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last updated: 04/05/2018

 

Ludwig van Beetoven

Complete Cello Sonatas (2 SACDs)

Manuel Fischer-Dieskau,cello
Connie Shih, piano

MDG 903 2067-6

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Beethoven's five sonatas for violoncello and piano form a cosmos all of their own. They exemplarily represent this Titan's three compositional periods, and the interrelations between them shape a surprisingly self-contained work group surveying the composer's entire life. Reason enough for Manuel Fischer-Dieskau and Connie Shih to present an absolutely new recording of this cycle - now for the first time on SACD in original 2+2+2 surround sound!

Waldemar von Bausznern
Chamber Music Vol. 2

Quintet
Acht Kammergesänge
String Trio

Maria Bengtsson, soprano
Berolina Ensemble


MDG 948 2071-6

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The Berolina Ensemble scored a sensational success with its discovery of Waldemar von Bausznern's music - and not without reason. Bausznern's music is distinguished by individual wit and instrumented with rich imagination, and what the young Berlin chamber ensemble gets out of the unusual instrumental combinations is an absolute listening must. Now the Berolinas have unearthed yet another treasure trove: a quintet and a trio frame Bausznern's Chamber Songs, which Maria Bengtsson interprets with a fine feel for the traditional French, German, and Italian melodies.

Grigori Frid

Clarinet Sonatas

John Finucane, clarinet
Elisaveta Blumina, piano

MDG 903 2069-6

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Grigory Frid's politically and morally ambitious operas have made him known to a broader public even outside his native Russia. His chamber music is not so popular, but it too holds discoveries in store, as John Finucane and Elisaveta Blumina impressively demonstrate on this recording premiere of his two clarinet sonatas. Musical wit, tonal beauty, and virtuosity in the treatment of tonality and instrumentation reveal a compositional talent stimulated by exchanges with the greatest of Frid's times.

Ludwig Thuille
Francis Poulenc

Quintets for piano and wind quintet

Dennis Russell Davies, piano
Stuttgarter Bläserquintett



MDG 603 0287-2

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Ludwig Thuille participated in "Ritter's Round Table" with his friend Richard Strauss. For the young composer still in search of his musical self, the encounter with Liszt's ardent admirer and Wagner's friend Alexander Ritter, in whose home these gatherings were held, must have been a revelation. Thuille enthusiastically incorporated the harmonic expansions of the New Germans into his compositions. On this rerelease of a long sold-out recording from 1987, the Stuttgart Wind Quintet and the pianist Dennis Russell Davies perform sextets by Thuille and Francis Poulenc.




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