Viktor Ullmann - Complete Piano Sonatas | Steinway & Sons STNS30014

Viktor Ullmann - Complete Piano Sonatas


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Label: Steinway & Sons

Cat No: STNS30014

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st October 2012



Viktor Ullmann’s Piano Sonatas were written between 1936 and 1944, the first four while he freelanced in Prague, the last three while incarcerated at Terezin. And yet, because one leads inexorably to the next, we can follow the arch of his momentous life through these pieces. He starts with a young man’s testosterone-filled homage to Mahler, and ends with a work motivated by his imprisonment – masterful and mature in its craftsmanship and deeply expressive.

This is the first comprehensive recording of Ullmann’s piano works in nearly 20 years.

Viktor Ullmann is an especially prominent member of the composers whose music was notoriously termed “Entartete Musik” (Degenerate Music) during the 1930s by the Nazi regime.

Jeanne Golan, a Steinway artist, is bringing Viktor Ullmann’s repertoire to concert and educational venues across the country for uniquely designed programs that balance performance and discussion - most recently at the Spertus Institute in Chicago, WFMT Radio, USC Los Angeles, and her debut at the Ravinia Festival in a program hosted by James Conlon.

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