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Josef Hofmann (1870-1956): Piano Works / Artem Yasynskyy, piano

Album Summary

>Hofmann, Josef : Charakterskizzen, for piano, Op. 40
>Hofmann, Josef : Etude for the Left Hand
>Hofmann, Josef : Mazurka for piano in A minor, Op. 16/1
>Hofmann, Josef : Sonata for Piano in F major, Op. 21
>Hofmann, Josef : Mazurka for piano in B minor
>Hofmann, Josef : Mazurka for piano in D minor
>Hofmann, Josef : Theme with Variations & Fugue, for piano, Op. 14
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Josef Hofmann was a prodigy and a polymath. Fascinated by technology he made experimental cylinder recordings as early as 1887, and undertook an American tour at the age of eleven. One of the very greatest pianists of the Golden Age, his recorded legacy is priceless, but like many musicians of his generation he also composed. He wrote a symphony, five piano concertos, and a considerable amount of distinctive and enjoyable solo piano music in the Romantic tradition. Josef Hofmann was one of the greatest Romantic virtuosi of his age, a towering technician and a poet of the keyboard. He also wrote extensively for the piano, crafting a richly contrasted set of Charakterskizzen, Op. 40, a Sonata in F major, Op. 21 that reveals the influence of Schumann, and a finely wrought Theme and Variations and Fugue, Op. 14. Artem Yasynskyy won the Hofmann Prize at the First German Piano Competition of Polish Music in Hamburg in 2013.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
As a composer, his work follows the great pianist-composers of the 19th Century; at their best... He brings authority and panache to all the performances, and his considerable technique serves the music's expression instead of calling attention to itself. The sound is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw (03/01/2014-03/03/2014).



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>Hofmann, Josef : Charakterskizzen, for piano, Op. 40
  • Performer: Artem Yasynskyy (Piano)
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (03/01/2014-03/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Hofmann, Josef : Etude for the Left Hand
  • Performer: Artem Yasynskyy (Piano)
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (03/01/2014-03/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hofmann, Josef : Mazurka for piano in A minor, Op. 16/1
  • Performer: Artem Yasynskyy (Piano)
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (03/01/2014-03/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hofmann, Josef : Sonata for Piano in F major, Op. 21
  • Performer: Artem Yasynskyy (Piano)
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (03/01/2014-03/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hofmann, Josef : Mazurka for piano in B minor
  • Performer: Artem Yasynskyy (Piano)
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (03/01/2014-03/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Hofmann, Josef : Mazurka for piano in D minor
  • Performer: Artem Yasynskyy (Piano)
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (03/01/2014-03/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Hofmann, Josef : Theme with Variations & Fugue, for piano, Op. 14
  • Performer: Artem Yasynskyy (Piano)
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (03/01/2014-03/03/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892