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Alban Berg, Arnold Schönberg, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Franz Liszt

Cathy Krier

Piano - 20th Century

  • Type CD
  • Label CAvi
  • UPC 4260085533398
  • Catalog number AVI 8553339
  • Release date 16 October 2015
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About the album

The early 20th century is a period that fascinates me. The prevalent musical aesthetic was disrupted by a new generation of composers who maintained their roots in tradition, but felt a great desire to expand music's horizions: they formed a multitude of currents and embarked on a number of different paths, all driven by the idea of transfiguring everything they had previously known. For this album I have chosen to retrace the path originally taken by Arnold Schoenberg. Born in Vienna in 1874, Schoenberg had an atypical career. Upon his father's death, he had to leave school as the eldest sibling at the age of sixteen to take up a profession. As an autodidact he learned the essentials of composition by sight-reading great repertoire and by playing chamber music on the cello and the violin. Married to the sister of Alexander Zemlinsky, Schoenberg took some counterpoint lessons from that composer and soon started teaching harmony and counterpoint himself, from 1903 on. His

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    Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 (1907/08) Mässig bewegt
     
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    Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11 Mässige
     
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    Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11 Sehr langsam
     
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    Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11 Bewegte
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part I (Echiridion) Introduktion. Andante rappresentativo
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part I (Echiridion) Ekloge. Larghetto, con espressione
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part I (Echiridion) Rondino. Allegro giocoso
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part I (Echiridion) Bourée. Allegro moderato
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part I (Echiridion) Meditation. Adagio molto
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part I (Echiridion) Aria. Andante molto cantabile
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part I (Echiridion) Estampida. Allegro
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part I (Echiridion) Toccata. Allegro feroce
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part II (Echiridion) Vigil. Larghetto molto
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part II (Echiridion) Hora. Moderato
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part II (Echiridion) Ostinato. Presto
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part II (Echiridion) Matutin. Cantabile molto
     
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    Small Pieces for Piano, Part II (Echiridion) Imagination. Sostenuto
     
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    Intermezzo Andante con moto (1949)
     
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    L'après-midi d'un Puck Allegro giocoso (1962)
     
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    Hommage à Johann Strauss Tempo di valse (1952)
     
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    Klavierstück, Op. 33a Mässig
     
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    Klavierstück, Op. 33b Mässig langsam
     
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    Nuages Gris
     
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    Unstern! - Sinistre
     

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