|Friedrich Nietzsche - Complete Solo Piano Works
|Order No.: 60189
|SACD (Super Audio CD)
Symphonische Dichtung. Energisch - düster
zerbrochene Ringlein (Joseph v. Eichendorff). Langsam
Mondschein auf der Puszta. Zart, innig, nicht zu
Unserer Altvordern eingedenk (Zwei polnische Tänze)
der Czarda. Anfänglich langsamer, dann immer schneller
Mit tiefem Gefühl
lach doch mal
geht ein Bach. Lebhaft
an die Freundschaft.
- Vorspiel (Festzug der
zum Tempel der Freundschaft).
Mit feierlicher Zurückhaltung, bestimmt
- Hymnus erste Strophe
- Erstes Zwischenspiel.
Wie in glücklich-trauriger Erinnerung
- Hymnus zweite Strophe
- Zweites Zwischenspiel.
Wie eine Wahrsagung über die Zukunft
- Hymnus dritte Strophe
titok. Rhapsodisch (mit viel Gefühl vortragen)
Sonatine op. II
"Fragment an sich". Sehr langsam
|| Skizze (zu Byrons "Foscari"?)
|| Schluss eines Klavierstücks
Total Time: 78:58
"Fullness, warmth… – that is what Michael Krücker plays on his new
Nietzsche album with the "Complete Works for Solo Piano" (New Classical
Adventure NCA 60189, distributed by harmonia mundi) with a soft,
voluminous tone –unmistakeably oriented to the ideal of the Wagnerian
orchestra with its velvety horn and tuba choirs in the middle tones.
of the most beautiful pieces on this CD is the "Fragment an sich": here
Michael Krücker savours the quietly gathering twilight, the happiness
of losing oneself in the mists of the world. The slow E Minor polka "So
lach doch mal", with its upswing from the keynote to the
diminished-minor seventh, is likewise a piece whose tender, deeply
moving sadness is reminiscent of the finest of Schubert's music. This
album, then, in the earnestness and the sensitive dedication of its
is an important contribution to an emotional understanding of
Nietzsche's still frequently quoted judgements on his time. Michael
Krücker often plays so beautifully and hauntingly…
One could well
imagine the beginning of the fugue fragments, cocooned within itself as
it is, as good theme music for a, sadly, non-existent three-hour
Nietzsche film in five parts by Luchino Visconti."
"… Krücker's experience with historic pianos shows in his sensitive use
of touch, dynamics, and tone colour, being expressive without being as
excessive as most of his colleagues performing music from the late 19th
Sound is powerful, with wide dynamics, the piano sounds direct and powerful without being removed too far from the listener.
Musically, his playing leaves nothing to be desired."
WDR 3 „Hörzeichen“:
"Michael Krücker makes very discreet use of the pedal. The contours of
the piano themes, in part truly massive, never become blurred. He
foregoes false pathos and tends rather to pensiveness and
Nietzsche's pianistic oeuvre benefits greatly when it is not inflated to more than it actually represents."
"… engages with every single piece and delivers interpretations which
are not only technically above reproach but also perceptively sensitive
"CD of the Day"
"The well-known pianist plays Nietzsche's compositions for solo piano
most excellently in a best-quality SACD recording for NCA (New
Classical Adventure). Krücker's sensitive interpretation together with
his outstanding technique bring Nietzsche's music to life and open the
listener's ear and mind to Nietzsche's musical statements in these
mostly short compositions. This SACD can only be recommended to all
those interested in Nietzsche and his music.
…the varied, emotionally evocative CD is more than worth listening to, and the recording is unbeatable.
has a sensitive touch, coaxes a wide range of colours and nuances from
his instrument, and brilliantly presents one of the most important
personages of his day in a new light.
... he displays an attractive "instinct" for subjective avowals, for formally and harmonically appealing inspiration.
Krücker thus shows a true appreciation of the album pieces and micro-sonatas.
It is fortunate for Nietzsche and for his fans that Michael Krücker is there to forge this acquaintance.
Krücker, heart-rendingly, gives this repertoire his all.
Krücker brings us a revelation through
his precise playing, through his clear and sensitive sonority, powerful
when necessary, restrained when the melody requires it.
their relaxing, gentle sounds as well as their effervescent,
wide-ranging and harmonically surprising passages, [Nietzsche's
compositions] can be a real pleasure to listen to, at any rate for the
connoisseur of piano music. And last but not least, they offer an
insight - not to be underestimated - into the emotional and
intellectual world of the young Nietzsche which could in turn
contribute significantly to the understanding of his philosophical
… the CD is a
snapshot of a period -- one imagines it being representative of the
output of dozens of young men in the German-speaking world in the 1860s
and 1870s -- and on this disk it's lovingly rendered by Krücker, who
almost manages to make the music sound better than it is…
Krücker, making as much phrase as he can, coaxing a good amount of
warmth out of a bright Yamaha grand, mixes more finished essays (the
“symphonische Dichtung” “Ermanarich,” the 20-minute solo piano version
of the much-tinkered-with “Hymnus an die Freundschaft”) with
miniatures, sketches, and fragments; the effect is of eavesdropping on
… Krücker performs the pieces to be in their best light…
… Michael Krücker does what can be done for these trifles, and the sound is fine…
his new album with Nietzsche's "Complete Works for Piano Solo", Michael
Krücker interprets the ideal of an orchestra in a mellow, rounded and
These themes, under Michael Krücker's touch, unfold a calm in a world of chaos for us to experience and enjoy.
The artist plays with fervour and a deep poignancy, just as Friedrich Nietzsche intended.
... Here Michael Krücker's interpretation is
like fresh jam on old cheese. He takes the pieces as they are and plays
them with such love and respect as if they were so much more. And
indeed, sometimes jam on cheese really does work. The sensitive
interpretation at any rate is one of the delicacies of this compilation.