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Robert Schumann / Heinz Holliger

Alexander Lonquich

“Schumann,” says Heinz Holliger, “is the composer who has almost always been at the true centre of my thoughts”. On this recording, Alexander Lonquich makes plain the connections between their worlds, linking Kreisleriana’s dark, nocturnal romanticism with the “radicalised romanticism” of Holliger’s Partita. A century and a half separates the two works. Lonquich plays the 1838 version of Kreisleriana and the Partita (composed in 1999), two works dedicated to great pianists, respectively Frédèric Chopin and Andràs Schiff, and conveys Holliger’s vision of the language of Schumann extended into the present.

Alexander Lonquich was born in Trier, Germany. In 1976, at the age of 16 he won first prize at the Casagrande Competition in Terni, Italy, and ever since has been much in demand around the world. He has worked closely with Claudio Abbado, Kurt Sanderling, Ton Koopman, Emannuel Krivine and especially with Sandor Vegh, and with orchestras including the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Academia Salzburg, and the Orchestra da Camera di Mantova. He plays chamber music with Heinz Holliger, Joshua Bell, Tabea Zimmermann, Thomas Demenga, Shlomo Mintz, Steven Isserlis, Myklos Perényi and other distinguished musicians. Earlier Lonquich solo recordings, for EMI, dedicated to music of Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann received the highest critical acclaim and prizes ranging from the Edison Award to the “Diaposon d’Or”. His ECM recordings include the solo album “Plainte Calme”, a recital of 19th and 20th century French music, with Fauré, Messiaen and Ravel, of which American Record Guide’s Margaret Barela wrote “It doesn’t take long to become enchanted with the music making of pianist Alexander Lonquich. His sinuous melodic lines are full of sparkle and subtlety… His playing is of such consistently high quality and beauty”. Lonquich can also be heard on Gideon Lewensohn’s album “Odradek”.

Heinz Holliger is one of the defining composers and instrumentalists of ECM New Series, releases with his music including “Scardinelli-Zyklus”, “Beiseit/Alb-Cher”, “Lieder ohne Worte”, “Schneewittchen”, “Violinkonzert” and “Romancendres” (also a project with Schumann as its insprational centre). His skills as oboist are to the fore on “Lauds and Lamentations: Music of Elliott Carter and Isang Yun” and an album of Zelenka Trio Sonatas. As conductor on ECM, Holliger directs the Camerata Bern on an album of Sandor Veress’s music, as well as the WDR Sinfonieorchestar Köln in music of B.A. Zimmermann.

Lonquich and Holliger are frequent collaborators and can be heard together in the context of the Mozartwoche Salzburg at the end of January 2011.

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