Dortmunder Philharmoniker

Sergej Rachmaninow
Sinfonie Nr. 2 e moll

Dortmunder Philharmoniker
Gabriel Feltz

Catalog number: 21090

Rachmaninow at its finest!
With this brilliant recording of the 2nd Symphony the Dortmund Philharmonic, under its conductor Gabiel Feltz, has started off its recording cycle of all Rachmaninow’s symphonies.
In Gabriel Feltz, winner of the “Prix Rachmanonow”, the orchestra has a recognized authority on Rachamaninow’s music. The orchestra has put in a magnificent performance and the recording team from Tritonus has done fantastic work. A wonderful start, captured on SACD. Mr. Feltz's extensive discography continues to show him as one of the outstanding conductors of his generation.


Streichtrios v
Gideon Klein | Józef Koffler | Ernst Naumann

Elena Tsaur: Violin
Elen Guloyan: Viola
Verena Sennekamp: Violoncello

Catalog number: 21091

The Moravian-born Jewish composer Gideon Klein (1919-45) composed his final work, the String Trio (1944) while interned in Theresienstadt. Quite a few of his works written there are based on Czech folksongs; his string trio falls into this category. Jewish composer Josef Koffler (1896-1944) suffered a similarly tragic fate as Klein. His Trio, op. 10 (1928) was written, however, when he was Prof. of Harmony and Atonal Composition in Lviv (Lemberg). The Trio in D Major by Ernst Neumann (1832-1910) is a work from 1883. The Eos Trio Frankfurt is keen to bring forgotten or unknown works back to audiences.

Treffen in Telgte

Das Treffen in Telgte
A musically-literary program

Helene Grass, Günter Grass – recitation
RIAS Kammerchor, Capella de la Torre (Katharina Bäuml)
conducted by Risto Joost

Catalog number: 21089

In his story “Das Treffen in Telgte” [“The meeting in Telgte”] Günter Grass has created a fable in which he describes the situation of literature from the point of view of a critical observer and commentator of the historical events. The story about an encounter between authors in 1647, which was initiated by the poet Simon Dach from Königsberg, takes place in a mill in Telgte, Westphalia, not far from Münster, where the Treaty ending the Thirty Year War was signed one year later.

After almost 30 years of war the plea for peace in the middle of the 17th century was the one which dominated all others. Whether in poetry or in music, it was omnipresent. (Bernhard Heß/ RIAS Kammerchor)
The author and his daughter, the actress Helene Grass, read from the story “Das Treffen in Telgte”. Poems and instrumental and vocal works by the 17th century poets and composers named in the text, such as Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, Johann Crüger and Heinrich Albert, can also be heard.

“What we have heard today is a wonderful collaboration between words and music.” 
Günter Grass

A co-production of Deutschlandradio Kultur and Dreyer Gaido Musikproduktionen

Markus Becker Kiev Chicago

Markus Becker: Piano

Catalog number: 21085

This is not a crossover album! Two musical worlds are juxtaposed to shed new lights upon one other: 'Kiev' stands for the Russian Romanticism of the late 19th century, 'Chicago' for the cosmos of Jazz. How do these two vastly different worlds relate? When I was considering the concept for this album I found two aspects of the relationship between these worlds very interesting: one ‘external’, such as the 'groove' in some of the 'Pictures at an Exhibition' or the somewhat jazzy harmonies in the Scriabin Préludes. I was especially interested in the ‘internal’ connections between 'Kiev' and 'Chicago': it is the compositional or improvisational freedom, colours, generosity, temperament, potential for surprise and sensuality, which is the bridge between both parts of the programme.