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Jorge Bolet plays Mendelssohn, Liszt and Beethoven

Jorge Bolet plays Mendelssohn, Liszt and Beethoven


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Godowsky:

Elegy for the left hand alone

Encore

Triakontameron No. 21 'The Salon'

Encore

Liszt:

Réminiscences de Norma, S394

Mendelssohn:

Prelude & Fugue for piano in E minor, Op. 35 No. 1

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Moszkowski:

La Jongleuse, Op. 52 No. 4

Encore


Jorge Bolet (piano)

In hosting Jorge Bolet, the Schwetzingen SWR Festival concert series presented a pianist who was renowned as one of history’s great Liszt interpreters. However, the gentleman from Cuba’s success in interpreting Liszt goes beyond the purely technical virtuosity; his playing is imbued with a noble sense of design rather than pure pianist pyrotechnics. So Bolet opened this evening from Schwetzingen 1988 – two years before his death – with a rarely performed work: Mendelssohn‘s Prelude and Fugue Op. 35.1. In his reading of Liszt's “Norma reminiscences” – a piece mastered by only a few virtuosos – Bolet convincingly gives life to the opera’s characters using a purely instrumental voice. And that this super-virtuosic program includes pieces by Leopold Godowsky should come as no surprise; Godowsky was the young Bolet’s mentor in Philadelphia. Simply put, this CD offers an exceptional concert by a virtuoso, whose personal modesty made him the ideal servant of the music.

Hänssler - HAEN93725

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Johanna Martzy Plays Mendelssohn & Brahms

Johanna Martzy Plays Mendelssohn & Brahms


Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Mendelssohn:

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64


Johanna Martzy (violin)

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hans Muller-Kray, Gunter Wand

Johanna Martzy was one of the great violinists of the 20th Century. Her playing was always in the service of the composer’s intentions, avoiding extravagant displays as much as possible, instead performing with an unbridled swing, a soulful tone and flawlessly clear control as the focused medium of her musical energy. These two concerts show her talents at their most flawless. Johanna Martzy had played these works often and took her time before marking her studio recordings for EMI (with Paul Kletzki) – but in terms of creative power, these LIVE performances truly capture the spark of her genius.

Hänssler Historic - HAEN94226

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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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Hindemith: Messe, Six Chansons, Apparebit repentina dies

Hindemith: Messe, Six Chansons, Apparebit repentina dies


Hindemith:

Apparebit repentina dies

6 songs

Lieder nach alten Texten, Op. 33

Mass


Stuttgart Southwest Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, members, Marcus Creed

December 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of Paul Hindemith's death, but this is not the only reason for the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart to turn Hindemith's choral works.

His works continue to impress with diverse expressions and moods that utilize a variety of different compositional techniques and musical forms.

In the works on this program, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart realizes this idea quite beautifully. With this latest recording of the choral works of Hindemith, the elite Stuttgart team under the direction of Marcus Creed continues its award-winning series of recordings together with the choral works by Kurtág, Carter, Schnittke and Villa-Lobos.

“What draws these disparate strands so effectively together is the excellent singing of the SWR Vocal Ensemble under Marcus Creed...this release, performed with real polish and recorded in a suitably generous acoustic by Hänssler Classics, is a valuable addition to the catalogue.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2013

GGramophone Awards 2014

Finalist - Choral

Hänssler - HAEN93295

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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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Schumann: Requiem, Der Königssohn & Nachtlied

Schumann: Requiem, Der Königssohn & Nachtlied


Schumann:

Requiem in D flat major, Op. 148

Nachtlied for chorus & orchestra, Op. 108

Der Königssohn, Op. 116


Ingeborg Danz, Christoph Pregardien, Sibylla Rubens, Yorck Felix Speer & Adolph Seidel

KammerChor Saarbrucken & Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Georg Grun

These are stunning recordings of three rarely performed Schumann masterworks. The Requiem is beautifully scored and inhabits a world between Fauré’s otherworldly peace and Berlioz’s thunderous Last Judgement.

“this version of Nachtlied will leave no-one in doubt that this choral-orchestral miniature is a significant find. Der Königssohn is similarly enjoyable” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“The soloists lend distinction, especially Christoph Prégardien as the young king-to-be, and Georg Grün's flexible direction doesn't undermine the pulse that each movement needs if it's to sustain any impression of coherence.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2011

“Whatever the aesthetic ambiguities of the work, Georg Grün and his musicians give the Requiem a creditable, straightforward performance. Balances tend to favour orchestral detail over a more precise choral presence...The soloists acquit themselves well.” International Record Review, September 2011

“Der Königssohn is one of four ballads that Schumann composed in 1851, which are precursors of a whole genre of narrative concert pieces in the second half of the 19th century. It may not be top-drawer Schumann, but it offers a sense of the composer creating something new.” The Guardian, 26th May 2011 **

Hänssler - HAEN93270

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About Christmas

About Christmas


1. Joy to the World

2. Angels We Have Heard on High

3. Stille Nacht

4. It's Christmas Time All Over the World

5. Es kommt ein Schiff geladen

6. Kommet, ihr Hirten

7. The First Noël / A Child Is Born

8. Mary's Lullaby

9. Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier (arr. Jorg Achim Keller)

10. I Wonder As I Wander

11. Coventry Carol

12. O Tannenbaum

13. You Make It Feel Like Christmas

14. Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier (arr. Matthias Becker)


Berlin Voices

Berlin Voices is an outstanding German vocal quartet. Some of the best arrangers in the vocal jazz and pop scene have contributed to this recording and they are able to conjure up contemporary swing and fiery Latin numbers as well as contemplative, balladesque sounds from the mostly traditional Christmas songs here. Every song offers musical surprises.

Hänssler - HAEN98609

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Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Bach, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248


Krisztina Laki (soprano), Gisela Pohl (alto), Karl Markus (tenor), Berthold Possemeyer (bass)

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben, Gerhard Wilhelm

The choir’s repertoire comprises masterpieces of sacred church music and it has enjoyed great success during the last few years, touring in Switzerland, Poland, Israel, France and many other countries. This must surely be one of the great Christmas choral masterpieces.

Hänssler - HAEN98622

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