Christoph Eschenbach

Biography

Born: February 20, 1940  
Christoph Eschenbach overcame the most difficult of circumstances to become one of the finest pianists and conductors of the late twentieth century. He was orphaned at a young age: his mother died in childbirth and his father, the musicologist Heribert Ringmann, was killed in battle during World War II. His adoptive grandmother was then killed while trying to extract him and herself from the path of the Allied armies. Fortunately for the young Read more boy, his mother's cousin, Wallydore Eschenbach, tracked him down after the war and adopted him from the refugee camp that would likely have claimed his life. It is from her side of the family that he eventually took his better-known surname.

Eschenbach began studying piano at the age of eight, taught by his adoptive mother. She quickly realized his talents and enrolled him in the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik, where he studied both piano and conducting. As a boy he won First Prize in the 1952 Steinway Piano Competition, and in 1962 he took second prize in the Munich International competition; however, it was with his first prize at the Clara Haskil Competition in Montreux, France, in 1965, that he finally made his mark. This new notoriety led to a London concert debut in 1966, and a prestigious debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell in 1969. Szell was impressed with his musicianship and gave him lessons in conducting, starting a close relationship that lasted until Szell's death in 1970.

Eschenbach was soon essaying a wide repertory in concert tours throughout Europe and America. Notable in his programs were a large number of works from twentieth century composers, such as Bartók, Henze, Rihm, Reimann, Blacher, and Ruzicka; however, his performances of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert were considered revelatory.

Eschenbach made his conducting debut in 1972 with a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3, soon followed by Verdi's La Traviata at Darmstadt in 1978. In 1979 he was named general music director of the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic (through 1981). He was permanent guest conductor, then chief conductor of the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra (1971-1985).

In 1988 he began his most significant and productive association to date as music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until 1999. Although the orchestra was already established as one of America's finer major symphonies, Eschenbach improved its standards, heightened its international reputation, and broadened its repertory. He also formed the Houston Symphony Chamber Players from its ranks. Eschenbach conducted the Houston Symphony in recordings on the Koch International, Virgin, RCA Red Seal, Telarc, and Carlton labels. These included standard fare such as some highly regarded Brahms and Tchaikovsky recordings and all of the major Mozart wind concertos (with the orchestra's own soloists). He and the Houston Symphony also recorded Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny suite, Tobias Picker's Les Encantadoras, and the violin concertos of John Adams and Philip Glass.

From 1991 to 1998 he was co-artistic director of the Pacific Music Festival, along with Michael Tilson Thomas. In 1994 Eschenbach was appointed music director of the Ravinia Festival, the summer outdoor season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the 1998-1999 season he became music director of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg, and, concurrently, artistic director of its Schleswig-Holstein Festival. In 2003, he became music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Read less
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Eschenbach, Hartelius, Pisaroni, Chappuis
Release Date: 07/31/2015   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072748   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: February 20, 1940  
Christoph Eschenbach overcame the most difficult of circumstances to become one of the finest pianists and conductors of the late twentieth century. He was orphaned at a young age: his mother died in childbirth and his father, the musicologist Heribert Ringmann, was killed in battle during World War II. His adoptive grandmother was then killed while trying to extract him and herself from the path of the Allied armies. Fortunately for the young Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Le desert
II. Les orioles
III. Ce qui est ecrit sur les etoiles
IV. Le cossyphe d'Heuglin
V. Cedar Breaks et le don de crainte
VI. Appel interstellaire
VII. Bryce Canyon et les rochers rouge-orange
VIII. Les ressuscites et le chant de l'etoile Aldebaran
IX. Le moqueur polyglotte
X. La grive des bois
XI. Omao, Leiothrix, Elepaio, Shama
XII. Zion Park et la Cite Celeste
Introduction: Allegro vivace
Variation 1: Precedente
Theme: L'istesso tempo
Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Piu vivo
Variation 5: Tempo precedente
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation 8: Tempo I
Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
Variation 10: Poco marcato
Variation 11: Moderato
Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto
Variation 13: Allegro
Variation 14: L'istesso tempo
Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando
Variation 16. Allegretto
Variation 17: (Allegretto)
Variation 18: Andante cantabile
Variation 19: A tempo vivace
Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)
Variation 23. L'istesso tempo
Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso
Allegro
Adagio
Rondeau: Allegro, Allegretto, Tempo I
Allegro
Andante cantabile
Rondeau: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo (Turandot): Moderato - Lebhaft
III. Andantino
IV. Marsch
I. Massig bewegte Halbe
II. Langsam
III. Lebhaft
Part I: Massig schnell, mit Kraft - Sehr breit, aber stets fliessend
Part II: Lebhaft - Langsam - Im ersten Zeitmass
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro Scherzando)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
I. Memento mori
II. Winter Sky
III. Hunter
I. Translucent, secret
II. On fire
III. Awakening
IV. Eclipse
V. Heart of Light
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
III. Allegro con fuoco
Theme: Moderato quasi andante
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
I. Prologue
II. Somewhere
III. Scherzo
IV. Mambo
V. Cha-cha
VI. Meeting Scene
VII. Cool - VIII. Fugue
IX. Rumble
X. Finale
I. Allegro moderato - Cantabile - Poco meno scherzando
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro con brio
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio: sehr feierlich
III. Scherzo: Nicht schnell - Trio: Langsam
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
I. Allegro animato
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
I. Allegro moderato - Cantabile - Poco meno scherzando
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro con brio
I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato
II. Waltz: Moderato, tempo di valse
III. Elegie: Larghetto elegiaco
IV. Finale: Tema russo: Andante - Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto
IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Piu allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a, 'St Antoni Chorale': Variation I: Poco piů animato
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a, 'St Antoni Chorale': Variation II: Piů vivace
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a, 'St Antoni Chorale': Variation III: Con moto
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a, 'St Antoni Chorale': Variation IV: Andante con moto
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: II. Andante
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato
I. Adagio - Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante moderato
V. Finale: Im Tempo des Scherzos -
V. Langsam - Misterioso
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
IV. Allegro non troppo
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi andante - Allegro vivo
II. Andantino in modo di canzone
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro Scherzando)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: II. Andantino
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: III. Presto
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: II. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: III. Allegro assai - Cadenzas - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat K595: I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat K595: II. Larghetto
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat K595: III. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat K595: III. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
I. Andante -
II. Allegro giocoso -
III. Subito andante moderato -
IV. Tempo allegro, molto agitato -
V. Tres calme: Lent -
VI. Tempo de l'allegro initial -
VII. Tempo introduction: Largo
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato -
I. Poco adagio
II. Allegro moderato - Presto - Allegro moderato
II. Maestoso - Allegro - Piu allegro - Molto allegro - Pesante
I. Allegro energico, ma non troppo. Heftig, aber markig
II. Scherzo: Wuchtig
III. Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro moderato - Allegro energico
Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 119 in D Minor: Allegro moderato e maestoso; Andante sostenuto
Allegro non troppo; Cadenza; Tempo I; Molto Allegro
Frühling
September
Beim Schlafengehn
Im Abendrot
I. Reveries: Largo - Passions: Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
II. Un Bal (Valse): Allegro non troppo
III. Scene aux Champs: Adagio
IV. Marche au Supplice: Allegretto non troppo
V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat: Larghetto - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38, 'Spring': I. Andante poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38, 'Spring': II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38, 'Spring': III. Scherzo (Molto vivace) - Trio I - Trio II
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38, 'Spring': IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97, 'Rhenish': I. Lebhaft
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97, 'Rhenish': II. Scherzo (Sehr mäßig)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97, 'Rhenish': III. Nicht schnell
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97, 'Rhenish': IV. Feierlich
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97, 'Rhenish': V. Lebhaft
Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61: I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61: II. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio I - Trio II
Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61: III. Adagio espressivo
Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61: IV. Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120: I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120: II. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120: III. Scherzo (Lebhaft) & Trio
Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120: IV. Lebhaft - Schneller - Presto
Symphony No. 9 in E minor B178 (Op. 95), 'From the New World': I. Adagio - Allegro molto
Symphony No. 9 in E minor B178 (Op. 95), 'From the New World': II. Largo
Symphony No. 9 in E minor B178 (Op. 95), 'From the New World': III. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor B178 (Op. 95), 'From the New World': IV. Allegro con fuoco
Allegro moderato e maestoso; Andante sostenuto
Allegro non troppo; Cadenza; Tempo I; Molto allegro
1. (Allegro)
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. W/o Tempo Indication
2. Adagio ovvero Largo
3. Fuga
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
1. (Allegro)
2. Alla siciliana
3. Allegro


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