Legendary Treasures: Rudolf Kerer [5CD]

Release Date: 3/20/2020
Label: Doremi
Catalog Number: DHR-8086-90
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5

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Born July 10, 1923, in Tiflis (later named Tbilisi), Georgia, Rudolf Kerer (also spelled Kehrer) was descended from Swabian immigrants and grew up within the Pietist community in Georgia. He began piano studies at six, and by twelve qualified for the gifted class at the Tbilisi Conservatory. In 1938, he performed in public Tchaikovsky's first Piano Concerto. In October 1941, Kerer and his surviving family were deported as enemy aliens to Kazakhstan. Without a piano, he devised a “table piano,” a table on which he painted a keyboard, so he could “practice.” By 1949-at 26-he had given up his dream of a musical career but in 1954, in Uzbekistan, he was accepted at the state conservatory as a student in the class of Zelma Slonim-Tamarkina. Three years later, Kerer graduated, and began teaching piano in Tashkent. Four years later, in 1961, he competed in the second All-Union Competition in Moscow and won the first prize. Following this winning, Kerer became a professor at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He performed throughout the Soviet Union but was not allowed to concertize abroad. In 1988, at 65, he was allowed to serve on the jury of the Beethoven competition in Vienna. He remained there to teach at the Musikhochschule for eight years. Later, he moved to live in Zurich, where he died on October 29, 2013. This release hears him performing some of music’s most beautiful piano concertos and sonatas.
Works on This Recording
1. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1854-1858 ; Germany
1. Concerto for Piano No. 2 in A Minor by Georgy Mushel
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
3. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Conductor: Victor Dubrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1809 ; Vienna, Austria
5. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859-1860 ; Weimar, Germany
6. Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Conductor: Victor Dubrovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849/1856 ; Weimar, Germany
7. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Conductor: Kiril Kondrashin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1911-1912 ; Russia
8. Overture to Wagner's "Tannhäuser", S 442 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1848 ; Weimar, Germany
9. Sonata for Piano no 8 in A minor, K 310 (300d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1778 ; Paris, France
10. Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797-1798 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1801 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Sonata for Piano by Gyorgy Sviridov
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USSR
13. Transcendental Etudes (12) for Piano, S 139: no 10 in F minor by Franz Liszt
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Weimar, Germany
14. Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie": no 1, Sposalizio by Franz Liszt
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837-1849 ; Weimar, Germany
15. Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello by Gyorgy Sviridov
Performer: Lev Evgrafov (Cello), Rudolf Kehrer (Piano), Victor Pikaizen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USSR
16. Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837/1852 ; Germany
17. Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
18. Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Rudolf Kehrer (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838 ; Germany
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