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Martin Stadtfeld

Baroque Colours  

Martin Stadtfeld

On "Baroque Colours" Martin Stadtfeld plays a personal selection of short original works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Domenico Scarlatti as well as the great French baroque composers François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau on a modern grand piano. But Stadtfeld has also selected pieces by lesser-known composers for the first part of the album, such as Johann Kuhnau, Baldassare Galuppi, Antonio Soler and Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer.

For the second part of "Baroque Colours" Stadtfeld has chosen works that are particularly close to his heart and arranged them anew for piano. Among them are piano versions of famous pieces such as the "Summer" and the "Winter" from Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" or Johann Pachelbel's Canon, of which he created a version for piano four hands and recorded it with pianist Lilian Akopova. The latter is also his partner in the versions, also for four hands, of the first prelude from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and the "Passacaglia" from Lully's opera "Armida".

In addition, Stadtfeld improvises on "Baroque Colours" on musical themes by Bach (including the famous Air) and by Handel, but also on lesser-known works - by Johann Kuhnau or Melchior Vulpius (Four Improvisations on "Ach bleib mit Deiner Gnade") as well as on Corelli's violin sonata "La Follia".

The double album, which was released on November 3 by Sony Classical on CD, vinyl and digital, was created as a co-production between Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Sony Classical.