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last updated: 04/10/2016

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Symphony No. 3 op. 55 E flat major

Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Stefan Blunier

MDG 937 1966-6


As legend tells it, when Beethoven learned that Napoleon had declared himself emperor, he tore the title page of his latest symphony to shreds. The hotheaded composer had originally intended to call it "Bonaparte," but now he felt that the honoree had absolutely betrayed the ideals of the French Revolution. We can be grateful that he left the music unchanged, thereby bequeathing an enduring masterpiece to posterity - as the latest contribution to our Bonn Beethoven series demonstrates. This compelling new recording of the Eroica displays a genuinely heroic spirit, and the conductor Stefan Blunier leads the conquest of the work's vast dimensions with gripping orchestral drama.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Gerhild Romberger, mezzo soprano
Alfredo Perl, piano

MDG 903 1972-6


Unquenchable yearning, heartrending grief, ardent desire - in Gustav Mahler's songs the romantic emotional world doubtless rises to magnificent heights. His virtuosically instrumented orchestral scores constantly call the listener's attention to the refined tonal sophistication of the fin de siècle. And our new recording of the piano versions with Gerhild Romberger and Alfredo Perl comes with its own special plus: we now again have the opportunity to relive a whole epoch and its rich emotional extremes.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Early String Quartets Vol. 1

Leipziger Streichquartett

MDG 307 1975-2


Many years ago the Leipzig String Quartet created a sensation with Mozart's ten famous string quartets. Now this exceptional ensemble awarded numerous prizes turns to the practically neglected works of the Salzburg master's youth - and with clear results: their inimitable melodic suppleness reveals a budding genius with a boundless imagination and anticipates the wonderful arias and cantilenas of Mozart's great operas.

Jean Baptiste Antoine Forqueray (1699-1782)

Pièces de Clavecin

Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord

MDG 605 1101-2


This double CD featuring virtually unknown harpsichord suites by Antoine Forqueray is an important addition to the baroque discography. The suites are based on original compositions for gamba but were transcribed for harpsichord during the eighteenth century, presumably by the composer's son Jean Baptiste. The harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson performs these pieces on a splendid Pascal Taskin copy from 1769.

Johannes Nucius (1556-1620)

Sacred Music

Alsfelder Vokalensemble
Wolfgang Helbich

MDG 334 0454-2


All the printed mass compositions of Johannes Nucius were destroyed by fire in the Himmelwitz Monastery in Upper Silesia in 1617. Copies had been made from two of them earlier, but these manuscripts were destroyed by fire during World War II. Our premiere recording of the Missa Vestiva i Colli, the sole survivor among other composer's masses, goes back to another copy made during those troubled times.

Bach: Organ Toccatas - Organs of St. Michaelis Hamburg - Christoph Schoener