31st Season 2019
31st Season  2019 

                            Spectrum Concerts Berlin auf CD

 

 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Volume I:

String Sextet, Op. 10

Piano Trio, Op. 1

 

Boris Brovtsyn Violin

Clara-Jumi Kang Violin

Yura Lee Viola

Gareth Lubbe Viola

Jens Peter Maintz Cello

Torleif Thedéen Cello

Yeol Eum Son Piano

 

Release: January 2020

8.574008

 

 

 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Volume II:

Suite, Op. 23

Piano Quintet, Op. 15

 

Boris Brovtsyn Violin

Clara-Jumi Kang Violin

Yura Lee Viola

Gareth Lubbe Viola

Torleif Thedéen Cello

Eldar Nebolsin Piano

 

Release: January 2020

8.574019

 

 

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Erwin Schulhoff

Chamber Music:

String Sextet, Op. 45

Violin Sonata, No. 2

Duo for Violin and Cello

Five Jazz Etudes

 

Boris Brovtsyn Violin

Valeriy Sokolov Violin

Philip Dukes Viola

Maxim Rysanov Viola

Jens Peter Maintz Cello

Torleif Thedéen Cello

Eldar Nebolsin Piano

Produktion des Schulhoff Streichsextetts am 4. Januar 2016

Boris Brovtsyn, Valeriy Sokolov Violin

Philip Dukes, Maxim Rysanov  Viola

Torleif Thedéen, Jens Peter Maintz Cello 

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Anton Arensky

Chamber Music:

Piano Quintet, Op. 51

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 35

Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 32

 

Boris Brovtsyn Violin

Alexander Sitkovetsky Violin

Maxim Rysanov Viola

Jens Peter Maintz Cello

Torleif Thedéen Cello

Eldar Nebolsin Piano

 

MusicWeb Aufnahme des Jahres 2015

 

Nominated for an ICMA 2016

 

"The playing, from the star-studded Spectrum Concerts Berlin, is technically immaculate, and where a few liberties have been taken in shaping long-flowing phrases, they are tasteful and in keeping with the Russian Romantic era. Very good sound, and a fabulous release." © 2015 David’s Review Corner, David Denton

 

"Probably now the one Arensky CD everyone must own, a treasurey of some of the best-ever Russian Romantic chamber music. (That string quartet with two cellos - the only thing more gorgeous is the Borodin quartet.) And these are defining performances by a starry cast of Russian soloists.

© 2015 MusicWeb InternationalBrian Reinhart

 

"Splendid playing, marked by perfect intonation, ensemble balance, and tonal warmth, conjoined with emotional engagement, interpretive intelligence, and superior recording, add up to a very strong recommendation for this release." 

© 2016 FanfareJerry Dubins

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Ernst von Dohnányi

Serenade, Op. 

Sextet, Op. 

 

Janine Jansen Violin

Joel Waterman Viola

Frank Dodge Cello 

Christian Poltera Cello

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer Clarinet

Ron Schaaper Horn

Daniel Blumenthal Piano

 

 

 

 

 

"All the playing is remarkable!"

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

 

Awarded the Rosette by the PENGUIN GUIDE

 

"These are among the the composer's most winning music, making a superb disc, brilliantly played and recorded...inspiring dedicated playing!" THE GUARDIAN

 

"Spectrum Concerts Berlin immaculate accounts of some of the most sublimely beautiful music of the era." THE STRAD

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John Harbison

Variations

Four Songs of Solitude

Twilight Music

 

Janine Jansen Violin

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer Clarinet

Bernhard Krug Horn

Daniel Blumenthal Piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Harbison's first appearance in Naxos's American Classics' series brings wonderful new recordings of three of his best chamber-music pieces from the 1980s-performed by members of a first-rate new-music group active in Germany, Spectrum Concerts Berlin

...the music shimmers through your senses as elusively as quicksilver.

BOSTON GLOBE

 

"The disc of John Harbison's chamber music is an absolute winner...Everyone who loves chamber music needs this disc!" FANFARE  

 

"These are important contributions by one of our major compositional figures, given in well-rehearsed and immaculately played performances." AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

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Robert Helps

Piano Quartet

Postlude

Nocturne for String Quartet

Shall We Dance

 

Janine Jansen Violin 

Quinten de Roos Violin

Ronald Carbone Viola 

Hartmut Rohde Viola

Frank Dodge Cello

Ron Schaaper Horn

Robert Helps Piano

Daniel Blumenthal Piano

 

 

 

"It was like looking at a beautiful castle at night in the reflections of the face of a lake that is stirred by winds." BENJAMIN WEINER

 

"It is an enchanting work, residing comfortably in an oasis which both feeds on and ignores the icons of contemporary music." RUSSELL SHERMAN 

 

"On this CD Helps gives a highly evocative performance of his Shall We Dance (1994), and distils effects of exuisite beauty from John Ireland's Darkened Valley."

IRISH TIMES 

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Ernst Toch

Tanz-Suite

Cello Concerto

 

Christian Poltera Solo Cello

Thomas Carroll Conductor 

Priya Mitchell Violin 

Julia-Maria Kretz Violin

Hartmut Rohde Viola

Frank Dodge Cello

Stacey Watton Bass

Marieke Schneemann Flute

Nigel Shore Oboe

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer Clarinet                                              Catherine Maguire Bassoon            Bernhard Krug Horn

Daniel Tummes Percussion

 

"This recording is excellently played!"

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

 

"Überhaupt zeichnen sich die Berliner Musikanten nicht nur durch ihre unbekümmert freche Gangart aus. Besonders im Cellokonzert, das mit seiner asketischen Ensemble-

besetzung aus Streichquintett, Bläserquintett und Schlagzeug ein Pendant zu Schönbergs Kammersinfonie sein könnte, begegnet man neben Drive und polyphonen Proportionen (Finalsatz) einem sehnsüchtig suggestiven wie gleichzeitig zerbrechlichen Klangkolorit, in dem die ganze Aufbruchsstimmung des konservativen Wiens steckt."  RONDO 

 

"The two pieces here are terrific: An American founded Spectrum Concerts Berlin, a chamber ensemble with ace players from all over the world. They make delicious work of the suite and provide sensitive accompaniment in the concerto. Anyone with an interest in early modernism will eat up this stuff."  THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

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Ernst Toch

Violin Sonata No. 2

Burlesken

Three Impromtus

Piano Quintet

 

Annette von Hehn Violin 

Julia-Maria Kretz Violin

Hartmut Rohde Viola

Frank Dodge Cello

Daniel Blumenthal Piano

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The violin sonata is a wizard piece, one that Stravinsky, Hindemith or Prokofiev might have been proud to call his own, played to the hilt by violinist Annette von Hehn and pianist Daniel Blumenthal. The three Burlesques share the same spirit, and Blumenthal delivers sparkling, virtuoso performances...Cellist Frank Dodge, playing a rich, deep instrument, elevates this solemn music (Impromtus) to near-masterpiece status." FANFARE

 

"Anyone who cares about 20th Century chamber music should hear Toch's sonatas, trios, quartets, and the 1938 Piano Quintet. This splendidly-performed-and-recorded Naxos disc, with interesting and informative annotations by the composer's grandson Lawrence Weschler, is a perfect place to begin -or continue."

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE 

 

"Spectrum Concerts Berlin provides committed and powerfully rendered performances, all captured in first-rate sound. Toch fans need not hesitate in acquiring this excellent disc." CLASSICS TODAY

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Ernst Toch

Violin Sonata No. 1

Cello Sonata

String Trio

Divertimento

Adagio elegiaco

 

Annette von Hehn Violin

Hartmut Rohde Viola

Jens Peter Maintz Cello

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer Clarinet

Katya Apekisheva Piano 

Jascha Nemtsov Piano

 

 

 

"Spectrum Concerts Berlin gives us nearly an hour of very well-played Toch. There are two other releases in the series which I certainly want to hear, but in the meantime we get some masterful examples of a composer that well deserves recognition. Anyone with a penchant for early moderists will revel in this release. Highly recommended! GAPPLEGATE CLASSICAL-MODERN MUSIC REVIEW

 

"There have been other recordings of some of these pieces, but I've not heard any that particularly impress me. This whole CD is interesting, and the violin sonata seals an enthusiastic recommendation." FANFARE

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Stanley Walden

Maquettes

Sh'mah

Five Similes

Horn Trio

 

Robert Levin Piano 

Ya-Fei Chuang Piano

Julia-Maria Kretz Violin

Jens Peter Maintz Cello

Bernhard Krug Horn

 

 

 

 

 

"We have some first class, sensitively authoritive performances here. Walden's music is never obvious and can be subtly withdrawn."

MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL

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Paul Hindemith

Clarinet Quartet

Clarinet Sonata

Three Easy Pieces

Clarinet Quintet

 

Annette von Hehn Violin 

Elisabeth Glass Violin

Hartmut Rohde Viola

Frank Dodge Cello

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer Clarinet

Ya-Fei Chuang Piano

 

 

 

 

"The quintet, an early work from Hindemith's 'enfant terrible' years, receives a fierce, all-in performance that suits the music exactly; Wouters is fabulously flamboyant here, with technique to burn. Enthusiastically recommended to Hindemithians, chamber music mavens, and clarinet fanciers." FANFARE

 

 "The Three Easy Pieces for cello and piano are totally unpretentious and much more than teaching pieces, or pieces specifically for students. They are rich and inventive morsels which can stand the big interpretation they receive here." MUSIC WEB

 

"This splendid Naxos release includes excellent performances of music that is entirely worth getting to know." CLASSICAL SOURCE

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Robert Helps

 

Robert Helps Piano

ATOS Trio:

Thomas Hoppe, Annette von Hehn, Stefan Heinemeyer

Naomi Niskala Piano

Ronald Carbone Viola

Frank Dodge Cello

Marieke Schneemann Flute

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer Clarinet

Bernard Krug Horn

 

 

 

 

"Both of Robert Helps's formidable artistic gifts are represented on this revealing two-disc collection. There's the composer of piquant and poetic chamber music, and there's the pianist who gave supple life to his own works, as well as pieces by other composers. These complimentary aspects paint a portrait of a bold musician with the facility to transform and illuminate in myriad styles...Helps was no imitator...the music is always suffused with distinctive clarity, vehemence and pensive drama...meticulously detailed performances by the ATOS Trio and an array of splendid colleagues." GRAMOPHONE

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Ursula Mamlok

Chamber and Solo Music

 

Alexander Sitkovetsky Violin  

Hartmut Rohde Viola

Jens Peter Maintz Cello

Naomi Niskala Piano

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer Clarinet

Armida Quartet

 

 

 

 

 

"By complementing and to some extent overlapping the four volumes of Mamlok's music already out on Bridge, Naxos has confirmed the importance of a delicate, highly tuned voice with a minimalist's flair for pace and flow." GRAMOPHONE

 

"So sinnlich kann Neue Musik sein! Kraftvolle Gesten, ein sicheres Gefühl für Farben, Nuancen, erfindungsreich durchdachte Struktur, Rhythmus und Artikulation prägen die Werke von Ursula Mamlok." CONCERTI

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