Haydn - Symphonies (arr. CD Stegmann for piano) | Chandos CHAN20142

Haydn - Symphonies (arr. CD Stegmann for piano)


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN20142

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 2nd August 2019



Ivan Ilić came across these transcriptions, scarcely known at all, through the most unlikely and serendipitous sequence of events.

Carl David Stegmann (1751-1826) was a tenor, keyboard player, conductor, and composer, who worked mostly in the field of opera. Employed by the Court Theatre in Mainz (where he sang in the first German-language production of Don Giovanni), he also gave a number of acclaimed performances in Frankfurt.

Trained as an organist, he made transcriptions of string quintets by Mozart and Beethoven’s Trios, op.9, as well as keyboard transcriptions of twenty-five of Haydn’s symphonies.

‘It is unclear to me whether these transcriptions were ever meant to be played as concert repertoire, in public. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm I have encountered wherever I have played them has persuaded me to make this recording, to allow more people to hear Stegmann’s idiomatic arrangements.’ 
– Ivan Ilić

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