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Kolja Blacher | Gerty Herzog

BLACHER

  • Type CD
  • Label Phil.Harmonie
  • UPC 4250317416292
  • Catalog number PHIL 06029
  • Release date 01 January 2016
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About the album

After the difficult years under the Nazi regime, impeded by a ban to teach and to perform in public, by his jewish roots, branded as musically degenerated and temporarily living in secrecy, he emerged as one of the most important composers in post war West-Germany. He was an influental figure in West-Berlin's cultural life, as a professor and its chairman at the Berlin Academy of Music and as chairman of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin. He was extremely curious, urged to move away from the german befuddlement with truth, meaning and emotion and to approach the russian, french and asiatic influences of his childhood. In contrast to the 'Darmstadt School' around Adorno he felt himself strongly attracted to Jazz music, and he always remained on his own, never associating with a 'school' or movement. Although he was broadly represented in Berlin's musical repertoires at the time of his death, - his Paganini Variationen was one of the most widely performed compositions of the last century, - today barely his name may be remembered…"oh, your father was a composer?" . I state this as a musician, not as the son. These CDs present marvelous, perfectly made works of chamber music that will show up again for sure. The 24 Préludes that he wrote for his wife Gerty Herzog shortly before he died show his enormous diversity, they must be called 'timeless', - works that will remain relevant. Finally these CDs shall represent a homage to Gerty Herzog who died in January 2014. In her career as a pianist that started conventionally and was marked by familial breaks, she concentrated on Blacher's compositions above all. Her way and her style of playing these works remain unrivalled up to this day. Most of these recordings were made in the years after Blacher's death, when, following a longer break, she began to perform again. Added as well is an excerpt from an interwiew that Gerty Herzog gave to Alexandra Kluge. . I thank all the musicians, Walter Küssner (a mentor also) and Ulli Blobel, above all, for the help in assembling this album.

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    1
    Scherzo für Streichtrio
     
    04:01
  • 1
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    Sonate für Violine Solo 1. Vivace
     
    02:10
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    Sonate für Violine Solo 2. Adagio
     
    04:07
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    Sonate für Violine Solo 3. Allegro Vivace
     
    01:46
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    4 Bagatellen für Viola und Klavier Nr. 1 - Für Ernst Hermann Mayer
     
    01:27
  • 1
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    4 Bagatellen für Viola und Klavier Nr. 2 - Für Ernst Hermann Maye
     
    02:32
  • 1
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    4 Bagatellen für Viola und Klavier Nr. 3 - Hommage à Ravel
     
    01:51
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    4 Bagatellen für Viola und Klavier Nr. 4 - Für Alfred Lipka
     
    00:54
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    Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello 1. Lento
     
    02:43
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    Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello 2. Allegro
     
    03:22
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    Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello 3. Moderato (mit Variationen)
     
    05:25
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    7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel Nr. 1 - Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
     
    02:23
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    7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel Nr. 2 - Ruf aus der Gruft
     
    01:24
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    7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel Nr. 3 - Ballade vom angenehmen Leben
     
    02:06
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    7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel Nr. 4 - Pollys Lied
     
    01:30
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    7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel Nr. 5 - Zuhälterballade
     
    01:25
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    7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel Nr. 6 - Seeräuber-Jenny
     
    01:26
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    7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel Nr. 7 - Kanonensong
     
    01:43
  • 2
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    24 Préludes für Klavier
     
    18:34
  • 2
    2
    Sonate für Klavier Nr. 1
     
    08:00
  • 2
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    Sonate für Klavier Nr. 2
     
    12:09
  • 2
    4
    Sonate für Violine und Klavier, op. 18
     
    07:48
  • 2
    5
    Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier
     
    08:48
  • 2
    6
    2 Toccaten für Klavier
     
    03:24

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