ARTISTS The Philharmonix
ALBUM The Vienna Berlin Music Club, Vol. 2
This edition of the music tips is determined by cancellations and postponements due to the corona measures. The ensemble “The Philharmonix”, made up of world-class musicians from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic around the clarinetist Daniel Ottensamer, would have played last Sunday for the season opening of the Bregenz Master Concerts. His latest album comforts this omission with a wealth of original ideas which, under the motto “Classical music without borders”, clear all the boxes of the concert business at one go. The seven-member ensemble feels audibly at ease when, instead of grand orchestral pomps, it is allowed to shine in lean arrangements across the vegetable garden, through jazz and rock, from Beethoven to Queen. And a “Bat” overture, in which “The Third Man” appears after a few bars …
ARTISTS Vienna Philharmonic, cond. Valery Gergiev
ALBUM Summer Night Concert 2020
LABEL SONY Classical
The Vienna Philharmonic was not spared the wave of cancellation either. Her summer night concert, otherwise offered to hundreds of thousands with free entry in Schönbrunn, had to be postponed from June to early autumn and reduced to a small crowd due to Covid. For everyone else, television has delivered a brilliant classic show with delicacies from concerts, operas, films, ballet and operettas, the sound of which in a high-quality CD also has a long-term value for coming winter evenings. How this orchestra, with its sound culture of the highest class, fits into the hands of the Russian maestro is simply magnificent. The icing on the cake is Jonas Kaufmann, the German tenor currently undisputed in the top group. His inevitable “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot” need fear no comparisons.
ARTISTS Konstantin Reymaier at the organ of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna
Due to the corona regulations, the inauguration of the new giant organ in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, which was planned for Easter Sunday, had to be postponed. Instead of exactly 75 years after the fire of the cathedral in World War II with the destruction of the old cathedral organ, the consecration could only take place at the beginning of October. What connects us with this largest organ in Austria with its five manuals and 125 registers is the fact that it was manufactured by the world-renowned Rieger company in Schwarzach, which also made the organ in the Vienna Musikverein and a choir organ in St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Rieger combines the ancient art of organ building with the most modern electronic high-tech in operation and a new symphonic sound concept. Konstantin Reymaier, priest and organist of high standing, achieved unheard-of sound impressions in this recording from Bach’s D minor toccata and fugue to John Williams’ “Star Wars”.
ARTISTS Silver-Carburg Piano Duo, Wiener Symphoniker, cond. Florian Krumpöck
ALBUM Brahms / Dünser: Piano Concerto
LABEL EDEL Kultur / Berlin Classics
This recording of a Brahms arrangement by the Bregenz composer Richard Dünser, who lives in Styria, was made in December 2018 in the Wiener Konzerthaus, unaffected by Corona. After a series of operas, orchestral works and chamber music of his own, the 61-year-old recently turned to the area of recreational arrangements. Here he made a version for piano four hands and string orchestra from the piano quartet op. 25 by Brahms, but with special demands on himself: “I approached the original as if it were from myself and had the courage to do things that a pure arranger would never allow himself, ”reads the booklet. The result is an exciting and intimately played confrontation between Brahms and Dünser, in which the original is given a completely new face solely through the changed instrumentation.