ANTON URSPRUCH (1850-1907): Complete Piano Works - 5 Fantasiestücke, Op. 2, 21 Deutsche Tänze, Op. 7, 24 Variationen, Op. 10, 5 Morceaux, Op. 19, Cavatine and Arabeske, Op. 20, Prelude and Capriccio, Op. 22.
Catalogue Number: 11T031
Label: Hännsler Classic
Description: Oddly, this same pianist recorded two discs of Urspruch’s piano music as a “Volume 1” for the Genuin label (June 2011 - 06M055). Now she’s re-recorded what she did before and added a third disc with 73 minutes more, consisting of the opp. 7 and 10 as listed above. So what we said before stands - “This is the most impressive release of high octane, heaven-storming Romantic piano music in years. The Op. 2, masquerading under a generic, Schumannian name, is a 47-minute cycle of contention, struggle and swagger, reminding one of the Florestan character of Schumann's early piano pieces while the Morceaux, equally misleadingly titled, are a 32-minute set of virtuosic knuckle-busters which recall the combative, striving, ever-upwards against all odds character of some of Liszt's symphonic poems.” Both dating from 1882, the height of Urspruch’s friendship with Liszt, the “German Dances” are especially striking for their updating of Mozart’s and Schubert’s homely genre. 3 CDs. Ana-Marija Markovina (piano).