ICA Classics Archive
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4; WAGNER: Parsifal: Prelude, Act I; MENDELSSOHN: Ruy Blas Ov. – Joan Alexander, sop./ BBC Sym. Orch./ London Sym. Orch. (Ruy Blas)/ Rudolf Kempe – ICA Classics
Devotees of conductor Rudolf Kempe will delight in two major additions to his discography, particularly in the Mahler interpretation.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 1; MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 12 – Leon Fleisher, p./ Cologne Radio-Sym. Orch./ Andre Cluytens/ Georg Ludwig Jochum (Mozart) – ICA Classics
Two performances from Leon Fleisher’s early years attest to a natural stylist in the music of Mozart and Beethoven.
Evgeny Svetlanov = BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F Major; DEBUSSY: La Mer; CHAUSSON: Poeme de l’amour et de la mer; “La Mort de l’amour – Le Temps des lilas” – Janet Baker, mezzo-sop./ London Sym. Orch. – ICA Classics
Evgeny Svetlanov in London brings his patented, energetic style to bear on non-Russian works he clearly leads with refined fervor.
Sir Adrian Boult = ELGAR: Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Major; WAGNER: Ov. and Venusberg Music – BBC Chorus/ BBC Sym. Orch./ Sir Adrian Boult – ICA Classic.
Elgar and Wagner realized in grand style by Sir Adrian Boult in live and studio performance, here re-united with the BBC ensemble he had led thirty years prior.
Emil Gilels, piano = SCHUMANN: 4 Klavierstuecke; BRAHMS: 4 Ballades; CHOPIN: Polonaise in C Minor; Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor; MOZART: Fantasy in D Minor – Emil Gilels, p. – ICA Classics
Russian piano master sings Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms in a 1979 recital from Abbotssholme, exquisitely mounted and gorgeously preserved.
DEBUSSY: Trois Nocturnes; Jeux; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 6 in D Minor – Cologne Radio Choir/ Cologne Radio-Sym. Orch./ Hans Rosbaud – ICA Classics
German master conductor Hans Rosbaud displays equal authority in the music of Debussy and Sibelius.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”; 5 Variations in D on “Rule, Britannia”; Andante favori in F Major; 7 Variations in C Major on “God Save the King”; 11 Bagatelles – Ingrid Jacoby, p./ Sinfonia Varsovia/ Jacek Kaspsyk – ICA Classics
Ingrid Jacoby reveals a strong affinity for Beethoven in the second in her cycle of the Beethoven concertos and assorted keyboard music, a combination of poetry and bravura security.
MOZART: Symphony No. 41 in C Major; BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 – Vienna Philharmonic Orch./ Herbert von Karajan – ICA Classics (2 CDs)
Herbert von Karajan leads the Vienna Philharmonic in London, 1962, a concert that critics at the time applauded for its “Noble Height” in Bruckner.
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat Major; Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, p.// Sym. Orch. Stuttgart, SW German Radio/ Antoine de Bavier – ICA Classic
Live concert performances from the Ludwigsburg Festival 1956 prove Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli a consummate Mozartean.
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4 “Tragic”; BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings; SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 – Gerald English, tenor/ Hermann Baumann, horn/ Cologne Radio-Sym. Orch./ Sir John Barbirolli – ICA Classics (2 CDs)
Sir John Barbirolli brings a devotee’s conviction to his Schubert “Tragic” Symphony and the Sibelius D Major in Cologne, and the Britten Serenade adds an important work to his discography.
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor; MARTINU: Symphony No. 4 – Radio-Symphonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR/ Klaus Tennstedt – ICA Classics
The Klaus Tennstedt recorded legacy enjoys a significant boost in these two often incandescent readings of scores by Brahms and Martinu, the latter a new addition to Tennstedt’s discography.
Arthur Rubinstein = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in C Major; RAVEL: Valses nobles et sentimentales; CHOPIN: Nocturne in D-flat Major; Ballade No. 1; Bonus: Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante – Arthur Rubenstein, p. – ICA Classics
Arthur Rubinstein offers a vividly colorful program from London, his patented heroic sonority in full regalia.
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor; MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, “Italian” – BBC Symphony Orch./ Royal Philharmonic Orch. (Mendelssohn)/ Sir Adrian Boult – ICA Classics
The veteran conductor Sir Adrian Boult delivers two high-powered readings of familiar classics that well attest to the security of his artistic discipline.
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4; DEBUSSY: Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien – Suite; La Mer – Philharmonia Orch./ Guido Cantelli – ICA Classics
A splendid reissue of the meteoric conducting of Cantelli, including his signature La Mer.
ICAC resurrects a classic 1951 performance of the Mahler Fifth by Hans Rosbaud, a glorious incarnation for the period and a splendid call to the composer for all ages.
RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27; BERNSTEIN: Candide Ov. – Philharmonia Orch./London Sym. Orch./ Evegeny Svetlanov – ICA Classics
An epic reading, live, as a British ensemble sheds its native identity and achieves that spectacular Russian wind sound in its strings.
GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A Minor; LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1; Hungarian Fantasia; LULLY: Gavotte en rondeau; D. SCARLATTI: Sonata in D Major "La Chasse" – Georges Cziffra, p./ Orch. Nat. de l'ORTF/ Georges Tzipine (Grieg)/ Andre Cluytens – ICA Classics
The ever-dynamic Georges Cziffra wears his Romantic mantle in vivacious, eccentrically marvelous renditions of Grieg and Cziffra’s kindred spirit, Liszt.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major; Piano Sonata No. 29 "Hammerklavier"; Bagatelles Nos. 1, 4 & 6 – Sviatoslav Richter, p. – ICA Classics
Richter offers towering Beethoven in a recital from London’s Royal Albert Hall, an exhibition of immense technique fused to a transcendent musical imagination.
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major; SMETANA: The Bartered Bride – Ov.; CHAPI: Musica classica: Prelude; La corte de Granada, Fantasia morisca: Serenata; El tambor de granaderos: Prelude; GIMENEZ: El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo; La boda de Luis Alonso: Intermezzo – Orq. Nac. de Espana/ Orch. de la Suisse Romande (Smetana)/ Gran Orquesta Sinfonica (Chapi, Gimienez)/ Ataulfo Argenta – ICA Classics
The gifted but ill-fated conductor Argenta delivers an Eroica that avoids cliches and restores the fervor of Beethoven’s originality.
CHOPIN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 – Shura Cherkassky, p./ BBC Scottish Sym. Orch./Christopher Adey/ BBC Sym. Orch./ Richard Hickox (Op. 21) – ICA Classics
We are indeed privileged to have a record of the arch-individualist Cherkassky in the two Chopin concertos, of which no record of the E Minor exists commercially.
Leonard Bernstein conducts STRAVINSKY & SIBELIUS (1966/2012) Michael Tilson Thomas conducts RICHARD STRAUSS (2 DVDs) (1986/1994/2011)
Just two of the 46 historic DVDs offered by ICA Classics.
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4; TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 2 – Emil Gilels, p./ Halle Orch./ Sir John Barbirolli (Beethoven)/ London Phil. Orch./ Kirill Kondrashin (Tchaikovsky) – ICA Classics
In two G Major concertos taped in Britain, Soviet keyboard master Gilels once more demonstrates his complete security in the German and Russian stylistic idioms.