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Berliner Philharmoniker – Yannick Nezet-Seguin makes his debut with Berlioz and Prokofiev 2010 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

It was somewhat of a sensation when in October 2010 it was announced that the then just 35-year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin was soon to be the next music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra – the successor to Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Christoph Eschenbach. For his debut with the Philharmoniker in Berlin just a few weeks later, he conducted Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. At his side was Yefim Bronfman, an artist who is committed to the piano works of Prokofiev more than almost anyone else.

As the New York Times once wrote: “What makes Mr. Bronfman so successful in music of this sort is that he is the same kind of pianist as Prokofiev was a composer. In other words, he is a virtuoso, with chops that need fear no comparisons, yet his musicality purges that virtuosity of mere brilliance.” In this recording, Bronfman takes the same approach with the Second Piano Concerto: a work which Prokofiev started when he was still a student, but which already contains the full expressive scope of the composer.

Hector Berlioz is also – along with Prokofiev – proof positive that composers can be virtuosos too, not only performing artists. Using vast orchestral forces, he develops a wide range of scenarios in his Symphonie fantastique – from airy waltzes to garish grotesquerie. Just how right Yannick Nézet-Séguin is for this demanding score could be read in the review of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “Yannick Nézet-Séguin is blessed with … a compelling physical intelligence. Beneath the theatrical hysteria of this piece with its abrupt changes of character and gesture, the conductor produces a large-scale unity of movement, with a dramatic pulse and an emotional prevailing mood.”

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts works by Tchaikovsky and Ravel 2012 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

The press wrote of a “memorable evening” with a “rising star in the conducting firmament” when Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2010. For his return to the podium of the Philharmonie, he put together a programme that traces the ups and downs of love in powerful orchestral colours.

The concert opens, however, with a solo piece. Walter Seyfarth, clarinettist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1985, plays Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IXa for clarinet – the conclusion of the Sequenza series which has been performed throughout the 2011/2012 season by members of the orchestra. The evening continues with the greatest love story in world literature: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, here in the setting by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The composer, who was in fact an adherent of the symphony, experiments with the new genre of tone poem in this work. In doing so, he does not follow the narrative but portrays central characters and situations: a highly emotional distillation of the drama.

Based on an ancient Greek romance, Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé is also about a couple who have to defend their love against existential adversity – including two kidnappings – but at least there is a happy ending. In his score, Ravel wanted to create “an elaborate musical fresco.” What is particularly impressive is the way he organically combines angular, archaic rhythms with his typically delicate tonal language. In the concert hall, the work is normally heard in the form of two orchestral suites. However, for this performance, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Yannick Nézet-Séguin play the complete ballet music, which contains many additional musical gems.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 2014 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

In this concert from March 2014, and in the farewell season of his 45-year-career as principal flautist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Andreas Blau gives a sparkling performance of Carl Reinecke’s lyrically Romantic Flute Concerto in D major, a work which the orchestra plays here for the very first time. Under the baton of the young Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the programme also includes Gustav Mahler’s graceful Fourth Symphony.

Compared to the monumental dimensions of the Second and Third Symphonies, the work appears to be significantly scaled back in scope and instrumentation. After its two predecessors, the Fourth seems almost like a detoxification. It lasts just over one hour and is relatively frugally orchestrated; performance markings like “rather leisurely” or “very comfortable” warn interpreters not to generate excess pressure. And then the Finale – not a monumental climax, but a song of downright suggestive simplicity that recounts the “joys of heavenly life”. However, appearances can be deceptive: like Mahler’s other symphonies, the Fourth is also ambiguous. Moods change suddenly in a hardly noticeable way; expectations are dashed and abysses gape abruptly in the seemingly naive idyll.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Lisa Batiashvili 2016 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

When Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, first guest conductor of the London Philharmonic and chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, debuted with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2010, the press wrote that it had been a “memorable evening” with a “rising star in the conducting firmament”. At this guest appearance with the Philharmoniker, the effervescent Canadian conducts Béla Bartók’s First Violin Concerto. The soloist is Lisa Batiashvili, who gave a “brilliant debut” with the Philharmoniker in 2004: The young Georgian found her way – free of all technical troubles – to a “luminous inward quality; it is gripping and inspired, virtuosic and intelligent” (Der Tagesspiegel).

After the interval, Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes on Dmitri Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony together with the bass Mikhail Petrenko and the male voices of the Rundfunkchor Berlin. The work was composed in 1962, and is a confessional work against anti-Semitism, which was increasingly gaining ground in the USSR in the 1960s. The textual basis of the symphony is Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s 1961 poem Babi Yar, in which the poet recalls the mass murder of 34,000 Jews by the SS in September 1941 and in the last stanza identifies himself with the victims. “At the premiere,” the Russian music historian Boris Schwarz writes, “the government’s box remained empty, and the planned television broadcast did not take place. … There was spontaneous applause after the first movement; when the work, an hour in length, was over, an enthusiastic storm of applause broke out in the audience such as one experiences only rarely.”

Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony was officially hushed up. The Soviet press wrote that the “content of the ideas contains fundamental errors”; in addition, the composer had “lost his feeling for the time”. A score was published in the USSR only in 1971, but with the vocal text changed in places. Today Babi Yar, a vocal-symphonic masterpiece of the 20th century that since then has lost none of its shattering impact, is among Shostakovich’s best-known compositions.

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Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:23:03 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s new Mahler recording marks a return to the core symphonic repertoire with the Philadelphia Orchestra Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony was billed as the “Symphony of a Thousand” exploring themes of redemption through the power of love.

The performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of its music director Nézet-Séguin in March 2016 marked – almost to the day – the 100th anniversary of the glorious U.S. premiere by the very same orchestra in 1916, then conducted by Stokowski.

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Miah Persson, Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, K588 (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Miah Persson, Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Mozart: Così fan tutte, K588 (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 03:02:45 minutes | 3,42 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The second of DG’s series of seven Mozart operas conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and initiated by Rolando Villazón. This Così fan tutte enchanted the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus audience when recorded in concert in 2012, with Nézet-Séguin inspiring his stellar cast to feats of vocal derring-do.

Starring a thrilling cast of both young and experienced Mozart opera stars including accomplished soprano Mojca Erdmann as Despina, acclaimed Mozartian soprano Miah Persson and prize-winning young American mezzo Angela Brower as the emotionally manipulated sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. Also joining this crème-de-la-crème cast are distinguished Mozart bass-baritone Adam Plachetka as Guglielmo and Italian buffo baritone Alessandro Corbelli as Alfonso.

Youthful exuberance tempered by depth of insight make this a rare Così, a must for even the most seasoned opera lover.

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Ildar Abdrazakov, Chœur Metropolitain, Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal & Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Verdi (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ildar Abdrazakov, Chœur Métropolitain, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal & Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Verdi (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:21:21 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Ildar Abdrazakov tops every casting director’s list when it comes to Verdi productions at the world’s leading opera houses. Having signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in October 2017, the Russian bass now releases his first solo album for the label.

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Chamber Orchestra Of Europe and Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Mozart: Die Zauberflote (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Chamber Orchestra Of Europe and Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:13:46 minutes | 2,71 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s saga on Mozart for Deutsche Grammophon continues: after The Clemency of Titus in 2018, it’s now time for The Magic Flute to pass under the Quebecois’ baton at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden. His direction breathes life into all the magic that is required for such a fairy-tale, Mozart’s final opera, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe successfully communicates the opera’s majesty and depth, as heard in the radiant “Priest’s March”.

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Orchestre Metropolitain,Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Orchestre Metropolitain,Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:06 minutes | 675 MB | Genre:  Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ATMA Classique

ATMA Classique is proud to announce the digital release of the first in a new series of recordings devoted to the symphonies of Jean Sibelius, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the helm of the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin – The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Collection (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Yannick Nézet-Séguin – The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Collection (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:22 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon

This collection of previously unreleased live recordings celebrates the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra’s centenary and the ten-year residency, from 2008 to 2018, of its principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic, under its long-term Principal Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, is widely recognised as one of Europe’s most distinguished orchestras. Celebrated for its winning combination of passionate commitment, boundless energy and scintillating virtuosity, the orchestra has come a long way since its relatively humble beginnings in 1918 as a private ensemble whose members initially paid for the privilege of joining its ranks.

The arrival of Canadian maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin in 2008 signalled a new golden era for the Rotterdam Philharmonic, as is evidenced by this outstanding set of recordings, captured live in the Doelen concert hall between 2011 and 2016 and collected together here for the first time by Deutsche Grammophon. At the end of 2017/18 season Nezet-Seguin assumes the role of Honorary Conductor, handing over the post of Principal to 29-year-old Lahav Shani.

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