Piano works for four hands
Wyneke Jordans & Leo van Doeselaar
Schumann knew his way around the piano like hardly any other composer.
During his constant quest for new sound, it must have been a real
experience for him and his wife Clara when a pedal - as on an organ
- was added to their grand piano. The Amsterdam Piano Duo has set
out to relive this revelation on this recording of the Studien für
den Pedalflügel on an Erard grand piano from 1837 in a version
for piano four hands by Georges Bizet.
Viller Valbonesi, piano
An Echo Klassik for Hofmann, an Opus d'or for von Bausznern, and now
for the third time the Berolina Ensemble steps into the spotlight
with a spectacular discovery - and once again we are at a loss to
explain how it was that such magnificent works could ever be forgotten.
The ensemble's newest release is dedicated to Ernst Rudorff. His opulent
String Sextet, Romance for Violin and Piano, and a series of enchanting
piano pieces offer extensive documentation of the chamber oeuvre of
this Berlin composer, who also numbered among the pioneers in the
field of conservation.
Melodies and Preludes
Arnold Schönberg, Josef Matthias Hauer composed "with twelve
tones" - but with a very different result! If dissonance, harmonic
tension, and the highest degree of expressivity mark the musical process
in Schönberg, then Hauer's music is free of all of the above.
Of absolutely airy lightness, of extraordinary song character, and
often concluding with euphonious major triads, Hauer's preludes and
melodies recorded here for the first time in complete form by Steffen
Schleiermacher offer a compendium of this composer's musical philosophy.
The Organ Toccatas
Organs of St. Michaelis, Hamburg
A summit meeting
of queens! On this enthralling new production Christoph Schoener
plays Johann Sebastian Bach's five toccatas on all four organs in
St. Michaelis Church in Hamburg. For the famous Toccata in D minor
three instruments team up to do the job! Thanks to MDG's 2+2+2 reproduction
method and nighttime quiet, this overwhelming sound event can now
be experienced for the first time in the home. On this finely balanced
Super Audio CD each instrument is heard in its original place, and
the magnificent baroque interior of this Hanseatic principal church
is conveyed in superb natural sound.
Horn Trio op. 40
Clarinet Trio op. 114
Sebastain Weigle, horn
Wolf Dieter Streicher, violin
Christoph Henkel, cello
Claudius Tanski, piano
two Brahms trios recorded here are among the priceless treasures of
his chamber music oeuvre, and this rendering by prominent members
of the Consortium Classicum (and the unforgotten Dieter Klöcker)
is in every day worthy of the originals, in all their emotional depth
and compositional-technical geniality.