Klára Würtz

Biography

Born: 1965; Budapest, Hungary  
Klára Würtz is among the more important pianists to have emerged from the latter decades of the twentieth century. Hungarian-born, Amsterdam-based, she has, since the early '90s, made numerous tours of the United States and Canada while also appearing throughout Holland and elsewhere in Europe. If her repertory generally excludes Baroque as well as contemporary music, it is broad still, taking in all the sonatas of Mozart and large chunks of the Read more outputs of Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Bartók, Debussy, and many others. Würtz has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Brilliant Classics, Regis Records, and Globe.

Würtz was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1965. She was a child prodigy: she first sat down at the piano at age five and soon became an extraordinarily accomplished player. She joined the Hungarian Radio and Television Children's Chorus in the early '70s, not as a singer but to serve as the group's pianist. She soon enrolled at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in her native city where she studied under Zoltán Kocsis, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. She would later attend master classes held by András Schiff in England.

1985 proved to be a breakthrough year for Würtz when she captured first prize in the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, a prestigious event held every two years in Seregno, Italy. In 1988 Würtz was a prize winner in another important contest, the Dublin International Piano Competition. By this time her career was firmly established in Europe, though not yet in North America.

In 1991 she began making regular tours of the United States and Canada and soon won over critics and public alike, most particularly at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and at the Ravinia Festival. Among her first recordings was the 1994 Globe CD of a collection of Bartók works that included the Piano Sonata and the 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs.

Throughout the 1990s and in the new century as well, Würtz remained very active in the concert hall and recording studio. Probably her most significant work has been her Mozart: she has performed the sonatas in numerous concerts and recorded them in a complete set for Brilliant Classics, issued in 2005. Other recordings by her include a 2005 five-disc set on the same label containing a challenging mixture of works by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and Rachmaninov. Read less

Biography

Born: 1965; Budapest, Hungary  
Klára Würtz is among the more important pianists to have emerged from the latter decades of the twentieth century. Hungarian-born, Amsterdam-based, she has, since the early '90s, made numerous tours of the United States and Canada while also appearing throughout Holland and elsewhere in Europe. If her repertory generally excludes Baroque as well as contemporary music, it is broad still, taking in all the sonatas of Mozart and large chunks of the Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro non tanto
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace
I. Prologue
II. Serenade -
III. Finale
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
I. Allegro amabile
II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace
III. Allegro grazioso (quasi andante)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
IV. Presto agitato
No. 1. Des Abends
No. 2. Aufschwung
No. 3. Warum?
No. 4. Grillen
No. 5. In der Nacht
No. 6. Fabel
No. 7. Traumes Wirren
No. 8. Ende vom Lied
No. 1. Eintritt (Entering the Forest)
No. 2. Jager auf der Lauer (Hunter on the Look-out)
No. 3. Einsame Blumen (Solitary Flowers)
No. 4. Verrufene Stelle (Haunted Spot)
No. 5. Freundliche Landschaft (Pleasant Scenery)
No. 6. Herberge (At the Inn)
No. 7. Vogel als Prophet (The Songster-Prophet)
No. 8. Jagdlied (Hunting-Song)
No. 9. Abschied (Farewell to the Forest)
No. 1. Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People)
No. 2. Curiose Geschichte (A Strange Story)
No. 3. Hasche-Mann (Catch-as-catch-can)
No. 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
No. 5. Gluckes genug (Happy Enough)
No. 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
No. 7. Traumerei (Dreaming)
No. 8. Am Camin (By the Fire-side)
No. 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-horse)
No. 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious)
No. 11. Furchtenmachen (Frightening)
No. 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
No. 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
I. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro
II. Rondo: Allegro vivace
I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo
II. Allegro molto piu tosto presto
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro non tanto
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio: Tempo d'andante - Allegro vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio con moto sentimento d'affetto
III. Allegro - Allegro fugato
Theme: Allegretto
Variation 1
Variation 2
Varaition 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
Variation 11
Variation 12
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
Theme
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
I. Prologue
II. Serenade -
III. Finale
I. Dialogo
II. Scherzo-pizzicato
III. Elegia
IV. Marcia
V. Moto perpetuo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andantino
III. Rondo: Presto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
I. Allegretto
II. Adagio religioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegramente
II. Adagio assai
III. Presto
No. 1. Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People)
No. 2. Curiose Geschichte (A Strange Story)
No. 3. Hasche-Mann (Catch-as-catch-can)
No. 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
No. 5. Gluckes genug (Happy Enough)
No. 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
No. 7. Traumerei (Dreaming)
No. 8. Am Camin (By the Fire-side)
No. 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-horse)
No. 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious)
No. 11. Furchtenmachen (Frightening)
No. 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
No. 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
No. 1. Morning Prayer (Priere du matin)
No. 2. Winter Morning (Le matin en hiver)
No. 5. The Toy Soldiers' March (Marche des soldats de bois)
No. 7. Dolly Is Ill (La poupee malade)
No. 8. Dolly's Funeral (Enterrement de la poupee)
No. 9. Waltz (Valse)
No. 6. My New Dolly (La nouvelle poupee)
No. 11. Mazurka
No. 13. Peasant Prelude (Le paysan prelude)
No. 12. Russian Song (Chanson russe)
No. 10. Polka
No. 16. Old French Song (Melodie antique francaise)
No. 21. Sweet Dreams (Douce reverie)
No. 22. The Lark (Chant de L'alouette)
I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
II. Jimbo's Lullaby
III. Serenade for a Doll
IV. The Snow is Dancing
V. The Little Shepherd
VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Ausserst bewegt
II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
III. Sehr aufgeregt
IV. Sehr langsam
V. Sehr lebhaft
VI. Sehr langsam
VII. Sehr rasch
VIII. Schnell und spielend
I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legendenton - Erstes tempo
II. Massig
III. Langsam getragen
I. Introduzione: Un poco adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Aria
III. Scherzo: Allegrissimo - Intermezzo - Lento
IV. Finale: Allegro un poco maestoso
I. So rasch wir moglich
II. Andantino
III. Scherzo
IV. Rondo
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro: Sehr lebhaft
II. Romanze
III. Scherzino
IV. Intermezzo
V. Finale
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Adagio
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante amoroso
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Menuetto I-II
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto grazioso
I. Ausserst bewegt
II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
III. Sehr aufgeregt
IV. Sehr langsam
V. Sehr lebhaft
VI. Sehr langsam
VII. Sehr rasch
VIII. Schnell und spielend
I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legendenton - Erstes tempo
II. Massig
III. Langsam getragen
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante con espressione
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto
I. Theme and Variations: Andante grazioso
II. Menuetto
III. Alla turca: Allegretto


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