Herbert Kegel Edition (8CD)

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Herbert Kegel

This 8-CD box set offers collectors a generous selection of recordings by the German conductor, Herbert Kegel (1910-1990). The complete Beethoven symphonies form the centrepiece, and are notable in part because the cycle was the first to be digitally recorded for the then new medium of the compact disc. The performances are characterised by Kegel's painstaking precision in achieving an engaging transparency for the listener. While his slow tempi may be initially surprising, the poetry and clarity he evinces from Beethoven’s scores have rarely been shown to greater advantage. Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Choral Fantasia, Brahms' A German Requiem, and a disc of 11 short pieces featuring a range of composers, from 

Gluck to Grieg, complete the compilation.

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Disc Listing:

DISC 1 BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nos. 1 and 3

DISC 2 BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nos. 2 and 7

DISC 3 BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nos. 4 and 5

DISC 4 BEETHOVEN: Symphony Nos. 6 and 8

DISC 5 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9

Alison Hargan, soprano · Ute Walther, contralto

Eberhard Büchner, tenor · Kolos Kováts, baritone

Leipzig Radio Chorus · Berlin Radio Chorus


DISC 6 BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto • Choral Fantasia

Peter Rösel, piano · Christian Funke, violin

Jürnjakob Timm, cello · Leipzig Radio Chorus


DISC 7 BRAHMS: A German Requiem

Marie Anne Häggander, soprano

Siegfried Lorenz, baritone · Leipzig Radio Chorus

Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra


DISC 8 ALBINONI: Adagio in G minor

GLUCK: Dance of the Blessed Spirits

GLINKA: Ruslan and Ludmilla – Overture

MUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina – Entr’acte

GRIEG: Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34

SIBELIUS: Valse triste, Op. 44

WOLF-FERRARI: I Quattro Rustecchi – Intermezzo

LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci – Intermezzo

SCHMIDT: Notre Dame – Intermezzo

STRAVINSKY: Circus Polka

ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance – Military March No. 1