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Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 2 & 5 and Sinfonia Concertante

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 2 & 5 and Sinfonia Concertante


Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K211

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364

Antoine Tamestit (viola)


Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Radoslaw Szulc

“[The performance], with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit as the eloquent soloists, is immensely enjoyable…Zimmermann again gives beautifully refined performances, with tasteful cadenzas and lead-ins. Szulc and the orchestra provide appropriately stamping rhythms in the famous ‘Turkish’ episode of the A major Concerto’s finale” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 *****

“These new performances are brisk and no-nonsense in the current fashion, devoid of romantic lingering or interventionist point-making…[they] sound just as youthful as Zimmermann’s earlier recordings…the Turkish episode in the Fifth Concerto’s finale is flavoured with a pinch of paprika, but not drowned in it” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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Grumiaux Trio Recital 1966

Grumiaux Trio Recital 1966


Beethoven:

String Trio in G major, Op. 9 No. 1

Mozart:

Divertimento in E flat major, K563

Duo for violin & viola in G major, K423


Grumiaux Trio: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Georges Janzer (viola), Eva Czako (cello)

The three musicians Arthur Grumiaux, Georges Janzer and Eve Czako met on June 8, 1966 at Schwetzingen Castle. The result was a memorable concert from the Belgian-Hungarian Grumiaux Trio. The Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux and his two chamber music partners selected one of Beethoven's String Trios, Op.9 and the extensive E flat Major Divertimento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. However, instead of a third trio, the ensemble selected a duo for violin and viola by Mozart.

A native of the Belgian Villers-Perwin, Arthur Grumiaux (1921-1986) was the authoritative personality of this trio. As one of the leading (and last) representatives of the Franco-Belgian violin school (Eugène Ysaye and Henri Vieuxtemps were the founders), Grumiaux was a highly regarded soloist and chamber musician. Together with violist Georges Janzer - a member of the famous Hungarian Végh Quartet - and his wife, the Hungarian cellist Eva Czako, Arthur Grumiaux has drawn together a flexible and sinuous chamber music Trinity.

In this concert, the thematic and motivic characteristics of all the musical voices are vividly present; the lively, tuneful, flowery, and sometimes elegiac trajectories of Beethoven’s G Major trio unfolds and blossoms, the voices forming an organic network of melodic veins in which the music pulses and flows, pausing only briefly to lapse into a reverie. Mozart's String Trio K563 was no doubt Beethoven’s model, and triumphs with the light transparency of its dancing and singing figures.

In a word, this a most memorable concert that will welcome repeated listening.

“This intriguing coupling of early Beethoven with Mozart reveals both kinship and individual styles. Recorded in a single concert, the Grumiaux Trio's performances are of burnished tone and aria-like expressiveness.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 ****

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Hänssler - HAEN93727

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CPE Bach: Complete Works for Piano Solo

CPE 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

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CPE Bach: Piano Concertos Wq26, Wq44 & Wq20

CPE Bach: Piano Concertos Wq26, Wq44 & Wq20


Bach, C P E:

Keyboard Concerto in A minor, Wq. 26 (H430)

Keyboard Concerto in G major, Wq. 44 (H477)

Keyboard Concerto in C major, Wq. 20 (H423)


Michael Rische (piano)

Kammersymphonie Leipzig

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Hänssler - HC15046

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Railroad Rhythms

Railroad Rhythms

Classical Music About Trains


Bernstein:

On the Town: Subway Ride and Imaginary Coney Island

Copland:

John Henry

Dvorak:

Humoresque in G flat major, Op. 101 No. 7

Honegger:

Movement symphonique No. 1 'Pacific 231'

Ibert:

Le Metro

Indy:

Horizons verts (Falconara)

Lumbye:

Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop

Pachernegg:

Unter Dampf! Ein Zug fährt vorüber

Revueltas:

Musica para Charlar No. 1 'Constructon of the Roalroad'

Rosenberg, H:

Railway Fugue

Strauss, E:

Bahn frei! Schnell-Polka, Op. 45

Mit Dampf! Polka Schnell, Op. 70

Strauss, J, II:

Vergnügungszug, Op. 281

Villa-Lobos:

Little Train of The Caipira


SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, Jiri Stárek

This CD brings together compositions from slightly more than a hundred years, featuring treatments of the ‘railroad’ theme which are now idyllic or impressionistic, now realistic or even smacking of social criticism, but in classical form.The variety of forms and wealth of ideas in these compositions from France, Sweden, the U.S.A., Brazil, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Germany even surprised the conductor on this CD, Jir¡i Stárek – whose father was a railroad worker …

Such diverse musicians as the Strauss family dynasty in Vienna, Antonín Dvorák and Arthur Honegger, were all infected with railroad fever. The feeling of intoxication induced by sheer speed, the implacability of mechanical forces, the menace inherent in acceleration, the clatter of the wheels, the whistling and hooting of the valves, but also the stillness following a thunderous journey – all these are found with varying degrees of accentuation in the colorful and exciting orchestral works featured on this disc.

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Mozart Essential Symphonies Vol. I

Mozart Essential Symphonies Vol. I


Mozart:

Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183


Recorded live at the European Music Festival Stuttgart 2006

Building a Library

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Building a Library

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Hänssler - Mozart Essential Symphonies - HAEN93211

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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 ****

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Schumann und die Sonate II

Schumann und die Sonate II


Schumann:

Allegro in B minor, Op. 8

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22


Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Hänssler Florian Uhlig Schumann Complete Piano Works - HC16081

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Morton Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium

Morton Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium

and other choral cycles


Lauridsen:

Les chansons des roses

Lux aeterna

Madrigali - Six ‘Fire Songs' on Italian Renaissance Poems

O magnum mysterium


Jörg Halubek (organ), Morton Lauridsen (piano)

Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt

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Haydn: Mass, Hob. XXII:11 in D minor 'Nelsonmesse', etc.

Haydn:

Mass, Hob. XXII:11 in D minor 'Nelsonmesse'

Mass, Hob. XXII:13 in B flat major 'Schöpfungmesse'


Lothar Odinius (tenor), Roxana Constantinescu (alto), Markus Eiche (bass), Letizia Scherrer (soprano), Michael Nagy (bass), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor)

Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Stuttgart Bach Collegium, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

The so-called "Lord Nelson" Mass dates from 1798 when the composer was 66 and in the middle of an autumnal creative outburst that included "The Seasons", "The Creation" and the three great late Masses. Two stories explaining the origins of the popular nick-name for the dramatic Missa in angustiis (Mass in time of anguish) exist - one that the work was written at the time of the sea battle at Aboukir Bay, another that the great Admiral himself attended a performance in 1800. Haydn's Mass in B-flat Major, which he wrote in 1801 to celebrate the name day of Princess Maria Hermenegild Esterhazy whose husband, Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy, employed Haydn as his Kapellmeister. Written for orchestra, choir and soloists, this mass was nicknamed the "Creation Mass" because it quotes a few measures from Haydn's "The Creation" oratorio.

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