Gerhard Oppitz

Biography

Born: February 5, 1953; Frauenau, Bavaria  
Gerhard Oppitz is a German pianist with an unusually broad repertory, encompassing not only a vast range of traditional works -- the complete output of Brahms and Grieg, and whole chunks of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, and von Weber -- but also a large portion of the modern repertory, including works by Boulez, Henze, Ligeti, Messiaen, and others. He has also been prolific in the recording studio with numerous multi-disc sets of Read more music by Brahms, Grieg, and Beethoven, as well as a vast number of individual CDs and various recordings involving accompaniment in chamber music and songs. Not surprisingly, the gifted Oppitz is multi-lingual, with fluency in seven languages, and has a passion for flying, often taking his plane to concert locales.

Oppitz was born in the Bavarian town of Frauenau on February 5, 1953. He began playing the piano at the age of five and by 11 gave his first public concert, an event attended by Paul Buck, professor of piano at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. Oppitz then studied with Buck in Stuttgart and later with Hugo Steurer in Munich.

In 1973 Oppitz met renowned German pianist Wilhelm Kempff, who became a mentor. From master classes held by Kempff in Positano, Italy, Oppitz acknowledged he gained valuable interpretive insights into the piano works of Beethoven. In 1977 Oppitz won first prize in the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, the first German pianist to achieve this distinction.

Four years later, Oppitz was named music professor at the Munich Musikhochschule, becoming, at 28, the youngest musician ever appointed to the faculty. By this time his career as a soloist was in full swing, with appearances at the most prestigious recital halls and with major European orchestras and conductors. His first recordings now were drawing critical praise and finding a wide audience.

Over the next two decades Oppitz established an international reputation as one of the most talented and versatile pianists before the public. He has recorded for a variety of labels, including Tudor and Bayer, but most prominently for RCA and Hanssler Classics. In 2004 RCA released a compilation by Oppitz of the complete solo works of Grieg, and followed the next year with the complete solo output of Brahms. By 2006, Oppitz was nearing completion of a cycle of the Beethoven piano sonatas on the Hanssler Classics label. Read less

Biography

Born: February 5, 1953; Frauenau, Bavaria  
Gerhard Oppitz is a German pianist with an unusually broad repertory, encompassing not only a vast range of traditional works -- the complete output of Brahms and Grieg, and whole chunks of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, and von Weber -- but also a large portion of the modern repertory, including works by Boulez, Henze, Ligeti, Messiaen, and others. He has also been prolific in the recording studio with numerous multi-disc sets of Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro moderato
Valse No. 1 in C Major
Valse No. 2 in A Major
Valse No. 3 in C Major
Valse No. 4 in G Major
Valse No. 5 in A Minor
Valse No. 6 in C Major
Valse No. 7 in E Major
Valse No. 8 in A Major
Valse No. 9 in A Minor
Valse No. 10 in F Major
Valse No. 11 in C Major
Valse No. 12 in C Major
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Galop and Trio in G Major
II. Ecossaise No. 1 in G Major
III. Ecossaise No. 2 in E Minor
IV. Ecossaise No. 3 in D Major
V. Ecossaise No. 4 in B-Flat Major
VI. Ecossaise No. 5 in E-Flat Major
VII. Ecossaise No. 6 in E-Flat Major
VIII. Ecossaise No. 7 in E-Flat Major
IX. Ecossaise No. 8 in A-Flat Major
Thema - Andante
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Presto
IV. Allegro
Thema
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
Variation 11
Variation 12
Variation 13
I. Allegro giusto
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante molto
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Prestissimo
I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso - Trio
IV. Presto con fuoco
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non troppo - Presto
I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
II. Abwesenheit: Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehn: Vivacissimamente
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegretto quasi andantino
III. Allegro vivace
I. Moderato
II. Andante
No. 1 in C minor
No. 2 in E flat major
No. 3 in G flat major
No. 4 in A flat major
No. 1 in D major
No. 2 in A major
No. 3 in D major
No. 4 in D major
No. 5 in B minor
No. 6 in G flat minor
No. 7 in A flat major
No. 8 in A flat major
No. 9 in B flat major
No. 10 in B flat major
No. 11 in A flat major
No. 12 in E major
I. A Shell, or Nostalgia
II. Rain
III. Boating in the Afternoon
IV. The Chill of Night
V. A Dream of Floating on a Swimming Pool at Midnight
VI. Water Gushing Out
VII. A Stream
VIII. Memories of a Swamp
IX. Resting at a Cape
X. A Pond with a Heron
XI. Light Snow Dancing
XII. Lullaby of the Waves
I. Adagio energico - Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Scherzo - Presto appassionato
III. Andante sostenuto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Allegretto
IV. Allegro giusto
I. Moderato
II. Andante poco moto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro vivace
No. 1 in B flat major
No. 2 in D flat major
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
No. 1 in F minor
No. 2 in A flat major
No. 3 in B flat major
No. 4 in F minor
I. Andantino
II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
III. Moderato
I. Andante assai
II. Allegro brusco
III. Andante
IV. Allegrissimo
I. Molto moderato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Prestissimo
I. Allegro vivace
II. Largo appassionato
III. Scherzo: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Grazioso
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
I. Presto
II. Largo e mesto
III. Menuetto e Trio: Allegro
IV. Rondo: Allegro
I. Grave - Allegro molto e con brio
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Rondo: Allegro
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Largo, con gran espressione
III. Allegro
IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto
III. Rondo: Allegro comodo
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo; Allegro assai
I. Andante
II. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Tempo di menuetto
I. Andante con variazioni
II. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto
III. Marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe
IV. Allegro
I. Andante - Allegro
II. Allegro molto e vivace
III. Adagio con espressione
IV. Allegro vivace - Presto
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adagio grazioso
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Largo - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Allegretto
III. Menuet and Trio: Moderato e grazioso
IV. Presto con fuoco
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Menuetto
IV. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Introduzione: Adagio molto
III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Presto
I. In tempo d'un menuetto
II. Allegretto
I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto
I. Presto alla tedesca
II. Andante
III. Vivace
I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
II. Abwesenhelt: Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehen: Vivacissimamente
I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen
I. Allegretto ma non troppo con intimissimo sentimento
II. Vivace alla Marcia
III. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
IV. Allegro
I. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo
II. Prestissimo
III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio ma non troppo
IV. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante
III. Minuet: Allegro vivace
I. Molto moderato e cantabile
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegro moderato
IV. Allegretto
I. Allegro assai
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro
I. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo
II. Prestissimo
III. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo
I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio ma non troppo
IV. Fuga: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
I. Presto alla tedesca
II. Andante
III. Vivace
I. Das Lebewohl: Adagio - Allegro
II. Abwesenhelt: Andante espressivo
III. Das Wiedersehen: Vivacissimamente
I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
II. Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen
I. Allegretto ma non troppo con intimissimo sentimento
II. Vivace alla Marcia
III. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
IV. Allegro
I. In tempo d'un menuetto
II. Allegretto
I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con molto espressione
III. Menuetto
IV. Rondo: Allegretto


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