Peter Rösel

Biography

Born: February 2, 1945; Dresden, Germany  
Few pianists from any generation have performed a range of repertory comparable to that of German pianist Peter Rösel. But it is not just Rösel's vast repertory that makes him stand out, it is his mastery of it. From Haydn and Mozart, on through the most challenging works of the twentieth century, Rösel has demonstrated an interpretive grasp of many styles, with a technique to surmount virtually any challenge, including those presented by that Read more daunting pair of concertos from the early twentieth century: the Prokofiev Second and Rachmaninov Third. Stylistically, Rösel tended to have a less light-fingered approach to Mozart and a more muscular way with Debussy than was usual, but he generally made a strong case for his thoughtful interpretations. He may have led an even more successful career had he lived free from the suffocating restraints of Soviet-dominated East Germany. Along with his huge repertory, Rösel made numerous recordings starting in the late '60s, many of which have been reissued in the new century. His recordings are available on a variety of labels, including EMI, Brilliant Classics, Berlin Classics, Capriccio, and others.

Rösel was born into a musical family in war-torn Dresden, Germany, on February 2, 1945. He began playing the piano at six and quickly advanced. He studied with Dmitri Bashkirov and Lev Oborin at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

After capturing prizes in major competitions, including the 1966 Tchaikovsky International and the 1968 Montreal International Piano Competition, he emerged as one of the foremost young pianists from East Germany. In 1970 he began regularly appearing with Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and performed as soloist with them in more than 200 concerts in the coming years.

From the late '60s, Rösel made a number of recordings for the East German label Eterna, much of whose catalog has been reissued on Berlin Classics in the new century. After 1970, Rösel's reputation grew steadily as he appeared with many of the world's major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

In 1992 Rösel was invited by Masur to play the Rachmaninov Third Concerto with the New York Philharmonic at its 150th anniversary celebrations. While the pianist's activity in the recording studio began to taper off in the latter twentieth and early twenty first centuries, he has maintained a busy schedule of concerts across Europe, the U.S., and Asia. Read less

Biography

Born: February 2, 1945; Dresden, Germany  
Few pianists from any generation have performed a range of repertory comparable to that of German pianist Peter Rösel. But it is not just Rösel's vast repertory that makes him stand out, it is his mastery of it. From Haydn and Mozart, on through the most challenging works of the twentieth century, Rösel has demonstrated an interpretive grasp of many styles, with a technique to surmount virtually any challenge, including those presented by that Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro vivace
No. 1 in C Minor
No. 2 in E-Flat Major
No. 3 in G-Flat Major
No. 4 in A-Flat Major
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermede: Fantastique et leger
III. Finale: Tres anime
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Scherzo
IV. Tema con variazioni
V. Allegro giusto
I. Adagio
II. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco mosso
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Scherzo
IV. Tema con variazioni
V. Allegro giusto
I. Adagio
II. Rondo
No. 1 in C minor
No. 2 in E flat major
No. 3 in G flat major
No. 4 in A flat major
I. Andantino
II. Scherzo: Vivace
III. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato
IV. Finale: Allegro tempestoso
I. Allegro
II. Andante rapsodico
III. Allegro capriccioso ma sempre giusto
No. 1. Danse russe (Russian Dance)
No. 2. Chez Petrouchka (Petrushka's Cell)
No. 3. La semaine grasse (The Shrove-tide Fair)
I. Largo - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso
IV. Presto con fuoco
I. Adagio cantabile
II. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento
IV. Introduction - Allegro risoluto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Molto allegro
Thema
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Theme with variations
III. Allegretto
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
Thema
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo: Allegretto, K. 494
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
Menuett
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermede: Fantastique et leger
III. Finale: Tres anime
I. Prologue
II. Serenade et Finale
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. Prelude
II. Menuet
III. Clair de lune
IV. Passepied
No. 1. Pagodes
No. 2. La soiree dans Grenade (Evening in Granada)
No. 3. Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the Rain)
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Andantino semplice
III. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro affettuoso
II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro vivace


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