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Mathias Weber an Wagners Pianoforte Érard von 1858
Mazurken op. 59
Bacarolle op. 60
Polonaise-Fantasie op. 61
Nocturnes op. 62
Richard Wagner/Hans von Bülow:
Richard Wagner/Franz Liszt:
Les Jeux d'Eaux à la Villa d'Este
A must-have for the lover of 19th century piano music
If the new CD entitled Zeitenwende* – Tribschen with its diligent choice of piano music by Chopin, Liszt and Wagner deserves an outstanding attention, this may well be so for various weighty reasons: in an elucidating manner a self contained compilation of topics is presented as a musical illustration and likewise as a historical document, namely to represent the direct relationship of the compositions on hand in their context of mutual influence and prolific inspiration. (*Transition from one époque to another)
This wide-ranging portrayal of the recorded works is interlocked by way of a presentation of the music on a most remarkable pianoforte, namely the Erard grand once owned by Wagner himself during his sojourn at Tribschen near Lucerne.
In a particularly convincing way pianist Mathias Weber succeeds in eliciting from the instrument every nuance of tone in all its shades and gradations by means of his extremely sophisticated key-stroke in such a way that a colourful acoustic image arises before one’s inner eye. Thus it is hard to believe that such an aged instrument as Wagner’s Erard grand – thanks to Weber’s finesse of performing and due to the seemingly inexhaustible tonal potential of the piano – is indeed capable of producing a nearly inaudible, but nevertheless clearly perceptible delicate pianissimo. – So Liszt’s Jeux d’Eaux , e.g. are coming out in an almost incomparable way on this pianoforte, because it owns such an enormous range of timbre that quite inevitably an image of sprightly sparkling fountains is set free in the listener’s imagination. Hence one can literally hear the murmuring and foaming of the waters, one can easily visualize the glare and the iridescence in the refraction of the drops against the glistening light of the Italian sun.
All in all really a rewarding revelation, which no connoisseur should miss. Translation by Jens Erbrich
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