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Urspruch: Complete Piano Works / Markovina


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 16015  
Composer:  Anton Urspruch
Performer:  Ana-Marija Markovina
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

First of all, this is a composer, pianist and conductor who has wrongly been marginalized from contemporary awareness. He was born in Frankfurt on February 17, 1850, and died there on January 11, 1907. These dates show him to be an artist of an era characterized by a multidimensional intellectual climate and a psychological outlook that harked back to traditional values on the one hand whilst holding out revolutionary prospects on the other. As an artist, Urspruch was respected by his contemporaries and well established on the music scene. He began teaching at Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory at just 28 years of age, at a time when Clara Schumann was teaching there too. The director there was Joachim Raff, who was also his teacher. After Raff’s Read more death in 1882, Urspruch moved to the newly founded Raff Conservatory and taught there for the rest of his life. He dedicated his piano concerto to Raff. His works encompass many genres, from piano pieces through song cycles, chamber music, symphonies, choral works and his comic opera Das Unmoglichste von allem, which was premiered in 1897. His life was centered around his family. His close personal friendship with Franz Liszt brought him a level of support that went far beyond the usual kind of appreciation shown by the more famous and older composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy Etudes (5) for piano, Op. 2 by Anton Urspruch
Performer:  Ana-Marija Markovina (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2.
German Dances (21) and Prelude for Piano, Op. 7 by Anton Urspruch
Performer:  Ana-Marija Markovina (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
3.
Variationen über ein eigenes Thema, Op. 10 by Anton Urspruch
Performer:  Ana-Marija Markovina (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
4.
Morceaux (5), for piano, Op. 19 by Anton Urspruch
Performer:  Ana-Marija Markovina (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
5.
Cavatine & Arabeske, for piano, Op. 20 by Anton Urspruch
Performer:  Ana-Marija Markovina (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
6.
Praeludium und Capriccio, Op. 22 by Anton Urspruch
Performer:  Ana-Marija Markovina (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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