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Apostel – Kokoschka – Kubin

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Catalogue numberBIS-2405 SACD
Release date2018-12-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time71:17

The Belgian pianist Thérèse Malengreau has a particular interest in the relationship between music and the visual arts. With her first disc on BIS she offers us a rare opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the music of Hans Erich Apostel, banned as ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis in 1938, and a rarity in performance ever since. At the same time, her disc allows us insight into the interplay between composers and artists in other disciplines during the first decades of the twentieth century, in the context of movements such as Der Blaue Reiter, the arts magazine Der Sturm or the Vienna Workshop. The three works here were inspired by artwork by Otto Kokoschka and Alfred Kubin, two of them appearing on disc for the first time. In his Op. 1, the Zehn Variationen, Apostel translates 10 drawings by Kokoschka into sounds – but as Malengreau suggests in her own liner notes, what the music describes is the varying degrees of expressivity and intensity of the drawings, rather than the images themselves. The closing work consists of 60 very brief sketches (less than 40 seconds on average), in which Apostel is reacting to Kubin’s drawings (caricatures rather than portraits) of nuns and witches, generals or huntsmen. Apostel completed it in 1948-49, but as early as 1945 it provided material for what is probably his best-known work: the ten pieces that make up the 15-minute long Kubiniana.
 
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  Composer: Apostel, Hans Erich
  Ten Variations, after drawings by O. Kokoschka, Op. 1 (1928) 22:13
01 Thema. Andantino 01:31 $ 0.36 USD
02 Variation I. Un poco mosso… 02:34 $ 0.62 USD
03 Variation II. Andante semplice 02:06 $ 0.50 USD
04 Variation III. Vivace giocoso e lesto... 01:12 $ 0.29 USD
05 Variation IV. Moderato, sostenuto e dolce... 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
06 Variation V. Marcia grave e tragico 04:30 $ 1.08 USD
07 Variation VI. Vivace 01:06 $ 0.26 USD
08 Variation VII. Allegro furioso 01:01 $ 0.24 USD
09 Variation VIII. Allegro con fuoco... 02:09 $ 0.52 USD
10 Variation IX. Andante sostenuto 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
 
11 Variation X. Vivace furioso... 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
  Kubiniana, ten piano pieces, Op. 13 (1945) 15:16
12 1. Lento assai... 02:26 $ 0.58 USD
13 2. Marcia moderato 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
14 3. Allegretto 00:36 $ 0.14 USD
15 4. Grave... 01:33 $ 0.37 USD
16 5. Andante molto... 01:05 $ 0.26 USD
17 6. Tempo di Marcia 00:55 $ 0.22 USD
18 7. Allegro molto 01:03 $ 0.25 USD
19 8. Lento 02:33 $ 0.61 USD
20 9. Moderato... 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
21 10. Andante molto 02:12 $ 0.53 USD
 
  Sixty Sketches, after drawings by A. Kubin, Op. 13a (1948-49) 31:39
22 Sketches 1-6 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
23 Sketches 7-13 03:13 $ 0.77 USD
24 Sketches 14-21 04:31 $ 1.08 USD
25 Sketches 22-28 04:10 $ 1.00 USD
26 Sketches 29-36 04:04 $ 0.98 USD
27 Sketches 37-43 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
28 Sketches 44-49 02:05 $ 0.50 USD
29 Sketches 50-53 01:27 $ 0.35 USD
30 Sketches 54-60 04:57 $ 1.19 USD
 
  Album total 71:17
ComposerApostel, Hans Erich
PianoMalengreau, Thérèse

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