Once again the Berolina Ensemble has a sensational surprise in
store. The Clarinet Quintet and Sonata for Piano and Clarinet penned
by Hans Weisse are heard on this SACD in what may be first-ever
performances. In any case, this is what the manuscripts suggest:
they were first rendered playable by the musical discovery team
led by the clarinetist Friederike Roth, and their work paid off!
Delightful late Romanticism meets ambitious tonality in this music
displaying its own unique appeal.
Souvenir de Florence (Sextet)
Isabel Carisius, viola
Valentin Erben, Violoncello
"A gripping interpretation passing every compara-tive test."
This was the press verdict concerning the MDG debut of the Meccore
String Quartet with the string quartets of Edvard Grieg. Now the
young Polish ensemble turns to works by Tchaikovsky. The attractive
program features his first quartet, the famous sextet "Souvenir
de Florence," and a quartet movement from his study years.
The Meccore musicians receive top-quality reinforcement from Isabel
Charisius and Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet - guaranteeing
you chamber performances of the highest international excellence!
Works (Codex E.B. 1688)
Dietrich Buxtehude began his activity at St. Mary's Church exactly
350 years ago, and the City of Lübeck fittingly commemorated
this anniversary by awarding this year's renowned Buxtehude Prize
to Harald Vogel. Matched by no other musician, Vogel has distinguished
himself both in historical organ playing in general and with Buxtehude's
oeuvre in particular. To celebrate this occasion, MDG is now releasing
a highly interesting new edition containing all of Buxtehude's works
from the Codex E. B. of 1688 and including - as a surprising rarity
- the recording premiere of a sonata with obbligato gamba. The specialist
Thomas Fritzsch proves to be a virtuosic and tonally sensitive duo
partner for Vogel.
Péchés de Vieillesse
618 2098-2 (8
The "Péchés de vieillesse" composed by
Gioacchino Rossini exclusively for private use during the final
years of his life in Paris (1857-68) bring together thirteen volumes
of vocal, choral, and chamber music as well as more than a hundred
piano pieces that he termed "semi-comic" and dedicated
to "fourth-class pianists." The wit and humor of Rossini's
piano music make it unique in the history of music. Of great virtuosity,
pervaded by the ideal of Italian song, playing with influences from
the opera, the salon, and the cabaret, and taking boundless delight
in brilliantly wild ideas and waggish parodies, it remains a very
personal bequeathal full of profound seriousness and playful irony,
movingly intimate, and merciless toward the composer's own weaknesses.
van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn
Marc Soustrot, Dirigent
337 1128-2 (2 CDs)
On this double CD the Beethoven Hall Orchestra turns to one of
the most important compositions of the oratorio literature: Beethoven's
Missa solemnis. This recording conducted by Marc Soustrot with his
customary fine touch features top-ranking international vocalists:
the Czech Philharmonic Chorus of Brno, and renowned soloists. A
re-release was long overdue.