WILD JOY OF LIFE
As the linguistically (portuguese-spanish) mixed title does reveal, the present production by Andreas Woyke with piano works by Heitor Villa Lobos and Alberto Ginastera leads us into Brazilian and Argentine regions. ! The CD does unify eruptive wildness and fragile tenderness of this strongly folklore-influenced music to untamed, even wild joy of life!
My thanks go to all supporters who enabled the realisation of this album!
WILD JOY OF LIFE
The 'Ciclo Brasileiro' by Heitor Villa-Lobos begins with two impressionistic pieces, 'Plantio do caboclo' and 'Impressoes seresteiras'. Then the music does explode in a musical feast and a frenetic dance. With incredible virtuosity and impetuous drive Andreas Woyke ignites electrifying music on his piano that probably would scare the devil in hell.
But it does even get more dramatic in 'Rudepoema' (Wild poem, also Savage poem), the longest, most virtuoso and most complex piano solo piece by Villa-Lobos.
Marc-André Hamelin has recorded this work that has often been compared to Stravinsky's 'Sacre du Printemps' on a Hyperion CD in an immensly enthralling way, but Andreas Woyke does surpass him with a fascinatingly passionate, threateningly unrestrained and headily haunting performance. The listener always gets the impression Woyke would truly have to take off with his piano and fly out of the hall with this incredible thrust.
The move to Alberto Ginastera does not give any rest to the pianist. The first movement of the Argentine's First Piano Sonata is thrillingly dramatic and Woyke plays it like in a trance. But that's nothing compared to the presto misterioso and its nervous driving force. Also Ginastera's Adagio is full of passion and eruptions. The movement is in good hands with Woyke, because he seemingly does use it like an elastic spring being wound up to provide slingshot power in the last movement, a Malambo dance. This also can be found in the first and last of the three 'Danzas Argentinas', while the middle dance is very tranquil and allows Woyke to show his sensitivity in finest nuances as well.
But again, the main feature of this SACD is the virtuoso, and Andreas Woyke faces this tour de force with incredible power and technical predominance, making the various pieces sound with an indescribably brilliant verve.
"Virtuosity is the main characteristic of this Villa-Lobos and Ginastera program, played with a peerless verve by Andreas Woyke"
BRAIDING CHOPIN may be considered as sequel to my solo debut album «Braiding Bach». Piano works by the polish romantic master are interacting with my own compositions. There are striking structural similarities with Chopin’s works and this all does lead to a dramaturgical artistic synthesis. Expressive and contemplative - and therefore another mirror of human soul!
Impressions of the Rotary charity concert with Russian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra „Klassika“ conducted by Adik Abdurakhmanov at Stefaniensaal Graz, October 3rd, 2018
Walking between stylistic boarders, creating something new from the visible and continuously staying curious - in a few words, that is what I am doing as a pianist, composer and pedagogue. Home in the concert halls of the world as a solo artist and chamber musician, teaching a chamber class at Graz University of arts and giving masterclasses - anywhere I am creating new concepts building up friction and resolving it.
Creating new concepts is always conneted to improvisation. Artistic improvisation is boarderless - in concert programs, accompanying a silent movie or in a creative dialogue with painters on stage. And it is one thing The great classical composers left for us - they all were great improvisers!
Improvisation was a big part of my musician’s life from the very beginning. The pianistic skills I had learnt from my wonderful teachers Pal Molnar, Aldo Antognazzi, Pavel Gililov and Rudolf Kehrer, who taught me the various classical repertoire.
As sceptical as I am about music competitions, they may be a nice topping on a biography. Most important prizes I won are: Bremen (1987), Hamburg (Brahms, 1992), Wien (Austro Mechana, 1994) and Pretoria (UNISA, 1996).
Concert venues I have been performing appear already more intereting - among many others here are a few: Town Hall (New York), Musikverein (Vienna), Sala Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo), Phlharmonic halls Cologne and Munich, Oriental Arts Center (Shanghai).
But the most important part about a biography are people - those who accompanied me and those who I collaborated with. The list does blow any boarders - representing them all I’ll mention Brazilian pianist legend and conductor Joao Carlos Martins, singer Christa Ludwig, actors Cornelius Obonya, Elisabeth Orth and Julia Stemberger, author Michael Krüger, painter Peter Wm Gray and my long term duo partner, cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl.
I live as a freelance pianist and teacher of a piano chamber class at the University of Arts in Graz. I have two children, I am a passionate amateur photographer and -graphic, enjoying nature, love to go out with friends and philosophing together with them and alone about life.
As a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra - my repertoire does contain classical mainstream as well as I am dedicating myself preferably to less often heard repertoire. I am walking on new paths also concerning the conception of my programs and albums where I like combining classical repertoire with my own compositions and therefore creating a dynamic dialogue putting the wellknown classical works into new light.
As graduate classical pianist working on jazz has always been appealing to me, as well as other styles (rock, trance, lounge) influencing jazz more and more. My compositions are mostly jazz influenced but show complex classical form as well. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt or Rachmaninov do inspire as well as Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny/ Lyle Mays, Al Di Meola, Miles Davis or Wayne Shorter.
Walking on unconventional paths - also as a duo with Friedrich Kleinhapl we create new programmatic concepts. Either musical-literary composers’ portraits, designed by Heidrun Maya Hagn performed together with famous actors, or theme programs where we show brusque contrasts or surprising similarities between composers.
Our numerous duo-albums are frequently awarded.
„Festas Suramericanas“, an album with expressive, wild but also tender music by Heitor Villa Lobos and Alberto Ginastera - and „Braiding Chopin“, where I will put piano works by this unique romantic composer in dramatic interation to my own jazz compositions - similarly as in my first solo album „Braiding Bach“.
Of course, a major project like this is impossible without potent financial support. For this reason I started an art-crowdfunding project that shall help realizing this plan and I am looking very forward to you becoming an active part of this project and supporting it! Here is the project site with all information and attractive rewards:
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