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last updated: 06/06/2019

 

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

Piano Transcriptiones

Jozef De Beenhouwer, piano

MDG 903 2115-6 (SACD)

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Josef De Beenhouwer offers Clara Schumann and listening audiences a special gift on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of her birth: a CD including numerous recording premieres from this famous pianist's extensive transcription oeuvre. He not only honors her compositional talent but also spotlights works with which she very deliberately and intensively occupied herself - and in the process very attractively nuances our picture of the musical Schumann family.

 

Maurice Ravel / Ernest Chausson

Piano

Vienna Piano Trio

MDG 942 2130-6 (SACD)

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Airy, transparent, light as a feather - if any composer's music answers to these attributes, then it is that of Maurice Ravel, including his Piano Trio, even if this work too has its more serious moments. On its newest Super Audio CD the Vienna Piano Trio brings together this marvelously unique achievement and a very differently gripping trio by Ernest Chausson - a fascinating contrast and one most beautifully celebrated by our Vienna threesome.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Fantasiestücke op. 12
Humoreske op. 20

Jörg Demus, fortepiano

MDG 604 0150-2

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Jörg Demus died a few weeks ago at the age of ninety. MDG commemorates this great pianist with a new release of the Fantasiestücke op. 12 and Humoreske op. 20 by Robert Schumann, to whose music Demus felt drawn throughout his life. Performed on a Viennese pianoforte by Conrad Graf and recorded with the finest digital technology even more than thirty years ago, this program documents his tireless advocacy of historical keyboard instruments.

Christmas with Johann Sebastian Bach

Orgelbüchlein

Gerhard Löffler
Arp-Schnitger-Organ, St. Jacobi Hamburg

MDG 906 2123-6 (SACD)

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"Christmas with Bach": Gerhard Löffler, the organist at the Church of St. James in Hamburg, has selected this title for his MDG CD debut. And to it we may add: "And with Arp Schnitger." After all, Schnitger's masterpiece of organ design in St. James is not only the largest instrument by this Northern German organ builder, whose death three hundred years ago is being commemorated in 2019, but also has what qualifies as the most important extant original pipework from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. With these resources it very much makes its presence felt in the music and interpretation. And when captured in magnificent three-dimensional sound on this Super Audio CD, it is guaranteed to spread the Christmas spirit throughout the year.

César Franck / Ernest Chausson

Chamber Music

Jan Michiels, piano
Spiegel String Quartet

MDG 644 2145-2

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César Franck and Ernest Chausson: this MDG top-interest special edition presents chamber music by two French composers connected by much more than just the teacher-pupil relationship. The first release of their string quartets, Franck's Piano Quintet, and Chausson's Piano Quartet by the Belgian Spiegel String Quartet and the pianist Jan Michiels received an enthusiastic reception from music experts and the listening public alike.




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