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Chicago Recordings Box set, Import


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  • Audio CD (Aug. 27 2004)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0001ZMBV0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Disc: 1
1. I. Langsam, Schleppend, wie ein Naturlaut
2. II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
3. III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen -
4. IV. Stürmisch bewegt
5. Introduction (Combat and Tumult - Intervention of the Prince)
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Queen Mab, The Dream Fairy (Scherzo)
2. Love Scene (Adagio)
3. Romeo at the Tomb of the Capulets
4. I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
5. II. Allegretto
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. I. Feierlich, misterioso
2. II. Scherzo (Bewegt, lebhaft) & Trio (Schnell)
3. III. Adagio (Langsam, feierlich)
4. I. Allegro non troppo
Disc: 4
1. II. Andante moderato
2. III. Allegro giocoso
3. IV. Allegro energico e passionato
4. Introduction -
5. Dance of the Firebird -
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on June 30 2004
Although he never received the publicity accorded to some more famous conductors, Carlo Maria Giulini was equal to, or better than, all such "star" conductors. In fact, Giulini was quite simply one of the half dozen or so greatest conductors of the 20th century. Although Giulini recorded with many major orchestras, some of his finest recordings were made with the Chicago Symphany Orchestra. Several of his finest recordings are contained in this outstanding collection. If you are familiar with these recordings from LPs here's your chance to get them on CD. If you are not yet familiar with this outstanding conductor, this collection is an excellent introduction to some of his finest work.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Thanks to EMI ; Thanks to Amazon. Oct. 14 2005
By Ekrem Ayyildiz - Published on Amazon.com
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Giulini is always among my favorite conductors and this set includes some of his great recordings with CSO(1969-1976,studio,stereo) that you can not find their another editions: Beethoven 7 and Bruckner 9 ( + Mahler 1, Brahms 4, Berlioz-Romeo&Juliet, Stravinsky-Petroushka&Firebird Suites.)
CSO on its top form under the baton of Giulini...Very well recorded sounds by EMI...Wonderfull edition(not cardboard!)...Incredible price for 4 CD... Highly,highly,highly recommended...
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great performances by one of the greatest conductors. June 30 2004
By D. R. Schryer - Published on Amazon.com
Although he never received the publicity accorded to some more famous conductors, Carlo Maria Giulini was equal to, or better than, all such "star" conductors. In fact, Giulini was quite simply one of the half dozen or so greatest conductors of the 20th century. Although Giulini recorded with many major orchestras, some of his finest recordings were made with the Chicago Symphany Orchestra. Several of his finest recordings are contained in this outstanding collection. If you are familiar with these recordings from LPs here's your chance to get them on CD. If you are not yet familiar with this outstanding conductor, this collection is an excellent introduction to some of his finest work.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
RECORDINGS FOR THE TIME CAPSULE Aug. 17 2009
By Gengler - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh boy do these recordings bring back aural memories!

This was the era when I began to develop a voracious appetite for classical music. Everything was new to me, and my tastes were driven by reviews in Stereo Review and High Fidelity (The Gramophone came my life several years later, as my tastes - and acquisitions - became bit more sophisticated).

I love them all - to the point where I re-purchased several of them during that time, when EMI introduced it's ill-fated (and realistically doomed) 45 rpm ('audiophile" pressings of at least two - the Mahler 1 and The Firebird. I seem to recall that the surface noise and warpage of the 45 rpm vinyl obliterated nearly all of the "audiophile" sonic improvements of the time.

The same, of course, can not be said of this set. The sound quality goes beyond anything possible those few decades - particularly now that digital reproduction can convery string tone without the harshness of the early digital era.

Giulini's interpretaions remain benchmark performances (I claim definative status for very few performances - maybe Toscanini's 1937 recording of Beethoven's Seventh with the NYP!) The Mahler and Stravinsky still give me goosebumps, and the Bruckner remains - in my opinion - in a class by itself.

I feel Giulini brought something very special and unique to these works. I just remember listening to the original LPs (of the Mahler and Bruckner) in my darkened room and being transported. The Firebird was simply ravishing to me.

It's odd how lovers of music always argue "the best" interpretation, or the "top tier" of conductors. Regardless - either case does not always translate into popularity with the public at large. I don't understand why it's necessary to disparage Giulini's work in terms of what he could have accomplished, rather than celebrate what he did accomplish. And for me, this box documents some very amazing accomplishments indeed (particularly if you contrast them with the CSO's recordings under Solti's baton made during the same period).

EMI got this release right! Let's hope they release similar historic recordings outside of their "Recordings Of The Century" series.

Bravo!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Splendid EMI Commemorative of Giulini and CSO Feb. 21 2005
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
During the period from 1969 to 1976, distinguished conductor Carlo Maria Giulini made magnificient recordings for both EMI and Deutsche Grammophon with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while serving as the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor. These recordings remain among the most celebrated classical music recordings ever made, most notably his Mahler symphony recordings. In honor of the retired conductor's 90th birthday, EMI has issued most of his finest Chicago Symphony Orchestra recordings; most notably a very intensely lyrical Mahler 1st Symphony that earned a 1971 Grammy Award for best orchestral recording and a fine Brahms 4th Symphony. Often underrated as among the 20th Century's greatest conductors, I am delighted that EMI has recognized Giulini's legacy by issuing this fine 4 CD set.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent Giulini and CSO April 6 2010
By MacroV - Published on Amazon.com
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I had several of these recordings on LP and jumped to buy this CD set when it came out. The CSO was at the time of these recordings, as ever, a magnificent orchestra, with the likes of Ray Still and Adolph Herseth in the primes. And while Giulini became well known for Mahler and Bruckner, not to mention Beethoven and Brahms, it's the Berlioz R&J that really stands out to me. This was a great conductor/orchestra relationship, and these recordings are to be treasured. I could only wish the classical record industry was still robust enough that DG would issue a similar set of their recordings from this partnership: Schubert C Major; Mahler 9, etc..

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