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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier

The Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn concludes its complete recording of the symphonies of the composer whose name it bears with an absolutely rousing performance.

The spirited Seventh Symphony brings together everything that General Music Director Stefan Blunier has demanded of his musicians from the very beginning of this cycle: emotional depth, gripping rhythms, frenetic energy, and powerful tension holding the audience in suspense even after the last chord has faded away.

Why does the BOB recording of Beethoven’s symphonies now complete have such a marvellous impact? Two reasons: because of the first-class interpretation and because it is the first cycle to be recorded in its entirety in three-dimensional 2+2+2 sound on Super Audio CD, setting a discographic milestone guaranteed to please audiophile music fans – and not only them.

Stefan Blunier’s recording of seven rarely heard overtures along with this cycle rounds off this top-quality musical treat with a master’s touch.

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Gold Stefan Blunier Complete Beethoven Symphonies - MDG9371995

(SACD)

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Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245

Bach, J S: St John Passion, BWV245


Veronika Winter, Franz Vitzthum, Andreas Post, Christoph Schweizer, Thomas Laske

Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben & Handel's Company, Rainer Johannes Homburg

Johann Sebastian Bach revised his St. John Passion several times. Which one to choose? Rainer Johannes Homburg selected the last version for this performance with his Hymnus Choirboys of Stuttgart and Handel’s Company.

Why? It combines the carefree expressivity of Bach’s initial years at St.Thomas, eliminating unnecessary second thoughts from his middle years, with an experienced and mature master’s instrumental tonal sophistication – which Homburg fully exploits.

The richly coloured continuo group, here even including a contrabassoon, makes us sit up and listen. Get ready for an enthralling listening experience and vibrant performance by this prizewinning traditional choir!

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Scene - MDG9021985

(SACD - 2 discs)

$27.75

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Musica Baltica Vol. 1: Baroque Cantatas From Gdansk

Musica Baltica Vol. 1: Baroque Cantatas From Gdansk


Freislich:

Jauchzet dem Herrn alle Welt

Cantata post sacrum coenam - Gott ist die Liebe

Das ist meine Freude

Grain:

Hertzlich lieb hab ich dich o Herr

Meder:

Singet, lobsinget mit Herzen und Zungen

Pucklitz:

Kehre wieder

Ich will in allen Sachen


Goldberg Vocal & Goldberg Baroque Ensembles

When Danzig, today’s Gdansk in Poland, was an independent and prosperous centre of trade and commerce, it also enjoyed the status of a magnificent and multifaceted music centre.

However, many of the sources documenting its rich cultural heritage are no longer extant, most of them destroyed by war. Andrzej Szadejko has researched the historic holdings of the Library of the Danzig Academy of the Sciences and made surprising discoveries.

On this WORLD PREMIERE recording he leads the Goldberg Baroque Ensemble in performances of seven Baroque cantatas in every way equaling the originality and mastery of works by much more famous composers of those times.

The Goldberg Baroque Ensemble takes its name from Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, certainly Danzig’s most famous musical son and the Bach pupil whose name was immortalized by is teacher’s famous variations.

At the annual Goldberg Festival the ensemble performs in Gdansk’s Trinity Church, a structure with opulent acoustics optimally rendered on this multidimensional high-resolution SACD recording.

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Scene - MDG9021989

(SACD)

$15.00

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D. Scarlatti: Sonatas

D. Scarlatti: Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K438 in F major: I. Allegro

Keyboard Sonata K239 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K513 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K44 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K474 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K475 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K432 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K245 in B major

Keyboard Sonata K447 in F sharp minor

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K323 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K492 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K455 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K478 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K435 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K78 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major


Eri Mantani (piano)

Antonio Scarlatti was hired as the Spanish Queen María Bárbara’s personal fitness coach. In order to perfect her keyboard artistry, the monarch had the talented Neapolitan composer write countless exercises for her.

The Japanese pianist Eri Mantani has assembled a fascinating personal selection from the 555 extant “Sonatas” that really have nothing in common with dull études – a debut album bursting with energy that could not be more entertaining.

The queen must have had considerable capabilities as a keyboard artist: gigantic leaps, highly virtuosic runs, and crossing of the hands that even today challenge every keyboard performer’s technique.

Eri Mantani knows how to generate this Mediterranean flair on the mighty Steinway D. This sound picture, crystal-clear even in stereo, should be fully relished in 3D – which makes this fine Super Audio CD a sumptuous audiophile experience.

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Scene - MDG9041987

(SACD)

$15.00

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Emotion

Emotion

Works by Franck and Ravel


Franck, C:

Mélancolie for piano and violin in E minor

Andantino quietoso in E flat, Op. 6

Violin Sonata in A major

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in G major

Tzigane


Kirill Troussov (violin), Alexandra Troussova (piano)

The brother and sister Kirill Troussov and Alexandra Troussova have performed music together ever since their childhood days – the best preparation for César Franck’s magnificent Violin Sonata, the focal work on their new Emotions album. Their close cooperation allows them a natural freedom which adds an absolutely new dimension to this masterpiece of romantic chamber music. They form a dream team, and so do their instruments: the famous “Brodsky” Stradivarius on which Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto was premiered and the legendary Steinway “Manfred Bürki” concert grand piano from 1901

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Recital - MDG9031984

(SACD)

$13.75

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Chopin: 24 Préludes & Piano Sonata No. 3

Chopin: 24 Préludes & Piano Sonata No. 3


Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Gao Ping:

Night Alley


Yubo Zhou (piano)

On this challenging debut disc the young Chinese pianist Yubo Zhou introduces herself to the listening public with Frédéric Chopin’s 24 Préludes. It goes without saying that this prizewinner at many international competitions has the technical mastery required to perform these extremely difficult miniatures. But there is more: her fine feel for romantic poetry and the often intimate charm of these mostly very short works will make even experienced Chopin enthusiasts sit up and take special notice. Chopin’s third piano sonata – and– honoring her native China – “Night Alley” by Ping Gao perfectly round off this uncommonly attractive programme. Yubo Zhou chose Gao’s “Night Alley” with very careful thought. The work produces an absolutely magical atmosphere full of dynamic contrasts and abrupt shifts of color; the grand piano resonates and vibrates with percussive individual tones and chords. This all-around fascinating debut album by China’s youngest piano professor of course is presented in MDG’s hallmark three-dimensional sound on SACD.

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Scene - MDG9041936

(SACD)

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

The Ruins of Athens Overture, Op. 113

Zur Namensfeier overture, Op. 115

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stefan Blunier

Beethoven’s Second Symphony is not exactly one of the symphonic repertoire’s greatest hits. However, as the latest release from the compositional Titan’s hometown demonstrates, it certainly has the stuff of greatness. It was here that Beethoven first prescribed a “Scherzo” in the movement slot traditionally occupied by the minuet, which automatically lends this work historical significance. The orchestra’s principal conductor Stefan Blunier inserts the symphony in a new context formed by carefully selected orchestral overtures in a program holding in store many a musical surprise. This recording also features a unique coupling of overtures: Name Day, The Ruins of Athens, The Creatures of Prometheus, Coriolan and Egmont. While most of the overtures penned by Beethoven can be assigned to a stage work, the Name Day Overture is a genuine all-rounder. It first inherited this title after the composer’s death on the Emperor’s name day; it is quite apparent that he was inspired by the hymnic quality of this special feast day. The orchestra, under their conductor Stefan Blunier, positively crackle and the flames glow on this three-dimensional recording by the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn in the very best SACD quality – all in a performance that would have brought joy to Beethoven himself. Also Available: Symphonies No. 6 & 8 MDG 9371883 Symphonies No. 1 & 5 MDG9371756 Symphony No.. 9 MDG9371899 Symphony No. 3 op. 55 „Eroica“ Overtures: „König Stephan“, „Die Weihe des Hauses“ MDG9371966 (Hybrid-SACD)

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Gold Stefan Blunier Complete Beethoven Symphonies - MDG9371977

(SACD)

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Bach, J S: Toccatas, BWV910-916

Bach, J S: Toccatas, BWV910-916

arr. By Max Reger


Christoph Schoener (organ)

First Bach, then Reger, and now Bach/Reger: the present disc is Christoph Schoener’s third MDG recording on the four organs in St. Michael’s Church in Hamburg. The attractive program featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s seven toccatas, five of them in gripping arrangements by Max Reger, embodies the best and fullest opulence of sound.

The MDG sound engineers rely on the very finest three-dimensional SACD technology, the big sound of this musical event, including the echo division and its extra spatial effects, can be enjoyed at home – an audiophile highlight of a special kind!

The seven toccatas were originally intended for the harpsichord. Max Reger transferred five of them to the organ, and now Christoph Schoener has adapted the other two. On the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach organ in unequal temperament he demonstrates that the historical performance style too can be pleasurably realized in St. Michael’s Church in Hamburg.

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Scene - MDG9491981

(SACD)

$13.75

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Platti: 6 Trio Sonatas For Violin, Violoncello And Continuo

Platti: 6 Trio Sonatas For Violin, Violoncello And Continuo


Platti:

Sonata a 3, WD 689

Sonata a 3, WD 678

Sonata In G Minor WD 691

Sonata In D Major WD 680

Sonata In C Minor WD 694

Sonata a 3, WD 683


Armoniosa

Following on from their debut recording of Vivaldi’s La Stravaganza, Italian ensemble, Armoniosa present here a new recording of Giovanni Benedetto Platti's Trio Sonatas.

However, although the title may read 'Trio Sonata', a spectacular surprise soon unfolds: contrary to all convention, Platti scored the part of the second solo instrument in his sonatas for the cello instead of a second violin – thereby providing for an extraordinary and fresh listening experience.

The high-resolution recording on this SACD enables the listener to grasp all the tonal details; the music seems to be within hand’s reach, especially in the recommended three-dimensional reproduction of the 2+2+2 recording.

The man who commissioned these works, Count Schönborn-Wiesentheid, the brother of two Würzburg archbishops, was a cellist in his own right and surely would have enjoyed this disc.

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Super Audio CD

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MDG Scene - MDG9031978

(SACD)

$13.75

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Brahms: Piano Music Volume 5

Brahms: Piano Music Volume 5

Variations


Brahms:

Variations on an Original Theme in D major, Op. 21, No. 1

Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major, Op. 21 No. 2

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35: Books 1 & 2


Hardy Rittner (piano)

The conclusion and crowning culmination of an epochal project: Vol. 5 rounds off Hardy Rittner’s acclaimed Brahms complete recording on historical pianos.

The careful selection of lavishly and lovingly restored concert grand pianos perfectly suited to this task enhances the value of this pioneering edition even more. The present release comes with a double high point: Rittner performs the variation cycles, works of the highest virtuosity producing an extraordinary audience impact, on a Steinway & Sons concert grand piano, serial number 553, manufactured around 1860.

Hardy Rittner magnificently brings out the special qualities of historical pianos; silvery double octaves in the eleventh variation of the first volume of op. 35, crystal-clear brilliance in numerous thirty-second runs, frequent fierce growling of the basses – the Steinway grand piano, even in its early years with its famous patented iron-cast plate and diagonal stringing, generates an enormous sound palette and shows itself from its very best side in Rittner’s sensitive and powerful hands.

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MDG Scene Brahms Piano Music Rittner - MDG9041974

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