Thursday, March 9, 2017

Goetz, Hermann. (1840-1876) The complete Piano Works. CD 1 & 2. (Top recommendation)

From my collection
Bought in August 2016.
First listen: 19-8-2016. CD 1.
Second listen: 19-10-2016. CD 1.
First listen: 2-9-2016. CD 2.
Second listen: 19-10-2016. CD 2.
Third listen of CD 1&2: 9-3-2017.
Label: CPO. (2 cd's)
Recording dates: February 2011.
Recording venue: Kleiner Sendesaal des Landesfunkhaus NDR, Hannover.
Recording engineer: Bjorn Brigsne.
Running time CD 1: 61:58. CD 2: 53:37.
Classical relevance to me: In the context that I have all recorded work by this composer, essential.

Works performed:
CD 1.
Genrebilder-6 Piano works, opus 13.
Waldmärchen-for Piano. (1863)
Zwei Sonatinen für den Clavierunterricht, opus 8, Sonatine opus 8, No. 1 & 2.
Alwinen Polka. (1859)
Es ist bestimmt in Gottes Rath. (Von Mendelssohn ein Lied Transcription. (Fragment completed by Christof Keymer)


Works performed:
CD 2.
Fantasie in D minor.
Scherzo in F major.
Kommt ein Vogel geflogen.
Einleitung zum zweiten Akt der Oper "Der widerspenstigen Zähmung".
Sonatensatz. ( Fragment completed by Keymer.)
Lose Blätter-9 Piano pieces opus 7.

Performed by:
Christof Keymer. 

In the past I have bought all of Goetz recordings made by CPO, consisting of the complete Orchestral Works & Concertos, Symphony opus 9, his beautiful Violin Concerto, and the Piano Chamber music. Considering he did no live long, ( died of tuberculosis) he wrote a lot, nevertheless. From the start I recognized the huge amount of hidden talent in him, which shows through all I have heard so far. An important composer for me, maybe not to the world, but I could not care less about that sentiment. Well, at least give him a chance, he deserves it. Goetz is deeply into the same vein as Robert Schumann, and  Heinrich von Herzogenberg, even some Brahmsian tones in the more serious pieces. The piano works were unknown territory for me, which is not so strange for there is almost no available sheet music to be had, therefore these works were forgotten and afterwards not performed or recorded in our days. So this is the first time that these works are presented to the world. Due to Christof Keymer's research this music got to see the light of the day again, and by what I hear it fully deserves that. Pain stacking was the reconstruction of some of the pieces, and he completed a few compositions that were left in the middle of it by Goetz. He did that in the same vein as the existing music, and it is a compliment to Keymer that you hardly notice these additions.
Goetz as many of his colleagues gained some recognition during his lifetime, but was unable in the long run to maintain a firm place in the musical hubbub. The key factor for this was his bad health, so he had not enough time, and he came too late into composing, to bloom and deepening and maturing his art. He was a pupil of the famous Hans von Bülow, the premier teacher of the piano. Later Bülow wrote to him: "You were one of the few that I was happy and proud to have taught". That must mean something for Bülow was not the person to boost without reason.
The works are always melodious, and rich in imagination, and so well performed and recorded. I cannot put enough stress on these two things. So all in all I am happy to conclude that Goetz does not disappoint, far from it, it is a premier delight! Wonderful, wonderful music. Recommended. 






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