CD "Felix Draeseke: Chamber Music" Op.48, Op.32, Op.31 and Op.38

Pascal Moraguès, clarinet - Hervé Joulain, french horn - Lisa Schatzman, violin -

Marie Chilemme, viola - David Pia, cello - Oliver Triendl, piano

Felix Draeseke: Chamber Music Works Op.48, Op.32, Op.31 and Op.38

Fine chamber music for winds, strings and piano: Quintet for string trio, horn and piano - Romance & Adagio for horn and piano - Sonata for clarinet and piano

This sixth album of the CD series introduces an especially active and unconventional representative of neo-romanticism with a horn quintet, a clarinet sonata, and two works for horn and piano: Felix Draeseke (1835–1913).
In spite of suffering from a hearing defect, he created not only chamber music, but also virtuoso concertos and sacred compositions the styles of which are truly remarkable. These chamber music recordings with wind players and strings available again for the first time are a true treasure in this edition.

The artists on this recording – all of them internationally renowned soloists as well as chamber and orchestra musicians – present a chamber music album that is musically highly intense and sensitive at once.

In order to highlight the special character of this recording, it has been mixed analogously with great effort (cf. SPARS code: DAD - Digital recording, Analog mixing/editing, Digital mastering), so that the intention of the artists and producers regarding Draeseke's music could be achieved perfectly.

Felix Draeseke was born on October 7 in Coburg and died on February 26 in Dresden. Although family tradition demanded he become a member of the clergy, he decided to pursue a career in music instead and began studying at the conservatory in Leipzig. Soon he came into contact with Wagner's music and turned into an enthusiastic fan of the New German School, whose leader had been Franz Liszt in Weimar. After failing with his ultra-modern early works, Felix Draeseke moved to the French-speaking part of Switzerland, where he lived for the next twelve years. These Swiss years need to be seen as a time of maturing. The first two symphonies (G major, Op. 12 and F major, Op. 25) as well as the drafts of other important works were created here. In 1864, he wrote the text book for the mystery play "Christ" which he did not compose until much later. In 1876, Felix Draeseke took up residence in Dresden. Since he suffered from a hearing defect, he was unable to work as musician, meaning he depended on the help of others to spread his works. In May of 1894, Felix Draeseke married Frida Neuhaus. [...]
(text extract of the CD booklet by Udo-Rainer Follert)

A Coproduction of the Joachim Wollenweber Edition and TYXart.

Free Audio Samples ... of this CD album!


»Music and Sound: ✩✩✩✩/✩ = very good/excellent«
Magazine FONO FORUM (05/2017)

»Radio hr2 kultur CD Tip!«
Live Moderation, incl. Audio Samples, hr Broadcasting Corp. Germany (January 15, 2017)

CD Review ♪♪♪♪ !
»[...] The musicians performing this All-Draeseke program offer polished and lively playing, and they are beautifully recorded.
Draeseke’s music [...] shows individuality, inventiveness and stylistic integrity.
Journal, Luxembourg (online January 30, 2017)

»BR Klassik CD Tip!«
Radio Broadcast 'Panorama', Presentation & Recommendation (March 22, 2017)

»CD Recommendation - Culture - Spectrum
[...] Very illustrious and good artists [...] A discovery!
Newspaper 'Nürnberger Nachrichten' - Nuremberg/Germany (January 06, 2017)

»[...] This CD – splendidly produced to the highest standards of performance, recording and accompanying documentation, presents us with four chamber works by Draeseke [...]
I mentioned earlier that the CD is produced to a very high standard and I wish to reiterate it. The booklet even reproduces the elaborate frontispieces of the first published editions of each work.
MusicWeb INTERNATIONAL, UK (online 03/2017)

»[...] All concerned give committed accounts of these attractive scores. The performances benefit from Tyxart’s superbly recorded sound. This delightful release will appeal to chamber music lovers who want to explore new byways.«
MusicWeb INTERNATIONAL, UK (online 04/2017)

»Album Review & Recommendation!« (online February 07, 2017)

CD Review & Tip
Opus Klassiek, NL (online 03/2017)

CD Recommendation
»Highlight of the Week!«
Gramola Vienna (02/2017)

The German Record Critics' Award (PdSK - "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik")
Nomination 2/2017 - Category CHAMBER MUSIC

PdSK (2nd quarter 2017)

CD Review & Recommendation!
Magazine FONO FORUM (06/2017)

Newspaper 'nmz - Neue Musik Zeitung' (12/2017)

CD Review & Recommendation!
Magazine 'das Orchester' (Issue 06/2017)

»[...] This CD features some of Draeseke's finest chamber music with a dazzling horn quintet, his delightful clarinet sonata (radiantly played by Pascal Moragues), and two works for horn and piano (Romance in F major and Adagio in A minor). The artists on these recordings are internationally renowned soloists as well as chamber and orchestra musicians, and contribute to an album of music that is both intense and sensitive. This is an ideal introduction for those unfamiliar with the music of this gifted and unjustly neglected composer.«
NEW CLASSICS, UK (online 03/2017)

CD programme (Tracklist):

Felix Draeseke (1835-1913)

Quintet in B flat major
for horn, violin, viola, cello and piano
, Op. 48
I. Allegro con brio ma non troppo vivace
II. Andante grave
III. Presto leggiero
IV. Finale. Allegro con brio, Allegro vivace e leggiero

Romance in F major
for horn and piano
, Op. 32

Adagio in a minor
for horn and piano
, Op. 31

Sonata in B flat major
for clarinet and piano
, Op. 38
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Scherzo; Allegro molto vivace (Presto)
IV. Rondo: Allegro con brio

Tags Keywords Felix Draeseke Quintet String trio French Horn Clarinet Piano Romance Adagio
Moraguès Joulain Schatzman Chilemme Pia Triendl CD TYXart Labelcode LC28001 4250702800774 TXA16077

» Detailed CD booklet includes further info (bios, photos, etc.)
» Total playing time: 73min 36sec | Booklet Text: DE, EN, FR, JP
» Format: 1 Audio-CD | "Classics" | Release: int'l from ~02/2017
» Order No.: TXA16077 | GTIN (EAN): 4250702800774 | (p)+(c)2016
» CD available commercially or directly via TYXart

The fourth CD of this new Chamber Music series:
"P. Scharwenka"

Another CD with Hervé Joulain, Horn:
"MELODIES - 17 Original Horn Themes"

Internationale Draeseke Gesellschaft (IDG):

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