Mdg 2000

Johann Sebastian Bach - Passio Secundum Johannem (Johannes-Passion) BWV 245, Version II (1725) [MDG, 2000]

Johann Sebastian Bach - Passio Secundum Johannem (Johannes-Passion) BWV 245, Version II (1725)
Holton / Bartosz - Kölner Kammerchor - Collegium Cartusianum - Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | 2x CD, FLAC: 500 MB | Artwork: 166 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 332 0983-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2000
Genre: Classical | Style: Sacred, Baroque, Oratorio

“clear diction and outstandingly responsive singing throughout is the biggest single asset of the performance. Superbly dynamic the set is obligatory for all committed Bachians.” (Fanfare)
Claudio Monteverdi - Kölner Kammerchor / Peter Neumann - Madrigals (1996, MDG "Gold" # 332 0081-2) [RE-UP]

Claudio Monteverdi - Madrigals
Kölner Kammerchor / Peter Neumann
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 191 MB | Full Artwork: 65 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 332 0081-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1996
Genre: Classical | Style: Late Renaissance, Early Baroque, Vocal

„… the release of a special audiophile treat. It is not without reason that French critics have just awarded the choir the ‘Diapason d’or’ prize.“ (K Int’l)
Johann Melchior Molter - Nova Stravaganza / Rampe - Orchestral & Chamber Music (2004, MDG "Gold" # 341 1279-2) [RE-UP]

Johann Melchior Molter (1696-1765) - Orchestral & Chamber Music
Nova Stravaganza / Siegbert Rampe
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 322 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 341 1279-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2004
Genre: Classical | Style: Baroque

Johann Melchior Molter was a German baroque composer and violinist. (…) Molter's surviving works include an oratorio; several cantatas; over 140 symphonies, overtures, and other works for orchestra; many concertos, including some of the first clarinet concertos ever written; and many pieces of chamber music.
Darius Milhaud - Ensemble Villa Musica - Kammersymphonien No.1-6 (1992, MDG # L 3449) [RE-UP]

Darius Milhaud - Ensemble Villa Musica - Kammer-Symphonien No. 1-6 / Suite D'Après Corrette / Les Rêves De Jacob
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 233 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG # L 3449 | Country/Year: Germany 1992
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

Milhaud’s six little symphonies are brief, lighthearted experiments in sound combinations, and they are also very charming. These performances are delightful … precise, spirited, brilliant …
I don’t see how anyone could go wrong with these performances, which MDG captures in bright, characterful sound.
Olivier Messiaen - Rudolf Innig - Livre du Saint Sacrament (1998, MDG "Gold" # 317 0623-2) [RE-UP]

Olivier Messiaen - Rudolf Innig - Livre du Saint Sacrament
2xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 430 MB | Full Artwork: 187 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 317 0623-2 | Country/Year: Germany 1998
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary, Organ

"…Each gesture, each interpretive nuance – and there are numerous reminders that Innig’s performance is personal and distinct – serves to enhance Messiaen’s faith. So one cannot escape the devout mystery and probity that Rudolf Innig brings in such full measure to the Livre du Saint Sacrement. This performance promises to invigorate the soul." (Fanfare)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Das Neue Orchester / Chorus Musicus Köln / Spering - Elias (2010, MDG "Live" # 602 1656-2) [RE-UP]

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Elias: Oratorio on words of the Old Testament op. 70
Das Neue Orchester / Chorus Musicus Köln / Christoph Spering
2xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 556 MB | Full Artwork: 203 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Live" # 602 1656-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2010
Genre: Classical | Style: Oratorio, Sacred, Romantic

…And, in fact, Elias has rarely been performed with greater respect for the original than it is here under the conductor Christoph Spering, who has recorded this “sacred opera” with his New Orchestra and the Chorus Musicus Köln in Essen’s Philharmonic Hall with the composer’s “dramatic ideal” fully in mind and heart. (…) The result was in fact an oratorio in opera form and a wealth of dramaturgical elements that absolutely enthralled the public. Fresh Interpretation Just as the composer would have wanted it, Christoph Spering has selected a full chorus and a magnificently dimensioned orchestra for this recording. The New Orchestra performs on historical instruments and in the two years since its founding has gained renown as an outstanding interpreter of the music of the romantic era. (…) Brisk tempos, sharp delineation, powerful expression, and interpretive freshness are the hallmarks of this new discovery for the MDG Live label.
Jules Massenet - Stefan Irmer - Complete Solo Piano Works (2012, MDG "Scene"# 618 1729-2) [RE-UP]

Jules Massenet - Stefan Irmer - Complete Solo Piano Works
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 249 MB | Full Artwork: 87 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Scene"# 618 1729-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2012
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

"…Stefan Irmer has clearly studied and truly learned this music. So often on a disc of rarely performed music one gets the feeling that the pianist is sight-reading the notes in order to make a recording of previously unrecorded music. Not so here. Irmer performs with wonderful clarity, variety of tone, panache, and commitment. He truly sells the music.
Natural recorded sound, capturing very well the 1901 Steinway used for the recording, rounds out a delightful disc." ~Fanfare
Martinu - Ensemble Villa Musica - Chamber Music (1998, MDG "Gold" # 304 0774-3) [RE-UP]

Bohuslav Martinu - Ensemble Villa Musica - Chamber Music
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 248 MB | Full Artwork: 88 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 304 0774-3 | Country/Year: Germany 1998
Genre: Classical | Style: Early 20th Century

…Ensemble Villa Musica was founded in 1990 when a group of principal players from several of Germany's major orchestras assembled for master classes in Mainz under the state-sponsored Villa Musica foundation. The players decided to form the group with no limitations in repertory, but with a focus on neglected masterworks of the past. Most of the members retained their posts in orchestras and/or on the faculties of universities or music schools. The ensemble's leader since its founding has been clarinetist Ulf Rodenhäuser…
Albert Lortzing - Neue Detmolder Liedertafel - An den Frühling (2002, MDG "Scene" # 622 1105-2) [RE-UP]

Albert Lortzing - Neue Detmolder Liedertafel - An den Frühling: Ernste und heitere Festgesänge für Männerstimmen
Albert Lortzing - Neue Detmolder Liedertafel - To Spring: Serious and Serene Songs for Male Voices
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 240 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Scene" # 622 1105-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2002
Genre: Classical | Style: Vocal

I was definitely not prepared for the utter charm and simplicity of these wonderful songs, grouped together on disc for the first time. Lortzing's melodies are easy on the ear and the Neue Detmolder Liedertafel are a crack group of singers, injecting their own characteristic charm into the music. (…) You can't really put a plug on this one, listening over and over again always increases the enjoyment. Just go ahead and buy it!
Ernst Krenek - Karl V.: Stage Work with Music in two parts (2001, MDG "Gold" # 337 1082-2) [RE-UP]

Ernst Krenek - Karl V. - Stage Work with Music in two parts
Czech Philharmonic Chorus of Brno / Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn / Marc Soustrot
2xCD | EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 520 MB | Full Artwork (incl. Libretto): 460 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: MDG "Gold" # 337 1082-2 | Country/Year: Germany 2001
Genre: Classical | Style: Opera, Early 20th Century

Krenek’s Karl V is the kind of opera that can be appreciated on several different levels. (…) Remarkably, it’s the earliest large-scale opera to use the 12-note system, though Krenek triumphantly refutes the notion that adherence to this technique inhibits creativity and emotional power. The composer’s widow has claimed that this performance, recorded in connection with the Beethoven Festival in Bonn last year, is by far the finest she has ever heard. With wonderful singing from David Pittman-Jennings as Karl and superb commitment from conductor Marc Soustrot and his fine orchestra, there is little reason to disagree with this verdict.