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last updated: 03/10/2014

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Daphnis et Chloé

WDR Rundfunkchor Köln
Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Stefan Blunier, conductor

MDG 937 1863-6


Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé is "one of the most beautiful creations in the whole of French music" - thus Igor Stravinsky's enthusiastic evaluation. The superb instrumental forces of Bonn's Beethoven Orchestra have now dared to take on this gigantic score. Under its conductor, the general music director Stefan Blunier, the result offers impressive audio documentation of this rarely performed composition, displaying the marvelous features of this large-format work in all their glory and in the best 3-D recording technique.

Johann Stamitz (1717-1757)
Violin Sonatas op. 6

Stephan Schardt, violin
Michael Behringer, harpsichord

MDG 903 1862-6


Johann Stamitz's six Violin Sonatas op. 6 were first published following his death - which is hardly surprising, for who besides the composer himself would then have been able to meet their breakneck violinistic challenges? Stamitz was famous for his absolutely incredible finger dexterity, a reputation that this father of the German violin school continues to enjoy even today. Stephan Schardt not only has taken up this challenge but also delights and surprises the listener with an album brimming with perfect beauty and offering more than mere virtuosic stunts.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Symphony No. 7 op. 92 (Scharwenka)
Great Fugue op. 134 (Beethoven)

arr. for piano 4 hands

Piano Duo Trenkner & Speidel

MDG 930 1861-6


Here what belongs together is brought together. On the "Manfred Bürki" Steinway concert grand, built in 1901 and today a piano legend, the Trenkner-Speidel Piano Duo presents Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony in the interpretation by Xaver Schwarwenka, who must have been waiting for such a perfect instrument for his progressive and opulent piano texture. Moreover, this CD presents Beethoven's own arrangement of the Great Fugue. With boundless energy Evelinde Trenkner and Sontraud Speidel celebrate an enthralling and stirring Beethoven festival.

Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Complete Organ Works (12 CDs)

Rudolf Innig, Organ

MDG 317 1864-2


Josef Gabriel Rheinberger's organ works are now for the first time complete on twelve CDs, and with this magnificent project the concert organist Rudolf Innig has rendered priceless service to German romantic organ music. Along with the major sonatas, numerous previously undiscovered treasures have been brought to light, for it was particularly in small forms that Rheinberger did great things: just listen to the "Character Pieces" on Vol. 7 or to the "Monologues" on Vol. 8.

La Traviata
Opera paraphrases for guitar

Frank Bungarten, guitar

MDG 305 0959-2


Opera hits by Mozart, Verdi, and Rossini in virtuoso guitar miniatures by Frank Bungarten, the first guitarist of our times to take on the ultimate challenge of recording these first-rank arrangement cycles in their full length and without simplification, exclusively on MDG.