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CARL SEEMANN
German pianist (1910 - 1983)



Carl Seemann studied organ and piano at the Leipzig Conservatory, and with Liszt's grandson, Carl Adolf Martienssen.  He worked as an organist through his early twenties until he decided on the serious pursuit of a concert career as a pianist. 

Seemann, who believed strongly in the importance of the education of young musicians, also taught to the extent allowed by his busy concert and recording schedule.  He toured extensively as a soloist, traveling to USA and Canada, Latin America, East Asia, and south Africa  

Carl Seemann was an avid chamber musician and performed frequently with many the leading conductors of his time including such luminaries as Leopold Stokowski, Herbert von Karajan, Eugen Jochum, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Carl Schurichtr, Fritz Lehman, Hans Rosbaud, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Fritz Rieger, Istvan Kertesz, Ernest Bour and Paul Hindemith. To hear examples of his renowned partnership with the violinist Wolfgang Schneiderhan, and his playing with some of these conductors, follow this link.

My verdict is still out on this pianist.  I do like his Brahms. He somehow manages to capture the essence of the music for me in an undersated manner.  Maybe it is because there is so much broiing under the surface of Brahms' music that enough of it comes through without the helping hand that can so easily make it a parody.  I also quite like his Bach partitas.  But I find his general understatement disappointing in his performances of the other works represented here.

In fact, I'll go so far as to say that I dislike his Mozart. I find it stilted, unemotional, boring. Mozart was full of surprises, sudden and sometimes frequent alternations between forte and piano.  I understand a desire to eschew the excesses of the previous generation, but in denying the very essence of Mozart's character he goes too far.  Listen to Mozart played by Mitsuko Uchida.  it is nothing sort of perfect.

Carl Seemann was one of the leading German pianists of his generation. I find the contrast between his style of playing and that of the great German pianists of the previous generation - Backhaus, Schnabel, Gieseking, to name a few - very interesting.



Bach  Partitas


1 in B major, BWV 825

Prelude 
01:42 ➢ Allemande
04:52 ➢ Courante
07:37 ➢ Sarabande
12:14 ➢ Menuett I & II
14:48 ➢ Gigue



2 in C minor, BWV 826

Sinfonia
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Rondeaux
Capriccio



6 in E minor, BWV 830

Toccata
Allemande
Corrente
Air
Sarabande
Tempo di 
Gavotta
Gigue




Bach  Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903

recorded ca1959


Fantasia



Fuga




Bach  Toccata in D major, BWV 912 - Adagio (Fugato) con discrezione

recorded ca1959




Bach  Six Little Preludes

1 Moderato e un poco pomposo, BWV 933
2 Perpetuum mobile, BWV 934
3 Invenzione: Moderato, BWV 935
4 Duetino sopra un basso continuo: Andantino, BWV 936
5 Vivace, BWV 937
6 Allegro, BWV 938




Bach  Menuet in G major, BWV suppl 114

recorded ca1953




Mozart  Fantasie in C minor, K 396

recorded ca1956




Mozart  Fantasie in D minor, K 397

recorded ca1953




Mozart  Rondo in D major, K 485

recorded ca1953




Mozart  Rondo in A minor, K 511

recorded ca1956




Mozart  Adago in B minor, K 540

recorded ca1956




Mozart  Piano Sonata 8 in major, K 310

recorded in ca1953


i Allegro maestoso



ii Andante cantabile con espressione



iii Presto




Mozart  Piano Sonata 9 in D major, K 311

recorded in ca1955


i Allegro con spirito



ii Andantino con espressione



iii Rondeau (Allegro)




Mozart  Piano Sonata 10 in C major, K 330

recorded in ca1953


i Allegro moderato



ii Andante cantabile



iii Allegretto




Mozart  Piano Sonata 11 in A major, K 331

recorded ca1953


i Tema con variazione: Andante grazioso



ii Menuetto



iii Alla Turca - Rondo: Allegretto




Mozart  Piano Sonata 12 in F major, K 332

recorded ca1956


i Allegro



ii Adagio



iii Allegro assai




Mozart  Piano Sonata 13 in B major, K 333

recorded ca1954


i Allegro



ii Andante cantabile



iii Allegretto grazioso




Mozart  Piano Sonata 14 in C minor, K 457

recorded ca1956


i Molto allegro



ii Adagio



iii Allegro assai




Mozart  Piano Sonata 15 in C major, K 545

recorded ca1956


i Allegro



ii Andante



iii Rondo (Allegro)




Mozart  9 Variations in C major, K 264  on "Lison dormait" by N Dezède

recorded ca1949




Mozart  12 Variations in C major, K 265  on "Ah, vous dirai-je Maman"

recorded ca1956




Mozart  Variations on an Original Theme, K Anh 137

recorded ca1956




Brahms  16 Waltzes, Op 39

1 Tempo giusto in B major
00:49 ➢ 2 in E major
02:12 ➢ 3 in G
 minor
03:00 ➢ 4 Poco sostenuto in E minor
04:20 ➢ 5 in E major
05:37 ➢ 6 Vivace in C♯ major
06:45 ➢ 7 Poco più Andante in C minor
08:52 ➢ 8 in B major
10:07 ➢ 9 in D minor
11:14 ➢ 10 in G major
11:54 ➢ 11 in B minor
13:27 ➢ 12 in E major
15:14 ➢ 13 in B major
15:35 ➢ 14 in G minor
17:34 ➢ 15 in A major
19:02 ➢ 16 in C minor




Brahms  7 Fantasien, Op 116

1 Capriccio in D minor - Presto energico
2 Intermezzo in A minor - Andante
3 Capriccio in G minor - Allegro passionato
4 Intermezzo in E major - Adagio
5 Intermezzo in E minor - Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento
6 Intermezzo in E major - Andantino teneramente
7 Capriccio in D minor - allegro agitato

recorded in 1952




Brahms  6 Klavierstucke, Op 118

Intermezzo in A minor - Allegro non assai, ma molto appassionato
2 Intermezzo in A major - Andante teneramente
Ballade in G minor - Allegro energico
 4 Intermezzo in F minor - Allegretto un poco agitato
Romanze in F major - Andante
6 Intermezzo in E flat minor - Andante, largo e mesto

recorded in 1953




Stravinsky  Serenade in A major

recorded ca1957


i Hymn



ii Romanza



iii Rondoletto



iv Cadenza Finale










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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