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last updated: 03/11/2014

Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817-1890)
String Quartet"Willkommen und Abschied"

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
String Quartet g-Moll op. 27

Leipziger Streichquartett

MDG 307 1870-2

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The Leipzig String Quartet sets out on yet another musical journey, and a genuine discovery is in store inasmuch as Niel Wilhelm Gade's Quartet "Willkommen und Abschied" is being heard here for the first time in complete form. Since the Dane Gade, like Edvard Grieg, whose Quartet op. 27 is also part of this tour, had important musical roots in Leipzig, the journey also covers home turf.

Mozart - Beethoven - Schubert

Piano Sonatas

Claudius Tanski, piano

MDG 912 1866-6

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Claudius Tanski, a piano magician with a fine-tuned touch, has chosen a very personal theme for his newest recital: three sonatas in C, all of them from the towering heights of the piano literature, have been brought into fascinating interrelation. Since Mozart's C minor sonata, Beethoven's op. 111, and Schubert's "Reliquie" occupy such a unique place in the overall oeuvre of their creators, this eight-thousand-meters-plus experience has to be experienced at a high altitude - on a 3-D recording in original MDG 2+2+2 sound on a Super Audio CD.

Max Reger (1873-1916)

Complete Piano Quartets

Claudius Tanski, piano
Mannheimer Streichquartett

MDG 336 1869-2

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In 1996 and 1998 the Mannheimer Streichquartett with Claudius Tanski, piano, presented Max Reger's Piano Quartets op. 113 and op. 133 as world premiere recordings.

"One of the finest Reger chamber music discs around, with sumptuous sound to match" (Classic CD)

The New York School

Feldman, Brown, Wolff, Cage

Ensemble Avantgarde

MDG 613 1865-2

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New York in the 1950s. Ambitious creative spirits from many different backgrounds met in the Cedar Bar and engaged in lively discussions about the future of art and music. They included the artists Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns and the composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earl Brown, and Christian Wolff. Steffen Schleiermacher has taken a closer look at this explosive mix with his Ensemble Avantgarde and presents astonishing new findings: although the four composers often appeared as a group, their works are radically different - a fascinating journey back to the times of volcanic-force creative probing and questioning.

Hans Leo Hassler (1839-1901)

Organ Works

Franz Raml, Orgel

Scherer Organ, Tangermünde
Putz-Egedacher Organ, Schlägl

MDG 614 1868-2

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Hans Leo Hassler was a famous man, and it was not without reason that crowned heads and wealthy merchants including the legendary Fugger family, the Prince Elector of Saxony, and the Duke of Braunschweig competed to obtain his services. On his new CD Franz Raml has brought together some completely unknown organ works by Hassler. The result is a fascinating new perspective on this great Renaissance master, and the wonderful instruments in St. Stephen's Church in Tangermünde and the Schlägl Premonstratensian Abbey contribute their part to it.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Organ Works (with varied repeats)

Yuval Rabin, Orgel

Ferdinand-Stieffell-Organ Endingen

MDG 906 1875-5

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was the pioneer of an epochal change. For the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of the most influential son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach, Yuval Rabin has taken on a very special project. This Israeli organist who exhaustively studied Bach's instructions for the treatment of repetitions in his doctoral dissertation now puts his findings to the practical test. Fascinating indeed - how "the true manner of playing the clavier," on the basis of a mere repetition, even in our quick-paced times makes for a most highly entertaining experience!

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