Volkmann - Songs and Chamber Music | Querstand VKJK1502

Volkmann - Songs and Chamber Music


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Label: Querstand

Cat No: VKJK1502

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 22nd January 2016



Members of the Leipzig Piano Quartet
Manja Raschka (mezzosoprano)
Andreas Fischer (tenor)
Stefan Burkhardt (piano)
Daniel Hayne (piano)
Members of the Meistersextett Leipzig


Volkmann, Robert

Deutsche Tanzweisen for piano, op.18
» no.2 Vivace, ma non troppo
» no.3 Moderato serioso
Duets (6) for soprano and tenor, op.67
Hungarian Sketches for piano four hands (7), op.24
» no.1 Zum Empfang
» no.7 Unter der Linde
Piano Trio no.2 in B flat minor, op.5
Schlummerlied (Slumber Song) for viola, cello and piano, op.76
Songs (2) 'aus dem Nachlass'
Songs (2) for mezzosoprano, piano and cello, op.56
» no.1 Vom Hirtenknaben
Songs (3) for soprano or tenor, op.13
Songs for male chorus (2), op.58
» no.2 An den Schlaf
Songs for male chorus (6), op.30
» no.2 Abendlied
» no.3 Ich halte ihr die Augen zu
» no.5 An eine Tanzerin


Members of the Leipzig Piano Quartet
Manja Raschka (mezzosoprano)
Andreas Fischer (tenor)
Stefan Burkhardt (piano)
Daniel Hayne (piano)
Members of the Meistersextett Leipzig


The composer Friedrich Robert Volkmann was born 200 years ago, on 6 April 1815, in Lommatzsch near Meissen. He came from a family of choir masters in Saxony. Having completed his studies at the teacher training college in Freiberg and in Leipzig (where he was taught by Carl Ferdinand Becker, organist at St Peter's), the young musician moved via Prague to Hungary. For ten years, he had to fight financial problems nearly every day. One part of this renewed life crisis he worked into his next composition, the Piano Trio no.2 in B flat minor, completed in 1850, which finally marked the breakthrough for him. Franz Liszt, to whom the piece was dedicated, played it often, and the conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow performed the trio on all his concert tours. Furthermore, Volkmann’s friend, the bookseller Gustav Heckenast, established a music publishing house which proved to be very successful in spreading his works. So their creator was finally carefree in financial matters. When he died in 1883, this aroused a strong response among the populace of Budapest.

His greatest admirer, Hans von Bülow, summarised Volkmann's works: “Volkmann is a poet in creation and a philosopher in the performance and preparation of creations. As a result we find in his compositions alongside the depth and intimacy of the ideas that unity and purity of form which lends these ideas their fitting expression.” Volkmann’s work is mainly focused on songs and chamber music, making these two genres fill the CD from the Jubilee Edition of the Querstand label and giving testimony to the abilities of the composer. The opener of the CD is the Piano Trio which saved Volkmann his place in the world of composers. Numerous works see their world premiere recording on this CD.

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