HEINRICH SCHENKER (1868-1935): 5 Klavierstücke, Op. 4, Zweistimmige Inventionen, Op. 5, Nos. 1 & 3, JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897): Intermezzi, Op. 116, Nos. 4 & 5, 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118, 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119.
Catalogue Number: 11P043
Label: Musical Concepts
Reference: MC 146
Description: Yes, it's another one of those frustrating "Brahms and his Contemporaries" programs with 44 minutes of Brahms and 19 minutes of "Contemporary" but this is a really intriguing contemporary. Schenker is the pianist, critic, teacher and theorist best-known for what is now called "Schenkerian analysis". He wrote very little: a song cycle and a handful of piano opus numbers, the ones here dating from 1898 and 1901. The Klavierstücke are quite individual character pieces in the late Romantic tradition while the two selected Inventions are examples of his love of Bach refracted through a contemporary lens. Dirk Joeres (piano).