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Carl Filtsch

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by Ferdinand Gajewski, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. Ferdinand Gajewski

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Judging from what I know about his biography, he must not have been older thn 13.
     
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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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    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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    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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