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“Opus 22 [E?tudes], I hope, will be approved by the piano players. Two hands and a good touch are enough in order to express the jubilant sound orgies. I think that they also will do well in the concert hall.” Here Josef Hauer employs not so much finger exercises as compositional studies to put to the test the twelve-tone technique invented by him. Today his works are practically never heard on concert stages, so that Steffen Schleiermacher once again scores his points with a veritable recording premiere.
The thin ice on which each and every interpreter of Hauer’s unheard-of works find himself remains solid only through the sensibility of an artistic personage like Steffen Schleiermacher, whose interest, not only as a pianist
and a composer but also as the head of the Ensemble Avantgarde, has always focused on contemporary music. Schleiermacher, who has repeatedly occupied himself with Josef Matthias Hauer and does so once again on this recording, is simply “a truly outstanding and fascinating musician” (Gramophone).
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