Höhenrieder & Berger – Beethoven: Complete works for piano and cello

Artists: Margarita Höhenrieder & Julius Berger

Title: Beethoven: Complete works for piano and cello (2 CDs)

Catalogue No.: SM 338

Release: 19.06.2020

Description

“Who would I need to be to be able to talk about a man who is still growing…”   Adam Zagajewski: “The late Beethoven”

Margarita Höhenrieder and I have known it all our lives: the elucidations of Carl Czerny or Rudolf Kolisch, the latest Urtext editions that will lead us to “faithfulness to the text”, the disquisitions from Romain Rolland to Eleonore Büning – we read, we discuss, it all seems helpful and necessary. At the end of the day it is the mature individual, the serious exponent, who makes the decision led by the promptings of conscience, and who simultaneously senses this “growing” of which Zagajewski speaks. We climb a steep path, in order to approach Beethoven more closely. The summit of this path is visible, but not attainable. That is why we keep returning to this path, endless as it is. Beethoven lives in us, as he changes, as we change. Life aspires to art, art is a way forward, life is our way forward. Beethoven changes us through his “growth”. We grow with him!

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Höhenrieder Titel: Piano Works By Clara & Robert Schumann

Artist: Margarita Höhenrieder

Title: Piano Works By Clara & Robert Schumann

Catalogue No.: SM 312

Release: 06.09.2019

Description

“After just a few notes on this exceptionally fine Pleyel grand piano in Kellinghusen, north of Hamburg, in a collection of Eric Feller’s, I found myself plunged into a different century. This pianoforte was built in Paris in about 1855 and professionally restored using historical materials and methods. It is absolutely uniform with the instrument that Chopin possessed, and is of typically French elegance – in sound as well as in appearance.

It reflects the soul of the Romantic era. Apart from that, it offers an authentic testimony to the sound of the instruments that Fryderyk Chopin and Robert and Clara Schumann played.

Clara’s father, Friedrich Wieck, gave his daughter a Streicher grand, built in Vienna. Personally, I saw this Pleyel as the ideal instrument on which to play the works of Robert and Clara Schumann as authentically as possible while also matching as precisely as possible the exacting demands they place on piano technique.

The constant aspiration in today’s music world towards ever larger and more versatile instruments and architecturally and acoustically challenging auditoria meant that I was in search of a convincingly authentic sound for compositions written in and around the 1830s, while also looking out for a suitable performance location – comparable to a mid-19th-century salon and differing from today’s concert halls.”

Margarita Höhenrieder

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Margarita Höhenrieder – Thuille, Poulenc, Françaix Sextets

Title: Thuille, Poulenc, Françaix Sextets

Catalogue No.: SM 251

Release: 02.12.2016

Description

Her artistic career has led her to many of the world’s major music centers. Margarita Höhenrieder has played many concerts as soloist with conductors like Kirill Petrenko, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, James Levine, Riccardo Chailly, and Fabio Luisi, and with such orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

She has been a friend of Harald Genzmer for many years. Among other works, he dedicated the Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings to her, which she premiered together with Guy Touvron and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn. Genzmer composed his last major work for Margarita Höhenrieder, “Wie ein Traum am Rande der Unendlichkeit” (“Like a Dream on the Edge of Infinity”) for piano and flute. In 2009, she played the premiere of the work with Emmanuel Pahud in Rome. (Solo Musica CD SM159)

In September 2014, she had a reunion with her former teacher Leon Fleisher as conductor in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Zollverein world heritage site in Essen.
Margarita Höhenrieder and the Bläsersolisten der Staatskapelle Dresden give regularly concerts and are producing recordings together.

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Margarita Höhenrieder, Wiener Symphoniker – Klavierkonzerte

Title: Klavierkonzerte Schumann & Mozart – Variationen Chopin

Catalogue No.: SM 189

Release: 20.01.2014

Description

Margarita Höhenrieder and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Fabio Luisi are playing on this Studioalbum the most famous piano concertos by  Mozart, Schumann and the Chopin Variations from Don Giovanni.

The CD was recordedat the Konzerthausin Vienna.

Margarita Höhenrieder, an outstanding pianist from Munich, rarely performs in concerts. She is little known to the general public but highly respected among experts. She has been invited to perform as a soloist by the conductors Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel as well as by renowned orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle of Dresden, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Margarita Höhenrieder also owes some essential musical inspiration to her friendship and cooperation with Alfred Brendel.

Tracklist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto A Major KV488Robert Schumann
Piano Concerto a minorFrédéric Chopin
Variations op. 2 “Là ci darem la mano” de “Don Juan” de Mozart

Margarita Höhenrieder – Emmanuel Pahud: Wie ein Traum am Rande der Unendlichkeit

Title: Wie ein Traum am Rande der Unendlichkeit – Weltersteinspielungen von Harald Genzmer

Catalogue No.: SM 159

Release: 12.09.2011

Description

Harald Genzmer wrote the works for flute and piano presented here in 2003 and 2004, in the last years of his life.

His music is full of vigour and energy, humour and charm; it is timeless and life-affirming.

“When I am finally no longer on this planet, you will at least have something of me …”. With those words Harald Genzmer dedicated to Margarita Höhenrieder his last great work, a vision of parting “like a dream on the verge of endlessness”. It was also its express desire to specify this work with probably at present the best Flute-player Emmanuel Pahud.

When Margarita Höhenrieder was with him a few days before his death, he was above all interested in her artistic plans, including the premiere of the Fantasie des Abschieds with Emmanuel Pahud. Almost incidentally, he pointed to several sheets of music on his desk: studies for flutes he had just composed. The notation was so clear that one could have played them at sight. She was deeply touched. “What can I do for you?” was her last question to him. His answer: “Play my works!”

Tracklist

3. Sonate für Flöte und Klavier
Allegro moderato
Ruhig fließend
Vivace, marcato
3. Sonate für Flöte solo
Vivace
Tranquillo e con fantasia
Allegretto e poco rubato
Finale – Allegro molto
Sechs Miniaturen
Andante
Abend – Dämmerung
Tranquillo
Kleine Melodie
Dolcissimo
Trauermusik
Fantasie für Flöte und Klavier
Allegro molto
Tranquillo – un poco libero
Allegro amabile
Mit unendlicher Ruhe – Traumstück
Rubato, molto tranquillo e espressivo

Margarita Höhenrieder – Piano Solo

Title: Piano Solo

Catalogue No.: SM 147

Release: 15.12.2010

Description

Divisive and common. At first glance, appear light in main course of differentiation here, the introverted Apolline Frédéric Chopin, as the Dionysian Virtuoso assoluto Franz Liszt.

The charge of non-uniform, if the violation had to be both B minor sonatas – Chopin’s third Piano Sonata Opus 58 from the year 1844, and Liszt’s monumental work in the same key-movement of 1852/53 – long fallen, albeit to varying degrees. Rich and extravagantly are the issues that occur when they were forgetting to submit to any form requirements.

To hear both works together, played by the excellent pianist Margarita Höhenrieder is the attraction of this production.

Born in Munich, Margarita Höhenrieder is without doubt one of the most brilliantpianists of our time. A highly esteemed soloist and chamber musician, she has performed with many celebrated orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle of Dresden, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, under conductors like Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, and Lorin Maazel, to name only a few.

Currently the artist is recording in Vienna a new production “Mozart & Schumann with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi, which will be released in Spring 2011 for the Label Solo Musica.

Tracklist

Sonata b-minor op. 58 – Frédéric Chopin

01 Allegro Maestoso
02 Scherzo: Molto Vivace
03 Largo
04 Finale: Presto ma non tanto: Agitato

Sonata b-minor – Franz Liszt

06 Celeramente
07 Sonata b-minor

Gewandhaus-Quartett – Margarita Höhenrieder: Schumann – Mendelssohn

Title: Schumann – Mendelssohn

Catalogue No.: SM 123

Release: 08.01.2010

Description

Born in Munich, Margarita Höhenrieder is without doubt one of the most brilliant pianists of our time. A highly esteemed soloist and chamber musician, she has performed with many celebrated orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle of Dresden, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, under conductors like Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, and Lorin Maazel, to name only a few.

For their latest album this time she worked with the renowned Gewandhaus Quartett, even the oldest continuously existing quartet formation. In its 200 years of history, many world premieres were held, among other works of composer Robert Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who also was the Gewandhaus conductor. Here we come full circle: in a world premiere Margarita Höhenrieder is also playing with the Gewandhaus Quartet the 2nd Movement of the famous Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, op.40 of Mendelssohn Bartholdy in an arrangement for piano and string quintet.

Tracklist

01 Schumann – Quartett Es-Dur, Op. 47 für Violine, Viola, Violoncello und Klavier
02 Mendelssohn – Sextett, D-Dur, Op. 110 für Violine, zwei Violen, Violoncello, Kontrabass und Klavier
03 Weltersteinspielung „Adagio“ aus dem Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 D-Moll in einer Bearbeitung für Klavier und Streichquintett

Julius Berger – Margarita Höhenrieder – Peter Sadlo: In Memoriam

Title: In Memoriam – Kammermusik von Harald Genzmer – Gedenken an Peter Sadlo

Catalogue No.: SM 114

Release: 04.02.2008

Description

Born in Blumenthal, near Bremen, Germany, he studied composition with Paul Hindemith at the Berlin Hochschule for Music beginning in 1928. From 1938 he taught at the Volksmusikschule Berlin-Neu Köln. During the second world war he served as a clarinetist. From 1946 to 1957 he taught at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau. From 1957 to 1974 he taught at the Munich Hochschule für Musik. Among his notable students was the Egyptian composer Gamal Abdel-Rahim. He died on December 16, 2007 in Munich. One of its last desires was it to carry out its music into the world. Margarita Höhenrieder, Julius Berger and Peter Sadlo were close friends of the composer. Berger: “He was one of the most important German composers of the 20th century. Its legacy will inspire still many generations. I am proud to have him personally known”.

Tracklist

Zweite Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier

01 Adagissimo – Allegro – Harald Genzmer
02 Prestissimo e sempre leggiero, e poco marcato – Harald Genzmer
03 Adagio – Harald Genzmer
04 Finale. Vivace – Harald Genzmer

Suite in C für Klavier

05 Moderato – Harald Genzmer
06 Allegro – Harald Genzmer
07 Andante – Harald Genzmer
08 Presto – Harald Genzmer

Konzert für Klavier und Schlagzeug
09 Molto lento – Harald Genzmer
10 Adagio – Harald Genzmer
11 Intermezzo. Prestissimo – Harald Genzmer
12 Finale. Lento e rubato – Vivace – Harald Genzmer