Von Herzogenberg: Complete Music for Piano Duet

Artist Piano Duo Nadan: Nadia and Angela Tirino
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95647
EAN code 5028421956473
Release April 2020

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Including several first recordings, the only complete set of attractive and entertaining piano works by a notable if little-known figure in 19th-century German music.

Almost all good Romantic-era composers knew how to have fun at the piano, all the more so with a friend. Schumann and Brahms wrote some of their most unbuttoned music in this genre, and their example was followed by Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843–1900). From a generation after Brahms, he venerated the older man, and having maintained a relationship – somewhat strained on Brahms’s part – since their first meeting, he came in 1868 to marry Elisabeth von Stockhausen, who herself had been a pupil and close friend of Brahms, who would often write them letters together (and then more private ones to Elisabeth).often write them letters together (and then more private ones to Elisabeth).

Von Herzogenberg left grand themes and forms to his many works in other genres such as quartet and oratorio. There are five variation sets here – one on a theme by Brahms, the others of his own invention – and several collections of dances, equally cheerful and often whimsical in disposition: music to be enjoyed in the playing as much as the listening. There are two collections of Allotria – from the Greek, meaning strange or foreign things – each containing three pieces, and the second set here receives its first recording. Von Herzogenberg’s handling of harmony is at its most ingenious here, and his northern-accented melodies are especially original.
The sisters Nadia and Angela Tirino have played together since childhood, and they share that intimate understanding, musical instinct and equality of partnership common to first-class sibling piano-duets. Having both studied at the conservatoire in Florence, they live and work there, teaching and performing, but also joining the jury of distinguished piano competitions around the world. This von Herzogenberg release is their first internationally available album.

Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900) was an Austrian composer and conductor of French aristocratic descent. In his youth he was attracted by the music of Wagner but after studying the works of J.S. Bach he turned to the classical tradition and became a strong supporter of Johannes Brahms. He married Elisabet von Stockhausen, a piano pupil of Brahms, and the three of them formed a close bond of friendship.

Probably, the great relation with Brahms may be one of the main causes of the oblivion that enveloped the figure of the "composer Herzogenberg" who, although recognized as a witness and interpreter of the great German romantic tradition and capable of absolute originality and expressive refinement, has over the years the fame of simple epigon of the great Hamburger.

This 2-CD set presents the complete music for piano duet (4-hands and two pianos) by Herzogenberg, a collection of Waltzes, Ländler and sets of Variations, which show a remarkable composer with a keen sense of atmosphere and a personal voice of his own.

Played by the Duo Nadàn, formed by Angela and Nadia Tirino, with great sensitivity and elan. They also wrote the extensive liner notes in the booklet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Theme Langsam, innig
  2. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.I Bewegter
  3. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.II In gleichem Tempo
  4. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.III Ziemlich langsam
  5. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.IV Rasch
  6. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.V Sehr langsam
  7. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.VI Etwas bewegt
  8. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.VII Langsam
  9. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.VIII Sehr rasch
  10. : Theme and Variations in D-Flat Major, Op. 13 for 2 pianos: Var.IX Majestätisch
  11. : Variations on a Theme of J. Brahms Op. 23 for piano 4-hands: Thema Andante
  12. : Variations on a Theme of J. Brahms Op. 23 for piano 4-hands: Var.I Adagio
  13. : Variations on a Theme of J. Brahms Op. 23 for piano 4-hands: Var.II Con moto
  14. : Variations on a Theme of J. Brahms Op. 23 for piano 4-hands: Var.III Allegro
  15. : Variations on a Theme of J. Brahms Op. 23 for piano 4-hands: Var.IV Poco meno mosso, ma agitato
  16. : Variations on a Theme of J. Brahms Op. 23 for piano 4-hands: Var.V Allegretto
  17. : Variations on a Theme of J. Brahms Op. 23 for piano 4-hands: Var.VI Lento, appassionato
  18. : Variations on a Theme of J. Brahms Op. 23 for piano 4-hands: Var.VII Allegretto
  19. : Allotria Op. 33, part I, 6 Pieces for piano 4-hands: I. Allegro
  20. : Allotria Op. 33, part I, 6 Pieces for piano 4-hands: II. Allegretto
  21. : Allotria Op. 33, part I, 6 Pieces for piano 4-hands: III. Allegro agitato
  22. : Allotria Op. 33, part I, 6 Pieces for piano 4-hands: IV. Allegretto
  23. : Allotria Op. 33, part I, 6 Pieces for piano 4-hands: V. Andante maestoso
  24. : Allotria Op. 33, part I, 6 Pieces for piano 4-hands: VI. Allegro commodo
  25. : Waltzes Op. 53 for piano 4-hands: I. Allegro commodo
  26. : Waltzes Op. 53 for piano 4-hands: II. L’istesso tempo
  27. : Waltzes Op. 53 for piano 4-hands: III. Agitato e grazioso
  28. : Waltzes Op. 53 for piano 4-hands: IV. Tempo I
  29. : Waltzes Op. 53 for piano 4-hands: V. Poco maestoso
  30. : Waltzes Op. 53 for piano 4-hands: VI. L’istesso tempo
  31. : Ländler WoO 7 for 4 hands: I. Commodo
  32. : Ländler WoO 7 for 4 hands: II. L’istesso tempo
  33. : Ländler WoO 7 for 4 hands: III. Allegretto con moto
  34. : Ländler WoO 7 for 4 hands: IV. Allegro
  35. : Ländler WoO 7 for 4 hands: V. Moderato espressivo
  36. : Ländler WoO 7 for 4 hands: VI. Allegretto
  37. : Ländler WoO 7 for 4 hands: Allegro con fuoco

Disk 2

  1. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: I. Allegro
  2. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: II. Sostenuto
  3. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: III. Allegretto
  4. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: IV. Allegretto
  5. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: V. Larghetto
  6. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: VI. Allegro grazioso
  7. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: VII. Andante
  8. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: VIII. Allegretto
  9. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: IX. Allegretto, molto moderato
  10. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: X. Allegro non tanto
  11. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: X. Allegro non tanto
  12. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: XII. Andante sostenuto
  13. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: XIII. Allegro
  14. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: XIV. Poco adagio
  15. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: XV. Andantino
  16. : Dainu Balsai, Op. 76, Lithuanian folk songs for piano 4-hands: XVI. Allegro
  17. : Bagatelle Andantino quasi Allegretto, WoO6: Posth. for 4 hands
  18. : Waltzes Op. 83 for piano 4-hands: I. Allegro commodo
  19. : Waltzes Op. 83 for piano 4-hands: II.
  20. : Waltzes Op. 83 for piano 4-hands: III. Vivace
  21. : Waltzes Op. 83 for piano 4-hands: IV. Moderato
  22. : Waltzes Op. 83 for piano 4-hands: V. Allegro commodo
  23. : Waltzes Op. 83 for piano 4-hands: VI. Vivace
  24. : Waltzes Op. 83 for piano 4-hands: VII. Più lento, e con sentimento
  25. : Variations in E Major, Op. 84 for piano 4-hands: Thema Andante
  26. : Variations in E Major, Op. 84 for piano 4-hands: Var.I
  27. : Variations in E Major, Op. 84 for piano 4-hands: Var.II
  28. : Variations in E Major, Op. 84 for piano 4-hands: Var.III
  29. : Variations in E Major, Op. 84 for piano 4-hands: Var.IV Allegretto
  30. : Variations in E Major, Op. 84 for piano 4-hands: Var.V Tempo I
  31. : Variations in E Major, Op. 84 for piano 4-hands: Var.VI
  32. : Variations in E Major, Op. 84 for piano 4-hands: Var.VII L'istesso tempo
  33. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Thema Andante
  34. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.I
  35. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.II Poco Adagio
  36. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.III Allegretto
  37. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.IV Andantino
  38. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.V Andante grazioso
  39. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.VI Tempo del Tema
  40. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.VII Allegro
  41. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.VIII Allegro
  42. : Variations in B-Flat Major, Op. 85 for piano 4-hands: Var.IX Andante sostenuto
  43. : Variations in D Minor, Op. 86 for piano 4-hands
  44. : Allegro WoO 16 for piano 4-hands