Münchner Symphoniker & Kevin John Edusei – Schubert

Artists: Münchner Symphoniker & Kevin John Edusei

Title: Franz Schubert – Symphonie Nr. 3 & 7

Catalogue No.: SM 339

Release: 03.07.2020


The motto of this CD release of Schubert’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7 in E-major might be “On to new horizons!” In general, this phrase has positive connotations, and it offers an apt description for the sparkling innovative force driving forward Symphony No. 3 in D-major. Here, Schubert is still in a state of experimentation characterized by youthful energy, having overcome the teething troubles which plagued the previous Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2. Does the phrase, however, also apply to the completion of the score fragment of Symphony No. 7 in E-major? One has to admit that the answer is: yes and no. On the one hand, the slow introduction of the Seventh in E-major sounds like something perfectly new (and something newly perfect), on the other, there may have been reasons why Schubert, who impatiently began composing straight into the sketched-out score, left the symphony a mere skeleton. Even in a version completed by another hand, this work is worth exploring, as it builds a bridge from the carefree Symphony No. 6 to Schubert’s late works, the Unfinished Symphony and the Great Symphony in C-major. Two departures for new horizons – and they are two different horizons – are what we seek to document with this recording.

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Yury Kunets & Münchner Symphoniker – Reflection (CD & Vinyl)

Cover ReflectionArtist: Yury Kunets, Münchner Symphoniker

Title: Reflection

Catalogue No.: SM 292

Release CD: 28.06.2019

Release LP: 30.08.2019


In his compositions, Yury Kunets combines elements of classical music, jazz and pop music. The melody and the romantic character of his symphonic works reflect the essence of the composer. Kunets: “My music has a very lyrical character; I try to convey my view of life and my feelings. It is, so to speak, the result of my philosophical reflections, little stories about our existence surrounded by nature, which in turn is closely connected with our emotional being”.

For “Reflection”, Yury Kunets once again collaborated with arranger and conductor Lee Holdrige (Emmy & Grammy award-winning composer and orchestrator) and recording producer Christopher Alder (10x time Grammy award-winning record producer). “This music explores the true nature of reflection. I did not want to show reflection as a physical phenomenon, as in a mirror, but as a reflection of the spiritual being and the true picture of what is in it.” (Yury Kunets) “Reflection” contains images that draw on a series of inspirations: from the beauty and magic of moonlight and the winter scenes of Yury’s homeland to nostalgia, spirituality and true self- observation.

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Fabiola Kim & Münchner Symphoniker – 1939

Artist: Fabiola Kim & Münchner Symphoniker

Title: 1939

Catalogue No.: SM 308 (2 CDs)

Release: 07.06.2019


“1939” Europe on the eve of Armageddon. Some still do not want to believe that it will happen, some guessed it and some are fatalistic or even euphoric. Nowadays, barely a little over 70 years later, hardly anybody in the younger generation can imagine that such a catastrophe is possible or could be possible again. On the basis of three violin concertos by Bartók, Hartmann and Walton, which were created this year, these moods of the various composers should be audible on a CD together with the Munich Symphony Orchestra as well as a kind of time machine. 

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Yury Kunets – Russian Winter (Digital Single)

Artist: Yury Kunets – Münchner Symphoniker

Title: Russian Winter

Catalogue No.: SM 306

Release: 10.12.2018


In many northern regions of Russia, it is said that winter never ends. The Siberian winds generate sub-zero temperatures, causing rivers and lakes to crackle and freeze. Delicate ice crystals fall from the endless white sky and dance alongside trees and shrubs. The days are short, and everyday life slows during the darkest months. But it is also a time of festivals and traditions, a time when people greet each other with warmth and kindness to escape the sting of the cold. Bells ring in this magical time in which many look forward to cosy get-togethers and festive markets, teeming with rosy-cheeked children holding spiced sugar cookies and hot chocolate. With Russian Winter, Yury Kunets captures this vignette, creating a melodious picture of familial togetherness.

“A great Russian heart needs great Russian symphonies.” This is how Kunets describes his work himself. It is the Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, the German-Austrian greats such as Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, but also jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock Stevie Wonder and Al Jarreau, who shape his orchestral compositions and revive memories of nature and childhood. Little stories about human existence, always connected and surrounded by nature, are preserved throughout his compositions.

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Münchner Symphoniker – Schubert Symphony No 5 & 6

Artists: Münchner Symphoniker

Kevin John Edusei

Title: Schubert Symphonie Nr. 5 & 6

Catalogue No.: SM 296

Release: 26.10.2018


The recording presented here is dedicated to the last two symphonies of Franz Schubert’s earlier compositional period. Both are united by their emergence in the atmosphere of the amateur orchestra founded by Otto Hatwig, in which Franz played the viola, and his brother Ferdinand the violin. This orchestra was a stroke of luck for the young Schubert, akin to a laboratory where he could thoroughly test his compositions against the works of composing contemporaries such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Méhul, and in real world conditions. Nevertheless, in their compositional intent, the symphonies are so fundamentally different that it is tempting to present these two dissimilar siblings on one CD.

Looking at the entire cycle of the Schubert symphonies, and the existential crisis in which Schubert found himself after 1818, this criticism seems in hindsight to be justified only to a certain extent. The creative chasm that opened up in front of Schubert is documented in his many symphonic drafts and abandoned works. In chamber music and in song composition, his productivity likewise decreased considerably. At that time, there was also the break with his father.

Against this background, the Sixth seems like a charming “coming-of-age” work that demonstrated to the composer – with the utmost severity – the creative limits of youth-fuelled ardour.

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Münchner Symphoniker – Franz Schubert: Symphonien Nr. 4 & 7

Title: Franz Schubert: Symphonien Nr. 4 & 7

Catalogue No.: SM273

Release: 20.10.2017


The present release of Symphonies 4 and 7 must be understood both as an evaluation of the joint work over past years with the Münchner Symphoniker, and also as a look ahead at what is yet to come. Which composer would be better suited to such a Janus-like look than Schubert – for whom the open, the unspoken and the hoped-for played such an enormous role compositionally as well as biographically?

The logo of the Munich Symphony Orchestra shows a golden angel on the banks of the river Isar – wing tips point skywards, keeping vigil over the Bavarian capital. As one of the city’s four symphony orchestras, the Munich Symphony is strongly committed to Munich and its musical traditions. “The Sound of Our City” is the orchestra’s motto as well as its mission: With four subscription concert series in all of Munich’s major concert venues, the Munich Symphony is one of the city’s most renowned ensembles, while on its numerous national and international tours it takes the “Sound of Our City” out beyond the city boundary.
Kevin John Edusei is one of today’s most promising young conductors. He is known for his delicate, clear conducting which creates space for new nuances in a wide-rangingrepertoire from baroque to contemporary music.Since the season 2014/2015 he has brought exceptional new visions to the Münchner Symphoniker as their chief conductor and has established a strong relationship with the audience.



 Symphonie Nr. 4 c-Moll D 417 “Tragische”
1 Adagio molto – Allegro vivace 8:57
2 Andante 9:07
3 Menuetto. Allegretto vivace 3:05
4 Allegro 10:57
Symphonie Nr. 7 h-moll D 759 “Unvollendete”
5 Allegro moderato 13:48
6 Andante con moto 9:46
7 Scherzo – Trio I – Trio II – Scherzo: Allegro 9:00
8 Allegro moderato 12:19
Total 77:05

Max Müller & Münchner Symphoniker – Der Nussknacker

Titel: Auszüge aus “Der Nussknacker – Geschichte eines Nussknackers”

Katalog Nr: SM 252

Veröffentlichung: 02.12.2016


Auf dieser Doppel-CD präsentieren die Münchner Symphoniker sich unter der Leitung von Chefdirigent Kevin John Edusei mit Auszügen aus Peter Tschaikowskys beliebter Ballettmusik „Der Nussknacker“. Auf der zweiten CD findet sich die „Geschichte eines Nussknackers“ von Alexandre Dumas, einer weniger bekannten Nacherzählung von E.T.A. Hoffmanns berühmtem „Original-Nussknacker“. Dumas‘ Version der Nussknacker-Geschichte diente als Vorlage für die Ballettmusik von Tschaikowsky.

Tauchen Sie mit dieser Doppel CD ein in die Welt dieser wunderbaren Musik und der Geschichte eines Nussknackers und lassen Sie sich verzaubern: Erleben Sie Ausschnitte aus Peter Tschaikowskys „Der Nussknacker“, einem der populärsten Ballettstücke, mit Texten von Alexandre Dumas, gelesen vom Schauspieler und Sänger Max Müller, bekannt als Michi Mohr aus der beliebten ZDF-Serie „Die Rosenheim-Cops“.

Als eines der vier Symphonieorchester der Stadt sind die Münchner Symphoniker der Stadt München und ihrer Musiktradition intensiv verbunden. „Der Klang unserer Stadt“ ist für das Orchester Motto und Auftrag zugleich. Gleichrangig neben der Klassik pflegen die Münchner Symphoniker hochkarätige Produktionen aus den Bereichen Oper, Filmmusik und Show. Pro Jahr stehen rund 110 Konzerte auf dem Programm, in denen das Publikum das breite Repertoire und den extrovertierten Musizierstil des Orchesters erleben kann.

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CD 1 – Die Musik
Auszüge aus dem 1. Akt
Ouvertüre miniature (Allegro giusto) 03:20
Vorrede, in welcher erklärt wird, wie der Verfasser gezwungen wurde, die Geschichte vom Nürnberger Nussknacker zu erzählen 05:12
Marsch der Zinnsoldaten 02:35
Auszüge aus dem 3. Akt
Im Zauberschloss von Zuckerburg und Marie (Klärchen) und der Prinz 08:24
Schokolade – Spanischer Tanz (Boléro) 01:10
Kaffee – Arabischer Tanz 03:16
Tee – Chinesischer Tanz 01:11
Trepak – Russischer Tanz 01:10
Tanz der Rohrflöten 02:33
Mutter Gigogne und die Hampelmänner 02:40
Blumenwalzer 06:52
Pas de deux. Intrada 04:53
Variation1: Tarantella 00:45
Variation 2: Tanz der Zuckerfee 02:14
Coda 01:28
Finale und Apotheose 04:40
Total 53:44
CD 2 – Die Geschichte
Geschichte eines Nussknackers
Der Pate Drosselmayer 05:35
Der Christbaum 03:11
Das Mädchen mit dem hölzernen Mantel 05:48
Wunderdinge 08:17
Die Schlacht 03:35
Die Krankheit 05:07
Die Prinzessin Pirlipat 10:44
Frau Mauserinks 07:37
Der Mechanikus und der Astrolog 05:11
Die Nuss Krakatuk 02:47
Das Ende der Geschichte der Prinzessin Pirlipat 06:01
Der Oheim und der Neffe 00:54
Die Hauptstadt 04:07
Das Puppenreich 04:48
Schluss 04:41
Total 78:24