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Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Works / Alexandra Oehler

Hiller / Oehler
Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777584   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The German pianist Alexandra Oehler, whose name has come to stand for high keyboard skill and an extraordinarily varied repertoire, now turns to Ferdinand Hiller, who earned high praise from Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn. And in 1831 Chopin described Hiller as "A fellow of immense talent, a man full of poetry, fire, and spirit." In today’s music world, however, the conductor, composer, pianist, music teacher, music writer, and music organizer Hiller unfortunately meets with little notice – and the two hundredth anniversary of his birth in 2011 did nothing to change this. He is known as the dedicatee of Schumann’s Piano Concerto and perhaps from his contacts with numerous musicians of his time.

At the age of
Read more ten Hiller’s father sent him to Weimar to study with Johann Nepomuk Hummel, under whom the young musician made great progress as a pianist. He composed the selections from his piano works recorded here during the 1850s and 1860s while residing in Cologne, where he lived for thirty-five years until his death. In formal respects his piano sonatas represent a special case in that their three movements continue without a break. His contemporaries universally agreed that his sonatas and other piano compositions possessed a great wealth of imagination.

- CPO
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 59 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 78 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
3.
Ghaseles, Op. 54, no 1 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
4.
Ghaseles, Op. 54, no 2 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
5.
Klavierstücke op. 130, no 1 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
6.
Klavierstücke op. 130, no 2 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
7.
Klavierstücke op. 130, no 3 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
8.
Klavierstücke op. 130, no 5 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
9.
Vermischte Klavierstücke op. 81, no 1 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
10.
Vermischte Klavierstücke op. 81, no 2 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
11.
Vermischte Klavierstücke op. 81, no 3 by Ferdinand Hiller
Performer:  Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 59: I. Allegretto grazioso
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 59: II. Allegro con fuoco
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 59: III. Molto vivace
3 Ghazeles, Op. 54: Ghazele No. 1
3 Ghazeles, Op. 54: Ghazele No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 3 in G minor, Op. 78: I. Andante agitato
Piano Sonata No. 3 in G minor, Op. 78: II. Vivace
Piano Sonata No. 3 in G minor, Op. 78: III. Allegro energico e con fuoco
6 Klavierstucke, Op. 130: No. 1. Ballade
6 Klavierstucke, Op. 130: No. 2. Idylle
6 Klavierstucke, Op. 130: No. 3. Romanze
6 Klavierstucke, Op. 130: No. 5. Ghasel
Vermischte Klavierstucke: No. 3. Geistliches Lied
Vermischte Klavierstucke: No. 2. Ghasel
Vermischte Klavierstucke: No. 1. Alla marcia

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