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last updated: 04/07/2015

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Le Sacre du Printemps
Version for piano 4 Hands and for orchestra

Piano Duo Trenkner-Speidel
Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Stefan Blunier

MDG 930 1908-6

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The premiere of Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps is legendary. It caused a full-blown scandal in Paris in 1913 even though the highly informed public should have known what was coming: during the previous year the composer had participated in the premiere of the piano duo version of this epochal work. Now the Trenkner-Speidel Piano Duo is also presenting the version for piano four hands. Compositional details offering valuable insights into one of the most important works of the music literature are brought to light by the fascinating comparative opportunities offered by the performance of the later orchestral version by the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn.

A Festival of English Organ Music Vol. 2
Elgar, Smart, Hollins, Parry, Wesley, Ireland, Bridge, und Howells

Ben van Oosten
Willis Organ, Salisbury Cathedral

MDG 316 1907-2

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Ben van Oosten met with an enthusiastic response for his captivating program featuring English organ music of the nineteenth century on Vol. 1. Now, on Vol. 2 of his Festival of English Organ Music, this master of the romantic organ presents veritable hits as well as origi-nal compositions and arrangements that are entirely unknown - at least on the European Continent. His selections of course include Edward Elgar's March No. 1 "Pomp and Circumstance," which not least is known to receive standing ovations every year during the Last Night of the Proms.

Ulrich Zeitler (*1967)
Missa Credo

Maria Bernius, soprano
Bernhard Klas, saxophones
Helmut Lörscher, piano
Ensemble 333
Ulrich Zeitler, conductor

MDG 902 1906-6

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A thousand years of music history merge together: in the Missa Credo Ulrich Zeitler combines Gregorian melodies from the medieval church with contemporary jazz. The outstanding quality of the performers makes this interesting experiment an inspiring experience. Bernhard Klas on the saxophone and Helmut Lörscher on the piano are masters of the stylistically linked improvisational method occupying a significant space in the Missa Credo. Maria Bernius and the Ensemble 333 assume responsibility for the more traditional part conducted by Ulrich Zeitler himself. Moreover, the presentation of shorter solos demonstrates the great flexibility of this vocal ensemble brought together especially for the Missa Credo.

Carl Oestreich (c.1800-1840)
Hornquarteta and -trios

Deutsche Naturhorn Solisten

MDG 605 1029-6

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The German Natural Horn Soloists once again demonstrate their phenomenal talent on this rerelease of virtuoso romantic music. After the great success of the Reicha trios they now turn to horn quartets and trios by Carl Oestreich. These pieces full of popular flair and reminiscent of the hunt are fun for the first-time listener and a must for all horn fans!

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
Duets for 2 Celli

Joseph Haydn
Four duets for 2 Celli

David Geringas, violoncello
Emil Klein, violoncello

MDG 608 0423-2

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The grand opera stage meets the aristocratic chamber sphere. Almost a quarter of a century ago the outstanding cellists David Geringas and Emil Klein recorded cello duets by Gioacchino Rossini and Joseph Haydn. Even today this recording sparkles with freshness, without its equal, without a speck of dust, making this highly rewarding rerelease an experience that is absolutely on a par with a premiere.

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