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last updated: 04/06/2017

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Festliches Präludium

Franz Schmidt (1874-1939)
Symphony No. 2 E flat major

Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Stefan Blunier


MDG 937 2006-6

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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.

Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)

Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

Slavonic Dances op. 46

Piano Duo Trenkner / Speidel

MDG 930 2007-6

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Antonín Dvorák'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, Dvo?ák's genial treatment of motives of Bohemian folk character shines in even greater glory.

Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900)

Piano Trios op. 24 & 36

Vienna Piano Trio

MDG 942 2017-6

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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.
Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

La guitarra poetica

Stephen Marcionda, Guitar

MDG 613 2009-2

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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.

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Organ Works

Rudolf Innig
Schuke-Organ Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche Detmold

MDG 917 2010-6

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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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