GrauSchumacher piano duo

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Dates

15.12. 19:00
Herkulessaal Munich

Rebecca Saunders,  "Aether" for two bass clarinets
Ondrej Adamek,  "Follow me" Concerto for violin and orchestra (WP)
Christophe Bertrand,  Vertigo

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Isabelle Faust, violin
Carl Rosman, clarinet
Richard Haynes, clarinet
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Peter Rundel, conductor

15.01. 20:00
Stadthalle Reutlingen

Francis Poulenc,  Concerto for two pianos and orchestra D minor S 61

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

18.01. 19:00
Heimathafen Neukölln

Brigitta Muntendorf,  Key of presence for two pianos, live electronics and transmission (2014/15)
Brigitta Muntendorf,  Key of absence for two prepared pianos, live electronics and transmission, commissioned by BASF SE
Piotr Peszat,  The Message
Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Perspektiven
Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Monologe

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Brigitta Muntendorf, composition

19.01. 20:00
Tuttlinger Hallen

Francis Poulenc,  Concerto for two pianos and orchestra D minor S 61

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

20.01. 19:00
Stadthalle Nagold

Francis Poulenc,  Concerto for two pianos and orchestra D minor S 61

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

biography

With their sublime and explosive recordings, Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher have established themselves as the world’s leading piano duo, only comparable to the legendary Kontarsky brothers – but even in this comparison GrauSchumacher’s interpretational skill leaves the Kontarsky brothers in the dust. (Fonoforum)

Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher have established themselves as one of the world’s top piano duos, with a talent for putting together clever and innovative programmes. Their collaboration at the piano is evidence that the two expert pianists are nothing short of musical soul mates.

The duo’s interpretations are wide-ranging and multi-faceted, and have led to invitations to festivals and concert halls including the Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Salzburg Festival, Tonhalle Zurich and the Piano Festival La Roque d'Anthéron, as well as partnerships with renowned conductors such as Michael Gielen, Lothar Zagrosek, Markus Stenz, Emanuel Krivine, Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano, Bertrand de Billy, Andrej Boreyko, Georges Prêtre and Zubin Mehta.

Their most recent projects include concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bavarian, WDR, HR, NDR and SWR Radio Symphony Orchestras, Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as performances at the Musikfest Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, De Doelen Rotterdam, Handelsbeurs Ghent and the Concertgebouw Bruges.

Through their performances of well-known orchestral concertos by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bartók and Poulenc the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo is always striving for new ways to extend the repertoire for two pianos and orchestra. They have, for example, initiated an arrangement by Stefan Heucke of Franz Liszt’s famous Concerto Pathétique (originally for two pianos) for two pianos and orchestra. Inspired by the duo’s virtuosic and delicate playing, some of the most important contemporary composers have written new concertos for Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher, most recently Peter Eötvös, Philippe Manoury, Jan Müller-Wieland and Luca Francesconi. The duo regularly gives world premieres of duo pieces in recitals, most recently works by Hanspeter Kyburz, Bernd Richard Deutsch, Brigitta Muntendorf and Philippe Manoury.

This season, the duo will give the world premieres of works by Johannes Maria Staud and Vykintas Baltakas at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik as well as a large-scale trilogy by Brigitta Muntendorf at the BASF Ludwigshafen, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin and the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen. In celebration of Bernd Alois Zimmermann on the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2018, the two pianists will perform the composer’s works in guest appearances at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Schwetzinger Festspiele and the Cologne Philharmonie. They will also perform their wide-ranging repertoire at festivals including the Klarafestival Brussels, Ruhr Piano Festival and the Dresdner Musikfestspiele (with Klaus Maria Brandauer) as well as with the Bavarian and WDR Radio Symphony Orchestras.

Their carefully considered programmes are a hallmark of their numerous recordings, released on labels including Neos, where the duo have their own series, including the recent CD Fantasias, with works by Schubert, Purcell/Kurtág, Mozart/Busoni, Scriabin and Rachmaninov. Their album of Stockhausen's Mantra won awards from Le monde de la musique and Diapason, and their Visions de l’Amen, including works by Messiaen and Schütz/Kurtág, was selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Their series with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, including Concerti I (Mozart, Bartók, Liszt) and Concerti II (Liszt/Heucke, Bach, Stravinsky), was completed last season with Concerti III (Poulenc, McPhee, Adams).


2017/18 season

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orchestra repertoire

J. S. Bach Concerto in C minor BWV 1060 (with string orchestra)
Concerto in C major BWV 1061 (with string orchestra)
W. A. Mozart Concerto in F major KV 242 (for two or three pianos)
Concerto in E flat major KV 365
F. M. Bartholdy Concerto in E major
F. Liszt/ S. Heucke Concerto páthetique for two pianos and orchestra (arranged and with a new cadence by Stefan Heucke) *
C. Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux
M. Bruch Concerto in A-flat major op. 88a
R.V. Williams Concerto in C major for two pianos and orchestra
B. Bartók Concerto for two pianos and percussion
F. Poulenc Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra
B. Martinu Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H. 292
C. McPhee Tabuh - Tabuhan
S. Veress Hommage à Paul Klee (with string orchestra)
B. A. Zimmermann Dialoge (1960)
L. Berio Concerto (1973)
more...

Audio examples of the orchestra repertoire can be found here.

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recital programmes

...quasi una fantasia, Recital with two Pianos

Schubert Fantasia in F minor D 940
Purcell/Kurtág Fantasia upon one note
Mozart/Busoni Fantasia in F minor
Scriabin Fantasia A minor, Op. posthum
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Rachmaninoff Fantasia, Op. 5 (Suite No. 1 for two pianos)

Debussy - Original and Transcription

Debussy Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune
Schumann/Debussy Six Etudes en forme de Canon, Op. 56
Debussy En blanc et noir
Saint-Saëns/Debussy Introduktion and Rondo capriccioso
Debussy Trois Nocturnes

Bad Boys

Feldmann Two Pianos
Reich Piano Phase
Rzewski Cotton Mills Blues
Zappa Ruth is Sleeping
Adams Hallalujah Junction

Schubert for four hands

Schubert Six Grandes Marches et Trios, D 819 No. 5 E-flat minor Andante
Kurtág Játékok (excerpts)
Schubert Allegro A minor „Lebensstürme“, D 947
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Schubert Trois Marches Militaires, D 733
Crumb Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV)
Schubert Sonata B-flat Major, D 617
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Projects

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Discography

Fantasias

Fantasias

Purcell / Kurtág - Mozart / Busoni - Schubert - Scriabin - Rachmaninov
NEOS 2017, 21501

Concerti III

CONCERTI III

Francis Poulenc - Colin McPhee - John Adams
GrauSchumacher Piano Duo; Trio Mediæval; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Brad Lubman, conductor
NEOS 2017, 21703

Concerti II

Concerti II

Liszt/Heucke - Bach - Stravinsky
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Martyn Brabbins, conductor
NEOS 2014, 21302

Peter Eötvös | Kosmos

Peter Eötvös | Kosmos

Sonata per sei - Psalm 151 - Kosmos (version for two pianos)
Schlagquartett Köln; Paulo Álvares, piano
Wergo 2014, WER 67842

Transcriptions

Transcriptions

Bach - Debussy - Saint-Säens - Mozart - Wagner – Rachmaninoff - Tchaikovsky - Ravel
NEOS 2012, 20903

Concerti I

Concerti I

Mozart - Liszt - Bartók
Franz Schindlbeck and Jan Schlichte, percussion;
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Ruben Gazarian, conductor
NEOS 2010, 20901

Schrift-Um-Schrift

Schrift-Um-Schrift

Rihm - Bartók
Franz Schindlbeck and Jan Schlichte, percussion
NEOS 2010, 11032

Kosmos

Kosmos

Crumb - Kurtág - Stockhausen - Bartók - Eötvös
NEOS 2009, 20802

Grand Duo

Grand Duo

Schubert - Shostakovich
NEOS 2009, 20801

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm

La musique creuse le ciel - Über-Schrift
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Peter Rundel, conductor
NEOS 2009, 10721

Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter

Choral Works
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart; Marcus Creed, conductor
SWRmusic/hänssler 2009, hänsslerCLASSIC CD 93.231

Via Crucis

Via Crucis

Liszt: Via Crucis for choir, solo voice and piano four hands
NEOS 2009, 20902

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

Love Songs and Waltzes
WDR Rundfunkchor Köln; Rupert Huber, conductor
NEOS 2009, 30804

Le Sacre

Le Sacre

Debussy - Stravinsky
NEOS 2008, 20805

Luciano Berio - Orchestral Works

Luciano Berio - Orchestral Works

Concerto per due pianoforti e orchestra
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien; Bertrand de Billy, conductor
col legno Wien Modern Edition # 2, 2008, WWE 20281

Visions de l'Amen

Visions de l'Amen

Schütz/Kurtág - Messiaen
col legno Edition 2005, WWE 20105

Jean-Luc Darbellay, Eric Gaudibert, Sandor Veress

Jean-Luc Darbellay, Eric Gaudibert, Sandor Veress

Hommage à Paul Klee
Camerata Bern
col legno 2005,WWE 1CD 20240

Mozart - Reger - Beethoven

Mozart - Reger - Beethoven

"variations and fugues"
col legno Edition 2003, WWE 20108

Bach - Kurtág - Busoni

Bach - Kurtág - Busoni

col legno Edition 2002, WWE 20106

"mehrere kurze walzer"

"mehrere kurze walzer"

Schubert - Brahms - Grieg - Hindemith - Rihm
col legno Edition 2002, WWE 20103

Stefan Heucke

Stefan Heucke

Der selbstsüchtige Riese (fairy tale by Oscar Wilde)
Bettina Böttinger, narrator
Edition Schott, ED 9686

Carl Reinecke

Carl Reinecke

Der Schweinehirt (fairy tale by H.C. Andersen)
Ulrich Noethen, narrator
Edition Seeigel 2001, ISBN 3-935461-06-3

Carl Reinecke

Carl Reinecke

Nussknacker & Mausekönig (stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann)
Samuel Weiss, narrator
Edition Seeigel 2001, ISBN 3-980 4507-1

Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith

Mathis der Maler - Ragtime (wohltemperiert) - Sonata for piano four hands - Walzer Op. 6 - Sonata for two pianos
wergo 1999, WER 6633-2

Ligeti - Schubert - Ligeti

Ligeti - Schubert - Ligeti

"ein experimentelles Recital"
col legno Edition 1998, WWE 20102

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

A German Requiem Op. 45 (London version)
Chorus Musicus, with S. Isokoski, A. Schmidt, C. Spering
opus 111 1997, OPS 30-140

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Perspektiven - Monologe - Dialoge
Deutches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Bernhard Kontarsky, conductor
col legno 1997, WWE 20002

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen

MANTRA, for two pianists
wergo 1995, WER 6267-2

Péter Eötvös IMA

Péter Eötvös IMA

Cosmos, version for two pianos (1961/99)
BMC 2003, BMC CD 085

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