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SEVERIN VON ECKARDSTEIN, piano  · ROBERT SCHUMANN

SCHUMANN‘s FANTASIAS

“The term “fantasia”, in music, mainly refers to a free type of structure. Throughout history, the genre has allowed composers to jot down their musical ideas directly, like an improvisation, just as they first spring to mind.

The fantasia became a popular instrumental genre in the 1800’s, when it started to feature the dreamy, “phantastic” element even more prominently;
the piano and its universe of polyphony likewise played an essential role.

The fantasia was thus an ideal genre for Schumann, whose music I view as the quintessence of German High Romanticism. Schumann’s music is full of expression and driven by passion; at the same time it is disarmingly honest and private. Its textural sonority is full of variety, yet it always remains decent and straightforward, never attempting to posture with easy, flashy, superficial effects or by adding purely virtuosic embellishments.

In my imagination, this music often evokes placid romantic scenes imbued with good-naturedness and a certain vulnerability: people of the simple classes, courtly settings, flowery childish joys, or the secretly shared yearnings of two lovers..."
 (From Eckardstein’s Booklets „Remarks on Schumann‘s Phantasie-Pieces“)

Release Date 17 March 2017   


GÜLRU ENSARI, piano & HERBERT SCHUCH, piano
GO EAST ! STRAVINSKY · BRAHMS · HINDEMITH · MANAV

First Recording of the Piano Duo Ensari & Schuch

„Everything began with Paul Hindemith’s Waltzes, op . 6. One morning, before practicing, Gülru Ensari and Herbert Schuch sight-read those eight miniatures for four hands, and were astounded to find that they featured a number of similarities with the Brahms Waltzes. Why not intermingle the two cycles?

The Turkish-German duo – who are partners in real life, not just at the piano – decided
to record the Brahms and Hindemith cycles for this  CD release, along with two Turkish dances by  Özkan Manav and the four-hand version of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”.

Composing in Vienna and Frankfurt respectively, Brahms and Hindemith found their inspiration in Hungarian folk tunes. Özkan Manav arranged an Armenian folk dance; in Paris, Stravinsky revisited the folk music of his Russian homeland to write ‘Sacre’.

Release Date 17 February 2017



KARLROBERT KREITEN, piano · HISTORICAL RECORDINGS

Kreiten was born on 26 June 1916 in Bonn and grew up in Düsseldorf, where he gave his first public performance at the age of ten in the auditorium that has now become the Tonhalle.

In 1933 he became immediately known to a wider audience: as one of the youngest participants in the Vienna International Piano Competition he was awarded the Silver Badge of Honour; soon thereafter he won the Mendelssohn Prize in Berlin. After having studied in Cologne and Vienna,

Karlrobert was admitted to the class of Claudio Arrau in Berlin, where he studied from 1937 to 1940. Soon he was invited to perform in major concert venues: for instance, he appeared twice with the Berlin Philharmonic. Kreiten’s repertoire extended from Classical and Romantic works to Prokofiev and Stravinsky; audiences and the press hailed him as a piano phenomenon.

This CD release contains the complete preserved recordings of Karlrobert Kreiten.

This explains the fact that certain pieces are presented in different versions, along with two further recordings whose quality might be deemed unacceptable, yet which we have nevertheless included as a sort of postscript at the end.

Release Date 17 February 2017



PAULINE SACHSE, viola & LAUMA SKRIDE, piano
SCHUBERT & SHOSTAKOVICH  · Swan Songs

„According to a Greek myth, the voices of swans have an otherworldly beauty, and their song is a foreboding of death. Such ethereal beauty emerges in moments which are to be treasured and preserved with care. The two works on this release stem from two outstanding composers who, at the end of their lives and in thoroughly different contexts, produced creations of lasting value.

Schubert’s life came to an end at age 31, barely eighteen months after the death of Beethoven, whom he secretly revered as a model. He learned of Beethoven’s death when he had just finished composing Winterreise, a cycle of “chilling songs”, as he described them. Schubert’s friends later partially blamed the grim content of Winterreise for his early demise……..

Shostakovich wrote his Sonata for viola and piano within an extremely brief period of time.
On 25 June 1975, Fyodor Druzhinin – the violist of the Beethoven Quartet, who were the
composer’s friends – received a telephone call from the Shostakovich, informing him that he was working on a viola sonata and wanted to clear up initial technical matters with him. Shostakovich’s health had always been quite poor . . . "

Release Date  20 January 2017



ECHO KLASSIK 2016  EMERGING ARTISTS

ANDRE SCHUEN & DANIEL HEIDE have been awarded as Emerging Artists with the ECHO KLASSIK 2016 for their

CAvi recording of  Lieder by Schumann, Wolf and Martin (CAvi8553330).

ECHO KLASSIK 2016

Both artists are extremely excited, completely taken by surprise and are very thankful to the Jury.

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