No. 2 E flat major
Schmidt was "the most musical man in Vienna" - this is what
Gustav Mahler had to say about his fellow composer, who, unlike him,
is almost completely forgotten today. Stefan Blunier has rediscovered
this late-romantic master and now with the mighty forces of the Beethoven
Orchestra of Bonn presents Schmidt's Symphony No. 2 together with
Richard Strauss's Festival Prelude composed during the same year for
the opening of Vienna's Konzerthaus.
9 (From the New World)
Trenkner / Speidel
Antonín Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 is one of classical
music's all-time greatest hits. It was composed and premiered in New
York in 1893, which is why - but not only why - it is known as the
"New World Symphony." On this recording, which also includes
the first cycle of the equally popular Slavonic Dances, the Piano
Duo Trenkner / Speidel once again demonstrates the great advantages
and fascinating rhythmic verve offered by reductions for piano four
hands. Trimmed of the comfortable and sumptuous sound of the large
orchestra, Dvo?ák's genial treatment of motives of Bohemian
folk character shines in even greater glory.
von Herzogenberg (1843-1900)
op. 24 & 36
von Herzogenberg's search for selfhood finally came to fruition in
his two piano trios. After highly promising successes in his native
Graz with large-format works modeled on Wagner, the talented young
composer experienced a creative and existential crisis from which
he first recovered when he turned to Johannes Brahms. The Vienna Piano
Trio documents this artistic awakening with a top-quality interpretation
on SACD adding a new facet to the reception of Herzogenberg's music
after its sleeping beauty's century of slumbering.
MDG 613 2009-2
During his lifetime
Enrique Granados was highly valued above all for the poetry of his
piano playing - and his compositions also breathe the same poetic
spirit. Stephen Marchionda honors the composer on the occasion of
the 150th anniversary of his birth with a highly personal selection
from these works. His own arrangements for the guitar create an
illuminating link to Granados' roots in Spanish folklore.
Schuke-Organ Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche Detmold
Barber began his compositional career as a genuine child prodigy.
At the age of nine he knew that he wanted to be a musician, and a
year later he wrote his first opera - or at least the first act, after
which the cook, his librettist, ran out of ideas! He initially worked
as an organist, and even though he later focused on other areas, organ
compositions are found throughout his oeuvre. Rudolf Innig's complete
recording of these works offers enthralling insights into the development
of Barber's full and rich life as a composer.