Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Markus Becker|Schmidt: Beethoven Variations - Piano Concerto

Schmidt: Beethoven Variations - Piano Concerto

Markus Becker, North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Eiji Oue

Available in
16-Bit/44.1 kHz Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

After tragically losing his right arm in World War I, pianist Paul Wittgenstein sought out works for the left-hand that would save his career. Thanks to his family's considerable wealth, he was able to commission pieces from the major composers of his day, including Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Sergey Prokofiev, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Paul Hindemith, and Benjamin Britten. Yet of all who wrote concertos and chamber works for him, Wittgenstein preferred Franz Schmidt above all others, and still expressed his admiration for him years later, when the composer was dead and forgotten. The Concertante Variations on a Theme of Beethoven for piano, left-hand, and orchestra is based on a melody taken from the Scherzo of the Violin Sonata No. 5, "Spring." Schmidt deploys every conceivable trick and mood to vary this quirky, syncopated tune, and maintains remarkably clear textures and a light, playful tone throughout. The Concerto in E flat major for piano, left-hand, and orchestra is altogether different in feeling, resembling Schmidt's symphonies in its serious tone and following a course of development that is symphonic in scope. This CPO release by pianist Markus Becker and the NDR Radiophilharmonie, conducted by Eiji Ouè, presents both the Beethoven Variations and the Piano Concerto with expressive playing, coherent interpretation, and terrific sound. The piano and orchestra are well-balanced and carefully separated, so every part is audible, and the soloist is centrally placed and clearly heard, even when the accompaniment is at its thickest. Listeners who enjoy rich, post-Romantic music and collectors of Schmidt's music will find this disc pleasurable and add it to their libraries posthaste.
© TiVo

More info

Schmidt: Beethoven Variations - Piano Concerto

Markus Becker

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 100 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 100 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From $10.83/month

Konzertante Variationen uber ein Thema von Beethoven (Franz Schmidt)

1
I. Langsam
00:04:31

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

2
II. Thema - Scherzo, allegro vivace
00:04:15

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

3
III. Ruhig fliessend
00:02:19

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

4
IV. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu schnell - Tempo di bolero
00:01:37

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

5
IV. Sehr langsam
00:02:50

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

6
V. Langsam
00:02:23

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

7
V. Sehr lebhaft
00:01:24

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

8
VI. Sehr ruhig
00:03:07

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

9
VII. Mäßig bewegt
00:02:29

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

10
VII. Sehr lebhaft
00:01:35

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

11
VII. Fugato
00:03:37

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

Piano Concerto in E-Flat Major (Franz Schmidt)

12
I. Allegro moderato un poco
00:18:54

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

13
II. Andante
00:12:15

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

14
III. Vivace
00:12:04

Markus Becker, Performer - Eiji Oue, Conductor - North German Radio Symphony, Hannover, Orchestra - Franz Schmidt, Composer

(C) 2000 CPO (P) 2000 CPO

Album review

After tragically losing his right arm in World War I, pianist Paul Wittgenstein sought out works for the left-hand that would save his career. Thanks to his family's considerable wealth, he was able to commission pieces from the major composers of his day, including Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Sergey Prokofiev, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Paul Hindemith, and Benjamin Britten. Yet of all who wrote concertos and chamber works for him, Wittgenstein preferred Franz Schmidt above all others, and still expressed his admiration for him years later, when the composer was dead and forgotten. The Concertante Variations on a Theme of Beethoven for piano, left-hand, and orchestra is based on a melody taken from the Scherzo of the Violin Sonata No. 5, "Spring." Schmidt deploys every conceivable trick and mood to vary this quirky, syncopated tune, and maintains remarkably clear textures and a light, playful tone throughout. The Concerto in E flat major for piano, left-hand, and orchestra is altogether different in feeling, resembling Schmidt's symphonies in its serious tone and following a course of development that is symphonic in scope. This CPO release by pianist Markus Becker and the NDR Radiophilharmonie, conducted by Eiji Ouè, presents both the Beethoven Variations and the Piano Concerto with expressive playing, coherent interpretation, and terrific sound. The piano and orchestra are well-balanced and carefully separated, so every part is audible, and the soloist is centrally placed and clearly heard, even when the accompaniment is at its thickest. Listeners who enjoy rich, post-Romantic music and collectors of Schmidt's music will find this disc pleasurable and add it to their libraries posthaste.
© TiVo

About the album

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz?