CD - Kritiken:
Rezension zu «Kunst der Fuge», 2013
Orgelmusik Johann Sebastian Bach
Melancholische Clavichordmusik
Kritiken zu «Kunst der Fuge»
Versteckte Schönheit


Konzert - Kritiken:
«‹Offenes Singen› bereitet Freude» 2014
«Mozart in neuem Gewand» 2014
«Höhepunkte der musikalischen Reife» 2014
«Alte und neue Musik in anderer Gefühlswelt» 2014
«Himmlische Klänge, die das Publikum zu...» 2014
«Neues Instrument eingeweiht» 2014
«Spannende Klangerlebnisse begeistern» 2013
«Alte Tasteninstrumente verzauberten...» 2013
«Das hat noch nie jemand gewagt» 2013
«Ein harmonisches Duell» 2013
«Doppelt so viel Zeit muss sein» 2012
«Klangkaskaden und sinnliche Tongirlanden» 2011
«Zum Jubiläum Händels Messias» 2010
«Zwei Lehrer, ganz unlehrerhaft» 2010
«Einfach in herrlichen Tönen schwelgen» 2010
Konzert für Gesang, Cembalo und Hammerflügel
Vocalino Konzert Jubilate! 2009
Chorkonzert der Kantonsschule Wettingen 2008
Passions-Konzert Fislisbach 2007
Chorkonzert (Vocalino) 2006
Chorkonzert Klosterkirche Wettingen 2006
Barock-Konzert Wettingen 2004
Osterkonzert 2004
Konzert Klosterkirche Wettingen 2003
Konzert in Lenzburg 2002
Orgerlkonzert Sonnleitner & Mueller 2002
Dear Mr Scheer, All my thanks for the records you sent me. I must tell you that the Cd Melancholische Clavichormusik is one of the best clavichord recording I know: beautifull music, excellent performer and, last but not least, magnificent instruments.Overall, I am very fond of the Silbermann which seems to me the ideal instrument for polyphonic music in general, and for J.S. Bach in particular.I am very impatient to play it.Thank you very much for the great musical delight this record gives me.
Rémi Laroche



Melancholic expressivities (Frank Agsteribbe)

Playing Bach on a clavichord is not as unusual as one might think at first sight. Although the intimacy of the clavichord is not always appropriate to suit J. S. Bach's adventurous keyboard works, there are enough intimate and melancholic pieces amongst his vast oeuvre for keyboard to produce an interesting and coherent solo recital or recording. In many aspects, Stefan Müller's CD proofs to be a fine example of such a program which one would like to enjoy in an appropriate, intimate surrounding.
When performing rather complicated and delicate keyboard music of Bach on the clavichord, it is of an utmost importance that the instrument is of the best quality. On Stefan Müller's recording, we are spoiled by hearing 3 different clavichords from the Scheer-Vogel workshop in Jestetten. The 3 instruments sound rich and delicate at the same time, and have clearly inspired the performer. One could state that it is a real advantage that Stefan Müller has been trained both as pianist and organist: he combines the ability of adapting to different instruments (a typical and important skill for organists) and performing many colors and nuances on the keyboard (which one expects pianists to do). Therefore, he reveals the instruments' full expressive capacities. The clavichords are also nicely presented in the booklet: with photos and detailed description. It is only a pity that there is no mentioning of which composition has been played on which instrument.
Stefan Müller's concept of the recording is been touched on by the title of the CD: "Melancholische Clavichordmusik". It is certainly worthwhile to read his short introduction in the booklet where he states that melancholy historically has many more meanings than we seem to think nowadays: "Nach Agrippa von Nettesheim sind die schlechten Seiten der Melancholie 'Traurigkeit, Ekel, Ängstlichkeit, Verstocktheit, Kälte, Lästerung, Verzweiflung, Lüge und Gespensterfurcht'. Die guten sind 'hohe Betrachtung, tiefe Einsicht, ernstes Urteil, strenges Nachdenken, Standhaftigkeit und unbeweglicher Vorsatz'." Stefan Müller has put together a collection of pieces in which one can hear different aspects of melancholy: sadness in the 25th variation of the Goldberg Variations, or severity in the Ricercare a 3 from Das Musikalisches Opfer, and many more than that. Indeed, even within the scope of this one temperament, there is quite some variety in the repertoire which saves the CD from annoyance, a problem one could expect when a less original performer would put such a 'conceptual' program together. To conclude, I quote Stefan Müller once more: "Bei dieser Aufnahme habe ich nun versucht, […] eines dieser Temperamente in den Vordergrund zu stellen, damit sich der Hörer ganz in den Ausdruck und die verschiedenen Wirkungen dieses Temperamentes, der Melancholie, vertiefen kann."

(Frank Agsteribbe is composer, harpsichordist, music theorist, teacher at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp and artistic staff member of the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium)
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