Franceso Cerrato, solo violin and leading
breezes from Italy! The ARMONIOSA baroque ensemble celebrates its
dazzling MDG debut with the twelve violin concertos from Antonio Vivaldi's
La Stravaganza op. 4. The thirteen musicians savor the great Venetian
master's highly imaginative extravagancies with exuberant performance
joy - so that it is hard to believe that this precision team first
came together in 2012! Francesco Cerrato, a genuine violin ace, presents
the solo part - no easy task, but the young Piedmontese virtuoso rises
to the challenge with bravura and grandeur.
/ Vincent Gambaro
The virtuosic ease of Dieter Klöcker's clarinet playing is legendary.
The imaginativeness and seeming effortlessness with which this tireless
researcher mastered even the most difficult passages remain unforgettable.
The thrilling arrangements based on Haydn's string quartets penned
by Vincent Gambaro a good two hundred years ago seem to have been
made with him in mind. These works mostly featuring the clarinet in
a solo role and meeting the highest structural standards take on a
concertante character that even after a quarter of a century has lost
nothing of its freshness and verve.
Lyrical Music for Trombone
Tomoko Sawano, piano
is the name given by Michael Massong to his debut recital on MDG,
and the title contains a program: lyrical pieces, in large part especially
arranged for this CD, display a vocal quality of trombone playing
that is without its equal. The selection of works also holds some
surprises in store: Rachmaninov's famous "Vocalise," the
fine emotion of Carl Maria von Weber's "Romanze," and Franz
Liszt's "Romance oubliée," in which Michael Massong
teases previously unheard-of vocal expressive depth out of his instrument.
Jan von Busch
Johann Georg Stein-Organ, Warlitz
The Stein organ
in Warlitz represents a particularly attractive performance option.
Although this one-manual instrument is located in Mecklenburg, it
is certainly the best-preserved example of Thuringian organ building
artistry and is a perfect match for the presentation of "clavier"
music possibly intended more for the harpsichord at the time of
its composition. Krebs and the organ builder Johann Georg Stein
were of the same age, and both grew up in Thuringia - only a few
kilometers apart from each other! The fact that the organ has remained
practically unchanged over the centuries verges on a miracle. Only
the front pipes melted during World War I had to be reconstructed
during the restoration in 2004.