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Label: Sony Classical

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Martin Stadtfeld

Composer: Martin Stadtfeld, Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

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  • Martin Stadtfeld (1980- ):
  • 1Improvisation 102:04
  • Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849):
  • 2Etude, Op. 10 No. 1 in C Major: Allegro02:13
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 3Improvisation 201:33
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 4Etude, Op. 10 No. 2 in A Minor: Allegro01:33
  • 5Etude, Op. 10 No. 3 in E major: Lento ma non troppo03:03
  • 6Etude, Op. 10 No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor: Presto01:58
  • 7Etude, Op. 10 No. 5 in G-Flat Major: Vivace01:46
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 8Improvisation 301:10
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 9Etude, Op. 10 No. 6 in E-Flat Minor: Andante03:32
  • 10Etude, Op. 10 No. 7 in C Major: Vivace01:35
  • 11Etude, Op. 10 No. 8 in F Major: Allegro02:17
  • 12Etude, Op. 10 No. 9 in F Minor: Allegro molto agitato02:42
  • 13Etude, Op. 10 No. 10 in A-Flat Major: Vivace assai02:07
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 14Improvisation 400:41
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 15Etude, Op. 10 No. 11 in E-Flat Major: Allegretto02:15
  • 16Etude, Op. 10 No. 12 in C-Sharp Minor: Allegro con fuoco02:56
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 17Improvisation 500:25
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 18Etude, Op. 25 No. 1 in A-Flat Major: Allegro sostenuto02:19
  • 19Etude, Op. 25 No. 2 in F Minor: Presto01:15
  • 20Etude, Op. 25 No. 3 in F Major: Allegro02:04
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 21Improvisation 600:48
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 22Etude, Op. 25 No. 4 in A Minor: Agitato01:46
  • 23Etude, Op. 25 No. 5 in E Minor: Vivace03:14
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 24Improvisation 701:13
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 25Etude, Op. 25 No. 6 in G-Sharp Minor: Allegro02:26
  • 26Etude, Op. 25 No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor: Lento04:30
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 27Improvisation 802:03
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 28Etude, Op. 25 No. 8 in D-Flat Major: Vivace01:11
  • 29Etude, Op. 25 No. 9 in G-Flat Major: Allegro assai00:59
  • 30Etude, Op. 25 No. 10 in B Minor: Allegro con fuoco03:37
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 31Improvisation 900:34
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 32Etude, Op. 25 No. 11 in A Minor: Lento - Allegro con brio03:57
  • Martin Stadtfeld:
  • 33Improvisation 1001:51
  • Frédéric Chopin:
  • 34Etude, Op. 25 No. 12 in C Minor: Molto allegro, con fuoco02:54
  • Total Runtime01:10:31

Info for Chopin +

„Chopins Genie besteht darin, uns neben der Kunstfertigkeit seiner Kompositionen immer wieder diese Urahnung spüren und empfinden zu lassen.“ So beschreibt Martin Stadtfeld den Komponisten, mit dem er sich auf diesem Album ausführlich beschäftigt. Er spielte alle Etuden ein und setzt zwischen die Titel eigene Improvisationen, die die Aufnahme zu einem ganz besonderen Hörerlebnis werden lassen.

Martin Stadtfeld, Klavier

Martin Stadtfeld
born 1980 gave his début recital at the age of nine, and was only 13 when he enrolled at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt to study with Lev Natochenny. He created a stir in 2002 when he became the first German pianist to win the International Bach Competition in Leipzig. First prize in this prestigious contest, which hadn't been awarded for 14 years, opened the doors to the leading Bach festivals (Ansbach, Stuttgart, Köthen) for the young artist, as well as to other important music festivals.

Concert tours have since taken him to all the leading music centres in Europe, the USA and Japan, and he has given solo recitals to full houses in all major German cities, in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo and at the Salzburg Festival. He has also played in orchestral concerts together with the Munich Philharmonic, London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the Residentie Orkest den Haag, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester and the Dresden Staatskapelle.

Martin Stadtfeld records exclusively for Sony Classical. His début CD with Bach's Goldberg Variations was released in 2003 to effusive praise from the critics, and rapidly rose to first position in the German classical charts. In October 2004 Martin Stadtfeld was awarded the "Echo Klassik" prize for this CD as "Young artist of the year". His sophomore album, "Bach Pur", featured Bach's three-part inventions and his Italian Concerto, as well as transcriptions by Ferruccio Busoni and Alexander Siloti, and again went to no.1 in the German classical charts; in 2005 the pianist was awarded another "Echo Klassik" prize for the "Solo recording of the year". Martin Stadtfeld's great passion is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, but to quote the weekly paper Die Zeit, Bach is certainly "the alpha and omega of his thinking, but by no means the entire alphabet. The young German artist can do a lot more than just play Bach".

In autumn 2005, in time for Mozart Year, Martin Stadtfeld released Mozart's piano concertos no. 20 & 24, recorded together with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bruno Weil, which the music press praised as an "interpretation at once totally alert and highly sensitive". February 2006 saw the release of the CD "Kleine Stücke" with 16 Bach preludes and Robert Schumann's Bunte Blätter. Martin Stadtfeld then went on to record three keyboard concertos by Bach, with Achim Fiedler conducting the Festival Strings Lucerne. This CD was released in the autumn of 2006, and was awarded the "Echo Klassik" prize for the "Best concerto recording" in 2007. For his next CD, the young pianist turned his attention to Schubert, releasing the two sonatas D.960 in B flat major and D.984 in G major in September 2007. German trade magazine Audio chose this recording as its classical CD of the month, writing that "Martin Stadtfeld makes the piano sing. His approach is unusual and unfamiliar-sounding, cheeky and typically Stadtfeld. But once you've got used to it, these interpretations afford immense pleasure". "Echo Klassik" once again honoured the new CD with an award as its "Best solo recording (19th century)" in 2008.

The recording of the first part of Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier" was made in the Dortmund Konzerthaus, and was released in October 2008 accompanied by a second CD made as a co-production with the broadcasting station SWR: Martin Stadtfeld explains to a 12-year-old girl the special features of the work, using extracts from the score that he plays on the piano, the harpsichord, a clavichord and an organ. Martin Stadtfeld has been working together with the Dortmund Konzerthaus for many years now. In addition to regular recitals there as part of the concert series "Junge Wilde", he has also gone to some lengths to engender interest in classical music among pupils from problem schools: he visits schools, talks to the children about his work as a pianist, presents music to them, especially music by Bach, and invites them to attend one of his concerts.

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