Henri Marteau – Violin concert C-Dur Op. 18 / Serenade Op. 20

Artist: Nicolas Koeckert / Deutsche Radio Philharmonie

Title: Henri Marteau – Violinkonzert C-Dur Op. 18 / Serenade Op. 20

Catalogue No.: SM 299

Release: 16.11.2018


Henri Marteau (1874 – 1934) was one of the most important violin and violin teachers of the early twentieth century. His compositional work found little attention despite some respectable successes.

Since 1982, the International Music Center Haus Marteau of the district of Upper Franconia maintains the artistic legacy of the German-French Composer in the form of master classes for musical talents from all over the world, publications on life and work as well as recordings of selected compositions on phonograms.
Missing are the autograph and the orchestral libretto from Marteau’s Violin Concerto op. 18. Raoul Grüneis re-orchestrated the work with the help of the piano reduction and a rehearsal recording by the WDR Symphony Orchestra. Enthusiasm among the audience and critics awoke the premiere of this version. The work sends the listener more impressively home than many other violin concertos established in the repertoire, Torsten Kohlschein judged in the Freie Presse.

WORLDPREMIERE RECORDING: Nicolas Koeckert and the Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern conducted by Raoul Grüneis presents a brilliant first recording of this work combined with the Serenade op. 20 released by Solo Musica.

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Praetorius Quartett / Marteau Quartett: Henri Marteau Vol. 3

Artists: Praetorius Quartett / Marteau Quartett

Title: Henri Marteau Klarinettenquintett Op. 13 – Streichquartett Op. 9

Catalogue No.: SM 282

Release: 17.08.2018


Marteau’s Clarinet Quintet Op. 13, composed in 1906, is still the best-known and most popular composition of the world-famous violin virtuoso. Like his teacher Mozart, Marteau perfects the melodic richness and smooth flow of harmony through the soft-sounding A clarinet and four string instruments. As a reminiscence of the original father of the string quartet Joseph Haydn from the same year of origin 1906 we hear the string quartet No. 2 op. 9 on this CD. The Praetorius Quartet consists of musicians of the Bavarian State Orchestra. David Schultheiß, the first concertmaster on the violin and as a soloist the well-known clarinetist Andreas Schablas. Also named after the composer, the Marteau Quartet consists to a large extent of musicians of the Bavarian State Orchestra.

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Vesselina Kasarova – Henri Marteau: Lieder

Title: Henri Marteau: Lieder

Catalogue No.: SM 263

Release: 13.10.2017


The two song cycles Opus 19c and Opus 28:
“Composed during the period of protective custody between 1915 and 1917”, Henri Marteau notes on the cover of the sketches for the cycle Opus 19c. He originally wrote the eight songs “… pour chant avec accompagnement de quatuor d’instruments à archets”, but then asks the Bulgarian composer Pantcho Wladigueroff, who is born in Zurich, for an arrangement for piano and voice. The poems which he carefully sets to music are by Sully Prudhomme and François Coppé, and they depict the vivid and symbolical nature and the rain, the Bretagne, the sea and the pretty grisettes who visit their lovers after work. The musical language of Marteau is poetic, atmospheric, most of the songs are at a slow pace, the moods are cloudy and in minor.
In the eight songs with piano accompaniment of Opus 28, on the other hand, Marteau sets to music German poems by Hölderlin, Otto Julius Bierbaum, Emanuel Geibel, Martin Greif and the Romanian queen of German descent, who wrote under the pseudonym Carmen Sylva. The songs are shorter, the harmonies more compact, the tempi more fluid and the basic mood is now major.
Vesselina Kasarova has worked together with such renowned conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Colin Davis, Pinchas Steinberg, Donald Runnicles, Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Ivor Bolton, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Zubin Mehta, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Fedosejew, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and many more. She has given concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. The Pianist Galina Vracheva is among a handful of pianists who master the art of classicalimprovisation. Her improvised cadenzas in piano concertos from Mozart to Rachmaninov and her instant compositions on themes spontaneously suggested are the delight of her audiences in concert halls worldwide.Marteau’s daughter Raymonde Linsmayer told the first artistic director of Haus Marteau, Prof. Dr. Günther Weiß, many years ago that there is a recording of the five “Schilflieder” for baritone with piano and obligatory viola op. 31, sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. These recordings are preserved by the sound archive of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, which has kindly agreed to a release.


* 8 Mélodies pour chant avec accompagnement de piano“ op. 19c 22:12
1 Pluie 2:45
2 A Douarnenez en Bretagne 2:39
3 Ritournelle 3:09
4 Matin d’Octobre 2:06
5 Chanson de mer 2:09
6 Vitrail 3:51
7 Pietié des choses 3:40
8 Dans la rue, le soir 1:47
** Acht Gesänge mit Klavierbegleitung op. 28 20:45
9 Nr. 1 Stille Fahrt 2:53
10 Nr. 2 Die Eichbäume 2:15
11 Nr. 3 Abendlied 2:11
12 Nr. 4 Empor! 1:43
13 Nr. 5 Gipfelndes Glück 1:15
14 Nr. 6 Regenlied 4:53
15 Nr. 7 Hütet Euch 1:30
16 Nr. 8 Liebesnacht 4:09
*** Fünf Schilflieder für Bariton mit Begleitung des Klaviers & obl. Bratsche 10:14
17 Sehr getragen “Drüben ging die Sonne scheiden” 3:01
18 Stürmisch, doch nicht hastig “Trübe wird’s, die Wolken jagen” 1:05
19 Andante con moto “Auf geheimen Waldespfaden” 2:04
20 Allegro agitato “Sonnenuntergang” 1:31
21 Andante molto Sostenuto “Auf dem Teich” 2:34
Total Running Time 53:11

Henri Marteau – Entdeckung eines Romantikers (Discovery of a romanticist)

Title: Henri Marteau – Entdeckung eines Romantikers Vol. 1

Catalogue No.: SM 229

Release: 24.06.2016


The violinist, composer, violin pedagogue and publisher Henri Marteau (1874-1934) is one of the tragic figures in the history of music. He began his career as a prodigy, encouraged by, among others, Brahms, Bruch, Gounod, and Massenet, and then celebrated triumphs throughout Europe and the US on extended concert tours. As the successor of the German “Violin Pope” Joseph Joachim at the Berlin Academy of Music since 1908, he was also the leading violin teacher in German-speaking countries. But the son of a French industrialist and a German mother, who was a French citizen, was arrested at the outbreak of World War I 1914 as an enemy alien, released several times and arrested again and was allowed to return after a humiliating internment in 1917 in his villa in Lichtenberg in Upper Franconia. His position in Berlin was deprived of him in a degrading manner and was not reproduced even after the end of the war. Neither as a soloist nor as a pedagogue, he was able to build on his successes before the war, certainly not with recordings that came too late for him and show him no longer in full possession of his abilities.


1 Berceuse für Violine und Klavier op. 1 (op. 2, Nr. 1) 03:18 Hans Kalafusz, Gitti Pirner Henri Marteau
2 Andantino für Violine und Klavier op. 2, Nr. 3 02:45 Hans Kalafusz, Gitti Pirner Henri Marteau
3 Chaconne für Viola und Klavier op. 8 06:59 Hariolf Schlichtig, Yumi Sekiya Henri Marteau
Zwei Stücke für Violoncello und Klavier op. 79e Reiner Ginzel, Gitti Pirner Max Reger
4 Nr. 1 Caprice h-moll 02:01
5 Nr. 2 Kleine Romanze D-Dur 02:11
6 Aria aus der Suite a-moll für Violine und Klavier op. 103a – Fassung für Violoncello und Klavier vom Komponisten 03:51 Reiner Ginzel, Gitti Pirner Max Reger
Acht Lieder für eine Singstimme und Streichquartett op. 10 Julie Kaufmann, Hans Kalafusz, Yi Li, Jürgen Weber, Reiner Ginzel Henri Marteau
7 Nr. 1 „An Agnes“ (Nikolaus Lenau) 03:43
8 Nr. 2 „Tränentropfen“ (Agnes Henri Marteau) 02:01
9 Nr. 3 „Als die Liebe kam“ (Agnes Henri Marteau) 02:51
10 Nr. 4 „In dem Garten meiner Seele“ (Agnes Henri Marteau) 02:34
11 Nr. 5 „Liebeslied“ (Agnes Henri Marteau) 01:23
12 Nr. 6 „Sonnenlied“ (Agnes Henri Marteau) 02:02
13 Nr. 7 „Träume“ (Agnes Henri Marteau) 04:40
14 Nr. 8 „Herbst“ (Agnes Henri Marteau) 02:33
Partita für Querflöte und Viola op. 42, Nr. 1 Andrea Lieberknecht, Hariolf Schlichtig Henri Marteau
15 I Praeludium e Fuga 07:34
16 II Courante 01:18
17 III  Marcia funebra 03:02
18 IV Menuet 02:52
19 V Giga 01:27