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Beethoven: Music for Piano 4 hands - Symphony No. 7; Great Fugue, Op. 134 / Piano Duo Trenkner / Speidel

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fugue for piano, 4 hands in B flat major (arr. from Grosse Fuge for string quartet), Op. 134
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Here what belongs together is brought together. On the "Manfred Bürki" Steinway concert grand, built in 1901 and today a piano legend, the Trenkner-Speidel Piano Duo presents Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony in the interpretation by Xaver Schwarwenka. Moreover, this CD presents Beethoven's own arrangement of the Great Fugue. With boundless energy Evelinde Trenkner and Sontraud Speidel celebrate an enthralling and stirring Beethoven festival.

As a composer and a musician Schwarwenka was a respected as the world's leading piano virtuoso of the nineteenth century There is more to his piano arrangement than what this name might suggest; it is an original pianistic and extremely demanding interpretation of the score.

The Great Fugue, one of Beethoven's last works, poses many a riddle. The master must have had realized this because he penned the version for piano four hands on his own. This is extremely unusual, for he mostly only grudgingly agreed to have others produce arrangements of his works in order to promote their sales.

Evelinde Trenkner and Sontraud Speidel number among the few piano duos who are at all able to endow such intricate scores with musical life. The two women even resort to artistic moves (they have to play some passages while standing - since otherwise their hands and arms would become entangled!), which is possible only because of their many years as a team and the mutual trust they have developed.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/31/2013/11/01/2013).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Ensemble: Speidel-Trenkner Piano Duo
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/31/2013/11/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fugue for piano, 4 hands in B flat major (arr. from Grosse Fuge for string quartet), Op. 134
  • Ensemble: Speidel-Trenkner Piano Duo
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (10/31/2013/11/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826