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last updated: 02/10/2018


Hans Weise (1892-1940)

Clarinet Chamber Music

Friederike Roth, clarinet
Berolina Ensemble

MDG 948 2078-6


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.


Pjotr Iljitch Tschaikowski (1840-1893)

String Quartet No. 1
Quartettsatz op.post
Souvenir de Florence (Sextet)

Meccore String Quartet
Isabel Carisius, viola
Valentin Erben, Violoncello

MDG 903 2091-6


"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!

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Early Organ Works (Codex E.B. 1688)

Harald Vogel, Organ

MDG 314 2092-2



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.

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

Complete Piano Works
Péchés de Vieillesse

Stefan Irmer, piano

MDG 618 2098-2 (8 CDs)


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.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Missa Solemnis

Czech Philharmonic Chorus
Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn
Marc Soustrot, Dirigent

MDG 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.