Monday, June 26, 2017

Hiller, Ferdinand. (1811-1885) Piano Works.

New acquisition.
Bought in June 2017.
First listen: 26-6-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: March 2010.
Recording venue: Kammermusikstudio SWR Stuttgart, Germany.
Recording engineer:  Not mentioned.
Running time: 52:48.
Relevance to me: Essential.

Works performed:
Piano Sonata No 2 in A major opus 59.
No 3 in G minor opus 78.
Trois Ghasèles, opus 54.
Six piano pieces, opus 130.
From: : Vermischte Klavierstücke opus 81, No. 1-3.

Performed by:
Alexandra Oehler, Piano.

For no reason at all really, I kept away from this composer, but as it proves by this CD that was not justified. I am duly impressed by what I hear. Alexandra Oehler exudes confidence and is revelling in the many contrast and dynamics Hiller has in his sleeve. Some of his music is a dazzling affair, and the sheer control Oehler has over the textures is amazing and exhilarating at the same time. 
Hiller is a regular powerhouse of emotions, and a fervent painter of musical images full of reflective musings. Whatever Hiller throws at you it is always refreshingly animated and splendidly articulated. The music unleashes imaginatively wrought embellishments with a controlled freedom that has me gasping at times. Especially both sonatas are a expression of 
Hiller's deep understanding of the piano's possibilities and he knows exactly how to express himself. People tend to forget what a talented composer he was, and not only a writer of countless difficult pieces to irritate scholars aspiring to become pianists. 
Oehler is amazing in this repertoire, really amazing. The sound is a match to Oehler's excellence.




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