Bohemian Piano Music
(contains a tale in German language, therefore the description of the CD only in German)
Nussknacker und Mausekönig
Ein musikalisches Weihnachtsmärchen für Erzähler und Orchester
Musik von Pjotr I. Tschaikowskij
Text von Anne do Paço nach dem gleichnamigen Märchen von E.T.A. Hoffmann
Erzähler: Herbert Feuerstein
The Horenstein Ensemble brings to its debut album an interesting search for clues, where connoisseurs and music lovers alike will sit up and take notice! On CD, HD Studio Master, DVD+FLAC and audiophile 180g Vinyl!
The Horenstein Ensemble wants to present the great diversity of chamber music and the interplay of various instrument types such as strings, winds and harp. The members of the ensemble, all musicians of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, all strive to produce in their interpretations the best possible sound with many layers of colour, or freely adapted from the words of Leopold Stokowski: “Sound, good sound, is paramount”
The listener is presented with works of great variety, yet the proximity of the works is also apparent. The four works were all composed within 25 years of each other, and the musical language, character (one could almost attribute a unifying sound to all the pieces) and chamber music gesture are all closely related. Having said that, each of these pieces has its own special tone, each one achieving a new balance between the archaic and the modern. Also, each of the four pieces has its own specific instrumentation which lends it its own individual taste.
English Town Hall Organ Philharmonie Duisburg
The first solo album of the new Eule organ of the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle. Well-known original works for organ as well as transcriptions of famous orchestral works by Holst, Handel, Vierne, Elgar, Bridge, Franck and Gárdonyi.
In 2009 the venue of the Duisburg Philharmonics, the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle, received a new concert organ in the anglo-late romantic style, modeled after the English Town Hall organs of the time. We now present the first solo album featuring the new instrument, with Roland Maria Stangier at the organ.
While most people first and foremost associate the sound of the organ with the instruments used in church, the organ looks back at a long tradition of being employed in the concert hall as well - in the form of the concert organ. These instruments can be characterised by an immense dynamic range and a great number of tonal colours. The abundant pedal, with a forceful and voluminous sound is typical, as well.
The multi-faceted programme with original works for organ as well as transcriptions of famous orchestral works, which are typical for the heyday of these instruments in the 19th century, topped with some improvisations, perfectly illuminates the capabilities of the instrument and promises a sonic adventure of a truly special kind.
Grand Concerto 4 Tubas
Works by John Stevens
A compellingly different magical sound
– World Premiere Recording –
Usually one will for the most part only find a single tuba in a symphonic orchestra. Notwithstanding, more than 20 years ago four tubists from renowned German orchestras formed the Melton Tuba Quartett and since then have been performing internationally as soloists with this ensemble.
With the magnum opus of this recording, the „Grand Concerto 4 Tubas“, they now present together with the Duisburg Philharmonics under Carl St. Clair the historically first work of its genre, a concert for tuba quartet and symphony orchestra. The American composer John Stevens wrote the piece as a joint commission by the Duisburg Philharmonics, the Bamberg Symphonics and the Dresden Philharmonic. John Stevens in the piece avoids using vanguard tendencies and builds on the American tonal language, coined by composers like Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.
The sound of the tubas as an ensemble is in the foreground, even though all of them are also called upon solistically. The first movement, „Intrada“, as the most weighty part of the composition, has a forceful-heroic character. The ensuing „Scherzo“ more is about facility and agility. While quite often there is a certain heaviness attributed to the tuba, it is precisely here where the soloists prove the contrary and show just how many possibilities their instrument possesses in terms of agility. The warm timbre of the „Ballade“ emphasises the lyrical-melodic qualities of the tuba by means of singability and harmony. The finale, „Tango-Tarantella“, has a dance-like character. Here the tuba at first can be experienced unaccompanied; fascinating sonic possibilities are displayed and even even the limit of the tonal range is touched.
The album is topped by additional works by the hand of John Stevens, representing many different facets of his oeuvre: The striking orchestral piece „Jubilare!“, followed by the „Adagio“ for just strings in the tradition of a great many of renowned Adagio works, as well as a number of pieces for tuba quartet and eight-part tuba-euphonium-ensemble, each with its completely unique character.