Giselher Klebe: Poèma drammatico for Two Pianos and Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Strongly informed by the Romantic operatic impulse, Giselher Klebe's music is vividly dramatic and intensely passionate, in both his stage works and his instrumental music. This 2004 release from Marco Polo is the second volume of Klebe's piano music, and prominently features his ominous "Poèma drammatico for two pianos and orchestra." The performance by pianists Silke-Thora Matthies and Christian Köhn with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, directed by Peter Ruzicka, is powerful and menacing. A sense of theatrical violence and high tragedy is conveyed through this double concerto's numerous Verdi quotations -- from "Otello," "Simone Boccanegra," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Strongly informed by the Romantic operatic impulse, Giselher Klebe's music is vividly dramatic and intensely passionate, in both his stage works and his instrumental music. This 2004 release from Marco Polo is the second volume of Klebe's piano music, and prominently features his ominous "Poèma drammatico for two pianos and orchestra." The performance by pianists Silke-Thora Matthies and Christian Köhn with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, directed by Peter Ruzicka, is powerful and menacing. A sense of theatrical violence and high tragedy is conveyed through this double concerto's numerous Verdi quotations -- from "Otello," "Simone Boccanegra," "Macbeth," and other operas -- which are especially effective in the dissonant harmonic context. Matthies and Köhn also perform together in the clashing piano duets, "Soggetto cavato, Opp. 122 and 129," and divide their labors in the remaining works. Of these pieces, the most striking may be "Zornige Lieder ohne Worte," in which Matthies unleashes a flood of painful emotions, and the "Thema und 39 Variationen," a compactly organized set in a deeply introspective reading from Köhn. The other pieces are more subdued and gentle, no doubt due to Klebe's personal affection for their dedicatees. The recording is clear and naturally resonant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Marco Polo
  • UPC: 636943529027
  • Catalog Number: 8225290
  • Sales rank: 323,622

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poèma drammatico, for 2 pianos & orchestra (with quotations from operas by Verdi), Op. 130 - Peter Ruzicka & Giselher Klebe (18:11)
  2. 2 Soggetto cavato primo, for piano, 4-hands, Op. 122 - Giselher Klebe & Christian Kohn (6:12)
  3. 3 Soggetto cavato secondo, for piano, 4-hands, Op. 129 - Giselher Klebe & Christian Kohn (6:04)
  4. 4–8 Widmungen, 5 pieces for piano, Op. 115 - Giselher Klebe & Christian Kohn (11:53)
  5. 9–13 Zornige Lieder ohne Worte, for piano, Op. 118 - Giselher Klebe & Silke-Thora Matthies (15:15)
  6. 14–20 Meine Enkelkinder und ich, for piano, Op. 140 - Giselher Klebe & Christian Kohn (10:09)
  7. 15 Thema und 39 Variationen, for piano, Op. 142 - Giselher Klebe & Christian Kohn (7:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Ruzicka Primary Artist
Köhn Primary Artist
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