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Tatjana Ruhland´s guest appearance at Berlin Philharmonic

Please enjoy works by Debussy, Stravinsky and others at Digital Concert Hall: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/de/concert/51842

Tatjana Ruhland zu Gast bei den Berliner Philharmonikern

Debussys "L´après-midi d`un faune" und Strawinskys "Feuervogel" nachzuerleben in der Digital Concert Hall: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/de/concert/51842

Tatjana Ruhland & August Eberhard Müller

Following Tatjana Ruhland’s cpo CD with flute compositions by Carl Reinecke, which has just been awarded the OPUS KLASSIK 2018 for the best concerto recording of the year, music critics have described her as »the top class in her field« and as »a virtuoso and nimble flutist« with »a warm tone full of interpretive intensity.« On her new cpo CD she dedicates herself to three flute concertos by August Eberhard Müller. Beethoven esteemed Müller as an artist, and Goethe valued him as a music expert; contemporary lexicographers praised him as a composer and as an interpreter on the flute, piano, and organ, and Friedrich Rochlitz, the founding editor of the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, described him as a composer whose works were »of definite, enduring value.« Müller also did not have to beg for prestigious posts: he was the St. Thomas choirmaster and organist and Johann Sebastian Bach’s fourth successor in Leipzig from 1804 to 1810 and the court music director in Weimar, »seat of the Muses,« from 1810 until his death. Müller’s flute concertos, eleven in all, were printed between 1794 and 1816, and two single pieces for flute and orchestra were published in 1804 and 1817. It thus may be said that he thoroughly occupied himself with this genre or instrumentation during his active years as a composer, and his flute concertos make no secret of his great admiration for Mozart.

Profound, virtuosic, prizewinning.

Tatjana Ruhland’s recently released recording of works by Carl Reinecke with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra has met with high acclaim from the critics and now has been awarded the OPUS KLASSIK 2018 as the Concerto Recording of the Year.

Read more in the attached flyer

Sometimes it isn’t the music so much as the performer.

The music is by Carl Reinecke, whose legacy lives on more through his pupils than his music. During his academic career, he taught Edvard Grieg, Leoš Janácek, Isaac Albéniz, Felix Weingartner, and Max Bruch, to name but a few. Of all his 300+ compositions, he’s best remembered for only one — his flute sonata “Undine.”

Reinecke himself studied at various times with Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt. It’s easy to hear the influences of all three in his work. Reinecke was a more than a competent composer. He simply had the misfortune of being very good while being surrounded by greatness.

Tatjana Ruhland brings out the best in Reinecke’s music. Her committed performances and flawless technique made me want to seek out more of Reinecke’s oeuvre. Ruhland plays with a velvety tone that can turn to cold steel when necessary. The flute sonata “Undine” has been recorded many times, but Ruhland makes it sound like a new work.

The Flute Concerto in D major is another high point of the release. This is Reinecke-as-Mendelssohn, and Ruhland’s playful interpretation adds to the fun. Ruhland is also the solo flutist for the ensemble that accompanies her. That relationship seems to give the concerto and the Ballade in D minor some additional chemistry.

Truly great performances of some very good music.

Carl Reinecke: Flute Concertos, Flute Sonatas
Tatjana Ruhland, flute
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR; Alexander Liebreich, conductor
CPO 777 949-2

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