Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
Piano Sonata No. 2
in G Minor, Op. 22
Performed by Magdalena Müllerperth (Piano)
A live recording from the German
UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: 18 Min. 34 Sec.
Digital Album · 4 Tracks
he Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 was composed by Robert Schumann from 1830 to 1838. It was his last full-length attempt at the sonata genre, the other completed ones being the Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor (Op. 11) and the Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor (Op. 14); he later wrote Three Piano Sonatas for the Young Op. 118. Because it was published before the F minor sonata, it was given an earlier sequence number (No. 2) but still kept its later opus number (Op. 22). This has caused confusion, and recordings of the G minor Sonata have sometimes been published as "Sonata No. 3". There was also an earlier sonata in F minor, which Schumann abandoned; this is sometimes referred to as "Sonata No. 4". Among his sonatas, this one is very frequently performed and recorded. Because of its great variety and highly virtuosic demands, it is enjoyed both by audiences and performers alike. Clara Schumann claimed to be "endlessly looking forward to the second sonata", but nevertheless Robert revised it several times. At Clara Schumann's request, the original finale, marked Presto passionato was replaced with a less difficult movement in 1838. The Andantino of the sonata is based on Schumann's early song "Im Herbste"; Jensen describes the first movement as having "a concern with motivic structure". It is dedicated to Schumann's friend the pianist Henriette Voigt and was published in September 1839.
espite her young age the pianist Magdalena Müllerperth, born in Pforzheim (Germany) in 1992, is looking back on a remarkable career. Since 1999 she has won more than 35 prizes at piano-competitions, inlcuding the "Les Rencontres internationales des Jeunes Pianistesde l´An 2002" in Belgium, the "Premio della Critica 2004" (RAI) at "Concorso Europeo di Musica" in Italy, the German state piano competition "Jugend musiziert" 2005 and the first price of the "Minnesota Orchestra, Young People's Symphony Concert Association" in the USA. She begann piano lessons at the age of five. Three years later she became a student - in 2003 a junior student - of Prof. Sontraud Speidel at the Public University of Music in Karlsruhe (Germany). Since November 2007 Magdalena Müllerperth has been a student of Prof. Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota USA, founded by scholarships. Beside recitals in Europe, Russia and the USA, Magdalena Müllerperth performs as a featured soloist with renowned orchestras, such as the "Baden-Badener Philharmoniker" conducted by Werner Stiefel, the "Slovak Sinfonietta" under Peter Wallinger, the "Kurpfälzer Kammerorchester", the "Stuttgarter Philharmoniker" conducted by Simon Gaudenz, the "State Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukrain" Lugansk conducted by Kurt Schmid and the "Minnesota Orchestra" under Marc Russel Smith.
ublishing Authentic Classical Concerts entails for us capturing and recording outstanding performances and concerts for posterity. The performers, audience, opus and room enter into an intimate dialogue that in its form and expression, its atmosphere, is unique and unrepeatable. It is our aim, the philosophy of our house, to enable the listener to acutely experience every facet of this symbiosis, the intensity of the performance, so we record the concerts in direct 2-Track Stereo digital HD. The results are unparalleled interpretations of musical and literary works, simply - audiophile snapshots of permanent value. Flourishing culture, enthralling the audience and last but not least also you the listener, are the values we endeavor to document in our editions and series.
The concerts at the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery supply the ideal conditions for our aspirations. It is, above all, the atmosphere of the romantic, candle-lit arches, the magic of the monastery in its unadulterated sublime presence and tranquillity that impresses itself upon the performers and audience of these concerts. Renowned soloists and ensembles from the international arena repeatedly welcome the opportunity to appear here - enjoying the unparalleled acoustic and architectural beauty of this World Heritage Site, providing exquisite performances of secular and sacred music, documented by us in our Maulbronn Monastery Edition.
The concert grand piano is incontestably the king of instruments. We could now wax lyrical about its incomparable dynamics and go into its ability to go from the tenderest of sounds in a soft minor key to the magnificent power of a fortissimo, or I could rhapsodise about its impressive size and elegance. But what makes this instrument really fascinating is its individuality, since each one is unique in itself - created by a master. A concert grand has a life all of its own that a virtuoso can really "get into" and hence bring the work of the composer to life. In our Grand Piano Masters Series, we get into the character and soul of the concert grand piano and experience, during the performance itself, the dialogue between the instrument, the virtuoso and the performance space.
Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler, K&K Verlagsanstalt