Bach & Handel
When Johann Sebastian Bach died on 28 July 1750 in Leipzig, a great change in style in the music world was already underway. But even in the 19th century, not all of Bach's piano works were familiar, and Bach was seen more as a great teacher and less of an artist who was able to convey emotion through music. Therefore, transcriptions and arrangements had a prominent place in the concerts of composer-piano virtuosos. In this way, it was possible to programme well-known works or to occasionally present the public with rarities and also the pieces of other composers like Bach's contemporary George Frideric Handel. The virtuosos also referred to Bach himself, who arranged instrumental concertos for keyboard instruments for study purposes, but also repeatedly reused his own works, putting them into a different form. The question is how closely the arrangers of Bach's music – or Handel's – kept to the original. There are very faithful transcriptions as well as free adaptations, some even bordering on being new compositions. Some examples of the various types of Bach and Handel adaptations by composer-piano virtuosos – arrangements which range from compositions with large instrumentation and organ works to pieces for a single string or keyboard instrument – are found on this recording; with the greatest finesse up in the finest details performed by Roberto Cominati.
The unique place in music history of the piano works of Maurice Ravel is easy to see, because the frequent and extraordinary technical challenges, the unconventional style and the shimmering colours of the pieces convey a certain immediacy to the listener. The in Japan highly esteemed pianist Akiko Ebi dedicates this album exclusively for this important composer of her second adopted country France and presents the most important piano works of Ravel. A musical fireworks.
RAVEL & DEBUSSY
The composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel are often mentioned in the same breath. After all, their lifetimes and place of residence overlap. Some of their works even touch on the same themes. Often the term "impressionism" is used to characterize both artists’ work.
His success at the Cleveland International Piano Competition gave the impulse to record a program with important works of these two composers with Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev. With great sensitivity and a special sense for this delicate musical language he presents his debut album.
Schubert & Schnyder
Rarities and novelties
After their success at the competition "Franz Schubert and Modern Music" in February 2015, the quartet felt it was motivated on this occasion to make another recording after its debut CD in 2012, with a great common objective for the programme: to make the subjects of the competition the main emphases - Schubert and modern music. Daniel Schnyder's modern, extremely varied and effective work Great Places has been an important component and friend at concerts for some time. With his compositional diversity in sound and his characteristic urban images, Schnyder leads us through jazzy, oriental and French sounds.
On the other side, Schubert's music has an appeal like no other and thus the quartet immersed itself in the richness of two early Schubert string quartets. Of his eleven early string quartets, several have rarely been played and recorded: Above all, the quartet in E Major D353 was a new discovery for them. Although it was composed two years later than the other, it seems in all its freshness more youthful and maybe one could even say somewhat more immature than his string quartet in B-flat major D112. This quartet, although it was written earlier, already alludes to Schubert's later crypticism and inner turmoil. It is impressive how two pieces composed so close in time are so full of contrasts. The richness of his work will hopefully arouses your astonishment at his lesser performed quartets.
Horenstein Ensemble / Lost Generation
“Die Narbe / The Scar” is a project by Berlin-based photographer Martin U. K. Lengemann. On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, Lengemann told the newspaper ”Welt am Sonntag“ his own personal history of the First World War from the perspective of his great-grandfather and events on Western Front. His wish is reconciliation instead of division. For decades, he has been committed to promoting understanding between Germans and Britons. For many years, he has researched the history, accounts and music of the Great War. Lengemann, whose other great passion is classical music, found three composers who stand out in their generation. Their works, some of which appear on CD for the fi rst time, round out the project.
Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
The Piano Sonatas
Anna Malikova, piano
In 2015, we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Alexander Scriabin's death. To commemorate this occasion, Russian pianist Anna Malikova and the ACOUSENCE label is issuing a new complete recording of the composer's ten piano sonatas, which will surely be regarded as definitive.
Scriabin completed his piano studies at what is today the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and, starting in Moscow, went on to have an international career. He himself was the first champion of his music, followed by Vladimir Sofronitsky, Heinrich Neuhaus and his pupil Lev Naumov. Naumov in turn was Anna Malikova's mentor for a period of 15 years, so with this background, she brings a high level of authenticity to these works.
Anna Malikova masters these sonatas, which test the very limits of piano technique, with impressive technical prowess and exceptional virtuosity. Not only does she display her deep understanding for the composer's mystical world, but also presents the incredible development of Scriabin's unique compositional style in a fascinating way. In his early years, he was still interested in the romantic, virtuosic tradition of Chopin and Liszt, only to break almost every compositional rule over the course of his career and blaze new paths.