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DIETER ZECHLIN
East German pianist (1926 - 2012)



Dieter Zechlin was one of East Germany's most important pianists. He was awarded the Art Prize of the GDR in 1959 and the National Prize of the GDR in 1961. Sadly, he is hardly known in the United States though he did travel Outside the Soviet bloc to western Europe and as far as Japan and Latin America to give concerts.

His Beethoven is often quite wonderful.  He plays with a clarity that is rarely heard, particularly in the later sonatas, with excitement, and with élan. The way Beethoven might have played? In my opinion, certainly not. But marvelous nonetheless.

Dieter Zechlin's performances of Schubert and Brahms are along similar lines. While I normally prefer my Beethoven and Schubert played with a bit more intrusion on the part of the pianist, and my Brahms with greater angst and greater passion, I find his playing very satisfying.

Dieter Zechlin  was a great supporter of his contemporaries, performing and recording their works. His first wife, Ruth, was herself a very gifted composer. I have only heard her music for orchestra but as she was married to Zechlin, I hope to to find something for piano to share with you.

I find the concerti by Kochan and Cilenšek to be a excellent music. Interestingly, the former by the younger composer is clearly a descendant of Shostakovich while the latter is much more modern. Even more interesting perhaps are the later Mendelssohn Variations by Kochan.

This link to the Zechlin Plays Schubert page will take you to a near comprehensive offering of this wonderful piano music. There are also several lovely examples of Dieter Zechlin accompanying soprano Elisabeth Ebert in Schubert songs.



Beethoven  Piano Sonata 3 in C major, Op 2~3

recorded in 1968


i
 Allegro con brio




ii Adagio




iii Scherzo - Allegro




iv Allegro assai




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 4 in E major, Op 7


i
 Allegro Molto e con brio




ii Largo con gran espressione




iii Allegro




iv Rondo - Poco allegretto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 5 in C minor, Op 10~1

i Allegro molto e con brio
04:51  ii Adagio molto
12:45  iii Finale: Prestissimo




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 8 in C minor, Op 13 "Pathétique"




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 13 in E major Quasi una fantasia, Op 27~1

i Andante. Allegro. Andante
ii Allegro molto e vivace.
iii Adagio con espressione
iv Allegro vivace




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 14 in C♯ minor Quasi una fantasia, Op 27~2 "Moonlight"


i
 Adagio sostenuto



ii
 Allegretto
02:05  iii Presto agitato




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 15 in D major, Op 28 "Pastoral"

recorded in 1969


i Allegro




ii Andante




iii Scherzo - Allegro vivace




iv Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 17 in D minor, Op 31~2 "The Tempest"

recorded ca1968


i Largo. Allegro




ii Adagio




iii
Allegretto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 21 in C major, Op 53 "Waldstein"

recorded in 1969


i Allegro con brio




ii Introduzione - Adagio molto




iii Rondo - Allegretto moderato. Prestissimo




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 23 in F minor, Op 57 "Appassionata"


i Allegro assai



ii Andante con moto
iii Allegro ma non troppo




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 26 in E major, Op 81a "Les Adieux"

i Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux) Adagio. Allegro
ii Abwesenheit (L'Absence) Andante espressivo
iii Das Wiedersehen (Le retour) Vivacissimamente

recorded in 1969




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 32 in C minor, Op 111

i Maestoso. Allegro con brio ed appassionato
08:10
  ii Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile




Beethoven  Eleven New bagatelles, Op 119

Allegretto in G minor. 
Andante con moto in C major
A l'Allemande in D major
4 Andante cantabile in A major
5 Risoluto in C minor
6 Andante. Allegretto in G major
7 Allegro, ma non troppo in C major
8 Moderato cantabile in C major
9 Vivace moderato in A minor
10 Allegramente in A major
11 Andante, ma non troppo in B major




Beethoven  Piano Concerto in E major, Op 73 "Emperor"
Kurt Sanderling conducting the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

i Allegro
ii Adagio un poco mosso
iii Rondo - Allegro

recorded in 1963




Brahms  Scherzo in E minor, Op 4

recorded ca1974




Brahms  2 Rhapsodies, Op 79

recorded in 1974


1 in B minor




2 in G minor




Brahms  4 Klavierstücke, Op 119

recorded in 1974


1 Intermezzo in B minor - Adagio



2 Intermezzo in E minor - Adagio



3 intermezzo in C major - Grazioso e giocoso



4 Rhapsodie in E major - Allegro risoluto




Reger  from Träume am Kamin, Op 143


I Larghetto




II Allegro grazioso




III Molto adagio




VII Molto sostenuto




X Vivace




Ernst Hermann Meyer (1905-1988)

Drei Klavierstücke

1 Klavierstück in D (1930)
03:28
 ➢ 2 Klavierstück für Sylvia - Moderato (1970)
06:36 ➢ 3 Klavierstück für Sylvia - Andantino (1970)

Aus dem Tagebuch eines kleinen Mädchens (1946) - Neun Miniaturen für Klavier 

09:19 ➢ 1 Der Tag beginnt Froehlich
2 Wir spielenauf der Strasse
3 Ein wenig traurig
4 Aus der Schule - nach Hause
5 Die Untergrundbahn
6 Ein frueher Verlust
7 Ungezogenes Kind
8 Eine alte geschichte, zur schlafenszeit erzaehlt
9 Geut Nacht

recorded in 1978




Joachim Werzlau (1913-2001)  130 Takte aus der Schule (1960)

recorded in 1962




Johann Cilenšek (1913-1998)  Piano Concerto (1950)

i Moderato
ii Andante molto sostenuto

Franz Konwitschny conducting the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra




Johann Cilenšek  Konzertstück für Klavier und Orchester (1966)
Gert Bahner conducting the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

recorded ca1971




Günter Kochan (1930-2009)  Piano Concerto, Op 16 (1958)
Herbert Kegek conducting the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra

recorded in 1961


i Allegro
07:01 ➢ ii Andante



iii Allegro con brio




Kochan  Mendelssohn Variations for piano and orchestra (1971)
unidentified conductor and orchestra

recorded ca1980










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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