Music of Anton Urspruch (1850-1907)

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Music of Anton Urspruch (1850-1907)

Post by Lance » Mon May 21, 2018 7:10 pm

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Hanssler Classics 16015, 3 CDs
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About Anton Urspruch via Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Urspruch

My first exposure to the solo piano music of Anton Urspruch was by the same artist who recorded Volume 1 for the Genuin label in Germany. Apparently the project was dropped and pianist Ana-Marija Markovina subsequently recorded Urspruch's music for the Hanssler label. She is intending to record all of his solo piano music.

In June, Urspruch's Piano Concerto, Op. 9 (with pianist Oliver Triendl) and his Symphony, Op. 14 will be issued by CPO in Germany, available in the USA June 2018 [555 194, 2 CDs]
Some consider Urpsruch's masterpiece to be his opera shown below:

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released by Naxos [660333-35].

It is interesting to note that Franz Liszt was vitally interested in the career of this young pianist/composer when Urspruch was in his 20s and Liszt in his 70s. The Hanssler 3-CD set has very interesting booklet notes that sheds light on Urspruch, who after his death in 1907 faded into oblivion. However, like many Romantic-era composers, he is finding his rightful spot among composers, all because of recordings.
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Re: Music of Anton Urspruch (1850-1907)

Post by Lance » Tue May 22, 2018 11:07 am

Having listened to some of this music yesterday, particularly the Five Fantasiestucke, Op. 2 [1872], which, for an early work is highly progressive from Franz Liszt's era. If you are seeking Romanticism in music at its height, this might not appeal to you. Other works include Urspruch's German Dances Op. 7 [1882]; Variations (47 of them), Op. 10 [1882]; Five Morceaux, Op. 19 [1882); 2 Pieces, Op. 20 [1891], and 5 Pieces Op. 22 [1891].
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Re: Music of Anton Urspruch (1850-1907)

Post by Lance » Sat May 26, 2018 2:01 am

I recently acquired an MD&G CD [603.0869] of songs/lieder by Urspruch. It appears to be mostly cycles, Opp. 8, 23, 6, 25. Dabringhaus und Grimm is a prestigious German label with generally superior, natural acoustics. I am unaware of either the soprano, Heike Hallaschka, or the pianist, Michael Biehl. The recordings were issued in 1999. Haven't had a chance to hear it as yet but will report here if it turns out to be interesting in any way.
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Re: Music of Anton Urspruch (1850-1907)

Post by Lance » Sun May 27, 2018 4:48 pm

Listened to the Urpsruch lieder album on Dabringhaus und Grimm today. Absolutely delightful! Would recommend it.
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