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STRAUSS, R: Piano Sonata / 5 Piano Pieces / Stimmungsbilder

Composer(s):Strauss, Richard
Artist(s) Veselka, Stefan, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557713
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Although best known as a composer of symphonic poems, operas and songs, Richard Strauss was also a proficient pianist from an early age. Composed during his final years at school, and at university, the piano works included on this recording are written mainly in a conservative harmonic style, reflecting the obvious influences of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann. That Strauss was to become a significant composer of Lieder with piano accompaniment can be heard in the lush harmonies of Traumerei (Rêverie) in Moods and Fancies.


Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,January 2007

Composed during Strauss' last years as a student, this is music in a conservative style, reflecting the influences of Mendelssohn, Brahms and most significantly, Schumann. It falls pleasantly on the ear, and is given very sympathetic and warm readings by Veselka.


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