Sebastien Knauer: Portrait (Piano Masterworks) | Berlin Classics 0300787BC

Sebastien Knauer: Portrait (Piano Masterworks)


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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0300787BC

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 22nd July 2016



Sebastien Knauer (piano)
Zurcher Kammerorchester


Roger Norrington


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Keyboard Concerto no.1 in D minor, BWV1052
» III Allegro
Keyboard Concerto no.2 in E major, BWV1053
» II Siciliano

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.19
» III Rondo (Molto allegro)

Chopin, Frederic

Scherzi (4)
» no.3 in C sharp minor, op.39

Mendelssohn, Felix

Songs without Words (Lieder ohne Worte): Book 6, op.67
» no.4 in C major 'Spinning Song'
Variations serieuses, op.54

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.27 in B flat major, K595
» III Allegro
» II Larghetto

Schubert, Franz

Impromptus (4), op.142 D935
» no.3 in B flat major
» no.4 in F minor


Sebastien Knauer (piano)
Zurcher Kammerorchester


Roger Norrington


“The present Portrait CD, which I have personally compiled, aims to give some impression of the recordings I have made in nearly twenty years of wonderful teamwork with Berlin Classics. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert – these are the composers I have lived with since I was a child, and they naturally make up a large part of my overall repertoire.” - Sebastien Knauer

For more than 25 years, Sebastian Knauer has thrilled concert audiences with his varied repertoire, consummate virtuosity and consistently innovative programmes. His well-judged choices and the subtle balance of the couplings for new CD recordings have given him the reputation of a connoisseur par excellence. He has forged special links of musical partnership and friendship with such artists as Daniel Hope and Sir Roger Norrington.

The albums “Bach & Sons” and “Vienna 1789”, both with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington, demonstrate Knauer’s knack of excelling equally across the ages in Baroque works and in the Classical music of the 18th century. An all-Mendelssohn CD, the recording of Franz Schubert’s works with the Resonanz ensemble and his interpretations of Chopin are further assets in Sebastian Knauer’s broad-based portfolio at Berlin Classics.

The present “Portrait” CD shows Sebastian Knauer displaying his mastery of this wide range in a series of memorable performances. The great keyboard concertos of Bach (No.1, third movement), Mozart (No.27, second movement) and Beethoven (No.2, third movement) form the musical core of this exceptional CD. They are complemented by pieces that admirably show off Knauer’s virtuosity and versatility as he takes his listeners with him into the Romantic era: Schubert’s Impromptus (No.3 in B flat major and No.4 in F minor), Chopin’s Scherzo No.3 and two pieces by Felix Mendelssohn.

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