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Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie
New on CD & Vinyl
CD: Richard Strauss "Eine Alpensinfonie"

Göteborgs Symfoniker
Kent Nagano

A rich, detailed panorama depicted in powerful musical sounds!

Kent Nagano, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Richard Strauss

Kent Nagano and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra first became acquainted in 1993, when they worked together on Mahler's Third Symphony. Love was immediate and Kent Nagano conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra regularly over the next decades.

Portrait: Kent Nagano

Views from Ararat
Rebekka Hartmann | Margarita Oganesjan
CD: Views from Ararat
Rebekka Hartmann, Violine | Margarita Oganesjan, Klavier

Rebekka Hartmann, Violin
Margarita Oganesjan,

Ahmed Adnan Saygun
Arno Babajanian
Edward Baghdassarian
Masterpieces by great composers from Armenia and Turkey

Ararat is a famous mountain. Noah's ark is said to have been stranded on it after the flood. Christian Armenians see the mountain as a national symbol, even though it is not located in Armenian territory, but on Turkish soil near the Armenian border. The border crossing is closed, however, as relations between the two countries have long been strained because of the Armenian Genocide.


Audi Jugendchorakademie
Munich Opera Horns | Kent Nagano
CD: Audi Jugendchorakademie
Munich Opera Horns | Kent Nagano
Johannes Brahms
Robert Schumann
Franz Schubert
Igor Stravinsky
Richard Wagner
Richard Strauss

Chorus and horns: an unusual musical combination



the czech album
CD: ATOS Triothe czech album

Antonin Dvorak
Trio in F minor, op. 65

Trio in G minor, op. 15

"They were Austrians in Haydn, Czechs in Dvorak, and Russians in Shostakovich."
O Estado de Sao Paulo [Daily newspaper]

Czech music.

First came "the french album", then "the russian album"; now, the ATOS Trio is presenting "the czech album" with music by Dvorak and Smetana. Two trios composed amid profound human pain resulting from the loss of a beloved person.



David Pia
Münchner Rundfunkorchester | Ulf Schirmer
CD: David Pia; Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Ulf Schirmer;Concerto for Violoncello by d’Albert, Bruch, Dohnányi, Bruch
Concertos for Violoncello by Eugen d’Albert
Max Bruch
Ernst von Dohnányi
Bridges of Tradition

David Pia has known ever since his childhood what constitutes a great musical tradition, as his grandfather was the legendary conductor, organist and director of the Munich Bach Choir, Karl Richter. This is why, when selecting pieces for his first album as cello soloist with orchestra, he has not fallen back on the popular concertos by Haydn, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Dvorák, Prokofieff or Shostakovich, but instead chosen masterpieces from the autumnal years of the fading Romantic era that were once highly regarded and have now been rediscovered.


Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
Now on Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc!
Cover: Die Walküre, Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc
Bavarian State Orchestra

Zubin Mehta

Peter Seiffert, Kurt Rydl, John Tomlinson, Waltraud Meier, Gabriele Schnaut, Mihoko Fujimura, a.o.
When Zubin Mehta took over the position of Bavarian General Music Director in 1998, heralding a new era in the history of an opera house which in all of Germany is richest in tradition, this first cyclic performance of the Ring was a triumph for both the maestro and his musicians.



Gustav Mahler: Symphonies 3 & 5
Now on Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc!
Gustav Mahler: Symphonies No. 3 & 5
Bavarian State Orchestra

Zubin Mehta

Symphony No. 3
Marjana Lipovsek, alto solo
Vienna Boys' Choir
Women's Chorus of the Vienna Singverein
"… Mehta draws eloquent expression from the often turbulent motivic activity. In his circumspect interpretation (and with the help of the audiophile multi-channel technology), the complex polyphony of the Fifth is made audible in optimal fashion. … It would not be a bad idea at all if we were to hear more of Mahler, Mehta and Munich. And soon."
Das Orchester


Sax Allemande
Mendelssohn & friends*
Mendelssohn & friends
22 'Songs without Words' by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
For saxophone trio with/without guests and a short mystery story by Andrea Maria Schenkel.

Kirill Troussov, violin
Wen-Sinn Yang, cello
Eric Terwilliger, horn
Andrea Maria Schenkel, short mystery story


Raphaela Gromes & Julian Riem
Violoncello sonatas by Strauss & Mendelssohn
CD: Raphaela Gromes & Julian Riem
"The very young cellist Raphaela Gromes is one of the finest and most intensive musical talents that I have come across in a long time," Brigitte Fassbaender said after the 2012 Richard-Strauss-Competition, from which Raphaela Gromes emerged as the winner.


"The 6th DEG JAPAN (Digital Entertainment Group) Blu-ray Award,
the best high sound quality prize among classic music group"
Kent Nagano: Bruckner "VIII. Symphony"

Blu-ray Pure Audio "Bruckner Symphonies" featuring the Bavarian State Orchestra awarded best Blu-ray production by DEG Japan!

Tango a trois

The audiophile version of FARAO classics’  “Bruckner: Symphonies 4, 7, 8”, interpreted by the Bavarian State Orchestra and conductor Kent Nagano, has just been awarded with the DEG Japan’s prize for best classical production on Blu-ray disc in 2013. FARAO classics first published the Blu-ray Pure Audio version last July.

The awards committee commented: "The sound quality is overwhelming. Besides excellent resolving power based on state-of-the-art recording, the sound is expressed with words, which explain Bruckner's works: beautiful, brilliant, profound scale and keen cutting. Only BD Audio can bring this unforgettable sound filled with fortitude, high-quality, and colorful musicality."

This Blu-ray Pure Audio contains on just one disc the three symphonies both in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound as high resolution audio recording.

DEG Japan is an association of the most important companies of the audio-visual, high-definition branch of the Japanese entertainment industy. The prize has been awarded for the sixth time.

Our tango classic now on LP!
Tango à trois - Café Banlieue
LP: Cafe Banlieue
Tango a trois
Concertante tango compositions for violin, cello and piano by Peter Ludwig

A 180-gram audiophile pressing.


Munich Opera Horns
Fan Faire
Munich Opera Horns "Fan Faire"
Munich Opera Horns
The hornists of the Bavarian State Orchestra play music for horn ensemble.

Works by Karl Stiegler,
J. S. Bach, Giovanni Gabrieli, Miroslav Srnka, Giuseppe Verdi, Astor Piazzolla
Robert Schumann once said: "The horns are the soul of the orchestra." And the horn really is more than just an instrument. It possesses an almost unlimited spectrum of tone colours, it covers a range of more than four octaves, its sound can be modified with a mute, and it is the most organic, human and vocal of all the instruments.

The repertoire on this new CD fully reflects the versatility of the horn.


Mendelssohn’s World
The Violin Sonatas
Cover: Mendelssohn's World
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Sonatas for Violin and Piano:

in F Major (1820)
in F Minor, op. 4
in F Major (1838), Version Menuhin

Andreas Reiner, violin | Desar Sulejmani, piano

"From the miracle of the 11-year-old genius to the depression of the 17-year-old to the jubilant virtuosity of the mature Mendelssohn - that is Mendelssohn's world, a world of expression that I very much revere and love." Andreas Reiner



Kent Nagano
Double-CD and Boxed set of Bruckner Symphonies
Kent Nagano: Bruckner "VIII. Symphony"

After seven years as Bavarian General Music Director, Kent Nagano will be leaving Munich at the end of July, 2013.

To mark his departure, FARAO classics is issuing a boxed set of Bruckner symphonies recorded in their rarely played first versions.

This production is available on CD and as well on Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc.
Boxed set of Bruckner Symphonies conducted by Kent Nagano


Last update: May 24, 2016 | © FARAO GmbH