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String Quartets
So rise up Sun and Stars...
The Rubin Quartet plays
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809):
String Quartet No. 63 in B Flat Major, Opus 76, No. 4"Sunrise Quartet"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387"Spring Quartet"
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Opus 59, No. 2"2nd Razumovsky Quartet"
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle in Germany
DDD · c. 80 Minutes · KuK 120 · ISBN 978-3-942801-15-7

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Maulbronn Chamber Choir · Maulbronner Kammerchor
Love & Sorrow · Liebe & Leid
Conductor & Music Director: Jürgen Budday

An a-cappella-recording with works about love and sorrow for 4- to 12-part mixed choir by Robert L. de Pearsall (1795-1856), Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Peter Cornelius (1824-1874), Sven David Sandström (*1942), John Tavener (*1944), John Rutter (*1945), Branko Stark (*1954), David Hill (*1957), Wolfram Buchenberg (*1962), Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (*1963) and Eric Whitacre (*1970).
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A recording from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · c. 75 Minutes · KuK 117 · ISBN 978-3-942801-17-1 · EUR 22,-

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Johann Sebastian Bach
About the Kingdom of God
The world premiere recording of the great cantata "Vom Reiche Gottes"
with arias, choruses & chants from 18 Bach Cantatas,
compilated by Hans Grischkat, performed according to the traditions of the time by
Heike Heilmann (Soprano), Franz Vitzthum (Altus, Countertenor),
Johannes Mayer (Tenor), Falko Hönisch (Bass),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir & Ensemble il Capriccio (Baroque Orchestra).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · c. 78 Minutes · KuK 115 · ISBN 978-3-942801-15-7

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Review A unique performance... This album is a treasure...

Electrifying live performance of mostly rarely performed J.S. Bach arias, choruses and chants, recorded on location at the 12th century Maulbronn monastery in Germany. The acoustics are beautiful, and the sound quality very convincing. Historical instruments were used for the performance, tuned to the exact pitch Bach would have been familiar with in his lietime. The result is intimate, moving and addictive. Of course it is a 'programme', with famous pieces followed by unusual tracks, but it provides an irresistible feeling of ensemble and wholesomeness.
The delicate Sinfonia opens the CD perfectly, operates magically on your brain and your senses to remove any feeling of oppression from what you cannot control of the outside world, and when the beautifully sung chorus of the same cantata follows, you know you are in for a treat that mixes adherence to the settings of the time and effective modern recording technology.
This album is not 'another Bach' album.
It is unique, and it is a treasure.

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Castle Concert Series · Castle Classics
Mozart, Haydn & Elgar
The Mainz Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gernot Schulz, plays
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ Concerto for French Horn & Orchestra No. 2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201
Joseph Haydn ~ Cassatio for Four French Horns & String Orchestra in D, Hob. deest
Edward Elgar ~ Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor, Opus 20
Soloists (French Horn): Sibylle Mahni, Benedicte Elnes, Jannik Neß & Moritz Haas
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A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany)
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 60 Minutes · KuK 114 · ISBN 978-3-942801-14-0 · EUR 22,-

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Grand Piano Masters
Chopin & Szymanowski
Aleksandra Mikulska plays
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849):
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante Opus 22
Mazurka Opus 24 No. 4 in Bflat Minor & Mazurka Opus 33 No. 4 in B Minor
Scherzo No. 2 in Bflat Minor Opus 31 & Ballade No. 4 in F Minor Opus 52
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Opus 58
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) ~ Preludes Opus 1 Nos. 1, 7 & 8
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the lay refectory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · c. 83 Minutes · KuK 113 · ISBN 978-3-942801-13-3

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The 15th anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Release Series
George F. Handel · Jephtha
Unedited version of the English Oratorio HWV 70,
performed according to the traditions of the time

by Kirsten Blaise (Soprano), Annelie Sophie Müller (Mezzosoprano),
David Allsopp (Altus, Countertenor), Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Simon Bailey (Bass),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir & Ensemble il capriccio (Baroque Orchestra).
Music Director & Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box · DDD · Duration: 163 Minutes (2h:43m) · KuK 111 · ISBN 978-3-942801-11-9 · EUR 33,-

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Castle Concerts · Young Artists in Concert Series
Corelli's Legacy
Baroque Music by Arcangelo Corelli and his 'students',
performed according to the traditions of the time
by the European Union Baroque Orchestra & Riccardo Minasi.
Concertmaster: Kinga Ujszászi ~ Music Director & Violin Soloist: Riccardo Minasi
Works by Pietro Castrucci (1679-1752), Giuseppe Valentini (1681-1753),
Giovanni Mossi (c.1680-1742), Antonio Maria Montanari (1676-1737),
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), Gasparo Visconti (1683-1713)
and Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762).
Castle Concerts

A concert recording from Bad Homburg castle (Germany)
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 80 minutes · KuK 110 · ISBN 978-3-942801-10-2 · EUR 22,-

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ReviewRecommended for the music, performances, engineering and a very unique concept

...The playing is very fine and the energy of the live performance is palpable. The recording does give a sense of the intimacy of the venue; we are up quite close to the performers... Recommended for the music, performances, engineering and a very unique concept ... read more...

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Swinging Castle
Paris Washboard in Concert
Daniel Barda (Trombone), Alain Marquet (Clarinet),
Louis Mazetier (Grand Piano) & Stephane Seva (Washboard, Perc. & Vocal)
plays Frolic Sam (D.Ellington), Lounging At The Waldorf (Fats Waller), Memories Of You (Eubie Blake), Minor Drag (Fats Waller), If I Had You (J.Campbell/R.Connelly/T.Shapiro), Caravan (D.Ellington/J.Tizol), Concentratin' (Willie 'The Lion' Smith), Carolina Shout (James P. Johnson), Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now (Fats Waller), Echoes of Spring (Willie 'The Lion' Smith), The Ferocious Lamb (L.Mazetier), I Never Knew (Ted Fiorito), Dinah (Harry Akst)
Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg castle (Germany)
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 73 minutes · KuK 106 · ISBN 978-3-942801-06-5 · EUR 22,-

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ReviewAnother great cd from Paris Washboard

Here is another great cd from this group... It was recorded live in June 2012 and the audience factor makes this group even more exiting. Rarely heard treats such as Fats Wallers' composition "Dancing At The Waldorf" and Duke Ellingtons' "Frolic Sam" are played with excellent execution. Old favorites such as "Keepin' Out Of Mischief" and "Dinah" are also on this cd.

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Oratorios & Masses


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Johann Sebastian Bach
About the Kingdom of God
The world premiere recording of the great cantata "Vom Reiche Gottes"
with arias, choruses & chants from 18 Bach Cantatas,
compilated by Hans Grischkat, performed according to the traditions of the time by
Heike Heilmann (Soprano), Franz Vitzthum (Altus, Countertenor),
Johannes Mayer (Tenor), Falko Hönisch (Bass),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir & Ensemble il Capriccio (Baroque Orchestra).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · c. 78 Minutes · KuK 115 · ISBN 978-3-942801-15-7

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Review A unique performance... This album is a treasure...

Electrifying live performance of mostly rarely performed J.S. Bach arias, choruses and chants, recorded on location at the 12th century Maulbronn monastery in Germany. The acoustics are beautiful, and the sound quality very convincing. Historical instruments were used for the performance, tuned to the exact pitch Bach would have been familiar with in his lietime. The result is intimate, moving and addictive. Of course it is a 'programme', with famous pieces followed by unusual tracks, but it provides an irresistible feeling of ensemble and wholesomeness.
The delicate Sinfonia opens the CD perfectly, operates magically on your brain and your senses to remove any feeling of oppression from what you cannot control of the outside world, and when the beautifully sung chorus of the same cantata follows, you know you are in for a treat that mixes adherence to the settings of the time and effective modern recording technology.
This album is not 'another Bach' album.
It is unique, and it is a treasure.

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The 15th anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Release Series
George F. Handel · Jephtha
Unedited version of the English Oratorio HWV 70,
performed according to the traditions of the time

by Kirsten Blaise (Soprano), Annelie Sophie Müller (Mezzosoprano),
David Allsopp (Altus, Countertenor), Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Simon Bailey (Bass),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir & Ensemble il capriccio (Baroque Orchestra).
Music Director & Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box · DDD · Duration: 163 Minutes (2h:43m) · KuK 111 · ISBN 978-3-942801-11-9 · EUR 33,-

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
A German Requiem Op.45
The "London Version" of the requiem to words of the Holy Scriptures,
sung in German, for 2 soloists, choir & 4-hand piano, arr. by the composer
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor),
Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano), Josef Wagner (Baritone),
GrauSchumacher (Piano Duo: Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 70 minutes · KuK 105 · ISBN 978-3-942801-05-8 · EUR 22,-

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Louis Spohr (1784-1859):
The Last Judgement
Oratorio "Die letzten Dinge" based on verses from the Holy Scripture
Complete live recording of the original version from 1826, sung in German
Miriam Meyer (Soprano), Ursula Eittinger (Mezzo-Soprano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Josef Wagner (Bass),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 81 minutes, KuK 22, ISBN 978-3-930643-22-6, EUR 22,-

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Review 5 stars out of 5 stars

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ReviewSpohr'’s second oratorio concerns both: the Apocalypse and the Last Judgement

This was Spohr’s second oratorio and was written in Kassel between 1825 and 1826. The libretto, in two parts, was by Johann Friedrich Rochlitz (1769-1842) and concerns both the Apocalypse and the Last Judgement. The overture is a powerful utterance, finely put together, and orchestrated adeptly. The choral entries are often arresting, and the accompanied recitatives show awareness of oratorio antecedents but are sufficiently flexible to convince on their own terms. At its best the work impresses through a felicitous sense of word-setting and layering; the choral responses are indeed sensitively shaped. The fourth movement, with a tenor solo and chorus, calls for a repeated ‘Heilig’ and the chorus’s soft, reverential repetition vests the music with great reflectiveness and elegiac quality. Then too Spohr doesn’t stint the opportunities for some good old-fashioned fugal development. Its employment halts the narrative somewhat but is certainly incisive; that in the seventh section is very definitely reminiscent of Handel. Spohr shows in the Sinfonia introduction to the second part just how well he wrote for orchestral forces and in the Babylonian chorus (No.15) demonstrates a sure instinct for the dramatic crest of a movement. In the concluding fugal Hallelujah section he reprises the kind of Handelian statements he’d earlier established in the first part of the oratorio. There are some Mozartian touches here and there, more stentorian Beethovenian ones too, in addition to the sometimes pervasive Handelian aspect. ...

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George F. Handel · Israel in Egypt
Unedited version from 1739 of the English Oratorio HWV 54,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan & Sarah Wegener (Soprano), David Allsopp (Altus, Countertenor),
Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Steffen Balbach & Daniel Raschinsky (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, Sept.2009
2-CD-Box Audio, DDD, c. 96 Minutes, KuK 17, ISBN 978-3-930643-17-2, EUR 33,-

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ReviewSuperb

A superb live recording of an exciting and beautiful performance of one of the greatest and most passionate works from the Baroque era...

New Classics UK

ReviewA "Must Have"

A concert experience full of thrilling intensity ... This great-sounding concert recording is necessarily preferable to a studio production. A "must have" for all Handel lovers...

SWR 2 Culture (German Broadcasting)


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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Mass in B Minor BWV 232
Performed according to the traditions of the time
with Joanne Lunn (Soprano), Ursula Eittinger (Mezzo-Soprano),
Marcus Ullmann (Tenor), Gotthold Schwarz (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

A concert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, Sept. 2008
2 CD Box, DDD, c. 112 Minutes, KuK 43, ISBN 978-3-930643-43-1, EUR 33,-

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ReviewI am bowled over by the quality... Fantastic!

Yesterday I received the B Minor Mass and I am bowled over by its quality...
Fantastic! As always from K&K...

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ReviewThis recording is nothing less than superb...

As always this enterprising German company issues beautifully recorded CD sets of choice and eclectic music but it has reverted back to its original oratorio and sacred course with this monumental recording of Bach's sublime B Minor Mass. The recording in the wonderful surroundings of the Maulbronn Monastery is nothing less than superb with ideal balance between chorus and orchestra and with the soloists on pretty much top form throughout. Jürgen Budday conducts with extreme sensitivity throughout and his tempi are extremely well judged especially in the drawn out "Kyrie" and the irrepressible energy of the "Gloria in excelscis Deo" culminating in a "Dona nobis pacem" of almost spine tingling beauty. The chorus sings with knowledgeable integrity whilst all four soloists contribute in their own special way to the performance as a whole with Ursula Eittinger particularly ravishing....

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The Power of Handel
George Frideric Handel ~ Best of his glorious Oratorios
Outstanding Extracts with Soloists, Choir & Orchestra from the Oratorios
Jephtha, Samson, Judas Maccabaeus, Saul, Belshazzar, Solomon, Messiah & Joshua
Performances in English according to the traditions of the time
with the Maulbronn Chamber Choir and soloists such as Miriam Allan, Nancy Argenta,
Catherine King, Sinéad Pratschke, Melinda Paulsen,
Michael Chance, Mark Le Brocq, Charles Humphries, Christopher Purves,
James Rutherford, Stephen Varcoe a.o. Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Recordings of concerts at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery 1998-2008
CD Audio, ca. 82 Minutes, DDD, KuK 44, ISBN 978-3-930643-44-8, EUR 22,-

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George F. Handel · Joshua
Unedited version from 1748 of the English Oratorio HWV 64,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), David Allsopp (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), James Rutherford (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box, DDD, c 140 Minutes, KuK 07, ISBN 978-3-930643-07-3, EUR 33,-

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ReviewUnique

A unique interpretation of a baroque master piece.

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George Frideric Handel / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Messiah ~ Der Messias K.572
Complete recording of the reorchestration of Handel's English Oratorio HWV 56
Oratorio in 3 parts by George Fr. Handel in the arrangement of Wolfgang A. Mozart
A performance according to the traditions of the time, sung in German,
with Marlis Petersen (Soprano), Margot Oitzinger (Alto),
Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marek Rzepka (Bass)
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday. ~ Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box, DDD, c. 133 Minutes, KuK 61, ISBN 978-3-930643-61-5, EUR 33,-

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ReviewA superior version of Mozart's unique effort

.. This is a superior version of Mozart's unique effort, benefiting from the edge of live performance in a sonically spectacular venue. The booklet is helpful, quoting extensively from a detailed eighteenth century essay on Mozart's effort...read more

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George F. Handel · Messiah
The complete recording of the English Oratorio HWV 56,
performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box, DDD, KuK 20, ISBN 3-930643-20-0, c.140 min., EUR 33,-

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Review A rich Messiah of unusually strong impact

... They produced in the hands of conductor Jürgen Budday a rich Messiah of unusually strong impact... aided by fine live engineering in the impressive, sonically clear spaces of Germany's Maulbronn Monastery...read more

James Manheim, All Music Guide USA

Review Absolutely the finest rendition

I am nearly 60 years old and have heard countless versions of Handel's "Messiah" since I was a boy. Recently I decided to purchase the best recording I could find for MP3 use. Wanting the version most faithful to Handel's baroque style, I easily eliminated most of the recordings I "auditioned" due to the overuse of orchestration, usually performed by unauthentic modern instruments. I also did not want to listen to any more wobbly warbling of soloists who seemed to be more intent on overpowering the listener than on communicating the divine message of the scripture text. Nor did I wish to hear any more sloppy choral performances that muddy the words because of the choir size and poor attack. I had heard other recordings done with "authentic" or "antique" instruments, some of which are fine, but usually one or two of the soloists have left me disappointed. This version has satisfied every one of my wishes. Where have they been hiding? It is totally delightful, and I have no complaint. I can only hope that more persons will become aware of this recording and add their two bits of comments. If you are one of those persons who enjoys heavy vibrato and heavy orchestration, you might not appreciate this fine Baroque recording. But if you are tired of the same old..... then by all means, give it a try. It is refreshing!

monergistic reader "Rick" (Mechanicsburg, PA United States) on Amazon.com

Review Superlative

I've heard many, many versions of "Messiah" in my short 27 years, and this is by far the best. One need only listen to the "Hallelujah Chorus" to appreciate this recording -- it is at once intimate and majestic. The restraint that the choir demonstrates in the beginning is remarkable, considering that that chorus is normally an unwieldy, overwhelming, incomprehensible mess. It's not lacking for majesty and bombast, but it's there at appropriate places.

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George F. Handel · Belshazzar
The English Oratorio HWV 61 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Miriam Allan (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Patrick van Goethem (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), André Morsch (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Set, DDD, ca. 150 min, KuK67, ISBN 3-930643-67-7, EUR 33,-

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ReviewThis is a great recording!

This performance is recorded live! And that's one of the reasons that it is so exciting to hear. Performers and conductor alike are really 'up' for a performance like this, and the listener is rewarded by this experience. No matter that a note here and there may not be perfect, it's really the overall 'high' that this type of rendition gives us. Of course, no need to worry that Maulbronn discs are inferior; just the opposite: excellent singers & instrumentalists and outstanding soloists prevail.
The English passion for the oratorio is largely due to Handel. Every year from 1738 to 1751, he produced at least one. Handel's oratorios, more dramatic than any previously written,were like operas without scenery and costumes.
"Balshazzar" is one of a cycle of old testament oratorios by Handel. It is the story of the Babylonian king, Belshazzar, as presented in the biblical story from the book of Daniel. Belshazzar commits sacrilege against the God of the Israelites, upon which a ghostly hand inscribes the mysterious text,the Menetkel, upon the wall of the court,predicting the downfall of the kingdom and the death of Belshazzar at the hands of the Persians. The prophecy is fulfilled that very same night.
Instrumentally and chorally this is a great recording! The characters of Daniel (Michael Chance) and Belshazzar (Mark LeBrocq) are well sung and dramatically convincing as is Nitrocris (Miriam). Gobrias is OK and somewhat convincing at times, but has some difficulty producing well-rounded low tones. But the weakest character both dramatically and vocally is Cyrus (Patrick van Goethem) countertenor. His voice was breathy in the low register and brittle and somewhat off pitch in the upper register. However, I'm really hard on countertenors, so you may not agree! One of the most exciting and well performed parts occurs when the hand of God writes on the wall terrifying Belshazzar; Daniel, the prophet then appears and prophesies in a most frightening manner death and destruction and nobody could have done that better than Chance.
RECORDINGS FROM MAULBRONN ARE NEVER DULL!

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George F. Handel · Samson
The English Oratorio HWV 57 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Raimund Nolte (Baritone), David Thomas (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box, DDD, KuK 62, ISBN 3-930643-62-6, c.150 Min., EUR 33,-

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ReviewHighly recommended

... The sound in this monastery is excellent. This is a beautiful recording of one of Handel's finest oratorios, and is highly recommended.

Classical Music UK & The British Music Society

ReviewI could not be happier with these superb recording...

I have been listening to the 2 cds of SAMSON quite extensively, and I must say that this recording is truly impressive. I have been extremely pleased with the technical aspects of the recording: it is "clean" and clear with very little extraneous sounds. This addition by K&K Verlagsanstalt to the recorded Handel repertoire is a magnificent model, exemplary of how to bring this monumental work to life for the modern audience. The crisp, clear recording, the excellent engineering, the incredible acoustics, the superb performance make this of the best Handel compact disc I have purchased in a long time. The engineering of this recording is highly commendable! This is a performance to be treasured and is of the highest caliber of historically-informed practice. In sum, I could not be happier with this superb recording...more

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ReviewThis music is Handel at his greatest!

THIS IS A LIVE RECORDING!!! There is nothing more exciting than listening to a recording of a performance that is taking place at a partiular time. The performers are definitely 'up' for it, as is the conductor. That is one reason why I LOVE these Maulbronn records... There are some really tuneful and lively Handelian tunes in this oratorio; some of which are: "Return O God of Hosts" Chance and the chorus- "How Willing My Paternal Love" Raimond Nolte (baritone)- "Ye Sons of Israel, Now Lament" Chance-and it concludes with the familiar chorus: "Let the Celestial concerts all Unite". This music is Handel at his greatest!

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George F. Handel · Jephtha
The English Oratorio HWV 70 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Melinda Paulsen (Mezzo-Soprano),
Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass),
Monastery Baroque Orchestra, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box, DDD, 150 min, KuK 60, ISBN 3-930643-60-X, EUR 33,-

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ReviewClear and beautiful

In this public performance of his last oratorio, recorded and performed at the church of monastery Maulbronn in Germany, the sound is very clear and beautiful...This K&K issue is pleasurable a worthwhile addition to the work´s discography...

John T. Hughes, International Record Review

ReviewThe upbeat in the CD edition is a drum beat...

The technical sounding, outstandingly successful recording supplies the discography of the work with an interesting and worth listening to variant on the recordings by Harnoncourt, Gardiner, Marriner and Creed...

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George F. Handel · Saul
The English Oratorio HWV 53 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Michael Berner (Tenor),
Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box, DDD, KuK 83, ISBN 3-930643-83-9, 150 Min., EUR 33,-

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ReviewA superb listening treat

LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM MAULBRONN BRINGS 'SAUL' TO LIFE! I have just finished listening to the oratorio 'SAUL' from Maulbronn conducted by Jurgen Budday. It leaves me breathless with it's high drama and excellent singing. The fact that this is a LIVE performance makes it all the more exciting to hear... This is a superb listening treat!

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George F. Handel · Judas Maccabaeus
The English Oratorio HWV 63 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Sinéad Pratschke (Soprano), Catherine King (Mezzo-Soprano),
Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), Christopher Purves (Bass),
Musica Florea Prag, Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
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double-cd-box, 150 min, KuK 71, ISBN 3-930643-71-5, EUR 33,-

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ReviewExcellent recording

"This is an excellent recording of one of Handel's best and most popular oratorios, and is highly recommended..."

Classical Music UK & The British Music Society

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A surprising, wonderful, buoyant HIP Judas Maccabaeus with an outstanding sound

I actually received this recording by mistake, but this live performance of Handel's oratorio is absolutely excellent, a refreshing joy to listen to and to return to.
For a long time my favorite Maccabaeus has been the Mackerras version on Archiv, with Janet Baker. This recording, conducted by Jurgen Budday, is an Historically Informed Performance, which means they used original instruments and techniques (less string vibrato, smaller orchestra sections with more transparent sound, men using falsetto in place of women in some parts, for example). I will compare the merits of these two.
This Budday HIP performance has gotten under my skin for several reasons: the conducting is exciting and very tasteful; the DDD sound is outstanding; the soloists are excellent, fresh, and stylistically intelligent; the HIP orchestra is tight and accompanies the singing deftly! I had never even heard of Jurgen Budday before.
Mackerras is excellent too, so I am not abandoning that recording any time soon; that recording is ADD, on modern instruments, and not all the soloists sound as fresh or as idiomatic as they do on this Budday recording - which really opened my ears.
To begin with Budday's tempi are buoyant - not simply fast, but well sprung. There is an energy which I think comes in part from it being a live performance. Budday's performance is about 20 minutes shorter than Mackerras' and is thus on 2 disks instead of 3. Mackerras is also a lively conductor and knows his way around Handel; in many ways his performance is a revelation, he is very sensitive in the solo accompaniment, and there is never any feeling of dragging. It must be said that both conductors have put themselves at the service of this music - individual personalities do not emerge to over-interpret Handel's musical and dramatic intentions. The music is allowed to speak for itself in both recordings, and the big moments ("See the Conqu'ring Hero", for example) are given their full due, making great impact (and an interesting contrast) in either scale.
The digital sound on the Budday CDs is excellent, catching the details of the soloists, choir, and orchestra as if it were a studio recording, but with the added atmosphere of a live hall - it sounds absolutely great in my listening room (using Yamaha 200W amp, ADS 9 speakers, and Denon CD player equipment). The Mackerras recording has great studio sound which I would characterize as detailed and full, but less atmospheric since it's ADD and not live. It also sounds a little "closer", which is an artifact of being a studio recording.
Budday's soloists are all excellent and have beautiful voices! They all sound young, fresh, and in particular they sound as if they all live with this kind of music. They sing gloriously - bright and strong in the ensembles, tender and quite moving in solos and duets. The choir (Maulbronner Chamber Choir) is less massive than modern performances tend to use - and thus more detailed and clear, and in some places men use falsetto in place of women in some alto solos, to haunting effect. Mackerras' soloists are all great singers, some of whom are opera stars and others whom are known for HIP careers. Janet Baker in particular is simply captivating, and her duets with Felicity Palmer are quite moving. The Wandsworth School Choir, boys, sounds larger and fuller, thus less detailed and clear by comparison. I know some people feel boys choirs sound too homogeneous, but I think it works well here.
Budday's orchestra (Musica Florea Prag) uses original instruments and HIP techniques and they sound wonderful, you hear everything. The string sound is warm (early HIP performances could sound "dry" to modern ears). The playing is technically excellent, crisp, often breathtaking, and always very sensitive. Mackerras' orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, is closer to a modern symphony orchestra. They sound full and warm, with a richness that many listeners have become accustomed to, but they are also crisp and totally inside this music.
What to do, what to do? If you're looking for an accurate rendering of this music that is close to what Handel's audience heard, than this Budday recording is the one. If you're a Janet Baker fan (like I am), then Mackerras will be for you. If you prefer digital sound, then Budday is the way to go (although both sound great). If you like to hear the intricate details in the orchestra and chorus, well, then Budday is for you.
For me, I'll tell ya, I am glad I have both now. I simply cannot make up my mind and I love them both!

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George F. Handel · Solomon
The English Oratorio HWV 67 performed according to the traditions of the time
by Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Laurie Reviol (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor),
Julian Podger (Tenor), Steffen Balbach (Bass),
Hanoverian Court Orchestra (Hannoversche Hofkapelle),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
double-cd-box, DDD, ca. 150 min, KuK 73, ISBN 3-930643-73-1, EUR 33,-

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ReviewI assure you that all Oratorios from Maulbronn are first-rate

This CD is the first one that I heard from Maulbronn and I was stunned by the entire performance! It was exciting both vocally and instrumentally; I found it impossible to pause even for sustenance. Jurgen Budday has assembled a great lineup of soloists who projected their respective roles perfectly. For the most part the words of the chorus were understandable and created the proper dramatic tension. Michael Chance as Solomon displayed his usual skill in getting inside the role and the songs. The scene with the 2 harlots who were both claiming the same child was compellingly realistic. So many great songs by Handel on this disc I wouldn't want to have missed it! Since then I have purchased 4 more Oratorios from Maulbronn. I assure you that they are all first-rate!

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Giacomo Puccini · Messa di gloria
performed by Willi Stein (Tenor), Thomas Pfeiffer (Baritone), Kantorei Maulbronn,
Members of the SWR-Symphony-Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, ca. 50 minutes, KuK 75, ISBN 3-930643-75-8, EUR 22,-

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Oratorio in two movements
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy · ELIJAH
performed by Peter Lika, Heidi Elisabeth Meier,
Jolantha Michalska-Taliaferro, Hans Peter Blochwitz,
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Members of the SWR-symphony-orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2 CDs, DDD, 136 min., KuK78, ISBN 3-930643-78-2, EUR 33,-

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G. Rossini · Stabat Mater (oratorio)
& C. Gounod · Missa Solemnis
performed by the Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Svetlana Strezeva, Jolanta Michalska-Taliaferro, Willi Stein, Nikita Storojev
and members of the SWR-symphony-orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box, DDD, ca. 130 Min., KuK 63, ISBN 3-930643-63-4, EUR 33,-

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Oratorio in Four Parts
Max Bruch · MOSES
performed by Peter Lika (Bass), Birgitte Christensen (Soprano), Stefan Vinke (Tenor),
Maulbronn Cantor Choir (Kantorei Maulbronn),
Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
2-CD-Box, DDD, c. 120 min., KuK 96, ISBN 3-930643-96-0, EUR 33,-

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ReviewAn excellent project and a grandiose performance

I enjoyed the work immensely and found much to savour in the memorable tunes that permeate the solo numbers with Moses' death particularly moving. Both soloists and choir rise magnificently to the occasion, delivering performances that are grandiose yet saturated with a humanity that was so evident in Israel's rapport with God. The Russian Chamber Philharmonic play full bloodedly and with conviction under Jürgen Budday, who while keeping a tight reign on proceedings, allows the performance to flow with a natural ease. An excellent project that deserves every plaudit for its unique enterprise.

Gerald Fenech, Classical Net



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Castle Concert Series · Castle Classics
Mozart, Haydn & Elgar
The Mainz Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gernot Schulz, plays
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ Concerto for French Horn & Orchestra No. 2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201
Joseph Haydn ~ Cassatio for Four French Horns & String Orchestra in D, Hob. deest
Edward Elgar ~ Serenade for String Orchestra in E Minor, Opus 20
Soloists (French Horn): Sibylle Mahni, Benedicte Elnes, Jannik Neß & Moritz Haas
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A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany)
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 60 Minutes · KuK 114 · ISBN 978-3-942801-14-0 · EUR 22,-

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Castle Concerts · Young Artists in Concert Series
Corelli's Legacy
Baroque Music by Arcangelo Corelli and his 'students',
performed according to the traditions of the time
by the European Union Baroque Orchestra & Riccardo Minasi.
Concertmaster: Kinga Ujszászi ~ Music Director & Violin Soloist: Riccardo Minasi
Works by Pietro Castrucci (1679-1752), Giuseppe Valentini (1681-1753),
Giovanni Mossi (c.1680-1742), Antonio Maria Montanari (1676-1737),
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), Gasparo Visconti (1683-1713)
and Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762).
Castle Concerts

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany)
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 80 minutes · KuK 110 · ISBN 978-3-942801-10-2 · EUR 22,-

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ReviewRecommended for the music, performances, engineering and a very unique concept

...The playing is very fine and the energy of the live performance is palpable. The recording does give a sense of the intimacy of the venue; we are up quite close to the performers... Recommended for the music, performances, engineering and a very unique concept ... read more...

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The Art of Conduction
Concerts conducted by Pawel Przytocki
Wolfgang A. Mozart - Symphony No. 36 in C Major, KV 425 "Linz"
performed by tha Schlesische Kammerphilharmonie Kattowitz
A concert at the church of Maulbronn Monastery 2002
Antonín Dvorák - Serenade for String Orchestra in E Major, Opus 22
performed by the Beethoven Academy Orchestra Krakau
A concert at the Castle Church Bad Homburg 2007
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

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ReviewAn ideal introduction

An ideal introduction to one of Poland's most talented and exciting young conductors, whose work has been compared to that of Carlos Kleiber and Svjatoslav Richter.

New Classics UK

ReviewMy favourite

Your version of Dvorak's String Serenade is my favourite... Gotta loveit...damn! This guy is so good!"

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This is the best recording I have found of the String Serenade!

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Castle Concerts CD Series
Thaous Ensemble · Gran Partita
A dialogue of 16 wind instruments
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major, KV 361 "Gran Partita"
Richard Strauss: Sonatina No. 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major, AV 135
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle in Germany, May 2006
CD Audio, 82 min., DDD, KuK 25, ISBN 978-3-930643-25-7, EUR 22,-

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ReviewSparkling performances of masterpieces, splendidly recorded

This beautifully produced CD in K&K's Authentic Classical Concerts series features sparkling performances of masterpieces, splendidly recorded
at the church of Bad Homburg Castle and featuring an outstanding ensemble.

New Classics UK

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto
D Major Opus 61
Mila Georgieva (violin) & The New Symphony Orchestra Sofia
Conductor - Rossen Milanov
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

A Live-Recording from the National Palace of Culture in Sofia
Audio CD, DDD, ISBN 3-930643-80-4 · 2-track-stereo · 47 min. · EUR 22,-

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ReviewWow

Wow... this is utterly beautiful, no words to express how I felt when I first heard it...

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No words to describe the beauty of this song...

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ReviewMost beautiful performance

Overall the most beautiful performance of this most beautiful work...

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Baroque in Blue
A Crossover between Early Music & Jazz
The Friedemann Immer Trumpet Consort
plays works by
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), Girolamo Fantini (1600-1675), Jacques Philidor (1657-1708),
Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726), Johann S. Bach (1685-1750),
Ferdinand Donninger (1716-1781), Benjamin Britten,
Friedemann Immer, Klaus H. Osterloh & Matthias Nagel
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Audio CD, DDD, ca. 71 minutes, KuK 24, ISBN 978-3-930643-24-0, EUR 22,-

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Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross
Orchestra-version with lyrics by Prof. Walter Jens
Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie
Conductor: Alan Buribayev
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Audio CD, DDD, c. 70 min., KuK 97, ISBN 978-3-930643-97-4, EUR 22,-

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Francesco Antonio Rosetti
Symphony in G Minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto No.5 "Turkish" & Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K.550 performed by Linus Roth (violin) and Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn
Conductor: Joerg Faerber
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, ca. 60 Minuten, KuK 70, ISBN 3-930643-70-7, EUR 22,-

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ReviewRecommended for anyone

The venerable Württemburgisches Kammerorchester under Jörg Faerber,with violinist Linus Roth in the Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, deliver the clean Mozart performances for which they have long been known, and the live sound is exceptionally good. Recommended for anyone who wants to hear a composer who held the stage (or noble household music room) with Mozart and Haydn in the 1780s...."

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Wolfgang Bauer Consort
Musique baroque à la Cour Royale
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Oboenkonzert A-Dur, Sonate G-Dur
II. Brandenburgisches Konzert F-Dur
& compositions by Torelli & Stradella & Krol
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Audio CD, DDD, c. 70 Minutes, KuK76, ISBN 3-930643-76-6, EUR 22,-

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos No. 17 & 23
Concerto No. 17 in G major, KV 463
Concerto No. 23 in A major, KV 488
Christoph Soldan ~ Piano
Cappella Istropolitana
Conductor: Pawel Przytocki
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, c. 60 minutes, KuK 77, ISBN 3-930643-77-4, EUR 22,-

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos No. 21 & 26
Concerto No. 21 in C major, KV 467
Concerto No. 26 in D major, KV 537 "Coronation"
Christoph Soldan ~ Piano
Schlesische Kammerphilharmonie Kattowitz
Conductor: Pawel Przytocki
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, c. 60 min., KuK 86, ISBN 3-930643-86-3, EUR 22,-

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos No. 16 & 20
Concerto No. 16 in D major, KV 451
Concerto No. 20 in D minor, KV 466
Cristina Marton - Piano
Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Conductor: Ruben Gazarian
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Audio-CD, DDD, 52 min., KuK 82, ISBN 3-930643-82-0, EUR 22,-.

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Wolfgang Bauer Consort
Musique baroque de Telemann
A concert performed according to the traditions of the time
Concerto in D for trumpet, 2 violins & B.C.
Concerto a 3 Clarin, Tympani, 2 Violin, Viola e Cembalo
Violin Sonata in A ~ Trumpet Concerto No. 2
Sonata "Sabato" & "Domenica" ~ Ouverture in D
Soloists: Wolfgang Bauer (Baroque Trumpet), Dietlind Mayer (Violin),
Petra Müllejans (Violin), Ludwig Hampe (Viola), Georg Siebert & Ingo Goritzki (Oboe)
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, c. 73 minutes, DDD, KuK 89, ISBN 978-3-930643-89-9, EUR 22,-

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Wolfgang Bauer: Instrumentalist of the year 2009

Echo Classic 2009 (The German Music Award)

ReviewThis is incredible! There are no tracks that I want to skip...

This is incredible! I enjoy baroque music but am in no way a classical music buff. I had never known of Telemann until I happened upon this by chance. I heard an excerpt that totally caught my attention when I was flipping through car radio stations. It was so fetching that I immediately had to search the web to find out about Telemann & this CD. Luckily I found it. It is so tasteful. The 35 short concertos flow so well together & provide enough variety to keep it engaging using instrumentation original to the baroque era. None of it is irritating. There are no tracks that I want to skip. The lead trumpet, violin, etc. are clean , light , skillful. This CD is so beautifully done, and it has a positive effect on the soul. Highly Recommend.

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Franz Schubert
Symphony No.8 b minor "The Unfinished"
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Symphony No.3 a minor Op. 56 "Scottish"
The New Symphony Orchestra Sofia · Conductor - Petko Dimitrov
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A Live-Recording from the National Palace of Culture in Sofia
Audio CD, DDD, ISBN 3-930643-81-2 · 2-track-stereo · 64 min. · EUR 22,-

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Opera without Voices
Bizet ~ Carmen
Mozart ~ Don Giovanni
A concert with opera highlights
performed and selected by Arte Ensemble in cooperation with Herbert Feuerstein
Kathrin Rabus & Birte Paeplow ~ Violin · Christian Pohl ~ Viola · Ute Sommer ~ Violon Cello
Albert Sommer ~ Double Bass · Guido Schaefer ~ Clarinet · Theodor Wiemes ~ French Horn
Uwe Grothaus ~ Bassoon
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Concert recording from the layrefectory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, Duration: c. 56 minutes, DDD, KuK 93, ISBN 978-3-930643-93-6, EUR 22

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Maulbronn Chamber Choir · Maulbronner Kammerchor
Love & Sorrow · Liebe & Leid
Conductor & Music Director: Jürgen Budday

An a-cappella-recording with works about love and sorrow for 4- to 12-part mixed choir by Robert L. de Pearsall (1795-1856), Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Peter Cornelius (1824-1874), Sven David Sandström (*1942), John Tavener (*1944), John Rutter (*1945), Branko Stark (*1954), David Hill (*1957), Wolfram Buchenberg (*1962), Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (*1963) and Eric Whitacre (*1970).
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A recording from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · c. 75 Minutes · KuK 117 · ISBN 978-3-942801-17-1 · EUR 22,-

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Johann Sebastian Bach
About the Kingdom of God
The world premiere recording of the great cantata "Vom Reiche Gottes"
with arias, choruses & chants from 18 Bach Cantatas,
compilated by Hans Grischkat, performed according to the traditions of the time by
Heike Heilmann (Soprano), Franz Vitzthum (Altus, Countertenor),
Johannes Mayer (Tenor), Falko Hönisch (Bass),
Maulbronn Chamber Choir & Ensemble il Capriccio (Baroque Orchestra).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
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Concert recording from the church of the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · c. 78 Minutes · KuK 115 · ISBN 978-3-942801-15-7

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Review A unique performance... This album is a treasure...

Electrifying live performance of mostly rarely performed J.S. Bach arias, choruses and chants, recorded on location at the 12th century Maulbronn monastery in Germany. The acoustics are beautiful, and the sound quality very convincing. Historical instruments were used for the performance, tuned to the exact pitch Bach would have been familiar with in his lietime. The result is intimate, moving and addictive. Of course it is a 'programme', with famous pieces followed by unusual tracks, but it provides an irresistible feeling of ensemble and wholesomeness.
The delicate Sinfonia opens the CD perfectly, operates magically on your brain and your senses to remove any feeling of oppression from what you cannot control of the outside world, and when the beautifully sung chorus of the same cantata follows, you know you are in for a treat that mixes adherence to the settings of the time and effective modern recording technology.
This album is not 'another Bach' album.
It is unique, and it is a treasure.

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Musica Sacra · Die Zeit "The period of time"
Songs, arias and instrumental music from the 17th and 18th century
by Johann Rist, Johann Schop (c.1590-1667), Nikolaus Adam Strungk (1640-1700),
Heinrich Scheidemann (c. 1595-1663), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
& Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Dorothee Mields (Soprano) & Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik:
Simone Eckert (Viola da gamba & Diskant-Viola da Gamba)
Ulrich Wedemeier (Theorbo), Michael Fuerst (Harpsichord)
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: ca. 60 minutes, KuK 102, ISBN 978-3-942801-02-7, EUR 22,-

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Review A spirited rediscovery of true expression that's centuries old

This album is part of a series recorded live at the medieval-era Maulbronn Monastery in southern Germany, but it explores the music of a very different region: the Hamburger Ratsmusik, doubtless a strange name to Anglophone ears, is the Music of the Hamburg City Council, a concert series with a tradition a half a millennium long. It petered out and was then revived. This concert, conceptualized by gambist and ensemble leader Simone Eckert, collects a group of pieces from the 18th century, all connected by the single theme of time (die Zeit)... The combination of pieces is largely unlike anything that's been put on disc before, and many of them are unknown. The program combines simple, strophic settings like Johann Schop's "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" (O Eternity, You Thunder-Word), from the mid-17th century, with Telemann's simple moralistic cantatas, more involved Bachian pieces, and instrumental works of several kinds. Soprano Dorothee Mields does an exceptional job of communicating the sober but appealing mood of the music, so different from the operatic ideals that informed even much of the output of Bach, and the backing musicians keep everything lively even as the emotion level is low-key; the two Telemann trio sonatas included are nicely differentiated by accompaniment, with one featuring a theorbo continuo. The whole program breathes and feels like a spirited rediscovery of true expression that's centuries old, and the sound from the monastery is well suited to this music. Recommended, partly in hopes that the album will stimulate further exploration of the repertory from Hamburg, an immensely influential city in its day.

James Manheim, All Music Guide USA

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Musica Sacra
The Night shines as the Day
Die Nacht leuchtet wie der Tag
Maulbronn Chamber Choir · Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
A Choral Concert with works by
Jacobus Handl-Gallus, Leonhard Lechner, Jan Pieterszon Sweelinck,
Moritz Hauptmann, Felix Mendelssohn, Otto Nicolai, Johannes Brahms,
Knut Nysted, Sven David Sandström,Wolfram Buchenberg & Eric Whitacre
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 64 min., KuK 100, ISBN 978-3-942801-00-3, EUR 22,,-

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Musica Sacra · De Maria Virgine
Moscow State Academic Choir · Conductor: Andrej Koshewnikow
An a-cappella-concert with russian-orthodox and european sacred music
by Mikhail I. Glinka ~ Alexander T. Gretchaninov ~ Stepan A. Degtjarjow
Nikolai S. Golovanov ~ Sergei V. Rachmaninoff ~ Alexander A.Arkhangelsky
Dmitry S. Bortniansky ~ Modest P. Mussorgsky
Antonio Lotti ~ Giuseppe Verdi ~ Anton Bruckner ~ R. Camagno
Gottfried A. Homilius ~ George F. Handel ~ Johann S. Bach ~ Dietrich Buxtehude
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 77 minutes, KuK 23, ISBN 978-3-930643-23-3, EUR 22,-

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Musica Sacra
Buddhist Shõmyõ & Gregorian Chants
A dialogue of two spiritual cultures based on the musical repertoire
of the Buddhist and the Christian tradition
Schola Gregoriana Pragensis & Gjosan-rjú Tendai Sómjó (Buddhist Monks from Japan)
Conductors: Saikawa Buntai & David Eben
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, c. 73 minutes, DDD, KuK 48, ISBN 978-3-930643-48-6, EUR 22,-

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...The Tendai monks and the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis ensemble have created a wonderful recording resulting from their mutual collaboration at concerts and liturgy in Prague in 2000 and on tour of Japan in 2005. These meditative encounters focus on interesting contrasts in the two musical languages and expressions, at the same time seeking common elements present in both traditions. Parallels can be found in the recitation of the sacred text or in the interpretation principle of alternating a soloist with a choir, which overlaps the boundaries of confession repertoires. Another striking feature is the tonality based on the pentatonic scale appearing both in shomyo singing and Gregorian chant. This unique collaboration has produced music of mesmerising beauty and intensity. Highly recommended.

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ReviewThis is an excellent recording, presented in the spirit of the music. I was very moved by these performances.

Since chanting-monk CDs are all the rage nowadays, K&K Verlagsanstalt decided to issue this disc of a special concert given at the Maulbronn Monastery in 2008. This concert, sponsored by UNESCO, combined the music of Tendai Buddhist monks from Japan with the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis choir, founded in 1987 in what is now the Czech Republic. The aim was to have the religious chants and hymns of both religions complement each other and create a multi-religious ambience redoubled in effect by the atmosphere of the surroundings. The experiment works very well indeed. Initially, the two choirs alternate their chants, the Westerners more formal in structure, the Easterners more fluid in theirs. It was interesting for me to hear Japanese monks as compared to Tibetans who are much more familiar here in the U.S. The Japanese monks all chant in a higher pitch, more in the tenor range, although some of their members are capable, as are Tibetans, of “chording” with the voice from time to time. As for Schola Gregoriana Pragensis, they are quite simply a beautiful-sounding group with great feeling in their singing. As the concert progresses, both choirs begin combining their religious chants to fascinating effect. Despite the musical and cultural differences, everything blends surprisingly well... This is an excellent recording in every respect and in its own way more universal than many such "chant" CDs out there. In the spirit of the music presented, I recommend this disc, but as you can probably tell I was very moved by these performances.

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Franz Schubert · Lieder
Goldner Schein deckt den Hain
Works for men's voices with lyrics by Friedrich von Matthisson
Quartet "Schubert High Four" (Vocals) & Thomas Seyboldt (Piano)
Markus Schäfer & Hubert Mayer (Tenor),
Hans Christoph Begemann & Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass)
Frank Laffin (Baritone, Guest), Thomas Seyboldt (Leader & Piano)
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Concert recording from the lay refektory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 65 min., KuK 59, ISBN 978-3-930643-59-2, EUR 22,-

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Musica Sacra ~ Gregorian & Cistercian Chants
Vespera de Beata Maria Virgine
A Vespers of the Cistercian Order in the 13th century
with works by Monastery Maulbronn,Cistercian nuns of the monastery Las Huelgas
& Cistercian Antiphonary from Morimondo, performed by the Vox Nostra Ensemble:
Winnie Brückner (Soprano), Philipp Cieslewicz (Countertenor), Christoph Burmester (Tenor)
Werner Blau (Bass), Burkard Wehner (Tenor & Musical Director)
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn monastery
DDD · Duration: c. 63 minutes · KuK 108 · ISBN 978-3-942801-08-9 · EUR 22,-

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This is an absolutely beautiful performance. It is crisp it is authentic. The recording captures the ambiance of the Monastery. Vox Nostra is tops in my list. If your looking for Gregorian chant crab this before it ascends to heaven.

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Les Menestrels
Hosanna in excelsis
Texts and music from the spiritual world of the Middle Ages
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
1 CD, DDD, 73 minutes, KuK 95, ISBN 3-930643-95-2, EUR 22,-

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South American Christmas choral-music from the baroque era
Es sol claro y luciente
He is the brilliant and luminous sun
performed by Grupo Canto Coral Buenos Aires (Chamber Choir and Baroque-orchestra)
Conductor: Nestor Andrenacci.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio-CD, DDD, ca. 50 min., KuK 87, ISBN 3-930643-87-1, EUR 22,-.

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A Cappella Concert
The Divine Liturgy
The Don Cossacks Soloists Wanja Hlibka
sings works from the Russian Missa by Maximowitsch, M. Lovorsky, Tschaikowsky,
Alexandre Gretschaninow, Kastalsky, Fatejev, Dimitrij Bortnjanskij, Kiewer Melodie.
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Audio CD, DDD, ca. 50 min., KuK 72, ISBN 3-930643-72-3, EUR 22,-

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The Maulbronn Chamber Choir
"From early dawn... until late at night"
A daily musical routine according to the tradition of horary prayers
with works by Orlando di Lasso, Joseph Rheinberger, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy,
Rolf Schweizer, Johann H. Schein, Jozef Swider, Arvo Pärt, Sven D. Sandström, Max Reger.
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A recording from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio-CD, DDD, 60 Min., KuK 64, ISBN 3-930643-64-2, EUR 22,-

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Singer Pur · Go Guitars
Electric Seraphim
New soundscapes for voices and electric guitars
A world premier with works from Perotinus (ca. 1200) · Guillaume Dufay (ca. 1400-1474)
Matthäus Pipelare (ca. 1450-1515) · Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (ca. 1562-1613) ·
John Cage · Arvo Pärt · Michael Hirsch)
Fredrik Zeller · Bernhard Weidner
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, 63 min., KuK 98, ISBN 3-930643-98-2, EUR 22,-

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Maulbronn Chamber Choir
Man lives and exists
Der Mensch lebt und bestehet
Birth ~ Finiteness ~ Eternity
An a-cappella concert with works by Franz Biebl, Benjamin Britten, Arvo Pärt,
Morten Lauridsen, Jan Sandström, Wolfram Buchenberg,
Max Reger and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Conductor: Jürgen Budday.
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
1 CD, DDD, ca. 55 min., KuK 99, ISBN 978-3-930643-99-8, EUR 22,-

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Don Cossacks Choir Serge Jaroff
In dulci jubilo
A German-Russian Christmas Concert
at the Papal Basilica Minor
Conductor: Wanja Hlibka
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A concert at the papal basilika minor Waldsassen
Audio CD, DDD, KuK 29, ISBN 3-930643-29-4, EUR 22,-

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Hamburg Ratsmusik
Awake, my Spirit (Wach auf mein Geist)
Works from the Appendix to the "Dresden Gesangbuch" of 1649
and Johann Rist's "Himlische Lieder", printed in Lüneburg in 1641/2.
Klaus Mertens ~ Bass baritone
Simone Eckert ~ Descant-and bass viola da gamba
Ulrich Wedemeier ~ Theorbo
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Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, ca. 55 min., KuK 57, ISBN 978-3-930643-57-8, EUR 22,-

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
A German Requiem Op.45
The "London Version" of the requiem to words of the Holy Scriptures,
sung in German, for 2 soloists, choir & four-hand piano, arranged by the composer
Maulbronn Chamber Choir (Maulbronner Kammerchor),
Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Soprano), Josef Wagner (Baritone),
GrauSchumacher (Piano Duo: Andreas Grau & Götz Schumacher).
Conductor: Jürgen Budday
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 70 minutes, KuK 105, ISBN 978-3-942801-05-8, EUR 22,-

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Music with Organ


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Organ Gloriosa ~ Concert four Europe
A concert with 4 soloists from 4 countries
on the historical "Great Buergy Organ of 1787" in the Bad Homburg Castle Church
Martin Knizia (United Kingdom), Pieter Dirksen (Netherlands),
Federica Iannella (Italy) & Thorsten Mäder (Germany)
Works by Nicolaus Bruhns, William Byrd, Hugo Distler, Matthias Weckmann,
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Jan Brandts-Buys,
Padre Davide da Bergamo, Ferdinando Provesi & Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert in the Castle Church in Bad Homburg, June 2008
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 72 minutes, KuK 47, EUR 22,-

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Concert For Pan Flute & Organ
The Art Of Pan
Ulrich Herkenhoff · Pan Flute
Matthias Keller · Organ
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concertrecording from the concent church at maulbronn monastery
Audio-CD, DDD, 65 Min., KuK 88, EUR 22,-.

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From Baroque till Modern Era
Concert for Horn & Organ
Joachim Bänsch & Erika Krautter-Budday
play works by J.S.Bach, Anonymus* (18th century),
Gottfried A. Homilius, Robert Schumann, Camille Saint-Saëns,
Stanley Weiner, Bernhard Krol.
*with Julia Ströbel-Bänsch & Mirjam Budday (french horn)
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, ca. 60 min., KuK 69, EUR 22,-

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Organ Gloriosa
In honour of the Prince of Homburg
Ulrike Northoff presents the Great Buergy-Organ
in the Bad Homburg Castle Church
with Johann S. Bach - Fantasia et Fuga "The Great",
Georg Muffat - Passacaglia for Organ,
Carl Ph.E. Bach - Sonata No. IV,
Christian H. Rinck - Flute Concerto for Organ Op. 55,
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Organ Sonata No. IV, Op. 65
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A recording from the Castle Church Bad Homburg, June 2006
Audio-CD, ca. 56 minutes, DDD, KuK 41, EUR 22,-

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Organ Gloriosa
Concert for Harp & Organ
Olja Kaiser (Harp) & Ulrike Northoff (Organ)
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Josef Blanco (1775-1841),
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Isaak Albeniz (1860-1909),
Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, Joaquín Rodrigo, Pearl Chertok & Jean-Michel Damase.
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert at Bad Homburg Castle (Germany)
Audio-CD, ca. 60 minutes, DDD, KuK 11, EUR 22,-

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Piano Music


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Grand Piano Masters
Chopin & Szymanowski
Aleksandra Mikulska plays
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849):
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante Opus 22
Mazurka Opus 24 No. 4 in Bflat Minor & Mazurka Opus 33 No. 4 in B Minor
Scherzo No. 2 in Bflat Minor Opus 31 & Ballade No. 4 in F Minor Opus 52
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Opus 58
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) ~ Preludes Opus 1 Nos. 1, 7 & 8
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Concert recording from the lay refectory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · c. 83 Minutes · KuK 113 · ISBN 978-3-942801-13-3

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Grand Piano Masters
The Nightwind
Severin von Eckardstein plays
Franz Schubert ~ Piano Sonata No. 14 in A Minor D. 784, Op.posth. 143
Claude Debussy ~ Images, Set 2, L 111
Nikolai Medtner ~ Piano Sonata in E Minor Op. 25 No. 2 "Night Wind"
& 3 encores by Prokofiev, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

A concert recording from the Philharmonia Mercatorhalle in Duisburg (Germany)
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 77 min. · KuK 107 · ISBN 978-3-942801-07-2 · EUR 22,-

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Severin von Eckardstein Live at Duisburgs Mercatorhalle

The seriousness and intensity with which von Eckardstein imbues Schubert's Sonata in A Minor; the wealth of tone colours this winner of Brussels's Queen Elisabeth Music Competition draws from the C. Bechstein concert grand piano for Debussy's Images; the virtuosity of his interpretation of Medtner's sonata: all this really breathtaking. Ingo Hoddick states in an article published in the Rheinische Post: "Von Eckardstein is captivating through his music with clear tonal contours and his serene and passionate approach of playing the piano. He does it all with virtually no gimmickry or flamboyance – which cannot be said of many contemporary artists..." The CD also includes three poetic pieces by Prokofiev, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. These encores offered to the euphoric audience demonstrate von Eckardstein's sensitivity in conjuring a magical atmosphere from a C. Bechstein concert grand piano.

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Grand Piano Masters
Dreamscenes
Magdalena Müllerperth plays
Frédéric Chopin ~ 3 Mazurkas Opus 50 & Mazurka Opus 7, No. 1
Robert Schumann ~ Fantasy Pieces for Piano Opus 12
Johannes Brahms ~ Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor Opus 5
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn monastery 2011.
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 76 min., KuK 103, ISBN 978-3-942801-03-4, EUR 22,-

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Grand Piano Masters
Carnaval
Rolf Plagge plays
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332
Franz Schubert ~ Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, Opus 42, D. 845
Robert Schumann ~ Carnaval for Piano Opus 9 "Little Scenes on Four Notes"
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

Concert recording from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Abbey
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 79 min., KuK 91, ISBN 978-3-930643-91-2, EUR 22,-

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ReviewAnother great piano recital from K&K... This CD is a special one!

Another great piano recital from K&K... His easy virtuosity leaves him free to voice the chords at every moment, and there are many moments of sheer magic in all the chosen works. I would mention, for example, his compelling interpretation of one of the most elusive and problematic of Schubert's sonatas, the first movement thoughtfully dramatic, and the slow movement exquisite... This CD is a special one!

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Grand Piano Masters
Comme un jeux d'eau
Magdalena Müllerperth plays
Johann Sebastian Bach ~ French Suite No. 5 in G Major
Joseph Haydn ~ Variations in F Minor "Sonata un piccolo Divertimento"
Robert Schumann ~ Piano Sonata in G Minor, Opus 22
Frédéric Chopin ~ Impromptus No. I - III & Fantaisie Op.posth. 66
Maurice Ravel ~ Jeux d'eau & Franz Liszt ~ Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10
Instrument: Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Piano D-274
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

A concert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, July 2009
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 82 min.,
KuK 16, ISBN 978-3-930643-16-5, EUR 22,-

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ReviewThis young artist is already one of the masters

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The Legend of Dombra
Grand Piano Masters
Amir Tebenikhin plays works by
Schubert, Prokofjew, Mendygaliev & Schumann
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano D 280 (No.194643) by C. Bechstein
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany).
CD Audio, ca. 60 minutes, DDD, KuK 09, ISBN 978-3-930643-09-7, EUR 22,-

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ReviewThis fascinating concert recorded live is a truly mystical tour-de-force

"This fascinating concert recorded live in the mystic Castle of Bad Homburg is a truly mystical tour-de-force showcasing the magnificent talents of this young pianist who will surely become a household name in the very near future ... Truly a disc to relish and a sincere thumbs up to this most gifted of pianists."

Gerald Fenech, Classical Net

One of the finest pianists of his generation

Amir Tebenikhin, born 1977 in Moscow, won second prize at the 2006 International C. Bechstein Piano Competition Ruhr. This live concert recording from October 7, 2007, in Schloss Bad Homburg shows him as one of the finest pianists of his generation and convinces all the way through: Profoundly deep Schubert (D 664) playing can be experienced along with highly virtuosic Prokofiev and Schumann interpretations. And the orientally inspired musical poem "The Legend of Dombra" by Nagim Mendygaliev, which lends this piano music CD its title, is truly an original enrichment of the repertoire.

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Impromptu
Grand Piano Masters
Franz Vorraber plays Franz Schubert
(1797-1828):
Impromptus Opus 90 (D899) I-IV
Wanderer Fantasy Opus 15 (D760)
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano: D 280 (No.191784) by C. Bechstein
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany).
CD Audio, ca. 63 minutes, DDD, KuK 05, ISBN 978-3-930643-05-9, EUR 22,-

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ReviewThese performances definitely stretch the brains and the ears

The German pianist Franz Vorraber offers unorthodox performances of Schubert standards that won't be to everyone's taste but that definitely stretch the brains and the ears and don't depart radically from the score. The four Impromptus of Op. 90 are sharply differentiated from one another, and Vorraber makes them into pieces with a more public character than they are usually given...read more

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ReviewIncredibly moving!

Thank you Mr. Vorraber.

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Unorthodox as his Schumann interpretation... brilliant!

German pianist Franz Vorraber has become known by recording the complete piano solo works of Robert Schumann. Just as unorthodox as his Schumann interpretation is his concert performance in April 2007 of the four Impromptus Opus 90 and the Wanderer-Fantasy by Franz Schubert. His playing brilliantly emphasizes the clarity and broad dynamics of the C. Bechstein concert grand piano in the Bad Homburg Schlosskirche.

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Appassionata
Grand Piano Masters
Lilya Zilberstein plays Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827):
Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2
Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano D 280 (No.194643) by C. Bechstein
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), October 2007
CD Audio, ca. 52 minutes, DDD, KuK 02, ISBN 978-3-930643-02-8, EUR 22,-

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ReviewThe best sounding recording of a piano

This is the best sounding recording of a piano I have ever heard - it must be heard to be believed!

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Praised in the highest terms by the press worldwide

The title "Grand Piano Masters" contains a CD series by the K&K publishing company with live concert recordings. Lilya Zilberstein's CD published in 2008 with Beethoven's Sonatas No. 2 and No. 23 has been praised in the highest terms by the press worldwide. In the music magazine PIANO NEWS, for example, one could read: "The amount of power and motivation that emanates from Zilberstein is displayed in the recording of both well-known Beethoven Sonatas which she presented on the sonorous C. Bechstein Modell D 280.

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ReviewThe sound is outstanding; there is no other word for it..

The sound is outstanding; there is no other word for it... This is a recording you must own, not just for Zilberstein's playing, which is phenomenal, but equally for an incomparable audiophile experience...read more

Jerry Dubins, FANFARE MAGAZINE

ReviewAn exemplary recording

Lavishly illustrated, as is this firm's way, the presentation of this fine CD of a recital recorded live in Bad Homburg Castle Church brings it to life in a manner that approaches the best of DVDs... The recording by KuK on a perfectly prepared Bechstein is exemplary. Listen to the generous MP3 samples on their website and buy!

Musical Pointers UK

ReviewA superb recording. It is live and one can feel the tension with the audience

MusicSonata 23 is a war horse. There are literally 3-5 dozen versions online from older versions Schnabel (much too fast) to Brendel and Horowitz (quite staid) Kissin Gilels Schiff Goode and others. This one has superb recording. It is live and one can feel the tension with the audience. It is exceptionally clean and not exceedingly fast. You can hear the nuances that lay buried in the ear with the speedsters. She has wonderful rubato moments and the phrase to phrase dynamics are exceptionally well done. Importantly it is very exciting to hear though you know every note; it appears fresh as I feel it is new, modern interpretation. Congratulations Lilya. I hope to hear you in concert in Boston.

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ReviewEven among all the Beethoven sonatas on the market, this one stands out

The Castle Church of Bad Homburg offers a fine ambiance for piano music in general and for Zilberstein's muscular, dynamic style in particular... just sit and listen: even among all the Beethoven sonatas on the market, this one stands out...read more

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Grand Piano Masters
Lilya Zilberstein plays Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
Eight Pieces for Piano Opus 76
Variations about an own theme Opus 21 No.1
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano D 280 (No.194643) by C. Bechstein
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), October 2007
CD Audio, ca. 52 minutes, DDD, KuK 03, ISBN 978-3-930643-03-5, EUR 22,-

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ReviewAn exemplary recording

Lavishly illustrated, as is this firm's way, the presentation of this fine CD
of a recital recorded live in Bad Homburg Castle Church brings it to life in a manner that approaches the best of DVDs... The recording by KuK on a perfectly prepared Bechstein is exemplary. Listen to the generous MP3 samples on their website and buy!"

Musical Pointers UK

The famous pianist at the height of her art

The concert that Lilya Zilberstein performed on a C. Bechstein concert grand piano in the Bad Homburg Schlosskirche was thankfully recorded live. For her interpretationsof Brahms Variations Opus 21 and the eight piano pieces Opus 76 present the famous pianist at the height of her art. Ernst Hoffmann wrote the appropriate sentences: "For Lilya Zilberstein it doesn't make any difference whether she plays a short piano piece of an extensive sonata. Dynamic contrasts are great, construction symphonic. She succeeds convincingly in setting free the enormous pressure in many phrases, which Brahms is always able to exploit."

C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG

ReviewA reference recording

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Grand Piano Masters
Espaces Imaginaires de Chopin
Andrei Gavrilov plays Fréderic Chopin
Klaviersonate Nr. 2 b-Moll op. 35
Étuden op. 10
Balladen
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A recording from the Maulbronn monastery
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos No. 21 & 26
Concerto No. 21 in C major KV 467
Concerto No. 26 in D major KV 537 "Coronation"
Christoph Soldan ~ Piano
Schlesische Kammerphilharmonie Kattowitz
Conductor: Pawel Przytocki
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, ca. 60 min., KuK 86, ISBN 3-930643-86-3, EUR 22,-

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos No. 16 & 20
Concerto No. 16 in D major, KV 451
Concerto No. 20 in D minor, KV 466
Cristina Marton - Piano
Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
Conductor: Ruben Gazarian
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio-CD, DDD, 52 min., KuK 82, ISBN 3-930643-82-0, EUR 22,-.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concertos No. 17 & 23
Concerto No. 17 in G major, KV 463
Concerto No. 23 in A major, KV 488
Christoph Soldan ~ Piano
Cappella Istropolitana
Conductor: Pawel Przytocki
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, c. 60 min., KuK 77, ISBN 3-930643-77-4, EUR 22,-

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String Quartets
So rise up Sun and Stars...
The Rubin Quartet plays
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809):
String Quartet No. 63 in B Flat Major, Opus 76, No. 4"Sunrise Quartet"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387"Spring Quartet"
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Opus 59, No. 2"2nd Razumovsky Quartet"
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A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle in Germany
DDD · c. 80 Minutes · KuK 120 · ISBN 978-3-942801-15-7

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Musica Sacra ~ Gregorian & Cistercian Chants
Vespera de Beata Maria Virgine
A Vespers of the Cistercian Order in the 13th century
with works by Monastery Maulbronn,Cistercian nuns of the monastery Las Huelgas
& Cistercian Antiphonary from Morimondo, performed by the Vox Nostra Ensemble:
Winnie Brückner (Soprano), Philipp Cieslewicz (Countertenor), Christoph Burmester (Tenor),
Werner Blau (Bass), Burkard Wehner (Tenor & Musical Director)
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn monastery
DDD · Duration: c. 63 minutes · KuK 108 · ISBN 978-3-942801-08-9 · EUR 22,-

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Review This is an absolutely beautiful performance...

This is an absolutely beautiful performance. It is crisp it is authentic. The recording captures the ambiance of the Monastery. Vox Nostra is tops in my list. If your looking for Gregorian chant crab this before it ascends to heaven.

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Musica Sacra · Die Zeit "The period of time"
Songs, arias and instrumental music from the 17th and 18th century
by Johann Rist, Johann Schop (c.1590-1667), Nikolaus Adam Strungk (1640-1700),
Heinrich Scheidemann (c. 1595-1663), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
& Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Dorothee Mields (Soprano) & Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik:
Simone Eckert (Viola da gamba & Diskant-Viola da Gamba)
Ulrich Wedemeier (Theorbo), Michael Fuerst (Harpsichord)
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: ca. 60 minutes, KuK 102, ISBN 978-3-942801-02-7, EUR 22,-

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Review A spirited rediscovery of true expression that's centuries old

This album is part of a series recorded live at the medieval-era Maulbronn Monastery in southern Germany, but it explores the music of a very different region: the Hamburger Ratsmusik, doubtless a strange name to Anglophone ears, is the Music of the Hamburg City Council, a concert series with a tradition a half a millennium long. It petered out and was then revived. This concert, conceptualized by gambist and ensemble leader Simone Eckert, collects a group of pieces from the 18th century, all connected by the single theme of time (die Zeit)... The combination of pieces is largely unlike anything that's been put on disc before, and many of them are unknown. The program combines simple, strophic settings like Johann Schop's "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" (O Eternity, You Thunder-Word), from the mid-17th century, with Telemann's simple moralistic cantatas, more involved Bachian pieces, and instrumental works of several kinds. Soprano Dorothee Mields does an exceptional job of communicating the sober but appealing mood of the music, so different from the operatic ideals that informed even much of the output of Bach, and the backing musicians keep everything lively even as the emotion level is low-key; the two Telemann trio sonatas included are nicely differentiated by accompaniment, with one featuring a theorbo continuo. The whole program breathes and feels like a spirited rediscovery of true expression that's centuries old, and the sound from the monastery is well suited to this music. Recommended, partly in hopes that the album will stimulate further exploration of the repertory from Hamburg, an immensely influential city in its day.

James Manheim, All Music Guide USA


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Baroque in Blue
A Crossover between Early Music & Jazz
The Friedemann Immer Trumpet Consort plays works by
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), Girolamo Fantini (1600-1675), Jacques Philidor (1657-1708),
Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726), Johann S. Bach (1685-1750),
Ferdinand Donninger (1716-1781), Friedemann Immer,
Klaus H. Osterloh & Matthias Nagel
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, ca. 71 minutes, KuK 24, ISBN 978-3-930643-24-0, EUR 22,-

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Wolfgang Bauer Consort
Musique baroque à la Cour Royale
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Oboenkonzert A-Dur, Sonate G-Dur
II. Brandenburgisches Konzert F-Dur
& compositions by Torelli & Stradella & Krol
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from the convent church in Maulbronn
Audio CD, DDD, ca. 70 minutes, KuK 76, ISBN 3-930643-76-6, EUR 22,-

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Wolfgang Bauer Consort
Musique baroque de Telemann
A concert performed according to the traditions of the time
Concerto in D for trumpet, 2 violins & B.C.
Concerto a 3 Clarin, Tympani, 2 Violin, Viola e Cembalo
Violin Sonata in A ~ Trumpet Concerto No. 2
Sonata "Sabato" & "Domenica" ~ Ouverture in D
Soloists: Wolfgang Bauer (Baroque Trumpet), Dietlind Mayer (Violin),
Petra Müllejans (Violin), Ludwig Hampe (Viola), Georg Siebert & Ingo Goritzki (Oboe)
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

Concert recording from the church of UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, c. 73 minutes, DDD, KuK 89, ISBN 978-3-930643-89-9, EUR 22,-

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Wolfgang Bauer: Instrumentalist of the year 2009

Echo Classic 2009 (The German Music Award)

ReviewThis is incredible! There are no tracks that I want to skip...

This is incredible! I enjoy baroque music but am in no way a classical music buff. I had never known of Telemann until I happened upon this by chance. I heard an excerpt that totally caught my attention when I was flipping through car radio stations. It was so fetching that I immediately had to search the web to find out about Telemann & this CD. Luckily I found it. It is so tasteful. The 35 short concertos flow so well together & provide enough variety to keep it engaging using instrumentation original to the baroque era. None of it is irritating. There are no tracks that I want to skip. The lead trumpet, violin, etc. are clean , light , skillful. This CD is so beautifully done, and it has a positive effect on the soul. Highly Recommend.

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Opera without Voices
Bizet ~ Carmen
Mozart ~ Don Giovanni
A concert with opera highlights
performed and selected by Arte Ensemble in cooperation with Herbert Feuerstein
Kathrin Rabus & Birte Paeplow ~ Violin · Christian Pohl ~ Viola · Ute Sommer ~ Violon Cello
Albert Sommer ~ Double Bass · Guido Schaefer ~ Clarinet · Theodor Wiemes ~ French Horn
Uwe Grothaus ~ Bassoon
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert in the layrefectory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, Duration: c. 56 minutes, DDD, KuK 93, ISBN 978-3-930643-93-6, EUR 22,-

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Castle Concerts CD Series
Thaous Ensemble · Gran Partita
A dialogue of 16 wind instruments
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Serenade No. 10 for winds in B flat major, KV 361 "Gran Partita"
Richard Strauss: Sonatina No. 1 for 16 wind instruments in F major, AV 135
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), May 2006
CD Audio, 82 min., DDD, KuK 25, ISBN 978-3-930643-25-7, EUR 22,-

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ReviewSparkling performances of masterpieces, splendidly recorded

This beautifully produced CD in K&K's Authentic Classical Concerts series features sparkling performances of masterpieces, splendidly recorded
at the church of Bad Homburg Castle and featuring an outstanding ensemble.

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Chamber Music
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String Quartets
So rise up Sun and Stars...
The Rubin Quartet plays
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809):
String Quartet No. 63 in B Flat Major, Opus 76, No. 4"Sunrise Quartet"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387"Spring Quartet"
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Opus 59, No. 2"2nd Razumovsky Quartet"
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle in Germany
DDD · c. 80 Minutes · KuK 120 · ISBN 978-3-942801-15-7

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Musica Sacra · Die Zeit "The period of time"
Songs, arias and instrumental music from the 17th and 18th century
by Johann Rist, Johann Schop (c.1590-1667), Nikolaus Adam Strungk (1640-1700),
Heinrich Scheidemann (c. 1595-1663), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
& Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Dorothee Mields (Soprano) & Ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik:
Simone Eckert (Viola da gamba & Diskant-Viola da Gamba)
Ulrich Wedemeier (Theorbo), Michael Fuerst (Harpsichord)
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: ca. 60 minutes, KuK 102, ISBN 978-3-942801-02-7, EUR 22,-

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Review A spirited rediscovery of true expression that's centuries old

This album is part of a series recorded live at the medieval-era Maulbronn Monastery in southern Germany, but it explores the music of a very different region: the Hamburger Ratsmusik, doubtless a strange name to Anglophone ears, is the Music of the Hamburg City Council, a concert series with a tradition a half a millennium long. It petered out and was then revived. This concert, conceptualized by gambist and ensemble leader Simone Eckert, collects a group of pieces from the 18th century, all connected by the single theme of time (die Zeit)... The combination of pieces is largely unlike anything that's been put on disc before, and many of them are unknown. The program combines simple, strophic settings like Johann Schop's "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort" (O Eternity, You Thunder-Word), from the mid-17th century, with Telemann's simple moralistic cantatas, more involved Bachian pieces, and instrumental works of several kinds. Soprano Dorothee Mields does an exceptional job of communicating the sober but appealing mood of the music, so different from the operatic ideals that informed even much of the output of Bach, and the backing musicians keep everything lively even as the emotion level is low-key; the two Telemann trio sonatas included are nicely differentiated by accompaniment, with one featuring a theorbo continuo. The whole program breathes and feels like a spirited rediscovery of true expression that's centuries old, and the sound from the monastery is well suited to this music. Recommended, partly in hopes that the album will stimulate further exploration of the repertory from Hamburg, an immensely influential city in its day.

James Manheim, All Music Guide USA


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Franz Schubert · Lieder
Goldner Schein deckt den Hain
Works for men's voices with lyrics by Friedrich von Matthisson
Quartet "Schubert High Four" (Vocals) & Thomas Seyboldt (Piano)
Markus Schäfer & Hubert Mayer (Tenor),
Hans Christoph Begemann & Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass)
Frank Laffin (Baritone, Guest), Thomas Seyboldt (Leader & Piano)
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the layrefektory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Abbey
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 65 min., KuK 59, ISBN 978-3-930643-59-2, EUR 22,-

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Trio Fontenay
Piano Trios
Joaquin Turina - Trio No. 1 Op. 35
Ludwig van Beethoven - Trio in E flat major Op. 70 No. 2
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from the convent church in Maulbronn
Audio-CD, DDD, ca. 65 Min., KuK 84, ISBN 3-930643-84-7, EUR 22,-

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Kammervereinigung Berlin
Windquintets
Franz Danzi: Quintett g-Moll Op.56 Nr.2
Darius Milhaud: "La Cheminée du Roi René"
Carl Nielsen: Quintett Op.43
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Quintette en forme de Choros.
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A recording from the Maulbronn monastery
Audio-CD, DDD, 60 min, KuK 68, ISBN 3-930643-68-5, EUR 22,-

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Grand Piano Masters
Espaces Imaginaires de Chopin
Andrei Gavrilov plays Fréderic Chopin
Klaviersonate Nr. 2 b-Moll op. 35
Étuden op. 10
Balladen
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A recording from the Maulbronn monastery
Audio-CD, DDD, ca. 60 Min., KuK 65, ISBN 3-930643-65-0, EUR 22,-

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Stringquartets
Orpheus Quartet
S. Veress: Stringquartet No. 2
L. v. Beethoven: Stringquartet op. 59/2, E minor
Franz Schubert: Stringquartet in C minor, D 703
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from monastery Maulbronn
Audio-CD, DDD, 60 min, KuK 79, ISBN 3-930643-79-0, EUR 22,-

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ReviewA terrific performance and the equally rare chance to hear one of Europe's most thoughtful ensembles

Sándor Veress has been overshadowed by his Hungarian compatriots, but on the rare occasions when I encounter his music I always find it worth hearing. His First Quartet, premiered in Prague in 1935 but written four years earlier, is demonstrably from the same soil as Bartók and Kodály, but quite individual. Its first movement is in slow-fast-slow form, after which comes an Andante and finally a highly rhythmic Vivo. The German based Orpheus Quartet gives a terrific performance to end this concert, recorded live in the convent at Maulbronn... The disc is worth pursuing for the rare Veress and the equally rare chance to hear one of Europe´s most thoughtful ensembles. Since the disc was made, the Orpheus has changed its second violinist and we have had the appalling news of the death of leader Charles-André Linale.

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Joseph Haydn · Grand duos pour deux guitares
Four divertimentos for stringquartet by Joseph Haydn,
edited for guitar-duo by François de Fossa (1775-1849),
performed with historical guitares from the 19th century
by the ensemble Duo Sonare (Jens Wagner & Thomas Offermann)
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert-recording from the Maulbronn monastery
Audio CD, DDD, ca. 60 Minuten, KuK 74, ISBN 3-930643-74-X, EUR 22,-

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Amati Quartet
Schubert & Janácek
Stringquartets
Leos Janácek: Streichquartett Nr. 2
"Intimate Letters"
Franz Schubert: Streichquartett d-moll
"The death and the maiden"
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A recording from the Maulbronn monastery
Audio-CD, DDD, 65 Min., KuK 66, ISBN 3-930643-66-9, EUR 22,-

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ReviewI enjoyed it tremendously

It took me completely unawares when the dramatic opening bars of "Death and the Maiden" gripped me by the throat and threatened immediate life-extinction; I felt as if I were living the story myself, and though no maiden, I could certainly relate to her death-obsessed plight. This version is almost orchestral in feeling. While it is true that there is a huge amount of reverb in this space - well, it is a monastery - this only partially accounts for the destructive vehemence that the Amati gives this work. They see and saw their way as if it were the world's last concert, or the devil himself was in the audience. I enjoyed it tremendously...

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Review It's an extraordinary reading that rises to the moment offered by a specific performance space...

The severe sound environment of the Maulbronn Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the German state of Baden-Württemberg that dates to the twelfth century, has given rise to a series of recordings covering varying aspects of music from the Western concert tradition... Sample the very beginning of the Schubert String Quartet in D minor, D. 810 ("Death and the Maiden"), to get yourself into the disc; the opening chords might be described as slashing... It's an extraordinary reading that rises to the moment offered by a specific performance space, and the disc as a whole, while not for those who like the emotional temperature of their classical music kept to medium, is decisively recommended to those wanting to try out the Maulbronn series.

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Appassionata
Grand Piano Masters
Lilya Zilberstein plays Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827):
Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 2
Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano D 280 (No.194643) by C. Bechstein
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A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), October 2007
CD Audio, ca. 52 minutes, DDD, KuK 02, ISBN 978-3-930643-02-8, EUR 22,-

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ReviewThe best sounding recording of a piano

This is the best sounding recording of a piano I have ever heard - it must be heard to be believed!

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Praised in the highest terms by the press worldwide

The title "Grand Piano Masters" contains a CD series by the K&K publishing company with live concert recordings. Lilya Zilberstein's CD published in 2008 with Beethoven's Sonatas No. 2 and No. 23 has been praised in the highest terms by the press worldwide. In the music magazine PIANO NEWS, for example, one could read: "The amount of power and motivation that emanates from Zilberstein is displayed in the recording of both well-known Beethoven Sonatas which she presented on the sonorous C. Bechstein Modell D 280.

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ReviewThe sound is outstanding; there is no other word for it..

The sound is outstanding; there is no other word for it... This is a recording you must own, not just for Zilberstein's playing, which is phenomenal, but equally for an incomparable audiophile experience...read more

Jerry Dubins, FANFARE MAGAZINE

ReviewAn exemplary recording

Lavishly illustrated, as is this firm's way, the presentation of this fine CD of a recitarecorded live in Bad Homburg Castle Church brings it to life in a manner that approaches the best of DVDs... The recording by KuK on a perfectly prepared Bechstein is exemplary. Listen to the generous MP3 samples on their website and buy!

Musical Pointers UK

ReviewEven among all the Beethoven sonatas on the market, this one stands out

The Castle Church of Bad Homburg offers a fine ambiance for piano music in general and for Zilberstein's muscular, dynamic style in particular... just sit and listen: even among all the Beethoven sonatas on the market, this one stands out...read more

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Impromptu
Grand Piano Masters
Franz Vorraber plays Franz Schubert
(1797-1828):
Impromptus Opus 90 (D899) I-IV
Wanderer Fantasy Opus 15 (D760)
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano: D 280 (No.191784) by C. Bechstein
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), April 2007.
CD Audio, ca. 63 minutes, DDD, KuK 05, ISBN 978-3-930643-05-9, EUR 22,-

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ReviewThese performances definitely stretch the brains and the ears

The German pianist Franz Vorraber offers unorthodox performances of Schubert standards that won't be to everyone's taste but that definitely stretch the brains and the ears and don't depart radically from the score. The four Impromptus of Op. 90 are sharply differentiated from one another, and Vorraber makes them into pieces with a more public character than they are usually given...read more

All Media Guide, USA

ReviewIncredibly moving!

Thank you Mr. Vorraber.

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Unorthodox as his Schumann interpretation... brilliant!

German pianist Franz Vorraber has become known by recording the complete piano solo works of Robert Schumann. Just as unorthodox as his Schumann interpretation is his concert performance in April 2007 of the four Impromptus Opus 90 and the Wanderer-Fantasy by Franz Schubert. His playing brilliantly emphasizes the clarity and broad dynamics of the C. Bechstein concert grand piano in the Bad Homburg Schlosskirche.

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The Legend of Dombra
Grand Piano Masters
Amir Tebenikhin plays works by
Schubert, Prokofjew, Mendygaliev & Schumann
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano D 280 (No.194643) by C. Bechstein
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), October 2007
CD Audio, ca. 60 minutes, DDD, KuK 09, ISBN 978-3-930643-09-7, EUR 22,-

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ReviewThis fascinating concert recorded live is a truly mystical tour-de-force

"This fascinating concert recorded live in the mystic Castle of Bad Homburg is a truly mystical tour-de-force showcasing the magnificent talents of this young pianist who will surely become a household name in the very near future ... Truly a disc to relish and a sincere thumbs up to this most gifted of pianists."

Gerald Fenech, Classical Net

One of the finest pianists of his generation

Amir Tebenikhin, born 1977 in Moscow, won second prize at the 2006 International C. Bechstein Piano Competition Ruhr. This live concert recording from October 7, 2007, in Schloss Bad Homburg shows him as one of the finest pianists of his generation and convinces all the way through: Profoundly deep Schubert (D 664) playing can be experienced along with highly virtuosic Prokofiev and Schumann interpretations. And the orientally inspired musical poem "The Legend of Dombra" by Nagim Mendygaliev, which lends this piano music CD its title, is truly an original enrichment of the repertoire.

C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG

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Passione
Grand Piano Masters
Lilya Zilberstein plays Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
Eight Pieces for Piano Opus 76
Variations about an own theme Opus 21 No.1
Instrument: Concert Grand Piano D 280 (No.194643) by C. Bechstein
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany), October 2007
CD Audio, ca. 52 minutes, DDD, KuK 03, ISBN 978-3-930643-03-5, EUR 22,-

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ReviewAn exemplary recording

Lavishly illustrated, as is this firm's way, the presentation of this fine CD
of a recital recorded live in Bad Homburg Castle Church brings it to life in a manner that approaches the best of DVDs... The recording by KuK on a perfectly prepared Bechstein is exemplary. Listen to the generous MP3 samples on their website and buy!"

Musical Pointers UK

The famous pianist at the height of her art

The concert that Lilya Zilberstein performed on a C. Bechstein concert grand piano in the Bad Homburg Schlosskirche was thankfully recorded live. For her interpretationsof Brahms Variations Opus 21 and the eight piano pieces Opus 76 present the famous pianist at the height of her art. Ernst Hoffmann wrote the appropriate sentences: "For Lilya Zilberstein it doesn't make any difference whether she plays a short piano piece of an extensive sonata. Dynamic contrasts are great, construction symphonic. She succeeds convincingly in setting free the enormous pressure in many phrases, which Brahms is always able to exploit."

C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG

ReviewA reference recording

A reference recording!... I don't know where to start praising...more






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Grand Piano Masters
Comme un jeux d'eau
Magdalena Müllerperth plays Johann Sebastian Bach ~ French Suite No. 5 in G Major
Joseph Haydn ~ Variations in F Minor "Sonata un piccolo Divertimento"
Robert Schumann ~ Piano Sonata in G Minor, Opus 22
Frédéric Chopin ~ Impromptus No. I - III & Fantaisie Op.posth. 66
Maurice Ravel ~ Jeux d'eau & Franz Liszt ~ Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10
Instrument: Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Piano D-274
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

A concert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, July 2009
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 82 min.,
KuK 16, ISBN 978-3-930643-16-5, EUR 22,-

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ReviewThis young artist is already one of the masters

Pforzheimer Zeitung


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Abramski Trio
Concert for Oboe ~ Bassoon & Piano
Solo- and Ensemble-Works by
Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel,Francis Poulenc,
Jean Françaix and Edward Longstaff.
Mirjam Budday ~ Oboe
Rebekah Abramski ~ Bassoon
Ron Abramski ~ Piano
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, 2006.
CD Audio, DDD, ca. 61 min., KuK 56, ISBN 978-3-930643-56-1, EUR 22,-

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Glass & Stones
A concert with the Vienna Glass Armonica Duo (Glass Armonica & Verrophone)
Christa Schönfeldinger (Glass Armonica)
& Gerald Schönfeldinger (Verrophone)
plays works by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791),
Gottfried Keller (1819-1890), Carl Röllig (1754-1804), Edward Grieg (1843-1907),
Arvo Pärt, Ennio Morricone and Gerald Schönfeldinger
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from the basilica of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, c. 55 minutes, KuK 58, ISBN 978-3-930643-58-5, EUR 22,-

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Review One of the most satisfying glass harmonica discs ever

Glas & Steine is one of the most satisfying glass harmonica discs ever.... The resonance of Maulbronn Monastery helps take the edge off the sometimes-piercing top notes of the glass - notable especially in studio-made recordings - and provides an ambience that is appropriately ghostly and evocative...read more

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Music for Double Bass Ensemble
Bassiona Amorosa
plays a concert for double basses and piano
with the "Arioso" from the harpsichord concerto No. 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach,
the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt (Soloist: Elena Rachelis, Piano)
and other compositions for 4-5 double basses
Double Basses: Ljubinko Lazic, Sergej Konyakhin, Jan Jirmasek, Giorgi Makhoshvili
& Jang Kyoon Na ~ Piano: Lena Rachelis ~ Leader: Prof. Klaus Trumpf
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

A concert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, Sept. 2008
CD Audio, DDD, c. 44 minutes, KuK 55, ISBN 978-3-930643-55-4 , EUR 22,-

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Grand Piano Masters
Carnaval
Rolf Plagge plays
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major, K. 332
Franz Schubert ~ Piano Sonata No. 16 in A minor, Opus 42, D. 845
Robert Schumann ~ Carnaval for Piano Opus 9 "Little Scenes on Four Notes"
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

Concert recording from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Abbey
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 79 min., KuK 91, ISBN 978-3-930643-91-2, EUR 22,-

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ReviewAnother great piano recital from K&K... This CD is a special one!

Another great piano recital from K&K... His easy virtuosity leaves him free to voice the chords at every moment, and there are many moments of sheer magic in all the chosen works. I would mention, for example, his compelling interpretation of one of the most elusive and problematic of Schubert's sonatas, the first movement thoughtfully dramatic, and the slow movement exquisite... This CD is a special one!

Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers UK


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Grand Piano Masters
Dreamscenes
Magdalena Müllerperth plays
Frédéric Chopin ~ 3 Mazurkas Opus 50 & Mazurka Opus 7, No. 1
Robert Schumann ~ Fantasy Pieces for Piano Opus 12
Johannes Brahms ~ Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor Opus 5
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn monastery 2011.
CD Audio, DDD, Duration: c. 76 min., KuK 103, ISBN 978-3-942801-03-4, EUR 22,-

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Grand Piano Masters
The Nightwind

Severin von Eckardstein plays
Franz Schubert ~ Piano Sonata No. 14 in A Minor D. 784, Op.posth. 143
Claude Debussy ~ Images, Set 2, L 111
Nikolai Medtner ~ Piano Sonata in E Minor Op. 25 No. 2 "Night Wind"
& 3 encores by Prokofiev, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

A concert recording from the Philharmonia Mercatorhalle in Duisburg (Germany)
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 77 min. · KuK 107 · ISBN 978-3-942801-07-2 · EUR 22,-

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Severin von Eckardstein Live at Duisburgs Mercatorhalle

The seriousness and intensity with which von Eckardstein imbues Schubert's Sonata in A Minor; the wealth of tone colours this winner of Brussels's Queen Elisabeth Music Competition draws from the C. Bechstein concert grand piano for Debussy's Images; the virtuosity of his interpretation of Medtner's sonata: all this really breathtaking. Ingo Hoddick states in an article published in the Rheinische Post: "Von Eckardstein is captivating through his music with clear tonal contours and his serene and passionate approach of playing the piano. He does it all with virtually no gimmickry or flamboyance – which cannot be said of many contemporary artists..." The CD also includes three poetic pieces by Prokofiev, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. These encores offered to the euphoric audience demonstrate von Eckardstein's sensitivity in conjuring a magical atmosphere from a C. Bechstein concert grand piano.

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Grand Piano Masters
Chopin & Szymanowski
Aleksandra Mikulska plays
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849):
Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante Opus 22
Mazurka Opus 24 No. 4 in Bflat Minor & Mazurka Opus 33 No. 4 in B Minor
Scherzo No. 2 in Bflat Minor Opus 31 & Ballade No. 4 in F Minor Opus 52
Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor Opus 58
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) ~ Preludes Opus 1 Nos. 1, 7 & 8
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the lay refectory of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio · DDD · c. 83 Minutes · KuK 113 · ISBN 978-3-942801-13-3

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Tango Argentino


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Gabriel Rivano Trio
La Luminosa
A Tango Argentino Concert
Gabriel Rivano (Bandoneón), Victor Villadangos (Guitarra)
and Mónica Taragano (Flauta Traversa)
plays works by Angel Villoldo, J. Maglio "Pacho", Aníbal Troilo,
Pedro Laurenz, Egberto Gismonti, Astor Piazolla and Gabriel Rivano
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg Castle (Germany) 2006
Audio-CD, c. 60 min., DDD, KuK 26, ISBN 978-3-930643-26-4, EUR 22,-

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Piazzolla Classic Ensemble
Primavera Porteña
"The spring of Buenos Aires"
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992):
Oblivion ("The forgotten land")
& Las cuatro estaciónes porteñas ("Four seasons of Buenos Aires")
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Sonata in G minor
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

CD Audio, DDD, KuK 27, ISBN 978-3-930643-27-1, EUR 22,-

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Swinging Castle
Paris Washboard in Concert
Daniel Barda (Trombone), Alain Marquet (Clarinet),
Louis Mazetier (Concert Grand Piano) & Stephane Seva (Washboard, Perc. & Vocal)
plays Frolic Sam (D.Ellington), Lounging At The Waldorf (Fats Waller), Memories Of You (Eubie Blake), Minor Drag (Fats Waller), If I Had You (J.Campbell/R.Connelly/T.Shapiro), Caravan (D.Ellington/J.Tizol), Concentratin' (Willie 'The Lion' Smith), Carolina Shout (James P. Johnson), Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now (Fats Waller), Echoes of Spring (Willie 'The Lion' Smith), The Ferocious Lamb (L.Mazetier), I Never Knew (Ted Fiorito), Dinah (Harry Akst)
Castle Concert CD Series

A concert recording from Bad Homburg castle (Germany)
CD Audio · DDD · Duration: c. 73 minutes · KuK 106 · ISBN 978-3-942801-06-5 · EUR 22,-

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ReviewAnother great cd from Paris Washboard

Here is another great cd from this group... It was recorded live in June 2012 and the audience factor makes this group even more exiting. Rarely heard treats such as Fats Wallers' composition "Dancing At The Waldorf" and Duke Ellingtons' "Frolic Sam" are played with excellent execution. Old favorites such as "Keepin' Out Of Mischief" and "Dinah" are also on this cd.

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Piazzolla Classic Ensemble
Primavera Porteña
"The spring of Buenos Aires"
Astor Piazzolla:
Oblivion ("The forgotten land")
Las cuatro estaciónes porteñas ("Four seasons of Buenos Aires")
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Sonata in G minor
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts

CD Audio, DDD, KuK 27, ISBN 978-3-930643-27-1, EUR 22,-

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Glass & Stones
A concert with the Vienna Glass Armonica Duo (Glass Armonica & Verrophone)
Christa Schönfeldinger (Glass Armonica)
& Gerald Schönfeldinger (Verrophone)

plays works by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791),
Gottfried Keller (1819-1890), Carl Röllig (1754-1804), Edward Grieg (1843-1907),
Arvo Pärt, Ennio Morricone and Gerald Schönfeldinger
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

A concert recording from the basilica of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
CD Audio, DDD, ca. 55 Minuten, KuK 58, ISBN 978-3-930643-58-5, EUR 22,-

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Review One of the most satisfying glass harmonica discs ever

Glas & Steine is one of the most satisfying glass harmonica discs ever.... The resonance of Maulbronn Monastery helps take the edge off the sometimes-piercing top notes of the glass - notable especially in studio-made recordings - and provides an ambience that is appropriately ghostly and evocative...read more

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Baroque in Blue
A Crossover between Early Music & Jazz
The Friedemann Immer Trumpet Consort
plays works by
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654), Girolamo Fantini (1600-1675), Jacques Philidor (1657-1708),
Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726), Johann S. Bach (1685-1750),
Ferdinand Donninger (1716-1781), Benjamin Britten,
Friedemann Immer, Klaus H. Osterloh & Matthias Nagel
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, ca. 71 minutes, KuK 24, ISBN 978-3-930643-24-0, EUR 22,-

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Concert for Pan Fluete & Organ
The Art Of Pan
Ulrich Herkenhoff · Pan Flute
Matthias Keller · Organ
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio-CD, DDD, 65 Min., KuK 88, ISBN 3-930643-88-X, EUR 22,-

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Singer Pur · Go Guitars
Electric Seraphim
New soundscapes for voices and electric guitars
A world premier with works from Perotinus (ca. 1200) · Guillaume Dufay (ca. 1400-1474)
Matthäus Pipelare (ca. 1450-1515) · Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (ca. 1562-1613) ·
John Cage · Arvo Pärt · Michael Hirsch
Fredrik Zeller · Bernhard Weidner
Maulbronn Monastery Edition

Concert recording from the church of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
Audio CD, DDD, 63 min., KuK 98, ISBN 3-930643-98-2, EUR 22,-

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Organ Gloriosa
Concert for Harp & Organ
Olja Kaiser (Harp) & Ulrike Northoff (Organ)
Works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Josef Blanco (1775-1841),
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Isaak Albeniz (1860-1909),
Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, Joaquín Rodrigo,
Pearl Chertok and Jean-Michel Damase .
Edition Authentic Classical Concerts ~ Castle Concert CD Series

A concert at the Castle Church Bad Homburg 2007
Audio-CD, ca. 60 minutes, DDD, KuK 11, ISBN 978-3-930643-11-0, EUR 22,-

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Music for Double Bass Ensemble
Bassiona Amorosa
plays a concert for double basses and piano
with the "Arioso" from the harpsichord concerto No. 5 by Johann Sebastian Bach,
the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt (Soloist: Elena Rachelis, Piano)
and other compositions for 4-5 double basses
Double Basses: Ljubinko Lazic, Sergej Konyakhin, Jan Jirmasek, Giorgi Makhoshvili
& Jang Kyoon Na ~ Piano: Lena Rachelis ~ Leader: Prof. Klaus Trumpf
Maulbronn Monastery CD Edition

A concert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, Sept. 2008
CD Audio, DDD, c. 44 minutes, KuK 55, ISBN 978-3-930643-55-4, EUR 22,-

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Hrsg. Rolf Übel
Die Festungen
an Queich und Lauter
Historical non-fiction book / Guidebook
in German language Publication based on the history of the
Palatinate and Alsace (France).
K&K Verlagsanstalt 1995

A5, Paperback, 272 Pages, Richly Illustrated - German language
KuK 00, ISBN 3-930643-00-6, EUR 33,-

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Hrsg. Rolf Übel
Der Pfälzer Pitaval
500 years criminal history
in German language Publication based on the history of the
Palatinate and Alsace (France)
In this book told us our historians about
"Hexen, Henker und Halunken" in
German language. K&K Verlagsanstalt 1996

A5, Paperback, 272 Pages, Richly Illustrated - German language
KuK 01, ISBN 3-930643-01-4, EUR 33,-

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Jazz & Lyrics
Lyrics in German


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Dialog mit dem Jazz
Dialogue with Jazz
Der Lyriker Werner Laubscher führt eine mentale Diskussion
mit Trompete und Flügelhorn des Solisten A.O. Grimminger
Konzeption & Regie: Josef-Stefan Kindler
- limited edition! -
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50 min., CD, ISBN 3-930643-30-8, EUR 22,-

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