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Werner Herbers / Ebony Band

Polish Masterpieces

  • Type CD
  • Label Channel Classics
  • UPC 0723385310105
  • Catalog number CCS 31010
  • Release date 21 June 2010
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About the album

My quest of many years for unknown but worthwhile repertoire has seldom yielded such outstanding works as the Polish masterpieces on this recording. 

Koffler and Regamey are such unknown names that one would be inclined to conclude that they must be typical 'musician-composers', but even that is not the case. Among musicians too, their names do not usually ring a bell. But never before have I seen my musicians react so enthusiastically and emotionally to music I had placed before them. 

The Quintet by Konstanty Regamey, to which Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek drew my attention during a visit to the library of Warsaw University, is a fascinating journey through a most varied and colourful landscape; one forgets the 12-note technique completely when faced with so much imagination and creativity. 

Józef Koffler's music, in particular the cantata Die Liebe, is of the greatest conceivable purity: one cannot sing of love, as expressed in this biblical hymn, in a purer and more intimate manner. 

Why are these pieces hardly ever heard in our concert halls? Does Regamey make too heavy technical demands on the per­formers? Is Koffler's music too subtle for our time?
Werner Herbers, artistic leader
former principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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    Stringtrio, Op. 10 I. Allegro molto moderato
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    Stringtrio, Op. 10 II. Andante (molto cantabile)
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    Stringtrio, Op. 10 III. Allegro molto vivace
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    Die Liebe - Cantata, Op. 14 I. Adagio - Vivace - Un poco mosso - Tempo
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    Die Liebe - Cantata, Op. 14 II. Andante tranquillo - Agitat
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    Die Liebe - Cantata, Op. 14 III. Allegro moderato - Tranquillo
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    Die Liebe - Cantata, Op. 14 IV. Tempo I
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    Quintet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Cello & Piano I. Tema con variazioni
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    Quintet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Cello & Piano II. Intermezzo romantico - Lento
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    Quintet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Cello & Piano III. Rondo - Vivace giocoso

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