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Schmidt: Symphony No. 2 & R Strauss: Festival Prelude Op. 61

Schmidt: Symphony No. 2 & R Strauss: Festival Prelude Op. 61


Schmidt, F:

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Strauss, R:

Festliches Präludium, Op. 61


Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier

Franz Schmidt was “the most musical man in Vienna” – this is what Gustav Mahler had to say about his fellow composer, who, unlike him, is almost completely forgotten today. Stefan Blunier has rediscovered this late-romantic master and now with the mighty forces of the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn presents Schmidt’s Symphony No. 2 together with Richard Strauss’s Festival Prelude composed during the same year for the opening of Vienna’s Konzerthaus.

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Herzogenberg: Piano Trios Op. 24 & 36

Herzogenberg: Piano Trios Op. 24 & 36


Herzogenberg, H:

Piano Trio No. 1 Op. 24

Piano Trio No. 2 Op. 36


Heinrich von Herzogenberg’s search for selfhood finally came to fruition in his two piano trios. After highly promising successes in his native Graz with large-format works modeled on Wagner, the talented young composer experienced a creative and existential crisis from which he first recovered when he turned to Johannes Brahms. The Vienna Piano Trio documents this artistic awakening with a top quality interpretation on SACD adding a new facet to the reception of Herzogenberg’s music after its sleeping beauty’s century of slumbering.

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Enrique Granados: La Guitarra Poetica

Enrique Granados: La Guitarra Poetica


Granados:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 1 'Galante'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 2 'Orientale'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 3 'Fandango'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 4 'Villanesca'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 6 'Jota'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 7 'Valenciana'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 10 'Melancólica'

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 12 'Arabesca'

Tonadillas: No. 7, La maja de Goya

Tonadillas: No. 8, El mirar de la maja

Valses Poeticos (8)


Stephen Marchionda (guitar)

During his lifetime Enrique Granados was highly valued above all for the poetry of his piano playing – and his compositions also breathe the same poetic spirit. Stephen Marchionda honors the composer on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth with a highly personal selection from these works. His own arrangements for the guitar create an illuminating link to Granados’ roots in Spanish folklore.

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Barber: Organ Works

Barber: Organ Works


Barber:

To Longwood Gardens

Three Chorale Preludes

Partite diverse sopra ‘Straf‘ mich nicht in deinem Zorn‘ I

Partite diverse sopra ‘Straf‘ mich nicht in deinem Zorn‘ II

Prelude and Fugue in B minor

Suite for Carillon

Chorale for a New Organ

Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

(arr. for organ)

Wondrous Love Op.34

Chorale Prelude on 'Silent Night'


Rudolf Innig (Schuke-Organ, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Detmold)

Samuel Barber began his compositional career as a genuine child prodigy. At the age of nine he knew that he wanted to be a musician, and a year later he wrote his first opera – or at least the first act, after which the cook, his librettist, ran out of ideas! He initially worked as an organist, and even though he later focused on other areas, organ compositions are found throughout his oeuvre. Rudolf Innig’s complete recording of these works offers enthralling insights into the development of Barber’s full and rich life as a composer.

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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 & Slavonic Dances Op. 46

Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 & Slavonic Dances Op. 46


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

(arr. for two pianos)

Slavonic Dances Nos. 1-8, Op. 46 Nos. 1-8

(arr. for two pianos)


Piano Duo Trenkner/Speidel

Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 is one of classical music’s all-time greatest hits. It was composed and premiered in New York in 1893, which is why – but not only why – it is known as the “New World Symphony.” On this recording, which also includes the first cycle of the equally popular Slavonic Dances, the Piano Duo Trenkner / Speidel once again demonstrates the great advantages and fascinating rhythmic verve offered by reductions for piano four hands. Trimmed of the comfortable and sumptuous sound of the large orchestra, Dvořák’s genial treatment of motives of Bohemian folk character shines in even greater glory.

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In Search Of Freedom

In Search Of Freedom

Eisler, Weill, Schulhoff, Pärt & Shostakovich


Eisler:

Orchestral Suite No. 6

Pärt:

Fratres for violin & saxophone quartet

Schulhoff:

Five Pieces for String Quartet

Shostakovich:

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

Weill, K:

Canon Song

The Ballad Of The Good Life (from The Threepenny Opera)

Pimp‘s Ballad (Tango) (from The Threepenny Opera)

Polly's Lied: Hubsch als es wahrte


Berlage Saxophone Quartet

After the phenomenal success of their Saxofolk debut album, the members of the Berlage Saxophone Quartet now explore entirely different terrain. Five famous composers who found themselves at odds with the political circumstances of their times produced key works of great intensity viewed here from a completely new perspective in these virtuosic arrangements for four saxophones.

In Search of Freedom advocates the freedom of art, which manages to survive even in situations of limited personal liberty. For various reasons Hanns Eisler, Kurt Weill, and Erwin Schulhoff fell into disfavour under the National Socialist regime.

Arvo Pärt earned his place of dishonour on the index of the Soviet authorities when he turned to music of religious and meditative character. Fratres is one of his first pieces of this kind. Vineta Sareike, the first violinist of the Artemis Quartet, plays the violin part, which creates the impression of simplicity but in fact is very demanding. When performed by a saxophone ensemble the harmonic dimension produces an absolutely hypnotic effect –magnificent!

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Granados: Piano Works

Granados: Piano Works


Granados:

Valses Poeticos (7)

Capricho espanol

Escenas romanticas

Estudio

Goyescas: Quejas ó La Maja y el Ruiseñor

Allegro de concierto, Op. 46


Maria Luisa Cantos (piano)

A little over a hundred years have passed since Enrique Granados met his death in the English Channel. After an acclaimed concert tour that took him to New York at the height of World War I, a German submarine sank the ship on which he was returning to Europe.

Many manuscripts by the famous pianist were also lost in the icy waters and must have included priceless treasures – as we may gather from the interpretations of his surviving works by Maria Luisa Cantos, the grande dame of Spanish piano music, on her latest recording. After Granados had initially been brought to safety, he plunged into the water to save his beloved wife and lost his life in the effort – lending a romantic element to this extremely tragic episode.

With genuine mastery Maria Luisa Cantos probes the deep feeling of this music with which she has spent most of her life. Without false sentimentality she honors the composer on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth on this sumptuously recorded, multichannel SACD in 2+2+2 sound.

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Heinrich Baermann: Clarinet Quintets

Heinrich Baermann: Clarinet Quintets


Baermann, H:

Clarinet Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 23

Clarinet Quintet, Op. 22 in F Minor

Clarinet Quintet, Op. 19 In E Flat Major


Rita Karin Meier (clarinet)

Belenus Quartet

Heinrich Baermann is quite well known today as Carl Maria von Weber’s source of inspiration. The famous virtuoso, for whom Weber personally created his clarinet concertos, repeatedly took up the pen on his own – and did so with great success.

Several dozen works by Baermann have been transmitted to MDG and on this recording Rita Karin Meier and the Belenus Quartet turn to his three quintets for clarinet and strings and with them bring back to life his much acclaimed cantabile playing as well as his legendary virtuosic capabilities.

“Meier shapes the music with gloriously flexible tone and is extremely sensitive and musical in all registers. The Belenus Quartet judge the quartet movements very effectively, with rhythmic elegance and chamber music intensity” FonoForum, June 2017 *****

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Johann Kaspar Mertz: The Last Viennese Virtuoso

Johann Kaspar Mertz: The Last Viennese Virtuoso

Guitar Works


Mertz:

Gebeth (from Bardenklänge, Op. 13)

Orgelfuge

6 Schubertian Songs for solo guitar

Morceaux (3), Op. 65

Opern-Revue Op. 8. No. 8: Ernani

Bardenklange, Op. 13: An die Entfernte


Frank Bungarten (contra guitar)

For his new recording featuring compositions by the guitarist Johann Kaspar Mertz, distribguished performer Frank Bungarten has selected a very special instrument: a contraguitar designed on the basis of an exemplary historical model by Johann Gottfried Scherzer with a series of additional bass strings on a second neck.

As a result, we now can experience the opulent sonority of Mertz’s works just as they were originally heard – now for the first time since the death of the “last Viennese virtuoso” in 1856.

For the posthumously published Fantasies op. 65 and the Harmonie du soir Mertz very evidently reckoned with additional volume in the bass. It is only on the ten-string contraguitar that these works can be played exactly as they are notated.

Mertz composed a total of thirty-four opera paraphrases for his instrument. His orchestral source material calls for the full sound of the contraguitar, and in Frank Bungarten Verdi’s Ernani too finds an interpreter who makes the difficult technique of the arrangement seem easy.

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Grieg: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Grieg: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Grieg:

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27

String Quartet No.2 in F major

Fugue in F minor


Meccore String Quartet

Another exhilarating debut on MDG from the Meccore String Quartet. The four instrumentalists have selected string quartets by Edvard Grieg forming the ideal medium for their vibrant style.

The distraught but magnificent Quartet in G minor op. 27 marks the epochal shift from romanticism to impressionism. Although Grieg’s second quartet remained unfinished, this circumstance does not impair the quality of the extant fragment. Moreover, on this SACD the Meccores compensate for the missing movements with a fugue from the Norwegian master’s formative years.

Young, passionate, wild – the dynamic Meccore String Quartet based in Warsaw takes the

performance stage by storm. Their practice of standing for performances rather than sitting can be fully appreciated here in the three dimensions of this high-resolution SACD from MDG.

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