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Andreas Haefliger - Perspectives 7

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Alban Berg
Franz Liszt
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Performer Andreas Haefliger
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2307 SACD
EAN 7318599923079
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Apr 2018
Total time 86'54

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Since 2004, Andreas Haefliger has been devising a series of recital programmes named Perspectives, presenting them in concert and on disc. Each programme focusses on one or two Beethoven sonatas, juxtaposed with works&&& by other composers (ranging from Mozart to Berio) which in some way or other interact with Beethoven’s music, and with each other. The seventh instalment in the series was premièred at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017, and was described by one reviewer as ‘Inspiringly commanding, thoughtful, lucid and sheerly beautiful’ (The Herald, Glasgow).

Perspectives 7 opens with Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1, a highly concentrated work in which most of the music can be traced back to the two opening gestures. This is followed by Liszt’s impressionistic Légende No. 1 ‘St. Francis of Assisi: The Sermon to the Birds’, in which we seem to hear a flock of birds chirp warble and sing. At the core of the programme is Beethoven’s Op. 101 Sonata – a work which in Haefliger’s opinion points more clearly towards Schumann than any other of the composer’s sonatas. But the grand finale of this amply-filled disc (86 minutes!) is nevertheless a highly colourful and expressive performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, recorded – as is the entire disc – in the exceptional acoustics of the Mozartsaal of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
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  Alban Berg
01 Piano Sonata, Op. 1 14'33
  Franz Liszt
02 Légende No. 1 - St François d’Assise: La prédication aux oiseaux, S. 175/1 10'39
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 22'25
03 I. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung 4'47
04 II. Lebhaft. Marschmäßig 6'12
05 III. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll 3'34
06 IV. Geschwinde, doch nicht zu sehr, und mit Entschlossenheit 7'52
  Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
  Pictures from an Exhibition 37'50
07 Promenade 1'33
08 1. Gnomus. Sempre vivo 3'06
09 (Promenade) Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza 1'05
10 2. Il vecchio castello. Andantino molto cantabile e con dolore 4'40
11 (Promenade) Moderato non tanto, pesamente 0'38
12 3. Tuileries (Disputes d’enfants après jeux) 1'00
13 4. Bydło. Sempre moderato, pesante 3'04
14 (Promenade) Tranquillo 1'03
15 5. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks. Scherzino vivo, leggiero 0'59
16 6. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuÿle. Andante. Grave – energico 2'34
17 Promenade. Allegro giusto, nel modo russico, poco sostenuto 1'40
18 7. Limoges. Le marché (La grande nouvelle) Allegretto vivo, sempre scherzando 1'22
19 8. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum) Largo 2'37
20 Con mortuis in lingua mortua. Andante non troppo, con lamento 2'49
21 9. The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba-Yaga) Allegro con brio, feroce 3'25
22 10. The Bogatyr Gate (in the Capital, in Kiev) Allegro alla breve – Maestoso – Con grandezza 6'15
  Album total 86'54
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
Berg, Alban
Liszt, Franz
Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich
PianoHaefliger, Andreas

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