LIVING CONCERT SERIES (LCS)
From the very outset, our main field of activity has been classical music, particularly works for large orchestra, but also solo performers, chamber music and choral works. What they all have in common is that they are always recorded on location in natural spaces. The LIVING CONCERT SERIES embodies in a particular way the basic thinking behind the ACOUSENCE “labelphilosophy“. The audio media of this series are as a rule recorded under live conditions. The natural spontaneity of the concert situation, combined with our well-honed recording techniques, which can communicate those minutest of nuances that are so fundamentally important particularly for the atmosphere and emotional impact, provide you with your own very special "concert experience".
Carl Nielsen joins the legacy of Niels Wilhelm Gade, Edvard Grieg and Johan Svendsen as one of the leading Scandinavian composers. Whereby his music is not very well-known outside of Denmark and thus Carl Nielsen is among those composers whose full importance is yet to be discovered.
Carl Nielsen's Violin Concerto Op. 33 paints an ambivalent picture. On the one hand, it continues the line of the great virtuoso concertos of the 19th century and it is not as advanced harmonically speaking as the third symphony by far. On the other hand, the composer strove to create unique formal solutions and gave his work an inventive touch through its modal colouration.
This recording was made live at a concert to mark the 150th birthday of the composer. The most highly respected violinist Kolja Blacher, together with the Duisburg Philharmonic under Giordano Bellincampi, let Nielsen's great work shine in a fascinating intensity, not heard so far.
Richard Strauss (1864-1949): "Don Quixote"
Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character, op. 35 (1897)
In one great dramatic arc … appealing and valuable
In Vol. 20 of our LIVING CONCERT SERIES, Jonathan Darlington and the Duisburg Philharmonic again show their special feel for the colour of sound and orchestral balance. In one great dramatic arc, Darlington leads them through the idealized dream world lived out by and inevitably the downfall of the story's hero Don Quixote. But the work is more than a symphonic tone poem and programme music, more than a set of variations and due to the presentation two solo instruments, more than a symphonic concerto. It is the combination of these elements which makes "Don Quixote" so incredibly appealing and valuable.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2
in B-flat major, Op. 83 (1881)
A stunningly beautiful musical gem
Jonathan Darlington together with the Duisburg Philharmonics has already shown in many productions at ACOUSENCE how he is capable of enriching his interpretations in the special atmosphere of playing in front of an audience with unique musical moments. With Anna Malikova, now a soloist directly speaking the same musical language meets this constellation, who at the same time with ease bests the demands of Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto - the perfect foundation for a recording of this magnificent piece with the dimension of a symphony and a complex solo part, heavily intertwined with the orchestra. The result is a striking recording, flowing exquisitely relaxed, yet played powerfully, with a firm grasp of the sensibility of the music and the closeness of the concert performance. Brahms’ big piano concerto in four movements - completely in the spirit of our philosophy and especially of the LIVING CONCERT SERIES.
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911):
Symphony No. 5
After their very successful recording of Mahler´s 6th Symphony a few years ago, Jonathan Darlington and the Duisburg Philharmonics present an equally convincing new recording of Mahler's 5th Symphony on this album.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918):
Three symphonic sketches (1903-05)
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971):
Le Sacre du Printemps
Pictures from pagan Russia (1910-13)
Jonathan Darlington interprets the two key works of the twentieth century in an enthralling live recording
The Duisburg Philharmonics on this album present two key works of the twentieth century united - and Jonathan Darlington once again creates a most exciting live recording with a dense atmosphere, which promises over one hour of stirring "concert experience".
Even though less than a decade separates the premieres of Claude Debussy’s orchestral work in three parts "La Mer" and Igor Stravinsky’s "Le Sacre du Printemps", these two works could hardly be any more different. While Stravinsky’s "Le Sacre du Printemps", following the clear specifications of a ballet scenario, appears almost unsettling with its elementary rhythms and powerful orchestral colours, "La Mer" appears much more "in flow" - it is inspired by the less visually predetermined perceptions, which the sea and nature brought forth in Debussy.