Katja & Ines Lunkenheimer, Piano Duo
Holmer Becker - Frédéric Bolli - Hans Kraus-Hübner, Composer
Series "Modern Classics"
– Premiere recordings of Contemporary Music for Piano Duo –
Time and again, composers have formed groups together in order to gain a greater public response to their work. A shared aesthetic or at least orientation has often been the decisive point. The three composers Holmer Becker, Frédéric Bolli and Hans Kraus-Hübner are united by the conviction that New Music should also be allowed to sound agreeable, and that this characteristic need not make a hackneyed effect.
That having been said, each one of the three – Holmer Becker and Hans Kraus-Hübner, who live near Nuremberg (Germany), as well as the Swiss Frédéric Bolli who lives in Konstanz (Germany) – has a musical language and style of his own. Nonetheless, a bridgehead has been successful created between them, geographically as well as musically. The result is an exciting CD – full of contrasts and yet homogeneous at the same time.
The duo pianists Katja and Ines Lunkenheimer have played a most essential role in this project, with their convincing combination of gripping virtuosity, creative power and precision. The colours and spectacular highlights that the enthusiastic piano duo from Nuremberg (Germany) conjures up from the grand piano is simply phenomenal.
Each composer is represented by two works or cycles: Holmer Becker with a Fantasia for piano four hands and a Divertimento for two pianos. The <>iSonata in B major by Frédéric Bolli begins with two movements for piano two hands and ends with a movement for four hands. His <>iI dodici mesi (The Twelve Months) for piano four hands is a series of 6 succinct preludes and fugues. Hans Kraus-Hübner is represented by three Hiatuses (chasms, clashes) for piano four hands and Schwankungen (Oscillations) for piano four hands. This work also gave the CD its title, since it oscillates between varying ensembles – 2 hands, 4 hands, 1 instrument, 2 instruments – as well as from one character to another, from one mood to another and from one tempo to another, in multi-facetted ways.
A Coproduction with Radio SRF 2 Kultur
Newspaper Nürnberger Nachrichten (07 Feb 2014)
Newspaper Frankenpost (06 March 2014)
CD programme (Tracklist):
Oscillations – Schwankungen
Frédéric Bolli (*1953): Sonata in B
Holmer Becker (*1955): Fantasia
Hans Kraus-Hübner (*1941): Hiatus I-III
I Allegro indeciso
II Allegro insistendo
III Allegro agitato
Holmer Becker: Divertimento
Hans Kraus-Hübner: Schwankungen (Oscillations)
Frédéric Bolli: I dodici mesi
World Premiere Recordings and First Release (Album)!
CD-Album: Digipak 6 pages, Booklet 24 pages, multi-lingual
Tags: Keywords Katja Ines Lunkenheimer Piano Duo Nuremberg
Conptemporary Piano Music 4 Hands 2 Pianos Steinway D New
CD Composer Germany Switzerland Becker Bolli Kraus-Hübner
Coproduction SRF 2 Kultur Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
GTIN EAN 4250702800323 Order No. TXA 13032 TYXart LC Labelcode 28001
» Detailed CD booklet includes further info (bios, photos, etc.)
» Total playing time: 49min 20sec | Booklet Text: DE, EN, FR, JP
» Format: 1 Audio-CD | "Modern Classics" | Release: from ~11/2013
» Order No.: TXA13032 | GTIN (EAN): 4250702800323 | (p)+(c)2013
» CD available commercially or directly via TYXart