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Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky - Symphonie Nr. 6

October 25, 1893 (November 6 according to the Gregorian calendar): Death-knell bells tolled all over Russia for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the Tsardom of Russia arranged for a lavish state funeral.   Doctors interviewed by the newspapers also confirmed the cause of death as uremia due to cholera. But soon there were an increasing number of medically corroborated dispatches that hardened suspicions of premeditation and even spoke of suicide by poison. Then the idea of the Symphony in B minor as a requiem for himself began to circulate, and a myth was born...
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Through Time

The dream of many classical musicians is to record as a soloist with an extraordinary orchestra such as the English Chamber Orchestra. Mine came true thanks to Verena and Hans-Ulrich's invitation and I could not be happier! This privilege, together with the fact that I could chose the repertoire and the recording team made it even more fascinating and special. The list of pieces that I love to play is quite long, and making the selection was both interesting and challenging...
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Johann II, Josef und Eduard Strauss

The Viennese Waltz, the oldest of the ballroom society dances, emerged from the „German Dance“ and – possibly – also from the „Landler“ during the second half of the 18th century.   In the numerous establishments of the Viennese suburbs, the ensembles of rivaling bandmasters Joseph Lanner (1801 – 1843) and Johann Strauss I (1804 – 1849) publicly played dance music and hence they may be considered as the actual„inventors“ of the Viennese Waltz as it is commonly understood and loved all over the world today.   After the early death of Johann Strauss Sr...
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Genesis 1757 - F. X. Richter - Sieben Streichquartette op. 5

Franz Xaver Richter (1709-1789) - The true inventor of the string quartet?   An ominous foreboding, blood in the snow, a corpse in winter ... These is the story of a tragic incident which took place near the court of the Duke of Hildburghausen in 1757, and forms part of the unusual credentials of a man who avoided a fatal end only by a hair's breadth because he chose to play string quartets. In his memoirs, the violinist and composer Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf recalls refusing an invitation to take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh due to a premonition...
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The 5 Sonatas for Piano and Cello - Beethoven

It is very difficult to find another composer whose uncompromising approach to his work created such an overwhelming impression on both his contemporaries and following generations. Ludwig van Beethoven leaves no-one untouched and is perhaps even more relevant in our modern, ephemeral society, in which there is seldom time to reflect. It therefore seems important and natural to us to present our version of these fantastic works. Beethoven's five cello sonatas are the quintessence of his personality and work: they exemplify creative development in an unparalleled manner...
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Arthur Honegger Symphony No. 2 & Symphony No. 4 "Deliciae Basiliensis"

This is the fourth production on the in 2012 established in-house label of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. The label is maintained worldwide by Solo Musica.   The Sinfonieorchester Basel is one of the oldest and most important orchestras in Switzerland. It is strongly rooted in the north-west of Switzerland and at the same time enjoys a more than regional as well as international radiance. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is always again demonstrating anew its excellent quality, whether it be in its own concert tiers, in the Theater Basel or in guest concerts at home or abroad...
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Bijoux

Eva Lind's appearances have taken her to the leading opera houses in Milan (La Scala), Paris (Theatre des Champs Elysées), London (Royal Albert Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall), Berlin (Staatsoper), Stockholm (Opera House), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colòn), Madrid (La Zarzuela), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Shanghai, Hongkong, Bejing, Tokyo, Osaka and many others as well as at the Festivals of Salzburg and Arena di Verona.   Eva Lind has shared the stage with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Alfredo Kraus...
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Anton Bruckner - Sinfonie Nr.2 in C Moll (1877 version)

It is early 2014 and I am immersing myself once again in the c minor sounds of Anton Bruckner’s Second Symphony, which we recorded in December 1974 in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with Carlo Maria Giulini. Listening to it, many images come to mind, including one that is not ostensibly musical. Just a few minutes into the rehearsal, the recording team from EMI Records moved the entire orchestra from the stage into the rapidly cleared stalls – for reasons of sound. This immediately touches on a crucial point: an optimal sound was what our then Chief Conductor was principally striving for...
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Haydn und Mozart

After numerous years as resident composer and Director of Court Music at the Esterhazy castle, Joseph Haydn’s fame as a great composer of genius had spread across all of Europe - no wonder, when one considers the consistency with which he developed the form of the symphony and the string quartet in more than 100 works, from “Sturm und Drang” to the beginnings of Romanticism, not to mention his many other creations...
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New Tango Songbook

The songs of Astor Piazzolla   The great argentine composer changed forever the sound of Buenos Aires and brought a contemporary tango with jazz’s elements to the world. The songs he wrote, mostly inspired by literary luminaries like Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda or Julio Cortázar; represent a genuine treasure of the XX Century song writing. The argentines Marcela Arroyo (voice) and Julio Azcano (guitar) pick up these hidden jewels and give the timeless dialogue between voice and guitar a new light. Fine and precise arrangements meet a sensual repertoire...
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