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Apostel - Kokoschka - Kubin

Composer Hans Erich Apostel
Performer Thérèse Malengreau
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2405 SACD
EAN 7318599924052
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2018
Total time 71'17

Works for Piano

The Belgian pianist Thérèse Malengreau has a particular interest in the relationship between music and the visual arts. With her first disc on BIS she offers us a rare opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the music of Hans Erich Apostel, banned as ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis in 1938, and a rarity in performance ever since. At the same time, &&& her disc allows us insight into the interplay between&&& composers and artists in other disciplines during the first decades of the twentieth century, in the context of movements such as Der Blaue Reiter, the arts magazine Der Sturm or the Vienna Workshop. The three works here were inspired by artwork by Otto Kokoschka and Alfred Kubin, two of them appearing on disc for the first time. In his Op. 1, the Zehn Variationen, Apostel translates 10 drawings by Kokoschka into sounds – but as Malengreau suggests in her own liner notes, what the music describes is the varying degrees of expressivity and intensity of the drawings, rather than the images themselves. The closing work consists of 60 very brief sketches (less than 40 seconds on average), in which Apostel is reacting to Kubin’s drawings (caricatures rather than portraits) of nuns and witches, generals or huntsmen. Apostel completed it in 1948-49, but as early as 1945 it provided material for what is probably his best-known work: the ten pieces that make up the 15-minute long Kubiniana.
 
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  Hans Erich Apostel
  Ten Variations, after drawings by O. Kokoschka, Op. 1 (1928) 24'05
01 Thema. Andantino 1'31
02 Variation I. Un poco mosso… 2'34
03 Variation II. Andante semplice 2'06
04 Variation III. Vivace giocoso e lesto... 1'12
05 Variation IV. Moderato, sostenuto e dolce... 3'18
06 Variation V. Marcia grave e tragico 4'30
07 Variation VI. Vivace 1'06
08 Variation VII. Allegro furioso 1'01
09 Variation VIII. Allegro con fuoco... 2'09
10 Variation IX. Andante sostenuto 2'46
11 Variation X. Vivace furioso... 1'52
 
  Kubiniana, ten piano pieces, Op. 13 (1945) 15'16
12 1. Lento assai... 2'26
13 2. Marcia moderato 1'09
14 3. Allegretto 0'36
15 4. Grave... 1'33
16 5. Andante molto... 1'05
17 6. Tempo di Marcia 0'55
18 7. Allegro molto 1'03
19 8. Lento 2'33
20 9. Moderato... 1'44
21 10. Andante molto 2'12
 
  Sixty Sketches, after drawings by A. Kubin, Op. 13a (1948-49) 31'39
22 Sketches 1-6 3'36
23 Sketches 7-13 3'13
24 Sketches 14-21 4'31
25 Sketches 22-28 4'10
26 Sketches 29-36 4'04
27 Sketches 37-43 3'36
28 Sketches 44-49 2'05
29 Sketches 50-53 1'27
30 Sketches 54-60 4'57
 
  Album total 71'17
ComposerApostel, Hans Erich
PianoMalengreau, Thérèse

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