Artist Portrait: Andreas Staier

Artist Portrait: Andreas Staier

by Andreas Staier
     
 
Andreas Staier is a period keyboardist of exceptional ability and an inexhaustible interest in repertoire and instruments, properties recognized by Atlantic Classics' Teldec imprint, who engaged Staier as an artist on an exclusive basis from 1995 to 2002. Afterward, Staier went to Harmonia Mundi; ironically, Staier's contract with Teldec ran out at about the time he

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Andreas Staier is a period keyboardist of exceptional ability and an inexhaustible interest in repertoire and instruments, properties recognized by Atlantic Classics' Teldec imprint, who engaged Staier as an artist on an exclusive basis from 1995 to 2002. Afterward, Staier went to Harmonia Mundi; ironically, Staier's contract with Teldec ran out at about the time he earned the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis. With his departure, Warner Classics prepared a farewell gift in the form of Andreas Staier: Portrait, a kind of a greatest-hits package for this artist, whose work would not seem to lend itself to the greatest-hits treatment. However, this is a highly enjoyable recording collection, and as well received as his Harmonia Mundi recordings have been, there is something about Staier's work for Teldec that seems definitive in a way. Artist Portrait consists of excerpts from at least 12 of Staier's albums and kicks off with Staier's own, dazzling transcription of the Boccherini "Fandango for two harpsichords," and continues through single movements and short pieces by Salieri, Clementi, Mozart, J.S. Bach, John Field, Domenico Scarlatti, and Schubert. Each piece utilizes a different instrument, starting with a Keith Hill copy of a Silbermann clavier to a Christopher Clarke remake of a Graf piano from the 1820s. There seems to be a problem with Andreas Staier: Portrait in terms of relative volume between tracks, the most striking being the transition between the twin harpsichords of the Soler, which seems loud enough, to the sudden eruption of full orchestra in the Salieri, which will jolt listeners out of their seats. In addition, one needs to search the fine print to find the names of artists with whom Staier is performing here and to relate specific instruments to tracks. A lot of work, it seems, but once the thirst for information is satisfied, the music takes over and it's a nice cross section of Staier's Teldec work that might well motivate period keyboard fanciers to investigate his recordings in more depth.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
Label:
Teldec
UPC:
0809274798428
catalogNumber:
47984

Tracks

  1. Introduction and Fandango, arrangement (after the Quintet for Guitar & strings, G. 448)
  2. Concerto for piano & orchestra in C: Allegro maestoso
  3. Piano Sonata in G minor, Op. 34/2: Finale. Molto allegro
  4. Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major, K. 456: Andante un poco sostenuto
  5. Sonata arranged for keyboard in D minor (after BWV 1003, possibly by J.G. Müthel), BWV 964 (BC L184): Allegro
  6. Piano Concerto No.3 in E flat major, H. 32: Allegro moderato
  7. Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D. 959: Andantino
  8. Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 209 (L. 428): Allegro
  9. Die Wetterfahne ("Der Wind spielt mit der Wetterfahne"), song for voice & piano (Winterreise), D. 911/2 (Op. 89/2)
  10. Divertissement à la hongroise for piano, 4 hands in G minor, D. 818 (Op. 54): Marcia, andante con moto

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