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 Post subject: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:29 am 
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Impromptu by Chopin's student Carl Filtsch (1830-1845).
Ferdinand Gajewski, piano
Hamburg Steinway, 1980

Audio file: http://webzoom.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/12.4MB.mp3
Discussion: http://www.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/NewCPCF.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:22 am 
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I think I first heard of Carl Filtsch through James Huneker's rather flowery book on Chopin. The Chopin influence is clear, but the composition obviously isn't of the same level as the mature Chopin. Nonetheless, it's competently written and pleasant to listen to. Out of interest, how old was he when this was written? - I'm assuming ten from the pdf. Clearly he was a prodigy both in composition and pianism. Good playing, and a worthwhile recording for those interested in piano rarities.


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:50 am 
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When Filtsch left Chopin he was still 12. So this Impromptu was composed at age 11 or 12. I have a website devoted (mostly) to Carl Filtsch. The Finale audio file posted there of Filtsch's Konzertstueck leaves something to be desired, but there are a few excerpts on the site of Janina Hofmann playing the piece at the Munich Hochschule.

www.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:13 pm 
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I have to admit I haven't heard of Carl Filtsch before.

It is a charming piece, skillfully written with a few surprises and very well executed. Thanks for sharing!

Daniel


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:34 pm 
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Glad you liked it.

Here's "Adieu!" by Carl Filtsch.

Audio file (Ferdinand Gajewski, piano, 1980):
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/Adieu!9MB.mp3

Score:
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/Adieu!.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:10 pm 
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I think this is even nicer than the Impromptu.

So just let me get this -- this was written by a boy in his teenage years?

Daniel


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:40 pm 
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Judging from what I know about his biography, he must not have been older thn 13.


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:47 pm 
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I mean neither piece strikes me as a complete masterpiece and there are certainly more mature compositions by other child prodigies (Mozart, Mendelsohn) but both pieces are very charming and beautiful. I wonder what would have become of Carl Filtsch had he lived longer.

And once again -- these are very well executed and the sound quality is top notch!

Daniel


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:00 am 
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Ferdinand, these recordings are a pleasure to listen to! The playing, the pieces, and the sound quality are all a delight. Well done!

And how interesting, too, to pick up this little bit of history about one of Chopin's students.

Bruce

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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:00 am 
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Thanks, Bruce.

Take a look at Carl Filtsch's most ambitious work, a Konzertstueck for piano and orchestra, the composer's MS of which I found some 30 years ago and subsequently edited.
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/ ... 20file.pdf

Here's an errata:
http://webzoom.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/ ... 08-9-7.pdf

Hubert Rutkowski has recorded it, I think with the Paris Conservatory Orchestra, and Naxos will release the CD soon.


Cheers,

Fred (Ferdinand)


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:56 am 
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If you would like to hear a live performance of Carl Filtsch's Konzertstueck, here is
one from several years ago at the Munich Hochschule, Martin Wettges, conductor, Janina Hofmann, piano.

http://webzoom.freewebs.com/fjgajewski/ ... annmp3.mp3


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 Post subject: Re: Carl Filtsch
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:01 am 
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These are very interesting recordings. The Konzertstueck isn't of the same level as the Chopin concerti, but it would surely hold up when compared to the (often perfectly respectable) piano concerti of the early 19th century "minor masters" like Herz, Kalkbrenner and Thalberg. And, lest we forget, those concerti (with the exception of the Thalberg) were written by adults. Thank you for posting these.


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