Weismann: Tanz-fantaisie, Op. 35; Traumspiele, Op. 76; Etudes

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COMPOSERS: Weismann
LABELS: Dabringhaus und Grimm Scene
WORKS: Tanz-fantaisie, Op. 35; Traumspiele, Op. 76; Etudes
PERFORMER: Birgitta Wollenweber (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: MDG 605 0877-2
The German composer, pianist and conductor Julius Weismann (1879-1950) progressed through Schumannesque Romanticism, Impressionist chromaticism and Back-to-Bach classicism. Mainly miniatures, these selected piano works have an improvisatory feel and are often taxing. No major voice, but the larger-scale Traumspiele inspired by mountain scenery is impressive, and the 2 extracts from his late 24 preludes and fugues suggest the whole Fugenbaum (Fugue-Tree) would be worth hearing. Calum MacDonald

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