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Scene Rachmaninoff: Sonata 2, Complete Piano Transcriptions


Release Date: 01/20/2004 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 6110547   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovModest MussorgskyPeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MDG's biography of pianist Friedrich Höricke (born 1963) stresses his affinity for big-sized Romantic pianism, a category where Rachmaninov's transcriptions hold forth like the king of Steinway Mountain. Höricke plays these works very much in the spirit of their transcriber's own recorded performances, and with a Rachmaninovian technique to match. He incorporates many of Rachmaninov's trademark left-hand thrusts, while even the most stretched out rubatos in, say the Kreisler Liebeslied and Liebesfreud or the two original song transcriptions (Daisies and Lilacs), are always subservient to Höricke's steel-trap rhythmic sense. Notice also the motoric but never machine-like drive and perfection of voicing that distinguishes the Read more "Bach-maninov" suite from the E major Unaccompanied Violin Partita, Mendelssohn's murderously difficult Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee. And as much as Vladimir Ashkenazy's shimmering cultivation informs the rippling patterns in Schubert's Wohin, I veer toward Höricke's added poise and backbone.


Similar qualities characterize Höricke's straightforward, utterly galvanic romp through the Second Sonata's outer movements, and his firm, long-lined shaping of the slow movement's lyrical sprawl evokes George Szell's famous comment that a great interpreter must "think with the heart and feel with the brain." Höricke, incidentally, plays his own edition of the Sonata, fusing elements from both the original 1913 and revised 1931 versions. His lovely transcription of the ubiquitous Vocalise deserves an honorable mention. Although Ashkenazy's 2002 Rachmaninov transcriptions remain a strong, world-class contender, Höricke's superb Second Sonata performance adds value to the present release, tipping the scales in MDG's favor--in spite of slightly murky sonics that lack dynamic impact.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1931; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1913).
Composition revised: Russia (1931). 
2.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov/Höricke
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
3.
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
4.
Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866/1868; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
5.
Songs (6), Op. 16: no 1, Cradle song by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
6.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 2nd movement, Menuet by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
7.
Die schöne Müllerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 2, Wohin? by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
8.
Songs (6), Op. 38: no 3, Daisies by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
9.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 5, Lilacs by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
10.
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Scherzo by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
11.
Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
12.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
13.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Rachmaninov 
14.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Friedrich Höricke (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1993 
Venue:  Riding Academy, Arolsen, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Sergei Rachmaninov 

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