A treasure island of piano music — Spiegel Online
The Grand Piano label continues to uncover gems of the piano repertoire. — Fanfare

CARREÑO, TERESA (1853–1917)


Selected Music for Piano

  • Alexandra Oehler, piano

The Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño was one of the most virtuosic artists of her age. A child prodigy, she won the admiration of Gottschalk and Anton Rubinstein, and gave sold-out concerts throughout America, Europe and Australasia. This selection of piano compositions, the earliest of which was written at the age of nine, reveals exacting technical demands allied to an impressively expressive arsenal, exemplified by the Rêverie-Impromptu and the little-known Caprice-Études. Elements of bel canto infuse Plaintes au bord d’une tombe whilst Mendelssohnian warmth can be savoured in the Elégie.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway Model D 274 – Solo instrument (443 Hz)


Souvenirs de mon pays, Op. 10 () * (00:07:14)
Caprice-Etude No. 1, Op. 4 () * (00:07:05)
Priere, Op. 12 () * (00:03:03)
Reverie-Impromptu, Op. 3 () * (00:06:53)
Marche funebre, Op. 11 () * (00:06:44)
Caprice-Etude No. 2, Op. 6 () * (00:08:35)
Élégie No. 2: Partie, Op. 18 () (00:06:04)
Élégie No. 6: Plaintes au borde d'une tombe, Op. 22 () * (00:09:46)
Une larme, Op. 5 () * (00:03:19)
Gottschalk Waltz, Op. 1 () * (00:07:42)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:06:25

The Artist(s)

Alexandra Oehler Alexandra Oehler, based in Leipzig, is a prizewinner of several piano competitions, including the Franz Liszt Competition Weimar. Concert tours have taken her to North America, Mexico, Chile, The Philippines, and South Africa. She has performed at prestigious festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, MDR-Musiksommer, Heidelberger Frühling, Mendelssohn Festival Leipzig, Budapest Spring Festival, Music Festival Tropea and the Cervo Music Festival in Liguria.

The Composer(s)

Teresa Carreño’s immense musical talent became apparent at an early age. She performed for both Gioachino Rossini and Franz Liszt; she met with eminent musicians such as Charles Gounod and Camille Saint-Saëns, and Anton Rubinstein himself insisted on giving her lessons, and even later on he was to hold her in high regard. Her repertoire by this point included works by Beethoven and Chopin; apart from that she mainly performed opera paraphrases, as was customary for a pianist of her time. She also presented her own compositions in many concerts, which appear very sophisticated considering her young age.


“Alexandra Oehler plays with sensitive phrasing and skillful voicing.” – American Record Guide

“[Alexandra Oehler’s] interpretations of these tremendously gentle Reveries are a joy.” – Viva Voce (Germany)


“Alexandra Oehler plays these miniatures with dedication and an excellent technique.” – Pizzicato