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Telemann Cantatas: Easter, Ascension & Pentecost

Telemann Cantatas: Easter, Ascension & Pentecost


Telemann:

Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt, TWV 1:873

Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen. TWV 1:642

Daran ist Erschienen die Liebe Gotte, TVWV 1:165


Stefanie Wust (soprano), Angela Froemer (contralto), Georg Poplutz (tenor) & Jens Hamann (bass)

Collegium vocale Siegen & Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Ulrich Stötzel

The musicians, soloists, choir and conductor featured here have all been involved with the music of Telemann for many years. They have several critically acclaimed recordings in the Hänssler catalogue. Here they perform three festive works. The music is easy-going and tuneful with moments of virtuosity and characteristic tone painting.

Telemann had the great misfortune of being born into an age of geniuses, sharing the spotlight with Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi. In any other generation, his originality, consistent high-quality and prolific output would place him among the greatest musicians of all times. Indeed even today, no complete published edition of Telemann's works exists. Throughout his long and productive life, Telemann drew upon every musical influence at his disposal - North German counterpoint, the easy lyricism of the Italians, the elegant dance forms of the French royal court and even the folk songs of the Gypsies and Slavic peoples. In this way, Telemann may be compared to Haydn - who similarly produced a steady stream of masterworks in every form, drawing upon the widest possible range of musical influences and transformed them into utterly original, and often visionary compositions.

To date, more than 1750 Telemann cantatas have been catalogued - with new discoveries still occurring almost every year! These works range from intimate compositions for a single voice and continuo, to massive works for double choir and large orchestras. The current release from Telemann scholar Ulrich Stötzel features the World Premiere recordings of three of Telemann's choral cantatas.

“This selection of Easter, Ascension and Whitsun cantatas by Telemann is vividly brought to life by Ulrich Stotzel and his well-drilled musicians.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2012 ***

Hänssler - HAEN98624

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Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 16

Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 16


Haydn:

Symphony No. 90 in C major

Symphony No. 92 in G major 'Oxford'


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Fey has form for his previous heavy-handed telling of Haydn's jokes but, mirabile dictu, he plays this one pretty much straight...just about the best offering yet in this occasionally exasperating but always thought-provoking series.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2012

“Fey is rightly more interested in recreating the spirit, drama and character that Haydn would have wanted rather than strictly the sound world...it is clear that he combines that knowledge along with his sound musical instincts in everything he does...This is really exciting playing – bold and daring and invariably seems to somehow feel ‘right’.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 19th March 2012

Hänssler - Fey Haydn Symphonies - HAEN98629

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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.

“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 **

“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

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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Christmas Season: Weihnachtsfreude

Christmas Season: Weihnachtsfreude

Favourite Christmas Songs


This collection includes many excerpts from the works of Bach, including the Christmas Oratorio performed by well known performers such as the Bach- Collegium Stuttgart conducted by Rilling and Collegium Vocale. Other seasonal pieces such as Stille Nacht are also included.

Hänssler - HAEN98621

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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.

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Hänssler - HAEN98622

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Mozart: Violin Sonatas (complete)

Mozart: Violin Sonatas (complete)


Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin) & Antonio Pappano & Konstantin Lifschitz (piano)

The Russian violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky is an exceptional soloist and has also recently become an exciting conductor. This budget priced CD set brings together all of his previous recordings of Mozart’s Sonatas as well as the missing ones form the cycle. Interestingly, we encounter Antonio Pappano as accompanist, rather than in his role as Music Director of the Royal Opera House.

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Hänssler - HAEN98254

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Géza Anda plays works by Haydn, Schumann, Ravel, Liebermann, Chopin & Brahms

Géza Anda plays works by Haydn, Schumann, Ravel, Liebermann, Chopin & Brahms


Brahms:

Intermezzo in E flat major, Op. 117 No. 1

Chopin:

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Études (12), Op. 25

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 38 in F major, Hob.XVI:23

Liebermann, R:

Piano Sonata

Ravel:

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Schumann:

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Carnaval, Op. 9


Géza Anda (piano)

This is the second installment of Géza Anda’s recordings from the archives of the SWR. His early reputation was built upon his unrivaled mastery of the great Romantic repertoire. His infallible sense of form, and understanding of the inner workings of the music and his brilliant, unsentimental performing style have influenced subsequent generations of pianists. These are recordings from 1950, 1951 & 1955.

Hänssler - HAEN94211

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Mozart - Violin Sonatas Volume 3

Mozart - Violin Sonatas Volume 3


Mozart:

Violin Sonata No. 20 in C major, K303

Violin Sonata No. 25 in F major, K377

Violin Sonata No. 26 in B flat major, K378

Violin Sonata No. 33 in E flat major K481


Dmitry Sitkovetsky (violin) & Konstantin Lifschitz (piano)

Sitkovetsky was born in Azerbaijan, grew up in Moscow where he studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and then emigrated to the US where he studied at the Julliard School. He has performed throughout the world as a soloist and also conducts. He is increasingly involved with contemporary composers and has premiered concerti written for him by Caskin and Meyer.

Hänssler - HAEN98253

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Bach - Festive Music

Bach - Festive Music


1. Himmelskönig sei willkommen BWV 182 Sonata g-Dur / G Major

2. Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis BWV 21 Sinfonia c-Moll / c Minor

3. Der Herr denkt an uns BWV 196 Sinfonia C-Dur / c Major

4. Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit BWV 106 Sonatina Es-Dur / e flat Major

5. Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen BWV 12 Sinfonia f-Moll / F Minor

6. Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal BWV 146 Sinfonia d-Moll / D Minor

7. Coro

8. Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen BWV 175 Choral: Nun, werter Geist, ich folge dir

9. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147 Coro: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben

10. Choral: Jesus bleibet meine Freude

11. Lobet den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren BWV 137 Coro: Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König

12. Choral: Lobe den Herren, was in mir ist

13. Wachet auf und ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140 Coro: Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme

14. Choral: Gloria sei dir gesungen


Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling

This CD features just a few of Bach’s most magnificent outpourings of festive celebration. It includes Der Her denket an uns BWV 196 and Lobe den Herren BWV 137.

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