Artist Portrait: Andreas Staier

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Teldec
  • UPC: 809274798428
  • Catalog Number: 47984
  • Sales rank: 370,425

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Andreas Staier Primary Artist
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