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ICA Classics releases 20 CD box set of unreleased Rudolf Barshai recordings

29 Oct 2015 | ICA Classics

ICA is proud to announce the release of a new 20 CD box set dedicated to Rudolf Barshai on the ICA Classics label. This box-set contains many rare, unreleased recordings, including Barshai performing solo, in chamber music with Dimitri...

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Rudolf Kempe

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (8 September 1974, Royal Albert Hall)
Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E Minor "From the New World”
BBC Symphony Orchestra (29 August 1975, Royal Albert Hall)

Deeply felt and masterful, Kempe’s performance of Ein Heldenleben at the 1974 Prom concert was described by the critic Joan Chissell as winning him ‘a hero’s ovation and rightly’. She wrote that ‘no one now before the public is better able to transform Strauss from a plebeian into an aristocrat.’ The performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony one year later, received equally glowing reviews, and is an illuminating and compelling rendition of Dvořák’s most popular symphony. This is the first DVD of Kempe performing with the two English orchestras of which he was principal conductor for so long.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

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Catalogue Number: ICAD 5009


“How absolutely wonderful it is to see Rudolf Kempe, looking hale and fit, ascend the podium and direct an absolutely magical performance of Ein Heldenleben with his usual minimum of podium fuss, his face mirroring both the music’s changes and his obvious pleasure at hearing it emerge the way he wants, the Royal Philharmonic members playing their little hearts out for him.”

Fanfare - Sep 2011

“Fascinating mid-'70s footage of Kempe at the Proms, caught in vintage colour. Famous for his Ein Heldenleben, he is even more illuminating in Dvořák's New World Symphony.”

BBC Music Magazine - Jun 2011

“It offers an opportunity to acquaint or reacquaint oneself with a conductor of the highest calibre, performing live and at the peak of his abilities.”

MusicWeb International - Jun 2011

4 ICA Classics releases shortlisted for the 2012 ICMA Awards

23 Nov 2011

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 2 ICA Classics CDs and 2 DVDs for the 2012 awards in the Historical and DVD Performance categories.

The releases in...

ICA Classics wins fourth Diapason d’Or and Pizzicato ‘Supersonic’ award

31 Mar 2011

A fourth ICA Classics DVD has been awarded a Diapason d’Or in Diapason magazine – the latest for the recording of Rudolf Kempe...

International Classical Artists to become first artist management company to launch its own audio and audio-visual label ‘ICA CLASSICS’

22 Nov 2010

- February release of 10 DVDs and 8 CDs

- Recordings dating from 1954 to 2009 present archive legends and major artists of today

With the release of 10 DVDs and 8 CDs on February...

        RICHARD STRAUSS 1864–1949


        Ein Heldenleben

        Symphonic poem for large orchestra, op.40

1      Der Held (The Hero · Le Héros) 4.59

2      Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero’s Adversaries · Les Adversaires du Héros) 3.24

3      Des Helden Gefährtin (The Hero’s Companion · La Compagne du Héros) 13.43

4      Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero’s Deeds of War · Le Combat du Héros) 6.26

5      Des Helden Friedenswerke 6.42

        (The Hero’s Works of Peace · Les Œuvres de paix du Héros)

6      Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung 11.50

        ‑(The Hero’s Retreat from the World and the Fulfilment of his Life · La Retraite du
        Héros et l’Accomplissement)


        Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

        Leader: Erich Gruenberg

        Rudolf Kempe


        Producer: Brian Large

        Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 August 1974

        Broadcast: Omnibus at the Proms, 8 September 1974

        © BBC 1974


        ANTONÍN DVORÁK 1841–1904


        Symphony No.9 in E minor ‘From the New World’

7      I      Adagio — Allegro molto 10.59

8      II     Largo 12.29

9      III   Scherzo: Molto vivace 7.42

10    IV   Allegro con fuoco 11.04


        BBC Symphony Orchestra

        Leader: Eli Goren

        Rudolf Kempe


        Director: Ron Isted

        Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, 29 August 1975

        Broadcast: Live from the Proms, 29 August 1975

        © BBC 1975


Rudolf Kempe - Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E Minor "From the New World"