Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Quintet, Op. 18 Olga Scheps & Kuss Quartett

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Label: Sony Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Olga Scheps & Kuss Quartett

Composer: Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996)

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  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919 - 1996): Piano Quintet, Op. 18:
  • 1Piano Quintet, Op. 18: I. Moderato con moto08:43
  • 2Piano Quintet, Op. 18: II. Allegretto07:16
  • 3Piano Quintet, Op. 18: III. Presto06:18
  • 4Piano Quintet, Op. 18: IV. Largo14:10
  • 5Piano Quintet, Op. 18: V. Allegro agitato09:03
  • Total Runtime45:30

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ECHO Klassik-Gewinnerin Olga Scheps und das Kuss Quartett setzen sich überzeugend für das Klavierquintett von Mieczyslaw Weinberg ein, dessen 100. Geburtstag im Dezember 2019 begangen wird. In den letzten Jahren wird Mieczyslaw Weinberg die Aufmerksamkeit zuteil, die dem lange verkannten sowjetischen Komponisten, der von 1919 bis 1996 lebte, zusteht – mit Aufführungen seiner Opern bei renommierten Festspielen und dem Einrücken seiner instrumentalen Werke in das Repertoire. Eine zentrale Komposition ist dabei sein Klavierquintett, das 1944, also noch während des Zweiten Weltkrieges, in Moskau entstand. Weinberg war eng mit Dmitri Schostakowitsch befreundet, was sich allerdings manchmal als karrierehemmend erwies, da er als eine Art Schostakowitsch en miniature wahrgenommen wurde.

Olga Scheps, ECHO Klassik-Gewinnerin und das renommierte Kuss Quartett setzen sich schon seit längerem für das zu Unrecht vernachlässigte Œuvre Weinbergs ein – und dieses Engagement prägt auch ihre leidenschaftliche, geradezu unerbittlich drängende Interpretation, die damit aber den singulären Rang dieses Werks adäquat bestätigt.

Olga Scheps, Klavier
Kuss Quartet

Olga Scheps
was born in Moscow in 1986, the daughter of two pianists, and discovered the instrument for herself at the age of four. She began studying the piano more intensively after her family moved to Germany in 1992. At an early age she had already developed her own unique style of keyboard playing, which combines intense emotiveness and powerful expressivity with extraordinary pianistic technique. Among those who discovered these talents was Alfred Brendel, who has encouraged Olga Scheps since she was fifteen. A holder of scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, she completed her studies with Professor Pavel Gililov in her adopted home of Cologne in 2013, paasing her Concert Examination with Distinction. She rounded out her training with Professor Arie Vardi and Professor Dmitri Bashkirov.

Olga Scheps's principal repertory consists of Classical and Romantic composers; she is a highly individual interpreter of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frédéric Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Medtner, and Edvard Grieg. At the same time she has a particular interest in compositions that are seldom heard in the concert hall, including the posthumous Études of Chopin, Liszt’s rarely performed Malédiction, Olivier Messiaen's Les Oiseaux exotiques, Antonin Dvorak's Piano Concerto, and pieces by Anatoly Lyadov.

Her solo recitals are as popular with audiences all over the world as her acclaimed appearances as soloist with orchestra and her chamber projects.

Such noted conductors as Yakov Kreutzberg, Thomas Dausgaard, Lorin Maazel, José Serebrier, Marcus Bosch, Ralf Weikert, Michel Tabachnik, Antoni Wit, Ivor Bolton, and Christoph Altstedt have invited Olga Scheps to collaborate with them.

Among the leading orchestras with which she has appeared in concert are the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the State Symphony Cappella of Russia (Moscow), the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

Olga Scheps now performs with great success in world-famous concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Zurich Tonhalle. She is a sought-after guest at festivals like the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Kissinger Sommer, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Sommerliche Musiktagen Hitzacker, the Mersin Festival in Turkey, and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

A passionate chamber musician, she plays regularly with such artists as Alban Gerhardt, Daniel Hope, Adrian Brendel, Jan Vogler, and Nils Mönkemeyer.

Highlights of the 2014/15 season include tours with solo recitals to Korea, Japan, and Israel as well as a tour with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under the baton of Tugan Sukhiev in Germany. In addition, Olga Scheps will make her debuts with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, and in Cadogan Hall, London, with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. She has also received return invitations from the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Berliner Philharmonie and the Kölner Philharmonie.

Since 2010 Olga Scheps has been an exclusive Sony Classical artist. Her debut album 'Chopin' immediately won an ECHO Klassik award. The two recordings that followed, 'Russian Album' (2010) and 'Schubert' (2012) were also highly praised by the press. Her fourth Sony Classical CD was released early in 2014 and features Chopin's Piano Concertos nos. 1 and 2 with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

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