Oberton String Octet

The Rediscovery of Afanasyev

For a long time, the double quartet composition titled "Housewarming" by Nikolai Afanasyev remained unknown and was never performed, despite its outstanding quality. The Oberton String Octet, whose aim is to rediscover forgotten works of chamber music, took on the task of bringing the piece into a renaissance. Rediscovered by Oberton in 2017, ‘Housewarming’ was performed in several concerts and was recorded live in 2018 (22.09.2018, Jeunesse Kammermusikreihe, Ankerbrotfabrik Wien). This premiere recording of the double quartet was released at the beginning of 2019 and enabled a wider audience to access this music for the first time. As a result, the composition has become a standard work of octet literature and has since been taken up by other ensembles.

A milestone of this revival is the Oberton String Octet’s subsequent recording in 2019 and CD release in early 2020. Further steps to showcase Afanasyev’s masterpiece include concerts in Europe, where the work will constitute the core of Oberton’s repertoire.

Dorothy Khadem-Missagh

In addition to the well-known works Grande Sonate pathétique and Les Adieux, Dorothy Khadem-Missagh plays the seldom played 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor WoO 80 as well as a first recording:

Karl Traugott Zeuner is one of many unjustly forgotten composers.

Despite the richness of his oeuvre, which comprises numerous solo works for piano, two piano concertos (op. 12 in G (1817) and op. 13 in E-flat (1823)), chamber music as well as ballets, Zeuner’s music did ultimately not enter the concert repertoire even though he was able to secure a major (and demanding) publisher for his works, Breitkopf & Härtel of Leipzig. His hitherto largely unexplored works—the principal motivation for the recording at hand—include a Fantaisie pour le pianoforte sur un air de la Petite Russie op. 7.

Zeuner was a fervent admirer of Beethoven met even him in person in Vienna.

It is a painful irony that Karl Traugott Zeuner was primarily known to music history on account of his fortuitous personal relationships, and the present recording of one of his piano compositions, made possible thanks to the unique holdings of the Collections of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, is therefore all the more valuable.

Label of the Year

Unser Klassiklabel ARS Produktion ist mit dem Internationalen Musikpreis "ICMA" ausgezeichnet worden.

For over 30 years, the German classical label ARS Produktion has been a successful platform for young artists as well as for widely recognized musicians. Many releases feature niche programs revealing hidden treasures. Artists, critics and listeners have pointed out the excellent recorded sound created by Manfred Schumacher, with most of the productions being released as high quality hybrid SACDs.


Unsere SACD-Produktion
ist mit dem Deutschen Musikpreis "OPUS KLASSIK 2019" ausgezeichnet worden.

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