New Goldberg Variations

New Goldberg Variations

David Geringas violoncello
Ian Fountain piano

catalog number: 21108

David Geringas heard about the existence of the New Goldberg Variations in 1997, shortly after the first performance, and integrated into his project ‘Bach Plus’ excerpts from John Corigliano’s Fancy on a Bach Air as an introduction to Bach’s Cello Suite Nr. 1. In 2014, while planning a CD with works by American composers, he remembered about the New Goldberg Variations, and in 2015 he performed the piece, which is exactly the length a one half of a recital, in Parma, Italy, together with the pianist Ian Fountain, who is also the pianist on this recording. One year later, while being interviewed for his 70th birthday, he concretized the idea for this CD.

Des cloches sonores

George Enescu
Suite No. 2 D major op. 10
Franz Schubert
Sonata G major op. 78, D 894
Alexander Scriabin
Sonata No. 5 op. 53

Catalin Serban piano

catalog number: 21107

"While looking for exciting correlations and comparisons of works and composers who, for a long time, have touched and inspired me, I discovered these three compositions – stylistically completely different, and yet united by their bell-like motifs and sounds. George Enescu’s Suite op. 10 No. 2 even has the title “Des cloches sonores” (Eng. “Sonorous Bells”), and the bell sounds are unmistakeably audible in all four movements of the Suite, albeit in very differing dynamics and atmospheric sound colours. The G major Sonata op. 78 D 894 by Franz Schubert is a piece with which I have a long and close association. What greatly influenced my interpretation of the famous first movement was my contemplation of the long, expansive chords – these sound as if they are produced by a faraway bell in a quiet, profound landscape. The impressive ending and the highlight of the Sonata No. 5 op. 53 by Alexander Scriabin uses the very gentle harmonies and individual notes of the beginning, which develop from distant tolling bell to become an overpowering, mighty peal of bells." Catalin Serban


Dortmunder Philharmoniker Gabriel Feltz

Sergej Rachmaninow
Sinfonie Nr. 3 in a-moll op. 44

Dortmunder Philharmoniker
Gabriel Feltz

Catalog number: 21105

"Rachmaninoff’s third symphony communicates, in a very moving way, the life-long struggle of one of Russia’s greatest musicians with this genre. The result is… absolutely magnificent: the musical inspiration is overflowing; the themes and melodies are, as always by Rachmaninoff, inimitable; but more especially, the many changes of mood, achieved by an extremely artistic instrumentation, are unique." Gabriel Feltz