The plight of Felix Draeseke (1835-1913)

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The plight of Felix Draeseke (1835-1913)

Post by Lance » Wed May 02, 2018 4:09 pm

The story behind Felix Draeseke, a pupil of Franz Liszt at one time, is very interesting. Hewanted to be "someone" in the world of music back at that time. His background seems quite unfortunate (check out Wikipedia). The more man lost his hearing at an early age. Almost nothing of his is performed on the concert stage today, but thanks to recordings on label such as CPO (at least six discs), Dabringhaus und Grimm (at least four discs), Hyperion, Telos (complete solo piano music on three CDs), Altarus, TYXart, and the MSR label, we can at least hear some of his more important works. Apparently he really never made it big-time in his own lifetime. CPO has issued a new CD [555 107] of his works, including two two quintets (one with piano), something called Scene, Op. 69 for violin and piano.

Here's Wikipedia at a click:
Lance G. Hill

When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]


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