Heinrich Heine und Robert Schumann – Das Lyrische Intermezzo

Zum 220. Geburtstag von Heinrich Heine bringt der Bariton Klemens Sander gemeinsam mit dem Schauspieler Cornelius Obonya ein gänzlich neues Programm auf CD heraus, das in dieser besonderen Zusammenstellung noch nie veröffentlicht wurde: Das Lyrische Intermezzo – erstmals in seiner Gesamtheit in Wort und Ton.

Schumanns «Dichterliebe» in einem ganz neuen Blickwinkel: Das Lyrische Intermezzo ist ein spannender Mix aus Heinrich Heines zum Teil beißend ironischen und von Cornelius Obonya packend rezitierten Texten und Robert Schumanns traumschön bis romantisch verklärten Liedern der Dichterliebe – ergänzt durch weitere Heine-Vertonungen, interpretiert von Klemens Sander (Bariton) und Uta Sander (Klavier).

Bach to the Future – Sabine Weyer

“Bach to the future“. Borrowing the title from Robert Zemecki's science fiction movie, I conceive of J.S. Bach as a central figure, as a composer with profound influence on the future course of music history, through the prism of a number of transcriptions by other composers. These works surround Bach's oeuvre like a series of future scenarios and guide the listener through a journey of discovery.

Bach’s French Suite No. 2 BWV 813 forms the central part of this album’s musical journey, followed by Bach transcriptions from Busoni, Siloti and Saint-Saëns.

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns – Werke für 2 Klaviere und Klavier zu 4 Händen – Vol. 3

Das Klavierduo Vilija Poskute & Tomas Daukantas spielt hier die 3. SACD der Serie ein, viele Ersteinspielungen sind dabei:

La Jota aragonese op. 64 für Orchester
Duettino op. 11 für Klavier zu 4 Händen
Cavatina D-Dur op. 8, Nr. 2 für Harmonium und Klavier
Tarentelle op. 6 für Flöte, Klarinette und Orchester
Feuillet d’Album op. 81 für Klavier zu 4 Händen
Vers la victoire Pas redoublé op. 152 für Militärorchester
Bénédiction nuptiale op. 9 für Orgel
Sur les bords du Nil Marche militaire op. 125 für Militärorchester
Danse macabre op. 40 für Orchester
Septuor op. 65 für Trompete, 2 Violinen, Viola, Violoncello, Kontrabass und Klavier

The French composer, pianist, organist, conductor and music critic Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was one of the major figures of nineteenth-century musical life, a fact that was disputed until recently even in his home country. The recent increase in attention paid to Saint-Saëns’ œuvre is at least in part due to the wealth of recordings that are available today. His musical language combined the formal rigour of the German tradition, from Bach to Schumann, with a deep knowledge of the music of his native country from the Baroque period onwards and the clarity, elegance and esprit that only a French composer is capable of. Not without reason, he has been described as a classicist who knew how to entertain in a stimulating fashion.

Eugène Ysaÿe – Stefan Tarara

6 sonatas op. 27 for solo violin

Tarara plays a violin by Antonio Stradivari (Cremona 1721)

Eugène Ysaÿe’s "Six Sonatas for solo violin, Op. 27" represent a milestone for Stefan Tarara: even as a teenager this composition was one of the violinist’s favourite works, it brought out his deep desire to play this piece once in the concert hall. Unparalleled and in perfection, Ysaÿe deals with polyphony solely on the violin and places the virtuosity under the aegis of musicality. In particular, the Romanian-influenced Tarara feels connected with the third Sonata, which is dedicated to George Enescu. The liberal dealing with rhythm, notes and tempo in Ysaÿe’s required rubato allows the imagination to follow to the highest musical level.

DEBUSSY CENTENARY 1918-2018 – Vincent Larderet, Pianist

Images – 1ère Série (1905)

12 Préludes – Livre II (1911-1912)

Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de saint Sébastien (1911 André Caplet transcription revised and completed by Vincent Larderet) - WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING

In celebration of Claude Debussy’s Centenary in 2018, the French pianist Vincent Larderet presents a recording of three masterpieces: Images (Book I), Préludes (Book II), and the world premiere recording of André Caplet’s transcription of the Symphonic Fragments from Le Martyre de saint Sébastien, revised and completed by Larderet. Following three highly acclaimed recordings that won 23 awards worldwide and were nominated for the prestigious ICMA Award, ARS Produktion presents an 80-minute album by a pianist whose interpretations have been compared to legends of the piano such as Michelangeli, Arrau and Zimerman and who was praised for his “astonishing range of pianistic colours” (PIANO News, Germany).