Eclipse, Vol. 1: Joseph Wölfl

Mattias Spee

TTK 0073

Mattias Spee (1997) studied with David Kuyken and Ralph van Raat, among others. He won several prizes, at the Prinses Christina Concours, the Steinway Piano Competition and the VriendenCultuurPrijs. Spee has a distinct preference for contemporary and lesser known repertoire. “I would like to bring hidden treasures from music history into the limelight,” says the pianist.

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About the album

Mattias Spee (1997) studied with David Kuyken and Ralph van Raat, among others. He won several prizes, at the Prinses Christina Concours, the Steinway Piano Competition and the VriendenCultuurPrijs. Spee has a distinct preference for contemporary and lesser known repertoire. “I would like to bring hidden treasures from music history into the limelight,” says the pianist.

For the adventurous Dutch TRPTK label he has started a series with – unjustly – forgotten composers under the motto ‘Eclipse’. The first part is dedicated to the Austrian Joseph Wölfl (1773-1812), a contemporary and rival of Beethoven. He left behind a considerable body of work including symphonies, string quartets, operas, and the requisite piano concertos and sonatas.

Wölfl was particularly tall in stature, equipped with large hands and a virtuoso pur sang: with ease he could span thirteen keys. His music has a strong and penetrating character. While the often gruff Beethoven performed mainly for the old elite, the friendly Wölfl appealed to a much wider audience. Wölfl was an eminent improviser and he was also extremely popular as a teacher. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and could be found not only in concert halls but also regularly at the gaming tables.

Colorful is the ‘Sonata in C minor’ with which the album opens. The ‘Fugue’ in particular continues to resonate for minutes. The ‘9 Variations on an Andante’ is evidence of great musical imagination. The ‘Sonata in B minor’ is compelling and the ‘Waltz in C minor’ forms a beautiful conclusion.

For Mattias Spee the start of his ‘Eclipse’ series for TRPTK is “a dream come true, the start of a great journey. I stand squarely behind my debut and find myself aligned with the views of Brendon Heinst, a recording engineer driven by passion and enthusiasm, just like me. I hope that this lesser-known repertoire by Joseph Wölfl will introduce a new audience to classical music, a fascinating world with which far too few are familiar. In short, I wish that many will enjoy this particularly beautiful music.”

Tracklist

  1. Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 25: I. Introduzione. Adagio Joseph Wölfl 2:10
  2. Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 25: II. Fuga. Allegro Joseph Wölfl 2:42
  3. Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 25: III. Allegro molto Joseph Wölfl 7:52
  4. Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 25: IV. Adagio Joseph Wölfl 6:53
  5. Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 25: V. Allegretto Joseph Wölfl 9:50
  6. Intermezzo I Mattias Spee 1:36
  7. 9 Variations on an Andante, WoO 47 Joseph Wölfl 8:36
  8. Intermezzo II Mattias Spee 1:43
  9. Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro Joseph Wölfl 6:54
  10. Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 38: II. Adagio Joseph Wölfl 6:19
  11. Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 38: III. Presto Joseph Wölfl 6:01
  12. Intermezzo III Mattias Spee 1:23
  13. 12 Waltzes: Waltz No. 6 Joseph Wölfl 2:20

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Artist(s)

Mattias Spee

Composer(s)

Joseph Wölfl
Mattias Spee

Genre(s)

Classical – Classical (1750 – 1830)

Label

TRPTK

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording location

MCO Studio 1
Hilversum, The Netherlands

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Editor

Hans Erblich

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

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