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Czech Avantgarde 1918-38 - Piano Music / Steffen Schleiermacher


Release Date: 04/22/2003 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 6131158   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pavel HaasLeos JanácekBohuslav MartinuJaroslav Jezek,   ... 
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From the title, you might think you’re in for a blast of contemporary Czech music, but in fact this enterprising collection covers the inter-war period when, in many ways, the Czech avant-garde was rather more intriguing than it is today. Apart from some miniatures by Janážek, the music is from the ‘bright young things’ working in Prague in the Twenties and Thirties, clearly fired up by the arrival of jazz and ragtime. So fired up, in fact, that works like Ježek’s Bugatti-step and Equatorial Rag are so close to the style that they can be classed as jazz compositions rather than imitation or pastiche. Schulhoff’s five Pittoresken, while revealing an insider’s grasp, take the idiom into new dimensions, including an anticipation of Read more Cage’s 4'33''; similarly, Martinu’s contribution shows the composer searching for extensions of jazz. Not all the pieces are jazz-inflected: parts of Pavel Haas’s Op. 13 Suite and Ježek’s Bagatelles have a distinctly neo-classical profile. Steffen Schleiermacher deserves congratulations, not just for putting together such interesting repertoire, but for his own enthusiastic advocacy as a performer. Without fail he gets inside each of these pieces, often with thrilling results.

-- Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Piano, Op. 13 by Pavel Haas
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Brno, Czech Republic 
2.
The Golden Ring by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Brno, Czech Republic 
3.
Film en miniature by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
4.
Bagatelles (10) for Piano by Jaroslav Jezek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1933; Prague, Czech Republ 
5.
Waltz for Piano by Emil Frantisek Burian
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Prague, Czech Republ 
6.
Bugatti-Step by Jaroslav Jezek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Prague, Czech Republ 
7.
Equatorial Rag by Jaroslav Jezek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Prague, Czech Republ 
8.
Malostransky Palace by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
9.
Untitled Piece for Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1926; Brno, Czech Republic 
10.
Melodie for Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1923; Brno, Czech Republic 
11.
Only Blind Destiny? by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Brno, Czech Republic 
12.
I'm waiting for you by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Brno, Czech Republic 
13.
Instructive Duo for the Nervous by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
Notes: Tn spite of the title suggesting a duet, the piece is actually written for piano solo. 
14.
Par TSF by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
15.
Pittoresken (5) for Piano, Op. 31 by Erwin Schulhoff
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919 

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