String Quintets op. 14 & 16
Pieter Wispelwey, violoncello
Utrecht String Quartet
musical cosmopolitan and a Russian patriot, a highly educated historian
and a progressive who was skeptical about progress: there were differences
of opinion about Sergei Taneyev even during his lifetime. While this
Tchaikovsky pupil enjoyed the highest esteem as an educator, many
regarded his compositions as unintelligible and reactionary. The Utrecht
String Quartet, an ensemble delighting in discovery, has now set itself
the task of his long-overdue rehabilitation. Just in time for the
hundredth anniversary of the composer's death, the Dutch musicians,
together with Pieter Wispelwey and Alexander Zemtsov, are presenting
his two string quintets in a new recording shedding new light on Russian
music from around the turn of the century.
op. 20 1, 3, 5
Numerous conjectures swirl around Haydn's String Quartets op. 20.
Since ten years passed between his first highly original contributions
to this genre and this new group of works, might he have been experiencing
a creative crisis? This "intermission" is fertile ground
for wild speculations, but the Leipzig String Quartet rises above
such guesswork. In the ninth volume of their Haydn edition the Leipzig
four once again demonstrate the innovative and individual power of
this highly fascinating work group now available in full with the
new recording of Nos. 1, 3, and 5.
Complete Trumpet Music
Kaja Wieczorek, piano
but true: during Stalin's reign of terror in the 1930s, the Balalaika
Orchestra of the Red Army in Moscow offered Vladimir Peskin and Timofei
Dokschitzer a safe haven. Perhaps, who knows, if not for this fortuitous
encounter, Dokschitzer might never have become an all-time-great trumpeter
whose name continues to be revered today. It was Peskin who wrote
the music that brought fame to this highly talented young musician.
Here Giuliano Sommerhalder explores this association born of need
but developing into an immensely productive symbiosis.
Steffen Schleiermacher, piano
MDG 613 1926-2
Erik Satie penned
genuinely timeless hits, but so far his songs have not enjoyed equal
attention. As Holger Falk and Steffen Schleiermacher demonstrate
on this new recording of Satie's complete Mélodies et Chansons,
however, a great injustice has been done here. The legendary eccentric's
palette ranges from the tenderest seriousness to the crudest comedy;
throughout his career he managed to survive in the bitterest poverty
and supported himself as a "keyboard tinkler." The original
humor distinguishing many of his piano compositions is also reflected
in his songs - rewardingly rendered by Holger Falk, who here has
the opportunity to display all his many versatile acting talents.
"Tot in New York"
Reconstruction of the German radio opera by Peer Raben and Jean-Jacques
for vocals, jazz band, narrator, theatre
organ and breaking news
The Dyed Blondes
has been assassinated! While the female artist is preparing for
her appearance in Carnegie Hall, police sirens whine through Manhattan's
streets, shots are fired, and speculations run wild on the omnipresent
news channels. In 1982 Jean-Jacques Schuhl wrote a fictional end-time
drama for radio, and the Fassbinder companion Peer Raben turned
it into a radio opera for the magnificent Ingrid Caven. This ambitious
work then situated in the near future has been lost, including the
broadcast tapes. Together with Michael Emanuel Bauer, Raben's colleague
for many years, Oliver Held has prepared a new version for the young
singer Ibadet Ramadani combining the historical source with contemporary
jazz to form a gripping fusion production.