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BLACHER

Kolja Blacher | Gerty Herzog

BLACHER

Format: CD
Label: Phil.Harmonie
UPC: 4250317416292
Catnr: PHIL 06029
Release date: 01 January 2016
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Label
Phil.Harmonie
UPC
4250317416292
Catalogue number
PHIL 06029
Release date
01 January 2016
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Artist(s)
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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.
BORIS BLACHER IST HEUTE NAHEZU VERGESSEN Nach den schwierigen Jahren der Nazi-Herrschaft, behindert durch Lehr- und Aufführungsverbot, jüdische Wurzeln, als musikalisch entartet abgestempelt und teilweise im Untergrund lebend, wurde er einer der wichtigsten Nachkriegs-Komponisten der Bundesrepublik. Er war eine bedeutende Figur des Kulturlebens von West-Berlin: Präsident und Lehrer an der Hochschule für Musik und Präsident der Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Er war extrem neugierig, wollte weg von der deutschen Wahrheits-, Bedeutungs- und Gefühlsduselei hin zu russischen, französischen und asiatischen Einflüssen seiner Kindheit. Entgegen der Darmstädter Schule um Adorno fühlte er sich sehr zum Jazz hingezogen, und blieb immer eigenständig,- nie einer 'Schule' oder Bewegung zugehörig. War er zur Zeit seines Todes auf den Berliner Spielplänen ausgiebig vertreten - seine Paganini Variationen war eines der meistgespielten Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts, - kennt man heute vielleicht noch manchmal den Namen... "ach ihr Vater war Komponist?" . Ich schreibe dies als Musiker, nicht als Sohn. Wie die vorliegenden CDs zeigen, sind es wunderbare, handwerklich vollendete Kammermusikwerke, deren Zeit sicher wiederkommen wird. Die 24 Préludes, für seine Frau Gerty Herzog kurz vor seinem Tode geschrieben, zeigen sein enormes Facettenreichtum, und man kann sie sicher als 'zeitlose' Werke betrachten,- Werke, die auch außerhalb ihrer Zeit Bedeutung haben werden. Schließlich sollen diese CDs eine Hommage für Gerty Herzog sein, die im Januar 2014 verstarb. In ihrer pianistischen Karriere, die immer wieder von familiären Unterbrechungen geprägt war, beschäftigte sie sich nach einem konventionellen Anfang vor allem mit Blachers Werken. Ihre Art und ihr Stil, diese Werke zu spielen, sind bis heute einzigartig. Die meisten dieser Aufnahmen stammen aus den Jahren nach Blachers Tod, in denen sie sich, nach längerer Pause, wieder dem Konzertieren widmete. Anbei noch ein Auszug aus einem Interview mit Gerty Herzog von Alexandra Kluge. . Ich danke allen Musikern, Walter Küssner (auch als Ratgeber) und vor allem Ulli Blobel für die Hilfe, dieses Album zusammenzustellen!

Artist(s)

Martin Stegner (viola)

His first teacher was his father, who gave him his first violin lessons when Martin Stegner was eight. After studying with Roman Nodel at the Mannheim Musikhochschule, he switched to the viola and then went for training to Neithard Resa and Wilfried Strehle in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy. His first engagement was in 1993, as principal viola of Berlin's Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. Three years later he moved to the Berliner Philharmoniker. Martin Stegner performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, America and Japan. He also works with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Orquesta Juvenil Centroamericana and has given courses at Yale University and the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He is actively involved in expanding...
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His first teacher was his father, who gave him his first violin lessons when Martin Stegner was eight. After studying with Roman Nodel at the Mannheim Musikhochschule, he switched to the viola and then went for training to Neithard Resa and Wilfried Strehle in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy. His first engagement was in 1993, as principal viola of Berlin's Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. Three years later he moved to the Berliner Philharmoniker. Martin Stegner performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, America and Japan. He also works with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Orquesta Juvenil Centroamericana and has given courses at Yale University and the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He is actively involved in expanding the viola’s repertoire. Together with the pianist Tomoko Takahashi, he has released several highly acclaimed CDs of transcriptions of lieder by Robert Schumann. He has been a keen jazz musician since his youth, and has appeared at numerous festivals, performing with artists such as Herbie Mann, Diane Reeves, Thomas Quasthoff and Nils Landgren. A co-founder of the Berlin Philharmonic Jazz Group, he founded the ensemble Bolero Berlin in 2008 in which he and soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker dedicate themselves to South American music. In 2015, an album was released together with the German/Persian singer Cymin Samawatie on the ECM label. Martin Stegner is involved in other projects with, among others, Simon Stockhausen and the Chinese sheng virtuoso WuWei. His work has been documented on 18 CDs.


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Johannes Moser (violoncello)

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as 'one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists', German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Tokyo NHK Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Gustavo Dudamel. Johannes recently won his 3rd ECHO Klassik award as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year 2017’ for his Russian Recital disk on the label PENTATONE, for whom he...
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Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists", German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Tokyo NHK Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Gustavo Dudamel.

Johannes recently won his 3rd ECHO Klassik award as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year 2017’ for his Russian Recital disk on the label PENTATONE, for whom he records exclusively. His latest recordings include the concertos by Dvořák, Lalo, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, which have gained him the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d'Or. He will return to the recording studio in late 2017 to record Lutoslawski and Dutilleux concertos.

In the 2017/18 season, Johannes will return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Netherlands Radio, Orchestre National de Lille, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Seattle and San Diego Symphony.

With his newly formed piano trio with Yevgeny Sudbin and Vadim Gluzman he will tour extensively in the coming season throughout Europe and North America. A dedicated chamber musician, Johannes has performed with Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Menahem Pressler, James Ehnes, Midori, and Jonathan Biss. He is also a regular at festivals including the Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad and Kissinger festivals, the Mehta Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado, Seattle and Brevard music festivals.

Renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre, as well as his passionate focus on new music, Johannes has recently been heavily involved in commissioning works by Julia Wolfe, Ellen Reid, Thomas Agerfeld Olesen, Johannes Kalitzke, Jelena Firsowa and Andrew Norman. He will take part in the European Premiere of Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. In 2011 he premiered Magnetar for electric cello by Enrico Chapela with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and in the following season he continued this relationship with the orchestra performing Michel van der Aa's cello concerto Up-close. Throughout his career, Johannes has been committed to reaching out to all audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. He combines most of his concert engagements with masterclasses, school visits and preconcert lectures.

Born into a musical family in 1979, Johannes began studying the cello at the age of eight and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997. He was the top prize winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, in addition to being awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations. In 2014 he was awarded with the prestigious Brahms prize.

A voracious reader of everything from Kafka to Collins, and an avid outdoorsman, Johannes Moser is a keen hiker and mountain biker in what little spare time he has.


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Kolja Blacher (violin)

Eberhard Finke (violoncello)

Gerty Herzog (piano)

Knut Weber (violoncello)

Composer(s)

Kurt Weill

Kurt Weill was a German composer, active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for his fruitful collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. With Brecht, he developed productions such as his best-known work The Threepenny Opera, which included the ballad 'Mack the Knife'. Weill held the ideal of writing music that served a socially useful purpose. He also wrote several works for the concert hall. He became a United States citizen on August 27, 1943.
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Kurt Weill was a German composer, active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for his fruitful collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. With Brecht, he developed productions such as his best-known work The Threepenny Opera, which included the ballad "Mack the Knife".
Weill held the ideal of writing music that served a socially useful purpose. He also wrote several works for the concert hall. He became a United States citizen on August 27, 1943.

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Disc #1
01.
Scherzo für Streichtrio
04:01
(Hanns Eisler) Walter Küssner, Kolja Blacher, Johannes Moser
02.
Sonate für Violine Solo: 1. Vivace
02:10
(Boris Blacher) Kolja Blacher
03.
Sonate für Violine Solo: 2. Adagio
04:07
(Boris Blacher) Kolja Blacher
04.
Sonate für Violine Solo: 3. Allegro Vivace
01:46
(Boris Blacher) Kolja Blacher
05.
4 Bagatellen für Viola und Klavier: Nr. 1 - Für Ernst Hermann Mayer
01:27
(Paul Dessau) Özgür Aydin, Walter Küssner
06.
4 Bagatellen für Viola und Klavier: Nr. 2 - Für Ernst Hermann Maye
02:32
(Paul Dessau) Özgür Aydin, Walter Küssner
07.
4 Bagatellen für Viola und Klavier: Nr. 3 - Hommage à Ravel
01:51
(Paul Dessau) Özgür Aydin, Walter Küssner
08.
4 Bagatellen für Viola und Klavier: Nr. 4 - Für Alfred Lipka
00:54
(Paul Dessau) Özgür Aydin, Walter Küssner
09.
Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello: 1. Lento
02:43
(Boris Blacher) Knut Weber, Ernst-Burghard Hilse, Florian Donderer, Martin Stegner
10.
Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello: 2. Allegro
03:22
(Boris Blacher) Knut Weber, Ernst-Burghard Hilse, Florian Donderer, Dominik Wollenweber, Martin Stegner
11.
Quintett für Flöte, Oboe, Violine, Viola und Violoncello: 3. Moderato (mit Variationen)
05:25
(Boris Blacher) Knut Weber, Ernst-Burghard Hilse, Florian Donderer, Dominik Wollenweber, Martin Stegner
12.
7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel: Nr. 1 - Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
02:23
(Kurt Weill) Özgür Aydin, Kolja Blacher
13.
7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel: Nr. 2 - Ruf aus der Gruft
01:24
(Kurt Weill) Özgür Aydin, Kolja Blacher
14.
7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel: Nr. 3 - Ballade vom angenehmen Leben
02:06
(Kurt Weill) Özgür Aydin, Kolja Blacher
15.
7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel: Nr. 4 - Pollys Lied
01:30
(Kurt Weill) Özgür Aydin, Kolja Blacher
16.
7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel: Nr. 5 - Zuhälterballade
01:25
(Kurt Weill) Özgür Aydin, Kolja Blacher
17.
7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel: Nr. 6 - Seeräuber-Jenny
01:26
(Kurt Weill) Özgür Aydin, Kolja Blacher
18.
7 Stücke nach der Dreigroschenoper - Bearbeitung von Stefan Frenkel: Nr. 7 - Kanonensong
01:43
(Kurt Weill) Özgür Aydin, Kolja Blacher

Disc #2
01.
24 Préludes für Klavier
18:34
(Boris Blacher) Gerty Herzog
02.
Sonate für Klavier Nr. 1
08:00
(Boris Blacher) Gerty Herzog
03.
Sonate für Klavier Nr. 2
12:09
(Boris Blacher) Gerty Herzog
04.
Sonate für Violine und Klavier, op. 18
07:48
(Boris Blacher) Gerty Herzog, Kolja Blacher
05.
Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier
08:48
(Boris Blacher) Eberhard Finke, Gerty Herzog
06.
2 Toccaten für Klavier
03:24
(Boris Blacher) Gerty Herzog
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