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Karg-elert: Piano Works Vol 1 - Hexameron, Etc / Breidenbach


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999683   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Ernst BreidenbachWerner Klopstock
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Unlike German composers whose reputations were established prior to the rise of the Nazi movement in the 1920s and '30s, Sigfrid Karg-Elert's career coincided with that movement's rise and, owing to the ostensible "cosmopolitan" character of his music, suffered because of it. Neither his position at the Leipzig Conservatory nor the advocacy of his colleagues could stem the tide of constant rejection for Karg-Elert, who was labeled a "non-Aryan practitioner of music." As a consequence of this unfortunate history, Karg-Elert's music has suffered neglect for decades.
This collection of Karg-Elert's piano music should do much to rehabilitate the reputation of this gifted composer. Ernst Breidenbach's persuasive interpretations capture the
Read more wide range of styles represented here, from the Debussian 'Arabeske' to 'Schwere Düfte,' in which one hears strains of Schoenberg and Scriabin. Breidenbach's teacher, Werner Klopstock (known for his idiomatic command of French piano music), joins him on the 'Three Waltz-Caprices', and the resulting performances are irresistibly delightful. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Hexameron, Op. 97 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Ernst Breidenbach (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  Darmstadt Academy, Germany 
Length: 31 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2. Bagatelles (5) for Piano, Op. 17 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Ernst Breidenbach (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  Darmstadt Academy, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3. Arabeske for Piano in G flat major, Op. 5 "Filigran" by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Ernst Breidenbach (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  Darmstadt Academy, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4. Schwere Düfte, W 48 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Ernst Breidenbach (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  Darmstadt Academy, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. Waltz-Caprices (3) for 2 Pianos, Op. 16 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Ernst Breidenbach (Piano), Werner Klopstock (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Darmstadt Academy, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6. Partita for Piano in G minor, Op. 113 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer:  Ernst Breidenbach (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Darmstadt Academy, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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