Franz Vorraber & Peter Härtling · Sätze von Liebe
Sätze von Liebe · Sentences of Love
Sentences of Love - An evening with lyrics by and with Peter Härtling
and compositions for piano by and with Franz Vorraber
World Premiere Recording
Franz Vorraber ~ Compositons & Concert Grand Piano
Peter Härtling ~ Lyrics & Narration
Concert Grand Piano: Bösendorfer D 275 (Nr. 44414-149)
The recording of a performance on August 26th, 2012,
in the aula of the Franziskanian High School Grosskrotzenburg in Germany
HD Recording · DDD · c. 70 Minutes
Digital Album · 40 Tracks
orn in Graz (Austria), Franz Vorraber has been fascinated by the piano since his early childhood. At the age of seven, he played the organ in church standing up - as he could hardly reach the pedals. At the age of thirteen, he was admitted to the piano class for exceptional students at the Music Conservatory in Graz, also learning the violin. The Viennese School in the tradition of Bruno Seidlhofer and the traditional German school of Wilhelm Kempff, handed down by Joachim Volkmann, dominated his study years. He has won many prizes for his skills on the piano. Here, just some of the awarders: the Austrian Culture Minister, the piano manufacturers Bösendorfer in Vienna and the city of Graz. He also won the Joachim Erhard prize. He completed his studies in Frankfurt and Graz receiving unanimously the highest awards. His greatest project has been the cyclical performance of Robert Schumann's complete piano works in a total of twelve evenings in different cities in Europe and Japan. The press and the public have repeatedly acclaimed him as one of the most important interpreters of Schumann in our times. He has recorded these works on a series of thirteen CDs for which he was awarded Austrian Broadcasting's Pasticcio prize in 2006. Despite all these prizes, other criteria are pivotal in Franz Vorraber's concerts: his enormous expressive force as a musician and his ability to expose the essential core of the music fascinate his public. He leaves his listeners emotionally moved. Since his debut in Tokyo at the age of 19, he has received many invitations to almost all the European countries, America and Japan, where he also holds master classes.
orn in Chemnitz (Germany) in 1933, Peter Härtling moved to the Swabian Nürtingen in 1946 after spending time in Saxony, Moravia and Austria. He started his journalistic work after school in 1952 at a small Swabian newspaper first, later then as literary editor at the "Deutsche Zeitung" (German Newspaper) in Stuttgart and Cologne from 1955 till 1962. After that, from 1962 till 1970, he worked as co-publisher of the newspaper "Der Monat" (The Month) in Berlin and started in 1967 as chief editor of the "S. Fischer Verlag", where he was appointed managing director in 1973. Since 1974 Peter Härtling has worked as freelance writer. There are many awarded works among his published poems, essays, novels and short stories since 1953, that have been translated into more than twenty languages, for example the "Deutscher Bücherpreis" (German Book Prize) 2003 or the "Corine Ehrenpreis" (Corine Honored Award) 2007. Peter Härtling is particularly well known for his novel-biographies of great poets and musicians such as Friedrich Hölderlin, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Fanny Hensel. In the years 2000 and 2001 he was president of the "Hölderlin Gesellschaft" (Hölderlin Society).
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