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Martinu: Symphonies Nos. 1-6

Martinu: Symphonies Nos. 1-6


Martinu has suffered the fate of not enjoying the same popularity and wide appeal like Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák und Leoš Janáček on the podium. This often goes so far that his singular skill is referred to, but that the wealth of his oeuvre in all the salient genres is hardly familiar. For decades, Martinů had shied away from composing a symphony. The first one was finally to be written in the USA in 1942, followed by another one every year until 1946 (the sixth was only added to the work catalogue in 1953). For this reason, there is sometimes talk of the ‘American’ symphonies. The symphonies do mirror the events of the time, but at the same time long passages must be regarded as absolute music.

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Capriccio - C5320

(CD - 3 discs)

$30.25

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Victor Bruns: Chamber Music for Woodwinds

Victor Bruns: Chamber Music for Woodwinds


Bruns:

Five Pieces for bassoon and piano, Op. 12

Wind Quintet, Op. 16

Six Pieces for contrabassoon and piano, Op. 80

Sonata for bassoon and piano, Op. 20

Little Suite No. 3 for three bassoons and contrabassoon, Op. 92

Bassoon Sonata No. 3, Op. 86

Quartet for woodwinds, Op. 18

Bassoon Sonata No. 2, Op. 45

Four virtuoso pieces for bassoon solo, Op. 93


Mathias Baier (bassoon), Alexander Voigt (bassoon), Berthold Grosse (bassoon), Sung Kwon You (bassoon), Clemens Konigstedt (contrabassoon), Oliver Drechsel (piano), Anja Gotze (piano)

Soloists of Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin

Victor Bruns, born 1904 in Ollila in today’s Finland, wrote over 20 solo concertos, 50 chamber pieces and several ballet works. Bruns discovered the bassoon as his true vocation and moved to the Leningrad Conservatory in 1924, until he became bassoonist at Leningrad State Opera in 1927. Bruns completed his studies in composition with Vladimir Shtsherbatshov beside his work in the orchestra and he continued his compositional studies in 1946 with Boris Blacher. He worked as bassoonist of the Staatskapelle Berlin from 1946 until his retirement in 1969 and became a frequently performed composer, popular among musicians and audience alike far beyond the borders of the German Democratic Republic, whose works continue to deserve our attention. In 1960, Victor Bruns was awarded the Art Prize of the German Democratic Republic. In 1971, he was appointed an honorary member of the Berlin State Orchestra, and 20 years later the International Double Reed Society in the USA made him an honorary member.

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Capriccio - C5327

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.00

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Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms

Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms


Brahms:

Intermezzi, Op. 116

Intermezzi (3), Op. 117

Klavierstücke (6), Op. 118

Klavierstücke (4), Op. 119

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960


Jorge Federico Osorio (piano)

Jorge Federico Osorio, “an imaginative interpreter with a powerful technique (The New York Times), deftly pairs Brahms’s final solo piano works with those by Schubert for an inventive program of richly satisfying works that capture the essence of each composer’s towering individuality.

Osorio records Brahms’s Three Intermezzos, Op. 117, and Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118, for the first time. He revisits Brahms’s Seven Fantasies, Op. 116, and Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119, which he last recorded nearly two decades ago, to great acclaim: “Quite marvelous,” said BBC Music Magazine. “It’s clear that Jorge Federico Osorio is an important Brahmsian,” proclaimed the Chicago Tribune. On his new album, Osorio’s penchant for color accentuates the individual character of these concentrated miniatures.

On this, his first Schubert recording, Osorio, whom the Los Angeles Times called “one of the more elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet,” presents the composer’s final two Piano Sonatas, D. 959 and D. 960, epic in scale and brimming with melodic invention. Osorio’s insights into the music’s architecture yield eloquent performances of these spacious, ambitious masterworks. Osorio’s Cedille Records albums of Mexican and Spanish music have introduced the pianist to new audiences worldwide. Now they can hear his artistry in more of the core German repertoire that has been central to his concert life for decades.

Osorio has performed Brahms’s Piano Quintet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Mexican-born, European-trained virtuoso has served as artistic director of Mexico’s Brahms Chamber Music Festival. He has received the Medalla Bellas Artes, the highest honor granted by Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Gina Bachauer Award.

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Cedille - CDR90000171

(CD - 2 discs)

$16.00

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Voices of Defiance

Voices of Defiance


Laks:

String Quartet No. 3

Shostakovich:

String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68

Ullmann, V:

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 46


Dover Quartet

Voices of Defiance, the Dover Quartet's second Cedille Records album, presents quartets of passion, hope, and resilience whose beauty defies the horrors that surrounded their creation. The young American string quartet of the moment (The New Yorker) delivers an original, deeply felt program of three European composers distinctive responses to the destruction and despair of World War II. Czech composer Viktor Ullmann's powerful String Quartet No. 3, written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943, draws inspiration from Debussy's Impressionism and Schoenberg's serialism. The ensembles muscular approach to Dmitri Shostakovich's epic String Quartet No. 2 from 1944 emphasizes its tragic qualities, befitting the albums theme. A captivating discovery for most listeners, Szymon Laks's lyrical String Quartet No 3, written in 1945 following his liberation from Auschwitz, revels in folk melodies from his native Poland in contrasting scenes of heartbreak and ecstasy. Winner of a 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the first prize and all special prizes awarded at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, this terrific quartet (National Post) brings its confident, sinewy playing of distinctive sound and ample nuance to this recording of profound 20t- century masterworks.

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Cedille - CDR90000173

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$16.00

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Mozart: Piano Quartets

Mozart: Piano Quartets


Mozart:

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478


Kuijken Piano Quartet

The two piano quartets, written in 1785 and 1786, are all-encompassing – the appeal of a piano concerto in miniature on the one hand, and the mystery and intimacy of the most heavenly chamber music on the other. Mozart created this genre practically from scratch. Indeed, his treatment of these four instruments as equal partners was unheard of in his day. The silence, both empty silence and full silence, I experience in the slow movement of the second piano quartet, is like a balm, while the intense power of expression of both opening movements leaves me speechless.

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Challenge Classics - CC72758

(SACD)

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Kinship - Reincken & Bach

Kinship - Reincken & Bach


Bach, C P E:

Keyboard Sonata in A minor, Wq. 49/1 (H30) 'Württemberg Sonata No. 1'

Bach, J S:

Prelude in C minor, BWV999

Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, BWV992

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 15 in G major, BWV884

Prelude in C major, BWV924

Bach, W F:

Fantasia in A minor, Fk 23

Polonaise No. 8 in E minor

Muthel:

Harpsichord Sonata in F major

Reincken:

Suite in G major


Sigrun Stephan (clavichord)

Who is akin to whom? Are they spiritual or elective kinships? In the first instance, all the pieces recorded here are akin to each other in that they are especially suitable for that most sensitive of all keyboard instruments, the clavichord. Beauty is another common feature, which they each display in their own way. And in the circle of fifths these pieces are very close to one another.

Personal and familial kinships become apparent with the name of BACH. It is also known that Johann Sebastian chose J.A. Reincken, around forty years his senior, as his teacher: Reincken can certainly be described as a musical father, a true kindred spirit, to J.S. Bach. Johann Gottfried Müthel slots into the ensemble as a logical consequence. He was J.S. Bach’s last pupil who had participated in transcribing The Art of Fugue and who composed in a consistently new and non-contrapuntal style. In this respect, he is musically much closer to Bach’s sons Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, almost a brother to them.

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Challenge Classics - CC72764

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Bach-Differently

Bach-Differently

Splendour from the Residence of Saxony


Joachim K. Schäfer (trumpet)

Dresden Baroque Soloists

The new CD of the trumpeter Joachim K. Schäfer focusses on Bach and Dresden. Bach, who never actually worked at Dresden, yet had a close relationship with the Dresden court, and was influenced by the local preference for the Italian style.

Bach adapted concertos by Vivaldi and Marcello, which Schäfer again arranged for his Dresden Baroque Soloists. They

play Bach’s music in a chamber music formation, in which Schäfer can show his great skills as a trumpeter, converting his instrument into an equivalent partner to the violin or the violoncello.

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Christophorus - CHR77415

(CD)

$15.00

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The Patriarch Choir

The Patriarch Choir

A documentary by Andrei Andreev


Moscow Patriarch Choir of Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Ilya Tolkachev

This documentary is dedicated to the Moscow Patriarch Choir of Christ the Saviour Cathedral and its director Ilya Tolkachev, rightly considered one of the best choirs of the Orthodox world. After over 130 years in existence, it continues the glorious traditions of church singing in Russia. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow is the seat of Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Church, which was destroyed by the Stalin regime and rebuilt in the 1990s. It is itself a symbol for the tradition and the reinvigoration of the Russian Church.

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DVD Video

Region: 0

Christophorus - CHR77416

(DVD Video)

$15.00

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Speer: Musicalisch Turckischer Eulen-Spiegel

Speer: Musicalisch Turckischer Eulen-Spiegel


Markus Miesenberger (tenor)

Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor

In the year 1688, when the 52-year-old Georg Daniel Speer, son of a reputed peltmonger family of Breslau, had his Musicalisch-Türckischer Eulen-Spiegel published in Ulm, he was an organist and assistant teacher in South Germany and already had an eventful life behind him. At the age of 18, he sets off on his way through the Carpathian Mountains to Spisz (located in the north-east of present-day Slovakia). Throughout the following years, he works as a mercenary for various armies, once as an army drummer, then as a bugler in the war of Hungary against the Turks. Finally, he reaches Constantinople in the company of a “high-born lord”.

In his Musicalisch-Türckischer Eulen-Spiegel, Speer sets texts from his picaresque novel Ungarischer oder Dacianischer Simplicissimus in music. Spear lets his hero Lompyn travel musically through all the countries then affected by the Turkish invasion. To this effect, the versatile composer created dances and melodies in the style of each of these almost exotic peoples. From the large number of stories, Gunar Letzbor, the leader of Ars antiqua Austria, chose two CD filling programs: the already released CD with War Stories (PC10317) of our hero Lompyn and now his Love Affairs. These are erotic accounts from the past that provide a certain antithesis to the war stories. In Love Affairs, we witness a few spicy scenes illustrating how little the world of love has changed its face over the centuries. The erotic allusions titillate today as they did then.

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Pan Classics - PC10339

(CD)

$15.00

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Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76

Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76


Christina Grifone & Hans Jörg Mammel

Musica Fiorita, Daniela Dolci

Well on time for St Cecilia’s Day on 22 November, Pan classics presents a new recording of the impressive ode composed by Handel. The fine Basel-based orchestra Musica Fiorita, conducted by Daniela Dolci, performs this well-known work with their trademark historically informed knowledge and elegance, perfectly translating Handel’s intentions in terms of underlining the text with very intentional use of musical affects. The Ode for St Cecilia’s Day is joined on this CD by the Concerto grosso op. 6 no. 4, a further ocassion to appreciate the ensemble’s fine playing.

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Pan Classics - PC10382

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$15.00

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