The Schulz- Beuthen and Goetz Project

This well played and very well recorded CD gives us the opportunity to hear some out-of-the-way Works.

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I had never heard of Heinrich Schulz- Beuthen before, and I did not know the music of Hermann Goetz at all.  This project was generated by Guild (www.guildmusic.com) as they had been asked to find a pianist to record these pieces.  The manuscripts had been lost in the fire-bombing of Dresden during WWII, but the Zentralbibliothek Zürich had first editions.  I agreed to have a look at the scores, and happily sight-read through the lot.   I was charmed and impressed by the music and thought the repertoire definitely merited a recording.   Thus the project was born!

So who are these composers?  Malcolm MacDonald wrote excellent sleeve notes for both discs, and you can find information on Heinrich Schulz-Beuthen and Hermann Goetz by clicking on the Sleeve Notes links.  I believe you will be surprised by the music, as I was.  A wonderful repertoire to explore….

The biggest piece on these discs is the Alhambra Sonata by Schulz-Beuthen.  My goodness, it evokes the Alhambra Palace in Grenada, Spain, with runs, trills, lush harmonies and expansive sonorities.  The two Goetz sets are great concert works.  They require an advanced technique, and are a delight to play.  Reminiscent, perhaps, of  Schumann, these are neatly composed pieces that fit the hand and work very well as a whole.