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Juon: Piano Music, Vol. 1 / Ritter

Release Date: 07/07/2017 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 290  
Composer:  Paul Juon
Performer:  Rodolfo Ritter
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Russian-born German-Swiss composer Paul Juon (1872-1940) produced a generous amount of piano music - no fewer than 35 opus numbers. That has yet to be explored in great details. This first instalment of the first-every survey of his piano music reveals a composer close to his Russian roots but also alive to the music of his own time. His style has much in common with Medtner and Rachmaninov, both friends from student days, but with a harmonic freedom that suggests Debussy. His inventive use of rhythm calls on folk influences from Azerbaijan, Armenia and elsewhere. This album is the first of a series of collaborations between Toccata Classics and Mexican musicians. The Mexican pianist Rodolfo Ritter is a frequent soloist with mos tof the Read more major Mexican orchestras, performing the complete piano concertos of Bartok, Brhams, Brachmaninov, Shostakovich and Stravinsky, as well as less-well-known concertos by Martinu, Miguel Galvez-Taroncher and Xavier Scharwenka, alongside the world premieres of the Second Piano Concerto by Manuel Ponce, the Ricardo Castro Piano Concerto and the Second and Third Piano Concertos by Gonzalo Curiel, works which he has also recorded. Read less

Works on This Recording

Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 65 by Paul Juon
Performer:  Rodolfo Ritter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Germany 
Impromptus (12) for Piano, Op. 30 "Intime harmonieen" by Paul Juon
Performer:  Rodolfo Ritter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Germany 
Moments lyriques for Piano, Op. 56 by Paul Juon
Performer:  Rodolfo Ritter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Germany 

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