Rahel Cunz, violin
Pierre-Alain Monot, conductor
Rea scored a sensational success with his adaptation of Alban Berg's
Wozzeck for chamber ensemble, and now this Canadian composer and highly
knowledgeable arranger is back. His ensemble version of Berg's Three
Orchestral Pieces op. 6 commissioned by the Musikkollegium Winterthur
extracts nuanced tonal levels from the magnificent original score
in what is an amazing feat of his own! Pierre-Alain Monot and his
Winterthur colleagues have recorded these pieces and a version of
Berg's famous Violin Concerto reduced to the smallest ensemble dimensions
by Andreas Tarkmann for MDG. The concertmaster Rahel Cunz is the solo
violinist, and Bénédicte Tauran is a Marie torn between
love, grief, and vanity.
Moreno Torroba (1891-1982)
Even today Andrés Segovia continues to influence our understanding
of guitar music like no other musician in his field. This virtuoso's
countless compositional commissions contributed significantly to the
popularity of the Spanish national instrument and its qualification
for the concert hall even beyond his native Iberia. Outside Spain,
however, it is a little-known fact that Federico Moreno Torroba so
perfectly matched Segovia's tone even in his very first compositional
efforts that the master recommended his works as models for other
composers. Frank Bungarten has set out to give Torroba the credit
he deserves with this fine selection from his extensive oeuvre for
solo guitar making us eager to hear more.
Goldberg Variations BWV 988
Frankfurt Bassoon Consort is formed by eight bassoons and a contrabassoon.
Its guiding spirit Henrik Rabien has arranged Bach's Goldberg Variations
for this unusual ensemble - a daring feat whose success has been undisputed
ever since the acclaimed premiere in May 2013. Rabien's arrangement
goes far beyond pure instrumental navel-gazing: the nine instrumentalists
produce tonal refinement most excellently harmonizing with Bach's
virtuosic play between linear counterpoint and vertical harmony.
Organs of St. Michaelis ChurchHamburg
This time Max
Reger is on the programme selected by Christoph Schoener with a
surprising link to St. Michael's Church in Hamburg. Along with the
early chorale fantasia on "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott"
and the mighty Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue from the last
years of Reger's life, his selection from the Thirty Little Chorale
Preludes combining absolute simplicity with demanding harmonies
shows the grand master of complex and opulent organ music in a completely
new and splendid light. Another organ feast from St. Michael's Church
Joseph Haydn / W.
Rosinack was an inventive fellow. As the first oboist of the Fürstenberg
Orchestra in Donaueschingen, this Bohemian exile arranged the masterpieces
of his time for reuse in his brilliant solo appearances. A certain
chutzpah on his part is seen in the fact that he even dared to take
on Joseph Haydn's string quartets, and the result makes for highly
rewarding listening. Gernot Schmalfuß and the Consortium Classicum
present two of Rosinack's oboe quartets in fascinating juxtaposition
with Mozart's original masterpiece for the same instrumentation
on the re-release of a production sold out for many years.