Wagner Ring Cycle
It took Richard Wagner (1813-1883) 26 years to complete his magnum opus, the opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, which consists of four separate operas tied together by leitmotifs, recurring musical themes which link plot elements. In some of his essays, Wagner speaks about the Gesamtkunstwerk (“total work of art”) which was his ideal way of unifying all works of art via the theatre. It is a union of opera and drama, in which the individual arts are subordinated to a common purpose. Der Ring des Nibelungen, and specifically its components Das Rheingold and Die Walküre represent perhaps the closest that Wagner, or anyone else, ever came to realizing these ideals.
Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies and Manfred
Between February 2011 and March 2014, PENTATONE released a highly acclaimed cycle of recordings of the complete symphonies by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as well as the Marche Slave, the Festival Coronation March, Romeo and Juliet, Francesca da Rimini, Capriccio Italien and the Manfred Symphony.A wonderfully complete collection to fully enjoy the unsurpassed lyrical mastery of Tchaikovsky in optimal sound quality.
Bruckner : The Symphonies
PENTATONE is proud to present Anton Bruckner’s complete symphonies recorded with PENTATONE’s January July 2015 Orchestra of the Season, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and conductor Marek Janowski.
Mari Kodama - The Complete Piano Sonatas
The waiting has finally paid off: the complete Mari Kodama's Beethoven piano sonata cycle has finally arrived. Although not the first with this achievement, the very idea that an artist can play this music and still introduce a new perspective, as Kodama so often proves with her performances, is astonishing.
Wagner Edition - Collector's Box
For the true Wagner fans, PENTATONE has decided to embark on a unique project: recording the 10 major Wagner operas with the same musical forces. Never before has a record company recorded all of Wagner’s operas with the same orchestra, choir and conductor. The complete WAGNER Edition in a special collector's box is now available!