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last updated: 03/09/2014

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang"

Lisa Larsson, soprano
Malin Hartelius, soprano
Jörg Dürmüller, tenor
Ensemble Corund
Musikkollegium Winterthur
Douglas Boyd, conductor

MDG 901 1857-6

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy must have held his symphony-cantata Lobgesang in particularly high regard. It was printed as his second symphony, following the publication of his first symphony, but at a time when his Italian Symphony and Reformation Symphony had already been composed. Shortly after its publication the work was performed to great acclaim in Winterthur - which means that this new recording by the Musikkollegium Winterthur stands in the best tradition. Led by its principal conductor Douglas Boyd, the Winterthur symphonic cycle on MDG reaches its magnificent culmination.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartets Vol. 7

op. 77,1 & 2, 103, 42

Leipziger Streichquartett

MDG 307 1860-2

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"All my strength is gone." Joseph Haydn wrote these words on the final page of his unfinished last string quartet. One can hardly believe him when one listens to this new release by the Leipzig String Quartet - and encounters a composer in full possession of his creative powers. There is nary a trace of the infirmity of old age or fading inspiration; rather, the master draws on all the rich experience of his long artistic life. "I am old and weak" - this self-quotation from his song "Der Greis" (The Old Man) seems to be pure irony.

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New Piano Music from Eastern Germany

Steffen Schleiermacher

MDG 613 1858-2

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Is there - or was there - an original "East German music"? Steffen Schleiermacher, who grew up in Halle an der Saale in the former German Democratic Republic, has set out in quest of its traces and selected his traveling companions. His teachers from Leipzig and his (East) Berlin study years such as Siegfried Thiele, Friedrich Goldmann, and Friedrich Schenker are among them as well as former and current friends of his and inspiring artistic personalities such as Reiner Bredemeyer, Hermann Keller, Nikolaus Richter de Vroe, Knut Müller, and Wolfgang Heisig. The result is a surprisingly rich and varied program thoroughly dispelling a number of mistaken notions about the East German music scene.

Hugo Stähle (1826-1848)
Piano Quartet op. 1
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Piano Quartet No. 1op. 23

Mozart Klavierquartett
Klaus Schilde, piano
Karsten Heymann, violin
Jean Rieber, viola
Ulrich Bode, violoncello

MDG 615 0233-2

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Hugo Stähle was only twenty-two years old when he died of encephalitis - an immense loss for music, as this long-awaited rerelease of his Piano Quartet demonstrates. It is hard to imagine that it was Stähle's opus 1: perfect in form, rich in early romantic melodic exuberance, it is in every way a match for the works of much more famous masters.

Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739)
Opera Arias and Instrumental Works

Elisabeth Scholl, soprano
La Ricordanza

MDG 605 1037-2

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In the booming early music recording market the opportunity to present new discoveries is a special privilege. Here the La Ricordanza ensemble performs fascinating dance and instrumental pieces and arias by the baroque composer Reinhard Keiser.
Music scholars such as Johann Adolph Scheibe or the feared Mattheson saw in Reinhard Keiser simply "the greatest original genius that Germany has ever produced." In fact, the brilliant composer celebrated triumphs in the opera house as well as in the church, and his highly dramatic style became the model for many composers who after him went on to write music history.

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