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SCHULHOFF, Erwin (1894-1942)

PIANO WORKS • 1

PARTITA • SUSI • SUITE • VARIATIONS AND FUGUE


  • Caroline Weichert, piano

During his short life Erwin Schulhoff absorbed a wide range of musical styles. The jazz-inspired Partita includes witty takes on the Tango, Foxtrot and Shimmy. Further synthesis comes in the Suite No. 3, written for the left hand alone, which adapts folk and jazz influences in a bracingly novel way, while the Variations and Fugue reveals indebtedness to Debussy, with whom Schulhoff studied.

Tracklist

 
Partita (1922) (00:22:00 )
1
I. Tempo di Fox (00:01:57)
2
II. Jazz-like (00:02:00)
3
III. Tango-Rag (00:02:19)
4
IV. Tempo di Fox a la Hawai (00:01:43)
5
V. Boston (00:05:15)
6
VI. Tempo di Rag (00:01:54)
7
VII. Tango (00:03:31)
8
VIII. Shimmy-Jazz (00:02:02)
9
Susi (version for piano solo) (1937) (00:03:52)
 
Suite No. 3 for the Left Hand (1926) (00:15:09 )
10
I. Preludio (00:03:33)
11
II. Air (00:03:06)
12
III. Zingara (00:02:16)
13
IV. Improvisazione (00:03:52)
14
V. Finale (00:02:22)
 
Variationen und Fugato uber ein eigenes dorisches Thema, Op. 10 () (00:21:17 )
15
Thema (00:01:52)
16
Variation 1 (00:00:40)
17
Variation 2 (00:00:48)
18
Variation 3 (00:00:34)
19
Variation 4 (00:00:43)
20
Variation 5 (00:02:25)
21
Variation 6 (00:00:58)
22
Variation 7 (00:00:51)
23
Variation 8 (00:00:56)
24
Variation 9 (00:00:33)
25
Variation 10 (00:01:16)
26
Variation 11 (00:00:44)
27
Variation 12 (00:00:40)
28
Variation 13 (00:01:13)
29
Variation 14 (00:01:32)
30
Variation 15 (00:02:15)
31
Finale: Fugato (00:03:17)
Total Time: 01:00:59

The Artist(s)

Caroline Weichert was a pupil of Renate Kretschmar-Fischer at the Musikhochschule in Detmold, and also studied with Conrad Hansen, Vitaly Margulis and Yvonne Lefébure. A prizewinner at the Busoni, German Chopin and Schubert competitions, she has appeared regularly as a soloist with orchestras such as the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Telekom-orchester. She received a Discobole award from the Académie du Disque Français for her recording début featuring works by Shostakovich. Weichert’s first recording for Grand Piano, Schulhoff’s Piano Works Volume 1, received wide critical acclaim, including the prestigious Choc de Classica and Pianiste magazine’s Maestro awards.

The Composer(s)

Erwin Schulhoff was born in Prague on 8 June 1894 and showed musical ability from an early age. A musical career was decided upon on the recommendation of no less than Antonín Dvorák, and Schulhoff studied at the Prague Conservatory from 1904, followed by piano tuition in Vienna from 1906 then composition in Leipzig with Max Reger from 1908 and subsequently in Cologne with Fritz Steinbach from 1911. In the meantime he had laid the basis of a career as a pianist, while his efforts at composing were rewarded with the Mendelssohn Prize in 1918 for a piano sonata. His music up to the First World War had shown the expected influences from Brahms and Dvorák, and by way of Strauss, to Debussy and Scriabin, but four years in the Austrian army saw him adopt a more radical stance artistically and politically. In the next few years he absorbed the values of the Expressionism represented by Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School as well as the Dadaism espoused by Georg Grosz, whose advocacy of jazz was to find its way into much of Schulhoff’s music from that period.

Reviews

“Delightful listening experiences.” – Examiner.com

“Caroline Weichert is a magnificent pianist, and to hear Schulhoff played at this level is revelatory” – International Piano

“Carolyn Weichert brilliantly captures the idioms of both modernism and jazz in Partita (1922) where 1920s dances replace Bach-era ones. ” – The WholeNote

“Hats off! Anyone who is seriously interested in piano music should check out Grand Piano for an extended test drive in their home CD player.” – The Listener