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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
To mark Seiji Ozawa's 75th birthday celebration, Decca has assembled an impressive box set of his finest recordings for the label, which amounts to 11 CDs of almost 12 hours of exceptional music, brilliantly performed by five great orchestras. The program has its share of warhorses, namely Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique," Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5 in E minor," and his crowd-pleasing "1812 Overture," but there is much here that's far off the beaten path and worth investigating. The opening disc presents Bartók's "Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta," followed by the "Concerto for Orchestra," so this is evidently a cue to take this set seriously. Other ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
To mark Seiji Ozawa's 75th birthday celebration, Decca has assembled an impressive box set of his finest recordings for the label, which amounts to 11 CDs of almost 12 hours of exceptional music, brilliantly performed by five great orchestras. The program has its share of warhorses, namely Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique," Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 5 in E minor," and his crowd-pleasing "1812 Overture," but there is much here that's far off the beaten path and worth investigating. The opening disc presents Bartók's "Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta," followed by the "Concerto for Orchestra," so this is evidently a cue to take this set seriously. Other important choices are a handful of works by Takemitsu, whom Ozawa has championed for many years, a complete recording on one disc of Mahler's "Symphony No. 2," and a CD of 20th century orchestral arrangements of music by Bach, possibly the most controversial and quirkiest of the set with its odd-lot transcriptions by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Stokowski, and Saito. The rest of the set is perhaps less thought-provoking, but certainly just as enjoyable, with an assortment of popular works by Ravel, Poulenc, Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, and Wagner, and a closing disc devoted to music on the theme of "Romeo and Juliet" by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Berlioz, and Bernstein. Ozawa's fans may have some of these great recordings already, but because this package exposes the listener to much of his work that is special and hard to find, it is definitely worth spending a little time to examine its contents in depth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947823582
  • Catalog Number: 001464002
  • Sales rank: 180,353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, Sz. 106, BB 114 - Béla Bartók & Everett Firth (29:20)
  2. 5–9 Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 127 - Béla Bartók & Seiji Ozawa (37:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1–5 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14) - Hector Berlioz & Seiji Ozawa (46:40)
  2. 2 Pavane pour une infante défunte, for piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Seiji Ozawa (6:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ceremonial: An Autumn Ode, for sho & orchestra - Toru Takemitsu & Seiji Ozawa (9:00)
  2. 2–7 Family Tree (Keizu), for speaker & orchestra - Toru Takemitsu & Seiji Ozawa (22:21)
  3. 8–11 My Way of Life: In Memory of Michael Vyner, for baritone, chorus & orchestra - Toru Takemitsu & Dwayne Croft (17:07)
  4. 9 Requiem, for string orchestra - Toru Takemitsu & Seiji Ozawa (7:48)
  5. 10 Air for solo flute - Toru Takemitsu & Aurele Nicolet (6:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1–9 Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection") - Gustav Mahler & Boston Symphony Orchestra (79:58)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Boston Symphony Orchestra (9:17)
  2. 2 The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079: Ricercare a 6 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Boston Symphony Orchestra (8:34)
  3. 3 Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne - Johann Sebastian Bach & Boston Symphony Orchestra (16:51)
  4. 4–9 Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Igor Stravinsky (10:38)
  5. 5 Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E flat major ("St. Anne;" Clavier-Übung III/26), BWV 552 (BC J16) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Boston Symphony Orchestra (14:45)
Disc 6
  1. 1–6 Gloria, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, FP 177 - Francis Poulenc & Kathleen Battle (23:23)
  2. 7–9 Concerto for organ, strings & timpani in G minor, FP 93 - Francis Poulenc & Boston Symphony Orchestra (22:31)
  3. 10–12 Concert champêtre, for harpsichord & orchestra, FP 49 - Francis Poulenc & Boston Symphony Orchestra (25:05)
Disc 7
  1. 1–4 Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (43:18)
  2. 2 Russian Easter Festival Overture (Svetlïy pazdnik), for orchestra, Op. 36 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (14:57)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Wiener Philharmonic Fanfare, for brass & timpani, o.Op. 109 (TrV 248, AV 109) - Richard Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:34)
  2. 2–23 Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) for orchestra, Op. 64 (TrV 233) - Richard Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (50:19)
  3. 3 Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens (Festival Procession), for brass & timpani, o.Op. 103 (TrV 224, AV 103) - Richard Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (6:07)
Disc 9
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (46:03)
  2. 2 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (15:00)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Overture - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (11:20)
  2. 2 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Prelude - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (10:48)
  3. 3 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prelude - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (10:41)
  4. 4 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Overture - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (15:11)
  5. 5 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Prelude - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (10:22)
  6. 6 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Liebestod - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:24)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Romeo and Juliet, fantasy-overture for orchestra in B minor (3 versions) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Seiji Ozawa (19:05)
  2. 2–5 Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 64 ter - Sergey Prokofiev & Seiji Ozawa (14:32)
  3. 3 Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 1 for orchestra, Op. 64 bis: Death of Tybalt - Sergey Prokofiev & Seiji Ozawa (4:41)
  4. 4 Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17): 3. Love Scene (Excerpt) - Hector Berlioz & Seiji Ozawa (13:36)
  5. 8–16 Symphonic Dances (9) from "West Side Story", for orchestra (orchestrated with Ramin & Kostal) - Leonard Bernstein & Seiji Ozawa (21:36)
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Seiji Ozawa Primary Artist
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