TROUBADISC was founded in 1991. The direction of this small and committed label was evident from the very first release - a disc of chamber works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel.
The classical music here offers a welcome addition to the more traditional repertory and provides listeners with a totally new experience in the world of sound: lively, appealing and topical ...
Matthias Hoffmann-Borggrefe conducts Mendelssohn’s “ELIJAH”
Following upon the highly acclaimed live recording of Frank Martin's Requiem and Arthur Honegger's cantata La Danse des morts (TRO-CD 01441), Troubadisc is pleased to present another sterling performance from the Choir of St. Nikolai in Hamburg, conducted by its longstanding director, Matthias Hoffmann-Borggrefe.
There are many reasons why Mendelssohn's Elijah belongs among the jewels of the nineteenth-century romantic oratorio repertoire.
Hoffmann-Borggrefe presents a well-considered interpretation that deals intensively with musical details without losing sight of the work's overall rigor. He is assisted by such superb vocalists as Katherina Müller, Yvi Jänicke, Michael Connaire, and a truly stentorian Elijah in the form of the bass-baritone Yorck Felix Speer. The Choir of St. Nikolai is accompanied by judicious and inspired playing from the Hamburg Camerata. The multi-track recording uniquely captures the special atmosphere of this concert of November 2013.
Renate Eggebrecht plays the Ysaÿe Sonatas and Rodrigo’s Capriccio
Ysaÿe is still largely neglected as a composer.
Renate Eggebrecht is thus all the more concerned to show, with her readings, where he should be placed among the great composers for the solo violin and what magnificent things he achieved in this area: 'Ysaÿe's trailblazing expansion of violin technique led music into uncharted territory: Bartók, Milhaud, Schoenberg, Denisov and many others pursued his discoveries in their own violin music.'
Another aspect that fascinates her about the Ysaÿe sonatas is their relation to the music of Bach, whose set of three sonatas and three partitas she has likewise recorded for the Edition VIOLIN SOLO.
Rounding off the Ysaÿe sonatas as a sort of epilogue is the Capriccio by Joaquín Rodrigo. Composed in 1944 as a tribute to the great violinist Pablo de Sarasate, Renate Eggebrecht finds it 'a pièce de resistance of rich-hued impressionistic neo-classicism and daredevil virtuosity for the solo violin'.
"I let Bach decide what his music has to say"
Renate Eggebrecht plays Bach and Silvestrov
Yet another Bach recording? Why not! After all, Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin are the ne plus ultra for their instrument. They also pose a monumental challenge to every violinist – a challenge in which musical substance, tone quality and technical mastery are tested no less supremely than the player’s skill in characterisation and the ability to breathe tension into large-scale form. In her solo performances of Bach, Renate Eggebrecht pulls out every stop from a lifetime of experience both as an active musician.
Wie rauschen die Bäume so winterlich schon
Es fliehen die Träume des lebens davon
Ein Klagelied schallt
Durch Hügel und Wald.
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Oratorio on Words of the Old Testament
Kantorei St. Nikolai Hamburg
VIOLIN SOLO Vol.6
Eugène Ysaye Six Sonatas op.27
Joaquin Rodrigo Capriccio
Renate Eggebrecht violin
VIOLIN SOLO Vol.7
J. S. Bach Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-6 V.Silvestrov Postludium II
Renate Eggebrecht violin