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last updated: 04/04/2016

Russian Oboe Concertos

Kikta, Rubtsov, Eshpai

Maria Sournacheva, Oboe
Göttinger Symphonie Orchester
Christoph-Matthias Müller, Conductor


MDG 901 1947-6

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It is not without reason that the beginning recalls the opening of Stravinsky's Sacre. As if in an improvisation, the solo oboe becomes absorbed in melodious reverie. Maria Sournatcheva's SACD debut itself could not have begun more fittingly: elements of folkloric character pervade this program bringing together works by Moscow composers from three generations. The Göttingen Symphony Orchestra with the conductor Christoph-Mathias Mueller offers the young ARD Competition prizewinner Sournatcheva an accomplished ensemble's support system. The same orchestra's devotion to Slavic music recently earned it an ECHO Klassik prize.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

The First Walpurgis Night op. 60, Overtures

Zürcher Sing-Akademie
Musikkollegium Winterthur
Douglas Boyd, Conductor

MDG 901 1949-6

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What a racket! The heathen inhabitants of the Brocken are ordered to come armed with pitchforks in "Kommt mit Zacken und mit Gabeln" and to give Christian missionaries a good fright in the riotous howling of the "Rundgeheule." The young Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy set Goethe's highly allusive ballad as a furious tone painting situated between the symphony and the choral ballad and magnificently bringing out the fine humor of this German Prince of Poets. Along with three concert overtures, "The First Walpurgis Night" now concludes the Musikkollegium Winterthur's highly acclaimed MDG Mendelssohn cycle under its principal conductor Douglas Boyd.

Paul Hindemith

Sonatas for Viola

Christian Euler, Viola
Paul Rivinius, Piano

MDG 903 1952-6

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Paul Hindemith intended to return to his actual instrument, the violin, "only in cases of dire need." Why? Because the viola appealed to him so very much. And so it is not surprising that this gifted musician contributed a number of outstanding compositions to the previously rather limited repertoire for his preferred instrument. Christian Euler's new recording of two solo sonatas and two duo sonatas with the pianist Paul Rivinius now presents these works for the first time in 3-D quality on Super Audio CD.

BRITISH.NOW!

Britten, Berkeley, Bryars, Nyman

dogma chamber orchestra
Mikhail Gurewitsch


Audiomax 912 1944-6

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The British Album is the fourth production by the do.gma chamber orchestra, and this project by the eighteen musicians comes with a special treat: Michael Nyman, who has composed music for many films by Peter Greenaway, has dedicated a new work to the ensemble. It is entitled "When Ingrid Met Capa" and thematizes the liaison between Ingrid Bergmann and the photographer Robert Capa, whose picture of a falling soldier became the iconic image of the Spanish Civil War. Minimalistic, often motoric motifs characterize this work, and the do.gma chamber orchestra wonderfully captures its compelling groove - of course while respecting Nyman's personal commitment to writing "nothing but beautiful music."

Jan Janca (*1933)

Organ- and Choir Music Vol. 4

Ruben Sturm, Organ
OPUS VOCALE
Karl-Forster-Chor Berlin
Volker Hedtfeld, Conductor

MDG 606 1948-2

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Jan Janca's music reflects his personal experience. In remarkable wise he succeeds in combining music for practical liturgical use with the highest artistic aspirations. Especially the Missa de Angelis, composed in 1979 and including congregational song, impressively demonstrates this fact. Janca's works lend themselves to performance - by no means the rule for contemporary composers. And they are very popular - not only in Catholic parish communities.

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