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ELIAS DAVID MONCADO, Violin & HANSJACOB STAEMMLER, Piano
HINDEMITH  ˇ POULENC ˇ BARTOK ˇ Violin Sonatas

For your debut album, what motivated you to choose a rather difficult program with works by Hindemith, Bartók, and Poulenc? Are they currently your favorite composers? Have you performed these works often in recitals?

"As an artist, I find it fascinating to observe how composers reacted to current affairs: whenever they had to deal with a totalitarian regime, persecution, resistance, or exile.

Each of these three composers dealt in some special way with psychological stress and anxiety in their lives. In the Poulenc sonata I find a concealed passion, harsh brutality, and overwhelming pain.

The Hindemith sonata contrasts and juxtaposes sombre, dancelike, and heroic elements. The timbres in the Bartók are incredibly elaborate, and a general mood of suffering imbues the entire work. .."
(excerpt from the booklet interview)

Release date 22 April 2022






     
   

KONSTANTIN KRIMMEL, Baritone & DANIEL HEIDE, Piano
FRANZ LISZT  ˇ Der du von dem Himmel bist

Goethe and Heine settings; late songs VOL. II

Compared with the catalogues of, say, Schubert, Loewe, or Schumann, the song output of Franz Liszt seems quite modest in terms of sheer quantity. Unexpected obstacles make it difficult, however, to obtain an overview of all the Lieder the Weimar virtuoso ever wrote.

Not all of Liszt’s songs are published as sheet music, and this has always been the case; the only currently available collection is a meager anthology of ca. 40 Lieder.

According to my research in the past ten years, Franz Liszt had an output of ca. 85 Lieder, or, shall we say, “titles”. If we also count his revisions or completely new versions of songs, we can speak of a total of 135 to 140 songs.

Curiously enough, brief songs by Liszt continue to turn up in estates and auctions all over Europe. As a travelling virtuoso, Liszt occasionally wrote down entire songs in guest books when he was invited to the homes of nobility, or to perform in evening soirées.

One can also find a few songs he wrote as “arrangements” of melodies or poems of his patrons or benefactors. Several Lieder gems by Liszt are still slumbering in the Goethe-Schiller Archive in Weimar. for instance.
(Excerpt of the booklet notes by Daniel Heide)

Release date 22 April 2022






     
   
     
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