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Natalie Schwaabe Plays Piccolo Works of Derek Charke, Franco Donatoni, Gert Wilden, Mike Mower, et al / Natalie Schwaabe, piccolo; Jan Philip Schulze, piano

Album Summary

>Gyöngyösi, Levente : Sonata, for piccolo & piano
>Wilden, Gert, Jr. : Two and a Half Piece, for piccolo & piano
>Donatoni, Franco : Nidi, 2 pieces for piccolo
>Mower, Mike : Sonata for Piccolo and Piano
>Kanefzky, Franz : Der Rattenfänger von Hameln (The Pied Piper of Hamelin), for flute/piccolo & narrator
>Mikalsen, Jan Erik : Huit Ilium, for piccolo & piano
>Charke, Derek : Lachrymose, for piccolo
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Notes & Reviews:

This fabulous new album, co-produced with Bavarian Radio, presents top German piccolo virtuoso Natalie Schwaabe in an international program of recent works for 'the screaming twig' as the instrument is sometimes known in orchestral circles. No screaming here, though the instrument's upper stratospheric registers are fully exploited - these works are modern and freely composed but will still be attractive to conservative listeners with elements of traditional tonality and jazz and utilizing the middle and lower ranges of the piccolo which can be ethereal and smooth. The range of pieces is wide, from the somber 'Lachrymose' for solo piccolo, to the bright and buzzy sonata by Gyngyosi, and the new setting of The Pied Piper story by Kanefzky. Natalie Schwaabe was born in Tokyo, grew up in Hong Kong, studied in London and obtained her degree in Munich where she is now based, playing with the prestigious Bavarian Radio Symphony as well as enjoying a busy solo and chamber music career. Her regular partner Jan Philip Schulze is carving out a fine reputation in the new-music field with recordings for several labels, and is sought after to accompany many top vocalists.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (03/31/2014-07/23/2015); Studio 4 (03/31/2014-07/23/2015); Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (08/04/2015); Studio 4 (08/04/2015).



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Works Details

>Gyöngyösi, Levente : Sonata, for piccolo & piano
  • Performers: Jan Schulze (Piano); Natalie Schwaabe (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (03/31/2014-07/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Wilden, Gert, Jr. : Two and a Half Piece, for piccolo & piano
  • Performers: Jan Schulze (Piano); Natalie Schwaabe (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (03/31/2014-07/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Donatoni, Franco : Nidi, 2 pieces for piccolo
  • Performers: Jan Schulze (Piano); Natalie Schwaabe (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (03/31/2014-07/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Mower, Mike : Sonata for Piccolo and Piano
  • Performers: Jan Schulze (Piano); Natalie Schwaabe (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (03/31/2014-07/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Kanefzky, Franz : Der Rattenfänger von Hameln (The Pied Piper of Hamelin), for flute/piccolo & narrator
  • Performers: Jan Schulze (Piano); Natalie Schwaabe (Flute); Natalie Schwaabe (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (03/31/2014-07/23/2015); Studio 4 (03/31/2014-07/23/2015); Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (08/04/2015); Studio 4 (08/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Mikalsen, Jan Erik : Huit Ilium, for piccolo & piano
  • Performers: Jan Schulze (Piano); Natalie Schwaabe (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (03/31/2014-07/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Charke, Derek : Lachrymose, for piccolo
  • Performer: Natalie Schwaabe (Piccolo)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich (03/31/2014-07/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary