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Topic Of the Month August: Florian Uhlig

Foto: Marc Borggreve

Florian Uhlig’s CD recordings have been released for years by Hänssler Classic, including the com­plete works for piano and orchestra of Robert Schumann and Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as the „work in progress“ recording of all the works for piano solo by Schumann. In 2013, a recording was re­leased of piano concertos by Ravel, Poulenc, Fran­çaix and Debussy, as well as the „Resurrection“ Piano Concerto by Krzysztof Penderecki.

Florian Uhlig is an unusual combination of opposites. On the one hand, he is rooted in the German music tradition, which is associated with sobriety, style and structure. On the other hand, he has developed during his time in London a more individual approach to the musical work than it is customary „on the continent“: trenchant liberties, eccentric repertoire combinations and a curiosity for musical rarities.

Florian Uhlig made his orchestra debut in 1997 at the London Barbican. Since then, his many con­certs have taken him to major concert halls in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Caracas, Dresden, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Cologne, London, Luxemburg, Munich, New York, Paris, Beijing, Prague, Reykjavik, Salzburg, Seoul, Venice, Washington and Vienna. He has played in concert with orchestras such as the BBC Sympho­ny Orchestra, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic, the Dresden  Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Stutt­gart Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Radio Sympho­ny Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra or the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela with Krzysztof Penderecki’s Piano Concerto con­ducted by the composer.

Invitations to festivals have taken him, for examp­les, to the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Meck­lenburg-Western Pomerania Festival, the Vienna Festival, France Musique Paris, the Schleswig-Hol­stein Music Festival, the Hongkong Arts Festival, the Beethoven Festival Warsaw and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. Florian Uhlig has played as a so­loist in concert with internationally renowned conductors, such as Lukasz Borowicz, Eivind Gull­berg Jensen, Kristjan Järvi, Christoph Poppen, Woj­ciech Rajski, Michael Sanderling or Gerard Schwarz.

Florian Uhlig has never been interested in easy success. He takes a longer view than others; for instance, in the case of the most obvious choices of composer, he seeks out the quirky or eccentric pieces, such as Beethoven’s variations on “God Save the King”. Or he takes a step backwards in order to gain an overall view of a totality, as now with his project with the hänssler Classic label to record all Schumann’s piano works on fifteen CDs from which seven have already appeared.

With his thematically organised recordings Florian Uhlig unveils a broad panorama of spiritual feeling in a very sensual way. He uses the piano’s full range of effects to interpret Schumann’s extreme musical experiments, often pushing the instrument to its very limits and including sudden wild outbursts, abrupt breaks, romantic parodies and rêveries. An enormous inner energy makes his pianistic tone unmistakable and allows him to shine brightly and concentratedly in even the most complex passages.

 

 


  • Schumann und die Sonate I Schumann, Robert (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Interpret)

    Schumann und die Sonate I (Volume 1)

    Concert sans Orchestre f-Moll, Romanze f-Moll, Fantasie C-Dur

    Compact Disc

    This is the first CD of a series that will feature the complete oeuvre for solo piano by Robert Schumann. So far there is no TRULY complete recording of the Schumann's complete piano, although a few presume to bear this title. Florian...

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  • Schumann - Der junge Virtuose Schumann, Robert (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier)

    Schumann - Der junge Virtuose (Volume 2)

    Exercice C-Dur, Abegg-Variationen, Paganini-Studien, Paganini-Etüden, Toccata C

    Compact Disc

    This is the second CD in a series that will feature the complete oeuvre for solo piano by Robert Schumann.
    So far there is no TRULY complete recording of the Schumann's complete piano, although a few presume to
    bear this title. Florian...

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  • Schumann - Charakterstücke I Schumann, Robert (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier)

    Schumann - Charakterstücke I (Volume 3)

    Compact Disc

    hänssler CLASSIC is proud to release the third volume in what will be the only true COMPLETE recording of Schumann's music for piano solo. As was the case in the two previous installments, this program is arranged "thematically" and...

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  • Schumann in Wien Schumann, Robert (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier)

    Schumann in Wien (Volume 4)

    Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Blumenstück, Arabeske, Humoreske

    Compact Disc

    hänssler CLASSIC is proud to release the fourth volume in what will be the only true complete recording of Schumann's music for piano solo. On the 4th volume ("Schumann in Vienna"), Florian Uhlig presents piano works composed in Vienna in...

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  • Schumann und seine Töchter Schumann, Robert (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier)

    Schumann und seine Töchter (Volume 5)

    Drei Klaviersonaten für die Jugend op.118, Klavierbüchlein für Marie, Album für die Jugend op.68

    Compact Disc

    Robert and Clara Schumann were certainly exceptional parents - not just by the standards of the 19th century. Especially striking was how much time Robert devoted to his daughter Marie, their firstborn. Marie, Elise and Julie were the...

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  • Schumann - Album für die Jugend Schumann, Robert (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier)

    Schumann - Album für die Jugend (Volume 6)

    Compact Disc

    Vol. 5 was organized around the theme of "Schumann and His Daughters" - a virtually unknown chapter in Schumann's life. Therefore, it is only logical for volume 6 to include "Album for the Young" - one of Schumann's best known works. As...

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  • Piano Concerto Resurrection Penderecki, Krzysztof (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier) / Borowicz, Lukasz (Diri

    Piano Concerto Resurrection

    Compact Disc

    Only recently has Krzysztof Penderecki turned to the piano as a solo instrument. The first sketches for this concerto were made in 2001 and had a lighter character, similar to his Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra. Since the work was...

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  • Sämtliche Werke für Klavier und Orchester Schumann, Robert (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier) / Poppen, Christoph (Dirigent

    Sämtliche Werke für Klavier und Orchester

    Compact Disc

    As a very special companion disc to the haenssler CLASSIC recording of Schumann's complete works for violin and orchestra, we are proud to present an integral recording of the composer's works for PIANO and orchestra - including a World...

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  • Piano Variations Beethoven, Ludwig van (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier)

    Piano Variations

    Compact Disc

    Not since Alfred Brendel's acclaimed recordings from decades ago, has a pianist undertaken the project to record all of Beethoven's lesser-known variation cycles. Yes, the "Diabelli" variations have been programmed hundreds of times, but...

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  • Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra No. 1 op. 35 Shostakovich, Dmitry (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier) / Leiner, Peter (Trompete

    Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra No. 1 op. 35

    & Concertino for Two Pianos op. 94; Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 2 op. 102

    Compact Disc

    The two piano concertos of Shostakovich, though strikingly different from each other, have both become twentieth-century classics. The First Concerto was composed for Shostakovich's own performance, and is one his most appealing and...

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  • Sämtliche Werke für Klavier solo Ravel, Maurice (Komp) / Uhlig, Florian (Klavier)

    Sämtliche Werke für Klavier solo

    Compact Disc

    Just last year, Florian Uhlig's recording of French Piano Concertos created a sensation. Though originally conceived of as a respite from his ongoing project to record the first, truly complete edition of the piano works of Robert...

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