Matthias Bartolomey and Klemens Bittmann have always conceived their duo as a long-term project, a counterbalance to our fast-paced times. This gives them the opportunity to continually perfect their ensemble playing while elaborating their musical statement in numerous concert tours and intensive composing sessions. Their new program z e h n is a celebration of their ten-year anniversary as an ensemble. It consists of new pieces, most of them written while on Covid lockdown.
SchrammelBach ka rua
What inventions would Johann Sebastian Bach have had if he had caught an few too many at the “Heurigen” (pub) in Vienna? Did Bach compose “Heurigenmusik” (pubmusic) anyway? Would Johann Schrammel have secretly liked to compose like his baroque colleague? Taken the holy brook with Viennese humor? What kind of music for Schrammel harmonica would Bach have composed? The musicians Peter Hudler and Andreas Teufel ask themselves all these questions and answer them musically on the cello and the traditional Viennese button accordion, the Schrammelharmonika, in ka rua. The result is a Quodlibet made from battered Bach and båchanem Schrammel, from Bach preludes and Schrammelfugen, from old Viennese dance suites to satirical sacred content, whereby even H. C. Artmann and J. S. Bach find each other. There are many Bach crossovers – but there is only one SchrammelBach ...
Elsa Janulidu Hanna Bachmann
Across the history of music there are endlessly beautiful and partly unknown songs on the subject of "dreams" to be discovered, to which the most varied of poets and composers have dedicated themselves in their own and very personal ways. Elsa Janulidu and Hanna Bachmann skilfully implement the idea of portraying different styles of music and different approaches in a dreamy way, whilst simultaneously presenting a harmonious oeuvre. The juxtaposition of a total of eight languages is also exciting! The album title "Dream with me" taken from Leonard Bernstein's eponymous composition is also indicative for that. The wide range of composers represented here include songs by Edvard Grieg, Joseph Haydn, Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Jean Sibelius, Alban Berg, Kurt Weill, Richard Wagner, but also contemporary songs such as Manos Hatzidakis, Ennio Morricone, Astor Piazzolla or Harold Arlen.