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Franz Liszt was one of the most important figures in the history of nineteenth-century music. As a virtuoso, he revolutionized piano technique, introducing many ideas that vastly extended the instrument's tonal potential. Not least in order to escape the gossip in the French capital, Liszt and his companion spent several years in Switzerland and Italy. Starting from Geneva, where he taught and performed, Liszt undertook several tours of Switzerland. He recorded his impressions in twelve piano pieces and published them as Album d'un voyageurin 1835...

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor in five movements for full orchestra

The message was dismal and boded ill. Written at the beginning of the twentieth century, Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony began by burdening the beginning of the new age with a fateful omen in the first movement. A funeral march opens the work - uncanny, oppressive and almost totally lacking in the heroic pathos that had characterized the funeral march at the beginning of Mahler's Second Symphony...


Jedes Jahr das gleiche Ritual:      So unentrinnbar wie stereotyp quillt aus dem Briefkasten das gedruckte Widerbild geschäftlichen oder Kalenderpflichtigen Wohlwollens und befreundelt einen weihnachtlich. Grußkarten, die noch ein paar seufzende Kringel Handschrift tragen und mit echter Liebe die Menschen und den wunderbaren Anlass meinen, zählen zu den vom Aussterben bedrohten Arten. Weihnachten ist es aber wert, etwas Wahres von sich zu verschenken und etwas Wahres geschenkt zu bekommen...

Birth Of The String Quartet Vol. 2

For the first time recorded entirely on Jacobus Stainer instruments Telemann, Guillemain, Haydn, Mozart   The German classic-magazine “Fono Forum” wrote 2010 about “Birth Of The String Quartet Vol. 1: “An overwhelming hearing experience“. Summer 2010 this product was winning the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK award for „Best recording in Chamber music 17/18th Century“.   Never before a String Quartet had four valuables instruments of the violin maker Jacobus Stainer from the 1650 century available, never before a String Quartet has sounded in such a way.   With VOL...

More than Bolero

Literature music collage over Maurice Ravel on the basis of the novelful Biografie of Jean Echenoz „Ravel“   Jean Echenoz, French writer and owner of the most important French literary award, the Prix Goncour, wrote a congenial biography over one of the most important musicians of the 20th century, Maurice Ravel.   This CD brings us the human Ravel behind the composer, who is often reduced to injustice on the Bolero. Ravels always same answer to the standard question about its masterpiece: „The Bolero naturally. It harms only that he does not contain music “...

Casanova - Meine Flucht aus den Bleidächern

With music of well known Venice composers presented by the “Zurich Baroque orchestra” to a time journey into the baroque Venice with a prominent travel guide - Casanova. Wolfram Berger reads from its reports of „piombi “, the prisons under the lead roofs of the Palace, one the overact, become after times famous scenes of the lagoon city. The selection and translation of the texts procured Andreas Mueller Crepon, which speaks also the inserted quotations and intermediate texts...

Birth Of The Strings - 3 CD Box

The invention of the violin, the violoncello etc. may arguably be equated with the birth of classical music as we know it today. The violin, the viola, the violoncello, and later, the double bass had irrevocably set out on their triumphal march through the world of music and have stayed the essence of classical music ever since then.   "Birth of..." means: The oldest known solo sheet music for a certain musical instrument is being brought back to life and sound on the oldest obtainable yet playable specimen of its kind. Rarely heard pieces of music are thus revived by excellent interpretations...

Duineser Elegien VI-X

Rilke war weit mehr als einer der begnadetsten Dichter, die die Welt je hervorbrachte. Im Kernstück seines Werks, und dazu zählen fraglos die Duineser Elegien, finden sich klare Hinweise auf die Welten jenseits der grobstofflichen Formen. In gedanklicher Reise zu diesen Plätzen wird es begreiflicher, festgefahrene Formen der Stagnation und menschlichen Leids zu erkennen. Auf der feinstofflichen Ebene der Dichtung können gedankliche Muster wirkungsvoll transzendiert werden, um dann in unserem Alltag Veränderung willkommen zu heißen...

Wie ein Traum am Rande der Unendlichkeit - Weltersteinspielungen von Harald Genzmer

Harald Genzmer wrote the works for flute and piano presented here in 2003 and 2004, in the last years of his life.   His music is full of vigour and energy, humour and charm; it is timeless and life-affirming.   "When I am finally no longer on this planet, you will at least have something of me ...". With those words Harald Genzmer dedicated to Margarita Höhenrieder his last great work, a vision of parting "like a dream on the verge of endlessness". It was also its express desire to specify this work with probably at present the best Flute-player Emmanuel Pahud...

Central Europe Works for Cello and Piano by Schubert, Dvorak, Janàcek, Martinu and Bartok

This recording presents Schubert's famous Arpeggione Sonata, together with several other works by Central European composers. The theme "Central Europe" thus threads right through. Why did I select this programme? Aside from my love for the works of Franz Schubert, I am particularly attracted by the music of central and eastern Europe.  Dvorák, Janácek, Martinu and Bartók composed a whole series of works for cello and piano. Fascinated by their tonal language, which was greatly influenced by the folk songs of their respective countries, I have long cherished the idea of recording these works...
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