Gaspard de la nuit · Jeux d'eau · Sonatine pour piano
Stefan Vladar, piano

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‘It is with certainty one of the most virtuoso pieces of all’, Stefan Vladar says about the piano suite Gaspard de la nuit, which constitutes, so to speak, the main work on this CD.  The pianist has worked on the three movements of the work for more than two decades and also consistently studied Ravel’s other piano compositions, which seem to belong to highly different styles, reflecting completely different aspects of technical virtuosity on the piano as well as differing compositional problems. As one of the most eminent artistic personalities in Austria Stefan Vladar has both as a pianist and a conductor an excellent international reputation for many years, and the journal Fono Forum speaks of him as ‘one of the most remarkable pianists of our age’.


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Karl Weigl (1881-1949)

Concerto for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra (1924) · Violin Concerto (1928)
Florian Krumpöck · David Frühwirth Norddeutsche Philharmonie

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Since the revival of so-called Entartete Musik in the 1990s, interest in Karl Ignaz Weigl’s music has grown but he still remains a largely unknown figure to most listeners. Weigl was born in Vienna in February 1881 and had  private composition lessons with Alexander Zemlinsky, a family friend. By the early-1920s, Weigl was an established figure in the musical landscape of Vienna and it was probably for this reason that he was approached by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein to compose a left-hand piano concerto. Paul’s family fortune enabled him to commission some of the most eminent composers of the day to write works specially for him: Korngold, Britten, Hindemith, Prokofiev, Ravel, Franz Schmidt, Richard Strauss and Karl Weigl.
Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, Wittgenstein failed to perform Weigl’s concerto. Thus it was that the concerto received its belated premiere in 2002 in Vienna by Florian Krumpöck, the soloist on the present recording. Despite his no doubt discouraging experience with Wittgenstein, Weigl returned to the concerto medium four years later with a violin concerto.
It can be hoped that recordings such as the present one will help to further draw attention to his large and varied output which may yet contribute to the repertoire it was designed to enrich.

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KARL WEIGL (1881-1949)

Selected Songs
Sophie Klußmann · Oliver Triendl · Soloists of Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

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Fünf Lieder aus “Phantasus” op. 9 für hohe Stimme und Klavier (1905)
Five Songs from "Phantasus" op. 9 for high voice and piano (1905)
Fünf Lieder für Sopran und Streichquartett op.40 (1934)
Five Songs for soprano and string quartet op. 40 (1934)
Drei Mädchenlieder op.12 (1909) für Sopran und Klavier / for soprano and piano
Sechs Kinderlider für hohe Stimme und Klavier (1932-1944)
Six Children Songs for high voice and piano (1932-1944)
Das Rosenband (from Liebeslieder op. 22) (1908, rev.1944)
Fünf Duette für Sopran, Bariton und Klavier (1909)
Five Duets for soprano, baritone and piano (1909)
The Invisible Light (1939) für Singstimme und Klavier / for voice and piano
Ein Stelldichein op.16 (1904) für Sopran und Streichsextett / for high voice and string sextet
Sophie Klußmann, Sopran / soprano
Sebastian Noack, Bariton / baritone (21-25)
Oliver Triendl, Klavier / piano
Soloists of Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Lied genre had arguably reached a peak with such late-Romantic masters as Mahler, Strauss and Wolf in their song-writing prime. Composers of a younger generation such as Zemlinsky, Schoenberg, Schreker and Joseph Marx cultivated the medium no less enthusiastically. This was the musical environment into which Karl Ignaz Weigl was born in Vienna in February 1881. Already at the age of 15 he had composition lessons with Alexander Zemlinsky, a family friend. It was clear from an early stage that the writing of vocal music was a particular passion of Weigl’s. With the Nazis rise to power in the 1930s, Weigl, as a prominent public figure of Jewish descent, found himself in an increasingly precarious position. Sensing the writing on the wall following Hitler’s annexation of Austria in 1938, he and his family fled for the United States. Weigl died there in August 1949 at the age of 68 with much of his large output lying neglected and rarely performed. One can hope that recordings such as the present one will help to raise consciousness among performers and their public of these highly individual and very beautiful songs of which can stand comparison with those of any of Weigl’s contemporaries.

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Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz · Frank Strobel

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Pietro Mascagni’s  single work for the early days of cinema was composed in winter time 1914/15.
The idea of the film director Nino Oxilia was to create a “Poema cine-musicale”, a synthesis of the arts with music, poetry and finally cinematography. The plot is something like a female version of “Faust”, based on a poetry by Fausto Maria Martini. Mascagni itself conducted the first performance in July 1917 and orientated his composition near to Richard Wagners musical language.
The French-German TV channel Arte restored this treasure of early cinema in 2006 and recorded the
complete film music score which is now available also on CD.

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Alexander Mosolov (1900-1973)

Iron Foundry · Piano Concerto No. 1 · Four Newspaper Announcements
Steffen Schleiermacher · Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin · Johannes Kalitzke

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With Irony against Realism
Among his contemporary countrymen, the Russian Alexander Mosolov certainly underwent one of the most individual developments.  However unknown most of his compositions have remained both in the Soviet Union and abroad, a single piece has ensured that his name has stayed lastingly present – the Iron Foundry from the ballet ,Steel’ (1926/27). It clearly ran contrary to the demands of ‘Socialist Realism’ gradually becoming established in the post-revolutionary Soviet Union and finally declared the official dogma by the authorities in 1932. Whereas the state demanded a kind of music that was easy to receive and could be directly accepted by broad sections of the population, some young composers saw themselves facing the challenge of keeping pace with the international avant-garde and adding a separate Russian and Soviet form. Also active as a music official, Mosolov quickly found recognition in the young Moscow music scene. He soon worked in the Association of Contemporary Music (ASM) and got to know many foreign colleagues, whose works were performed in Russia at the time not least due to his efforts, including Alban Berg, Paul Hindemith, Alfredo Casella, Darius Milhaud and Arthur Honegger.

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