Monday 3 November 2014

Press Release: True legends in full bloom, PENTATONE’s Remastered Classics series

Baarn, the Netherlands, 1 November 2014 — Today PENTATONE launched the Remastered Classics series, a collection of quadraphonic recordings originally produced by Deutsche Grammophon in the 1970s. The series features conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Pinchas Zukerman, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph Eschenbach, Claudio Abbado, and orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Berliner Philharmoniker. The series will hit North America in March 2015.
This is the quality they deserved more than 30 years ago,” said Dirk van Dijk, one of PENTATONE’s co founders and an initiator of the project. PENTATONE was granted the honour of remastering these precious recordings thanks to the prime quality represented in their multi-channel recordings. “We are thrilled that music lovers can finally listen to these precious recordings in the way the artists, original engineers and producers wanted,” van Dijk added.
Released over the course of a year, the first 5 of 20 titles are available just in time for the holiday season. 
Also released today, Piano Concertos by Serge Prokofiev and Aram Khachaturian with PENTATONE’s Artist of the Season August November 2014, Nareh Arghamanyan. It is recorded with Alain Altinoglu conducting the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Her third recording with PENTATONE demonstrates once again Arghamanyan’s calibre, which certifies her as one of the promising generation of today’s finest pianists.
PENTATONE, winner of the 2013 BBC Music Magazine ‘Technical Excellence Award’ for Parsifal from the Wagner Edition, solidifies its reputation with the releases of the complete Wagner Operas with conductor Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony with conductor Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Mari Kodama and its recording of the Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn violin concertos with conductor Charles Dutoit and PENTATONE’s exclusive artist, Arabella Steinbacher. 
ABOUT Nareh Arghamanyan
Acclaimed for her rich and colourful tone, dazzling virtuosity and unique talent storytelling, Nareh Arghamanyan belongs to the best pianists of her generation. Winner of more than 18 international competitions, including the 2008 Montreal International Musical Competition, the 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, France, and the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition in Vienna, she has since performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall in London, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Laieszhalle in Hamburg, the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Lucerne Piano Festival, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kimmel Centre in Philadelphia and the Gardner Museum in Boston.
ABOUT Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Since 2002, the beginning of Marek Janowski’s era as artistic leader and chief conductor, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB) has earned itself a prominent position among the top Berlin orchestras as well as among the German radio orchestras. The remarkable level achieved under Janowski has made the RSB highly attractive to top international conductors. The orchestra also has a strong relationship with prominent conductors of the younger generation, such as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Yannick Nézet Séguin, Vasily Petrenko and Marc Albrecht.
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