Beethoven and His Teachers: Music for Piano, Four Hands

Beethoven and His Teachers: Music for Piano, Four Hands

by Dmitry Rachmanov
     
 

This recording by Cullan Bryant and Dmitry Rachmanov gives fans of piano duet music the chance to hear a couple of rarities, plus Beethoven's duets on period instruments. Beethoven and His Teachers mixes the works of Beethoven with pieces by three men known to have taught the great master at some point. See more details below

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This recording by Cullan Bryant and Dmitry Rachmanov gives fans of piano duet music the chance to hear a couple of rarities, plus Beethoven's duets on period instruments. Beethoven and His Teachers mixes the works of Beethoven with pieces by three men known to have taught the great master at some point. Christian Gottlob Neefe was an organist and opera conductor mostly known for being Beethoven's first significant composition teacher, but he also made piano arrangements of and prepared vocal-piano scores for Mozart's opera music. His "Six Easy Pieces from Die Zauberflöte" are quite charming and capture several of the most famous melodies. Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, a friend of the Haydns, taught Beethoven harmony and counterpoint. Albrechtsberger's "Prelude and Fugue" is a Classical-era take on the Baroque form, but it still uses a few of the ornamental and fantasia traits of the earlier period. Haydn's "Il Maestro e lo Scolare," well-known to duet students, but rarely recorded, is performed by Bryant and Rachmanov quite winningly, both acting as equal partners in agreeable imitation throughout the variations. Among the highlights of Beethoven's duets are the duo's reading of the "Waldstein Variations, WoO 67," and the "Variations on Ich denke dein, WoO 74," for which they are joined by Maria Ferrante, who sings the theme of the work. The inclusion of Beethoven's own transcription of the "Grosse Fuge" is of interest because of the use of the historical instrument, but, even as well as Bryant and Rachmanov play it, it doesn't quite live up to the effectiveness of the string quartet version. Overall, however, this recording is a great choice for those looking for original instrument performances of this repertoire.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313251971
catalogNumber:
8572519-20
Rank:
346989

Tracks

  1. Fugue for piano, 4 hands in B flat major (arr. from Grosse Fuge for string quartet), Op. 134  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dmitry Rachmanov  - Cullan Bryant
  2. Il Maestro e lo scolare, sonata for keyboard, 4 hands, H. 17a/1  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Dmitry Rachmanov  - Cullan Bryant
  3. Variations (6) on "Ich denke dein," for piano, 4 hands in D major, WoO 74  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dmitry Rachmanov  - Cullan Bryant  - Maria Ferrante
  4. Marches (3) for piano, 4 hands, Op. 45  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dmitry Rachmanov  - Cullan Bryant
  5. Prelude & Fugue for organ in B flat major  - Johann Georg Albrechtsberger  - Dmitry Rachmanov  - Cullan Bryant
  6. Variations (8) on a theme by Count Waldstein, for piano, 4 hands in C major, WoO 67  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dmitry Rachmanov  - Cullan Bryant
  7. Sonata for piano, 4 hands in D major, Op. 6  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Dmitry Rachmanov  - Cullan Bryant

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