RICHARD WAGNER (1813-1883)/arr. 2 Pianos HERMANN BEHN (1859-1927): Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Catalogue Number: 09X028
Description: The undoubtedly most extensive project ever realized in the area of transcriptions for piano, the “Fifty Symphonic Movements from Richard Wagner’s Master Dramas,” was commenced in 1914. Behn found a very personal symphonic sound in the arrangement of these 18 excerpts of the “Ring“. To this end, he skillfully employed the doubling of chord progressions and nearly absurdly wide spans in the left hand, which could only be performed in “broken” style, i.e., by means of the rapid arpeggiation of the notes from bottom to top. In this way, an entirely intended inexactness in the congruence between the two players was inevitably produced, which – with ample use of the pedal – leads to an until then unheard-of tonal richness. Cord Garben, Thomas Hoppe - Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Justus Zeyen, Cord Garben Siegfried, Götterdämmerung. 2 CDs.