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Ignaz Brull - Romantic Piano Music,
This review is from: Ignaz Brüll Romantic Piano Music - Music of 19th Century Jewish German Composers Vol.1 (Audio CD)
This is an extremely enjoyable CD of Ignaz Brull's piano music. These are all premiere recordings. Brull was born in Moravia in 1846 but moved to Vienna and died in 1907. He was seen as a promising musician from an early age and prominent pianist of his generation. He wrote over 100 works for piano. Many were lost from Nazi destruction of Jewish work. However, some survived thankfully. He moved in eminent musical circles and was friends with Brahms and indeed led his funeral procession as well as knowing Mahler and Schumann.
The pieces here are all very enjoyable. I particularly liked Op.71 "Slumber Song" and "Waltz". Although not mentioned specifically in the booklet or CD, it sounds very much like a period instrument is being played by Janet Olney. The sound may take a little getting used to for those more atuned to the modern Steinway. Some information on the instrument would be interesting. Definitely worth buying and listening to these rare pieces.