Hannes Minnaar

Piano Music (Reissue)

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917292121
Catnr: CC 72921
Release date: 03 June 2022
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Night music, water music Thirteen Nocturnes and as many Barcarolles form the core of the collected output of Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845-1924) for the piano. Night-time meditations, then, along with inspiration drawn from rippling water (the origins of the barcarolle lie in the songs sung by Venetian gondoliers and the word itself comes from the Italian ‘barca’, a boat). Along with some Impromptus, Préludes and other works, one might rapidly gain the impression of a delightful collection of salon music, whose titles may actually display the influence of Chopin (Fauré was even to write a Mazurka). But this music is so very much more than pretty salon music. In the intimacy of these genres, Fauré succeeded time and again in nothing short of exposing his very soul. And the French composer’s style is entirely his own – original and personal – from the first note to the last.

Fauré’s career started off like that of an outsider. At the age of just nine, he moved from Pamiers (in the shadows of the Pyrenees in the south of France) to Paris to attend lessons at the École Niedermeyer there – an education based on church music that his parents felt more appropriate than the official Conservatoire. Among his teachers was Camille Saint-Saëns, who was to prove important to the younger man throughout his life as a mentor and friend. After graduating, Fauré worked as organist and choirmaster at a number of churches in Paris and elsewhere. He also taught and composed – mostly chamber music and songs, genres that were considered to be fairly insignificant in France at the time (in fact only composers of opera were taken seriously). His music was only appreciated in fairly limited circles and the composer suffered regularly from bouts of depression. He also taught at the Conservatoire from 1892, where his students included Maurice Ravel and George Enescu. He was appointed Director of the Conservatoire in 1905; this improved his reputation significantly but left him little time for composition. It was around this time that problems started to emerge with his hearing. As well as experiencing increasing difficulty in hearing high and low frequencies, sounds and intervals also became distorted for him. He resigned in 1920, due his deteriorating health, and died some four years later.
Thirteen Nocturnes and as many Barcarolles form the core of the collected output of Gabriel Urbain Faure for the piano. Night-time meditations, then, along with inspiration drawn from rippling water (the origins of the barcarolle lie in the songs sung by Venetian gondoliers and the word itself comes from the Italian ‘barca’, a boat.) Along with some impromptus, preludes and other works, one might rapidly gain the impression of a delightful collection of salon music, whose titles may actually display the influence of Chopin. But this music is so very much more than pretty salon music. In the intimacy of these genres, Faure succeeded time and again in nothing short of exposing his very soul. And the French composer’s style is entirely his own- original and personal- from the first note to the last.Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning several international competitions and being awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. His two prior solo album
Hannes Minnaar lässt seine Liebe zu Fauré durchscheinen!
Auf dieser Aufnahme spielt Hannes Minnaar Klaviermusik des französischen Komponisten Fauré. Musik, bei der man leicht den Eindruck gewinnen könnte, dass es sich nur um bezaubernde Salonmusik handelt. Aber es ist so viel mehr. In den intimen Stücken dieses Albums entblößt Fauré seine Seele von der ersten bis zur letzten Note. Dargeboten von Minnaar in seinem romantischen, originellen Stil, mit schönen Klängen und fließender Präzision. Man hört seine Liebe zu dem Komponisten, mit dem er sich besonders verbunden fühlt. "Hannes Minnaar spielt diese schöne Musik nicht nur exzellent und unkompliziert, er versteht es auch, die Intimität dieses originellen und persönlichen Stils wunderbar wiederzugeben." Mania, November 2016.

Hannes Minnaar (Goes, 1984) ist einer der erfolgreichsten Pianisten der Niederlande. Er schloss sein Studium am Amsterdamer Konservatorium mit einer 10 und einer Auszeichnung ab! Er nahm Unterricht bei berühmten Pianisten und studierte nebenbei auch Orgel. Nachdem er 2010 als erster Niederländer den 3. Preis beim Königin-Elisabeth-Wettbewerb in Brüssel gewonnen hatte, erhielt er internationale Aufmerksamkeit und seine Karriere nahm Fahrt auf. So sehr, dass er am 1. Oktober 2016 mit dem niederländischen Musikpreis ausgezeichnet wurde. Die höchste Auszeichnung des Ministeriums für Bildung, Kultur und Wissenschaft für einen klassischen Musiker. Laut Jurybericht zeichnet sich sein Spiel durch einen absolut natürlichen, reinen, klaren und schnörkellosen Stil aus. "Der Dienst an der Musik ist stets sein Credo, erstaunliches technisches Talent und Virtuosität sind dem untergeordnet." Minnaar trat als Solist mit vielen Orchestern auf, unter anderem mit dem Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Der Franzose Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845-1924) war zu seiner Zeit ein bekannter, aber nur in kleinen Kreisen geschätzter Komponist von Klavier und Klaviermusik.
Auch eine Oper ist Teil seines Werks. Zu seinen Lebzeiten hat Fauré die französische Kirchenmusik ständig weiterentwickelt und erneuert. Fauré hatte einen ganz persönlichen Stil, in dem er ein Gleichgewicht zwischen romantischer Sensibilität und strengen kompositorischen Regeln suchte. Das Ergebnis: ein Kompromiss zwischen musikalischer Sprache und Design. Seine Musik ist zurückhaltend und raffiniert.


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Hannes Minnaar received international acclaim after winning prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2010, 3rd prize) and the Geneva International Music Competition (2008, 2nd prize) and being awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship (2011). He studied with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, graduating with the highest distinction and took master classes with Menahem Pressler and Ferenc Rados. In addition, he studied organ with Jacques van Oortmerssen.

Minnaar was soloist with various orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, during which time he worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Jiří Bělohlávek, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Eliahu Inbal, Edo de Waart and Xian Zhang. He gives recitals in many European countries and around the world. He performed at the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Musashino Hall (Tokyo) and the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow) and was invited to the festivals of La Roque d’Anthéron, Bordeaux (Jacobins) and Guangzhou.

Minnaar is also active as a chamber musician. As a member of the Van Baerle Trio he won prizes at competitions in Lyon (2011, CIMCL, 1st prize) and Munich (2013, ARD, 2nd prize). The trio gave 18 concerts in an international tour in the “Rising Stars” series in 2014, including the Barbican (London), Musikverein (Vienna) and Cité de la Musique (Paris). Minnaar also performed with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Isabelle van Keulen and Mischa Maisky.

His two solo albums are highly acclaimed. His debut album was awarded an Edison and Gramophone published a full-page article about this album. The same magazine wrote about his second album “Bach inspirations”: “After Minnaar’s debut disc, this makes two hits in a row”. BBC Music Magazine selected it as “Instrumental choice of the month” with 5 stars.

Minnaar is currently recording all of Beethoven’s piano concertos for Challenge Classics. Other future concert highlights include Liszt’s Totentanz and a new concerto by Robert Zuidam with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Markus Stenz – at which occiasion he will be awarded the Dutch Music Prize by the Dutch Minister of Culture – and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Daniele Rustioni.

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01.
Nocturne No. 1 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 33 No. 1: Lento – Un poco più mosso ma non tanto – Tempo I
07:07
02.
Barcarolle No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 42: Andante quasi allegretto
07:24
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Thème andante moderato
01:50
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation I: Lo stesso tempo
00:54
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation II: Più mosso
00:04
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation III: Un poco più mosso
00:38
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation IV: Lo stesso tempo
01:01
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation V: Un poco più mosso
00:39
09.
Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation VI: Molto più moderato
01:41
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation VII: Allegretto moderato
00:54
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation VIII: Andante molto moderato
01:41
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation IX: Quasi adagio
01:22
13.
Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation X: Allegro vivo
01:07
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Thème et variations in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 73: Variation XI: Andante molto moderato
02:02
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Nocturne No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 74: Molto lento – Un poco più mosso – Tempo I – Allegro – Molto lento – Un poco più mosso
09:09
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Impromptu No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 102: Allegro vivo
02:05
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 1 in D-flat Major Andante molto moderato
03:42
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 2 in C-sharp Minor Allegro
02:15
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 3 in G Minor Andante
03:43
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 4 in F Major Allegretto moderato
01:50
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 5 in D Minor Allegro
02:13
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 6 in E-flat Minor Andante
02:46
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 7 in A Major Andante moderato
02:30
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 8 in C Minor Allegro
01:08
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Nine Preludes, Op. 103: No. 9 in E Minor Adagio
02:57
26.
Barcarolle No. 12 in E-Flat Major, Op. 106bis: Allegretto giocoso
02:59
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Nocturne No. 13 in B Minor, Op. 119: Andante – Allegro – Tempo I
07:41
28.
Encore: from 3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 17: No. 3 in A-flat Major Andante moderato
02:08
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