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WEINBERGER, JAROMÍR (1896-1967)

Piano Music


  • Gottlieb Wallisch, piano

The international success of Weinberger’s opera Schwanda the Bagpiper in 1927 has obscured a sequence of piano works written when the composer was still in his teens. The Second and Third Piano Sonatas form a commanding pair, both written in 1915 – the former autobiographical, playful and dark – the latter neo-Classical with Francophile elements. Elsewhere one can admire his use of 16th-century dance forms, his melodic gifts in the Valses Nobles, and his technical command of preludes and fugues in Gravures. The three arrangements from Schwanda show his imperishable use of Bohemian dance forms.

Tracklist

1
Sarabande () (00:06:30)
 
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 4 (1915) (00:20:00 )
2
I. Allegro passionato (00:07:49)
3
II. Vivo ironicamente (00:04:26)
4
III. Introduzione: Moderato - Fuga: Largo (00:07:25)
 
Piano Sonata No. 3 in G Major, "Spinet Sonata" (1915) (00:17:00 )
5
I. Andantino (00:06:33)
6
II. Menuett: Allegro giusto (00:05:37)
7
Finale: Rondo: Vivo (00:04:36)
8
Pavane pour Dulcinea de Toboso (1916) (00:03:40)
9
Valses Nobles (1922) (00:03:44)
 
Gravures (Rytiny): 5 Preludes and Fugues (1923) (00:18:00 )
10
Prelude No. 1: Andante - Fugue No. 1: Molto tranquillo (00:04:25)
11
Prelude No. 2: Moderato - Fugue No. 2: Con moto (00:03:12)
12
Prelude No. 3: Allegro - Fugue No. 3: Vivo (00:02:14)
13
Prelude No. 4: Molto tranquillo - Fugue No. 4: L'istesso tempo (00:04:28)
14
Prelude No. 5: Vivo - Fugue No. 5: Con moto (00:03:37)
15
Mi-la-do (1924) (00:00:39)
 
Švanda dudák (Schwanda, the Bagpiper) (arr. G. Blasser for piano) (excerpts) (1926) (00:07:00 )
16
Furiant (00:02:29)
17
Böhmischer Tanz (Sousedská) (00:02:13)
18
Polka (00:02:18)
Total Time: 01:15:55

The Artist(s)

Gottlieb Wallisch Born in Vienna, Gottlieb Wallisch first appeared on the concert platform when he was seven years old, and at the age of twelve made his debut in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. A concert directed by Yehudi Menuhin in 1996 launched Wallisch’s international career: accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia, the seventeen-year-old pianist performed Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto. Since then Wallisch has received invitations to the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Zurich, the NCPA in Beijing, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Festivals of Lucerne and Salzburg, December Nights in Moscow, and the Singapore Arts Festival. Conductors with whom he has performed as a soloist include Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Neville Marriner, Dennis Russell Davies, Kirill Petrenko, Louis Langrée, Lawrence Foster, Christopher Hogwood, Martin Haselböck and Bruno Weil. Orchestras he has performed with include the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Festival Strings Lucerne, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Budapest, the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Los Angeles, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

The Composer(s)

Jaromír Weinberger A gifted child, the Bohemian composer Jaromír Weinberger studied at the Prague Conservatory with Vitězslav Novák and then with Max Reger in Leipzig, pursuing an early career as a conductor and pianist. He wrote music in particular for the theatre and, during a period teaching in America, sought to emulate Dvořák in a planned ‘Union Rhapsody’, a purpose never realised. At home he became briefly director of the opera in Bratislava and director of the Cheb Music School before moving to Prague. Compelled to emigrate after the Anschluss, he returned to America in 1939, settling in Florida where his later depression led to suicide.

Reviews

Pizzicato

“…very imaginative and imaginatively composed. Gottlieb Wallisch plays these works with equal spirit and spontaneity.” – Pizzicato