Sonata B minor
Kinderszenen op. 15
debut could not contain two greater contrasts: Liszt's inscrutable
Sonata in B minor and Schumann's enchanting Kinderszenen in performances
by the young Swiss pianist Joseph-Maurice Weder. A bold program -
since recordings of these two works are not in short supply. Weder
nonetheless repeatedly discovers new things in these frequently performed
works - with important support from the legendary "Manfred Bürki"
Steinway concert grand piano of 1901, an instrument with a brilliant
treble shining its supernatural light over the profound bass.
Masses & Sacred Concertos
hundred years ago the Reformation occasioned an upsurge in the production
of church music, and even today Luther's powerful sacred hymns continue
to be mainstays in Lutheran religious services. However, Luther's
fruitful juxtaposition of "transmitted" and "modern"
music shows that he was also fond of drawing on songs from the "old
church." The Lutheran chorale masses recorded by Hermann Max
with his Rheinische Kantorei on vinyl more than thirty years ago
represent a special form within these parallel - or shared - relational
worlds. Even then the MDG sound engineers used the latest digital
technology for the recording - which means that this welcome new
edition could be transferred to CD without a hitch.
Boccherini's contemporaries ranked him with Joseph Haydn, but during
later times the high esteem enjoyed by his music faded - when everything
of Italian origin that was not an opera was generally dismissed. The
young musicians of Scala köln believe that it is high time to
reopen Boccherini's case and are now presenting the results of their
new investigation: a delightful program demonstrating that Boccherini's
treasure trove holds more in store than just his famous Minuet.
Vol. 1 & 2
Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra
George Hanson, conductor
MDG 335 2038-2
works immediately reveal that he was a glowing admirer of Liszt
and Wagner and a remarkably gifted creator of expressive harmonic
designs and far-ranging melodic lines. Here Draeseke accomplished
the feat of combining these powerful expressive means with classical
forms. MDG is now rereleasing Draeseke's Sinfonia Tragica, Piano
Concerto, and Symphony No. 1 in a special edition featuring performances
by the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra in the historic Wuppertal Hall.
The first release marked a discographic milestone.
Gottfried Ritter (1811-1885)
present CD is a rare find on three counts: it is a complete recording
of August Gottfried Ritter's four organ sonatas, they are performed
by Ursula Philippi, the leading German-Rumanian artist of our time,
and she presents them on her home organ, the monumental romantic Sauer
organ in Hermannstadt / Sibiu, Transylvania.