reconstructed by Andreas Fischer
Cantorey St. Catharinen
902 2104-6 (2 SACDs)
It is one of the tragic losses of music history that not a single
note of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Mark Passion is of certain transmission.
Attempts to reconstruct it have usually not advanced beyond the
halfway point, but Andreas Fischer has now carried this task through
to completion. This version of the St. Mark Passion consists exclusively
of music by Bach - which is perhaps why it creates an especially
authentic impression in this performance with his St. Catharinen
- Cantorey of Hamburg.
Late Piano Works
Jin Ju, piano
For her Chopin debut on MDG Jin Ju was awarded the highest honors
from the top authorities: the jury of the Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric
Chopin. It is only every five years that these guardians of the
Chopin legacy come together to distinguish a mere four extraordinary
recordings. Now this Chinese pianist blessed with a special interpretive
sense celebrates her induction into this illustrious circle with
a continuation and a rarity - and invites you to join her!
an exhibition (Mussorgsky)
Sensational organ transcriptions have made Jean Guillou famous
far beyond his native France. His command not only of organ playing
but also of the piano and composition is demonstrated by the absolutely
boundless technical and intellectual demands posed by his oeuvre.
In Zuzana Ferjen?iková Guillou now has found more than just
a worthy heir: the first volume in our series featuring Guillou's
organ works includes a recording premiere and reveals the profound
emotional affinity uniting these two exceptional artists.
arr. for piano 4 hands by Otto Singer
Trenkner / Speidel
A beginning could not be lonelier and more desolate: only a single
trumpet opens the "Funeral March" at the beginning of
Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5. What is gripping already in the
orchestral version is shockingly exposed in Otto Singer's arrangement
for piano four hands. With this recording premiere the Evelinde
Trenkner-Sontraud Speidel Piano Duo reaches a new high point in
its long discography, this time with a performance that is very
Symphonieorchester des BR
Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, conductor
Michael Raucheisen, piano
The Klingler Quartet was regarded as the best string quartet of
its times and as the rightful heir to the legendary Joachim Quartet.
Karl Klingler, the musician who gave his name to the quartet, had
studied with the Brahms friend Joseph Joachim and had joined his
teacher's quartet as a young violist. MDG's sleuths have now found
two remarkable historical documents in the archives of the Bavarian
Radio that show us Klingler as a composer and as an interpreter:
his Violin Concerto with Ulf Hoelscher and the Berlin Philharmonic
under Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach and the Viola Sonata performed by
the composer himself along with Michael Raucheisen at the piano.