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VIktor Ullmann: The Complete Works for Piano Solo - Sonatas Nos. 1-7; Variations and Double Fugue / Christophe Sirodeau, piano

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  1. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 10: I. Molto agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 10: II. Andante. Quasi marcia funebre $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 10: III. Adagio - Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19: I. Allegro energico e agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19: II. Thema. Moderato - Variationen 1-9 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19: III. Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 26b: I. Allegro grazioso, ma agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 26b: II. Scherzo. Allegro violente $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 26b: III. Variationen über ein Thema von Mozart - Fuge. Allegro giocoso $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 38: I. Allegro vivace - Mäßige Achtel $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 38: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 38: III. Finale. Vivace molto - Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 5, "Von meiner Jugend", Op. 45: I. Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 5, "Von meiner Jugend", Op. 45: II. Andante - Più adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 5, "Von meiner Jugend", Op. 45: III. Toccatina. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 5, "Von meiner Jugend", Op. 45: IV. Serenade. Comodo - Più allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 5, "Von meiner Jugend", Op. 45: V. Finale fugato. Allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 49a: I. Allegro molto - Andante poco adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 49a: II. Allegretto grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 49a: III. Presto, ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 49a: IV. Tempo I $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 7: I. Allegro, gemächliche Halbe $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 7: II. Alla marcia, ben misurato $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 7: III. Adagio, ma con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 7: IV. Scherzo. Allegretto grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Ullmann — Piano Sonata No. 7: V. Variationen und Fuge über ein hebräisches Volkslied $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Ullmann — Variations and Double Fugue on a Theme by Arnold Schoenberg, Op. 3a: Thema. Rasch, aber leicht - Variationen 1-9 $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Ullmann — Variations and Double Fugue on a Theme by Arnold Schoenberg, Op. 3a: Doppelfuge. Äußerst rhythmisch, schnell und kräftig – Thema II. Markig, brut $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 10
>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 19
>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 26b
>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 4, Op. 38
>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 5, Op. 45
>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 6, Op. 49
>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 7
>Ullmann, Viktor : Variations & Double Fugue on a Theme of Arnold Schönberg, for piano, Op. 3a
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Notes & Reviews:

Set up for propaganda purposes as a 'model Jewish settlement', the Theresienstadt concentration camp has become a symbol of the immense cynicism that the Nazi regime was capable of. At the same time, the composers and artists incarcerated there, and their endeavours to continue their creative work under such conditions, have come to be regarded as a shining example of how art can transcend life and its everyday realities. While acknowledging all of this, Christophe Sirodeau in his illuminating liner notes states his own aim in making this recording: 'Viktor Ullmann should be studied and played not as a victim of the Nazis but on his own merits, which in my opinion earn him an illustrious place in twentieth-century music.' Although the release of this two-cd set of Ullmann's piano music coincides with the 70th anniversary of the composer's death, it is thus rather intended as a celebration of his life and work as a composer - from the Schoenberg Variations, which in their very first incarnation saw the light of day in 1929, to Piano Sonata No.7, completed a few weeks before Ullmann's final deportation and death in Auschwitz. The seven piano sonatas sum up the composer's highly individual style, on the edge of both the traditional tonal system and of Schoenberg's method. The first four, composed in Prague before Ullmann's deportation, pay tribute respectively to Mahler, Janácek, Mozart and, more obliquely, Bartók. But also in the three sonatas that he wrote in Theresienstadt, Ullmann includes references to other composers and compositions. Most impressively this occurs in the Finale of the Seventh, entitled Variations and Fugue on a Hebrew Folksong. The imposing closing fugue also makes conspicuous use of the BACH motif, a Hussite chorale and the Lutheran chorale Nun danket alle Gott, testifying, in Christophe Sirodeau's opinion 'to a desire to reaffirm - faced with the Nazi refusal to accept Jews who had been integrated into German culture for centuries - that he, Viktor Ullmann, was completely devoted to the long-lasting German cultural heritage' - under the circumstances a true composer's gesture of resistance.

The Guardian, 7th August 2014
Sirodeau is an immensely persuasive interpreter. Recommended.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Sirodeau is the third pianist to record all seven Ullmann sonatas and his interpretations generally differ from his cyclical predecessors...Sirodeau includes the piano version of Ullmann's Variations and Double Fugue on a Theme by Schoenberg for strings and his ardent, commanding performance may well tip the Ullmann cycle scales in his favour.

Classical Music
[Ullmann] was both a musical magpie and a meticulous craftsman, and his seven piano sonatas chart both great personal development and emotional range...As heartbreaking as it is rewarding, and urgently recommended.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
French pianist Christophe Sirodeau, who writes his own booklet notes, plays with considerable understanding and much probing depth. While other recordings of the sonatas exist, this one scores a coup by the inclusion of Variations and Double Fugue On a Theme by Arnold Schoenberg. Together with the sonatas, it constitutes Ullmann's complete solo piano music. BIS has come across with another winner here, and has supplied their usual excellent sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Eglise Evangélique Saint Marcel, Paris, France.



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>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 10
  • Performer: Christophe Sirodeau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 2, Op. 19
  • Performer: Christophe Sirodeau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 26b
  • Performer: Christophe Sirodeau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 4, Op. 38
  • Performer: Christophe Sirodeau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 5, Op. 45
  • Performer: Christophe Sirodeau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 6, Op. 49
  • Performer: Christophe Sirodeau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Ullmann, Viktor : Sonata for Piano no 7
  • Performer: Christophe Sirodeau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Ullmann, Viktor : Variations & Double Fugue on a Theme of Arnold Schönberg, for piano, Op. 3a
  • Performer: Christophe Sirodeau (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934