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last updated: 02/05/2016

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Pulcinella Suite, Apollon musagète
Concerto in D

Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Joshua Weilerstein, cond.

MDG 940 1955-6


Igor Stravinsky inaugurated the era of musical neoclassicism with a sensational success. His Pulcinella continues to be uncommonly popular even today, primarily as a suite from the ballet of the same name - which makes this virtuosic orchestral piece the perfect choice for this fascinating MDG debut program featuring Joshua Weilerstein, the new principal conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. Apollon musagète and the rarely heard Concerto in D offer additional highly interesting insights into this important period in the great Russian composer's oeuvre.

Rendez-vous Russe

Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Gubaidulina

Eva van Grinsven, saxophones
Helena Basilova, piano
Maria Milstein, violin
Lars Niederstraßer, saxophone

MDG 903 1951-6


Eva van Grinsven's Saxofolk debut album with the Berlage Saxophone Quartet was a spectacular success. On Rendez-vous russe the young Dutch saxophonist now sets out in quest of the "Russian soul," famous for its deeply felt emotionality and enthralling melancholy. Her saxophone and its marvelously versatile tone blend with the instruments of her chamber music partners, and the fine articulation so incredibly similar to the human voice produces a unique impact.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Aulos Quartett

MDG 903 1950-6


Even the very first printed editions of Bach's incomparable Goldberg Variations contained arrangements for ensembles of melody instruments. The reason behind this is obvious: Bach's complex part texture, designed for a keyboard instrument with two manuals, cannot be realized without further ado on the piano and can only with difficulty be grasped by the listener. The Aulos Quartet has recorded a new version of Josef Rheinberger's arrangement that grabs and keeps our listening attention for two good reasons: the ideal transparency created by the mixed ensemble of strings and winds and the employment of the oboe profonda, a rarely heard instrument enormously expanding the tonal resources of the oboe family.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1927)

Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola op. 25
Trio for Violin, Viola and Violoncello op. 3

Ardinghello Ensemble

MDG 903 1953-6


Only a little chamber music for flute by Beethoven has come down to us. The Viennese classical Titan was not particularly fond of this tender instrument. If only life had given him the chance to hear the Ardinghello Ensemble with the phenomenal Karl Kaiser! Then he certainly would have changed his mind. Nevertheless, he managed to pen an elegant, nimble Serenade op. 25, which the Ardinghello Ensemble is now releasing along with a new rendering of the magnificent String Trio op. 3.

Serenade for Dieter Klöcker Vol. 2

Wagenseil, Albrechtsberger, Erzherzog Rudolf, Schubert, Mylivecek, Asioli, Grund, Meyerbeeer, Farrenc, Röntgen, Bruch, Herzogenberg

Consortium Classicum

MDG 301 1967-2


The unforgettable Dieter Klöcker would have celebrated his eightieth birthday in 2016 - which is reason enough to commemorate this anniversary with a very special edition. Four CDs with carefully selected musical gems from the WDR audio archive, made between 1969 and 1993, demonstrate the incomparable variety of Klöcker's work as a chamber musician. Since a few CD premieres are found among them, this release is a valuable rarity guaranteed to enthuse faithful fans of the legendary Consortium Classicum - and not only them.

Max Reger (1873-1916)
Complete Works for 2 Pianos

Piano Duo Trenkner / Speidel

MDG 330 0756-2


This complete recording of Max Reger's compositions for piano duo presents him at his full-bodied best. In charge of this major undertaking: the Trenkner-Speidel Duo, who have added a number of important recordings to the MDG catalogue in recent years.
The three duos, all of them variation works, were composed within a period of ten years and served as visiting cards for the highly imaginative Reger. They revolve around the three great heroes of music history: Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. Reger worked with absolute meticulousness in what he called "absolutely splendid" and "spectacular" scores until "every little note was calculated with the greatest precision for the sound."