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Herbert Schuch: 'Invocation' - works of Bach, Liszt, Ravel, Messiaen & Murail / Herbert Schuch, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein no 41), BWV 639 (BC
>Murail, Tristan : Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire... (in memoriam Olivier Messiaen), for piano
>Liszt, Franz : Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses (10), for piano, S. 173 (LW A158)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle no 8), BWV 659 (BC K8
>MessiaenOlivier : Huit Préludes pour piano
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata, BWV 127
>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs
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Notes & Reviews:

In the line of a large discography reflecting the diversity of his repertoire (featuring Schubert and Schumann alongside Janacek, Holliger, and Lachenmann), pianist Herbert Schuch has built his new recording on the sound bells. 'Two things about them stimulate my imagination', says the pianist: 'the wonderful richness of the partials in large bells, and the chaotic-seeming rhythmic interference of a confused peal of bells, which generates constantly changing structures and patterns in the listener's brain.' So it is hardly surprising that Schuch should build a complete program on the theme of 'invocation - the call of bells' and perform works that express in instrumental terms the emotional appeal conveyed by the sound of bells and their sublimated sacral character. 'Invocation designates the points of contact between man and God: glorification and prayer, supplication, but also sorrow and death. The sound of bells for me is the magical medium by means of which we try to communicate with God.' Detailed track-list includes: Bach / Busoni: Choral no.5 BWV 639, "Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ" Tristan Murail: Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire... In memoriam Olivier Messiaen Liszt: "Pater noster"; "Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude" from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses Bach / Busoni: Choral BWV 659 "Nun komm der heiden heiland" Messiaen "Cloches dangoisse et larmes dadieu" from Eight Préludes Bach / Bauer: Cantata BWV 127, "Die Seele ruht in Gottes Händen" Liszt: "Funérailles" from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses Ravel: "La vallée des cloches" from Miroirs

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
This thoughtfully themed recital testifies to the wide terms of reference that the Romanian-born pianist Herbert Schuch has at his disposal in choosing his repertoire...Schuch's mastery of colour and of summoning up the composers' creative individuality shines different lights on his invocatory stimulus, and the entire recital is much more than the sum of its parts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: WDR Köln, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, Germany (08/2013-09/2013).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein no 41), BWV 639 (BC
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Murail, Tristan : Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire... (in memoriam Olivier Messiaen), for piano
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Liszt, Franz : Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses (10), for piano, S. 173 (LW A158)
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1853

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle no 8), BWV 659 (BC K8
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>MessiaenOlivier : Huit Préludes pour piano :: Cloches d'angoisse et larmes d'adieu
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata, BWV 127 :: Die Seele ruht in Gottes Händen
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/11/1725

>Liszt, Franz : Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses (10), for piano, S. 173 (LW A158)
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1853

>Ravel, Maurice : Miroirs :: La Vallée des Cloches
  • Performer: Herbert Schuch (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1905