No. 2 D major op. 36
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.
César Franck & Maurice Ravel
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 agogic freedoms adding 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.
Bach, Saint-Saens, Corelli, Ljadow, Eilenberg, Martin, Vivaldi,
Debussy, Humperdinck, Odermatt
Die 14 Berliner
holiday fun with the 14 Berliner Flötisten (14 Berlin Flutists)!
Just in time for the Christmas season these classy cosmopolitan wind
instrumentalists are releasing a brand-new CD - dazzlingly polished
and nobly presented for all-around listening pleasure on long winter
evenings. The repertoire lovingly chosen from the treasure trove of
three hundred years of music history is just as broad as the fascinating
spectrum covered by the instruments of the flute family. Ranging from
the tiny-tot piccolino to the hooks and crooks of the mighty subcontrabass
flute, its members offer a steady stream of tonal surprises.
Preludes op. 28, Sonata No.3 op. 58
MDG 904 1936-6
On this challenging
debut disc the young Chinese pianist Yubo Zhou introduces herself
to the listening public with Frédéric Chopin's twenty-four
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.
congratulates Michael Höltzel on his 80th anniversary with a
carefully redesigned release of his Music for the Rügheim Hunt
which he composed for his ensemble of the Detmold Hornists.