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Mozart: Chamber Music

Mozart: Chamber Music


Mozart:

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

András Schiff (piano), Heinz Holliger (oboe), Elmar Schmid (clarinet), Radovan Vlatkovic (bassoon) & Klaus Thunemann (horn)

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

André Previn (piano)

Musikverein Quartet

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

André Previn (piano)

Musikverein Quartet


The Piano Quartets are like heavenly twins, alike on the outside but very different in tone. The G minor, like all Mozart’s works in that key, is intense, introspective and even tragic in places. The E flat is extrovert, bracing, brilliant and straightforwardly pleasurable. The present performances feature what, at first glance, is a strange match between a pianist who made his name in Hollywood and members of a quartet drawn from the archetypal central European orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic. But there was always more to André Previn than his connection with the movies implied. Born in Berlin in 1929, he already had studies in his home city and Paris behind him when he emigrated to America with his family in 1939; and it was as a brilliant prodigy that he went to Hollywood in his late teens. His work in films gave him an all-round grounding in practical musicianship and he was always a sought-after pianist in both jazz and classical circles.

The quintet in E flat, KV 452, could hardly be more different from the piano quartets. For one thing, it involves Mozart’s four favourite wind instruments, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon – he affected not to like the flute, although he wrote well enough for it. And even though a piano is involved, Mozart’s instincts for the qualities of individual instruments tell him that he has to let the winds express their idiosyncratic characters, sometimes keeping the piano out of their way. All four winds have their distinctive solos and, where possible, Mozart combines them in differing combinations against the piano. It can be a difficult work to balance but the problem is triumphantly surmounted in this recording, made in the Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, where the Busch, Konzerthaus and Alban Berg Quartets used to hold sway. The sessions were overseen by the legendary Decca producer Christopher Raeburn, a Mozartian to his fingertips. The great Hungarian pianist András Schiff (born 1953) was joined by four illustrious wind soloists: Swiss oboist and composer Heinz Holliger (born 1939); his compatriot clarinettist Elmar Schmid (born 1947); Croatian horn player Radovan Vlatkovic (born 1962); and German bassoonist Klaus Thünemann (born 1937).

“Schiff and colleagues play the enchanting K452 Quintet, and André Previn impresses in the Quartets, shaping phrases with a velvet touch that tells even in the recessed piano image.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ****

“On the surface (and only on the surface) these performances are similar to the slick, cool readings recorded by George Szell and members of the Budapest Quartet. André Previn may not yet be in Szell's league as a conductor, but here he proves himself an equally stylish and considerably more sensitive pianist. Previn's tone is purer and more finely controlled, and he is a much more intelligent ensemble player, knowing (as Szell seemed not to) how to blend with his colleagues and step out of the spotlight when the music so demands. […] These are exemplary readings, and the string players acquit themselves admirably […] Rich, close sound and flawless surfaces contribute to making this a most welcome release” Fanfare, December 1982 (Piano Quartets)

“The wind players are excellent and blend well, while the overall ensemble displays a fine unity. The balance places the piano more backwardly than usual, but no detail of Schiff’s playing is lost.” Gramophone Magazine, April 1995 (Quintet)

“I have nothing but praise for the Decca recording and the way it achieves a just and highly satisfactory balance between the piano and the strings” Gramophone Magazine, March 1982 (Piano Quartets)

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Schumann: Chamber Music

Schumann: Chamber Music


Schumann:

Andante and Variation for two pianos Op. 46

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Malcolm Frager (pianos), Amaryllis Fleming, Terence Weil (cellos) & Barry Tuckwell (horn)

Study in Canonic Form, Op. 56 No. 4 in A flat major - Innig

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Malcolm Frager (pianos)

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Barry Tuckwell (horn) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Romances (3), Op. 94

Heinz Holliger (oboe) & Alfred Brendel (piano)

Abendlied (No. 12 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

Heinz Holliger (oboe) & Alfred Brendel (piano)

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Franklin Cohen (clarinet) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Stücke im Volkston (5), Op. 102

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) & Benjamin Britten (piano)


Late in the 1840s, Schumann entered a chamber music phase. It was, it is said, motivated partly by financial reasons – creating a body of chamber works that could be played by talented amateurs in their own homes. Many of the works on this disc date from 1849. Significantly, for collectors, one of these – the Andante and Variations – receives its first release on CD and marks Vladimir Ashkenazy’s first recording of chamber music for Decca. The same sessions also included duo piano recordings with Malcolm Frager, from which the Study in Canon Form emanates. Other notable duo collaborations on this disc include Rostropovich and Britten (Fünf Stücke im Volkston), Holliger and Brendel (Drei Romanzen, Abendlied) and Ashkenazy with Tuckwell in the 1974 (Adagio and Allegro) and with Franklin Cohen in 1990 (Fantasiestücke).

“Schumann played by such luminaries as Ashkenazy, Holliger and Brendel, culminating in a spellbinding account by Rostropovich and Britten of the five cello and piano pieces Op. 102.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 *****

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R. Strauss: Oboe Concerto & Till Eulenspeigel

R. Strauss: Oboe Concerto & Till Eulenspeigel


Lutosławski:

Concerto for Oboe, Harp, and Chamber Orchestra

Heinz Holliger (oboe) & Ursula Holliger (harp)

Michael Gielen

Strauss, R:

Oboe Concerto in D

Heinz Holliger (oboe)

Michael Gielen

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

Thomas Schippers

Waltz Sequence No. 1 (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Thomas Schippers

Waltz Sequence No. 2 (from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59)

Thomas Schippers


Alto - ALC1134

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Lauds and Lamentations

Lauds and Lamentations


Carter, E:

Oboe Quartet

Four Lauds for solo violin

A 6 Letter Letter for English Horn

Figment No. 1

Figment No. 2 'Remembering Mr Ives'

Yun:

Piri for Oboe Solo

Quartet for Oboe and String Trio


Heinz Holliger (oboe, english horn), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Ruth Killius (viola), Thomas Demenga (cello)

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Vivaldi: Wind Concertos

Vivaldi: Wind Concertos


Vivaldi:

Flute Concerto, Op. 10 No. 1 in F major, RV 433 'La tempesta di mare'

Flute Concerto, Op. 10 No. 2 in G minor, RV 439 'La notte'

Flute Concerto, Op. 10 No. 3 in D major, RV 428 'Il gardellino'

Oboe Concerto in D minor, RV454

Oboe Concerto in C major, RV446

Bassoon Concerto, RV 500 in A minor

Bassoon Concerto, RV 504 in B flat major

Concerto for 2 Trumpets, Strings & Continuo in C major, RV 537


Aurèle Nicolet, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Thunemann, Håkan Hardenberger, Reinhold Friedrich

I Musici

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Albinoni: 12 Concertos, Op. 9, etc.

Albinoni:

12 Concertos, Op. 9

Adagio for Strings and Organ in G minor


Felix Ayo (violin), Heinz Holliger (oboe), Maurice Bourgue (oboe)

I Musici

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Music of Ursula Mamlok Volume 5

Music of Ursula Mamlok Volume 5


Mamlok:

Sonata for piano solo

Holger Groschopp (piano)

The Birds Dream

Holger Groschopp (piano)

Molto vivo

Holger Groschopp (piano)

Allegro for violin and piano

Kolja Lessing (violin) & Holger Groschopp (piano)

Sextet

Parnassus, Anthony Korf

Rückblick

Frank Lunte (alto saxophone) & Tatjana Blome (piano)

Fünf Phantasiestücke

Heinz Holliger (oboe), Hanna Weinmeister (violin), Jürg Dähler (viola) & Daniel Haefliger (violoncello)

Above Clouds

Hartmut Rohde (viola) & Holger Groschopp (piano)

Breezes

Musicians of Spectrum Concerts Berlin


At the age of 92, Ursula Mamlok, who spent many decades living in New York, has returned to her native Germany, where she has been heralded as a master composer. German musicians and concert organizations have taken up her scores, performing numerous concerts and making recordings of compositions from throughout her long career. Bridge Records has been honored to issue dozens of Mamlok's compositions, with the present Volume 5 being, perhaps, the most far reaching to date, containing nine compositions spanning the years 1942-2015. Mamlok's superbly crafted music is economical, dramatic and highly expressive, with unexpected change being the norm.

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Silver Memories: Classical Memories

Silver Memories: Classical Memories


Various Artists, Rainer Brock (producer), Volker Martin (recording engineer), Rainer Brock (recording producer), Klaus Hiemann (balance engineer), James Brown (recording engineer), Christopher Alder (editor), Rolando Panerai (baritone), Brigitte Fassbaender (mezzo-soprano), Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Joshua Bell (violin), Colin Moorfoot (balance engineer), Paul Myers (producer), Maria Teresa Garatti (harpsichord), Heinz Holliger (oboe), Erik Smith (producer), James Brown (balance engineer), Gordon Parry (recording engineer), Stanley Goodall (balance engineer), Michael Bremner (producer), Kenneth Wilkinson (recording engineer), James Walker (recording producer), Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Katherine Jenkins (mezzo-soprano), Katherine Jenkins (vocal arranger), Katherine Jenkins (soprano), Geoff Foster (recording engineer), Jon Bailey (recording engineer), Simon Franglen (producer), John Whitfield (co-arranger), Jon Bailey (mix engineer), Nick Cervonaro (asst. recording engineer), Radu Lupu (piano), Colin Moorfoot (recording engineer), Michael Woolcock (producer), James Mallinson (recording producer), Kenneth Wilkinson (balance engineer), John Dunkerley (recording engineer), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), Simon Eadon (recording engineer), Alan Reeve (engineer), Roger Tapping (viola), Edward Dusinberre (violin), Károly Schranz (violin), Andras Fejér (cello), Christopher Pope (producer), Takács Quartet (string quartet), Philip Siney (recording engineer), Anthony Way (treble), Daniel Phillips (organ), Barbara Bonney (soprano), Chris Hazell (producer), Simon Eadon (balance engineer)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, I Musici, I Musici, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Takács Quartet, English Sinfonia, Choir Of Uppingham School, Ch, Claudio Abbado, Karl Böhm, Andrew Litton, Aram Il'yich Khachaturian, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Adrian Boult, Anthony Inglis, Uri Segal, Neil Page

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Set Your Life to Music

Set Your Life to Music


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Vivaldi for Valentines

Vivaldi for Valentines


Various Artists, Federico Agostini (violin), Celin Romero (guitar), Aurèle Nicolet (flute), Luciano Vicari (violin), Italo Colandrea (violin), Enzo Altobelli (cello), Mario Centurione (cello), Angel Romero (guitar), Salvatore Accardo (violin), Ida Levin (violin), Margaret Batjer (violin), Massimo Paris (viola d amore), Anna Maria Cotogni (violin), Heinz Holliger (oboe), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon), Celedonio Romero (guitar), John Corigliano (violin), Domenick Saltarelli (viola), Margaret Bella (cello), Felix Ayo (violin), Franco Tamponi (violin), Walter Gallozzi (violin), Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Celia Nicklin (oboe), Barry Davis (oboe)

I Musici, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Staatskapelle Dresden, Members of the Staatskapelle Dresden, I Solisti Di Napoli, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Iona Brown, Vittorio Negri, Sir Neville Marriner, Henryk Szeryng

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