New in April 2017
Our two main releases in April are the biblical oratorio ‚Moses’ op. 67 by Max Bruch, and the one-act comic opera ‚Saint Foix’ by Hans Sommer. Both these extensive scores were finished and premièred by the mid-1890s.
With ‚Moses’ we add a real magnum opus to our successful series of large choral works by Max Bruch. Hans Sommer (1837-1922) knew Mendelssohn and Brahms personally, studied with Liszt, and enjoyed an international reputation as a physician. Since around 1885 he appeared as a composer and wrote very successful operas that are rediscovered in our time. In his œuvre he blends the antitheses of conservative and revolutionary tendencies of Romanticism in a lyrical-dramatic manner.
Highlights among the orchestral works in April are the Rondo op. 21 by Heinz Tiessen and the Concerto in C for orchestra with piano by August Halm. Heinz Tiessen (1887-1971) was one of the most important expressionist after Richard Strauss’ ‚Salome’ and mentor of such great musicians as Eduard Erdmann and Sergiu Celibidache. His Rondo with original blackbird melodies was premièred by Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1918 and is, according to the composer, one of a pair of „most felicitous and characteristic pieces of my first period“. August Halm (1869-1929) is a famous musicologist and Bruckner researcher. The first movement of his Concerto in C, written in 1909, is conceived as a conscious enhancement of the overture forms by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Further orchestral scores in April include Riccardo Zandonai’s ‚Rapsodia Trentina, Antonín Dvorák’s Rondo for cello and orchestra, and overtures by Frank Martin, Salomon Jadassohn, Luigi Cherubini, and Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek.
We also present some major chamber music editions: the first printed edition of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto in C minor in the arrangement for piano and strings by Vinzenz Lachner that was just played very successfully by Beth Levin and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein; the large Second String Quartet by Ricardo Odriozola that is dedicated to the memory of the late wife of the composer Ketil Hvoslef (in the Norwegian Amethyst Edition); the enormous ‚Grand Trio in D minor’ for piano trio by Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, a magnificent successor of the famous piano trios by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Dvorák; and a Quartet for saxophones and clarinets by the Flemish composer Roland Coryn.