Composer: Samuel Barber, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Frederic Rzewski
Performer: Ulrich Roman Murtfeld – piano
Number of Discs: 1 CD
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Ulrich Roman Murtfeld / Barber, Gershwin, Glass, Gottschalk, Rzewski – American Recital Vol. 1
01. Gottschalk, L: Pasquinade, caprice, Op. 59 3:48
02. Gottschalk, L: Ricordati Nocturne, méditation, romance RO227 (Op 26) 3:13
03. Gottschalk, L: The Last Hope Religious meditation RO133 (Op 16) 1854 5:45
04. Gottschalk, L: Berceuse, RO27 (Op 47) 1860 4:59
05. Gottschalk, L: Le banjo – fantaisie grotesque, Op. 15 (RO22) 4:01
Gershwin: Preludes (3) 5:52
06. No. 1 in B-Flat Major: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso 1:28
07. No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato 3:06
08. No. 3 in E-Flat Minor: Allegro ben ritmato e deciso 1:18
09. Glass, P: Glassworks: I. Opening 5:28
10. Rzewski: Piano Pieces (4) 9:03
11. Barber: Nocturne, Op. 33 3:58
Barber: Piano Sonata, Op. 26 19:43
12. I. Allegro energico 6:10
13. II. Allegro vivace 2:27
14. III. Adagio 5:48
15. IV. Fugue 5:18
This CD presents a cross-section of North American piano music from 1850 to 1980: a fascinating musical cosmos which is, above all, notable for its stylistic variety. This is characteristic of American music‘s search for its identity from the very beginning of its history: a lack of historical references is replaced by a plethora of ethnic-social phenomena and the principle of permanent cultural exchange. Gottschalk became an early pioneer of ‘crossover’ and Gershwin merged jazz and art music to form a unique entity.
With his monumental ‘Piano Sonata’ and ‘Nocturne’, Samuel Barber delivered brilliant examples of a tonally and formally conservative yet powerful and compellingly individual language. In contrast, Philip Glass and Frederic Rzewski represent contemporary positions, with extremes of minimalism and the avant-garde of an advanced American modernism.
Ulrich Roman Murtfeld was born in 1970 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, into a family with a strong musical tradition. He has found major inspiration in the Lieder classes of Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai, and on master courses with Sergei Dorensky and with François-René Duchâble in Paris. In 2002 he was awarded first prize in the Blüttner piano competition, Karlsruhe; in 2003 he was the “Brahmshaus” Scholar of the Brahms Society in Baden-Baden. As a soloist, Murtfeld has performed in numerous European countries besides Germany, with repertoire centred on the classical-romantic heritage and also on contemporary works. His concert programmes of modern music comprise works ranging from Dutilleux and Ligeti to Stockhausen, Rihm and Hölszky, as well as to the younger generation of composers such as Jorg Widmann and Moritz Eggert. He has completed recordings for radio and television on many occasions (Radio Bremen, Hessischer Rundfunk, SWR, Radio Cultura São Paulo). Performances of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Farrenc, Debussy, Dutilleux and Rihm are available on CD.
International Record Review
Suave New York sophistication … In terms of piano playing, the aura of shimmering beauty created by means of a seemingly infinite variety of touch is the disc’s summit achievement … Murtfield is a pianist to reckon with. He has a point of view and a vivid imagination. His playing is both a pleasure to listen to and (speaking as an American) downright refreshing. Heartily recommended.