Cheng² Duo | Bryan & Silvie Cheng: Violoncelle français
Géza Anda Edition
Mahler cycle with Rafael Kubelik in live recordings
Stravinsky: Works for Violin
Stravinsky’s rarely-performed Violin Concerto, coupled with the main works of his repertoire for violin and piano. The composer first hesitated to write a violin concerto, but he went on to compose a masterwork in “Neoclassical” style in close collaboration with violinist Samuel Dushkin. He also made numerous arrangements for violin and piano, joining again with Dushkin to enrich the violin repertoire with his imaginative genius.
The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings - Romanticism
Several works can be heard here in interpretations by the Amadeus Quartet for the first time on CD – over a third of the repertoire featured in this recording. Schumann and Grieg are composers who had been completely absent in the quartet’s discography up until now, and every recording is a first CD release – making this edition a truly historical document. The Amadeus Quartet was noted for their intensive commitment to Romantic chamber music for strings, with a particular emphasis on the works of Johannes Brahms. Notable soloists and guest musicians are involved in around half of the works recorded.
Wolfgang Schneiderhan plays Mozart, Henze & Martin
An outstanding violinist of the twentieth century, Wolfgang Schneiderhan was not only celebrated for his interpretations of the classical repertoire, but he also distinguished himself by his commitment to contemporary music. This is demonstrated in three previously unreleased live recordings from Lucerne including the world premiere of Frank Martin’s Magnificat, performed by its two dedicatees.
Brahms: Complete String Quintets
Brahms’s string quintets, masterworks of his late style, demand a precise and sensitive conjunction of contrasts: combining cheerfulness and melancholy, expansive ideas and compressed form, reminiscences of the past (including his own early works) and the desire to express a new and valid musical message – all this needs to be both perfectly balanced and clearly articulated. The Mandelring Quartet with Roland Glassl has pulled off such a “knowing” interpretation, masterfully balancing the works’ inner tensions.
Weihnachten in aller Welt
Christmas carols from Europe and South America: these traditional songs have been newly adapted for voice, accordion, violin, and percussion instruments. The result is an impressive kaleidoscope of folkloristic, international Christmas carols above and beyond the well-known melodies.
Sounds of Evolution
Seven commissioned works, eight world premieres and first recordings – the new pieces for brass ensemble are worth listening to at every moment, always enjoyable, and never aloof or elitist. The new release by Salaputia Brass presents works remarkable for their powerful sound that have never been heard until now.
A young duo introduces itself. The interpretations of Cheng² Duo are steeped in a rare balance of unfiltered youthful joy and enthusiasm in their playing on one hand, and mature, historically informed, and profound interpretations on the other, commanding attention from the very first note. With their debut CD, Bryan and Silvie Cheng present a panorama of French chamber music written between 1860 and 1916.
Allusions and beyond
The third audite recording of the PianoDuo Takahashi|Lehmann presents transcriptions of pre-existing works as well as new compositions permeated with musical quotes and allusions. Drawing on musical history, existing works are approached in diverse ways, from using almost original material through to dissolving the classical concept of time and epochs.
Saint-Saëns: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 1
These two chamber works represent Camille Saint-Saëns’ early perfection and his expressive classical mature style. Brilliance and an unerring sense of form; calm, melancholy resting and energetic gestures; romantic vocal qualities and exquisite compositional art – the contrasts characterising Saint-Saëns’ musical idiom are perfectly realised by the Quartetto di Cremona.
Portrait Maureen Forrester
Maureen Forrester was one of the few genuine alto singers during the period after 1945. Encouraged by Bruno Walter, she was one of the most important Mahler interpreters of her time. The recordings released here, for the first time, document her activities in the area of the Lied accompanied by piano to an extent unknown until now, including her collaboration with the legendary accompanist Michael Raucheisen.
Paradisi Gloria - Sacred music by Emperor Leopold I
A well-regarded composer in his own right, Leopold I transformed the Viennese court into a centre of European culture. The beautiful settings he wrote for the burials of his first two wives, as well as his music for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, are testament to the Emperor’s musical talent.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 6
Once more, an early and a late work provide insight into Beethoven’s startling development. Both pieces reveal how Beethoven incorporated folk music into his own works – in all other aspects, the styles of these two string quartets could not be more different.
Muffat: Missa in labore requies & Church Sonatas by Bertali, Schmelzer & Biber
This recording of Georg Muffat's monumental mass alongside church sonatas by his contemporaries creates a vivid impression of the imposing sacred music heard at leading Catholic courts during the High Baroque. The Abbey Church of Muri with its four galleries and its historical Bossart organs proves to be a performance venue with perfect acoustics for these polychoral works.
Paul Kletzki conducts Brahms, Schubert & Beethoven
A rediscovery of a conductor who nowadays is considered an insider’s tip: having fled fascism and Stalinism, Paul Kletzki arrived in Switzerland in 1939 and advanced to become one of the leading conductors after the Second World War. This Lucerne live recording shows Kletzki at the height of his art: exciting interpretations, characterised by expressiveness and a stupendous sense of musical architecture.
Sergei Prokofiev: Works for Violin & Piano
Sergei Prokofiev’s two Violin Sonatas, written during the 1940s, embody the deep dichotomy that characterised the composer’s life, feeling and work. The tragic Sonata No. 1 in F minor and the predominantly cheerful Sonata No. 2 in D major appear as two contrasting poles within his oeuvre. Prokofiev’s emotionally intensive melodies also unmistakably emerge in his own arrangement of the Cinq melodies for violin and piano.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano Trio - Vol. 3
The continuation of the complete edition of the works for piano trio: two key works of Beethoven, complemented by the underrated Variations, Op. 44.
R. Schumann: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. VI
Concluding audite’s Schumann edition, this CD combines the first symphony with the late overtures, whose compactness displays the composer’s symphonic mastery.
R. Schumann: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. V
In Schumann’s œuvre for solo instruments and orchestra, the Konzertstücke complement his solo concertos. Confined to one movement, they are more concentrated, more pointed in their characters and freer in the development of their ideas than their bigger siblings. The covertly multi-movement piece for four horns also harnesses the formal and poetic experience of the Fourth Symphony: Schumann was a composer with open borders.
R. Schumann: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. IV
Schumann’s most underestimated and his most famous concertos: Patricia Kopatchinskaja takes the experimental qualities of the Violin Concerto, a late work, as a guiding principle for her individual interpretation, rising above clichéd Romanticist listening habits. In the Piano Concerto, Denes Varjon also expresses a particular Romantic clarity, characterised by fresh sounds and fluid tempi.
Suites for Viola by Reger, Busch & Weinreich
With their Suites for Solo Viola Max Reger, Adolf Busch and Justus Weinreich paid tribute to the special qualities of the instrument as a soloist even before the production of viola repertoire began to flourish in the twentieth century. This CD includes the premiere recording of the Suites by Justus Weinreich: a significant musical discovery.
Antonio Janigro & The Zagreb Soloists
This recording presents an orchestra steeped in tradition – the Zagreb Soloists performing under their long-standing director, Antonio Janigro. The ensemble’s characteristically pure string sound is created by just twelve musicians. These first releases from the RIAS archive reveal a cross-section of the Zagreb Soloists’ repertoire from their early years with Antonio Janigro as conductor and soloist.
Marc Coppey & The Zagreb Soloists: Cello Concertos by J. Haydn and C. P. E. Bach
Marc Coppey, winner of the Leipzig Bach Competition, is one of today’s leading cellists. This recording – featuring Marc Coppey in the dual role of artistic director and soloist of the Zagreb Soloists for the first time – presents Haydn’s Cello Concertos, milestones in the history of cello music. The original and free-spirited A major Concerto by C. P. E. Bach makes an ideal companion piece.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 5
In their fifth volume of the Complete Beethoven Chamber Music for Strings, the Quartetto di Cremona – currently Italy’s most exciting string quartet – present an enraptured late work, the Quartet Op. 132 with the great Adagio “thanksgiving”, alongside Beethoven’s only String Quintet, Op. 29.
Gioconda de Vito plays Beethoven, Brahms & Vitali
This live recording from 1954 of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Gioconda de Vito and the RIAS Symphony Orchestra under Georg Ludwig Jochum is of particular documentary value as the Italian violinist made no studio recording of the work. Alongside music by Vitali and Brahms, her Beethoven interpretation comes to life thanks to her soulful, romantic tone.
Schulhoff - Smit - Gál - Raphael - Tansman
Five intensive and virtuoso works by five composers of the 20th century. In their respective aesthetics, each composer shares the ability to use forms and models of music history as inspiration for his own modern musical language. Existentially, they shared a common fate: all were persecuted by the National Socialists. Some were murdered in concentration camps
and others fled to continue their lives in exile.
E. Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. V
The fifth and final volume of audite’s complete recording of Edvard Grieg’s orchestral works reveals a less familiar side of the Norwegian national composer: as arranger of his own lyrical and patriotic songs, surrounded by elegiac and dance-like melodies.
Vom Himmel hoch... - Christmas Carols
Christmas carols for the drawing room: in the 1950s, RIAS produced Christmas carols with artists such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Rita Streich, Erna Berger and Elisabeth Grümmer. Without the slightest whiff of sentimentality, the performers transform these Christmas miniatures into small gems.
Annie Fischer plays Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54 - Leon Fleisher plays Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Two pearls of pianism: Annie Fischer in a sensitive, chamber-like and exceptionally poetic reading of the Schumann Piano Concerto – one of her favourite pieces. Leon Fleisher, a few months before he was to lose the use of his right hand (recovering it only in old age), with Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto in an inspirationally bright and crystal clear tone.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano Trio - Vol. 2
The concept of the stimulating contrast between early and later trios is being continued in the second part of the complete edition of Beethoven‘s Piano Trios: the early Trio, Op. 1 No. 2 and the Trio, Op. 70 No. 1 composed 13 years later convey an impression of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s widely differing compositional concepts and bear witness to the inexhaustible variety of his musical ideas.
Portrait Zara Nelsova
A female cellist on stage in front of a big symphony orchestra – a rare sight during the first half of the twentieth century. Zara Nelsova, however, marked the beginning of a new era: she became a pivotal figure in the history of playing the cello. The RIAS recordings, made between 1956 and 1965, complement her discography substantially and include works which she never recorded for a commercial label.
L. v. Beethoven: Complete String Trios Op. 3, 8 & 9
The five String Trios are masterpieces of the young Ludwig van Beethoven as he travels towards the string quartet: however, many musicians and scholars have preferred the mature Trios Op. 9 to the subsequent String Quartets Op. 18. With their new double CD, the Thibaud Trio provide an opportunity to rediscover these milestones in the history of the string trio.
Wilhelm Furtwängler conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 on LP
Extraordinary artists in extraordinary recordings on an extraordinary format: these are the criteria for audite’s LP releases. Hot off the press is Furtwängler’s last performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, now also available on premium 180g vinyl (DMM).
Elisso Bolkvadze plays Prokofiev and Schubert
Prokofiev, the temperamental St Petersburg firebrand, and Schubert, the quiet revolutionary from Vienna – an intelligent and exciting combination. The pianist Elisso Bolkvadze, an UNESCO Artist for Peace and a superstar in her native Georgia, presents Prokofiev’s Second Piano Sonata and Schubert’s Impromptus D 899 in glowing and lyrical interpretations.
E. Grieg: The Violin Sonatas
Franziska Pietsch and Detlev Eisinger make their audite debut with chamber works by Edvard Grieg. The three Violin Sonatas represent half his œuvre in this field, epitomising central stages in his artistic development: his emancipation from the inspirational proximity to Schumann, references to Norwegian folk music, and his expansive use of themes and time. Grieg rated these three sonatas amongst his best works.
Tientos y Glosas - Iberian Organ & Choral Music from the Golden Age
Martin Neu brings works by Correa de Arauxo, Coelho and Xaraba to life in their Spanish homeland at the organ of San Hipólito in Córdoba. The sound of the organ unfolds transparently within the church interior; noble, warm prinicipals and flute stops as well as a variety of characteristic reed stops lend great sonic dignity to the instrument. Together with the antiphonal choral sound of the ensemble officium, the recording reveals the multi-facetted elegance of this musical epoch.
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Complete Chamber Music for Strings
"...The definitive set is complete." Gramophone
Transcriptions and beyond
The PianoDuo Takahashi|Lehmann combines intellectual programming with passionate expressivity. Original and adaptation – the lines are blurred: in his Concerto for Two Pianos, Stravinsky has the performers appear both as virtuoso soloists and representatives of an imagined orchestra. The composer’s arrangement of Le Sacre for four hands is a masterpiece in its own right. Herrmann’s Hausmusik turns the relationship between original and arrangement completely upside down, whilst the music which drove Nancarrow to compose for player pianos has been retranslated for four hands by Mikhashoff.
Géza Anda: The Telefunken Recordings
This CD, presenting Géza Anda’s Telefunken recordings of 1950 and 1951, re-mastered for the first time, closes the last major gap in the discography of the Swiss-Hungarian pianist. In works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Schumann, Anda accomplished the transition from brilliant virtuoso to sophisticated musician.
The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings - Modernism
It is not a well-known fact that the Amadeus Quartet also championed the music of their contemporaries. For the radio, they recorded string quartets written by the major English composers of their time, Benjamin Britten and Michael Tippett. The Hungarian composer Mátyás Seiber introduced the Amadeus Quartet to the works of his fellow countryman Béla Bartók. By recording Henry Purcell’s string fantasias, they followed references between Britten and the cradle of English chamber music.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 4
An early and a late string quartet by Ludwig van Beethoven: during the intervening twenty-six years, the composer had turned the traditional understanding of music on its head. In the fourth volume of their recording series of the complete Beethoven String Quartets, the Quartetto di Cremona demonstrate not only the stylistic quantum leap, but also Beethoven’s enormous demands on the musicians’ concentration and technique: a chamber music event.