Four Hands Piano Music
Robert Schumann / Johannes Brahms / Hermann Goetz / Dietrich Albert

Four Hands Piano Music

Patricia Verhagen, Paul Komen

GLO 5188 - 8711525518803

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Four brilliant works for piano four hands, including two which are very rarely heard and unjustly neglected: the sonatas by Hermann Goetz and Albert Dietrich. Schumann as well as Brahms only left a limited number of works for the form although they both loved four-handed piano playing. However, in the works recorded here they show themselves as great masters of the genre. Albert Dietrich was a great friend and protege of Schumann as well as Brahms, greatly valued as a composer during his lifetime, but nowadays unjustly forgotten. The body of work he left is not very large, but extremely varied because in most cases he only wrote one or two works for the usual musical genres of his time. Hermann Goetz is chiefly known through his opera Der widerspenstigen Zahmung (The Taming of the Shrew), still regarded as one of the best 19th century German comic operas. He also wrote a number of exceptional chamber music works, of which the lyrical Sonata in G minor for piano four hands impresses through its finely-treated polyphonic textures. 

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Bilder Aus Osten (Oriental Pictures) - 6 Impromptus, Op. 66 for Piano Four Hands: I. Lebhaft
    03:15
  • 2
    Bilder Aus Osten (Oriental Pictures) - 6 Impromptus, Op. 66 for Piano Four Hands: II. Nicht Schnell Und Sehr Gesangvoll Zu Spielen
    02:18
  • 3
    Bilder Aus Osten (Oriental Pictures) - 6 Impromptus, Op. 66 for Piano Four Hands: III. Im Volkston
    01:58
  • 4
    Bilder Aus Osten (Oriental Pictures) - 6 Impromptus, Op. 66 for Piano Four Hands: IV. Nicht Schnell
    02:08
  • 5
    Bilder Aus Osten (Oriental Pictures) - 6 Impromptus, Op. 66 for Piano Four Hands: V. Lebhaft
    03:02
  • 6
    Bilder Aus Osten (Oriental Pictures) - 6 Impromptus, Op. 66 for Piano Four Hands: VI. Reuig, Andächtig
    04:21
  • 7
    Sonata in G Minor, Op. 17 for Piano Four Hands: I. Langsam - Sehr Lebhaft
    08:36
  • 8
    Sonata in G Minor, Op. 17 for Piano Four Hands: II. Mässig Bewegt
    04:23
  • 9
    Sonata in G Minor, Op. 17 for Piano Four Hands: III. Langsam - Graziös Und Nicht Zu Rasch
    06:19
  • 10
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Thema. Leise Und Innig
    01:06
  • 11
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation I. L'istesso Tempo. Andante Molto Moderato
    00:59
  • 12
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation II
    01:11
  • 13
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation III
    01:27
  • 14
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation IV
    01:33
  • 15
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation V. Poco Più Animato
    01:00
  • 16
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation VI. Allegro Non Troppo
    01:11
  • 17
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation VII. Con Moto. L'istesso Tempo
    01:09
  • 18
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation VIII. Poco Più Vivo
    00:43
  • 19
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation IX
    01:34
  • 20
    Variations On a Theme By Schumann, Op. 23 for Piano Four Hands: Variation X. Molto Moderato, Alla Marcia
    02:29
  • 21
    Sonata in G Major, Op. 19 for Piano Four Hands: I. Allegretto
    08:03
  • 22
    Sonata in G Major, Op. 19 for Piano Four Hands: II. Scherzo. Vivace
    07:06
  • 23
    Sonata in G Major, Op. 19 for Piano Four Hands: III. Andante Sostenuto
    03:30
  • 24
    Sonata in G Major, Op. 19 for Piano Four Hands: IV. Lento - Allegro Vivace - Con Fuoco, Non Troppo Presto
    07:09