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ADRIAN AESCHBACHER
Swiss pianist (1912-2002)



Adrian Aeschbacher was a pupil of Artur Schnabel.  It shows.  There is much stylistically in his playing that is reminiscent of Schnable.  His are interpretations that are very considerate of the composer.  Unlike the playing of many of his contemporaries, there is little of the moi.  While I tend to prefer a bit more of the pianist in the music, this can , and often dos lead to disaster.  I find these performances to be straight forward and wonderfully clear expositions of each composer's thoughts, not the way I would play if I had Aeschbacher's ability, but beautiful played and thoroughly enjoyable.

Adrian Aeschbacher was most famous for his performances of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, all of whom are represented here.



Beethoven  Piano Concerto 1 in C major, Op 15
i Allegro con brio
ii
Largo
iii
Rondo - Allegro scherzando
Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra

recorded live in 1947




Schubert  Impromptu in F minor, Op 142~1

recorded in 1953




Schubert  Moments Musicaux, Op 94 (D 780)

1 Moderato in C major
2 Andantino in A major
3 Allegro moderato in F minor
4 Moderato in C minor
5 Allegro vivace in F minor
6 Allegretto in A major

recorded in 1950




Schubert  Piano Quintet in A major, D 667
i Allegro vivace
ii Andante
iii Scherzo - Presto
iv Andantino. Allegretto
v Allegro giusto
with Rudolf Koeckert, violin - Oskar Riedl, viola - Josef Merz, cello - Franz Ortner, bass



Schubert  Piano Quintet in A major, D 667
v Allegro giusto
with W Hanke, violin - F Lang, viola - B Guenther, cello - L Wilhelm, bass

recorded in 1941-1942




Schumann  Davidsbündlertänze, Op 6

recorded in 1950




Schumann  3 Romances, Op 28

recorded in 1950


1 Sehr markiert in B minor



2 Einfach in F major



3 Sehr markiert in B major




Brahms  Piano Concerto 2 in B major, Op 83
i Allegro non troppo
16:19ii Allegro appassionato
24:37iii Andante
37:33iv Allegretto grazioso
Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded live in 1943










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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