years, is still regarded as ranking among the very best performances is something that can be heard after just a few bars.
Sung by world renowned soloists and conducted by the legendary Eugen Jochum, this recording of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana was authorised by the composer himself.
The opening fanfare from Richard Straussís "Also sprach Zarathustra" ("Thus spoke Zarathustra") is known to everyone since it was 'rediscovered' in Stanley Kubrickís film "2001: A Space Odyssey" and consequently employed time and again in TV ads.
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berliner Philharmonic