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Benjamin Moser etc.

Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Vol. 33

  • Type CD
  • Label CAvi
  • UPC 4260085534395
  • Catalog number AVI 8553439
  • Release date 06 March 2015
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For left hand only
In 2014 the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the cataclysmic First World War. The Ruhr Piano Festival thus chose to devote one of its annual focuses to a subject which might be considered adventurous, even for our standards: piano repertoire for the left hand alone. Thousands and thousands of wounded soldiers lost their limbs during the fighting in World War I: among the amputees were musicians such as pianist Paul Wittgenstein. After his release from imprisonment, Wittgenstein commissioned some of the most outstanding composers of his generation to write works for the left hand alone. As a tribute to that legacy, our boxed set of CDs for the year 2014 is largely devoted to left-hand repertoire. On CD 1 you can hear two young pianists who are well known to our Festival audience: Benjamin Moser and Joseph Moog. Each gave his début performance at the Festival some years back, and each of them has left a “musical calling card” in at least one of our previous Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr boxed CD sets. Now we can hear Benjamin Moser performing left-hand works by Alexander Scriabin, Leopold Godowsky and Marc-André Hamelin. For his part, Joseph Moog interprets left-hand piano arrangements made by Paul Wittgenstein himself – of works by Grieg, Schubert and Mendelssohn. Furthermore, you can tell that these two young musicians are part of an exciting new generation of performers: each one has enriched the Festival programme with his own original composition for the left hand: Benjamin Moser propo
ses his arrangement of Brahms’ “Lullaby”, and Joseph Moog weighs in with a “Tribute to Art Tatum”. Last not least, you can hear the 2013 laureate of the Ruhr Piano Festival Prize, Marc-André Hamelin, performing four of Godowsky’s Chopin studies. On CD 2 we present a chamber music work featuring piano left hand. Paul Wittgenstein issued a commission to write such a work to Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The pianist on our recording, Herbert Schuch, has often been invited to perform at the Ruhr Piano Festival. In 2014, along with his chamber music partners Mirijam Contzen, Giovanni Guzzo and Beate Altenburg, he gave an excellent rendition of
Korngold’s Suite op. 23, which is otherwise seldom heard. Each year, the Ruhr Piano Festival organizes lectures and commented recitals, in order to provide audiences with useful and interesting knowledge about featured works and our chosen annual focus themes. .... This time, Mr Levin naturally devotes his lecture to the subject of our annual focus: left-hand piano repertoire. This year, for the first time, we devote CD 3 – our “bonus CD” – to a JazzLine concert. Here, once more, you can relive highlights from the performance of Jacky Terrasson and the Cologne WDR Big Band conducted by Michael Abene when they appeared at Heinrichshütte
Industrial Museum in Hattingen in June 2014.

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    Deux morceaux pour la main gauche op. 9 Prélude in cis-Moll
     
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    Deux morceaux pour la main gauche op. 9 Nocturne in Des-Dr
     
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    Chopin-Etüde Nr. 13 in es-Moll (op. 10/6)
     
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    Chopin-Etüde Nr. 5 in Es-Dur (op. 10/3)
     
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    Etude No. 7 for the left hand (nach Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowskys „Wiegenlied“)
     
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    Wiegenlied for the left hand
     
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    Melancholie
     
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    Du bist die Ruh'
     
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    Lied ohne Worte op. 67 No. 3
     
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    Notturno No. 7 from „Ein Sommernachtstraum“
     
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    Étude Nr. 4 „Cherokee“, Tribute to Art Tatum (for the left hand)
     
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    Études for the left hand No. 2 in Des-Dur, 2. Fassung der Etüde in C-Dur op. 10/1
     
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    Études for the left hand No. 12 a in Ges-Dur, 7. Fassung nach der Etüde in Ges-Dur op. 10/5
     
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    Études for the left hand No. 44 in f-Moll, nach der Nouvelle Étude Nr. 1 in f-Moll op. 10/9
     
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    Études for the left hand No. 22 in cis-Moll, nach der Etüde in c-Moll op. 10/12
     
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    Piano suite for the left hand op. 23 Präludium und Fuge. Kräftig und bestimmt
     
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    Piano suite for the left hand op. 23 Walzer. Nicht schnell, anmutig
     
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    Piano suite for the left hand op. 23 Groteske. Möglichst rasch
     
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    Piano suite for the left hand op. 23 Lied. Schlicht und innig. Nicht zu langsam
     
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    Piano suite for the left hand op. 23 Rondo – Finale (Variationen). Schnell, heftig
     
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    Speech 'ZwischenWahl und Verhängnis: Das Repertoire für Klavier linke Hand' Einleitung
     
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    Speech 'ZwischenWahl und Verhängnis: Das Repertoire für Klavier linke Hand' Spieltechnische Entwicklungen
     
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    Speech 'ZwischenWahl und Verhängnis: Das Repertoire für Klavier linke Hand' Faktur der Musik – Bach und Haydn
     
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    Speech 'ZwischenWahl und Verhängnis: Das Repertoire für Klavier linke Hand' Weiterentwicklung im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert
     
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    Speech 'ZwischenWahl und Verhängnis: Das Repertoire für Klavier linke Hand' Paul Wittgenstein
     
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    Deep Impressions Little Red Ribbon
     
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    Deep Impressions Ruby My Dear
     
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    Deep Impressions My Church
     
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    Deep Impressions Happiness
     
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    Deep Impressions Smile
     
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    Deep Impressions Baby Plum
     
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    Deep Impressions Mother
     
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    Deep Impressions Gouache
     

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