Alina Ratkowska, harpsichord & conductor
Bach regarded the young Johann Gottlieb Goldberg as his most talented
pupil. Not much more is known about the Gdansk native Goldberg besides
the fact that he was the dedicatee of the famous variations bearing
his name. He died of tuberculosis at the very early age of twenty-nine
but left behind a compact oeuvre giving us an idea of what might
have come next. Alina Ratkowska teams up with the Goldberg Baroque
Ensemble from the composer's native Danzig/Gdansk on this recording
of his two extant harpsichord concertos - which with their elegance,
sensibility, and expression very much move beyond his teacher's
op. 81 F major
Sextet op. 30 E flat major
MDG 903 2012-6
his lifetime George Onslow was known as the "French Beethoven."
This extraordinary distinction earned above all for his manifold
chamber music does not do complete justice to his special rank.
On this SACD Markus Becker teams up with the Ma'alot Quintet for
a closer look at Onslow's virtuoso side. Functioning as virtuoso
concertos for the salon, both the Wind Quintet op. 81 and the Sextet
op. 30 fully satisfied the discriminating taste of Parisian high
Organs in St. Michaelis, Hamburg
was baptized in St. Michael's Church in Hamburg in 1833, and on
this recording he returns to this site. Christoph Schoener, the
organist and church music director at St. Michael's, honors his
famous fellow Hamburg citizen with a special tribute. Three variation
works by this Hansa town's musical great are heard in transpositions
for the organ on this program, and on the mighty three-in-one St.
Michael's Church organ the result is a dimension-blasting room effect.
Symphonies & Concertos Vol. 1 & 2
Johannes Moesus, conductor
MDG 601 2056-2
Rosetti is one of the most popular composers of our times."
Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart wrote these words in his Ideen
zu einer Ästhetik der Tonkunst, and it is high time for us
to recognize this fact today. In this special edition MDG is presenting
two recordings of orchestral works by the Bohemian master featuring
the Rosetti specialist Johannes Moesus in performances with the
Hamburg Symphony and renowned soloists. Even when they were first
released, these recordings set standards.