Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

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Oberon Celebrates Shakespeare

Oberon Celebrates Shakespeare


Beethoven:

Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 'The Ghost'

Bray:

That crazed smile

Mendelssohn:

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo


Oberon Trio

Ten years ago, in 2006, three musicians got together to play Mendelssohn. The trio eventually started looking for an appropriate name, and they eventually found their “patron” in Oberon, one of the characters in Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The King of the Elves embodies the pleasure anyone can find in metamorphosis, in games and creativity, and that remains this musical trio’s creed until today – the will to remain flexible at all times, avoiding any sort of routine in music-making and programming. “We ‘compose’ our programmes with great care”, affirms cellist Antoaneta Emanuilova.

The year 2016 also marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death: the trio thus decided to combine both jubilees in one programme. Since contemporary music is also part of the three musicians’ repertoire, they commissioned a new work. “We wanted it to be up-to-date, but something that would nevertheless have a connection with our namesake”, explains violinist Henja Semmler. They suggested this idea to British composer Charlotte Bray (born in 1982) whom the trio’s pianist Jonathan Aner met by chance at a concert in Berlin four years ago, when she had just moved to the German capital. Now in her mid-thirties, she has written a great amount of chamber music, and her cello concerto has been featured at the BBC Proms. “A magic spell must have been at work: just then, Charlotte was working on a trilogy of piano trios that were to be influenced by Shakespeare”, the pianist recalls. Thus, after her first piano trio entitled Those Secret Eyes which had been inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Bray decided to search for inspiration in the dreamworld of Oberon for her next work in the same genre. …… The resulting piano trio fantasia That Crazed Smile evokes a moonlit night where fairies join forces to shower star-crossed lovers with dreams. Bray creates Impressionist and Surrealist spaces, alternating between pointillist and planar structures. An elaborate, free-tonal fabric seems to unravel before our eyes, illuminated with flashes of lightning. Expressively heightened moods contrast with passages that are playful, almost dance-like, thus making us utterly forget that Bray is actually applying rigorous composition technique…….

For its 10th anniversary, the Oberon Trio has also allowed itself a birthday present. With the valuable assistance of Mansoor Hosseini (of Iranian-Swedish origin, born in 1967), they have been able to arrange Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream for piano trio. Hosseini had suggested this idea a few years ago to the violinist. Joint projects such as her world première performance of his violin concerto led them to the idea of arranging this work for their ensemble, since it has an obviously close connection with their chosen name. They worked on this version together, which will serve from now on as the Oberon Trio’s “calling card”.

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Piano Reflections

Piano Reflections


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Debussy:

Suite Bergamasque

Liszt:

Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)

Ständchen - Leise flehen meine Lieder (S559a, after Schubert)

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

trans. Rachmaninov

Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre, Op. 40

Tchaikovsky:

The Seasons, Op. 37b: June (Barcarolle)

Wencheng:

Autumn Moon On A Calm Lake (Pinghu Qiuyue)


Ji Liu (piano)

“Liu opens with a meticulously articulated yet rather earthbound Mendelssohn/Rachmaninov Scherzo...[He] saves his most imaginative and emotionally engaged piano-playing for Debussy's Suite bergamasque. He paints the 'Prelude' in broad, generous brush strokes and brings a welcome acerbic edge to the 'Menuet' and 'Passepied' that many pianist prettify to a fault.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

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Mendelssohn - Orchestral Works

Mendelssohn - Orchestral Works


Mendelssohn:

Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

The Fair Melusine Overture, Op. 32

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nocturne

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March

Schubert:

Incidental music to Rosamunde, D797


The Decca Ansermet Legacy on Eloquence continues to garner the highest plaudits from publications all around the world and the latest batch presents the maestro’s recordings of four key Austro-German Romantics: Schubert, Weber, Mendelssohn and Schumann. This 2-CD set brings together all of Ansermet’s Mendelssohn and Schubert recordings for Decca.

Adopting clarity and muscularity over homogeneity, Ansermet’s Mendelssohn has dalliance and grace, not to mention wit. The Schubert Rosamunde music is notable particularly for its gorgeously cradled B-flat Entr’acte as well as the Ballet Music No. 1, previously unpublished, possibly due to the limiting length of the LP side – the original LP coupling the Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream excerpts with Schubert’s Rosamunde.

[Mendelssohn Symphony and Overtures] “…fresh, lovely and perceptive Mendelssohn playing, beautifully recorded” Gramophone

[Midsummer Night's Dream & Rosamunde] “…enjoyable and musicianly performances…” Gramophone

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Standing Ovation

Standing Ovation

Popular Overtures


Beethoven:

Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Bernstein:

Candide - Overture

Bizet:

Carmen: Prelude to Act I

Carmen: Entr'acte to Act IV (Aragonaise)

Dvorak:

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nocturne

Mozart:

Le nozze di Figaro, K492: Overture

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Rossini:

Guillaume Tell Overture

La scala di seta Overture

La gazza ladra Overture

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus Overture

Suppe:

Dichter und Bauer Overture

Verdi:

La forza del destino Overture

La traviata: Prelude to Act 1

La traviata: Prelude to Act 3

I vespri siciliani Overture

Weber:

Oberon Overture

Der Freischütz Overture


A thrilling collection of Overtures and Preludes (with some popular orchestral pieces thrown in for good measure) from Zubin Mehta. As a showman of the best variety, his recordings remains one of the Decca catalogue's richest legacies, and more than half of this collection is being released on CD for the first time.

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Hans Rosbaud conducts Weber and Mendelssohn

Hans Rosbaud conducts Weber and Mendelssohn


Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nocturne

Capriccio Brillant in B minor Op. 22

Yvonne Loriod (piano)

Weber:

Preciosa, Overture J279 (Op. 78)

Turandot: Overture

Der Freischütz Overture

Der Beherrscher der Geister, J122: Overture

Konzertstück in F minor, Op. 79 for piano & orchestra

Robert Casadesus (piano)


Südwestfunk-Orchester Baden-Baden, Hans Rosbaud

This is the second instalment in the new SWR Classic series featuring Hans Rosbaud's recordings from the SWR archive The series includes numerous première recordings Hans Rosbaud was among the most important conductors of the 20th century This recording also features two noted pianists: Yvonne Loriod and Robert Casadesus.

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La Scala Orchestra Recordings

La Scala Orchestra Recordings


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: IV. Finale. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 4. Finale

Berlioz:

La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Rákóczi March

Bizet:

L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: IV. Farandole

Carmen: Entr'acte to Act IV (Aragonaise)

Donizetti:

Don Pasquale Overture

Massenet:

Scènes pittoresques

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March

Mozart:

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543: III. Menuetto (Allegretto)

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543: IV. Finale

Pizzetti:

La Pisanelle Suite: II. Le quai du porte de Famagouste

Respighi:

Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 1, P. 109: II. Gagliarda

Wolf-Ferrari:

Il segreto di Susanna Overture


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Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, & Wagner: Orchestral Works

Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, & Wagner: Orchestral Works


Brahms:

Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nocturne

Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Wagner:

Siegfried Idyll


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Charles Rosen - Virtuoso! Electrifying Performances of the World's Most Difficult Piano Showpieces

Charles Rosen - Virtuoso! Electrifying Performances of the World's Most Difficult Piano Showpieces


Bizet:

L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1: II. Minuet

Chopin:

Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'

in thirds

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Schubert:

Evenings in Vienna No. 6 in A

Strauss, J, II:

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333

Man lebt nur einmal!, Op. 167


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Great Rachmaninov Transcriptions (Remastered)

Great Rachmaninov Transcriptions (Remastered)


Bach, J S:

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV1006: Preludio

Bizet:

L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1: II. Minuet

Kreisler:

Liebesfreud

Liebesleid

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Mussorgsky:

Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

Rachmaninov:

Polka de V.R.

Prelude Op. 23 No. 10 in G flat major

Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Tchaikovsky:

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1


Jorge Bolet (piano)

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Fiorentino Edition Volume 3: Rachmaninoff

Fiorentino Edition Volume 3: Rachmaninoff


Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Rachmaninov:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36

Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete)

Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete)


This third volume of the Sergio Fiorentino Edition on Piano Classics features a fine selection of the master’s Rachmaninoff recordings: the complete Preludes (recorded in one day!) dates from the 60s, and shows a wonderful fluency of a vocal quality, staggering virtuosity and a musical taste reminiscent of the Golden Age of Pianism.

The piano sonatas are recording in the 80s, a part of the “Berlin Recordings”, a testimony of a great, deep and sincere artist. As a bonus, also included is a generous selection of Rachmaninoff transcriptions, the highlight being the Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (probably the fastest on record…).

Both volumes I and II of the Fiorentino Edition received rave reviews in the international press, ”a tribute to one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century”.

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