Complete Orchestral Recordings
on Deutsche Grammophon
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Int. Release 20 Jul. 2010
0289 477 8840 9
CD ADD 0289 477 8840 9 GB 6

Track List

CD 1: Beethoven: Symphony No.3 "Eroica" / Schumann: "Manfred" Overture

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 55 "Eroica"

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini

Total Playing Time 1:11:06

CD 2: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos.5 & 6 "Pastoral"

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67



Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini

Total Playing Time 1:20:37

CD 3: Brahms: Symphony No.1

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini

Total Playing Time 53:04

CD 4: Brahms: Symphony No.2

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini

Total Playing Time 48:40

CD 5: Schumann: Symphony No.3 "Rhenish" / Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 "Pathétique"

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"




Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, TH 30 - "Pathétique"

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini

Total Playing Time 1:20:46

CD 6: Debussy: La Mer / Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye; Rapsodie espagnole

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
La mer, L. 109

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
Ma mère l'Oye, M. 60


Rapsodie espagnole, M. 54




Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carlo Maria Giulini

Total Playing Time 59:36

. . . unfailingly measured and dignified performances . . . every single work testifies to the genuine chemistry between a master and his charges. While the Los Angeles Philharmonic would later make its name championing new music, under Giulini they brought new life to the classics. From 1978-1984, the legendary maestro took a group of eager young musicians and introduced the world to a whole new way of hearing music that audiences thought they knew. This is not an exaggeration. The Brahms Symphonies are both massive in conception, and almost spiritual in approach . . . here is a true, rich Brahms sound. Every phrase and measure gets attention, and such is the genius of the conductor that nothing ever drags. The Beethoven Symphonies nos. 5 and 6 are highly distinctive . . . [Beethoven 5]: very fine, with an especially gripping set of outer movements . . . [Beethoven 6]: a broad and loving reading that favors the woodwinds . . . vision is the key word here. Those Beethoven and Brahms pieces would have been dead from the start without Giulini's heartfelt and painstaking care with dynamics and detail. This also pays off in Schumann . . . The "Rhenish" is one of the finest I've heard, clear in terms of balances but also unquestionably serious and large-scaled. Somehow Giulini manages to allow everything to cut through the textures effectively, all while retaining a "big" sound. I suspect that his ability to get his Los Angeles forces to follow his every whim dynamically speaking really helps. The work sounds better than ever . . . The "Manfred" is just as fine. Giulini also conducted a reasonable amount of Ravel and Tchaikovsky, as well as some Debussy. "La Mer" was a signature piece for him, and all of his versions are worth hearing. This is one of the best, if not the best he ever gave us. It's beyond beautiful, while also splashy and full of color. Ditto for the Ravel works, which are outstanding and will probably have you second-guessing if this is Giulini. It is; check out the amount of energy that goes into phrasing each section, or demanding that each orchestral voice be heard . . . the Los Angeles Philharmonic is amazing here . . . they play with tremendous commitment to Giulini's vision . . . while the Beethoven and Brahms might take some getting used to, the time is very well spent if you choose to make the effort. As for the Schumann and French selections, they are classics loved around the world. Go for it.

. . . er gestaltet sie [die Werke] auf unverwechselbar persönliche, eigenständige Weise ¿ mit glühendem Klang und einer lodernden Expressivität, mit bedächtigen Tempi und bohrender Intensität. Da dirigiert einer, der an jede Note glaubt und jede Note liebt . . . gerade diese Aufnahme zeigt exemplarisch, was ganz grundsätzlich (und auch heute noch) an Giulinis Musizieren so fasziniert: Wenn er dirigierte, gab er nicht nur sein Bestes, sondern alles.

Quelle joie, avant tout, de retrouver l'Ouverture Manfred et la Symphonie n° 3 "Rhénane" de Schumann, hantées, visionnaires, déployant des phrasés d'une beauté inouïe. Le miracle tient autant à la pâte orchestrale et à la palette somptueusement travaillées par Giulini qu'à sa façon de retrouver la force intérieure de la musique: il donne le sentiment, paradoxal dans ce geste impérieux, de découvrir les deux ¿uvres au moment de les diriger. Ces versions dominent à mon sens l'entière discographie . . . Approche singulière d'un maître de la dramaturgie, qui sait toujours, dans la noblesse et la grande respiration, laisser une place à la force indomptable de l'invention.

. . . [Beethoven / Symphony no. 3]: la vision de Giulini est exempte de toute séduction immédiate, réservant sa perfection aux oreilles attentives . . . Cette construction mène à un miracle quasi insoute nable dans les deux premiers mouvements: une élévation constante et inexorable de la tension, tout cela sans le moindre statisme. "L'Héroique" de 1978 devient alors le postulat d'une véritable philosophie musicale, que Giulini partage, dans Beethoven, avec Ferenc Fricsay. L'enregistrement fait toujours sensation en 2017, car cette philosophie est intemporelle.