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last updated: 05/05/2015

W.A.Mozart / A. Salieri
Arias and Overtures

Sen Guo, soprano
Kenneth Tarver, tenor
Musikkollegium Winterthur
Douglas Boyd, conductor

MDG 901 1897-6


Mozart and Salieri - a very special relationship. Since Milos Forman's Amadeus at the very latest, legends and conspiracy theories have been known to one and all. Salieri's artistic quality has been overshadowed, but he did indeed contribute significantly to the glory of the Viennese opera. Salieri brought together many different currents and helped Gluck's Parisian opera reform to its breakthrough in the Habsburg capital. On its latest release the Musikkollegium Winterthur dedicates itself to the two alpha composers at the court of Joseph II - a captivating opera program guaranteed to delight fans of the music theater - and not only them!

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
Chamber Music

Cologne Chamber Soloists

MDG 903 1894-6


Nine variations by nine composers on an amateur composer's jolly little song: Gerald Finzi was invited to compose together with highly individual personalities like Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gordon Jacob, and Howard Ferguson. Along with other works by Finzi, these Diabelleries on "Oh! Where's My Little Basket Gone?" for a most highly unusual chamber ensemble have now been recorded for the first time by the Cologne Chamber Soloists. The result: a fascinating overview of British music during the first half of the twentieth century.

Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
Tabulatura Nova III

Franz Raml, organ

MDG 614 1895-2


Franz Raml concludes his complete recording of Scheidt's Tabulatura nova on this third release. The first two parts, acclaimed as a "benchmark recording," are followed by a conclusion that is also a crowning culmination. The dynamic organist presents a magnificent and multicolored sound festival of early baroque church music on the historic organs in Tangermünde, St. James in Hamburg, and the Schlägl Monastery in Upper Austria.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartets Vol. 8

op. 50 2,3,6

Leipziger Streichquartett

MDG 307 1898-2


The Leipzig String Quartet continues its Haydn edition with three more works from his op. 50, and once again its members magnificently succeed in combining classical perfection with surprisingly fresh esprit. By now it goes without saying that the four string instrumentalists from Saxony represent the best of historically informed interpretation practice, and the use of bow models from the eighteenth century also makes this latest release a highly colorful musical experience leaving no listening wishes unfulfilled.

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Piano Trio G major / G-Dur (1880)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Piano Trio A minor / a-Moll (1914)

Trio Parnassus

MDG 303 0272-2


Claude Debussy's Piano Trio was his first extant instrumental composition and an impressive start by one of the greatest of the greats. First discovered in the 1980s, this composition distinguished by youthful impetuosity affords us spectacular audio insights into the artistic development of this later master of French impressionism. The Trio Parnassus was one of the first ensembles to incorporate the new discovery into its repertoire, presenting it in an exquisite digital release along with Ravel's mature masterpiece - reason enough for this long-overdue rerelease.