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Kunneke: Piano Concerto, Serenade & Zigunerweisen / Theis, Munich Radio Orchestra


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555015  
Composer:  Eduard Künneke
Performer:  Oliver Triendl
Conductor:  Ernst Theis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The highly talented Eduard Kunneke is known above all as a German operetta composer. The operetta Der Vetter aus Dingsda (1921) became his most famous work. Since he had not exactly experienced positive things in the United States, he evidently was not so eager to go into exile. As a result, during the Nazi era he became known as the "Master of the German Operetta," even though he hardly made concessions to the regime and repeatedly ran into trouble because he refused to separate from his "half-Jewish" wife Katarina. Along with his operettas, Kunneke regularly composed »serious works« for the concert hall that were almost completely neglected – wrongly so. For example, his Piano Concerto is a work very much Read more displaying higher aspirations and qualifying as top-quality musical entertainment. His concerto is certainly the most original and spirited example of a genre of works engaging in dialogue with classicism and swing in the 1920s and including contributions by Gershwin and Ravel. The "game of musical catch" played by the orchestra and piano at the beginning of the first movement is simply astonishing. In the Gypsy Melodies and Serenade for Orchestra, pieces with which Kunneke demonstrated his early mastery around 1907, he styled himself as a very creative heir to Brahms and the late romanticist Max Reger, who had taught him the craft of composition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano, Op. 36 by Eduard Künneke
Performer:  Oliver Triendl (Piano)
Conductor:  Ernst Theis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
2.
Zigeunerweisen by Eduard Künneke
Conductor:  Ernst Theis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
3.
Serenade by Eduard Künneke
Conductor:  Ernst Theis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 My CD of the year! December 20, 2017 By H. Ventura (Mililani, HI) See All My Reviews "Another sparkling winner from Cpo. As I began to listen the this CD I knew it was going to be something special. Eduard Kunneke is new to me. What a serendipitous discovery of this composer. The Piano Concerto op. 36(1935) is refreshing, full of energy and interesting contrasts. The second movement in particular is haunting and mesmerizing. The finale is a joyous romp. Pianist Oliver Triendl is terrific and up to the challenge.The Zigeunerweisen and Serenade are nice additions rounding out Kunneke’s melodic genius.The Munchen Rundfunkorchester play on an exalted level. I commend Cpo for this production." Report Abuse
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