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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Gülru Ensari | Herbert Schuch

Dialogues

  • Type CD
  • Label CAvi
  • UPC 4260085534067
  • Catalog number AVI 8553406
  • Release date 05 October 2018
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About the album

DIALOGUES!
Second album of the newly formed Piano Duo Gülru Ensari & Herbert Schuch

Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970) is quoting Mozart and Debussy and others in his Monologues. This project album is trying to follow the ruts of Zimmermann, celebrating his 100th birthday.

“As students we had already been allowed to take a peek inside the Monologues, but we only had access to a couple of photocopied pages. When the 100-year-celebration of Zimmermann’s birth came around, we remembered the impression they had made upon us. When we finally got to see the entire score, however, we took a deep breath: it demands the most incredible acrobatic feats!

From the very beginning, we were particularly charmed by the way Zimmermann cites other composers: the quoted passages rise up in the midst of an agitated storm, like islands of tranquility and beauty. The works quoted by Zimmermann are not for piano duo, but we find that they have certain parallels with the other pieces on this recording.

The cocky, unpredictable, whimsical aspect of Mozart’s C Major Sonata is also present in Zimmermann. It is fascinating to note how he quotes Debussy’s prelude Feux d’artifice (Fireworks) in the 4th and 5th Monologues, thereby transplanting that shimmering French flair into his own musical environment.

Debussy, for Zimmermann, is more than just a source for quotes. The frothy, pastel sonorities in the Monologues are so untypically German, so much more beautifully poetical than anywhere else, except in Debussy. Etc.” (excerpt from an interview printed in the booklet)

(Click on a track title to listen)
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    Sonata for four Hands in C Major, K. 521 (1787) I. Allegro
     
    08:26
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    Sonata for four Hands in C Major, K. 521 (1787) II. Andante
     
    07:04
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    Sonata for four Hands in C Major, K. 521 (1787) III. Allegretto
     
    06:55
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    En Blanc et Noir für zwei Klaviere / for two Pianos, L. 134 (1915) No. 1 Avec emportement
     
    04:18
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    En Blanc et Noir für zwei Klaviere / for two Pianos, L. 134 (1915) No. 2 Lent. Sombre
     
    06:46
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    En Blanc et Noir für zwei Klaviere / for two Pianos, L. 134 (1915) No. 3 Scherzando
     
    04:33
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    Monologues for two Pianos (Setting of the Dialogues for two Pianos and Orchestra) (1960-64) Monolog I
     
    01:47
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    Monologues for two Pianos (Setting of the Dialogues for two Pianos and Orchestra) (1960-64) Monolog II
     
    03:05
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    Monologues for two Pianos (Setting of the Dialogues for two Pianos and Orchestra) (1960-64) Monolog III
     
    02:53
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    Monologues for two Pianos (Setting of the Dialogues for two Pianos and Orchestra) (1960-64) Monolog IV
     
    02:08
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    Monologues for two Pianos (Setting of the Dialogues for two Pianos and Orchestra) (1960-64) Monolog V
     
    07:53

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