CDM56948 - Grützmacher: Etudes and Salon Pieces

Musicaphon CDM56948
Recording Date: 
1 Jul & 14 Nov 2010, 25 Jun 2012
Recording Venue: 
Schloss Weinberg, Kefermarkt/Austria
November 2013

Friedrich Grützmacher
"Technologie des Violoncellospiels" (24 Etudes) op 38: Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17
Five Pieces for cello and piano op 4
"Fantaisie Hongroise" for cello and piano op 7

Ten years after the recording of the first volume of what was to become the "etude project" in 2003, this is now the final single CD in the series. Altogether there are now 168 studies on CD, and I am sometimes thinking that there must be different ways to spend the fourth decade of one's life. Grützmacher also proved to be a competent composer when I started looking for music for cello and piano to add to this CD, and the "Fantaisie Hongroise" op 7 is a very welcome addition to the concert repertoire and also a nice alternative to Popper's "Hungarian Rhapsody" op 68 which was written much later.

Erich Pintar, my dear friend and dream producer, must be as happy as I am that this big project has now come to an end, and I hope that many young cellists who have to study these pieces rather than choose to play them for fun can see what I have tried to prove: etudes written by great musicians or instrumentalists (who are not always necessarily great composers too) are still valid pieces of music and not only for torture ...

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