Borodin Quartet - Brahms String Quartet No.2 in A minor op.51
Released: 25.07.2011 | Duration: 3:06
Watch a clip from this ICA Classics DVD. Described as ‘the quartet world’s most senior ensemble’, the Borodin Quartet celebrated its 65th anniversary with a sold out concert at the Wigmore Hall, London, a week before this live recording from the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Following the performance the Financial Times wrote that ‘today’s Borodin Quartet has lost nothing of its old authority.’ The quartet plays with warmth, commitment and obvious enjoyment.
Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra - Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3
Released: 26.07.2011 | Duration: 2:26
Watch a clip from this ICA Classics DVD. Characteristically lively renditions, Charles Munch’s interpretations of both Mendelssohn Symphonies are energetic and precise with excellent articulation from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Günter Wand - BRUCKNER: Symphony No.5
Released: 26.09.2011 | Duration: 2:06
A clip from the ICA Classics DVD. Renowned for his interpretations of Bruckner's Symphonies, Günter Wand had a great affinity for Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, as noted by the composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann. His first recording of the work became a great success, winning the German Record Prize in 1978. Wand's London concerts with the BBC Symphony as Principal Guest Conductor acquired legendary status in his later years, rewarding him with the recognition that was so greatly deserved.
Kurt Sanderling - Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Released: 26.07.2011 | Duration: 2:26
Watch a clip from this ICA Classics DVD. Known for enjoying live performances and having an affinity for late Mahler, Sanderling’s reading of Das Lied von der Erde is inherently musical. Mitchinson’s ‘firm, heroic tone’ is ideal for this role, with the BBC Philharmonic providing a sympathetic accompaniment. Schumann’s Fourth Symphony makes an excellent filler.
Margot Fonteyn / Michael Somes - Tchaikovsky ballet masterpieces
Released: 26.09.2011 | Duration: 2:40
A clip from the ICA Classics DVD. Exceptional studio productions from the late 1950s, all three of the Tchaikovsky ballet performances featured on this DVD are released for the first time. The perfect partners, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes give stunning performances with Fonteyn at her most beguiling as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty -- the ballet in which she and the Sadler's Wells ballet made their historic American debut in 1949.
Sir Adrian Boult - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.8
Released: 27.07.2011 | Duration: 2:55
Watch a clip of Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Vaughan Williams' Symphony No.8 from this ICA Classics DVD. Master of the baton and one of Britain's leading conductors, Sir Adrian Boult was renowned for his interpretations of English works, in particular music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who was said to be 'totally in favour of Sir Adrian's approach to his music' (John Culshaw). Job: A Masque for Dancing was dedicated to Sir Adrian, a fitting conductor for this magnificent Centenary celebration.
André Previn - Rachmaninov - The Bells
Released: 26.07.2011 | Duration: 3:24
Watch a clip of André Previn conducting the London Symphony Chorus & Orchestrain a performance of Rachmaninov's The Bells from this ICA Classics DVD. A multitalented conductor, Previn leads the LSO in the first performance of Rachmaninov’s The Bells at the BBC Proms with celebrated soloists Sheila Armstrong, Robert Tear and John Shirley-Quirk. All three performances on this DVD were recorded during Previn’s eleven year tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, from which he received a Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Antoni Wit - Szymanowski: Symphony No.4, Op. 60 'Symphonie Concertante' Warsaw Philharmonic
Released: 07.01.2011 | Duration: 2:59
Watch a clip from this ICA Classics DVD. Superbly filmed for Polish Television, Antoni Wit's performances of Szymanowski's Third and Fourth Symphonies embody the distinguished and idiomatic conducting style for which he is widely recognised. An outstanding communicator, Wit exhibits exceptional attention to detail in his rendition of these two great works with his own orchestra and choir.