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Complete Piano Pieces

Tobias Koch

Complete Piano Pieces

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085533213
Catnr: AVI 8553321
Release date: 07 November 2014
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CAvi
UPC
4260085533213
Catalogue number
AVI 8553321
Release date
07 November 2014
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On this CD, Tobias Koch embarks on a quest for sonorities and instrumental exploration.

On no less than five different historical fortepianos – all exquisitely preserved – he presents the full scope of the art of piano building as it was cultivated in Beethoven’s time. Koch uncovers a unique diversity ranging from the 13-year-old musician’s first attempts at composition to his very last musical thoughts. Meanwhile, the fortepianist also proves that world premiere recordings can still take place in the 21st century. Two pieces are now available for the first time in a performance on the exact instrument for which the composer wrote them: the orphica, a portable keyboard with a captivating, ‘far-off’ sound.

World Première included: First recordings on an ORPHICA, a kind of travel piano, which sounds like a Lute from Beethoven’s time, with original pieces composed for the ORPHICA.

This is the first solo orphica recording ever released and is a fascinating recording of this repertoire.
Il versatile fortista Tobias Koch ci introduce nell’affascinante universo – parallelo a quello delle sonate e variazioni – dei pezzi sciolti per pianoforte di Beethoven, che esegue con sorprendente semplicità. L’ascoltatore constaterà ben presto che i 50 pezzi presentati in questo cofanetto di 3 CD non sono affatto delle semplici ‘bagatelle’. Più di qualsiasi altro gruppo di opere del catalogo di Beethoven, essi ci forniscono delle indicazioni dirette sul suo ‘laboratorio segreto’. In questo genere di composizioni, Beethoven costruisce sagacemente i più inaspettati contrasti formali, alternando la rigorosa disciplina dei preludi e fughe ai voli di pura fantasia. Tobias Koch fa emergere il carattere burrascoso della musica, la sua cruda tenerezza – una straordinaria varietà di contrasti, mentre sorpende continuamente l’ascoltatore con gesti derivanti da uno spirito improvvisativo.
Koch intraprende anche una ricerca delle sonorità. Utilizzando nientemeno che 5 diversi pianoforti storici – tutti spelendidamente conservati – ci presenta l’intero campionario dell’arte della costruzione del pianoforte al tempo di Beethoven. Koch ci svela una straordinaria diversità, che va dai primi passi compositivi del musicista tredicenne ai suoi ultimi pensieri musicali. Inoltre, il fortista dimostra che nel ventunesimo secolo possono ancora aver luogo le prime registrazioni mondiali. Due pezzi sono ora disponibili per la prima volta sul preciso strumento a cui il compositore li destinò: l’orphica, una tastiera portatile dalla sonorità accattivante, ‘lontana’ – si tratta tra l’altro della prima registrazione solistica su orphica in assoluto.

Artist(s)

Tobias Koch

To trace the essence of sound with the joy of discovery and open-minded versatility – that is the musical credo of Tobias Koch, one of the most fascinating current performers in the area of historical keyboard instruments. Koch never ceases to surprise his audiences with a series of exceptional projects, featuring an extensive variety of repertoire and a pronounced curiosity for discovering rare historical instruments and unknown musical gems. A comprehensive musical career as soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist has led him to tour throughout Europe. He appears as a guest artist in leading festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Ludwigsburg, Verbier, and the Warsaw Chopin Festival. Important musical partners include Andreas Staier, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Concerto Köln, Collegium 1704 Prag, Hofkapelle München, Frieder Bernius...
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To trace the essence of sound with the joy of discovery and open-minded versatility – that is the musical credo of Tobias Koch, one of the most fascinating current performers in the area of historical keyboard instruments. Koch never ceases to surprise his audiences with a series of exceptional projects, featuring an extensive variety of repertoire and a pronounced curiosity for discovering rare historical instruments and unknown musical gems.

A comprehensive musical career as soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist has led him to tour throughout Europe. He appears as a guest artist in leading festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Ludwigsburg, Verbier, and the Warsaw Chopin Festival.

Important musical partners include Andreas Staier, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Concerto Köln, Collegium 1704 Prag, Hofkapelle München, Frieder Bernius with Hofkapelle Stuttgart, the choirs of the broadcasting entities WDR (Cologne) and BR (Munich), and singers such as Dorothee Mields, Jan Kobow, Thomas E. Bauer, and Markus Schäfer, with whom he has been collaborating for many years. Tobias Koch works in tandem with instrument makers and restorers, as well as with some of the most important musical instrument museums;

He is on the faculty of the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and imparts masterclasses on an international level. A wide range of publications and a great number of broadcast productions for radio and television round out his work in the field of music, along with over 40 CD releases of works ranging from Mozart to Brahms.


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Composer(s)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Disc #1
01.
Rondo in C Major WoO 48: Allegretto
03:15
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
02.
Rondo in A Major WoO 49: Allegretto
03:05
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
03.
Piece WoO 54 “Funny – sad”
02:11
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
04.
Fugue in C Major
02:16
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
05.
Two Preludes in All Major Keys Op. 39 No. 1
05:52
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
06.
Two Preludes in All Major Keys Op. 39 No. 2
03:02
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
07.
Rondo in C Major Op. 51 No. 1: Moderato
05:40
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
08.
Allegretto in C Minor WoO 53: Allegretto
04:42
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
09.
Allegretto in C minor Hess 69: Allegretto
02:33
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
10.
Rondo in G Major Op. 51 No.2: Andante cantabile e grazioso
10:06
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
11.
Rondo a capriccioso in G Major Op. 129 “The Rage over the Lost Penny': Alla ingharese quasi un capriccio
06:38
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
12.
Präludium in F Minor WoO 55
02:49
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
13.
Andante in F Major WoO 57 “Andante favori” : Andante grazioso con moto
08:30
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
14.
Polonaise in C Major Op. 89: Alla polacca, Vivace
06:51
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
15.
Fantasy in B Major Op. 77
10:27
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch

Disc #2
01.
Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 No.1: Andante grazioso quasi allegretto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
02.
Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 No.2: Scherzo. Allegro
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
03.
Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 No.3: Allegretto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
04.
Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 No.4: Andante
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
05.
Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 No.5: Allegro ma non troppo
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
06.
Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 No.6: Allegro quasi Andante. Con una certa espressione parlante
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
07.
Seven Bagatelles Op. 33 No.7: Presto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
08.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.1: Allegretto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
09.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.2: Andante con moto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
10.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.3: À l’Allemande
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
11.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.4: Andante cantabile
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
12.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.5: Risoluto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
13.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.6: Andante - Allegretto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
14.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.7: Allegro ma non troppo
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven)
15.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.8: Moderato
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
16.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.9: Vivace moderato
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
17.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No.10: Allegramente
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
18.
Eleven New Bagatelles Op. 119 No. 11: Andante, ma non troppo
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
19.
Six Bagatelles op. 126 No.1: Andante con moto cantabile e compiacevole
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
20.
Six Bagatelles op. 126 No.2: Allegro
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
21.
Six Bagatelles op. 126 No.3: Andante cantabile e grazioso
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
22.
Six Bagatelles op. 126 No.4: Presto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
23.
Six Bagatelles op. 126 No.5: Quasi Allegretto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
24.
Six Bagatelles op. 126 No.6: Presto – Andante amabile e con moto – Tempo I
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
25.
Bagatelle in C Minor WoO 52: Presto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
26.
Bagatelle in C Major WoO 56: Allegretto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
27.
Bagatelle in C Major Hess 73
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
28.
Bagatelle in E Flat Major Hess 74
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
29.
Bagatelle in A Minor WoO 59 “Für Elise”: Poco Moto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
30.
Piece in B Flat Major WoO 60: Ziemlich lebhaft
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
31.
Piece in B Minor WoO 61: Allegretto
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
32.
Piece in G Minor: Allegretto quasi Andante
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
33.
Piece in F Minor
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
34.
Piece in C Major (“Beethoven’s last musical thoughts”)
00:00
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch

Disc #3
01.
Two Pieces WoO 51 No.1: Allegero
07:04
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
02.
Two Pieces WoO 51 No.2: Andante
02:30
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch
03.
Short and Easy Pieces for the Orphica along with 3 Solfeggios for One Hand Alone (1797) No.1: Moderato
01:12
(Carl Leopold Röllig) Tobias Koch
04.
Short and Easy Pieces for the Orphica along with 3 Solfeggios for One Hand Alone (1797) No.2: Andantino
02:44
(Carl Leopold Röllig) Tobias Koch
05.
Short and Easy Pieces for the Orphica along with 3 Solfeggios for One Hand Alone (1797) No.3: Andante
01:25
(Carl Leopold Röllig) Tobias Koch
06.
Short and Easy Pieces for the Orphica along with 3 Solfeggios for One Hand Alone (1797) No.4: Solfeggio - Adagio
01:03
(Carl Leopold Röllig) Tobias Koch
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