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My Dusty Gramophone

My love-affair with historic recordings began long before I started to play violin. Recordings by Jascha Heifetz, Ginette Neveau and Ida Haendel, which my family owned on vinyl and which I listened to obsessively as a child, were precisely what made me decide to become a violinist. For me, there is something that is extra special in the vintage studio recordings, in particular those of Jascha Heifetz's: something so personal in that soft, dry, close-up sound!..

Franz Schubert - Symphony No.2 and No. 6

This CD isafter theSymphonies No. 3, 5 and 8, the third release of theBasel Symphony Orchestra’s Schubert series of  all of its symphonies. Schubert’s symphonies were designed for a ‘big audience’, but during his lifetime they were, at best, only performed in the semi-public rooms of the Seminary and those of the amateur orchestra. It was not until barely a month after his death that the first truly representative performance took place through the Society of Friends of Music (Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde) in Vienna...


Als bayerischer Polizeiobermeister „Michi Mohr“ in der ZDF Erfolgsserie „Die Rosenheim-Cops“ ist er längst Kult! Jetzt legt der Künstler eine wunderbare CD mit Weihnachtsliedern in neun Sprachen und Weihnachtstexte aus drei Jahrhunderten vor. Max Müller: „Ich bin in Kärnten aufgewachsen, wo man, theoretisch, die Möglichkeit hat, in drei Sprachen Weihnachten zu feiern: Deutsch, Slowenisch und Italienisch...

"Das Lied von der Erde" - Symphony for tenor, alto and Orchestra

This recording bears witness to Carlos Kleiber’s sole encounter with Gustav Mahler. Prior to this, he had never conducted a work by the composer, and he would never do so again. Given how extremely selective he was in his choice of repertoire, this was certainly an exceptional case. The only work by Wagner that he had ever studied was Tristan und Isolde, for example, yet he conducted it quite a few times in Stuttgart (1969), as well as Vienna (1973), Bayreuth (1974 – 76), and Milan (1978). But he had not yet achieved this [elite] status in 1967...

Trio Cremeloque

Casimir-Théophile Théodore Lalliet (1837-92) was a French composer, conductor and solo oboist at Paris Opera Orchestra. His music is not so largely known. It gets the opportunity to be launched on the map of “classical music that still matters” (L. Kramer) on this CD.   Unlike Terzetto by Lalliet, Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899) by Maurice Ravel is a well known and much performed piece originally written for piano, and arranged by the composer for xxx orchestra in 1910. It gets a new timbre performed by Cremeloque Trio...

Goldberg Variations BWV 988

When she recorded Bach’s great set of variations in Basel’s Hans Huber Hall, Anastasia Voltchok was keen to play right through the work only twice on one and the same day. A high degree of concentration and vital energy are the preconditions for such a bold undertaking, to say nothing of the most thorough preparation and years of experience on the concert podium. The advantages of avoiding short takes are self-evident: constant tension over long stretches and organic transitions from one variation to the next in terms of tempo, dynamics and continuity of expression...

Faszination Arkadien

The name Arcadia is pleasant-sounding and popular. But the land of Virgil's poetry is not actually well known. Where is it? What is it? Is this just another tale of heartache? Well, it is a place where lovesick shepherds seek comfort in the midst of tranquil nature. The bubbling spring, shaded by the laurel, provides space for the troubled mind, while poetry and music provide an escape valve for heavy hearts. These metaphors touch on my own idyllic visions: I grew up near a gushing fountain; meadows, gardens, green lanes and flowers are the first things to indicate a closeness to nature and trigger a childish melancholy...

Bach in Los Angeles

By choosing a classical repertoire for the e-bass, foremost Bach's cello suites, Jacques Bono has acquired an outstanding position in the music business. Performances at the various Bach-churches in Thuringia, e.g. in Arnstadt, give him an enormous amount of inspiration and insight into Bach's music.   At their »original sites« Bono puts Bach's works into a unique contrast by playing them on an instrument of our times, more than 300 years after their composition – a project that has never been ventured before...

Suites for Violoncello Solo

Apart from the early Baroque ricercari and didactic works like the études and capriccios of composers such as Duport, Dotzauer and Piatti, the repertoire for solo cello up to the Romantic period comprises only two works: Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Suites BWV 1007-1012 (c. 1720) and Max Reger's Three Suites op. 131c of 1914. While numerous works for solo cello have been written since Hindemith and Kodály, they are all clearly orientated around twentieth-century tonal language...

Igor Strawinsky - Le Sacre du printemps

Version for Orchestra with Sinfonieorchester Basel Version for Piano Four Hands performed by Dennis Russell Davies & Maki Namekawa As early as spring 1910 Igor Stravinsky had a vision of a "great pagan festival" the climax of which would be the death of a young girl who dies of exhaustion after a frenzied dance, surrounded by the elders of her tribe...
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