L'affaire d'honneur Luisa Imorde

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Label: Berlin Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

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  • Joseph Wölfl (1773 - 1812):
  • 19 Variations on "La stessa, la stessissima", WoO 1510:28
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791):
  • 2Adagio in C Minor for two pianos, KV 546/42603:21
  • 3Fugue in C Minor for two pianos, KV 546/42604:34
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Grande Sonate Pathétique in C Minor, Op. 13:
  • 4Grande Sonate Pathétique in C Minor, Op. 13: I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio09:16
  • 5Grande Sonate Pathétique in C Minor, Op. 13: II. Adagio cantabile05:11
  • 6Grande Sonate Pathétique in C Minor, Op. 13: III. Rondo. Allegro05:07
  • Joseph Wölfl: Sonate précédée d'une, WoO 113:
  • 7Sonate précédée d'une, WoO 113: I. Introduzione. Adagio01:36
  • 8Sonate précédée d'une, WoO 113: II. Fuga02:52
  • 9Sonate précédée d'une, WoO 113: III. Allegro molto08:43
  • 10Sonate précédée d'une, WoO 113: IV. Adagio05:33
  • 11Sonate précédée d'une, WoO 113: V. Allegretto09:26
  • Ludwig van Beethoven:
  • 1210 Variations on "La stessa, la stessissima", WoO 7311:15
  • Total Runtime01:17:22

Info for L'affaire d'honneur

Vienna, winter of 1798. Two titans of the musical world encountered each other in a one of a kind duel. A musical trial of strength in front of a select audience, the objective of which was to choose the winner by the intensity of the applause. The suitable stage for this exclusive event was provided by the friend and benefactor of Mozart, Baron Raimund Wetzlar zu Plankenstern. His palais may today, still be visited close to the gardens of Schönbrunn castle.

At just 28 years old, Ludwig van Beethoven was already well known as a virtuoso of the piano forte and master of improvisation. He had originally come to the glittering capital of music, Vienna, from his hometown Bonn, in order to study with famous composer Joseph Haydn. Beethoven's opponent, 25 year old Johann Joseph Baptist Woelfl from Salzburg, was a student of Leopold Mozart and no less successful in the local musical scene.

Both of them had made their first successful appearances at the age of only seven years and competed to win the favour of the Viennese public. The virtuous battle seems to have resulted in a draw. Contemporary witness, Knight Ignaz von Seyfried, reported that in the end the decision had to remain open, who could possibly have choosen which of the two combatants deserved the palm of victory?

Exceptionally gifted pianist Luisa Imorde reawakens the spirit of this historic battle between the two musical geniuses on her new album "L'Affaire d'honneur". Like Beethoven, Imorde made her first musical steps in the surroundings of Bonn. By the age of seven, she had already performed on stage time and again. Now she has made Salzburg the center of her work and life, like originally Mozart and Woelfl. Her first recording named "Zirkustänze" found high appraisal by the musical press and the public alike. Now she presents her second album.

Mrs. Imorde contrasts the variations of Woelfl and Beethoven over the same musical theme by Salieri "La stessa, la stessissima", they open and finish this recording. In addition to that, Mozart's visionary Adagio and Fugue for two pianos, pave the way to the future. Jacques Rouvier, former teacher of Luisa Imorde at the University of Music Mozarteum, Salzburg, plays the second piano. Then follows Beethoven with his famous "Pathétique". Contrasting to that, Woelfl, who in fact was a great admirer of Beethoven, takes over form and material of the "Pathétique" and tries to even surpass it in his Sonata in C minor.

Luisa Imorde, piano

Luisa Imorde
couples a mature playing technique with an unbridled passion for the piece she is playing and the instrument she is playing it on, resulting in an auditory experience that kindles the spirit and sets the heart aflame" – said the Süddeutsche Zeitung of the young German pianist’s art.

She no longer knows exactly when she started playing the piano. Actually she cannot remember a time when she did not play the piano. Luisa Imorde comes from a family of musicians. She was a very small girl when she took her first piano lessons from her mother, who was already an experienced educator. Her father currently occupies a position as professor for piano at the University of Music in Rostock.

The young artist commenced her studies with Andreas Frölich at the University of Music in Cologne in the last two years before her school leaving examination. She continued them at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Jacques Rouvier, who is considered one of the world’s most important teachers of the piano. Luisa Imorde has played at competitions and won prizes, but she finds it much more interesting to compare and contrast the works of various composers with the declared aim of making us – her audience – listen to them in a new way and showing us relationships that we had never noticed before.

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