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HARALD GENZMER (1909-2007): Piano Concerto no. 1 · Cello Concerto Trombone Concerto

Oliver Triendl, piano Patrick Demenga, cello Jörgen van Rijen, trombone
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin · Ariane Matiakh

C5330 PC: 21 845221053301

Harald Genzmer was a composition pupil of Paul Hindemith in Berlin from 1928 to 1934. Whoever studies Genzmer’s enormous oeuvre in detail will recognize in the pupil’s music many Romantic gestures and a sensual imagination rarely occurring in the teacher’s works. What Genzmer adopted from his mentor was the masterly craftsmanship, an awareness of classicism and form and joy in performing in itself and in the colours of the most differing instruments.
The broadly educated scion of an academic family never regarded himself as a genius transcending boundaries, but as the servant of performers and the public: ‘Music should be zestful, artful and comprehensible. As practicable, it may win over the interpreter, and then the listener as graspable’. Musicians have always enjoyed performing Genzmer’s inspired music, which is affectionally adapted to the most varied instrumentations, and are now continuing to do so in increasing measure.

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WALTER BRAUNFELS

Carnival Overture op. 22 · Two Hölderlin Songs op. 27 · Scottish Fantasy op. 47 · Prelude and Fugue op. 36
BARBARA BUNTROCK · PAUL ARMIN EDELMANN · DEUTSCHE STAATSPHILHARMONIE RHEINLAND-PFALZ · GREGOR BÜHL

C5308 PC: 21 845221053080

Walter Braunfels is a composer whose music died twice: Once when the Nazis declared his music “degenerate art”. Then again when post-war Germany had little use for the various schools of tonal music; when the arbiters of taste considered any form of romantic music – almost the whole pre-war aesthetic – to be tainted. This 5th release of Capriccio’s Braunfels Edition shows again his large range of colorful music. From his first success in 1908 (Carnival Overture), a still unknown virtuoso Viola Concerto (Scottish Fantasy) to a strictly structured Prelude and Fugue – Braunfels Music is worth be discovered in our days.

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SCHÖNBERG: Kammersymphonie op. 9 · ZEMLINSKY: Maeterlinck-Gesänge op. 13 · BUSONI: Berceuse élégiaque op. 42

ASSOCIATION FOR PRIVATE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
ZORYANA KUSHPLER · LINOS ENSEMBLE

C5138 PC: 21 845221051383

Founded in November 1918 by Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951) and a few of his confidants, the Association for Private Musical Performances constituted perhaps the most progressive and most intensive opportunity for a select Viennese musical circle to familiarize themselves with contemporary and the latest works of the international composers’ scene in the immediate aftermath of the First World War and hence at the time of a dearth of a cultural spirit of optimism and innovation. Schoenberg had a close personal tie with many of the composers performed at the association concerts and sometimes even an amical one, as in the case of Zemlinsky. The association became a nursery for the entire modern music from Richard Strauss and Debussy to Webern, as far as the instrumentation of the works allowed.

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VICTOR BRUNS (1904-1996)

Chamber Music For Woodwinds
Mathias Baier · Alexander Voigt · Berthold Große · Sung Kwon You · Soloists of Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

2CD-Set · C5327 PC: 21 845221053271

CD 1:
5 Pieces for bassoon and piano op. 12
(World Premiere Recording) · Wind Quintet op. 16 · 6 Pieces for contrabassoon and piano op. 80 · Sonata for bassoon and piano op. 20
CD 2:
Little Suite no. 3 for 3 bassoons and contrabassoon op. 92 · Sonata for bassoon and piano no. 3 op. 86 · Quartet for woodwinds op. 18 · Sonata for bassoon and piano no. 2 op. 45 · 4 virtuoso pieces for bassoon solo op. 93
Victor Bruns, born 1904 in Ollila in today’s Finland, wrote over 20 solo concertos, 50 chamber pieces and several ballet works. Bruns discovered the bassoon as his true vocation and moved to the Leningrad Conservatory in 1924, until he became bassoonist at Leningrad State Opera in 1927. Bruns completed his studies in composition with Vladimir Shtsherbatshov beside his work in the orchestra and he continued his compositional studies in 1946 with Boris Blacher. He worked as bassoonist of the Staatskapelle Berlin from 1946 until his retirement in 1969 and became a frequently performed composer, popular among musicians and audience alike far beyond the borders of the German Democratic Republic, whose works continue to deserve our attention. In 1960, Victor Bruns was awarded the Art Prize of the German Democratic Republic. In 1971, he was appointed an honorary member of the Berlin State Orchestra, and 20 years later the International Double Reed Society in the USA made him an honorary member.

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SCHUBERT: WINTERREISE

Bo Skovhus, baritone
Stefan Vladar, piano

C5291 PC: 21 845221052915

20 years ago, at the beginning of his career, the young baritone Bo Skovhus made his first recording of Schubert’s “Schöne Müllerin”. Now, as a famous opera and Lied interpreter he presents a new production of all 3 Schubert Cycles: “I’m very thankful to do this again. As a young men you do not reflect so much what happen. Now, when I’m older, I understand much more about. Especially for this cycle it’s important to have another point of view.” (Bo Skovhus)
Stefan Vladar, the famous Viennese pianist and his partner on the piano, shows us the virtuosity of the piano part in a new different light.

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BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ: THE SYMPHONIES

ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CORNELIUS MEISTER

3CD-SET: C5320 PC: 22 UPC: 845221053202







COMPACT DISC 1
[1] – [4]   Symphony No. 1, H. 289 (1942)
[5] – [8]   Symphony No. 2, H. 295 (1943)
COMPACT DISC 2
[1] – [3]   Symphony No. 3, H. 299 (1944)
[4] – [7]   Symphony No. 4, H. 305 (1945)
COMPACT DISC 3
[1] – [3]   Symphony No. 5, H. 310 (1946)
[4] – [6]   Symphony No. 6 „Fantaisies symphoniques“, H. 343 (1954)


Martinu has suffered the fate of not enjoying the same popularity and wide appeal like Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák und Leoš Janáček on the podium. This often goes so far that his singular skill is referred to, but that the wealth of his oeuvre in all the salient genres is hardly familiar. For decades, Martinů had shied away from composing a symphony. The first one was finally to be written in the USA in 1942, followed by another one every year until 1946 (the sixth was only added to the work catalogue in 1953). For this reason, there is sometimes talk of the ‘American’ symphonies. The symphonies do mirror the events of the time, but at the same time long passages must be regarded as absolute music.

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GUSTAV MAHLER: DAS KLAGENDE LIED


SIMONE SCHNEIDER · TANJA ARIANE BAUMGARTNER · TORSTEN KERL · ADRIAN ERÖD · WIENER SINGAKADEMIE · ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · CORNELIUS MEISTER

C5316 PC: 21 UPC: 845221053165

SONG OF LAMENTATION
for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra (1878-1880 / rev. 1899)
Text: Gustav Mahler after Ludwig Bechsteins fairy tale „Das Klagende Lied“
and „Der singende Knochen“ (The Singing Bone) by the Brothers Grimm
[1]       Waldmärchen / Forest Legend (First Version 1880)
[2]       Der Spielmann / The Minstrel (Revised Version, 1899)
[3]       Hochzeitsstück / Wedding Piece (Revised Version, 1899)                                                               

The cantata Das klagende Lied even today constitutes a veritable rarity in concert programmes – in an age that without contradiction recognizes Mahler as one of the most eminent milestones in the music history, seeing him permanently embedded in the repertoire.
The salient significance of this large-scale, vocal symphonic work is to be seen in the fact that de facto it forms the beginning of Mahler’s familiar oeuvre, explaining and illustrating to the scholar and the exclusively listening music lover alike so many things that make up Mahler.
In the context of Das klagende Lied especially, it might justifiably be asserted that Mahler contains everything that was prior to him, but he also anticipates everything that came after him.
 

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SCHUBERT: SCHWANENGESANG D 957

BO SKOVHUS, baritone
STEFAN VLADAR, piano

C5292 PC: 21 845221052922

20 years ago, at the beginning of his career, the young baritone Bo Skovhus made his first recording of Schubert’s “Schöne Müllerin”. Now, as a famous opera and Lied interpreter he presents a new production of all 3 Schubert Cycles: “I’m very thankful to do this again. As a young men you do not reflect so much what happen. Now, when I’m older, I understand much more about. Especially for this cycle it’s important to have another point of view.” (Bo Skovhus)
Stefan Vladar, the famous Viennese pianist and his partner on the piano, shows us the virtuosity of the piano part in a new different light.

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DANIEL BEHLE - NOSTALGIA

VON FLOTOW · NICOLAI · LORTZING · ADAM · GOLDMARK · BOILDIEU · LEHAR · STOLZ · MAY
WDR RUNDFUNKCHOR KÖLN WDR FUNKHAUSORCHESTER KÖLN · HELMUTH FROSCHAUER

C5316 PC: 21 845221053172


[1]               FRIEDRICH VON FLOTOW: Martha: „Ach, so fromm, ach so traut“
[2]               OTTO NICOLAI: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
[3]               ALBERT LORTZINGZar und Zimmermann: Holzschuhtanz
[4]               ADOLPHE ADAM:  Der Postillon von Lonjumeau
[5]               KARL GOLDMARK: Die Königin von Saba
[6]               FRANÇOIS-ADRIEN BOILDIEUDie weiße Dame
[7]               FRANZ LEHAREva
[8]               FRANZ LEHARGiuditta          
[9]               FRANZ LEHARDer Zarewitsch 
[10]             DANIEL BEHLE: In Köln
[11]             ROBERT STOLZ: Ob blond, ob braun, ich liebe alle Frau’n        
[12]             HANS MAY  / ERNST NEUBACH: Ein Lied geht um die Welt
[13]             GERHARD WINKLER: Chianti Lied
[14]             HANS MAY/ ERNST NEUBACH: Heut ist der schönste Tag

Daniel Behle is one of the most versatile German tenors, with successes in concerts, recitals and the opera alike: “The basic idea for this programme was originally a homage to the golden 1950s and 1960s and my favourite singer of that time, Fritz Wunderlich. Earlier, not everything used to be bad, and for this reason I find it legitimate to ‘re-animate’ the greatest ‘pearls’ once more and present them to a younger audience.”

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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

The Poisoned Kiss Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes · Bucolic Suite · In The Fen Country · The England of Elizabeth
MARTIN RUMMEL Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz · Karl-Heinz Steffens

C5314 PC: 21 845221053141

Together with his friend Holst, at the beginning of the 20th century Ralph Vaughan Williams deliberately took the course of liberating himself from ‘German influence’, as they called it, working for original British music. He found models and inspiration in original English folk music.
Most of the works recorded here rank among the less known pieces by the composer, but all of them very clearly reflect the personal hue, the absolutely ‘personal style’ of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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GEORGE ANTHEIL

A Jazz Symphony (Original Version) · Piano Concerto No. 1 · Capital Of The World (Suite) · Archipelago Rhumba
Frank Dupree · Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz · Karl-Heinz Steffens

C5309 PC: 21 845221053097

Trade Mark ‘Bad Boy’ – After all the experimental episodes the audience has faced in the field of New Music in recent decades, today the oeuvre of George Antheil will be welcomed with a great deal of sympathy and many a friendly smile. The American knew full well not only how to meet the expectations of an audience ‘prepared to protest’, but also how even to challenge them more overtly. An excellent example is the Jazz Symphony, written in 1925, shortly after George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (1924), that bursting the limits of the customary listening experiences of the age in a similar way to e.g. Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps of 1913.

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VIKTOR ULLMANN

Piano Concerto Op. 25 · Piano Sonata No. 7 · Variations and Double Fugue op. 3a
Moritz Ernst · Dortmunder Philharmoniker · Gabriel Feltz

C5294 PC: 21 UPC: 845221052946

With the biography of Viktor Ullmann, a prominent individual fate in musical history stands out drastically from the anonymity of the millions of victims the Nazi regime exacted in the course of its attempted obliteration of individual minorities and particularly the mass extermination of the Jewish population in its sphere of influence. It can be only roughly surmised what striking musical movement was thus practically completely destroyed and was hence unable to continue its thrilling development into the second half of the 20th century. It was during these consistently difficult periodes that the Piano Concerto and Piano Sonata No. 7 have been composed, which demonstrates how clearly Ullmann was able to separate external circumstances and his musical imagination.

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MITSUKO SHIRAI - JUBILEE EDITION

Gian Francesco Malipiero · Julián Carrillo · Gustav Mahler
Mitsuko Shirai • Hartmut Höll · Bernd Buß · Ronald Hoogeven · Rainer Sachtleben

C5324 PC: 21 UPC: 845221053240

Yet unpublished recordings:

Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882 – 1973)
[1] – [4]        LE STAGIONI ITALICHE  
                   PER UNA VOCE DI SOPRANO E PIANOFORTE (1923) 
Julián Carrillo (1865 – 1965)
[5]               Preludio a Colón (1922)
Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)
                   Das Lied von der Erde
                  First original version for voice and piano 1908
[6]               Nr. 6: Der Abschied

»The First Lady of art song« Jürgen Kesting (STERN)
On the 28th of May Mitsuko Shirai celebrated her 70th birthday.
She looks back on a life rich with musical performances: lieder, concerts, and also operas. The Lied duo Mitsuko Shirai • Hartmut Höll have created their own vast library of songs with numerous CD recordings and set new standards with concerts and CDs.
I prize all the recordings of Mistuko Shirai and Hartmut Höll, an historically great partnership in song, and I cherish the memory of the many times I heard them live.
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

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ERNST TOCH

Solo Piano Pieces
Anna Magdalena Kokits

C5293 PC: 21 UPC: 845221052939

Burlesques op. 31 (1923)
Three Piano Pieces op. 32 (1925)
Capriccetti op. 36 (1925)
Ten Etudes for Beginners op. 59 (1931) 
Ten Intermediate Etudes op. 57 (1931) 
Echoes from a Small Town op. 49 (1929)
Piano Sonata op. 47 (1928) 

All the works on this CD derive from the inter-war years, i.e. the period in which Toch completely de-romanticized his music by disregarding late Romantic harmonic conventions and restrictions. “What has always fascinated and impressed me from the outset – particularly in the works after 1918 – is their reduction to the essential and salient. Every note conveys the impression of being absolutely necessary, and not one is superfluous or replacable. Ernst Toch’s music is convincing, and his story moves me in such a special way that I feel a great need to make his music accessible to a broader public again and to contribute my share towards re-integrating the ‘most forgotten composer of the 20th century’, as he often called himself in the final years of his life, in musical life today.” Anna Magdalena Kokits
 

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FRANZ & CARL DOPPLER EDITION 3/10

The Complete Flute Music - Vol. 3 / 10
Claudi Arimany, Shigenori Kudo, Christine Icart, Nabi Cabestany, Alan Branch, Michel Wagemans, John Steele Ritter, Pedro José Rodriguez, Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Elche • Leonardo Martínez

C5297 PC: 21 845221052977

[1]   Duettino sur des motifs hongrois op. 36 for two flutes and piano (F)
[2]   Morceaux favoris sur “Figaro” opéra de W.A.Mozart for solo flute with piano ad libitum       (F) (WPR)
[3]   “Az ujabb zene gyöngyei. A Legkedveltebb Csárdások”. Füzet 3
       (The recent Hungarian music pearls. The most popular Csardas. Book 3
       for solo flute with piano ad libitum ©
[4]   Fantasia su motivi dell´Opera “Casilda” di Ernesto II
       for flute and harp (Doppler & Zamara) (F)
[5]   Potpourri sur “Martha” opéra de F.Flotow for piano and flute (F) (WPR)
[6]   Duo sur “La Fille du Régiment” opéra de G.Donizetti for two solo flutes (F) (WPR)
[7]   “Meditation von Bach” for two flutes, cello and piano (Bach-Gounod-Doppler) (F) (WPR)
[8]   “Die Gebet einer Jungfrau” for flute and piano (Bádarzewska-Doppler) (F) (WPR)
[9]   “Chanson d´amour” Air Varié for flute and orchestra (F) (WPR)
 
C = Carl Doppler / F=Franz Doppler / WPR=World premiere recording

The Doppler brothers played a dominant role in the K&K Monarchy’s musical life as composers, conductors, musicians and as orchestral soloists. They were on good terms with acknowledged artists of the era, such as Ferenc Liszt, Ferenc Erkel, or Jozsef Bajza.
This is the third release in a set of 10 CDs comprising the Dopplers' complete music for flute(s), including various arrangements. Flautist Claudi Arimany spent decades researching this project, inspiring many famous musicians to become involved in its realisation.

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ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK THE SPECTRE’S BRIDE

SVATEBNÍ KOŠILE · DIE GEISTERBRAUT
ŠATUROVÁ · BRESLIK · PLACHETKA · WIENER SINGAKADEMIE · ORF VIENNA RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA · CORNELIUS MEISTER

C5315 PC: 21 845221053158

CANTATA FOR SOLI, CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA OP. 69
after a poem by Karel Jaromir Erben (1811-1870)

'I just cannot tell you how much these British honour and like me! Everywhere, they are writing and talking about me, saying I am the lion of this year’s musical season in London. (…)’ Antonin Dvorak (1884)


Concerts in different British cities performed a large number of other works by Dvořák, so that it was inevitable that there was a call for works especially written for Great Britain. From May to November 1884 he wrote the cantata The Spectre’s Bride. 1885 the projected concert finally took place in Birmingham. Tradition has it that Dvořák himself conducted an about 400-voice choir and an orchestra consisting of 150 musicians. Many more performances within just one year in Great Britain and the USA contributed towards consolidating Dvořák’s prominence and popularity in the English-speaking world, which have never really waned since then.
 

 

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SCHUBERT: DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN

BO SKOVHUS
STEFAN VLADAR

C5290 PC: 21 845221052908

20 years ago, at the beginning of his career, the young baritone Bo Skovhus made his first recording of Schubert’s “Schöne Müllerin”. Now, as a famous opera and Lied interpreter he presents a new production of all 3 Schubert Cycles: “I’m very thankful to do this again. As a young men you do not reflect so much what happen. Now, when I’m older, I understand much more about. Especially for this cycle it’s important to have another point of view.” (Bo Skovhus)
Stefan Vladar, the famous Viennese pianist and his partner on the piano, shows us the virtuosity of the piano part in a new different light.

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HANNS EISLER: Film Music

Hangmen Also Die · The 400 Million · The Grapes of Wrath (+ Kleine Symphonie / Hörfleißübung)
RUNDFUNK-SINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN · JOHANNES KALLITZKE

1CD · C5289 PC: 21 845221052892

Hangmen Also DieFilmmusik / Film Music (1942/43)
The 400 Million - Filmmusik / Film Music (1938/39)
Präludium: Andante con moto / Main Title                                                  
Thema mit Variationen / Theme with variations
Scherzo für Solovioline und Orchester / Scherzo for solo violin and orchestra
Fünf Orchesterstücke / Five pieces for orchestra
The Grapes of Wrath Alternative Film Music (1941/1942)
Kleine Symphonie (1932)                                                                      
Hörfleißübung (1930)
 
RUNDFUNK-SINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN
JOHANNES KALLITZKE, Dirigent / conductor

Besides the Oscar-nominated score for Fritz Lang's film 'Hangmen Also Die' (1943), this CD contains other rarely heard works by Hanns Eisler (1898-1962), in which the special interpretation Schönberg's pupil had developed of the twelve-tone technique plays an astonishingly important role for the field of film and orchestral music.

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FRANZ & CARL DOPPLER EDITION 2/10

THE COMPLETE FLUTE MUSIC - Volume 2 / 10
Claudi Arimany, János Bálint, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Shigenori Kudo, Ingrid Kertesi, Joan Espina, Alan Branch, Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Elche, Leonardo Martínez

1CD · C5296 PC: 21 845221052960

Andante et Rondo, Op. 25 for two flutes and piano (F)
“Pásztorhangok” (Shepherd’s Tune) for soprano, two flutes and piano © (WPR)
Morceaux favoris sur “La Dame Blanche” opéra de F.A.Boieldieu for solo flute with piano ad libitum (F) (WPR)
“Az ujabb zene gyöngyei. A Legkedveltebb Csárdások”. Füzet 2
(The recent Hungarian music pearls. The most popular Csardas. Book 2) for flute and   piano © (WPR)
Duo sur “Don Giovanni” opéra de W.A.Mozart for two solo flutes (F) (WPR)  
Potpourri sur “Faust” (Margarethe) opéra de Ch.Gounod  for piano and flute (F) (WPR)
“Le Désir” (Cramer-Doppler) for flute and piano (F) (WPR)
“Souvenir de Prague” Duo Concertant for two flutes and orchestra  (F&C) (WPR)
C = Carl Doppler / F=Franz Doppler / WPR=World premiere recording
 
Claudi Arimany, János Bálint, Karl-Heinz Schütz, Shigenori Kudo, flutes
Ingrid Kertesi, soprano · Joan Espina, violin · Alan Branch, piano
Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Elche • Leonardo Martínez, conductor
The Doppler brothers played a dominant role in the K&K Monarchy’s musical life as composers, conductors, musicians and as orchestral soloists. They were on good terms with acknowledged artists of the era, such as Ferenc Liszt, Ferenc Erkel, or Jozsef Bajza.
This is the second release in a set of 10 CDs comprising the Dopplers' complete music for flute(s), including various arrangements. Flautist Claudi Arimany spent decades researching this project, inspiring many famous musicians to become involved in its realisation.

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FRANZ & CARL DOPPLER EDITION 1/10

THE COMPLETE FLUTE MUSIC - Volume 1 / 10
Claudi Arimany, Andrea Griminelli, János Bálint, Shigenori Kudo, Alan Branch, Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Elche, Leonardo Martínez

1CD · C5295 PC: 21 845221052953

Fantaisie sur des motifs hongrois, Op. 35 for two flutes and piano (F&C)
Fantaisie sur un motif de Beethoven, Op. 46 for flute and piano (F) (WPR)
Duettino über Amerikanische National-Motive, Op.37 for flute, violin and piano (original    version) (F) (WPR)
Morceaux favoris sur “La Muette de Portici” opéra de D. Auber for solo flute with piano ad libitum (F) (WPR)
“Az ujabb zene gyöngyei. A Legkedveltebb Csárdások”. Füzet 1 (The recent Hungarian music pearls. The most popular Csardas. Book 1) for flute and piano ©       (WPR)
Duo sur “Preciosa” opéra de C. M. von Weber for two solo flutes (F) (WPR)
Potpourri sur “Dinorah” opéra de G. Meyerbeer for piano and flute (F&C) (WPR)
Duo Concertante über Motive aus der Oper “Rigoletto” von Verdi for two flutes and orchestra (original 1853 Doppler orchestral version) (F&C) (WPR

C = Carl Doppler / F=Franz Doppler / WPR=World premiere recording

Claudi Arimany, Andrea Griminelli, János Bálint, Shigenori Kudo, flutes
Joan Espina, violin · Alan Branch, piano
Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Elche • Leonardo Martínez, conductor
The Doppler brothers played a dominant role in the K&K Monarchy’s musical life as composers, conductors, musicians and as orchestral soloists. They were on good terms with acknowledged artists of the era, such as Ferenc Liszt, Ferenc Erkel, or Jozsef Bajza.
This is the second release in a set of 10 CDs comprising the Dopplers' complete music for flute(s), including various arrangements. Flautist Claudi Arimany spent decades researching this project, inspiring many famous musicians to become involved in its realisation.

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FRANZ LISZT

Grandes études de Paganini · Transcendental Etudes after Paganini · Variations sur Le Carnaval de Venise de Paganini
WOJCIECH WALECZEK, piano

1CD · C5276 PC: 21 845221052762

What a man, what a violin, what an artist! […] And his expression, his manner of phrasing, and finally his soul!’ Franz Liszt, 1831 (about Paganini)
The transcriptions and arrangements of Paganini’s études represent a special case and, besides a bow before the great colleague, demonstrate demands on extreme technical skills. In his études, the pianist Liszt is quite evidently endeavouring to place alongside the Devil’s violinist Niccolò Paganini a Devil’s Pianist, which he completely succeeds in doing. In general, recourse is taken to the second version (1851)  today, as it seems to be in keeping with Liszt’s definitive desire. However, all the more interesting on this CD is a direct comparison with the earlier version (1838), which exhibits an even more dense notation and difficulties transcending technical borders.

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ZARA LEVINA (1906-1976)

THE PIANO CONCERTOS
MARIA LETTBERG · RUNDFUNK-SINFONIEORCHESTER BERLIN · ARIANE MATIAKH

1CD · C5269 PC: 21 845221052694

Zara Alexandrovna Levina, born 1906 in Alexandrovsk (Ukraine), witnessed two world wars, the Revolution as well as the collapse and totalitarian reconstruction of her homeland. She was under the constant ideological pressure of the existentially threatening state censorship, which was particularly exerted by the notorious RAPM (Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians) in the 1920s and 1930s, driving her to the brink of a creative and health disaster. However, Zara Levina was able to retain her own and unmistakable voice in her music. She died in Moscow on 1976 as a respected and much-performed composer beloved of musicians such as David Oistrakh, Maria Grinberg, Victor Knuschewitzki and the public alike. Vocal works like her romances meanwhile belong to the salient repertoire of Russian music.


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WALTER BRAUNFELS

ULENSPIEGEL Opera in 3 acts · Complete Recording
Marc Horus · Christa Ratzenböck · Joachim Goltz · Andreas Jankowitsch · Israel Chamber Orchestra · Martin Sieghart · INSZENIERUNG / DIRECTOR: Roland Schwab

1DVD · C9006 PC: 31 UPC: 845221090061








Till Ulenspiegel // Marc Horus · Nele // Christa Ratzenböck
Profoss // Joachim Goltz · Klas // Hans Peter Scheidegger
Jost / Schuster // Andreas Jankowitsch
Bürgermeister / 1. Ablasspriester // Tomas Kovacic· Schreiner / Arkebusier // Martin Summer
EntArteOpera Chorus  · Israel Chamber Orchestra
Martin Sieghart  (Dirigent / conductor
DIRECTOR: Roland Schwab
STAGE AND COSTUME DESIGN: Susanne Thomasberger
LIGHT DESIGN: Roman Hauser, Jan Derschmidt



PICTURE FORMATNTSC / Colour / 16:9  
SOUND FORMATS  2.0 Stereo · 5.1 Surround      
SUBTITLESDeutsch / English 


Charles de Coster, whose novel Thyl Ulenspiegel provided the source for Braunfels’ opera, narrates one of the gloomiest chapters in human history, the
Spanish Inquisition in 16th-century Flanders, via the very figure of a world-famous clown. He depicts an apocalyptic panorama, in which the Seven Deadly Sins of the Bible, like the riders of the Apocalypse, befall the last remnants of mankind. In this world of downfall, the composer Walter Braunfels sets his focus on the origins and development of resistance in general. Ulenspiegel becomes the trenchant case study of an apolitical daredevil who undergoes a radical personal transformation as a result of the terror befalling his family. Promoted to become the leader of political resistance, his mind only knows one thing: all-encompassing revenge.

 

 

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