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Ghostly Scenes / Ghost Variations (CD)

Anselm Hüttenbrenner, Ghostly Scenes (Premiere recording) / Robert Schumann, Ghost Variations

Author(s): Hüttenbrenner, Anselm; Schumann, Robert
Interpretin: Julia Rinderle, Klavier
ISBN: 9783990351819
Order no.: W7453CD
€ 23.50 (incl. VAT, excl. postage & packaging)
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The Romantic era was marked by a great penchant for the transcendental, the supernatural, the mysterious, indeed, the “ghostly”. All these facets are merged in an exemplary manner in the Geisterszenen (Ghostly Scenes) or Geistererscheinungen (Visions from the Spirit World) composed in 1850 by Anselm Hüttenbrenner, a friend and fellow student of Franz Schubert and a respected pianist himself. These mostly highly virtuoso, fantasy-like Tongemälde (Musical Tableaux) cycle is not only Hüttenbrenner’s most original piano work, but also an outstanding example of cyclical romantic piano music. Rediscovered a whole 165 years after its creation, Julia Rinderle succeeds in creating with her debut CD an exemplary premiere recording of this fascinating, rousing piano cycle. Robert Schumann’s Geistervariationen (Ghost Variations) – whose theme was sung to him by angels, as he believed – are directly related to the tragic events of February, 1854 which led to his admission to the psychiatric hospital Endenich near Bonn, Germany. Julia Rinderle approaches this last, subtly nuanced piano work of Schumann with great sensitivity and intuition.