Gerhard Frommel: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Tatjana Blome, piano

> Piano Sonata No. 3 in E major, Op. 15, "Sisina" - Piano Sonata No. 3 in E major, Op. 15, "Sisina"
> Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 10 - I. Allegro
> Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 10 - II. Andante cantabile
> Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 10 - III. Allegro
> Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6 - I. Allegro moderato, poco rubato
> Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6 - II. Langsam und traumerisch
> Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6 - III. Finale: Allegro giocoso

Album Summary

>Frommel, Gerhard : Sonata for Piano no 3 in E major, Op. 15
>Frommel, Gerhard : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 10
>Frommel, Gerhard : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gerhard Frommel rejected vapid pre-war Nationalism and Schoenberg's dodecaphony, finding his voice in individuality and tradition. His piano sonatas are rooted in Romanticism and allied to the expressive plasticity of Stravinsky and Hindemith, articulated with vitality and tenderness in No. 1, sparseness and clownish grotesquerie in No. 2, and the sensual impressionism of No. 3. Pianist Tatjana Blome won first prize at the Steinway Competition at the age of twelve and gave her first full-length piano recital a year later. She studied with Josef-Matthias Blome, Renate Kretschmar-Fischer, Heidrun Holtmann, Aribert Reimann and Gerhard Oppitz, and as a student also devoted her time to German literature and theology. She made her début in the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall in 1995 with Johannes Brahms's First Piano Concerto.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
These fascinating sonatas came as a real discovery to me. I was afraid they'd be too old-fashioned for my taste (as Pfitzner's piano music is); but Frommel's skill, resourcefulness, and strength of personality carried me along as I found one thing after another to marvel at and delight in. Much of this pleasure is due of course to pianist Tatjana Blome, who plays with admirable clarity, authority, and vivacity, and is captured in Grand Piano's clear, strong, and immediate sonics.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (02/2009).



Reviews

Modernish Romantic Style Sonatas
The piano sonatas Nos. 1-3 of Gerhard Frommel, a former professor of composition at the universities of Frankfurt-am-Main and Stuttgart, present three distinct aspects of tonal composition. This is not atonal music, strictly speaking, although Frommel is not shy about using dissonant chords. By the same token, as indicated in the liner notes, there is a clear influence from Hindemith and Stravinsky that is evident in the compositions.

The sonatas are presented in reverse order, No. 3 (composed in 1940) presented first and No. 1 (composed in 1931) presented last. No. 3 is one piece presented in a single movement, and is the most contemporary sounding of the three Ė the harmonies are not quite set, and it is clear that this is not to be a piece of simple pretty music. The rhythmic changes are difficult for the pianist, but Ms. Blome handles them very well.

Sonata No. 2 has a clear Stravinsky influence, at times dissonant, at times grotesquely humorous (the liner notes use the word clownish), with elements of jazz forms present as well. Again, the piece does not move evenly, but I found that the jazz lover in me enjoyed those resemblences.

Sonata No. 1 is certainly my favorite of the three compositions. The 2nd movement is particularly lovely, and beautiful sonorities abound. The 3rd movement starts with a bright rhythmic sequence, and features some wonderful runs up and down the keyboard with bright harmonies ending the piece.

The sonatas are played well by Ms. Blome, who certainly brings this music to life. As for the material itself, Sonata No. 3 was my least favorite, but I donít tend to enjoy the more contemporary sounding works. The other two works I enjoyed quite a bit. This is good musical material to have in my collection, and I am pleased to have added it to my library.

Submitted on 06/25/12 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Frommel, Gerhard : Sonata for Piano no 3 in E major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Tatjana Blome (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Frommel, Gerhard : Sonata for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Tatjana Blome (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Frommel, Gerhard : Sonata for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6
  • Performer: Tatjana Blome (Piano)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931