Sinfonieorchester Basel – Igor Strawinsky – “Pétrouchka

Title: Igor Strawinsky – “Pétrouchka (Originalversion from 1911)” – Version for Orchestra and for Piano Four Hands

Catalogue No.: SOB11

Release: 03.06.2016

Description

<Pétrouchka> is the last CD of the Stravinsky trilogy of the Sinfonieorchester Basel under its principal conductor Dennis Russell Davies. Thus, the orchestra has recorded all three major ballets by Igor Stravinsky – each in a version for orchestra and for piano duet.

Originally planned as a Piano Concerto, Stravinsky rewrote the music about the Russian carnival figure Petrushka into a ballet, following an idea of ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev. When the oevre was performed on 13 June 1911 at the Théâtre du Châtelet, it was almost unanimously hailed as a fascinating synthesis of the art of music, dance and painting, and a milestone in the development of a genuinely modern ballet. Parallel to the orchestra score Stravinsky created a piano version; primarily used for studies and rehearsals. Recently, however, also the four-hand piano version gained increasing popularity in the concert hall.

Dennis Russell Davies is since 2009 chief conductor of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. In addition to numerous other recordings the Stravinsky trilogy originated under his conductorship. Dennis Russell Davies recorded all three Stravinsky piano versions  with his partner Maki Namekawa.

Tracklist

Pétrouchka (orchestral version)
I  Fete poulaire 5:53
Le Tour de Passe-Passe 1:41
Danse Russe 2:55
10:29
II  Chez Pétrouchka 4:33
4:33
III Chez le Maure 3:04
Danse de la Balerine 0:43
Valse 2:12
Le Maure et la Bellerine/Apparition de Pétrouchka 1:01
7:00
IV Fete populaire de Semaine Grasse 1:09
Danse des Nounous 5:02
Danse des Cochers et de Palefreniers 2:04
Les Deguises 5:23
13:38
Pétrouchka (piano version)
I  Fete poulaire 5:56
Le Tour de Passe-Passe 2:14
Danse Russe 3:09
11:19
II  Chez Pétrouchka 4:49
4:49
III Chez le Maure 3:03
Danse de la Balerine 0:45
Valse 2:13
Le Maure et la Bellerine/Apparition de Pétrouchka 1:11
7:12
IV Fete populaire de Semaine Grasse 1:25
Danse des Nounous 5:55
Danse des Cochers et de Palefreniers 2:19
Les Deguises 5:51
15:30

Sinfonieorchester Basel – L’Oiseau de feu

Title: L’Oiseau de feu

Catalogue No.: SOB10

Release: 29.01.2016

Description

The new double CD album by the Sinfonieorchester Basel features the 2nd of Igor Stravinsky’s great ballets. After Le Sacre du printemps, the orchestra recorded L’Oiseau de feu.

All of the three ballets will be presented in the version for orchestra as well as in the version for piano four hands. Unlike for Sacre and Pétrouchka, for L’Oiseau de feu there is no piano arrangement for four hands by Stravinsky himself. Dennis Russell Davies, Principal Conductor of the Sinfonieorchester Basel and pianist has therefore arranged a version for piano four hands – exclusively for this production. The new arrangement is based on the original piano arrangement for two hands by Stravinsky, which is kept in the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel. Dennis Russell Davies has recorded the arrangement together with his wife Maki Namekawa.

The piano version opens up new perspectives on the orchestra version of L’Oiseau de feu and underlines the compositional value of Stravinsky’s creation.

Tracklist

Igor Stravinsky

“L’Oiseau de feu” (The Firebird)

– Version for Orchestra
Sinfonieorchester Basel

– Version for Piano Four Hands
Dennis Russell DaviesMaki Namekawa

Linard Bardill – Millistrade

Titel: Millistrade

Katalog Nr.: SOB09

Veröffentlichung: 19.06.2015

 
 
 

Produktbeschreibung

Der Liederer, Geschichtenerzähler, Autor und Musiker Linard Bardill singt und schreibt in Schweizerdeutsch, Deutsch und Rätoromanisch, für Kinder und Erwachsene. Für seine Musik erhielt der Bündner den Deutschen Kleinkunstpreis und den Salzburger Stier, für seine CD „Tanz auf den Feldern“ und „Caffe Caflisch“ den Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Bardill lotet musikalische und thematische Grenzen aus, so auf seiner neuen Produktion mit dem Sinfonieorchester Basel. Das Sinfonieorchester Basel ist eines der ältesten und zugleich innovativsten Orchester der Schweiz. Chefdirigent ist seit 2009 der renommierte amerikanische Dirigent und Pianist Dennis Russell Davies. Musikalisches Singspiel von Marius Felix Lange und Linard Bardill erzählt von Carol. Sie hat 1000 Wünsche. Sie möchte fliegen, unter Wasser atmen durch Wände gehen. Der Narr Millistrade verspricht ihr alle Wünsche zu erfüllen, wenn sie ihm dafür ihren Schlaf verkauft. Bald merkt Carol, dass sie nicht mehr zurück kann. Im Reich des Wasserkönigs Aquatinta kommt es zum Showdown, Traum oder Wirklichkeit, Schlaf oder Erwachen.
 

Tracklist

Millistrade – Musikalisches Singspiel von Marius Felix Lange und Linard Bardill
Sinfonieorchester Basel – Thomas Herzog, Leitung
Natasha Secrist singt Carol – Linard Bardill, Erzähler1. Einleitung 00:56
2. Ohne Grenzen träumen (Lied) 02:26
3. Fasnachtsmusik 01:25
4. Carol trifft Millistrade 04:33
5. Ich will fliegen! (Lied) 03:30
6. Rosa Gärten aus Kristall (Lied) 02:24
7. Flucht vor den Aufweckvögeln 00:59
8. Unter Wasser 01:19
9. Unter Wasser möcht ich leben (Lied) 01:42
10. Die Stadt und der Palast des Wasserkönigs 03:58
11. Ich will schön sein (Lied) 02:02
12. Gefangen! 05:51
13. Öder Traum (Lied) 05:24
14. Millistrade! 01:54
15. Befreit! 00:47
16. Schlafen und erwachen (Lied) 02:32

Sinfonieorchester Basel – Of Madness and Love

Title: Of Madness and Love – Orchestral Works by Hector Berlioz Inspired by William Shakespeare

Catalogue No.: SOB 08

Release: 13.04.2015

Description

«My life is a novel which interests me very much», Hector Berlioz allegedly once said to a friend. For this reason in 1848 – at the age of 45 – he began writing his memoires. When the work was published posthumously in 1870 the public was astonished by the candour and literary prowess with which Berlioz described the course of his life.
Vesselina Kasarovawas born in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) and began playing the piano at the age of four. After training as a concert pianist and gaining her diploma, she studied singing with Ressa Koleva at the Music Academy of Sofia, and was already as a student singing major roles at the National Opera. She has given concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. Vesselina Kasarova holds the title Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as well as of the Vienna State Opera.
Ivor Boltonis chief conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, with whom he has appeared annually at the Salzburg Festival since 2000, and on tour (including at the 2006 BBC Proms in London), and with whom he has already built up an extensive discography including a critically successful series of Bruckner Symphony recordings. He will take up the position of Music Director of the Teatro Real Madrid in September 2015 and is also Chief Conductor of the Dresden Festival Orchestra.
The Sinfonieorchester Baselis one of the oldest and most important orchestras in Switzerland. It is rooted in the north-west of Switzerland and at the same time enjoys a more than regional as well as international radiance. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is always again demonstrating anew its excellent quality, whether it be in its own concert tiers, in the Theater Basel or in guest concerts at home or abroad.

Tracklist

– Grande Ouverture du Roi Lear
– Scène d’amour aus Roméo et Juliette (Symphonie dramatique)
– Rêverie et Caprice – Romanze für Violine und Orchester
– La mort de Cléopâtre – Scène lyrique für Sopran und Orchester

Sinfonieorchester Basel – Franz Schubert – Symphony No.2 and No. 6

Title: Franz Schubert – Symphony No.2 and No. 6

Catalogue No.: SOB 07

Release: 10.11.2014

Description

This CD isafter theSymphonies No. 3, 5 and 8, the third release of theBasel Symphony Orchestra’s Schubert series of  all of its symphonies.
Schubert’s symphonies were designed for a ‘big audience’, but during his lifetime they were, at best, only performed in the semi-public rooms of the Seminary and those of the amateur orchestra. It was not until barely a month after his death that the first truly representative performance took place through the Society of Friends of Music (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde) in Vienna. Leopold von Sonnleithner, a friend of Schubert’s, had some input into the programming and suggested the sixth symphony for the occasion. The “Great” C major could not be considered owing to practical constraints, but why was it number six in particular that was chosen out of his early symphonies? Were the reasons purely mundane – or was there a deeper rationale behind this decision? It would be good to know the answer, but today one can merely speculate.

The Sinfonieorchester Basel is one of the oldest and most important orchestras in Switzerland. It is strongly rooted in the north-west of Switzerland and at the same time enjoys a more than regional as well as international radiance. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is always again demonstrating anew its excellent quality, whether it be in its own concert tiers, in the Theater Basel or in guest concerts at home or abroad. Since 2009, the principal conductor has been the renowned American conductor and pianist, Dennis Russell Davies.

Tracklist

Sinfonie Nr. 2 in B-Dur, D 125
Largo – Allegro vivace
Andante
Menuetto. Allegro vivace
Presto vivace
Sinfonie Nr. 6 in C-Dur, D 589
Adagio – Allegro
Andante
Scherzo. Presto – Trio. Più lento
Allegro moderato

Sinfonieorchester Basel – Igor Strawinsky – Le Sacre du printemps

Title: Igor Strawinsky – Le Sacre du printemps

Catalogue No.: SOB 06

Release: 15.09.2014

Description

Version for Orchestra with Sinfonieorchester Basel
Version for Piano Four Hands performed by Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa
As early as spring 1910 Igor Stravinsky had a vision of a “great pagan festival” the climax of which would be the death of a young girl who dies of exhaustion after a frenzied dance, surrounded by the elders of her tribe. A further eighteen months would elapse however, during which Stravinsky consulted with the archaeologist and painter Nikolai Roerich to produce several versions of a libretto, before the composer set about realizing his vision by writing the score for this, his most famous ballet. Initially, the score bore the working title The great sacrifice, but was then renamed The Rite of Spring, and marked the international career breakthrough for the composer, not yet 32 years old, following his two earlier ballets for Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes, Firebird and Petrushka. And it has to be said that that breakthrough came with a mighty drumroll: when Le Sacre was premiered on May 29, 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, choreographed by the young Vaslav Nijinsky and under the musical direction of Pierre Monteux, the ballet caused one of the greatest scandals in the history of music and theatre ever – though it has to be said that Nijinsky’s choreography, with its stamping, twitching body movements that seem to truly mock the ideal of weightless grace normally expected in dance, was at least as much to blame as Stravinsky’s music. That said, this was not a performance suited to those of a nervous disposition, since the composer had transformed the orchestra to a great extent into a gasping, snorting, and above all hammering monster producing a sound that bore no resemblance whatsoever to the elegance of traditional ballet music.

Tracklist

Le Sacre du printemps (orchestral version)
1. L’Adoration de la terre 17:34
2. Le Sacrifice 18:28Le Sacre du printemps (piano version)
3. L’Adoration de la terre 17:29
4. Le Sacrifice 19:31

Sinfonieorchester Basel – Arthur Honegger

Title: Arthur Honegger Symphony No. 2 & Symphony No. 4 “Deliciae Basiliensis”

Catalogue No.: SOB05

Release: 12.05.2014

Description

This is the fourth production on the in 2012 established in-house label of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. The label is maintained worldwide by Solo Musica.

The Sinfonieorchester Basel is one of the oldest and most important orchestras in Switzerland. It is strongly rooted in the north-west of Switzerland and at the same time enjoys a more than regional as well as international radiance. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is always again demonstrating anew its excellent quality, whether it be in its own concert tiers, in the Theater Basel or in guest concerts at home or abroad. Since 2009, the principal conductor has been the renowned American conductor and pianist, Dennis Russell Davies.

Honegger finally completed his Second Symphony in December 1941
and sent it to Sacher. Sacher then performed it for the first time on May 18, 1942, nowwith his second orchestra, the Collegium Musicum in Zurich.

.„Deliciae Basilienses“ – „I have written this fourth, and probably last, symphony for my friend Paul Sacher for the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Basle Chamber Orchestra. Although this ‘Symphonie liturgique’ follows the tradition of Beethoven, in that its content is as much dramatic as emotional, it has greater claims, so far as its form and spirit are concerned, to the style of Haydn or Mozart.

Tracklist

Symphony  No. 2
Molto moderato – Allegro
Adagio mesto
Vivace ma non troppo – Presto
Symphony No. 4 “Deliciae Basiliensis”
Lento e misterioso – Allegro – Lento – Allegro molto tranquillo
Larghetto
Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

Sinfonieorchester Basel – Schubert Symphony No. 8

Title: Symphony No. 8 – Grosse C-Dur-Sinfonie

Catalogue No.: SOB 03

Release: 18.11.2013

Description

This is the third production on the in 2012 established in-house label of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. The label is maintained worldwide by Solo Musica.

The Sinfonieorchester Basel is one of the oldest and most important orchestras in Switzerland. It is strongly rooted in the north-west of Switzerland and at the same time enjoys a more than regional as well as international radiance. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is always again demonstrating anew its excellent quality, whether it be in its own concert tiers, in the Theater Basel or in guest concerts at home or abroad. Since 2009, the principal conductor has been the renowned American conductor and pianist, Dennis Russell Davies.
Numerous CD productions, some of which received international acclaim and awards, give record of the orchestra’s work. Since a few years ago the Sinfonieorchester Basel has been demonstrating an increasing international presence. In 2010, for example, the orchestra toured around China. It has also played two much accredited for concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow in fall 2012 and will tour around England in spring 2014.

Tracklist

Sinfonie Nr. 8 “Große C – Dur-Sinfonie”

Andante. Allegro ma non troppo
Andante con moto
Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio
Finale. Allegro vivace

Sinfonieorchester Basel – Arthur Honegger – Symphony No. 3 “Liturgique” and No. 1

Title: Arthur Honegger – Symphony No. 3 “Liturgique” and No. 1

Catalogue No.: SOB 02

Release: 24.09.2012

Description

This is the second of two productions on the just established in-house label of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. The label is maintained worldwide by Solo Musica.

The Basel Symphony Orchestra (Sinfonieorchester Basel) is one of Switzerland’s major orchestras and appears both in concert and at the opera house. For decades it has produced a wide array of highlights under the batons of such conductors as Felix Weingartner, Hans Münch, Moshe Atzmon, Matthias Bamert, Gary Bertini, Pierre Boulez, Armin Jordan, Nello Santi, Mario Venzago and Walter Weller. Its CD recordings of the music of Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Klaus Huber, Luigi Nono and Othmar Schoeck have received great international acclaim and many awards. ‘A Different Schumann’, for example, was awarded the Golden Tuning Fork from the German music industry.

Today the Basel Symphony Orchestra numbers among Switzerland’s
leading musical ensembles, with some 100 highly qualified and highly
motivated musicians. Its broad repertoire ranges effortlessly from the
Viennese classics and to contemporary music. Whether in the concert hall or the opera house, at home or on its domestic and foreign tours, this internationally varied group of musicians constantly demonstrates ist unique flexibility and artistic prowess.

One of the orchestra’s wishes came true in the 2009-10 season when ist leadership was taken over by the renowned American conductor and pianist Dennis Russell Davies.

Tracklist

Symphony No. 3 “Liturgique”
Dies irae: Allegro marcato 07:30 Arthur Honegger
De profundis clamavi: Adagio 12:23 Arthur Honegger
Dona nobis pacem: Andante 10:04 Arthur Honegger
Symphony No. 1 C major
Allegro marcato 06:22 Arthur Honegger
Adagio 10:53 Arthur Honegger
Presto – Andante tranquillo 07:48 Arthur Honegger

Sinfonieorchester Basel – Schubert Symphony No. 3 and No. 5

Title: Franz Schubert – Symphony No.3 and No. 5

Catalogue No.: SOB 01

Release: 24.09.2012

Description

This is the first of two productions on the just established in-house label of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. The label is maintained worldwide by Solo Musica.

The Basel Symphony Orchestra (Sinfonieorchester Basel) is one of Switzerland’s major orchestras and appears both in concert and at the opera house. For decades it has produced a wide array of highlights under the batons of such conductors as Felix Weingartner, Hans Münch, Moshe Atzmon, Matthias Bamert, Gary Bertini, Pierre Boulez, Armin Jordan, Nello Santi, Mario Venzago and Walter Weller. Its CD recordings of the music of Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Klaus Huber, Luigi Nono and Othmar Schoeck have received great international acclaim and many awards. ‘A Different Schumann’, for example, was awarded the Golden Tuning Fork from the German music industry.

Today the Basel Symphony Orchestra numbers among Switzerland’s
leading musical ensembles, with some 100 highly qualified and highly
motivated musicians. Its broad repertoire ranges effortlessly from the
Viennese classics and to contemporary music. Whether in the concert hall or the opera house, at home or on its domestic and foreign tours, this internationally varied group of musicians constantly demonstrates ist unique flexibility and artistic prowess.

One of the orchestra’s wishes came true in the 2009-10 season when ist leadership was taken over by the renowned American conductor and pianist Dennis Russell Davies.

Tracklist

Symphony No. 3 D major D 200
Adagio maestoso – Allegro con brio 09:07 Franz Schubert
Allegretto 03:53 Franz Schubert
Menuetto: Vivace 04:15 Franz Schubert
Presto vivace 04:39 Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 5 B flat major D 485
Allegro 07:54 Franz Schubert
Andante con moto 09:51 Franz Schubert
Menuetto: Allegro molto 05:18 Franz Schubert
Allegro vivace 05:21 Franz Schubert