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last updated: 04/07/2016

Clarinet Concertos by
Nielsen, Debussy, Francaix

Vladimir Soltan, clarinet
Hamburger Symphoniker
José Luis Gomez, conductor

MDG 901 1964-6

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Breathtaking virtuosity, sumptuous sound, expression brimming with suspense: on his debut album the young Byelorussian clarinetist Vladimir Soltan gives his all while enjoying superb ensemble support from the Hamburg Symphony. Under its conductor José Luís Gómez this orchestra simply surpasses itself in concertante competition with the soloist.

Max Reger (1873-1916)

Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano

Robert Oberaigner, clarinet
Michael Schöch, piano

MDG 903 1963-6

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"Great - I too will write two such things!" This was Max Reger's comment on a performance including Brahms's clarinet sonatas, and only a few weeks later he kept his word, delivering his first two clarinet sonatas in his op. 49. The Dresden State Orchestra's young solo clarinetist Robert Oberaigner and the ARD prizewinner Michael Schöch have now joined forces to present not only this double stroke of genius but also Reger's Sonata op. 107. And their performance is guaranteed to convince even the most inveterate Reger skeptics! Two welcome encores supplying a surprisingly different tone, "Tarantella" and "Albumblatt," round off the Weiden master's clarinet oeuvre.

Josef Suk (1874-1935)

Piano works

Karl-Andreas Kolly, piano

MDG 903 1956-6

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A double stroke of fate divided Josef Suk's life into a "before and after." Within little more than a year he first lost his mentor and father-in-law Antonín Dvo?ák and then his young wife Otilie. The Swiss pianist Karl-Andreas Kolly's latest release illustrates this break pervading Suk's entire compositional oeuvre and offers a refreshing look at a composer who has not yet received his proper due.

Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884)

Ma Vlast

Piano Duo Trenkner / Speidel

MDG 930 1960-6

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The Moldau is right up there with the all-time-great classical hits on concert stages around the world. Among other reasons, Bed?ich Smetana's fabulous tone painting rich in legend is so uncommonly popular because behind the extremely vivid natural depiction there is a deeply felt program creating a place for it in the six-part cycle Má Vlast (My Fatherland). Contemplating his fiftieth stage anniversary as a much-acclaimed pianist, Smetana published the version for piano four hands even prior to the release of the orchestral score. The Evelinde Trenkner - Sontraud Speidel Piano Duo has now undertaken this mammoth task and recorded the complete, very demanding cycle, revealing many a discovery in repertoire long thought to be so very familiar.

Federico Mompou (1893-1987)

Fetes lointaines

Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

MDG 613 1935-2

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After Música Callada Steffen Schleiermacher is now presenting Fêtes lointaines, his second release featuring one-of-a-kind piano compositions by Federico Mompou. Along with the title cycle, this CD includes other miniatures from the period between 1914 and 1921. The melancholy opposing the dramatic mode and pervading Mompou's entire oeuvre is already in evidence in these early works. Once again Schleiermacher succeeds in endowing the few tones in these short pieces with a mysterious radiance lending them an absolutely heavenly appeal.



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