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Jörg Demus

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In tribute to the life and art of the Viennese pianist Jörg Demus, who died in April 2019, Eloquence releases his earliest recordings of Schubert’s Impromptus and Moments Musicaux.
By the time of these sessions, which took place over a week in April 1958, Demus was not yet 30 but already an experienced recording artist, having made LPs of the duet music for Westminster with his Viennese colleague Paul Badura-Skoda, as well as a Remington Records disc of the Moments musicaux and much else besides, focusing on the Austro-German repertoire of the Classical and early-Romantic eras which would make his reputation.
The Deutsche Grammophon engineers captured Demus more lucidly and favourably than their rivals, and in both mono and stereo incarnations these records would stand the test of time, though they have never been reissued as a complete set on CD. Newly remastered from the original tapes, they reveal the depth of Demus’s understanding in Schubert’s music, an unfussy technique and a modesty which never seeks to impose pathos and profundity from without but which dances with a rare lightness of spirit.
Born and raised in Vienna, Demus understood this music as a precursor to the popular waltzes and polkas of the Strauss family. ‘Only a complete realization and comprehension of the accompanimental rhythms – precise and yet with a slight touch of a personal accent – will in many cases create the right atmosphere.’ When he died in April 2019, one of the many affectionate Austrian obituaries referred to Demus as ‘the ballet-master of ten fingers’: a description that summed him up perfectly, as these recordings demonstrate. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)


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Jörg Demus

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4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 (Franz Schubert)

1
No.1 in C minor: Allegro molto moderato
00:08:39

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
No.2 in E flat: Allegro
00:04:31

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
No.3 in G flat: Andante
00:05:46

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
No.4 in A flat: Allegretto
00:07:16

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 (Franz Schubert)

5
No.1 in C (Moderato)
00:05:52

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
No.2 in A flat (Andantino)
00:05:44

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
No.3 in F minor (Allegro moderato)
00:01:49

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
No.4 in C sharp minor (Moderato)
00:05:07

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
No.5 in F minor (Allegro vivace)
00:02:06

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
No.6 in A flat (Allegretto)
00:06:30

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1958 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 (Franz Schubert)

11
No.1 in F minor: Allegro moderato
00:09:50

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
No.2 in A flat: Allegretto
00:06:00

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
No.3 in B flat: Theme (Andante) with Variations
00:10:38

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
No.4 in F minor: Allegro scherzando
00:06:18

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3 Klavierstücke, D.946 (Franz Schubert)

15
No.1 in E flat minor (Allegro assai)
00:09:39

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
No.2 in E flat (Allegretto)
00:09:21

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
No.3 in C (Allegro)
00:04:56

Jörg Demus, Piano - Franz Schubert, Composer - Karl-Heinz Schneider, Producer - Heinz Wildhagen, Balance Engineer

℗ 1960 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description


In tribute to the life and art of the Viennese pianist Jörg Demus, who died in April 2019, Eloquence releases his earliest recordings of Schubert’s Impromptus and Moments Musicaux.
By the time of these sessions, which took place over a week in April 1958, Demus was not yet 30 but already an experienced recording artist, having made LPs of the duet music for Westminster with his Viennese colleague Paul Badura-Skoda, as well as a Remington Records disc of the Moments musicaux and much else besides, focusing on the Austro-German repertoire of the Classical and early-Romantic eras which would make his reputation.
The Deutsche Grammophon engineers captured Demus more lucidly and favourably than their rivals, and in both mono and stereo incarnations these records would stand the test of time, though they have never been reissued as a complete set on CD. Newly remastered from the original tapes, they reveal the depth of Demus’s understanding in Schubert’s music, an unfussy technique and a modesty which never seeks to impose pathos and profundity from without but which dances with a rare lightness of spirit.
Born and raised in Vienna, Demus understood this music as a precursor to the popular waltzes and polkas of the Strauss family. ‘Only a complete realization and comprehension of the accompanimental rhythms – precise and yet with a slight touch of a personal accent – will in many cases create the right atmosphere.’ When he died in April 2019, one of the many affectionate Austrian obituaries referred to Demus as ‘the ballet-master of ten fingers’: a description that summed him up perfectly, as these recordings demonstrate. (© Decca Music Group Limited / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd.)


Details of original recording : Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany, 15–22 April 1958

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