Various Artists – Pianissimo – Music For Quiet Moments (1998)

frontcover1Only in the silence can music touch a chord within us, and create a distant echo. And it is through the silence that the piano can open and blossom with it incomparable voice, and the vibration of it strings melt into melody.

Since the invention of the modern Pianoforte in the 18th century, composers have again and again been inspired by its special sensibilities, and the capacity of this Instrument to encompass the slightest expressive nuances and translate them into Sound.

On this album you will find a collection of the loveliest piano melodies in musical history: Whether the Adagio sosenuto from Beethoven´s Moonlight Sonata, or the Largo from his Piano Concerto, whether Listz´s Liebestraum, or Schumann´s Träumerei, the Adagio from Grieg´s  Piano Concerto or Chopin´s Nocturne, all show how this instrument has struck a chord in these Composers (Georg Stänzel; taken from the original liner notes)

Enjoy the sounds of silence !

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Tracklist:
01. Alfredo Perl: Adagio Sostenuto (Beethoven)  6.02
02. Jena Philharmonic Orchestra: Largo (Beethoven) 10.41
03. Ricardo Castro: Adagio (Mozart) 4.14
04. Carmen Piazzini: Adagio (Haydn) 5.00
05. Nadja Rubanenko: Sehr langsam (Schumann) 4.13
06. Alfredo Perl: Adagio (Grieg) 6.52
07. Carmen Piazzini:  Danza Del Moza Donosa (Ginastera) 3.26
08. Carmen Piazzini:  Cancion De Las Venusinas (Piazolla) 3.26
09. Arkady Sevidov: Barcarolle (Tchaikovsky) 5.16
10. Ricardo Castro: Nocturne No. 1 Op. 9/1 (Chopin)  5.35
11. Michael Krücker: Liebestraum Op. 62 No. 3/Poco Allegretto Con Affetto (Liszt) 4.40
12. Andreas Bach: Träumerei (Schumann) 2.17
13. Russian Philharmonic Orchestra + Vladimir Mishtchuk: Adagio Sostenuto (Rachmaninov) 11.38

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Another quiet moment
(I shoot this picture near Berchtesgaden (Bavarian Alps) in october 2009)

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Various Artists – Romantic Harp Concertos (2001)

FrontCover1The harp is a stringed musical instrument which has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard, which are plucked with the fingers. Harps have been known since antiquity in Asia, Africa, and Europe, dating back at least as early as 3500 BC. The instrument had great popularity in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where it evolved into a wide variety of variants with new technologies, and was disseminated to Europe’s colonies, finding particular popularity in Latin America. While some ancient members of the harp family died out in the Near East and South Asia, descendants of early harps are still played in Burma and in Sub-Saharan Africa, while other defunct variants in Europe and Asia have been revived by musicians in the modern era.

Harp01Harps vary globally in many ways. In terms of size, many smaller harps can be played on the lap, while larger harps are quite heavy and rest on the floor. Different harps may use strings of catgut or nylon, or of metal, or some combination. While all harps have a neck, resonator, and strings, “frame harps” have a pillar at their long end to support the strings, while “open harps”, such as arch or bow harps, do not. Modern harps also vary in techniques used to extend the range and chromaticity of the strings, such as adjusting a string’s note mid-performance with levers or pedals which modify the pitch. (by wikipedia)

And her you can hear this beautiful instrument in classical concerts from famous composers like George Frederick Händel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. and from more or less unknown composers like Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Georg Christoph Wagenseil.

Enjoy the magic sound of a harp !

Harp02Personnel:

George Frederick Händel: Harp Concerto in B flat major:
Maria Grafova (harp)
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Janáčkova filharmonie Ostrava conducted by Hartmut Haenchen

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in C major, for flute, harp & orchestra, K. 299
Beata Kaminska (harp)
Joanna Kontowicz (flute)
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Łódzka Orkiestra Kameralna conducted by Zdzisław Szostak

Johann Karl Krumpholz: Harp Concerto in B flat major:
Klara Novakova (harp)
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Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Oliver von Dohnányi

Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Harp Concerto in A major:
Johann Georg Albrechtsberger: Harp Concerto in C major:
Johann Georg Albrechtsberger: Partita in F major:
Georg Christoph Wagenseil: Concerto in G major, for harp, 2 violins, cello & orchestra:
Jana Boušková (harp)
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Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim conducted by Vladislav Czarneck

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Tracklist:

CD 1:

George Frederick Händel: Harp Concerto in B flat major:
01. Allegro moderato 6.02
02. Larghetto 5.08
03. Allegro moderato 2.47

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in C major, for flute, harp & orchestra, K. 299: 04. Allegro 10.33
05. Andantino 7.44
06. Rondeau 10.12

Johann Karl Krumpholz: Harp Concerto in B flat major:
07. Allegro moderato 12.29
08. Andante con variazioni 5.41
09. Rondo, allegro 5:57

CD 2:

Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Harp Concerto in A major:
01. Allegro molto 6.37
02. Adagio 9.10
03. Rondeau, larghetto 3.33

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger: Harp Concerto in C major:
04. Allegro moderato 6.28
05. Adagio 9.45
06. Allegro 3.15

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger: Partita in F major:
07. Presto 3.49
08. Adagio 7.02
09. Menuetto 2.43
10. Finale, allegro 4.05

Georg Christoph Wagenseil: Concerto in G major, for harp, 2 violins, cello & orchestra:
11. Allegro 3.50
12. Andante 4.37
13, Vivace 5.11

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Various Artists – Royal Clown Classic – The Sampler (1989)

FrontCover1The Pilz Media Group (founded by Reiner E. Pilz) was a small German record label for classic music (not to be confused with Pilz Records, the legendary label for German Krautrock music.

They were first marketed in the USA in a gigantic mail order package of 100 CDs at a cost of about $5 per disk, offering the “Vienna Master Series” of major symphonic, chamber, and piano repertoire. Lately they have been turning up on single disks and even in double disk sets at the cost of only $3.99 or even less for 2 CDs, or $1 to $2 per single disk, at dealers like Blockbuster Music.

They released at the end of the Eighties this sampler with music from their Catalog.

Booklet01AAnd so you can hear some of the finest pieces of classical musc. The booklet is their catalog for the years 1989/90 … (black + white pictures only !)

Unfortunately they didn´t give us any informations about the musicians and orchestras we can hear on this beautiful record.

But … even this mistake … it´s a sampler with very fine examples of classic music, including “Vltava (The Moldau) ” (one of my favorite classic composition)

Booklet03ATracklist:

Franz von Suppé:
01. Ouvertüre “Dichter Und Bauer” 9.34

Johann Strauss:
02. Wiener Blut Op. 354 9.26

Frederic Chopin:
03. Walzer Cis-moll Op. 64/2 3.31

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
04. Symphonie Nr. 40 G-moll Kv 550, Molto Allegro 6.35

Antonio Vivaldi:
05. Concerto Grosso A-moll Allegro 3.57

Johann Sebastian Bach:
06. Toccata und Fuge D-moll  8.28

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
07. Swan-Lake Suite 3.10

Bedřich Smetana:
08. Vltava (The Moldau)  12.52

Richard Wagner:
09. Ouvertüre zu Tannhäuser 14.39

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Hughes De Courson – Mozart In Egypt (1997)

FrontCover1Mozart in Egypt is a 1997 album by various artists, and arranged by French musician Hughes de Courson. It represents a fusion of Mozart’s work with the sounds, rhythms and instruments typical of contemporary Egyptian music.The album saw considerable success in continental Europe, especially France, but had only limited success elsewhere. In August 2005 a second volume was released in Europe only, entitled Mozart in Egypt 2. (by wikipedia)

There are problems, of course, in trying to marry Mozart and Egypt. Western music takes pride in the vertical arts of harmony and counterpoint. Arabic music is linear, one event following another. The result then is what the producers describe as a “crazy diagonal.” And yet it works. Mozart sounds just fine on the oud [ancestor of the lute], and its way of decorating a melodic line is not at all dissimilar to the Western approach. Best of all is hearing the piano and oud together, when one player takes the melodic line, the other harmony. (The Los Angeles Times)

IllustrationPersonnel:
Henri Agnel (0ud)
Mario Angelov (piano)
Alain Aubin (vocals)
Mustafa Abdel Aziz (arghoul)
Jim Cuomo (clarinet)
Nasredine Dalil (transverse flute, vocals
Rabah Dalil (darbouka, riqq)
Nabil Diab (tabla)
Samira Donya (vocals)
Mamdouh el Gebaly (oud)
Hassan el Meghannawaty (vocals)
Ashraf Essam (riqq)
Hazem (vocals)
Sheikh Mohammed el Helbany (vocals)
Vanina Ivanova (vocals)
George Kyrillos (oud)
Mohamed Moustafa (lute, rabab)
Namek (vocals)
Mahmoud Osman (viola)
Rosen Ovtcharov (clarinet)
Ivan Péev (violin)
Ragab Sadek (daff, sagat)
Ibrahim Shahin (kavala)
Reda Shiha (vocals)
Sarwat Soureur (tabla)
Dimiter Stankov (viola)
Elka Zaharieva (cello)
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Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Milen Natchev
Children’s Choir of Radio Sofia (children’s chorus)
Groupe David (vocal ensemble)

Booklet01ATracklist:
01. Ikhtitaf Fi Assaraya (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)     6:39
02. Double Quartet In F, K. 496  5.32
03. Lamma Bada Yatathenna/Symphony No. 40 4.48
04. Mahdiyat (Lullabies) 2.10
05. Concerto For Oud & Piano No. 23 7.21
06. Hamilu Lhawa Tahibou/Papageno’s Aria 3.25
07. Yaman Hawa/Thamos, King Of Egypt 4.49
08. Mawwall 5.04
09. Double Quartet In E Flat, K. 374 7.23
10. Ouazat Al Kahira (L’Oca Del Cairo) 3.01
11. Egyptian Symphony No. 25 6.42
12. Dhikr/Requiem/Golgotha 11.02

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Nasredine Dalil

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Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields / Sir Neville Marriner ‎– Amadeus (W.A. Mozart) (Special Edition For Montblanc) (2003)

FrontCover1 What better way to be introduced to the wonders of Classical Music than to listen to this superb selection of mostly Mozart works?
The film Amadeus does very well in capturing emotions expressed by Mozart’s diverse compositions. This soundtrack in turn succeeds in making the listener conjure up scenes from Amadeus as well as images of 18th century Vienna.
From melancholic to playful and romantic to firey, it will be difficult to match the prefection with which Sir Neville Mariner and The Academy of St Martin-In-The-Fields have assembled this compilation. (by Nikaeigo)

The Soundtrack of “Amadeus” presents the whole genius, master work of the great composer of all time. It is hard to say which music is the best, but all we can say is that it is music to listen, love, and appreciate forever, during your entire life. And the next, and the next, and the next! A truly pleasure to listen to.(by an amazon customer)

MoviePic02This is a slection from the original soundtrack recording  and it´s a special edition for Montblanc:
Montblanc International GmbH  is a German manufacturer of writing instruments, watches, jewellery and leather goods, often identified by their “White Star” logo.

Founded by the stationer Claus-Johannes Voss, the banker Alfred Nehemias and the engineer August Eberstein in 1906, the company began as the Simplo Filler Pen company producing up-market pens in the Schanzen district of Hamburg. Their first model was the Rouge et Noir in 1909 followed in 1910 by the pen that was later to give the company its new name, Montblanc. The Meisterstück name (English: “Masterpiece”, the name used for export) was used for the first time in 1924, for the top lines of fountain pens. Today, the Montblanc brand is on other goods besides pens, including watches, jewellery, fragrances, leather goods and eyewear.

The company was acquired by Dunhill in 1977, following which lower price pens were dropped and the brand was used on a wide range of luxury goods other than pens.[2]

Today Montblanc forms part of the Richemont group. Its sister companies include luxury brands Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chloé, and Baume et Mercier. Montblanc is owned, through Richemont, by the South African Rupert Family.

MontblancA trademark identified with Montblanc is the white stylised six-pointed star with rounded edges, representative of the Mont Blanc snowcap from above, the symbol being adopted in 1913. The number “4810,” the mountain’s height in metres, is also a commonly recurring theme.

The CD has a thick booklet with a picture of 4 Montblanc pens on the inside cover. Other than that the rest of the booklet is made up of stills from the movie and detailed text about each track on the CD

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Personnel:
Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields + Academy Chorus  conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
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Ambrosian Opera Chorus (background vocals on 02.)
Imogen Cooper (piano on 04.)
Louisa Kennedy (soprano pn 09.)
Felicity Lott (soprano) on 03.)
Ecco la Marcia (piano on 05.)
Ivan Morravec (piano on 05.)
Suzanne Murphy (soprano on 02.)
Anne Queffelec (piano on 04.)
Christian Zaccharias (piano on 08.)

Booklet02ATracklist:
01. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade), K. 525: 1st Movement 5.37
02. The Abduction From The Seraglio, K.384; Turkish Finale 1.24
03. Mass In C Minor, K. 427; Kyrie 6.24
04. Concerto For Two Pianos, K. 365; 3rd Movement 7.09
05. Piano Concerto In E-Flat, K. 482; 3rd Movement 11.04
06. Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), K. 492; Act III, Ecco La Marcia 2.28
07. Don Giovanni, K. 527; Act II, Commendatore Scene 6.55
08. Piano Concerto In D Minor, K. 466; 1st Movement  12.15
09. The Magic Flute, K. 620); Aria (No. 14), “Queen Of The Night” 2.54
10. Requiem, K. 626; Lacrimosa (Mournful Day) 3.46

composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Donald Runnicles – Grand Teton Music Festival (2010)

FrontCover1The Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) is known for orchestral performances equaling the grandeur of our Teton Mountain setting. Hailing from great orchestras, musicians return to the Tetons each summer to perform challenging repertoire.

Maestro Donald Runnicles has led the Grand Teton Music Festival as its Music Director since 2006. Runnicles is concurrently the Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony.

The Grand Teton Music Festival began in 1962. Concerts in the early years took place in a canvas tent at the base of Rendezvous Mountain. Through the years the Festival has grown into one of the nation’s finest, and now takes place in acoustically-acclaimed Walk Festival Hall.

Donald Runnicles is concurrently the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Chief Conductor of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival. Maestro Runnicles’ career can be characterized by high quality of performances strongly centered in grand romantic opera and symphonic repertoire of the late 19th and 20th centuries.

DonaldRunniclesAs General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mr. Runnicles has primary responsibility for the musical forces of this historic company which produces, on average, twenty five productions per season. This season, Mr. Runnicles conducted Don Carlo, Otello, Tristan und Isolde, Billy Budd, and Werther among others.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Mr. Runnicles literally returned home to take up the post as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO). He conducts five of the BBC SSO’s main series programs in the orchestra’s Glasgow home and leads this orchestra in two programs at the London Proms each summer.

Maestro Runnicles has been Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) since 2006 and recently renewed his commitment through 2019. At GTMF he designs the repertoire; conducts four weeks; and participates as a pianist in a number of chamber concerts.

Runnicles’ commercial recording of Wagner arias with Jonas Kaufmann and the Deutsche Oper Berlin won the 2013 Gramophone prize for best vocal recording.

In March of 2015 he will, once again, conduct at the Berlin Philharmonic. Then in June of 2015 he returns to the San Francisco Opera (where he conducted for seventeen years) for a new production of Berlioz Les Troyens.

TetonVillage02Christmas time in Teton Village

And this is a very special CD:
“This recording is not for sale or broadcast. For promotional use only.”

All pieces recorded live by the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village, Wyoming durch the 2010 Summer Season (it was the 49th Summer Season: June 30 – August 14, 2010 !)

All you have to do is to listen and enjoy these rare recordings with wonderful compositions by classic composers like Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms, Mozart …

TetonVillage03Personnel:
The Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles

BookletTracklist:

Ludwig van Beethoven:
01. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 – Allegro con brio 7.41

John Adams:
02. Slominsky´s Earbox 7.43

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
03. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 – Molto allegro 9.33

Johannes Brahms:
04. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, op. 15 – Adagio 12.41

Edward Elgar:
05. Introduction & Allegro for Strings 13.55

Maurice Ravel:
La Valse 12.25

 

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TetonVillage01Founded in the early 1960’s, Teton Village was modeled after European-style villages and has continued to evolve and progress into a mature, year-round, family-friendly retreat. Teton Village is located just 12 miles from the town of Jackson (Jackson Hole) at the base of Rendezvous Peak. Jackson Hole is a high mountain valley located along the western border of the state of Wyoming. The name “hole” derives from language used by early trappers (or mountain men) to describe a valley surrounded by mountains. These valleys contain rivers and streams which are  good habitat for beaver and other fur-bearing animals the trappers were seeking.

Jackson Hole is surrounded by the Teton mountain range on the west and the Gros Ventre mountain range on the east. With foothills and jagged peaks, the Tetons are commonly associated with Jackson Hole and are a popular sightseeing attraction for many visitors. The Gros Ventre Range contrastingly is geologically older than the Tetons and has a much broader width, encompassing huge expanses of wilderness.