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12 previous issues

August 2019

Teodor Currentzis (conductor) Photo (detail): Teodor Currentzis © Anton Zavyalov Summertime is festival time! Our August podcast is about new opera productions and classical music stars at the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festspiele, including Tobias Kratzer, Teodor Currentzis et al. Plus the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin bring Handel’s Concerti Grossi back to life, and Jan Vogler displays his cello’s virtuosic versatility on new recordings of Piazzolla and de Falla.

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Composer: Richard Wagner
Excerpts from Tannhäuser (Ouverture), Siegfried (aria “Nothung, Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!“) 
Album: 50 Best Wagner
Artists: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Axel Kober (conductor); Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor), Bernhard Haitink (conductor)
Published by: WARNER 

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Excerpts from Don Giovanni  (Ouverture and No. 11 “catalogue aria“)  
Album: Don Giovanni (Deluxe-Edition) 
Artists: MusicAeterna Orchestra, Teodor Currentzis (conductor) 
Published by: SONY CLASSICAL 

Composer: George Frideric Handel 
Excerpts from Concerti Grossi Op. 6 
Album: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - part 1 
Artists: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Bernhard Forck (conductor) 
Published by: PENTATONE 

Composer: Astor Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla 
Excerpts from Histoire du Tango (Nightclub 1960), Suite Popular Española (Polo) 
Album: Songbook 
Artist: Jan Vogler (violoncello), Ismo Eskelinen (guitar) 
Published by: SONY CLASSICAL 

Author: Sylvia Schreiber
Speaker: David Creedon

July 2019

Anna Lucia Richter (Sopran) Photo (detail): Anna Lucia Richter © Kaupo Kikkas The July edition of our classical music podcast showcases pianist Lars Vogt's deep love for Mozart’s sonatas and soprano Anna Lucia Richter’s passion for Schubert’s lieder. Also featured are the Frank Peter Zimmermann string trio’s rendition of the Goldberg Variations, which brings out Bach’s polyphonic genius, and Fazil Say’s radical take on the 2017 political protests in Istanbul. Listen in and enjoy some great music!

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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Excerpts from Piano Sonatas No. 2 in F major, K. 280 1st movement and No. 8 in A minor, K. 310 3rd movement
Album: Piano Sonatas K280, K281, K310 & K333 
Artists: Lars Vogt (piano) 
Published by: ONDINE 

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Excerpts from Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique” in B minor op. 74 1st and 2nd movement  
Album: Tchaikovsky Symphony Nr. 6 „Pathétique” 
Artists: Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko (conductor)
Published by: BPHR  

Composer: Franz Schubert 
Excerpts from the songs „Heimweh“ D 456, „An Mein Herz“ D 860, and
„Der Zwerg“ D 771 

Album: Heimweh 
Artists: Anna Lucia Richter (Sopran), Gerold Huber (piano) 
Published by: PENTATONE 

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach 
Excerpts from Goldberg-Variations BWV 988 No 12 und No 13 
Album: Goldberg Variations Zimmermann Trio 
Artists: Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin), Antoine Tamestit (Viola), Christian Poltéra (Violoncello)
Published by: BIS  

Composer: Fazil Say 
Excerpts from Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (Gezi-park I) op. 48 
Album: Ferhan & Ferzan Önder play Fazil Say 
Artists: Ferhan Önder (piano), Ferzan Önder (piano), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Markus Poschner (conductor) 
Published by: WINTER & WINTER 

Author: René Gröger  
Speaker: David Creedon 

June 2019

Felix Klieser on French horn Photo (detail): Felix Klieser © Maike Helbig A fresh breeze is blowing in the German classical scene! Our June podcast showcases some performing artists with lungs of steel, including Felix Klieser on French horn, Dorothee Oberlinger on the recorder, and baritone Matthias Goerne, performing music by Mozart, Vivaldi and Schumann. And the Ensemble Modern transport us to the wicked city of Mahagonny in Kurt Weill's cynical and breathless opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.  

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Composer: Antonio Vivaldi, anonymous
Excerpts from Chamber Concerto in G Minor, RV 104, 'La notte' and Nani Nani (Sephardic Song)
Album: Night Music
Artists: Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder), Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Published by: SONY (DHM)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Excerpts from Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major KV 412 (386b) 1st movement and Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat Major KV 447 2nd movement
Album: Mozart Horn Concertos 1 - 4
Artists: Felix Klieser (Horn), Camerata Salzburg
Published by: Berlin Classics
Composer: Robert Schumann
Excerpts from „Erstes Grün“ (Kernerlieder op. 35) and „Mit Myrten und Rosen“ (Liederkreis op. 24)
Album: Liederkreis, op. 24, Kernerlieder
Artists: Matthias Goerne (baritone), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Published by: Harmonia Mundi
Composer: Anton Bruckner
Excerpts from Symphony No. 6 1st movement
Album: Bruckner Symphony No. 6
Artists: Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Robin Ticciati (conductor)
Published by: Linn Records
Composer: Kurt Weill
Excerpts from Kanonen-Song from “Threepenny Music” and Alabama-Song from “Mahagonny”
Album: Mahagonny Songspiel. Chansons des Quais. Kleine Dreigroschenmusik.
Artists: Ensemble Modern, Ute Gfrerer (soprano), HK Gruber (conductor)
Published by: EM Medien
Author: Sylvia Schreiber
Speaker: David Creedon  

May 2019

Pianist Fidan Aghayeva-Edler Photo (detail): Fidan Aghayeva-Edler © Jeremy Knowles News from the world of classical music in our May podcast: Simone Kermes shares her love for Handel with us, and the Artemis Quartet presents its first Shostakovich recording.
The pianist Fidan Aghayeva-Edler awakens forbidden sounds and preserves "degenerate" piano music from oblivion.  

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Composer: Robert Schumann
Excerpts from piano concerto in a minor op. 54, 1st movement and concert allegro with introduction in d minor op. 134
Album: Concertant 
Artists: Matthias Kirschnereit (piano), Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)
Published by: Berlin Classics

Composer: Dmitry Shostakovich
Excerpts from string quartet no. 5 b-flat major op. 92, 1st movement and string quartet no 7 f-sharp minor op. 108, 1st movement
Album: Shostakovich
Artists: Artemis quartet
Published by: Erato (Warner)

Composer: Georg Frederick Handel
Excerpts from arias „Furie terribili“ from Rinaldo, HWV 7a, „Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle“ from „Neun deutsche Arien“ HWV 205 and „Piangerò la sorte mia“ from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17
Album: Mio caro Handel
Artists: Simone Kermes (soprano), Boris Begelmann (violin), Ensemble Amici Veneziani
Published by: Sony Classical 

Composer: Verdina Shlonsky, Erwin Schulhoff, others
Excerpts from „Grotesque“ from "Pages from the Diary" 1949 (Shlonsky), “Waltz” and „Stomp“ from "Suite Dansante En Jazz" 1931 (Schulhoff)
Album: Forbidden sounds – six suites
Artist: Fidan Aghayeva-Edler (piano)
Published by: Kreuzberg records 

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Excerpts from Symphony No. 4 e minor op. 98, 2nd and 3rd movement and Symphony No. 3 F major op. 90, 3rd movement
Album: Symphonies No. 3 and No. 4
Artists: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi (conductor)
Published by: Sony RCA Red Music

Author: René Gröger
Speaker: David Creedon  

April 2019

Ensemble Resonanz Photo (detail): © Tobias Schult Our April Klassikcast is full of contrasts, including some contemplative sacred music for Easter and lively tunes to ring in the spring. We hear Bach at his most dramatic in the Saint Matthew Passion and at his most intimate in a sonata for violin and oboe. Violinist Daniel Röhn takes us back to swing music from the Roaring ’20s, then in Haydn’s oratorio The Seven Last Words, the Ensemble Resonanz shake us up with a raging earthquake.

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Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Excerpts from Matthäuspassion BWV 244, Nr. 27 „Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden“ and No. 47 „Erbarme Dich
Album: St Matthew Passion / Matthäus Passion
Artists: Bachchor and Bachorchester Mainz, Ralf Otto (conductor), Gerhild Romberger (alto)
Published by: Naxos

Composer: Joseph Haydn
Excerpts from „The Seven Last Words of Christ“ Hob. XX:1: „Il terremoto“, „Introduzione Maestoso ed Adagio
Album: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze
Artists: Ensemble Resonanz, Riccardo Minasi (conductor)
Published by: harmonia mundi

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Excerpts from Triosonate for organ No. 3 d minor BWV 527 (for Oboe and Violin)
Album: Violin Concertos. Sinfonias. Ouverture. Sonatas
Artists: Isabelle Faust (violin), Xenia Löffler (baroque oboe), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Bernhard Forck (conductor)
Published by: harmonia mundi 

Composer: Weill, Gershwin, Chaplin, Burleigh and more
Excerpts from „Moto Perpetuo“, „The Terry Theme“ from „Limelight“, „Die Ballade von Meckie Messer
Album: The Golden Violin "Music of the 20s"
Artists: Daniel Röhn (violin), Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Case Scaglione (conductor)
Published by: Berlin Classics 

Composer: David Orlowsky Trio, diverse
Excerpts from „Juli“, „Lebendig und Freylach
Album: One last night - Live at the Elbphilharmonie
Artists: David Orlowsky Trio
Published by: Sony Classical

Author: Sylvia Schreiber
Speaker: David Creedon

March 2019

 Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikow Photo (detail): © Florian Fries Winter adé: Our March Klassikcast presents fresh chamber music and songs by Brahms, Hauschka's piano sounds, inspired by the experience of nature in the city, and Of Cabbages and Kings, an a cappella ladies' quartet. With a mixture of electronic music, microtonality, and classical instruments, the composer Atac Sezer takes us into the exciting field of tension between Turkey and Germany.  

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Composer: Johannes Brahms
Excerpts from Violoncello Sonata No. 1 in e-minor op. 38, 3rd movement Allegro, arrangement of the song „Wie Melodien zieht es mir"
Album: Johannes Brahms Sonatas 1 and 2, Six songs op. 86
Artists: Julia Hagen (violoncello), Annika Treutler (piano)
Published by: Hänssler Classic

Composer: Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann)
Excerpts from No. 4 „Urban forest“, No. 11 „Everyone sleeps“, No. 13 „Another hike“
Album: A different forest
Artists: Hauschka (piano)
Published by: Sony Classical

Composer: Of Cabbages and Kings
Excerpts from No. 3 “My love is a fever” and No. 6 „Am Morgen dann“
Album: Aura
Artists: Of Cabbages and Kings
Published by: KLAENGrecords

Composer: Atac Sezer
Excerpts from No. 1 „Mirror-Reversed“ for Kemence and Orchestra, No. 4 „Toned Melisma silver print“ for string orchestra
Album: Simultaneity
Artists: Sercan Halili (kemence), Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra Turkey-Germany, Cem Mansur (conductor), Münchener Kammerorchester, Alexander Liebreich (conductor)
Published by: NEOS 

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Excerpts from No. 26 „Du mein einzig Licht“ from 49 deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33, No. 4 „II. Liebesglut“ from 5 songs op. 47
Album: Michael Volle sings Brahms
Artists: Michael Volle (bariton), Helmut Deutsch (piano), Karl-Peter Kammerlander (piano)
Published by: Brilliant Classics

Author: René Gröger
Speaker: David Creedon

February 2019

 Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikow Foto (Ausschnitt): © Marco Borggreve In the February edition we hear waltzes and marches from the New Year's Concert with Christian Thielemann, rhythmic sounds from the percussionist Leonie Klein, love sorrow and joy from Hugo Wolf's song cycle and the unlimited possibilities of the recorder.

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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Excerpts from Violin Sonata in D flat major KV 306, 1st movement
Album: Sonaten für Violine und Klavier (Vol.1)
Artists: Isabelle Faust (Violine), Alexander Melnikow (Piano)
Published by: Harmonia Mundi

Composer: Iannis Xenakis
Excerpts from Psappha for percussion solo
Album: Gathering Thunders (WER 7375 2), Coproduction with SWR 2
Artists: Leonie Klein (Percussion)
Published by: Schott Music & Media/WERGO, Mainz

Composer: Hugo Wolf
Excerpts from No. 7 "Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag' erhoben“ and No. 25 "Mein Liebster hat zu Tische mich geladen“
Album: Italienisches Liederbuch
Artists: Diana Damrau (Soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Helmut Deutsch (Piano)
Published by: ERATO / Warner Classics

Composer: Georg Friedrich Händel
Excerpts from Sonata in a-minor HWV 362, Larghetto and Adagio
Album: Handel: The Recorder Sonatas
Artists: Wiebke Weidanz (harpsichord), Stefan Temmingh (recorder)
Published by: Accent / Naxos

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Excerpts from "Saget es, die Ihr erlöset seid, er zählet unsre Tränen“…
Album: Symphony No. 2 B flat major Op. 54 "Lobgesang"
Artists: Kammerakademie Potsdam, Antonello Manacorda (Conductor), Maria Bengtsson (Soprano), Johanna Winkel (Soprano), Pavel Breslik (Tenor), NDR Choir
Published by: SONY Classical

Composer: Carl Michael Ziehrer, Johann Strauss (son), Josef Strauss
Excerpts from Schönfeld-March op. 422, Egyptian March op. 335, Music of the spheres op. 235
Album: Neujahrskonzert 2019 der Wiener Philharmoniker
Artists: Christian Thielemann (Conductor), Wiener Philharmoniker
Published by: SONY Classical

Author: Sylvia Schreiber
Speaker: David Creedon

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