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Hermann Goetz: Complete Piano Works

Goetz / Christof Keymer
Release Date: 09/09/2014 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777879   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hermann GoetzFelix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Christof Keymer
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The tragically short-lived Hermann Goetz (1840-1876) made a modest comeback on disc back in the early 1990s when CPO brought out his complete orchestral works, concertos, and piano chamber music. Twenty years later pianist and scholar Christof Keymer offers the most comprehensive possible collection of the composer’s piano music. A 1970s release by Adrian Ruiz on the Genesis label purported to encompass Goetz’s complete piano music, and it was, insofar as it covers the works with opus numbers. Here, however, Keymer unearths nearly another hour’s worth of material, including short youthful pieces, several fragmentary works (tastefully completed by Keymer himself), and the composer’s own piano reduction of the Act 2 Prelude for his comic Read more opera Der Wilderspenstigen Zähmung.

The pianist also includes Waldmärschen-ein Klavierstücke, an overly long, vaguely Schumann-esque rhapsody. Another youthful tome, the four-themed Alwinen-Polka resembles what jaded, half-asleep ballet class pianists usually improvise. On the other hand, the 1861 D minor Fantasie evokes the young Brahms’ ambitious keyboard grasp and pent-up volatility. By contrast, the attractively tuneful three-movement Sonatines and small-piece cycles Genrebilder Op. 13 and Lose Blätter Op. 7 follow the tradition of Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words, although the latter opus’ Ihr Flüchtigen Winde, Wohin, Wohin? could be mistaken for a less harmonically edgy excerpt from Schumann’s Fantasiestücke. Keymer may not be the most scintillating pianist among Goetz’s few champions on disc, yet there’s no questioning his clean technique, full-bodied sonority, and musical integrity, together with CPO’s informative annotations and fine sonics.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Waldmarchen by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
2.
Sonatinas (2) for Piano, Op. 8: no 2 in E flat major by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Germany 
3.
Sonatinas (2) for Piano, Op. 8: no 1 in F major by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Germany 
4.
Sonatinas (2) for Piano, Op. 8 by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Germany 
5.
Lose Blätter (9), Op. 7 by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Germany 
6.
Genrebilder (6), Op. 13 by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Germany 
7.
Alwinen-Polka by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
8.
Fantasie for Piano in D minor by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
9.
Scherzo for Piano in F major by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
10.
Sonata for Piano in G major by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
11.
Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung: Act 2 Introduction by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
12.
Kommt ein Vogel geflogen by Hermann Goetz
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
13.
Songs (6), Op. 47: no 4, Volkslied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Christof Keymer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Hermann Goetz 

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