Liszt was the first, but pianists of later generations also journeyed through the gigantic cosmos of the Wagnerian music drama with paraphrases and transcriptions for the piano. Eckardstein, Severin von has brought together the best of these on his latest SACD. The result is a fascinating look at the reception history of Wagner’s music and a colossal, three- dimensional listening experience to remember – thanks to 222 recording technique.
Busoni, Ferruccio, who also transcribed works by Bach and Schönberg, dedicated himself to the funeral march from the Götterdämmerung. The fact that he was one of the all-time keyboard greats is reflected in his score, finely crafted down to the smallest detail, his nuanced use of all three pedals, and the infinite richness of the tone colors.
In Parsifal Wagner has Gurnemanz sing, “Here time becomes space.” How impressively the virtuoso August Stradal is able to capture the spirit of this highly complex and yet erratic music on the piano! Brassin, Louis took up the task of setting five pieces from the Ring des Nibelungen, including the famous “Walkürenritt” and “Feuerzauber.” Tristan of course is a must: the erotic emotional fire in the intoxicatingly iridescent atmosphere of Moszkowski, Moritz’s new creation is captivatingly passionate!
Eckardstein, Severin von has demonstrated his top- class pianistic talent on many occasions. He presents his carefully selected Wagner transcriptions with the finest sensibility and interprets a brand-new work by the American composer Corbett, Sidney – revealing completely new sides of the Bayreuth master, true to his command, “Children, create something new!”