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Schubert, Bach, Liszt, live at Wigmore Hall / Simon Trpceski, Piano

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Deutsche Tänze, Op. 33
>Schubert, Franz : Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"
>Liszt, Franz : Preludes and Fugues (6) of JS Bach for Piano, S 462
>Liszt, Franz : Annees de pelerinage, deuxieme annee, S 161 "Italie"
>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
>Sound, Recorded : Spoken introduction to a performance of Liszt's Standchen
>Liszt, Franz : Standchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his grace, eloquence and the 'understated beauty of his tone', Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski shot to fame after winning the London International Piano Competition in 2001. A regular concerto soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, he also enjoys a busy international career as a chamber musician, and his solo recordings have received recognition as 'Editor's Choice' and 'Debut Album' awards from Gramophone.

With repertoire rich in nods towards a folk hinterland, Trpceski's program for this Wigmore Hall Live CD draws strongly on his deep immersion in national traditions of music and dance throughout his childhood. Schubert's tuneful 16 German Dances pave the way to what is arguably the composer's most virtuosic sonata, his 'Wanderer' Fantasy. Almost symphonic in scale, Trpceski's emphatically energetic performance here unleashes an emotional outpouring.

By way of a transcription of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV543, in which the rich sonorities of the organ work are handsomely explored in an arrangement for piano, the second half of the program focuses on Liszt. Here, Trpceski demonstrates his wide palette of tone colors with subtly sculpted phrases to explore the depths of this masterpiece.

With the ability to perform a diverse range of repertoire - from Haydn and Chopin to Debussy and Stravinsky - Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski has established himself as one of the most remarkable young musicians to have emerged in recent years, performing with many of the world's greatest orchestras and captivating audiences worldwide. Mr. Trpceski is praised not only for his impeccable technique and delicate expression, but also for his warm personality and commitment to strengthening Macedonia's cultural image. The New York Times' Anthony Tommasini praises Trpceski's dazzling musicianship, saying "He tore through the double-octave outbursts with arm-blurring speed and no sense of strain. Yet in tenderly lyrical moments he caressed the phrases, playing with naturalness, never milking anything."

The Telegraph, 4th April 2013
A thoughtfully structured programme, with the 16 German Dances followed by a commanding performance of the Wanderer Fantasy, underpinned by the mix of rhythmic buoyancy and security that seems to come so naturally to Trpceski and deploying a remarkably vivifying spectrum of tonal colour. Architecturally Trpceski tackles the Fantasy with absolute assurance.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
A proper piano recital - a varied, thoughtfully chosen programme, a rewarding musical and pianistic experience one wants to return to, superbly recorded, classily presented and featuring the playing of a master pianist.

International Record Review, June 2013
Trpceski's glittering, diamond-like sound can be a little unyielding in the 104th of the Jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este...In playing of such intelligence and precision, wit and charm seem occasionally in short supply. All of these issues, it seems to me, will be addressed in time...Meanwhile, Trpceski is a pianist who excites admiration.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (03/18/2012).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Deutsche Tänze, Op. 33
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Circa 11/1824.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 11/1824

>Schubert, Franz : Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer"
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1822

>Liszt, Franz : Preludes and Fugues (6) of JS Bach for Piano, S 462
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S 161 "Italie"
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Liszt, Franz : Années de pèlerinage no 3, S 163
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Liszt, Franz : Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Sound, Recorded : Spoken introduction to a performance of Liszt's Ständchen
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Liszt, Franz : Ständchen "Horch, horch!" (Schubert) for Piano, S 558 no 9
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1838

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 24 in D minor, Op. 28/24, CT. 189
  • Performer: Simon Trpceski (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839