Various Artists

50 Years: Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg

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Many only know of the annual summer Salzburg Festival as the event where the von Trapp Family performs just before escaping from the Nazis in The Sound of Music. However, the festival is a world-renowned setting for dramatic, opera, and concert performances, established in 1920. In 1960, the Großes Festspielhaus (Great Festival Hall) was inaugurated with a performance of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, which Deutsche Grammophon recorded and which begins this collection of the label's recordings from the festival between 1960 and 2010. The collection includes four other operas, 11 orchestral and choral concerts, and two piano recitals, with music ranging from Mozart -- the hometown hero -- to Boulez, some not previously released. Herbert von Karajan, the conductor of Der Rosenkavalier, was artistic director of the festival for over 30 years, so he is also well-represented here. Other conductors and musicians include Leonard Bernstein, Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Alfred Brendel, and Martha Argerich. The variety of music and performers speaks to the high standards that have made the festival a well-respected institution.

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Idomeneo, re di Creta, opera in three acts, K. 366
1 5:04
2 2:38
3 4:13
4 1:42
5 4:40
6 0:45
7 0:27
8 2:28
9 1:32
10 1:28
11 2:17
12 3:33
13 1:21
14 6:03
15 1:02
16 2:09
17 1:53
18 2:29
19 3:12
20 2:23
21 2:13
22 1:37
23 2:21
24 0:49
25 6:26
26 2:00
27 4:54
28 0:48
29 1:27
30 4:38
31 2:18

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Idomeneo, re di Creta, opera in three acts, K. 366
1 0:37
2 4:00
3 0:29
4 4:26
5 1:55
6 2:04
7 2:39
8 6:07
9 0:35
10 1:33
11 1:23
12 3:00
13 1:41
14 6:13
15 2:54
16 1:37
17 3:33
18 2:28
19 4:15
20 1:31
21 5:15
22 0:45
23 7:30
24 3:41
25 3:19

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
La Traviata, opera in three acts
1 3:36
2 4:41
3 3:04
4 2:11
5 3:33
6 1:12
7 1:27
8 4:28
9 4:53
10 3:38
11 2:21
12 3:45
13 1:50
14 2:13
15 2:49
16 4:51
17 5:03
18 1:48
19 2:28
20 2:24
21 4:25
22 3:48

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Eugene Onegin, lyrical scenes in three acts
1 2:09
2 5:32
3 5:16
4 4:13
5 3:25
6 3:39
7 2:17
8 3:36
9 2:52
10 8:13
11 13:21
12 6:07
13 2:35
14 4:27
15 4:48

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Eugene Onegin, lyrical scenes in three acts
1 7:59
2 3:24
3 3:15
4 4:21
5 5:11
6 3:19
7 6:48
8 6:27
9 4:17
10 3:32
11 2:31
12 6:39
13 3:41
14 14:30

Track Listing - Disc 15

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Symphony No. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
1 6:26
2 3:05
3 4:31
4 1:35
5 4:29
6 1:06
7 1:49
8 2:22
9 1:22
10 4:24
11 3:55
12 4:50
13 1:13
14 3:56
15 1:22
16 6:01
17 6:27

Track Listing - Disc 17

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Tannhäuser
1 15:05
2 19:46
Tristan und Isolde
3 12:00
4 7:16

Track Listing - Disc 19

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
1 11:27
2 17:29
3 18:54

Track Listing - Disc 20

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123
1 6:15
2 12:19
3 16:42
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