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Anthology of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7, 2000-2010 Box set


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  • Conductor: Sir Mark Elder, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, et al.
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: RCO Live
  • ASIN: B009SQ483M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This seventh installment of the Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (2000-2010) covers a period in the orchestra's history largely characterised by changing perspectives in a new century. Indeed, it was in 2004 that Riccardo Chailly relinquished his position as chief conductor after a 16-year-long tenure, whereupon the orchestra managed to forge what would be a long-term relationship with the renowned maestro Mariss Jansons. A specialist in Romantic, and particularly Italian, opera repertoire, Chailly was also an advocate of the modern classics and of contemporary music. His collaboration with the RCO resulted in internationally acclaimed recordings of works by such composers as Varese, Stravinsky and Berio. The Latvian maestro Jansons, a passionate orchestral conductor particularly of the late Romantic repertoire, shifted the orchestra's focus more towards Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss and Shostakovich, invariably endeavouring to strike a careful balance between clarity of form and aesthetics. In addition, Jansons successfully continued the tradition of high-profile co-productions between the RCO and De Nederlandse Opera with performances of Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District' and Tchaikovsky's 'Yevgeny Onegin'. The orchestra itself also underwent changes. A generation of orchestral players, including the illustrious principal wind instrumentalists who had laid the foundations for the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, retired and were succeeded by a group of outstanding young musicians, most of them hailing from outside the Netherlands, resulting in a growing internationalisation of the RCO. There were also changes in the orchestra's business and artistic management and its concert programming policy also saw a shift in direction. The 'Picasso/Rembrandt formula' was retired to make way for the new A Series, featuring more firmly embedded contemporary, often Dutch, repertoire. The launch of the orchestra's own in-house record label, RCO Live, breathed new life into its rich recording tradition. The identity of a modern, 21st-century orchestra would be further bolstered by the RCO's active online presence, its own Web channel, effective use of social media, and the successful digital platform RCO Universe, a novelty in the orchestral world. This CD box set constitutes the final volume of the Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a musical journey through time in seven installments, each made up of fourteen CDs of live concert recordings. Drawing on the wealth of recordings in the Dutch public broadcasting network archives, the compilers set out to create a colourful historical overview and sound mosaic whilst doing justice to the unique history of the orchestra from 1935, the year from which its oldest surviving radio recording dates. Repertoire, performance, conductors, soloists and recording quality were the criteria which, in the proper interrelationships, proved to be decisive. Working to document such a vast musical legacy has been a privilege, the compilers having been aware that the making of choices brings with it the duty to showcase as many aspects of this rich history as possible. The compilers wish to dedicate this series to all the musicians who have been part of the orchestra over the past 125 years. It is hoped that all seven volumes will be re-released as a 'superbox' to celebrate the RCO's anniversary.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tintagel on 14 Feb. 2013
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This is the Fourth such box set that I have added to my collection. Previously I bought the boxes from the 60's, 80's and 90's, and all of them have contained some really special moments.

This one, to me, seemed to be made up almost exclusively of special moments. The Concertgebouw has become a real beast of an orchestra, yet one that can dance on a knife-edge. All sections of the orchestra now seem to be largely incapable of anything but World-class playing.

I'm not going to go into details about all of the performances - how could I be knowledgable enough about all of them to be able to do that? - but I will mention a few.

This was the first listening of Thomas Ades' 'Asyla' for me, and I thought it a stunning work. The orchestra seems to love producing the many spectral sounds throughout.

Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde receives a very robust performance, stunning orchestrally, but possibly lacking subtlety in the singing.

The Sibelius Fifth is really powerfully wrought. As with his recent LPO Fifth, Berglund digs out some amazing detail in the lower strings. The Finale is really quite measured and, thus, builds slowly and majestically. The sheer weight of orchestral sound overcomes any shortcomings in tempo choice.

I was possibly slightly disappointed with Haitink's La Mer, but only because his previous recording was so bloomin good. There just isn't quite the magic or atmosphere, though on its own terms I doubt many will be worried!

The Beethoven Ninth seemed to be a little unsteady (from Jansons), though it's still a great joy to hear.

Mehta's Bruckner 8 was really very beautiful, though I wonder if it adds up to more than a sum of its parts.
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tired of the usual played-to-death works and want challenges 11 Jan. 2015
By vso - Published on Amazon.com
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Only 2 reviews. No wonder there is so much saying classical music is dead - that is until the younger generation eventually discover what good music is. I like the quote from the Composers Datebook "remember all music is once new". I discovered Live at the Concertgecouw radio broadcast over a decade ago, and I was so glad that it helped me discover so much relatively contemporary "classical" works that are seldom performed even with the leading symphony orchestras in the US. During my short visit to Amsterdam I was fortunate to able to attend a concert at the Concertgebouw only minutes before the start. If you like classical music and like me, wanting more challenge than the usual "played-to-death" pieces this is a good box set. RCO compiles a box set like this every 10 years. I have been waiting for the release of the super box set that contains 7 decades (all the box sets RCO ever released) to no avail. I finally decided to buy the two of the most recent decades. I love both. My taste of classical is mostly post romantic. I cannot withstand anything baroque and those before it while I recognize and respect them as the development of Western music.

I am so sad to find out just now the 7-decade super box set is now available :-(
Incredible Trove of Treasures 7 Aug. 2013
By Tan Beng Ti - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently came across this when assessing whether to get the BPO Centenary Edition, and had a hunch this was a good series. Everything about it is a throw back to the days when classical recordings were a premium product. Firstly, the packaging, including the cardsleeves are sturdy and durable. Each sleeve has the full track listing on it for that CD, something many other anthologies have dispensed with. The booklet is glossy paper and thick, so it will age well. Each CDs pieces are briefly introduced in a range of languages. The performances themselves, I have listened through the first 2 discs recorded in 2000, and was very impressed by the sound quality and the performance standards. Even Lorin Maazel's Symfonia Domestica on CD1 was a richly Viennese performance with great articulation. I will treasure listening to this set for many hours to come.
A unique anthology 24 Dec. 2014
By Philip D. Tasho - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow!
This anthology is not filled with the usual warhorse classical selections. It is filled with fantastic performances of many 20th century gems rarely found or heard from many great orchestras. Szymanowski's violin concerto was as thrilling to hear as Beethoven's 9th.
Love it!
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