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János Starker Plays Hindemith, Prokofiev & Rautavaara

János Starker Plays Hindemith, Prokofiev & Rautavaara


Hindemith:

Cello Concerto (1940)

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Andreas von Lukácsy

Prokofiev:

Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 125

Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Ernest Bour

Rautavaara:

Cello Concerto. Op. 41

Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Herbert Blomstedt


János Starker was one of the greatest cellists of all time. He died just last year in 2013 at an advanced age, but was active as a teacher to the end. The easy going naturalness of his playing and lean, lively sound were particular hallmarks of this master. Starker was known as a masterful chamber musician as well as being active as a soloist, but throughout his life, he premiered numerous works by contemporary composers as well. Among his numerous recordings, are of course the favorite cello works of the Romantic period, but this CD shows Starker as a persuasive interpreter of major cello concertos of the 20th century. This is the first time that Starker’s recording of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Cello Concerto has appeared on CD.

“Starker compels with his penetrating focus and rugged discipline” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ****

Hänssler Historic - HAEN94227

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Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 3

Richard Strauss: Tone Poems, Vol. 3


Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Aus Italien, Op. 16


Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Francois-Xavier Roth

With “Aus Italien” Richard Strauss began his decisive journey into the musical form that would come to define his orchestral output, the tone poem, sketched while on a tour of Italy suggested to the young composer by Brahms, Strauss‘ mastery is already evident.

François-Xavier Roth couples this work on his third volume of the complete Strauss tone poems with the monumental “Also sprach Zarathustra” – inspired by Nietzsche's book philosophic prose poem. Two great works presented in fiery performances in honor of the Richard Strauss sesquicentennial.

“The unobtrusive star of the show is the Freiburg Concert Hall recording, so spacious and natural. Apart from an occasional lack of warmth in the strings, the orchestra sounds first-rate. Roth knows how to mould the crucial climaxes without hitting too hard and letting the brass underline richer textures without dominating.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ***

“Roth ladles on vitality and belief [in Aus Italien], shaping and phrasing with wholehearted spontaneity...the pleasure here lies in the elegance and energy of the performance...But that energy is channelled to far greater purpose in a quite splendid account of what by comparison is an unqualified masterpiece - Also sprach Zarathustra...It feels totally, philosophically, organic...This must be one of the most satisfying Zarathustras around.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“From the pregnant low-register growling that opens Also sprach Zarathustra to the exuberant end of Aus Italien - here as swinging and scintillating as you like - this is an impressive third volume of François-Xavier Roth's survey of Richard Strauss's symphonic poems…Roth and his orchestra revel in the music's twists and turns and enjoy the copious amount of colour. Recommended!” International Record Review, March 2015

Hänssler Richard Strauss Tone Poems - HAEN93320

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Complete Works for Piano Solo

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Complete Works for Piano Solo


includes

Bach, C P E:

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

Keyboard Sonata in A flat major, Wq. 49/2 (H31) 'Württemberg Sonata No. 2'

Keyboard Sonata in E minor, Wq. 49/3 (H33) 'Württemberg Sonata No. 3'

Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Wq. 49/4 (H32) 'Württemberg Sonata No. 4'

Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, Wq. 49/5 (H34) 'Württemberg Sonata No. 5'

Keyboard Sonata in B minor, Wq. 49/6 (H36) 'Württemberg Sonata No. 6'

Keyboard Sonata in F major, Wq. 50/1 (H136)

Keyboard Sonata in G major, Wq. 50/2 (H137)

Keyboard Sonata in A minor, Wq. 50/3 (H138)

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, Wq. 50/4 (H139)

Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Wq. 50/5 (H126)

Keyboard Sonata in C minor, Wq. 50/6 (H140)

Keyboard Sonata in E flat major, Wq. 52/1 (H50)

Keyboard Sonata in D minor, Wq. 52/2 (H142)

Keyboard Sonata in G minor, Wq. 53/3 (H158)

Keyboard Sonata in F sharp minor, Wq. 52/4 (H37)

Keyboard Sonata in E major, Wq. 52/5 (H161)

Keyboard Sonata in E minor, Wq. 52/6 (H129)

Keyboard Sonata in C major, Wq. 53/1 (H162)

Keyboard Sonata in B flat major, Wq. 53/2 (H180)

Keyboard Sonata in A minor, Wq. 53/3 (H181)

Keyboard Sonata in B minor, Wq. 53/4 (H182)

Keyboard Sonata in C major, Wq. 53/5 (H163)

Keyboard Sonata in F major, Wq. 53/6 (H183)


Ana-Marija Markovina (piano)

- 300th Birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach on March 8th, 2014

- First recording of the complete piano works by CPE Bach

- During his lifetime, CPE Bach was more famous than his father, Johann Sebastian; it is time

to rediscover the incredible range and the quality of his once again

- Ana-Marija Markovina, the featured artist for these recordings, has been working for over ten

years with the music of CPE Bach and has developed her own intuitive approach to his style

Hänssler - HAEN98003

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America

America


Barber, S:

A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map, Op. 15

Bernstein:

Missa Brevis

Cage:

Five

Women Choir

Copland:

Four Motets

Feldman, M:

Rothko Chapel

Reich:

Proverb


Kerstin Steube-Konig (soprano), Ulrike Koch (alto), Rüdiger Linn (tenor), Philip Niederberger (bass), Johanna Zimmer (soprano), Kirsten Drope (soprano), Julius Pfeifer (tenor), Johannes Kaleschke (tenor), Franz Bach (vibraphone), Boris Müller (vibraphone), Tomoko Hemmi (synthesizer), Jürgen Kruse (synthesizer), Angelika Lenter (soprano), Sophia Maeno (alto), Sabine Czinczel (alto), Ulrike Becker (alto), Andra Darzins (viola), Markus Stange (celesta), Franz Vitzthum (counter-tenor), Peer Kaliss (percussion), Alexander Yudenkov (tenor), Boris Müller (percussion), Franz Bach (timpani)

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Marcus Creed

The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the few choirs enjoying an international reputation. Their latest recording has “America” as its subject - and presents a tremendously wide range of forms and expressions, from music written under the influence of European masters to works that boldly explore experiments in aesthetic reorientation. The big names of the U.S. composers are of course represented, including Leonard Bernstein with his single a cappella work, the “Missa Brevis”, Steve Reich with his minimalist “Proverb” and John Cage with some of his late “Number Pieces”. Everything is presented at the highest artistic level, with ravishing sonics that cannot be beat.

“An attractive programme of 20th-century American music, moments of choral weight and exposed fragility alike approached with great individuality.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2014

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2014

Hänssler - HAEN93306

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CPE Bach: Works for Violin and Pianoforte

CPE Bach: Works for Violin and Pianoforte

Recorded in the Kammermusik Studio des SWR, Stuttgart, Germany, 9-11 January 2006


Bach, C P E:

Sonate en ut mineur H514, Wq78

Sonate en si bémol H513, Wq77

Arioso con variazioni, Wq. 79 (H535)

Sonate en si mineur H512, Wq 76


Albrecht Breuninger (violin), Piet Kuijken (piano)

The sonatas of 1763 presented here show not only the composer's ability to express personal feelings, but are direct precursors of the great creations of Mozart and Beethoven in the field of instrumental sonatas with obligato piano accompaniment. These passionate works anticipate developments that would appear later in the Romantic era. That alone should be enough to want to listen to them. Period instrument experts Piet Kuijken and Albrecht Breuninger bring this music to life with spontanety and a dash of improvisation - just right for these Sturm und Drang works of original genius.

Hänssler CPE Bach's 300th birthday series - HAEN93312

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Schubert - Piano Works Volume 11

Schubert - Piano Works Volume 11


Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D958

Adagio in D flat, D505

Hungarian Melody in B minor D817

Galop and 8 Ecossaises D735

10 Variations in F major for piano, D156 (1815)


Gerhard Oppitz has played all the sonatas of the Viennese master Schubert in the course of his explorations, but he also has taken up many of Schubert's smaller pieces for the piano, which are less frequently played in concert and are still largely unknown. Here, the composer creates a special intimacy with the listener in these sometimes almost improvised works that provide fascinating insights into Schubert's creative process.

This CD continues Oppitz's Schubertian dialogue through the juxtaposition of the composer's great late period Sonata D 958 with many smaller pieces, such as the 10 variations of 1815, written when Schubert was just 18 years of age.

Hänssler - Schubert Piano Works - HAEN98617

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Bach, C P E: Hamburg Symphonies (6) for Strings, Wq. 182 (H567-662)

Bach, C P E: Hamburg Symphonies (6) for Strings, Wq. 182 (H567-662)


In honor of CPE Bach's 300th birthday, hänssler CLASSIC will be releasing an exciting series of recordings dedicated to the music of this well known but hitherto neglected Bach son during the first 3 months of 2014. At the beginning there are the so-called “Hamburg” symphonies Wq 182, interpreted with great sensitivity and bite, when necessary, by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under the renowned conductor and former violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, Wolfram Christ. Maestro Christ sees these works as expressive pieces, open to multiple interpretations that invite the listener to experience them as almost Romantic in their gesture and content. Deciding on a fortepiano continuo instrument is not only a historically informed decision, but contributes to a perfectly balanced overall sound.

Hänssler CPE Bach's 300th birthday series - HAEN98637

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Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Dvorak: Stabat Mater, Op. 58


Marina Shaguch (soprano), Ingeborg Danz (alto), James Taylor (tenor), Thomas Quasthoff (bass)

Oregon Bach Festival Choir, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling

Building a Library

First Choice - June 2013

Hänssler - HAEN98006

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Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8

Les Ballets Russes Vol. 8


Prokofiev:

Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Kirill Karabits

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Jermolaj Albiker (violin)

Alejo Perez


Continuing with Haenssler’s fascinating series Les Ballets Russes, this next volume presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade and Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite.

Hänssler - Les Ballets Russes - HAEN93289

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor


Norrington has released a series of acclaimed Bruckner performances on CD. His fresh approach injects a healthy dose of “worldliness” into these works.

“Where Norrington is fearless is in Bruckner’s on-the-spot shifts of tempo or key.” Gramophone

“As might be expected, Sir Roger employs instruments of the day, with a head-count that Bruckner might have expected and an appropriate seating plan. Bowing, phrasing and articulation are all in keeping with the manners of period and there's the usual Norrington embargo on vibrato...Excellent sound and, I suppose, good to have as food for thought, which is invariably what Norrington is all about.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

Hänssler - HAEN93273

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