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Perspectives 7 / Haefliger

Release Date: 05/11/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2307  
Composer:  Alban BergFranz LisztLudwig van BeethovenModest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Andreas Haefliger
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since 2004, Andreas Haefliger has been devising a series of recital programmes named Perspectives, presenting them in concert and on recordings. Each programme focuses on one or two Beethoven sonatas, juxtaposed with works by other composers (ranging from Mozart to Berio) which in some way or other interact with Beethoven’s music, and with each other. The seventh installment in the series was premièred at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017, and was described by one reviewer as “Inspiringly commanding, thoughtful, lucid and sheerly beautiful” (The Herald, Glasgow). Haefliger’s programme opens with Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1, a highly concentrated work in which most of the music can be traced back to the two opening gestures. This is Read more followed by Liszt’s impressionistic Légende No. 1 ‘St. Francis of Assisi: The Sermon to the Birds’, in which we seem to hear a flock of birds chirp warble and sing. At the core of the programme is Beethoven’s Op.101 Sonata – a work which in Haefliger’s opinion points more clearly towards Schumann than any other of the composer’s sonatas. But the grand finale of this amply-filled release is nevertheless a highly colorful and expressive performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, recorded – as is the entire album – in the exceptional acoustics of the Mozartsaal of the Vienna Konzerthaus. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Andreas Haefliger (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1907-08; Austria 
Légendes (2) for Piano, S 175: no 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Andreas Haefliger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Rome, Italy 
Sonata for Piano no 28 in A major, Op. 101 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Andreas Haefliger (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1816; Vienna, Austria 
Pictures at an exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Andreas Haefliger (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 

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