Beethoven - Kamilla Schatz, Benjamin Engeli

Ludwig van Beethoven received lessons on the piano and the violin from an early age, driven by the ambitions of his less successful and strict musician father, Johann van Beethoven. Johann wanted to turn his gifted son into another Mozart, and to that end he occasionally made him practice in the middle of the night. The art of improvisation, which the young Beethoven quickly discovered for himself, was not to his father’s taste.

“I noticed here and there a man who after I had improvised for an evening would write down some of my peculiarities and make boast of them the next day. Foreseeing that these things would soon appear in print, I made up my mind to pre-empt them.”


Georgisches Kammerorchester - vol. 3

Franz Schreker: Intermezzo op. 8 für Streichorchester
Paul Hindemith: Fünf Stücke für Streichorchester op. 44/4
Anton Arensky: Quartett „Dem Andenken an P. Tschaikowsky“ für Streichorchester op. 35a


Christian Erny – Lourié

It is every musician’s responsibility to explore the music of lesser known or forgotten composers in addition to cultivating the established repertoire. Especially today, at a time when we can choose from a large number of excellent recordings of the standard piano repertoire, it seems both necessary and invigorating to offer musical treasures that have rarely or never been recorded before.

This album is dedicated to the Russian composer Arthur Lourié, whose work I discovered several years ago, almost by accident, during my music studies in the United States. My piano tutor, Jean- Louis Haguenauer, played a wonderful piece that I was unable to place either stylistically or temporally. It turned out to be the Lullaby from Eight Scenes of a Russian Childhood by Arthur Lourié, a composer whose name I had not heard before. His name stuck with me ever since, and during the years that followed I continued to study his music more or less in passing. When the time came to consider the musical material for my second recording, I quickly realised that it would offer me the chance to explore Lourié’s delightful and interesting body of work. While combing through Lourié’s entire piano oeuvre during the summer of 2017, I was faced with an incredible range of styles and composition techniques. From this, I assembled a roughly hour-long selection of works that offer a foray into the innovative and fascinating world of Arthur Lourié. The rather brief selection shows already the enormous variety of Lourié’s output across creative periods and demonstrates how he continually incorporated new influences into his music. I deliberately chose not to put the works in chronological sequence, so as to take the listener on a journey of abrupt stylistic changes that keep opening up new musical perspectives.


Accordarra

When the musicians of Duo Accordarra discovered the substantial difference in timbres between their own instruments, accordionist Krisztián Palágyi and guitarist Ivan Petricevic decided to create their own arrangements of some of their favourite music. True to the motto ‘no risk no fun’, Palágyi and Petricevic left behind the ‘comfort zone’ of the concert soloist and immersed themselves into the fascinating world of arrangements of music with a Mediterranean flair.

The title of the recording, Más allá del sueño or Beyond the Dream, underlines the duo’s intention to always think ahead with regards to musical development, to seek inspiration in the future and to remain open to new ideas and dreams.