Recordings with Christian Thielemann

Under the baton of Christian Thielemann the Munich Philharmonics released several records. Thielemann followed the tradition of his predecessors and, working with the Munich Philharmonics, proved to be a great interpreter of Bruckner, Brahms and Beethoven’s music.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4

An exclusive digital archive release of a concert recording from 31 December 2009 of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Symphony No. 4, conducted by Christian Thielemann.

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Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4

An exclusive digital archive release of a concert recording from 31 December 2009 of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Symphony No. 4, conducted by Christian Thielemann.

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Diana Damrau sings Strauss Songs

In this collection of Strauss songs Diana Damrau is joined by the Munich Philharmonic and Christian Thielemann.

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Diana Damrau sings Strauss Songs

In this collection of Strauss songs Diana Damrau is joined by the Munich Philharmonic and Christian Thielemann. Soprano Diana Damrau is described by The Sunday Times as “the most dazzling star to have emerged from Germany in recent years”. “Strauss loved female voices,” says Diana Damrau, “and he explores some extreme possibilities in these many-layered songs, each with its different point of view.”


Renée Fleming sings Strauss Songs

On this CD, the celebrated soprano Renée Fleming joins forces with the absolute Strauss expert Christian Thielemann.

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Renée Fleming sings Strauss Songs

Renée Fleming has repeatedly called Richard Strauss her favorite composer. On this CD, the celebrated soprano joins forces with the absolute Strauss expert Christian Thielemann. “Fleming revels in the beauties of this late romantic music along with Strauss expert Thielemann and his excellent Munich Philharmonic. An invitation to rapture.” (NDR Kultur)


Beethoven and Brahms

On this CD recording, Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic interpret Beethoven’s Overture to the Drama “Egmont” and Brahms’s First Symphony.

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Beethoven and Brahms

On this CD recording, Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic interpret Beethoven’s Overture to the Drama “Egmont” and Brahms’s First Symphony. “A refreshing recording, which strikes a balance between tradition and modernity.” (Crescendo)

Pfitzner: Symphony in c-sharp minor

An exclusive digital archive release of a concert recording from 13 February 2008 of Hans Erich Pfitzner’s Symphony in c-sharp minor (op. 36a), conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Pfitzner: Symphony in c-sharp minor

An exclusive digital archive release of a concert recording from 13 February 2008 of Hans Erich Pfitzner’s Symphony in c-sharp minor (op. 36a), conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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Christian Thielemann’s Inaugural Concert

Christian Thielemann´s highly acclaimed inaugural concert as General Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic as a live recording of Bruckner's Symphony No. 5.

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Christian Thielemann’s Inaugural Concert

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5

Christian Thielemann´s highly acclaimed inaugural concert as General Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic as a live recording. In a review of the concert, which programmed Brucknes Fifth, the FAZ wrote: "Thielemann, the great unpredictable one, is like a promise… people are happy to have been there."


Mozart: Requiem

Christian Thielemann’s acclaimed inaugural concert with Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5 was followed by Mozart’s Requiem.

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Mozart: Requiem

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem

Sibylla Rubens
Lioba Braun
Steve Davislim
Georg Zeppenfeld
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Münchner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann
, conductor


The Vatican Concert

Recorded live in the presence of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City, this profoundly moving and inspiring concert is a true musical landmark.

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The Vatican Concert

Recorded live in the presence of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City, this profoundly moving and inspiring concert is a true musical landmark. While the music ranges from the grand to the sublime, the atmosphere retains the warmth and intimacy of a "family reunion": both the Munich Philharmonic and the boys' chorus "Regensburger Domspatzen" are world-renowned institutions from the Pope's native Germany and from cities closely connected with the former Cardinal Ratzinger. Among the works performed is a Sanctus from a mass written by Georg Ratzinger, the Pope's brother and one-time director of the "Regensburger Domspatzen". Under the direction of its distinguished young principal conductor Christian Thielemann, the Munich Philharmonic is joined by the boys' chorus (which also sings a cappella works led by Georg Büchner) in music by Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Palestrina, Pfitzner, Verdi, Wagner and Georg Ratzinger. The musical event is rounded off with an address to the listeners and performers by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: „Kyrie“ from „Missa Papae Marcelli“
Georg Ratzinger: „Sanctus“ from „Missa L’anno santo“
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: „Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen“
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: „Ave verum corpus“
Franz Liszt: „Tu es Petrus“ from „Christus“
Hans Pfitzner: „Palestrina“, Vorspiele to Act 1 and 3
Giuseppe Verdi: „Te Deum“ from „Quattro Pezzi Sacri“
Richard Wagner: „Tannhäuser“, Ouverture

Regensburger Domspatzen
Athestis Chorus
Münchner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann
, conductor


Bruckner: Symphonies Nr. 4 & Nr. 7

A live recording of Bruckner's Symphonies No. 4 & 7 by Christian Thielemann with the Munich Philharmonic.

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nr. 4 & Nr. 7

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Münchner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann
, conductor

Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier

It would be hard to imagine a better cast for this late Romantic rococo pasticcio: Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, Franz Grundheber and Jonas Kaufmann sharing a stage together with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

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Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier

It would be hard to imagine a better cast for this late Romantic rococo pasticcio: Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, Franz Grundheber and Jonas Kaufmann sharing a stage together with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christian Thielemann.

Renée Fleming, Die Feldmarschallin
Sophie Koch
, Octavian
Franz Hawlata
, Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau
Jonas Kaufmann
, Ein Sänger
Diana Damrau
, Sophie
Franz Grundheber
, Herr von Faninal
Münchner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann
, conductor


Strauss - "Elektra"

A Herbert Wernicke Production of Strauss' "Elektra" in Baden Baden.

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Strauss - "Elektra"

In a Herbert Wernicke Production.

Linda Watson, Elektra
Jane Henschel
, Klytämnestra
Manuela Uhl
,  Chrysothemis
Albert Dohmen
, Orest
René Kollo
, Aegisth
Philharmonia Chor Wien

Münchner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann
, conductor


Johannes Brahms - "Ein deutsches Requiem" op. 45

The soloists in this production, which was recorded at Munich's Philharmonie in April 2007 with the Munich Philharmonic, rank among the best in their voice ranges.

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Johannes Brahms - "Ein deutsches Requiem" op. 45

The soloists in this production, which was recorded at Munich's Philharmonie in April 2007 with the Munich Philharmonic, also rank among the best in their voice ranges. Christian Gerhaher has become particularly noted as a Lied singer, and won the prestigious "Echo Klassik" award in 2002 for his recording of Schubert's "Winterreise." He has since established himself as a sought-after baritone in many opera roles (including Papageno in the Salzburg Festival's Mozart 22 production of "The Magic Flute" recorded by Unitel). Soprano Christine Schäfer has won rave reviews above all for her impassioned interpretations of Mozart roles such as Cherubino and Donna Anna (also available in Unitel's Mozart 22 project). In the Brahms Requiem, she "transforms the 'Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit' into an angelic hymn, clear and wondrously beautiful, removed from all pain and suffering. Flawless." (Joachim Kaiser, Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Christine Schäfer, Soprano
Christian Gerhaher
, Baritone
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
(Production Peter Dijkstra)
Münchner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann
, conductor