BRAHMS Choral Works
Daniel Reuss leads the Cappella Amsterdam in a programme of Brahms' lesser known but equally beautiful choral works.
The famous German Requiem must not be allowed to overshadow the wide variety of choral music Brahms wrote throughout his career. Daniel Reuss and his Cappella Amsterdam are our expert guides in a programme that takes in sacred a cappella motets by turns austere (opp.74 and 110) and resplendent (op.109), secular quartets with piano (opp.92 and 112), and songs for six-part unaccompanied chorus (op.104). The crowning glory is a dramatic masterpiece for chorus and four-hand piano, the Song of Destiny after Hölderlin.
With this disc, Jon Manasse, who joins forces once again with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and ex Tokyo String Quartet cellist Clive Greensmith, completes his survey of Brahms's chamber works for clarinet. The beloved Clarinet Trio is paired with technically brilliant and melodically rich trios by Beethoven and Weber that balance the program perfectly.
When Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen died in 1728, his former Kapellmeister had not forgotten the five brilliant years he had spent in the prince’s service. He wrote a cantata dedicated to his memory based on the music of two major works of the mid 1720s - the Trauer-Ode and the St. Matthew Passion. Although the score to the Köthener Trauermusik is lost, the wordbook and other sources of information have now made it possible to create a performing edition. In his first recording for harmonia mundi, Raphaël Pichon leads the ensemble Pygmalion in a rediscovery of this little-known work.
Complete Works for Cello & Piano
“fascinating, polished performances … a valuable set for admirers both of Queyras and Melnikov, and of Beethoven.”
Geoffrey Norris – The Telegraph, 25th September 2014
This collection of the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven featuring cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov includes works that offer a taste of each of the composer’s three stylistic periods. The first sonata and the delightful variations on themes by Handel and Mozart represent his ‘early’ period style, whereas the Op.69 sonata typifies the ‘middle’ period. The two sublime sonatas of Op.102 herald the unprecedented stylistic freedom of the composer’s final decade.view