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Michael Gielen Edition Vol.4
9 CD | 11h 09min | Nr. SWR19028CD
CD 1: » Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: A Midsummer Night's Dream op. 21 (Overture)
» Bedrich Smetana: Die verkaufte Braut
» Franz Liszt: Dance in the Village Inn
» Richard Wagner: Lohengrin (Romantic Opera in three acts - Prelude Act 1 and Act 3)
» Richard Wagner: Prelude Act 1 (from: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
» Hector Berlioz: Le Carneval romain - Ouvertüre op. 9
» Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz op. 77
» Johann Strauß (Sohn): Kaiserwalzer op. 437
CD 2: » Robert Schumann: Szenen aus Goethes Faust WoO 3 for vocal soloists, Choir and Orchestra
CD 3: » Robert Schumann: Szenen from Goethes Faust (Continued)
» Robert Schumann: Manfred Overture op. 115
» Robert Schumann: Die Braut von Messina op. 100
» Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 B flat major op. 38 (Spring)
CD 4: » Carl Maria von Weber: Concerto No. 2 E flat major op. 32 for Piano and Orchestra
» Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique op. 14 (Episodes from the life of an artist)
CD 5: » Antonín Dvořák: Concerto a minor op. 53 B. 108
» Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 d minor op. 70
CD 6: » Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto b minor op. 104 for Violoncello and Orchestra
» Peter Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 6 b minor op. 74 (Pathétique)
CD 7: » Peter Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 4 f minor op. 36
» Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Prelude and Isolde's Death)
CD 8: » Hector Berlioz: Grande messe des morts op. 5 (Requiem)
CD 9: » Sergej Rachmaninow: The Isle of the Dead op. 29 (Symphonic Poem)
» Josef Suk: A Summer's Tale op. 29

This 9-CD boxed set, the latest installment in the Michael Gielen Edition, brings a sense of climax to the first four volumes.

Volume 4 is a collection of works by Romantic composers, not confined solely to the 19th century. Of all the boxed sets released so far, this latest volume contains the most first releases – 14 of the 23 works have never been released before on CD, including extensive works such as Berlioz’s Requiem and Schumann's Scenes from Faust.

The set also contains recordings with international stars such as Heinrich Schiff (Dvořák Cello Concerto), Josef Suk (Dvořák Violin Concerto), Günter Reich (Baritone, Faust) and Ludwig Hoffmann (Weber Piano Concerto No. 2).

Other outstanding recordings include two particularly splendid interpretations from the Minnesota Music Festival (Weber’s Freischütz Overture and Weber’s Kaiserwalzer), plus Dvořák’s Violin and Cello Concertos, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Michael Gielen's controlled, intense direction is on display in each piece.

Gielen was less known for his interpretation of music from the Romantic period. His recordings of such repertoire may form only a small part of his legacy, but they receive outstanding performances here, which will be appreciated not only by fans and collectors of Gielen's work, but by music lovers in general.