- CD: Homage to Stelzner, Performed by the Summit Chamber Players
CD: Homage to Stelzner, Performed by the Summit Chamber Players
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CD: Homage to Stelzner, performed by the Summit Chamber Players
Brownsville, Pennsylvania: AK/Coburg, 2005. Duration: 59' 05"
Dr. Alfred Stelzner (1852-1906) redesigned the violin family according to modern 19th-century acoustical principles. He also invented two unique members of the family: the violotta, played on the arm like a viola but tuned a fourth below the viola; and the cellone, played on the knee like a cello but tuned a fourth below the cello. Felix Draeseke (1835-1913) was attracted to the new design and composed his String Quintet in A for Stelzner instruments, including the violotta. In 1896, the Dresden Conservatory organized a competition intended to stimulate interest for the newly designed and developed members of the string family by Stelzner. The winning composition was Arnold Krug's (1849-1904) Sextet in D Major for the combination of a normal string quartet, plus violotta and cellone. This recording is the first ever of these—or any—works played on original Stelzner intruments. (Publisher's notes)
Track List (click links below to hear MP3 excerpts):
Felix Draeseke: Quintet in A Major for Strings, WoO 25 Stelzner
1. Sehr mässig bewegt; mit Feuer
2. Sanft bewegt; getragen
3. Rasch und leicht bewegt. Trio: ungefähr dasselbe Tempo, graziös
4. Frisch und keck
Arnold Krug: Sextet in D Major for Strings, Op. 68, Preissextett
7. Finale Allegro
8. Süsse Melancholie, from the Ghaeselenkranz for piano,
Fata Morgana, Op. 13, No. 8 (transcribed for string quintet)