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SCHULHOFF, Erwin (1894-1942)

PIANO WORKS • 3

SUITE DANSANTE EN JAZZ • 9 KLEINE REIGEN, OP. 13 • OSTINATO • 5 ÉTUDES DE JAZZ • ZEZ CONFREY: KITTEN ON THE KEYS


  • Caroline Weichert, piano

Spanning almost two decades of Schulhoff’s output, this programme includes the rarely heard Neun kleine Reigen, one of the composer’s earliest works to exhibit the influence of both jazz and light music, as well as Suite dansante en jazz, one of the last of his works to be overtly indebted to jazz idioms. The six intimate and humorous portraits of everyday life with a child which make up Ostinato show the influence of Expressionism and Dada. The album concludes with Zez Confrey’s ragtime Kitten on the Keys to which Schulhoff pays his own tribute in the last movement of Cinq Études de Jazz.

Tracklist

Schulhoff, Erwin
 
Suite dansante en jazz (1931) (00:14:07 )
1
I. Stomp (00:01:01)
2
II. Strait (00:03:22)
3
III. Waltz (00:04:23)
4
IV. Tango (00:02:33)
5
V. Slow (00:03:43)
6
VI. Fox-trot (00:01:58)
 
9 kleine Reigen, Op. 13 (1913) (00:15:34 )
7
No. 1. Leicht bewegt (00:01:47)
8
No. 2. Massig bewegt (00:01:24)
9
No. 3. Schnell (00:00:38)
10
No. 4. Feurig, aber sehr rhythmisch (00:00:50)
11
No. 5. Walzertempo, ausserst kokett vorzutragen (00:03:01)
12
No. 6. Ruhig fliessend (00:02:36)
13
No. 7. Ruhiges Walzertempo (00:01:59)
14
No. 8. Leicht bewegt (00:01:20)
15
No. 9. Ruhiges Walzertempo (00:02:15)
 
Ostinato (1925) (00:07:00 )
16
I. Papa (00:01:32)
17
II. Mama (00:01:37)
18
III. da....da (00:01:07)
19
IV. hopp....hopp (00:00:48)
20
V. a....a (00:01:06)
21
VI. trara (00:01:06)
 
5 Études de jazz (1926) (00:12:00 )
22
No. 1. Charleston (00:01:29)
23
No. 2. Blues (00:03:20)
24
No. 3. Chanson (00:03:35)
25
No. 4. Tango (00:01:56)
26
No. 5. Toccata sur le shimmy 'Kitten on the keys' de Zez Confrey (00:02:56)
Confrey, Zez
27
Kitten on the Keys (1921) (00:03:51)
Total Time: 00:57:13

The Artist

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.

Reviews

“I must say that Weichert gives every piece that Stott herself recorded even more of a jazz swagger.” – The Art Music Lounge

“One can imagine all of those “piano gods” up in heaven looking down approvingly on Weichert and perhaps even persuaded that Schulhoff, indeed, had a thing or two to bring to the jazz party.” – Examiner.com

“The outstanding German pianist, Caroline Weichert, captures the many moods of jazz to perfection, the clarity of busy hands being exemplary, while the recording quality—as with the earlier discs—is among the most realistic piano sounds you will find on disc.” – David Denton