Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Complete Works for Solo Piano

COMPOSERS: Bernd Alois Zimmermann
LABELS: Koch Schwann
WORKS: Complete Works for Solo Piano
PERFORMER: Tiny Wirtz (piano)
Ranging from the neo-classical Extemporale to the athematic Konfigurationen, the pieces on this disc chart a journey of stylistic change from convention to modernism. A man of conviction assailed by doubt, Zimmermann was a ‘compositional conscience’ of postwar German music. Friends like Tiny Wirtz knew a dark side, heard in the gritty anguish of the two sets of Enchiridion. Humour breaks out in a Hommage à Johann Strauss. Overall, however, this is piano music for the serious-minded. Nicholas Williams