About the album
As for these pieces I can tell you, I did not know anything about the Rachmaninoff Sonata at all until my friend Dietmar Falke told me to take a serious look at the score, which I did. To my surprise I found it most thrilling and decided to learn it.
From the beginning of its premier in 1908 it has gotten a bad rap. It was not well received, and Rachmaninoff abandoned it. On top of that, Horowitz’s performance of the Second sonata in the 1960’s so captured the imagination of the public, that the D minor Sonata really never had a chance. I, for one, find it neither ponderous nor too much and whenever I have been playing it, the public goes along with this music quite happily.
I first heard the Scriabin Preludes in a Carnegie Hall concert of Gina Bachauer’s, back in my school days. The next day I bought a score and ever since they have been a constant companion in my repertoire.
We recorded this music at the Wuppertal’s Imanuelskirche in March of 2014. Dietmar Falke was my wonderful piano technician and I brought my own Steinway D from my studio in Bad Meinberg. We set up on a Monday, and had everything in the can by late Thursday afternoon.
1124 Preludes Op. 11 Vivace C major
1224 Preludes Op. 11 Allegretto a minor
1324 Preludes Op. 11 Vivo G major
1424 Preludes Op. 11 Lento e minor
1524 Preludes Op. 11 Andante cantabile D major
1624 Preludes Op. 11 Allegro b minor
1724 Preludes Op. 11 Allegro assai A major
1824 Preludes Op. 11 Allegro agitato f# minor
1924 Preludes Op. 11 Andantino E major
11024 Preludes Op. 11 Andante c# minor
11124 Preludes Op. 11 Allegro assai B major
11224 Preludes Op. 11 Andante g# minor
11324 Preludes Op. 11 Lento G flat Major
11424 Preludes Op. 11 Presto e flat minor
11524 Preludes Op. 11 Lento D flat major
11624 Preludes Op. 11 Misterioso b flat minor
11724 Preludes Op. 11 Allegretto A flat major
11824 Preludes Op. 11 Allegro agitato f minor
11924 Preludes Op. 11 Affettuoso E flat major
12024 Preludes Op. 11 Appassionato c minor
12124 Preludes Op. 11 Andante B flat major
12224 Preludes Op. 11 Lento g minor
12324 Preludes Op. 11 Vivo F major
12424 Preludes Op. 11 Presto d minor
125Sonata No.1 D minor Allegro moderato
126Sonata No.1 D minor Lento
127Sonata No.1 D minor Allegro molto