Florian Klaus Rumpf. Mandoline – Bach. Sonaten und Partiten 1

Zala Kravos – DEBUT

Aleksey Semenenko – Taste the Best

January 2018

Florian Klaus Rumpf. Mandoline – Bach. Sonaten und Partiten 1

Januar 2018

"Bach. Sonaten und Partiten 1" stellt die erste CD meines 4-teiligen Bach-Projekts dar, das die Aufnahme der 6 Sonaten und Partiten, BWV 1001-1006 gespielt auf der Mandoline und der 6 Suiten, BWV 1007-1012 gespielt auf dem Liuto Cantabile, ein 5-chöriges Mandoloncello, umschließt. Sagenhafte Kompositionen von Johann Sebastian Bach vereint mit dem transparenten Klang der Mandoline.

Die 6 Sonaten und Partiten von Johann Sebastian Bach gehören zu den am häufigsten aufgenommenen Werken für eine Soloinstrument. Während es Aufnahmen von Violinisten wie Sand am Meer gibt, haben sich bisher nur 2 Mandolinisten an diesen Werkkomplex gewagt und CDs veröffentlicht, deren Programme ausschließlich aus den Sonaten und Partiten bestehen.

Chris Thile (USA) und Shmuel Elbaz (Israel) haben mit ihren Aufnahmen der amerikanischen und der israelischen Mandoline ein Denkmal gesetzt. Beide Länder haben ihre eigene Schule des Mandolinenspiels und auch eigene Bauarten. Mit meiner CD "Bach. Sonaten und Partiten 1" sollen Bachs Kompositionen aus der deutsch-mandolinistischen Sicht beleuchtet werden.

Zala Kravos – DEBUT

Januar 2018

Zala: About the Programme

This album contains some of my preferred compositions that I had been playing for several years, it is like a mirror in which I can see reflections of my playing, which now belongs to the past, it is one of the first pages that I have turned in the book of my musical activities.

Brahms' Ballads Op. 10 were quite a discovery for the young girl that I was more than three years ago, especially the first one, "Edward", which is also the darkest and cruellest. Adults around me were often surprised at how I felt this music, rarely – if ever – played by children. I was intrigued by their surprise as the music and the feelings it conveys seemed perfectly natural to me. Do we have, deep inside, unconscious, inborn understanding of cruelty and tragedy?

I played this ballad for my second yearly exam at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in June 2014. The jury was chaired by my rather severe and demanding teacher Maria João Pires, who at times had brought me to tears during her lessons. After the exam, Maria congratulated me and said that my rendition of Brahms had moved her to tears.

Liszt's ballad is, like Brahms' "Edward", based on a poem, the famous German ballad Lenore (which was also adapted in Slovene by the great romantic poet Prešeren). With its tumultuous fight between evil and good, it represents for me a transition, a hair-raising horse ride, from the darkest side of the (pre)romantic piano music on this album to much brighter and peaceful atmosphere.

I have always enjoyed playing Chopin and it is obvious to me that he was a great pianist himself as his music is written in such a natural way for a performer. When I was eleven, one of my first performances of the four impromptus took place in the old hall of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, which looks pretty much like an old Parisian salon, just bigger. Alan Weiss, American pianist and piano teacher, came to listen. I was still small and slender and my sound was not very powerful, but he seemed so enthusiastic about it, saying that that was exactly how Chopin should be played. When I played Chopin for him again privately, he declared that I was born for Chopin.

The composition Crystal Dream that closes the CD is particularly dear to my heart. Albena wrote it for me when I was eleven with the aim of introducing me to a more modern style. She is always happy when I play it and keeps repeating that I have a good sense for contemporary music. I think that every style of music has to be played with respect and commitment.

Finally, I remember a piano teacher saying, several years ago, that my playing was… well, too adult, that I should play more like a child. I was astonished as I was a small child and I played just how I imagined and felt that that music should be played. This is also true for the music on this album.

Aleksey Semenenko – Taste the Best

Januar 2018

Taste The Best ∙ The Stars of Tomorrow

The Cologne University of Music, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), ARS Produktion and the Association of Friends and Supporters of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln e. V. are enabling the production of professional CD recordings, in order to support the outstanding artists.

Participating musicians are required to fulfill a number of strict artistic criteria as part of the internal audition. The winner of the "Taste the Best" Prize is determined by a jury consisting of faculty members of Cologne's University of Music and Dance.