Ins Offene: Klaviermusik der Moderne/Piano Music of Modern Age

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Ever since the music of modernism radically emancipated itself from its historically nurtured "worlds of concepts and feelings" (Nietzsche), composers have been diligently striving to liberate themselves from the standards, models, and experiences of the past while embarking upon an indefinite journey, without orientation, into the open. This presentation of piano works -- not comprehensible in their respective conceptions and so widely differing in their respective aesthetics and styles -- is, at the same time, a musically varied, richly contrasted, heterogeneous, and sensual journey into the piano music of modernism. Includes Greek-German pianist and harpsichordist Andreas Skouras's performances of: Prélude no 1 "Brouillards" by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Mode de valeurs et d'intensités by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Klavierstück V by Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), Étude no 6 by Pascal Dusapin (born 1955), Quattro illustrazioni by Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988), Litany by Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Chaconne by Sofia Gubaidulina (born 1931), Für Alina by Arvo Pärt (born 1935), and Fünf Miniaturen by Hans-Michael Rummler (born 1946). Skouras appears frequently as a soloist or chamber musician throughout Europe at festivals such as Early Music in London, Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, and les muséiques Basel, as well as in the United States, where he has performed at Carnegie Hall. His chamber music partners include Julia Rebekka Adler, Peter Sadlo, Wen-Sinn Yang, and Minas Borboudakis, and he has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, the ASKO Ensemble, the Ensemble intercontemporain, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra -- with conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Susanna Mälkki, Constantinos Carydis, Markus Poschner, Christoph Poppen, Dirk Kaftan, and Jac van Steen.