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George Wilhelm Gruber: Concerti Per Fortepiano

Gruber / Schoonderwoerd
Release Date: 01/01/2012 
Label:  Pan Classics   Catalog #: 10231   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg Wilhelm Gruber
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Cristofori
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arthur Schoonderwoerd (fortepiano) is one of the most important fortepianists of his generation. In addition to his world-wide solo career, he also is in demand as partner in chamber music and Lieder accompanist. He regularly performs with singers such as Hans Jörg Mammel, Sandrine Piau, Mark Padmore and with instrumentalists such as Eric Hoeprich, Jaap ter Linden, Barthold Kuijken, Wilbert Hazelzet, Miklos Spányi, François Leleux, and others. The soloist group Ensemble Cristofori was founded by Arthur Schoonderwoerd to permit the authentic performance of clavier concertos of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The small orchestra of top-class musicians attracted particular attention with its recordings of Read more Beethoven's piano concertos which were issued on the label Alpha. Schoonderwoerd's research into unknown and unjustly forgotten repertoire of the 18th and 19th century as well as performance practice has taken him down fascinating roads. One of these led him to Georg Wilhelm Gruber (1709-1796). Stylistically, Gruber displays himself in his keyboard concertos as a highly independent musical personality. His music contains repeated hints of a variety of stylistic schools: the sensitive North German Empfindsamkeit, the Italian style and elements of the Mannheim school and from time to time also flashes of humour which are almost Haydnesque. Despite the wealth of influences to which Gruber was exposed and which he employed consciously or unconsciously, he was successful in finding his own personal musical language. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Piano Sonata No. 4 in D major by Georg Wilhelm Gruber
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Cristofori
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Altes Reithaus, Triesdorf, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D major by Georg Wilhelm Gruber
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Cristofori
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Altes Reithaus, Triesdorf, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major by Georg Wilhelm Gruber
Performer:  Arthur Schoonderwoerd (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Cristofori
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Altes Reithaus, Triesdorf, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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