Joseph Merk - Fleurs d’Italie, Air Suisse, Valses Brillantes | Naxos 8572759

Joseph Merk - Fleurs d’Italie, Air Suisse, Valses Brillantes

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572759

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd January 2013

Contents

Artists

Martin Rummel (cello)
Roland Kruger (piano)

Works

Merk, Joseph

Air suisse varie et rondeau
Fleurs d'Italie
Valses brillantes

Artists

Martin Rummel (cello)
Roland Kruger (piano)

About

Joseph Merk was the most outstanding cellist in Vienna in the first half of the nineteenth century. Although Beethoven’s 'Triple Concerto' was not originally written for him, Merk’s performances established it as an important work, and he was the dedicatee of Chopin’s 'Introduction et Polonaise brillante'.

He was also a formidable composer for his own instrument, creating a dazzling series of instrumental episodes in his Fleurs d’Italie, based on operatic motifs by Donizetti and Verdi. The Valses brillantes bridge the gap, in classic virtuoso fashion, between Schubert’s piano dances and Johann Strauss the Elder’s grand gestures.

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