Stefan Askenase ∙ Concerts in East Germany 1967-1968 ∙ 2CD


As a youngster, Stefan Askenase studied with his mother, Ksawery Zacharyasiewicz (a pupil of Mozart’s youngest child Franz Xaver), and Theodor Pollak. In Vienna, he became a pupil of Emil von Sauer. His career flourished throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and reviewers wrote enthusiastically about the pianist: “An appearance of Stefan Askenase is always something more than mere piano recital, for he is a thorough musician with the added gift of poetry. And the poetry that pervades the soul of this great artist is transmitted to his audience not merely by his astounding technic alone, but by the most beautiful tone that has been drawn from his piano.” After the German occupation of Belgium in 1940, Askenase had to hide his Jewish origin under a pseudonym. In 1942, he left Belgium and stayed for the rest of the war in a southern French village, where he worked as an architect. In 1945, he returned to the European concert stage, leading to great popularity all over western Europe, and in the German Democratic Republic. Our double album features previously unreleased live performances, a complete recital in East Berlin (1967), and a concert in Leipzig (1968).

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STEFAN ASKENASE Concerts in East Germany 1967-1968

CD 1

MOZART: Piano Sonata in D Major, KV 311 / 284c
MOZART: Rondo in A Minor, KV 511
MOZART: Minuet in D Major KV 355 / 576b
MOZART: Gigue in G Major, KV 574
MOZART: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, KV 333 / 315c
CHOPIN: Nocturne in B Major, Op 9, No 3
CHOPIN: Scherzo No 2 in B-flat Minor, Op 31
CHOPIN: Mazurka in B-flat Minor, Op 24, No 4
CHOPIN: Mazurka in F Minor, Op 63, No 2
CHOPIN: Mazurka in C-sharp Minor, Op 63, No 3

Recorded · 02 February 1967 · East Berlin · Marx-Engels-Auditorium · Rundfunk der DDR · Live Recording

CD 2

CHOPIN: Waltz in A Minor, Op 34, No 2
CHOPIN: Waltz in F Major, Op 34, No 3
CHOPIN: Tarantelle in A-flat Major, Op 43
SCARLATTI: Sonata in G Major, K 13, L 486
MENDELSSOHN: Scherzo in E Minor, Op 16, No 2
MOZART: Ländler in B-flat Major

Recorded · 02 February 1967 · East Berlin · Marx-Engels Auditorium · Rundfunk der DDR · Live Recording

MOZART: Piano Concerto No 17 in G Major, KV 453
MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No 1 in G Minor, Op 25

Stefan Askenase ∙ piano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Herbert Kegel ∙ conductor

Recorded · 06 February 1968 · Leipzig · Kongreßhalle · Rundfunk der DDR · Live Recording

Article number: MC 1065
UPC barcode: 791154050873
Release date: 1 April 2022
Booklet: 12 Pages
Total timing: 77:51 CD1 ∙ 75:21 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2021 Meloclassic

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