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Beethoven & Liszt

Tamar Beraia

Beethoven & Liszt

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085534005
Catnr: AVI 8553400
Release date: 06 July 2018
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CAvi
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4260085534005
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AVI 8553400
Release date
06 July 2018
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About the album

MY FAVORITES: BEETHOVEN AND LISZT

It is an enormous pleasure for me to introduce my second solo CD album, featuring works by Beethoven and Liszt. These two composers have exerted a strong influence on me throughout my life and played a paramount role in forming me as a musician. I could be wild and unlimited in expression in Liszt, sincere and firm when playing Beethoven. The two, in tandem, always helped me convey my complex individuality.

I was 17 years old when I experienced my first encounter with the most sublime works these two composers ever wrote. Beethoven‘s Hammerklavier Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 106 and Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor introduced me to new worlds of imagination, sounds, forms, and shapes. I was riveted by their intensity of expression, by the contrasts and the poetry they contain. It felt like diving beneath the surface of the ocean to discover a completely different universe with new colours, shapes and unusual movements, or like being catapulted to the cosmos, surrounded by infinite space and time,
exposed to the wonder and mystery of the Universe.... Liner notes by Tamar Bereia

Artist(s)

Tamar Beraia (piano)

The Georgian-Swiss pianist Tamar Beraia strikes with a piano play full of strength and maturity, musicality and virtuosity. Two solo recordings 'Portrait' (EaSonus, 2014) and ‘Beethoven-Liszt’ (Avi-music, 2018) feature her landmark performances of Schumann’s Carnaval, Beethoven’s Variations and Fugue in E-Flat Major and Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor.  Tamar Beraia’s intense concert career focuses on recitals and soloist performances in orchestral appearances. In recent years, she has been performing in Austria, Denmark, Georgia, Germany (Konzerthaus Berlin), France, Ireland, Luxemburg (Philharmonie Luxembourg), the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, in The USA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (London Wigmore Hall) and Ukraine (National Philharmonic of Ukraine). Tamar Beraia is a winner of prestigious piano competitions and special awards. This includes the the Third Prize ex aequo and...
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The Georgian-Swiss pianist Tamar Beraia strikes with a piano play full of strength and maturity, musicality and virtuosity. Two solo recordings 'Portrait' (EaSonus, 2014) and ‘Beethoven-Liszt’ (Avi-music, 2018) feature her landmark performances of Schumann’s Carnaval, Beethoven’s Variations and Fugue in E-Flat Major and Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor. Tamar Beraia’s intense concert career focuses on recitals and soloist performances in orchestral appearances. In recent years, she has been performing in Austria, Denmark, Georgia, Germany (Konzerthaus Berlin), France, Ireland, Luxemburg (Philharmonie Luxembourg), the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, in The USA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (London Wigmore Hall) and Ukraine (National Philharmonic of Ukraine).
Tamar Beraia is a winner of prestigious piano competitions and special awards. This includes the the Third Prize ex aequo and the Sony Audience Award at the 17th International Santander Piano Competition 'Paloma O'Shea' (Spain, 2012), the First Prize of the International Piano Competition 'New Stars' in Wernigerode (Germany, 2010) and the First Prize at the International Piano Competition in Tbilisi (2005), Georgia. In 2014, Tamar Beraia was selected by Bayer’s Cultural Department as a promising young artist and was supported in 2015-2018 as a part of the multinational company’s ‘stART programme’.
She holds a Master’s degree in Solo Performance from Lucerne School of Music (Switzerland) where she studied with professor Ivan Klánský. Tamar Beraia was born in 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgia. At the age of five, she received her first piano lessons from her mother to later study at the music school for talented children 'Z. Paliashvili' with Dodo Tsintsadze and at the State Conservatory (Georgia) with Nana Khubutia. In her childhood already, Tamar Beraia had won first prizes at the International Piano Competitions "Balys Dvarionas" (Lithuania, 1997) and "Heinrich Neuhaus" (Russia, 2000). She also received scholarships from the Mikael Tariverdiev Foundation and pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja. She has been playing four-handed with her sister, as well as repertoire for two pianos. Tamar Beraia resides in Bern, Switzerland.

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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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Franz Liszt

If you would open any biography of Franz Liszt, you would probably mostly read about his disquiet life as a piano virtuoso, his passionate love life, and the return to his catholic roots at the end of his life. Although all of this might be true, it only scratches the surface of his comprehensive musical personality. Liszt was a pianist, conductor, teacher and organiser, but above all he was a composer of a voluminous, capricious body of work. Even though his piano works formed his core business, he gave rise to the symphonic poem, got rid of the organ's stuffy appearance, and reinvigorated the oratorio. Moreover, with his piano transciptions of Bach's organ works and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he was an...
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If you would open any biography of Franz Liszt, you would probably mostly read about his disquiet life as a piano virtuoso, his passionate love life, and the return to his catholic roots at the end of his life. Although all of this might be true, it only scratches the surface of his comprehensive musical personality. Liszt was a pianist, conductor, teacher and organiser, but above all he was a composer of a voluminous, capricious body of work. Even though his piano works formed his core business, he gave rise to the symphonic poem, got rid of the organ's stuffy appearance, and reinvigorated the oratorio. Moreover, with his piano transciptions of Bach's organ works and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he was an advocate of both old and new music.
Together with his son-in-law Richard Wagner, he was in the forefront of the Romantic movement and anticipated the musical revolutions of the early 20th century with his new composition techniques.


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