New album: Lieder, Songs & Canciones

Our new album "Songs, Songs & Canciones" has just been released by KSG EXAUDIO. The duo program Cello & Guitar - a charming combination played by two exceptional artists: cellist Lena Kravets and guitarist Tobias Kassung let their instruments sing. Classical music, jazz & flamenco merge and captivate the listeners.

Kravets & Kassung combine classical songs by Brahms and Schubert, jazz songs by George Gershwin and Ella Fitzgerald, Spanish Canciones by Manuel de Falla, Russian romances by Michail Glinka and Tango-Ballads by Astor Piazzolla. With breathtaking musicality and perfection, they captivate the listeners. You can tell from the first note how Kravets & Kassung love this music and put their whole heart and soul in every tone. An impressive experience of great musicians! The CD is available at jpc and Amazon. Download and streaming worldwide on all popular platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, Google Play ... and our recommendation for best quality: HighResAudio.

Michail I. Glinka (1804-1857)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Ich erinnere mich des zauberhaften Augenblicks

Tobias Kassung (*1977)
Variationen auf ein russisches Volkslied, Op. 14

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 Nr. 1
Liebestreu, Op. 3 Nr. 1

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Das Fischermädchen

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Siete Canciones populares Espanolas
1. El pano moruno
2. Seguidilla murciana
3. Asturiana
4. Jota
5. Nana (Berceuse)
6. Cancion
7. Polo

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Tanti anni prima

George Gershwin (1898-1937) / Tobias Kassung (*1977)
Summertime - Hommage an Joe Pass und Ella Fitzgerald

Joseph Kosma (1905-1969) / Tobias Kassung (*1977)
Autumn Leaves


Gershwin & de Falla (2015)

The three musicians of the Astor Trio have managed the rare establishment of a completely new and unusual chamber music ensemble in classical music and thereby inspire the audience and the critics alike. On our new album Gershwin & de Falla we present classical chamber music at its best. Completely new with a groove and a spontaneity that you otherwise encounter only in jazz music. With his music from Porgy & Bess or the Three Preludes George Gershwin - like no other American composer - combined jazz traditions with classical music. Similarly Manuel de Falla: At the same time in Spain, the great national composer wrote masterpieces in which supreme virtuosity, impressionistic sound richness and flamenco traditions of his country join hands. Music that fits perfectly the Astor Trio and that the three interpret congenial. This album has been released in May 2015 and is worldwide available in any download store. We recommend high-resolution download at Quobuz.

George Gershwin (1898–1937):
Three Preludes
1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
2. Andante con moto e poco rubato
3. Agitato

The Porgy & Bess Suite
1. It Ain't Necessarily So
2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
3. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
4. Summertime
5. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Siete Canciones populares Españolas
1. El paño moruno
2. Seguidilla murciana
3. Asturiana
4. Jota
5. Nana (Berceuse)
6. Cancion
7. Polo

Danza ritual del fuego (aus / from „El amor brujo“)
Danza Española No. 1 (aus / from „La vida breve“)

Alle Bearbeitungen / all arrangements: Tobias Kassung


Bach & Piazzolla (2012)

On their album "Bach & Piazzolla" the Astor Trio combine the music of Astor Piazzolla with two sonatas of the grand master of the Baroque Johann Sebastian Bach. Baroque meets Tango - this could be a title on first glance. But behind the unusual combination of the trio is more: the sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach are set impressively modern but still authentically into scene, and thereby reveal their true character as dancing, virtuoso and always beautifully melancholy pieces. Exactly these attributes can also be given to the compositions by Astor Piazzolla, which the trio puts to their rightful place as artistic chamber music full of emotion and beauty.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Sonate h-Moll BWV 1014
1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Andante
4. Allegro

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992):
Histoire du Tango
1. Bordell 1900
2. Café 1930
3. Nightclub 1960
4. Concert d'aujourd'hui

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Sonate E-Dur BWV 1016
1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Adagio ma non tanto
4. Allegro

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992):
Tanti anni prima
Adios Noniño

Alle Bearbeitungen / all arrangements: Tobias Kassung


Five Centuries (2009)

Five Centuries of guitar music: In this album Tobias Kassung draws the history of guitar from the baroque era to our modern times. Besides many famous works of guitar literature this CD also contains the world premier recording of Kassung's Sonata. The listener will await 75 minutes of guitar highlights in highest sound quality and played by one of the most outstanding guitarists of the new generation.

Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686–1750)
(Arrangement: Tobias Kassung)
Fantasie für Laute / Fantasy for lute

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
(Arrangement: Tobias Kassung)
Präludium d-Moll / Prelude D minor BWV 999
Fuge a-Moll / Fugue A minor BWV 1000

Fernando Sor (1778–1839)
Introduction et variations sur un thème de Mozart op. 9

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
(Arrangement: Tobias Kassung)
»Adagio cantabile«

Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909)
(Arrangement: Tobias Kassung)
Granada (Serenata) – No. 1 aus / from Suite Española op. 47 (5'20'')
Asturias (Leyenda) – No. 5 aus / from Suite Española op. 47 (6'57'')

Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909)
Capricho Árabe (Serenata)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Agustín Barrios (1885–1944)
Julia Florida (Barcarola)
La Catedral
1. Preludio (Saudade)
2. Andante religioso
3. Allegro solemne

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1878–1959)
Prélude No. 5 D-Dur / D major
Prélude No. 1 e-Moll / E minor

Tobias Kassung (*1977)
Sonata No. 1
1. Präludium (Andante calmato)
2. Choral (Larghetto arioso)
3. Invention (Allegro grazioso)


Grieg, Mozart, Rodrigo & Saint-Saens (2008)

Cologne Classical Ensemble: Grieg, Mozart, Rodrigo und Saint-Saens
Soloists: Tobias Kassung (guitar), Natasha Majer (piano), Irakli Tskhadaia (violin)

Kölner Klassik Ensemble: Grieg, Mozart, Rodrigo & Saint-Saens

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907):
Holberg Suite op. 40 ("aus Holbergs Zeit")
1. Präludium (Allegro vivace)
2. Sarabande (Andante)
3. Gavotte (Allegretto) – Musette (Poco piu mosso) – Gavotte
4. Air (Andante religioso)
5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
Klavierkonzert No. 14 Es-Dur KV 449
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andantino
3. Allegro ma non troppo

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999):
Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921):
Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso

Total time: 61:20


Astor Piazzolla: Vier Jahreszeiten - Las Estaciones Portenas (2005)

Cologne Classical Ensemble: Astor Piazzolla
Soloist: Irakli Tskhadaia (violin)

Kölner Klassik Ensemble: Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992):
(Arrangements: Tobias Kassung)
"Las Estaciones Porteñas" (Die Vier Jahreszeiten in Buenos Aires)
1. Verano Porteno
2. Otono Porteno
3. Invierno Porteno
4. Primavera Portena
5. Café 1930 (aus / from "Histoire du Tango"
6. Nightclub 1960 (aus / from "Histoire du Tango"
7. Libertango
8. Tanti anni prima

Total time: 46:57


Bach, Villa-Lobos and Walton (2004)

Tobias Kassung plays Bach, Villa-Lobos and Walton

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) (arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Suite for Lute E minor (BWV 996)

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Cinq Préludes pour guitare
Prélude No. 3
Prélude No. 2
Prélude No. 4
Prélude No. 5
Prélude No. 1

William Walton (1902–1983)
Five Bagatelles for Guitar
Alla cubana
Lento espressivo
Con slancio

Tobias Kassung
Jours d’un Automne

Total time: 51'31''

Gershwin & de Falla

Bach & Piazzolla