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0137-0 CD

The Welte Mignon Mystery Vol. III

Richard Strauss

today playing his 1906 interpretations
Selected works by Strauss

EAN/barcode: 4009850013709

This is not an historical recording. Yet mysteriously the music is performed in an interpretation which is historically authentic down to the last detail. The key to this mystery is: the original performer was present at the recent recording session, but not physically: the music is heard on a modern Steinway. Never has music stored in the Welte-Mignon system sounded so ”right” or so well. Thanks to TACET’s much-praised recording technique, and because the Welte-Mignon memory system and sound production mechanism have now been newly adjusted for the fi rst time by the leading expert in the fi eld – and are thus able to meet TACET’s requirements. (Welte-Mignon was invented in 1904.) The Welte-Mignon mystery can now speak to us without distortion.

What is "Welte Mignon"?

Video on the Welte Mignon piano with the expert Hans W. Schmitz

Tracks

Nr.
No.
Werk - Satz
Composition - movement
Oeuvre - mouvement
Komponist
Composer
Compositeur
Künstler
Artist
Interprète
Dauer
Duration
Durée
1SalomeFragmentsRichard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
3:37
2 Dance of the Seven VeilsRichard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
8:54
3A Hero's Life op. 40Love SceneRichard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
3:51
4Fire Famin Op. 50Love SceneRichard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
5:37
5Mood Pictures op. 9No. 1, On the silent Forest PathRichard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
4:01
6 No. 2, The Lonely WatersRichard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
3:10
7 No. 3, IntermezzoRichard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
3:40
8 No. 4, RêverieRichard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
2:38
9Cecilia op. 27, 2Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
1:46
10Secret Invitiation op. 27, 3Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Richard Strauss
2:32

total playing time: 40:27

See reviews for this production

Pianiste (07/01/2011):

LES LEÇONS DU PASSÉ
La magie des Welte-Mignon
Debussy, Ravel, Mahler, Einecke, Grieg, Granados… jouent leurs œuvres.

Vous aimeriez entendre Ravel, Debussy, Strauss, Saint-Saëns, Reger jouant sur un piano d'aujourd'hui leurs propres Oeuvres? Et que diriez-vous aussi d'une restitution « parfaite » des interprétations des premiers Horowitz, Fischer, Lhévinne et autres Schnabel? Le label allemand Tacet propose une anthologie des rouleaux gravés par le procédé Welte-Mignon. more...

Audiophile Audition (02/01/2006):

"Rube Goldberg-style gear achieved in 1906 the utmost realism possible in piano roll cutting, now heard in stereo with a phantom composer at the keyboard
The liner notes to this restoration open with the disclaimer: "This is not an historical recording: quite the opposite. more...

Pizzicato (01/01/2006):

"Strauss war vierzig Jahre alt, als er 1906 diese Auswahl eigener Werke im Welte-Mignon-Verfahren einspielte. Die Rollen ermöglichen heute also, Strauss "live" am Klavier und im Originalklang zu erleben. more...

Klassik heute (10/26/2005):

"Die Idee ist einleuchtend, die Fabrikation mustergültig, das Resultat mehr als befriedigend! Richard Strauss′ Welte Mignon-Aufnahmen aus dem Jahr 1906 werden hier auf einem modernen Steinway "reproduziert", das heißt: das Player Piano-System wurde einem Instrument neuerer Bauart vorgeschaltet. more...