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Bagatellen

Herbert Schuch

Bagatellen

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085534432
Catnr: AVI 8553443
Release date: 10 May 2019
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Label
CAvi
UPC
4260085534432
Catalogue number
AVI 8553443
Release date
10 May 2019
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About the album

BAGATELLES – DIVERGENT EQUIVALENTS

Ligeti and Beethoven „mixed“ as two masters of the miniature form

The gate opens. The music should sound solemn and magnificent, like an overture: majestic, like Beethoven’s Eroica. That is how Hungarian composer György Ligeti begins Musica ricercata, one of his early works from the early 1950s. In exemplary fashion, the cycle blends minimalist structures with a sumptuous array of colors. Behind each note lurks the exigency that nothing should escape the pianist’s attention: he should be aware of all that takes place in the present, while remaining prepared for everything that can occur in the next moment. Such challenges await the performer in Ligeti as well as in Beethoven.

Long before he thought of coupling the works by Beethoven and Ligeti on CD, Herbert Schuch had tried out the combination in the concert hall. “I quickly get a feel whether a programme works well, or whether it’s just something I’ve conceived in my head. Of course I was aware that these cycles were never intended to be picked apart. I find it important to feel assured that I’m not undermining their essence, and that the new order also makes sense. Such a coupling would certainly not work in the case of a sonata.” (excerpt from the Booklet notes/Interview)

Artist(s)

Herbert Schuch (piano)

Pianist Herbert Schuch has gained a reputation as one of the most interesting musicians of his generation with his strikingly conceived concert programmes and CD recordings. He has worked with a number of renowned orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic and the radio orchestras of hr, MDR, WDR, NDR Hannover und Danish Radio, as well as with the Camerata Salzburg and the Festival Strings Lucerne, with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Jakub Hru° ša, Jun Märkl, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jonathan Nott, Markus Poschner, Michael Sanderling, and Mario Venzago. Herbert Schuch was born in Timi¸soara, Romania, in 1979. He had his first...
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Pianist Herbert Schuch has gained a reputation as one of the most interesting musicians of his generation with his strikingly conceived concert programmes and CD recordings.
He has worked with a number of renowned orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic and the radio orchestras of hr, MDR, WDR, NDR Hannover und Danish Radio, as well as with the Camerata Salzburg and the Festival Strings Lucerne, with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Jakub Hru° ša, Jun Märkl, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jonathan Nott, Markus Poschner, Michael Sanderling, and Mario Venzago.
Herbert Schuch was born in Timi¸soara, Romania, in 1979. He had his first piano lessons in his native city with Prof. Maria Bodo, before his family moved to Germany in 1988, where he has lived since.
He continued his musical studies with Kurt Hantsch and then with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Recently, Herbert Schuch has been especially influenced by his encounters and work with Alfred Brendel.
As a child, Herbert Schuch also played violin for 10 years and has been an enthusiastic chamber musician ever since, sharing the stage with musicians of the likes of Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang, Julia Fischer, Maximilian Hornung, Sebastian Manz, and Daniel Müller-Schott.
He also forms a successful piano duo with Gülru Ensari: together, they have recorded three releases for the CAvi-music label, featuring a wide range of repertoire from different periods.
In addition to his performance activities, Herbert Schuch is also involved in the organization Rhapsody in School, founded by Lars Vogt, which promotes classical music education in schools.

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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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György Ligeti

György Ligeti is considered as one of the most important representatives of the postwar avant garde, next to Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciana Berio and Iannis Xenakis. While the science fiction classic 2001: A Space Oddyssey created publicity for Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra in particular, most of the impressive music comes from Ligeti's Atmosphères and his Requiem. Ligeti's somber sounds could also be applied to happier things: in his obscene and death-defying opera Le Grand Macabre he would mock the horroreffects of experimental music in a hilarious manner.  Ligeti's maniac experiments often exceeded the human measure (think of his virtuoso Etudes for piano). Perhaps his most consequent work is the purely mechanic Poème Symphonique for 100 ticking metronomes. Legend goes that its première was recorded only to...
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György Ligeti is considered as one of the most important representatives of the postwar avant garde, next to Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciana Berio and Iannis Xenakis. While the science fiction classic 2001: A Space Oddyssey created publicity for Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra in particular, most of the impressive music comes from Ligeti's Atmosphères and his Requiem. Ligeti's somber sounds could also be applied to happier things: in his obscene and death-defying opera Le Grand Macabre he would mock the horroreffects of experimental music in a hilarious manner.

Ligeti's maniac experiments often exceeded the human measure (think of his virtuoso Etudes for piano). Perhaps his most consequent work is the purely mechanic Poème Symphonique for 100 ticking metronomes. Legend goes that its première was recorded only to be archived with the note: never to be broadcasted again!


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01.
Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): I. Sostenuto – Misurato – Prestissimo
02:46
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 1. Allegretto
02:36
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): II. Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale
03:15
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 2. Andante con moto
01:01
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): III. Allegro con spirito
01:02
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 3. à l’Allemande
01:43
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): IV. Tempo di Valse (Poco vivace – « à l’orgue de Barbarie »)
02:10
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 4. Andante cantabile
01:48
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): V. Rubato. Lamentoso
03:24
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 5. Risoluto
01:09
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): VI. Allegro molto capriccioso
00:49
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 6. Andante – Allegretto leggiermente (Leichtlich vorgetragen)
01:50
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): VII. Cantabile, molto legato
03:45
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 7. Allegro ma non troppo
01:06
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): VIII. Vivace. Energico
00:53
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 8. Moderato cantabile
01:43
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): IX. (Béla Bartók in Memoriam) Adagio. Mesto – Allegro maestoso
02:57
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 9. Vivace moderato
00:34
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): X. Vivace. Capriccioso
01:20
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 10. Allegramente
00:17
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Musica Ricercata (1951-1953): XI. (Omaggio a Girolamo Frescobaldi) Andante misurato e tranquillo
04:38
(György Ligeti) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 119 (ca. 1822): 11. Andante, ma non troppo
02:04
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824): 1. Andante con moto. Cantabile e compiacevole
03:35
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824): 2. Allegro
03:02
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824): 3. Andante. Cantabile e grazioso
02:41
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824): 4. Presto
04:03
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824): 5. Quasi Allegretto
02:51
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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Bagatelles, Op. 126 (1824): 6. Presto – Andante amabile e con moto
04:12
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Herbert Schuch
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