Friedrich Bach (1732-1795)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Das Kleine Konzert
Christoph Friedrich Bach was a child of his times, which were characterized
by new beginnings and profound changes in the political and cultural
arena as well as in the societal and philosophical spheres. The "Miserere"
and the motet "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" exemplarily
document these transformations. MDG is now presenting an archive production
that has achieved historic status. Hermann Max, a pioneer in the field
of historically informed performance practice, performs with the Rheinische
Kantorei and his "Das Kleine Konzert" ensemble in a production
for the Western German Radio (WDR).
op. 19, 22 & 23
Heinrich Baermann is quite well known today as Carl Maria von Weber's
source of inspiration. The famous virtuoso, for whom Weber personally
created his clarinet concertos, repeatedly took up the pen on his
own - and did so with great success. Several dozen works by Baermann
have been transmitted to us. Here Rita Karin Meier and the Belenus
Quartet turn to his three quintets for clarinet and strings and with
them very outstandingly bring back to life his much-acclaimed cantabile
playing as well as his legendary virtuosic capabilities.
Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
The Last Viennese
a big sound! The basses on that guitar! For his new recording featuring
compositions by the guitarist Johann Kaspar Mertz, Frank Bungarten
has selected a very special instrument: a contraguitar designed on
the basis of an exemplary historical model by Johann Gottfried Scherzer
with a series of additional bass strings on a second neck. As a result,
we now can experience the opulent sonority of Mertz's works just as
they were originally heard - now for the first time since the death
of the "last Viennese virtuoso" in 1856!
Ballads Vol. 1
Steffen Schleiermacher, piano
MDG 613 2001-2
the world; it needs it!" Hanns Eisler always remained true
to this challenge. Between the Great Depression and the Third Reich
the committed communist endeavored to exercise influence with his
music as his medium. On the first volume of our edition of Hanns
Eisler's songs, Holger Falk and Steffen Schleiermacher present pieces
from the years between 1929 and 1937 for which Bertolt Brecht supplied
almost all the texts. A long-overdue rehabilitation of a composer
who for many years was known above all as the German Democratic
Republic's artistic spokesman!
A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Quartets Vol. 2
KV 156, 157, 168, 173
Amadeus Mozart must have felt bored to death in small-town Salzburg!
Fortunately, his ambitious father regularly gave him the opportunity
to experience big-time action. On extended concert tours he introduced
his genial son at courts and in salons, and the boy took advantage
of his absence from the Prince Archbishop's court to absorb all sorts
of impressions for use in his own music. It was on his travels to
Italy and to imperial Vienna that he composed the thirteen string
quartets featured on this edition by the Leipzig String Quartet -
now in its second volume . . . and to be continued!