Homage to Schubert
Title:

Homage to Schubert

Artists:

Benjamin Hochman

Release Date:

11th November 2013

Cat No:

AV2281

Price:

£12.49

Summary:

AVIE welcomes to the label Israeli-American pianist Benjamin Hochman with Homage to Schubert, pairing two contrasting Schubert Sonatas – the delicate and somewhat modest D664 in A major, and the brilliant and bold D850 in D major – with modern-day tributes to the composer by György Kurtág, whose work lends its name to the recording’s title, and the world-premiere recording of Jörg Widmann’s Idyll and Abyss: Six Schubert Reminiscences, which conjures a wide range of complex, volatile and mercurial emotions worthy of their namesake.

Winner of 2011’s prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Hochman has been described by the New York Times as a “gifted, fast-rising artist”. Following a successful 2006 debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he has gone on to perform with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, New Jersey and Portland Symphonies. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music, his festival performances include Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, Santa Fe, Bard, Gilmore, Vail and Vancouver. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Young Artist Showcase and Performance Today, WNET’s Sunday Arts, and New York’s WQXR.


Tracklist:

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Piano Sonata in A, D664
1. I Allegro moderato (7:32)
2. II Andante (4:48)
3. III Allegro (8:00)
György Kurtág (b. 1926)
4. Hommage a Schubert (1:04)
Jörg Widmann (b. 1973)
5 – 10. Idyll and Abyss: Six Schubert Reminiscences (11:27) *
Schubert
Piano Sonata in D, D850
11. I Allegro vivace (9:01)
12. II Con moto (11:37)
13. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Trio (9:03)
14. IV. Rondo: Allegro moderato (8:45)
Total time: 72:06
* world-premiere recording

Recorded June 23-24, 2012 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Producer: Eric Wen
Recording and mastering engineer: Dennis Patterson

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