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R. Strauss: Piano Music / Stefan Veselka


Release Date: 12/12/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557713   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard Strauss
Performer:  Stefan Veselka
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Strauss' solo piano music dates from his teen years. Although the style often is derivative (warmed-over Mendelssohn, Weber, and Schumann) you can't deny the budding composer's assured, fluent, and utterly professional technique, along with his vibrant musicality and idiomatic keyboard grasp. You rarely encounter these works in concert, yet they're surprisingly well served on disc. Three diversely excellent "complete" cycles from Oleg Marshev (Danacord), Frank Braley (Harmonia Mundi), and Stefan Vladar (Koch Schwann) bear this out, not to mention Glenn Gould's recordings of the Op. 3 pieces and the B minor sonata. Naxos' Stefan Veselka acquits himself very well in such company. For example, his rounded phrasing and plush sonorities Read more in the Op. 3 and Op. 9 cycles contrast to Braley's leaner, more transparent profile (you might say that Veselka is Arrau to Braley's Richter). He matches the robust qualities of Vladar's Sonata with added propulsion in the outer movements and bests Marshev's Scherzo movement for scintillation and suppleness. What's more, Naxos' modest price and fine sonics make this attractive release all the more recommendable.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (5) for Piano, Op. 3 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Stefan Veselka (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (04/03/2005 - 04/04/2005) 
2.
Sonata for Piano in B minor, Op. 5 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Stefan Veselka (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1881; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (04/03/2005 - 04/04/2005) 
3.
Stimmungsbilder for Piano, Op. 9 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Stefan Veselka (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1884; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (04/03/2005 - 04/04/2005) 

Sound Samples

5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, TrV 105: No. 1. Andante
5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, TrV 105: No. 2. Allegro vivace scherzando
5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, TrV 105: No. 3. Largo
5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, TrV 105: No. 4. Allegro molto
5 Piano Pieces, Op. 3, TrV 105: No. 5. Allegro marcatissimo
Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 5, TrV 103: I. Allegro molto appassionato
Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 5, TrV 103: II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 5, TrV 103: III. Scherzo: Presto
Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 5, TrV 103: IV. Finale: Allegretto vivo - Animato
Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, TrV 127: I. Auf stillem Waldespfad (In Silent Forests)
Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, TrV 127: II. An einsamer Quelle (Beside the Spring)
Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, TrV 127: III. Intermezzo
Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, TrV 127: IV. Traumerei (Reverie)
Stimmungsbilder, Op. 9, TrV 127: V. Heidebild (On the Heath)

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