Telarc Celebrating 25 Years: The Classical Collection
CAT # 80611-25
DISC ONE 1. Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite: Introduction and The Firebird and Her Dance 4:27 2. Gustav Holst: First Suite in E-flat major, Op. 28, No. 1: March 2:52 3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (excerpt) 4:52 4. Modest Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: The Hut on Fowl's Legs and The Great Gate of Kiev 8:53 5. Georges Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 2: Danse Boheme 4:43 6. Camille Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ," Mvt. 2 (excerpt) 2:55 7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (excerpt) 2:51 8. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, Mvt. 2 (excerpt) 4:39 9. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: L'Estate (Summer) - III. Presto 2:45 10. Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man 3:19 11. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection," Mvt. 5 (excerpt) 4:26 12. Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Montagues and Capulets (excerpt) 1:38 13. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major "Eroica," Mvt. 4 (excerpt) 3:30 14. Frank Proto: Introduction/John Williams: Star Wars: Main Title 7:14 15. Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5 (Grand Messe des Morts): Dies irae (excerpt) 2:19 16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525, Mvt. 1, Allegro (excerpt) 3:34 17. Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight:" I. Adagio sostenuto 5:46 18. Holst: The Planets, Op. 32: Mars, the Bringer of War (excerpt) 3:11 19. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker: Trepak (Russian Dance) 1:08 20. Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971: Presto 3:28 DISC TWO 1. Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (excerpt) 1:52 2. Rachmaninoff: Vespers: Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya - Rejoice, O Virgin 3:08 3. Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold: Ride of the Valkyries (excerpt) 2:36 4. Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon septimi toni No. 2 3:03 5. Elmer Bernstein: The Magnificent Seven 5:32 6. P.D.Q. Bach: Oedipus Tex (dramatic oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra), S.150. "Howdy there 5:35 7. Mozart: The Magic Flute: Aria No. 17: "Ach, ich Fuhl's" from Act Two 2:59 8. George Frideric Handel: Messiah: No. 7. "And He shall purify" from Part One 2:09 9. Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates Of Penzance: William S. Gilbert: The Pirates of Penzance: No. 13: So 2:52 10. Ottorino Respighi: Church Windows: St. Michael the Archangel 3:35 11. Debussy: La fille aux cheveux de lin 2:24 12. Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe: Scene 3 4:27 13. Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 (revised 1931 edition): Mvt. 3, Allegro molto 4:47 14. Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, Mvt. 5, Allegro appassionato 7:01 15. Nicholai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35, Mvt. 1, The Sea and Sinbad's Ship (excerpt) 4:06 16. Isaac Albeniz: Suite espanola, Op. 47, Asturias (excerpt) 2:21 17. Carl Orff: Carmina Burana: In taberna quando sumus 3:03 18. Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 4, Adagietto: Sehr langsam (excerpt) 7:00 19. Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Mvt. 4, Allegretto moderato (excerpt) 4:43 20. Shaker Hymn Tune: Simple Gifts 3:07
Telarc's 25th Anniversary Retrospective Celebrates a Quarter Century of Musical Excellence
Telarc International, a leader in digital recording since its inception in 1977, revisits the highlights of its extensive classical catalog with the release of Telarc Celebrating 25 Years: The Classical Collection, a two-disc set which retails for the price of one.
Twenty-five years ago, founders Jack Renner and Robert Woodstwo former musicians and music teachersset out to raise the standard of excellence for recording classical music. Operating on instincts and shoestring budgets, their fledgling company, Telarc Records, tapped into the budding revolutionary recording system from Soundstream Inc. Developed by former MIT guru Dr. Thomas Stockham, the Soundstream system digitally captured a substantially cleaner and broader sonic picture than traditional analog recording techniques.
Telarc’s maiden voyage on the Soundstream system was a recording of the Cleveland Symphonic Winds led by Frederick Fennell. With its ‘bass drum heard round the world,’ this collction of works by Holst, Handel and Bach was the first commercially released digital recording of classical music in he United States.
Two and a half decades later, Telarc reamains a leader in digitally recorded musicnot just in its flagship genre of classical music, but now in jazz and blues as wellwith a catalog of more than 600 recordings. Since 1980, the label has been honored with thirty-six Grammy Awards for performance, production and engineering. Other significant awards over the years have included the French Grande Prix du Disque and Diapason d’Or, Japan’s Record of the Year, and Germany’s Audiophile CD of the Year.
THE ARTISTS AND THEIR MUSIC
"We must acknowledge that without the talent of the artists and their music, all of our technical expertise would be for naught," said Woods. "There are innumerable occasions when we learn much from the incredibly gifted conductors and performers whose own ears are valuable tools in helping us shape our work."
The late Robert Shaw’s breathtaking rendition, with his Festival Singers, of the Rachmaninoff Vespers, is one of Telarc’s most legendary recordings (Disc Two, Track 2). The extremely lush, a cappella choral workrecorded "in the round" at the Church of St. Pierre in Gramat, Francewon the Grammy for Best Engineered Recording in 1990.
Organist Michael Murray was one of the first artists ever to be recorded on the Telarc label. His thrilling performance on Saint-Saen’s Symphony No. 3 in C Minor ("Organ"), with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, gave Telarc another of its many landmark recordings.
Telarc’s catalog includes many distinguished recordings of The Cleveland Orchestra, including a complete set of the Beethoven symphonies led by Music Director Christoph von Dohnányi (Disc One, Track 13).
In recent years many exciting and talented new artists have come to Telarc’s roster, including the brilliant young Chinese pianist, Lang Lang (Disc Two, Track 13), who has won worldwide acclaim for his two Telarc recordings; and the mighty Mormon Tabernacle Choir under its accomplished new Music Director, Craig Jessop (Disc Two, Track 20).
EVERYTHING YOU HEAR IS TRUE
Telarc’s recording philosophy has always been one of "less is more"to avoid tampering with a recording’s sound in any artificial manner. Thus, whether recording the monumental forces of the Vienna Philharmonic playing Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra (Disc Two, Track 1), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Telarc’s Grammy-Award-winning Berlioz Requiem (Disc One, Track 15), or the more intimate sounds of the Cleveland Quartet playing a Beethoven string quartet (Disc two, Track 14), the company’s goal has always been to faithfully represent the actual sound of a performance within its venue.
A quarter century after those first digital sessions in 1977, the passion still burns and the original vision is still clear. Regardless of artist, genre or technological medium, Telarc remains committed to creating the truest and most authentic listening experience possible in recorded music.
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