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Metamorphosis
Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Giselher Klebe

Premysl Vojta | Tobias Koch

Metamorphosis

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Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085533831
Catnr: AVI 8553383
Release date: 09 March 2018
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CAvi
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4260085533831
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AVI 8553383
Release date
09 March 2018
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About the album

Alteration and transformation, influence and interaction! The horn and the piano have gone through immense changes over the course of time, as this recording with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Klebe intends to illustrate. The natural horn, the Romantic valve horn and the modern horn enter in dialogue with the fortepiano, the Romantic piano and the modern grand. We embarked on an adventurous musical expedition in the recording studio by dealing with three different types of horns and three different keyboard instruments in the course of three days, thereby attempting to span a wide musical range that depicts the transformation of the historical timbre ideal, condensed as in a time lapse.

Yet we never regarded this project as a purely instrumental challenge. Our intention, instead, is to show how the language of musical composition itself has undergone profound change on the basis of certain instrumental modifications. The distance covered is immense: from Beethoven’s Horn Sonata, still entirely immersed in the style of the late 18th century, passing through Robert Schumann’s Romantic attitude and leading to Giselher Klebe’s Alteration of Beethoven’s so-called Moonlight Sonata, thereby creating a technically challenging work with perspectives that mirror a multitude of tendencies. It is no coincidence that our programme, in so doing, returns to Beethoven, albeit experienced in a very different way: in Klebe’s work, innovative, revolutionary elements of composition and instrumental technique are directly noticeable.

Each of these works possesses its own style. Instead of striving to ‘homogenize” the timbre, we attempted to find individual musical identities, which can be easily perceived thanks to the variety of instruments used on this recording. We invite you to enter this musical time machine, which will take you on a journey through two centuries.

Artist(s)

Premysl Vojta (horn)

Pˇremysl Vojta, horn, winner of the „International ARD Music Competition“ 2010, tours worldwide as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Prague Philharmonia and the Kanagawa Symphony Orchestra. After his successful debut at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Pˇremysl was awarded the prestigious Beethoven Ring, past recipients of which include artists such as Igor Levit, Lisa Batiashvili and Gustavo Dudamel. Pˇremysl Vojta has received much international acclaim for his exceptional album productions, including one complete recording of the horn concertos by Joseph and Michael Haydn, and his album Metamorphosis, which was recorded using three different types of horns. In October 2021, Pˇremysl Vojta was appointed as a professor of horn at Folkwang...
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Pˇremysl Vojta, horn, winner of the „International ARD Music Competition“ 2010, tours worldwide as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Prague Philharmonia and the Kanagawa Symphony Orchestra.
After his successful debut at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Pˇremysl was awarded the prestigious Beethoven Ring, past recipients of which include artists such as Igor Levit, Lisa Batiashvili and Gustavo Dudamel. Pˇremysl Vojta has received much international acclaim for his exceptional album productions, including one complete recording of the horn concertos by Joseph and Michael Haydn, and his album Metamorphosis, which was recorded using three different types of horns.
In October 2021, Pˇremysl Vojta was appointed as a professor of horn at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen to succeed the horn legends Hermann Baumann and Frank Lloyd. In the past, he has also taught at Berlin University of the Arts and the Cologne University of Music and Dance.
At the age of 10, Pˇremysl Vojta received his first horn education from Olga Voldánová at the Brno Music School. A talented competitive swimmer at the time, Vojta had to choose between sports and music, but soon enough, his heart was set on the instrument. Later, he pursed his studies at the Prague Conservatory under the mentorship of Bedˇrich Tylšar (1998-2004) and at Berlin University of the Arts under Christian-Friedrich Dallmann (2004-2010). While he was a student, Pˇremysl Vojta had already started his career as a principal hornist at the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, and continued holding the same position at the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne until 2019.
Vojta is a member of the Carousel Ensemble, PhilHarmonia Octets, Breeze Quintets and Dispar Trios.
His chamber music partners include Tobias Koch, Annelien van Wauwe, Fabrice Millischer, Oliver Triendl, the Pražák Quartet and the Armida Quartet.
Pˇremysl Vojta plays a Mod. 3 double horn from Klaus Fehr Horns, natural horns from Jungwirth and Curtois Paris and the F horn by Daniel Fuchs Vienna.
www.premyslvojta.com
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Tobias Koch (piano)

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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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing. Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in...
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Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.
Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in C are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.
In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favour of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which, before her marriage, formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.
Schumann suffered from a mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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01.
Sonata for Piano and Horn in F Major Op. 17 (1800): I. Allegro Moderato
08:45
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch, Premysl Vojta
02.
Sonata for Piano and Horn in F Major Op. 17 (1800): II. Poco Adagio, quasi Andante
01:17
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch, Premysl Vojta
03.
Sonata for Piano and Horn in F Major Op. 17 (1800): III. Rondo. Allegro moderato
05:05
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Tobias Koch, Premysl Vojta
04.
Adagio und / and Allegro für / for Pianoforte and Horn Op. 70: I. Langsam, mit innigem Ausdruck
04:11
(Robert Schumann) Tobias Koch, Premysl Vojta
05.
Adagio und / and Allegro für / for Pianoforte and Horn Op. 70: II. Rasch und Feurig
04:52
(Robert Schumann) Tobias Koch, Premysl Vojta
06.
Fantasiestücke Op. 73 (1849) arr. For Horn by P. Vojta: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
03:52
(Robert Schumann) Tobias Koch, Premysl Vojta
07.
Fantasiestücke Op. 73 (1849) arr. For Horn by P. Vojta: II. Lebhaft leicht
03:31
(Robert Schumann) Tobias Koch, Premysl Vojta
08.
Fantasiestücke Op. 73 (1849) arr. For Horn by P. Vojta: III. Rasch und mit Feuer
04:14
(Robert Schumann) Premysl Vojta, Tobias Koch
09.
Three Romances Op. 94 (1849) arr. For Horn by P. Vojta: I. Nicht schnell
03:31
(Robert Schumann) Premysl Vojta, Tobias Koch
10.
Three Romances Op. 94 (1849) arr. For Horn by P. Vojta: II. Einfach, innig
04:16
(Robert Schumann) Premysl Vojta, Tobias Koch
11.
Three Romances Op. 94 (1849) arr. For Horn by P. Vojta: III. Nicht schnell
04:43
(Robert Schumann) Premysl Vojta, Tobias Koch
12.
Alterations of the Sonata for Piano Op. 27/2 by Ludwig van Beethoven into Sonata for Horn and Piano Op. 95 (1986): I. Adagio sostenuto
07:49
(Giselher Klebe) Premysl Vojta, Tobias Koch
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Sonata for Horn and Piano Op. 95 (1986): II. Allegretto
03:12
(Giselher Klebe) Premysl Vojta, Tobias Koch
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Sonata for Horn and Piano Op. 95 (1986): III. Allegro agitato
06:37
(Giselher Klebe) Premysl Vojta, Tobias Koch
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