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Changeant - Shostakovich, et al / Halsdorf-Hänschke Duo

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
>Hanschke, Bernd : Changeant II, for cello & piano
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
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Notes & Reviews:

By mere chance, in 1991, when the cellist Jeans Halsdorf needed an accompanist for a concert, the pianist Michael Hanschke was recommended. Despite the brief concert engagement, a lasting partnership developed and the have given an ever-growing number of concerts ever since. Both, born in 1969, Halsdorf and Hanschke began studying their respective instruments at an early age. Halsdorf has performs with the London Chamber Players, the Britislava soloists and the Luxembourg Radio/TV orchestra. Hanschke's solo performances have taken him to Poland, Luxembourg and Italy and he has been the pianist for the 'Henze-Kammerensemble' since 1990. The Shastakovich and Beethoven are, of course, masterpieces of the cello repertoire, and are joined by the new work, 'Changeant II' by Bernd Hanschke (although notes don't mention it, one presumes he is the pianist's father). Bernd Hanschke pursued his musical studies in the master class of Hans Werner Henze and founded the 'Henze-Kammerensemble' in 1989. As he writes, " 'Changeant II' casts light on a new structure of the work: the material introduced at the beginning runs through a series of states, as it were, of imaginary scenes." The work is based on a poem by Pablo Neruda (Joaquin's Departure) but without following it's "plot" in anyway.



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Works Details

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performers: Michael Hänschke (Piano); Jean Halsdorf (Cello)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal Martinstift, Moers, Germany (04/08/1995-04/11/1995)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Hanschke, Bernd : Changeant II, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Michael Hänschke (Piano); Jean Halsdorf (Cello)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal Martinstift, Moers, Germany (04/08/1995-04/11/1995)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2
  • Performers: Michael Hänschke (Piano); Jean Halsdorf (Cello)
  • Notes: Kammermusiksaal Martinstift, Moers, Germany (04/08/1995-04/11/1995)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1796