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last updated: 04/08/2018


César Franck (1822-1890)

The Organ Works

Ben van Oosten

Cavaillé-Coll Organ Saint-Ouen, Rouen

MDG 316 2080-2


Ben van Oosten's impressive discography of French organ music has somehow neglected one very important person: César Franck. Now the Dutch organ wizard fills this glaring gap with a marvelous show of virtuosity on four CDs bringing together the whole of Franck's organ oeuvre, from his early efforts to the three great masterpiece cycles. Once again van Oosten performs on the legendary L'Orgue à Michel-Ange in St. Ouen's Cathedral in Rouen. Today this organ, one of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll's most magnificent instruments, is preserved in its original state.

Hanns Eisler (1898-1962)

Lieder Vol. 3

Holger Falck, baritone
Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

MDG 613 2084-2


The program of Vol. 3 of the Hanns Eisler project by Holger Falk and Steffen Schleiermacher - a meritorious endeavor that has already earned them various prizes - features songs from this composer's American exile. The Hollywood Songbook is a major work, even if measured solely by its length and total of thirty-two pieces. Moreover, the concentration and intensification of the content attained by Eisler while he was residing on the Pacific Coast make this rather loosely organized collection of occasional pieces what is certainly the most important song cycle of the twentieth century.

Habet Acht!

Albert Lortzing / Robert Schumann
Songs for Male Voices

Neue Detmolder Liedertafel
Detmolder Hornisten

MDG 622 2079-2 (2 CDs)



This is male choral song at its finest: the Neue Detmolder Liedertafel enlivens a tradition - regarded with condescending smiles in some circles - with fresh spirit and a special sense of beauty. And what its fifteen members and vocal powerhouses can do when they give their best with the four Detmolder Hornisten is a genuine audio delight. The works for male choir by Robert Schumann and Albert Lortzing brought together on this double CD represent the height of Romantic song artistry - above all when they are so magnificently rendered.