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Learn about the Houston Symphony's latest recording projects and discover our rich recorded legacy, which features landmark recordings by artists such as Leopold Stokowski, Christoph Eschenbach, Renée Fleming, Hans Graf and many others. Below you can browse Amazon.com and iTunes for the Houston Symphony's recordings or peruse a selection of highlighted recordings that showcase the Houston Symphony's role in shaping the tradition of orchestral music.

The Houston Symphony’s recording and electronic media initiatives are supported by The Wortham Foundation, Inc. and Bobby and Phoebe Tudor.

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NEW RECORDINGS

Dvorak 7 & 8 coverIn a recent partnership with Dutch recording label PENTATONE that began in the 2015-16 season with the scheduled 2016 release of the last four great symphonies of Antonin Dvorák, Andrés and the orchestra are planning to record and subsequently release a series of recordings of the Music of the Americas. These recordings will include Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Revueltas’ Sensemayá, Piazzolla’s Tangazo and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, which will be recorded over the course of two concert weekends in early 2017. Additional recording projects with PENTATONE include recordings of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Denis Kozhukhin and Haydn’s The Creation.

The release date for the first recording of the partnership, Dvorák's Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8, is March 1, 2016.

 

FEATURED RECORDINGS

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11

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Leopold Stokowski, conductor

Former Music Director Leopold Stokowski conducts the Houston Symphony in the first ever commercial recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, In The Year 1905. Leopold Stokoswki and the Houston Symphony gave the U.S. premiere of this masterpiece less than a year after it was written in 1957 and made this recording shortly thereafter, introducing this symphony to Western audiences. Critics agree that this recording remains one of the definitive accounts of this work.

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Strauss: Four Last Songs

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Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano

Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Houston Symphony and America’s great soprano, Renee Fleming, in a definitive recording of breathtaking beauty.

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Stravinsky: Orchestral Works

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Hans Graf, conductor

Conductor Laureate Hans Graf conducts the Houston Symphony in glowing performances of two fairy-tale ballets—Bartok’s The Wooden Prince and Stravinsky’s Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée.  Le Baiser de la Fee (“The Fairy’s Kiss”) is based on the Hans Christian Anderson short story The Ice Maiden and was originally composed in 1928 in homage to Tchaikovsky for the 35th anniversary of the composer’s death. The Wooden Prince is a fairy-tale ballet with an original story by Bartók’s literary acquaintance Béla Balázs.

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Brahms Symphonies 1-4

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Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Under the baton of former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, the Houston Symphony gives authoratative readings of the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms. These recordings explore the verve, freedom and complexity these cornerstones of the repertoire and display the Houston Symphony's idiomatic approach with these revered works.

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Rouse: Symphony No. 2 - Flute Concerto - Phaethon

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Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Carol Wincenc, flute

Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Houston Symphony and flautist Carol Wincenc in the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 2, Flute Concerto and Phaethon. Today Rouse is recognized as one of America's leading composers, and this recording remains an important document of some of his major works.

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Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

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Leopold Stokowski, conductor

Conducted by former Music Director Leopold Stokowski, the Houston Symphony gives an electric performance of Bartok’s final completed masterpiece. This 1960 recording has excellent sound and shows off the virtuoso technique of the Houston Symphony's musicians.

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Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony; Berg: Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite

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Hans Graf, conductor
Twyla Robinson, soprano
Roman Trekel, baritone

Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony, a late-Romantic song cycle by any other name, recalls both Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, but remains much less often performed and recorded. This valuable account under the baton of Hans Graf makes a powerful case for this neglected post-Romantic masterpiece.

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