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Ferdinand Hiller: Piano Works / Alexandra Oehler, piano

Album Summary

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A flat major, Op. 59
>Hiller, Ferdinand : Trois Ghaseles, Op. 54
>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano no 3 in G minor, Op. 78
>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sechs Klavierstucke, Op. 130
>Hiller, Ferdinand : Pieces (3), for piano, Op. 81
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

At age 10, Hiller's father sent him to Weimar to study with Hummel, under whom the young musician made great progress as a pianist. He composed the selections from his piano works recorded here during the 1850s and 1860s while residing in Cologne, where he lived for 35 years until his death. In formal respects his piano sonatas represent a special case in that their three movements continue without a break. His compositions possess a great wealth of imagination.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
I enjoyed Oehler's playing, though certainly not as much as Mr Becker. Her style is genial and she has a broad expressive palette, with good control over volume and tempo. There are a number of places where she falls short of realizing the music's beauty, though. In the Second Sonata, the impassioned intermezzo of II is bland (the staccatos have no teeth) and III sounds tired (the rippling textures are all soft edges and you can hear where she lifts her hands in the virtuosic passages). Everything else is well done, though, leading to the assessment that this is all quite decent music played quite decently.

MusicWeb International, January 2013
Oehler provides sturdy pianism in this well recorded programme. I wondered if at some points she wasn't selling Hiller a little short in his more overtly romantic moments. Still, this is certainly a very fair survey of his piano works from that two-decade period.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010).



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>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano no 2 in A flat major, Op. 59
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Trois Ghasèles, Op. 54 :: Ghasèle no 1
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Trois Ghasèles, Op. 54 :: Ghasèle no 2
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sonata for Piano no 3 in G minor, Op. 78
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sechs Klavierstücke, Op. 130 :: Nr. 1. Ballade
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sechs Klavierstücke, Op. 130 :: Nr. 2. Idylle
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sechs Klavierstücke, Op. 130 :: Nr. 3. Romanze
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Sechs Klavierstücke, Op. 130 :: Nr. 5. Ghasel
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hiller, Ferdinand : Pieces (3), for piano, Op. 81
  • Performer: Alexandra Oehler (Piano)
  • Notes: Kammermusikstudio, SWR Stuttgart (03/08/2010-03/10/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic