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Piano music of Karl Weigl: Isle of the Dead; Night Fantasies; Six Fantasies; Pictures and Tales et al. / Joseph Banowetz, piano

> 6 Fantasies - No. 1. Spring Evening
> 6 Fantasies - No. 2. Burlesque
> 6 Fantasies - No. 3. Remembrance
> 6 Fantasies - No. 4. Capriccio
> 6 Fantasies - No. 5. Longing
> 6 Fantasies - No. 6. Halloween
> Toteninsel (Isle of the Dead) - Toteninsel (Isle of the Dead)
> Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), Op. 2 - I. Es war einmal (Once upon a time)
> Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), Op. 2 - II. Schneewittchen (Snow-white)
> Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), Op. 2 - III. Storch, Storch, Steiner (Stork, lanky long-legs)
> Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), Op. 2 - IV. Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf (Sleep, child, sleep)
> Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), Op. 2 - V. Dorn roschens Grab (Sleeping beauty's grave)
> Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), Op. 2 - VI. Im Mondschein (By moonlight)
> Tanz der Erinnyen (Dance of the Furies) - Tanz der Erinnyen (Dance of the Furies)
> Nachtphantasien (Night Fantasies), Op. 13 - I. Langsam
> Nachtphantasien (Night Fantasies), Op. 13 - II. Heftig
> Nachtphantasien (Night Fantasies), Op. 13 - III. Langsam, innig
> Nachtphantasien (Night Fantasies), Op. 13 - IV. Unruhig, drangend
> Nachtphantasien (Night Fantasies), Op. 13 - V. Zart bewegt
> 28 Variationen uber ein achttaktiges Thema, Op. 15 - 28 Variationen uber ein achttaktiges Thema, Op. 15

Album Summary

>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Fantasies (6) for piano
>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Toteninsel (Isle of the Dead), for piano
>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), for piano, Op. 2
>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Tanz der Erinnyen (Dance of the Furies), for piano
>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Nachtphantasien (Night Fantasies), for piano, Op. 13
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Karl Weigl was part of the rich cultural life of Vienna at the turn of the last century. One of his earliest works, Isle of the Dead was inspired by Böcklin's famous symbolic painting and here receives its first known performance. Nachtphantasien (Night Fantasies) relates to the two Nachtmusik movements of Mahler's Symphony No. 7. Folklike but deceptively demanding, the Pictures and Tales were popular in their day, while Dance of the Furies was overlooked by the composer and not publicly performed until 1970. Weigl's career was cut short by Hitler's rise to power. Written in exile in the United States, the reflective Six Fantasies was his last piano cycle. Grammy® nominated American pianist Joseph Banowetz has been heard as recitalist and orchestral soloist on five continents. His over thirty recordings contain a significant number of world-première discs, including first recordings of Anton Rubinstein solo piano works, all eight of Rubinstein's piano and orchestra works, and compositions of Mily Balakirev, Leopold Godowsky and Paul Kletzki.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Pianist Banowetz continues his effort on behalf of under-recorded composers and makes a substantial case for Weigl. The sound is very good, and the notes are most informative.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (2009-11-09_2009-11-10&2009-).



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>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Fantasies (6) for piano
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (2009-11-09_2009-11-10&2009-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Toteninsel (Isle of the Dead), for piano
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (2009-11-09_2009-11-10&2009-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Bilder und Geschichten (Pictures and Tales), for piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (2009-11-09_2009-11-10&2009-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909

>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Tanz der Erinnyen (Dance of the Furies), for piano
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (2009-11-09_2009-11-10&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937-1938

>Weigl, Karl Ignaz : Nachtphantasien (Night Fantasies), for piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Joseph Banowetz (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California (2009-11-09_2009-11-10&2009-)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911