Newsletter January 2016


Dear readers,

We wish you a happy, healthy, and successful New Year! This year we mark not only the 100th anniversary of Reger's death and the 275th of Vivaldi's, but we also look forward to composer anniversaries in 2017 with Claudio Monteverdi and Georg Philipp Telemann, and to the anniversary of the Reformation. These anniversaries form the main focus of our Spring program 2016, which we present here. Have fun looking through and discovering!

With best wishes, Carus-Verlag



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Bach cantatas for the church year

Our overview page "Bach cantatas for Sundays and feast days in the church year" enables you to make specific searches, thanks to its arrangement by time in the church year and occasion. Have a look!


New: Practice CDs for choral singers

The CDs in the series Carus Choir Coach offer choral singers the unique opportunity of learning their voice part individually as part of the overall sound of choir and instruments with the help of a CD. The CD is based on recordings by renowned performers, using our carefully-prepared Carus Urtext editions. The core of the new practice CDs is the Carus Choir coach which is already a part of carus music, the choir app, which is used to play your own part at either a normal speed or at a slow speed for study purposes.

Launching the series: Franz Schubert's Mass in E flat major D 950

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Widor: Symphonie VI op. 42,2

In his VIth Organ Symphony, Charles-Marie Widor showed himself to be at the height of his compositional mastery. This edition launches a series of selected Widor works. We are offering 20% discount off the retail price for any orders from Series A: Charles-Marie Widor - The great organ works.







2016 sees the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Max Reger (1873-1916). Reger ranks, alongside Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg, among the key figures of emerging modernism, but has long been neglected in academic research. Series I: the Organ Works in the Reger Complete Edition, edited by the Max-Reger-Institut Karlsruhe, are now complete. A new edition of the choral works follows.

Vivaldi 2016

Antonio Vivaldi's works are particularly important for Carus, as the first edition to be published by Carus was his Gloria. Marking the 275th anniversary of Vivaldi's death this year, we have made three of the Italian master's works, the Gloria, the Magnificat and the Credo, available in carus music, the choir app.


Michel: Lux aeterna & Dona nobis pacem

These two choruses for upper voices, "Dona nobis pacem" and "Lux aeterna", are convincingly-written works, the wide vocal lines in the choral parts giving the inner meaning of the texts a special dimension.


Rachmaninoff and Handel

Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil op. 37 (also known as the "Vespers") is his last contribution to Russian Orthodox church music. With its warm, resplendent sound this work is regarded as a showpiece for large choirs. The emotional depth of the work is brought to the fore most impressively in this outstanding recording by the West German Radio Choir (WDR), under the direction of Nicolas Fink.

Already during his lifetime Handel's "Messiah" became his most frequently-performed work, achieving virtually cult status. The many outstanding choruses in this oratorio are among the most popular, best-known pieces in the history of choral music. This new CD contains all of the choruses from the internationally-acclaimed recording conducted by Frieder Bernius.

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One of Rheinberger's best-known sacred vocal compositions is the six-part motet "Bleib bei uns" op. 69, no. 3, also known by the title "Abendlied". There is hardly any more beautiful piece to end an evening concert. The work is now available at the bargain price of just 99 cents in carus music, the choir app.



Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Two sonatas for flute and basso continuo

His works are regarded as bizarre, virtuoso and elusive: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is a composer who people like to categorize as "odd" and "individual". The flute compositions by the oldest Bach son hold a special charm for flautist Marion Beyer - there's always at least one of his works ready to practice and play on her music stand.