Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chopin - The 1830 Warsaw Concert - Das Neue Orchester, Spering









Chopin - The 1830 Warsaw Concert - Das Neue Orchester, Spering
Piano, Concerto | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 255 MB
September 7, 1999 | Opus111 | RapidShare



Volume 3 of Opus 111's Journey Around Chopin series replicates as much as possible an orchestral concert that took place March 17, 1830, in Warsaw, an occasion that sealed Chopin's early reputation as both composer and pianist. Hearing Chopin's music in this context is revealing. His restless modulations and dazzling keyboard figurations sound downright radical next to the hackneyed, workaday musicality of the Kurpinski and Elsner overtures, to say nothing of Paër's facile but empty vocal fireworks. Playing an Erard piano dating from around that time, Olejniczak plays with relaxed fluidity, and the small period-instrument aggregation proves how viable and effective Chopin's orchestrations really are. The concerted works, however, don't match the Emanuel Ax/Sir Charles Mackerras period versions on Sony for freshness and sophistication. Still and all, an absorbing release. --Jed Distler


DAS NEUE ORCHESTER is a name and a programme. It derives its name from a musical essay "Das Neueröffnete Orchestre" – The Newly Opened Orchestra – written by the then widely known musical writer Johann Matheson, published in 1713 as an orchestra manual. The orchestra was founded in 1988 by Christoph Spering and concentrates on performing well known and wrongfully forgotten masterpieces of the 18th and 19th centuries with their original sound; i.e. on instruments from the period of creation of these works. Hence, the orchestra has built up a reputation as an ensemble specialized in baroque music, as you can hear it today; but moreover DAS NEUE ORCHESTER was the first orchestra in Germany to apply the principles of historic fidelity also to music from the romantic period. Here the musicians could benefit from the experiences made as specialized performers of music from the baroque and classical era on period instruments.
Using period instruments means playing on instruments that would have been used during the time and in the geographical area of creation and performance of a composition.To perform its repertoire, the orchestra gathers in ever changing casts with the instruments of the corresponding periods, and is thus able to follow the composer's indications as strictly as possible. The performing conditions of every composer are adhered to very closely by the musicians. They take into account the evolution and manufacturing of the period instruments which took place over several hundred years. The musicians take for granted to be informed on the composing and performing conditions of every single work and to take into account several hundred years of evolution in the manufacture of musical instruments. The instruments used in Western music evolved constantly from generation to generation as have the playing techniques and sound. When DAS NEUE ORCHESTER performs baroque music on period instruments, the chords are made out of catgut instead of metal, the standard pitch is 25 Hertz lower (10 Hertz lower with classical & romantic music) than in a modern orchestra. The form of bows and fingerboards allow the musicians to play virtuoso baroque passages. Moreover the wind instruments only have finger holes and no keys. Bach, for example, used different instruments than his French colleagues; by the time of Mozart and Beethoven mainly the winds had undergone considerable changes. Yet other technical inventions and modifications made it possible for Schumann and Brahms to write for a novel orchestra, which has been completely unknown.



Track listing:
# Zamek na Czorsztynie, opera Overture (Lento - Allegro vivace)
Composed by Karol Kazimierz Kurpinski
Performed by New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Christoph Spering

# Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, CT. 48
Composed by Fryderyk Chopin
Performed by New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
with Janusz Olejniczak
Conducted by Christoph Spering

# La Biondina in gondoletta, for voice & piano
Composed by Ferdinando Paer
Performed by New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
with Olga Pasiecznik, Janusz Olejniczak
Conducted by Christoph Spering

# Fantasy on Polish Airs for piano & orchestra in A major, Op. 13, CT. 41
Composed by Fryderyk Chopin
Performed by New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
with Janusz Olejniczak
Conducted by Christoph Spering

# Leszek bialy, opera Overture
Composed by Jozef Antoni Franciszek Elsner
Performed by New Berlin Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Christoph Spering

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