MAX BRUCH (1838-1920): Piano Works - Swedish Dances, Books I & II, Op. 63, 2 Klavierstücke, Op. 14, Adagio from Violin Concerto No. 1, Introduction to the Opera Die Loreley, 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 12, Games in Honor of Patroclus from Achilleus, Op. 50.
Catalogue Number: 09X004
Reference: 555 258-2
Description: Although Bruch often made uncomplimentary remarks about the piano as an instrument, the selection of piano works recorded here demonstrates beyond any doubt Bruch’s mastery in the compositional treatment of the piano and its special resources. Here we find a cosmos of romantic emotional worlds that in Bruch’s hands produce original, unique tones. This very personal treatment of piano sound, melodic invention, and melodic leading shows a master of the instrument. The transcriptions almost incidentally reveal his great command of the tonal transformation of the originals, while many virtuoso elements in turn have a signature that is very much Bruch’s own. Christof Keymer (piano).