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  1. A John Williams Celebration Blu-ray

    A John Williams Celebration Blu-ray

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    Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel and John Williams
    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic

    A celebration of the life and work of film composer John Williams, recorded during the Opening Night Concert of the 2014/2015 Los Angeles Philharmonic season. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with a guest performance from Itzhak Perlman and 18 minutes of bonus materials included. Learn More
  2. Dudamel: Mahler 7

    Dudamel: Mahler 7

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    Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra: Simon Bólivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

    Gustavo Dudamel resumes his survey of the Mahler symphonies with this recording of the rare, mysterious 7th.

    "The 7th is a symphony of everything", says Dudamel, "from chaos to glory, sarcasm to tenderness, from a funeral march to a seductive tango. It is a cosmic symphony of perfect construction and galactic emotional scope."

    It was his triumph at the 2003 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg that catapulted Gustavo Dudamel to international stardom, and the music of Mahler has remained central not only to his repertoire, but to his entire musical philosophy.

    Over the last decade, Dudamel has grown along with his brothers and sisters from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. No longer a band of Sistema Wunderkinder, the Venezuelan orchestra together with its charismatic conductor, has conquered the great festivals and concert halls of the world, energizing audiences and traditional symphonic repertoire through their musical commitment, inexorable sense of rhythm and passion. Learn More
  3. Dudamel: Mahler 9

    Dudamel: Mahler 9

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    Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic

    In their debut CD together, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic bring to life Mahler's beautiful and heartbreaking 9th symphony--his last completed work and one which he never heard performed.

    Recorded in LA's acoustically superb Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2012 as part of the Mahler Project--a massive undertaking in which all nine of Mahler's completed symphonies were performed twice, by two orchestras, on two continents, in a single month! Learn More
  4. Yuja Wang: Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Piano Concertos

    Yuja Wang: Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Piano Concertos

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    $20.98
    Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra: Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra

    Yuja Wang and Gustavo Dudamel are joined by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in two unforgettable performances! The two Russian piano concertos on the album were written just three years apart though they present very different perspectives, with Rachmaninov celebrating the tradition of the 19th Century and Prokofiev facing forward into the 20th. Learn More
  5. Dudamel: Also Sprach Zarathustra

    Dudamel: Also Sprach Zarathustra

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    Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic

    Also Sprach Zarathustra, once among the less frequently performed Strauss works, now firmly ensconced in the standard repertoire, is a tone poem, i.e., a free-form symphonic piece that either tells a story or, as is the case here, suggests the moods of a literary text. It’s difficult to discern why it should have been less frequently performed than, say, the same composer’s Ein Heldenleben, the two being cut from similarly colorful cloth. Perhaps it’s the association with Friedrich Nietzsche’s knotty philosophical work of the same name that gained Zarathustra, the music, the unwarranted reputation of being “difficult.”

    The composer initially disavowed any connection between his score and Nietzsche beyond being inspired by the book’s poetic imagery and, particularly, its evocative chapter headings, eight of which Strauss employed as non-specific guides in his score.

    Also Sprach Zarathustra was composed in 1896, the year in which Strauss became chief conductor of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. The city of his birth prized him greatly as a conductor, but the conservative public, and the impresarios serving that public, considered his compositions rather outré. Thus, the premiere was given in Frankfurt, with the composer conducting.

    The fiery debate that swirled around the score when it was new was caused less by the music than by the conflicting programs Strauss proposed at varying times as its subject matter. Before the Frankfurt premiere, he authorized the following shorthand program to be printed:

    “First movement: Sunrise. Man feels the power of God. Andante religioso. But man still longs. He plunges into passion (second movement) and finds no peace. He turns toward science, and tries in vain to solve life’s problems in a fugue (third movement). The agreeable dance tunes sound and he becomes an individual. His soul soars upward while the world sinks far below him.” Was he having us on?

    But that was neither his first (he had earlier leaked hints of a somewhat different program to the German press) nor last word on the subject. Strauss decided finally to put the matter to rest by prefacing the published score with the words of Nietzsche’s opening paragraphs, the “Ode to the Sun,” concluding in the exhortation to the creative spirit: “For too long we have dreamt music, now let us awake. We were nightwalkers. Let us now be daywalkers.” (Nietzsche, it might be remembered, was a composer himself.) The titles of the eight sections that follow the brass- percussion-organ depiction of the sunrise - the movie music - were the only other programmatic clues left by the composer. Learn More
  6. Beatles Live the Touring Years Blu-ray

    Beatles Live the Touring Years Blu-ray

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    Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) explores the history of The Beatles through the lens of the group’s concert performances, from their early days playing small clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg to their unprecedented world tours in packed stadiums around the globe, from New York to Melbourne to Tokyo. Learn More
  7. Ennio Morricone: 60 Years of Music

    Ennio Morricone: 60 Years of Music

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    World-renowned Italian composer Ennio Morricone today signs to Decca Records in a major new record deal celebrating his professional career which spans 60 years and 600 compositions. His new album Morricone 60 will be released on 7th October, just ahead of his 88th birthday, and marks the start of a unique partnership between Decca and the Morricone family.

    Morricone 60 is the first album of Ennio Morricones greatest hits conducted, recorded and curated by Morricone himself and aims to create a legacy for his fans to enjoy. It sees the celebrated Maestro performing some of his greatest film music from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to his recent Academy Award-winning score for Quentin Tarantinos The Hateful Eight (released earlier this year on Decca). The album marks Ennio Morricones 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor and features brand new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with whom hes collaborated on major international movie scores.

    Upon signing the recording contract with Decca, Ennio Morricone commented: After the success of The Hateful Eight score, Im delighted to be returning to Decca with my own record deal an extraordinary moment in my 60th professional anniversary year. Its been a wonderful experience to be able to conduct my scores and to record these with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The quality of their performance of my work is truly outstanding. Learn More
  8. Martha Argerich: Complete Chopin

    Martha Argerich: Complete Chopin

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    This 5 CD set brings together Martha Argerich's complete studio, live and radio recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, and documents her special, intuitive and passionate relationship with Chopin's music.

    Issued in time for her 75th birthday celebration on 5th June 2016, and accompanying the Early Recordings release, this retrospective offers a comprehensive view on the composer who has always been at the very heart of Martha Argerich's repertoire. Learn More
  9. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

    Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

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    Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs is the name of the hugely acclaimed cabaret show Alan premiered in 2015 at New York's legendary Cafe Carlyle. He has since toured the show extensively throughout the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. In February 2016 he returned with the show to NYC and made his sold out, solo debut at Carnegie Hall, and released a live album of the same name.

    "The androgynous imp is both quiet and uproarious, adorable and sensual, flippant and emotional, otherworldly and inviting...this is precisely why he's an icon to behold - he is unapologetically himself, and with a talent like that, he has no need to apologize."
    - Billboard

    "I have admired Alan Cumming since first seeing him in the 1998 Broadway revival of “Cabaret.” Who was this exotic, androgynous provocateur and pansexual pied piper brazenly flirting with audience members without losing his composure? He was scary and irresistible...Nothing, however, prepared me for the emotional firestorm that Mr. Cumming detonated at Tuesday’s opening-night performance of his nightclub show “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs,” at Café Carlyle. In the underpopulated arena of male cabaret singers, Mr. Cumming may be the only one with the talent and drive to change its direction."
    - The New York Times

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  10. John Adams: Absolute Jest

    John Adams: Absolute Jest

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    Composer: John Adams
    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony
    Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams

    The LA Phil performed Adams' Absolute Jest in September 2016 at the launch of their "Adams at 70" series, and this sparkling, justifiably landmark recording by the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas remains the standard version. Learn More
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