Martin Tchiba

Linkages - Piano music by Brahms, Wagner, Schönberg a.o.

Price: € 12.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917256222
Catnr: CC 72562
Release date: 20 July 2012
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€ 12.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72562
Release date
20 July 2012

"4 star review"

Musica, 01-3-2014

About the album

Although the works on this new cd are very different, they are unified by a wealth of unexpected relationships and subtle interconnections. You try to experience these musical linkages.
Bringing these works together in one programme allows them to be heard differently by the listener – both as parts of a whole and as individual pieces in their own right. The sequence of the works and the transitions between them are chosen intentionally. The programme contains piano music from a period of 102 years (1861 to 1963). The journey from Romanticism to Modernism is paved with moments of restlessness and of tranquillity, flowing cantabile passages and fragmentary structures, unrestrained ecstasy, daring musical experiments and – “une ardeur profonde” (Scriabin), a deep glow.

“Moving with the times whilst remaining aware of the past. Correlating tradition and progress without playing them off against each other. Finding creative possiblities for expanding the repertoire and realising unconventional programme ideas in order to present new alternatives to the mainstream. These are some of the challenges which preoccupy me as a pianist nowadays.” (Martin Tchiba)

Onverwachte en spannende verbindingen tussen Romantiek en Modernisme

Hoewel de werken op dit album allemaal heel anders zijn, worden ze op een onverwachte en spannende manier met elkaar verbonden. Met het bij elkaar brengen van deze werken op één album kunnen ze anders beluisterd worden – als delen van een geheel en als individuele stukken. De volgorde van deze werken en de overgangen daartussenin zijn heel zorgvuldig uitgekozen.

Het album bevat pianomuziek van een periode van 102 jaar (van 1861 tot 1963). Het is een reis van de Romantiek naar het Modernisme met momenten van rusteloosheid en kalmte, vloeiende passages en fragmentarische stukken, ongeremde extase, gedurfde muzikale experimenten en “une ardeur profonde” (Scriabin); een diepe hartstocht.

De pianist Martin Tchiba werd in 1982 in Boedapest geboren en groeide op in Duitsland. Tchiba’s repertoire bevat werken van alle tijdsperiodes, maar de muziek uit de Romantiek tot aan de hedendaagse klassieke muziek neemt een speciale plek in. Met dit album is hij erin geslaagd om zijn luisteraars te verrassen en zijn muziek op andere en spannende manieren te laten beleven.

Pianistische Gratwanderung von der Romantik zur Moderne

Das Programm dieser CD enthält Klaviermusik aus 102 Jahren (1861 bis 1963), und der Übergang von der Romantik zur Moderne befördert Mannigfaltiges zu Tage: Aufbrausendes und Abgeklärtes, Gesangliches und Fragmentarisches, Momente zügelloser Ekstase sowie kühne musikalische Gratwanderungen.

Der junge Pianist Martin Tchiba, 1982 in Budapest geboren und in Deutschland aufgewachsen, schafft es mit seinem Debüt bei Challenge Classics, seine Hörer auf unausgetretene Pfade zu locken, spannende Perspektiven auf Vertrautes und Ungewohntes zu eröffnen.


Pianist Martin Tchiba was born in Budapest in 1982 and grew up in Germany. His repertoire contains works from all epochs, with the music from the Romantic to the present occupying a special position. He succeeds in leading the listener down unbeaten paths and opening exciting perspectives on both familiar and less well-known material. He has also endeavoured to track down forgotten masterpieces, and given first performances of new works, some of which were dedicated to him. Martin Tchiba pursues an international concert career and has made numerous recordings for radio and television. Between 2008 and 2010 four CDs of solo and chamber music were released on the labels Telos (piano solo, duo clarinet/piano), Naxos (duo cello/piano) and Hungaroton (solo, duo and trio), garnering positive reviews among the international music press.

After piano studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover and outstanding success in competitions for young musicians, Martin Tchiba studied at the Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken with Thomas Duis and at the Musikakademie in Basel with Jean-Jacques Dünki. He also participated in master classes and received artistic impulses from, among others, Lazar Berman and György Kurtág. In the fields of composition and chamber music, he also studied with Michael Denhoff. Tchiba was awarded scholarships by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


4 star review
Musica, 01-3-2014

A clever and satisfying recording
ClavierCompanion, 31-10-2013

The young Hungarian pianist prestens an original, excelenntly planned programme tracing the links from Romanticism to modernism. Thoughtful playing.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-12-2012

Pianist Martin Tchiba impresses with his play on Linkages"
Mittelbayrische Zeitung

The idiosyncratic and most fascinating combination of piano-works of different epochs ans styles tends to show linkages between apparent disparates.
Mittelbayrische Zeitung

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