Suite, Apollon musagète
Concerto in D
de Chambre de Lausanne
Joshua Weilerstein, cond.
Stravinsky inaugurated the era of musical neoclassicism with a sensational
success. His Pulcinella continues to be uncommonly popular even today,
primarily as a suite from the ballet of the same name - which makes
this virtuosic orchestral piece the perfect choice for this fascinating
MDG debut program featuring Joshua Weilerstein, the new principal
conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. Apollon musagète
and the rarely heard Concerto in D offer additional highly interesting
insights into this important period in the great Russian composer's
Shostakovich, Scriabin, Gubaidulina
Eva van Grinsven,
Helena Basilova, piano
Maria Milstein, violin
Lars Niederstraßer, saxophone
Eva van Grinsven's Saxofolk debut album with the Berlage Saxophone
Quartet was a spectacular success. On Rendez-vous russe the young
Dutch saxophonist now sets out in quest of the "Russian soul,"
famous for its deeply felt emotionality and enthralling melancholy.
Her saxophone and its marvelously versatile tone blend with the instruments
of her chamber music partners, and the fine articulation so incredibly
similar to the human voice produces a unique impact.
Goldberg Variations BWV 988
the very first printed editions of Bach's incomparable Goldberg Variations
contained arrangements for ensembles of melody instruments. The reason
behind this is obvious: Bach's complex part texture, designed for
a keyboard instrument with two manuals, cannot be realized without
further ado on the piano and can only with difficulty be grasped by
the listener. The Aulos Quartet has recorded a new version of Josef
Rheinberger's arrangement that grabs and keeps our listening attention
for two good reasons: the ideal transparency created by the mixed
ensemble of strings and winds and the employment of the oboe profonda,
a rarely heard instrument enormously expanding the tonal resources
of the oboe family.
Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola op. 25
Trio for Violin, Viola and Violoncello op. 3
MDG 903 1953-6
Only a little
chamber music for flute by Beethoven has come down to us. The Viennese
classical Titan was not particularly fond of this tender instrument.
If only life had given him the chance to hear the Ardinghello Ensemble
with the phenomenal Karl Kaiser! Then he certainly would have changed
his mind. Nevertheless, he managed to pen an elegant, nimble Serenade
op. 25, which the Ardinghello Ensemble is now releasing along with
a new rendering of the magnificent String Trio op. 3.
for Dieter Klöcker Vol. 2
Wagenseil, Albrechtsberger, Erzherzog Rudolf, Schubert, Mylivecek,
Asioli, Grund, Meyerbeeer, Farrenc, Röntgen, Bruch, Herzogenberg
unforgettable Dieter Klöcker would have celebrated his eightieth
birthday in 2016 - which is reason enough to commemorate this anniversary
with a very special edition. Four CDs with carefully selected musical
gems from the WDR audio archive, made between 1969 and 1993, demonstrate
the incomparable variety of Klöcker's work as a chamber musician.
Since a few CD premieres are found among them, this release is a valuable
rarity guaranteed to enthuse faithful fans of the legendary Consortium
Classicum - and not only them.
Complete Works for 2 Pianos
Trenkner / Speidel
MDG 330 0756-2
recording of Max Reger's compositions for piano duo presents him
at his full-bodied best. In charge of this major undertaking: the
Trenkner-Speidel Duo, who have added a number of important recordings
to the MDG catalogue in recent years.
The three duos, all of them variation works, were composed within
a period of ten years and served as visiting cards for the highly
imaginative Reger. They revolve around the three great heroes of
music history: Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Reger worked with absolute
meticulousness in what he called "absolutely splendid"
and "spectacular" scores until "every little note
was calculated with the greatest precision for the sound."