The Piano Trios (2006)

Mendelssohn

Julia Fischer, Jonathan Gilad, Daniel Muller-Schott

 Classical moderation and Romantic sensitivity are the signatures for the music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Not, however, in an anachronistic, but in a progressive sense of the word, even transgressing boundaries: “Nobody can forbid me to take pleasure in this and to continue working on the legacy left to me by the great masters. After all, it is not the idea that each person has to start afresh from the beginning; however, the work should also carry on from where it left off in accordance with one’s creative powers, and not be solely an unimaginative repetition of what has been”, thus did he formulate his self-confident, aesthetic concept. And correspondingly, as most of his contemporaries including Franz Liszt agreed, he thus became one of the “most outstanding German composers” of the early 19th century

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Julia Fischer

Born in Munich, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and at just 11-years-old won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist.

Julia Fischer has since appeared regularly with the world's most celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concerto highlights have included orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Fischer has worked with conductors of the highest level including Blomstedt, Eschenbach, Vladimir Jurowski, Paavo Järvi, Maazel, Marriner, Salonen, Temirkanov, Welser-Möst, and Zinman. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Fischer has performed in the world's great concert halls and in festivals across Europe, including at the Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts, Berlin Philharmonie, and Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Easter Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ms. Fischer was Artist in Residence at Konzerthaus Berlin during the 2012-13 season and at Dresdner Philharmonie during the 2013-14 season; London's Wigmore Hall additionally dedicated to Ms. Fischer a Perspective Series throughout the 2013-14 season.

Ms. Fischer will open the 2014-15 season with concerts at the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, performing in recital with Igor Levit and in concert with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under the baton of Michael Sanderling. Following an appearance with Daniel Müller-Schott at the Festival Herbstliche Musiktage, Ms. Fischer embarks on a recital tour of France with Yulianna Avdeeva. A tour of Germany with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Jurowski will see Ms. Fischer perform the rarely programmed Schumann violin concerto and include the first out of three concerts which will showcase Ms. Fischer as first Artist in Residence at Frankfurt's concert series Pro Arte; she also tours Switzerland in the role of conductor and soloist with pianist Oliver Schnyder and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and appears in major venues throughout Europe alongside the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Temirkanov. Further highlights as soloist include the Philharmonia Orchestra/Hr?ša, MDR Symphony/Kristjan Järvi, Boston Symphony/Dutoit, Czech Philharmonic/Zinman, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/Bringuier. Summer 2015 will see Ms. Fischer performing at major festivals – at Grafenegg Music Festival, at the Kissinger Summer Music Festival with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Blomstedt, at the Rheingau Music Festival with Jordan – as well as on a European tour with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony/Sanderling performing Katchaturian.

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The Piano Trios (2006)

Mendelssohn

Julia Fischer, Jonathan Gilad, Daniel Muller-Schott

    "completely eclipses all other versions of this wonderful music"

This has to be one of the best discs of chamber music making I have ever heard and certainly one of the best recorded. It certainly completely eclipses all other versions of this wonderful music I have heard. Rarely has any chamber music sounded so lifelike. The quality of the playing and the feeling is recalled of when I first heard Multichannel but I am now regularly "immersed" in beauty, so this is really something very special indeed. Tremendously exciting! Do not hesitate - buy this for yourself and anyone you know who loves chamber music as, even in "plain" stereo, you & they will surely love it as much as I do.

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The Piano Trios (2006)

Mendelssohn

Julia Fischer, Jonathan Gilad, Daniel Muller-Schott

Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Meitner DSD AD
Mastering Equipment: B&W Nautilus
Microphones: Neumann KM 130, KM 140
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean marie Geijsen, Sebastian Stein
Recording location: Deutschlandfunk Sendesaal, Cologne, Germany
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 - Molto allegro agitato
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Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 - Andante con moto tranquillo
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Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 - Scherzo - Leggiero e vivace
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Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 - Finale - Allegro assai appassionato
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Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 - Allegro energico e con fuoco
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Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 - Andante espressivo
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Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 - Scherzo - Molto allegro quasi presto
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Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 - Finale - Allegro appassionato
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