Volker Hartung's recordings on Spotify & iTunes

Dear Friends,

After a quarter century of recording legacy of my performances with the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra and other internationally renowned ensembles I am now deciding to make the best of them available to the world and distribute them digitally via different media platforms, before others do, some of them even unauthorized and in dubious editions.
I do to this in order to honor the excellent performances of many young talented artists, who once were members of our beloved Orchestra or are still today. So I took great pains to mention all important participants and soloists on the various tracks, whose recording sometimes were made in the early beginnings of the Symphonic Formation of the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra/ Junge Philharmonic Köln back in 1990.

Who is interested to look into the variety of recordings from Baroque, Classical, Romantic periods up to 20th century masterworks, World Music, Tango and Film Music, should get him/her accustomed to
www.spotify.com or Apple’s iTunes-music-store. There, you can choose among the JPK-Musik label and listen to the different tracks, many of them free of charge.

Several generations of young artists and virtuoso players have spent their time with this orchestra, made it their home and were traveling around the world. You were with me in the daily quest for good music and unforgettable life experiences.
Many of them regard these times as the greatest periods of their lives.

My constant struggle for and with this Orchestra was full of drama, adventure and suspense and gave a feeling of fulfillment and achievement few others can share.

The testimony and my greatest investment to this day are these recordings, which will testify the amazing intensity, which my young orchestra was providing to the composer, the public and to myself each time it entered a great stage.

My wonderful teacher and Idol Sergiu Celibidache once said: »records are Pancakes and should not be made«, but he allowed them to be taped in his later years, when, fortunately, his live concerts were recorded. Like Günter Wand, who on the peak of his career only allowed his award-winning albums being produced from his live recordings.
The credo of the two great conductors is also mine and so I present to you mostly live recordings, which may be partially less perfectly played, but are lively and incomparably more authentic than Studio recordings, which are typically spliced together from hundreds of different takes, which is why many of these products seem lifeless and even cold.

The listener who is interested in a real concert experience, will find in our recordings the exciting atmosphere which was palpable, as we played in mostly sold out concert halls, as for example in Hamburg's fabulous Laeisz-Hall or the beautiful Kölner Philharmonie. Some of these recordings were made during our annual concert throughout Europe, within the unique acoustics of the Romanesque churches and basilicas, which provided ideals surroundings for slow movements of baroque music.

From now on every month new albums will appear on various Internet platforms, and will be announced via my website www.volkerhartung.com or on facebook.
In order to achieve the best sonic results, they were all newly edited and remastered entirely from the original master tapes. The State-of-the-art 24-bit / 48 high-end products presented now, result in unparalleled listening experience.
You can enjoy like me, what my sound engineer Holger Siedler of the
THS Tonstudio Dormagen achieved in remastering them and could gain in sonority with his golden ears, his enormous expertise and his patience.

Volker Hartung

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