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Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795)

Miserere mei
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Rheinische Kantorei
Das Kleine Konzert
Hermann Max

MDG 602 1994-2


Johann 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).

Heinrich Baermann (1784-1847)

Clarinet Quintets op. 19, 22 & 23

Rita Karin Meier, clarinet
Belenus Quartet

MDG 903 1988-6


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.

Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)

The Last Viennese Virtuoso

Frank Bungarten, guitar

MDG 905 1954-6


What 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!

Hanns Eisler (1898-1962)

Songs and Ballads Vol. 1

Holger Falk, baritone
Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

MDG 613 2001-2


"Change 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!

W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Early String Quartets Vol. 2

KV 156, 157, 168, 173

Leipziger Streichquartett

MDG 307 1976-2


Wolfgang 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!