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  • Alain Steffen, pizzicato

"a great creator and really has sound in his fingers"

"It is a pleasure to discover this new album from Ars Produktion. The listener makes the acquaintance of an immensely talented, still little-known pianist who has a sense of color and nuance and makes each of the works recorded here a treat.

On the one hand, there are three songs by Franz Schubert that have been newly arranged for piano by Rachmaninov (Wohin?), Godowsky (Mignon) and Liszt (Die Forelle), and on the other, you can make the acquaintance of Mozart’s variations on the opera aria ‘Unser dummer Pöbel meint’ by Christoph W. Gluck. Mozart can be found again in the Sonatina facile by Jörg Widmann.  And finally, Karol Szymanowski’s Masques op. 31 offers a highly complex and exciting encounter with very inspired and passionately crafted music. Perhaps Szymanowski is then also the interpretative highlight, but Max Philip Klüser’s outstanding playing and his passionate commitment to every note is also attractive in Mozart, Schubert and Widmann. It is clear that this pianist is a great creator and really has sound in his fingers."


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