Beethoven, Schumann and Chostakovich

Friedrich Thiele, Cello
2nd Prize Winner ARD Competition 2019

Elisabeth Brauss, Piano


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in E-flat Major, WoO 46

Robert Schumannn (1810-1856)
Fantasiestücke for Cello and Piano, Op. 73 (original for clarinet and piano)

Dmitri Chostakovich (1906-1975)
from the 24 Preludes for Piano, Op. 34 (arr. for cello and piano by Lera Auerbach):
No. 2 Allegretto
No. 17 Largo
No. 13 Moderato
No. 21 Allegretto poco moderato
No. 24 Allegretto

Cello Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40


The concert got recorded live on 31 July at Gstaad.

A child of Saxony – a region rich in musical talent! – cellist Friedrich Thiele brings together in his recital the greatest German composers and the Russian Dmitri Shostakovich, with works of which not all of them are written for his instrument. The highlight is Shostakovich’s Sonata, composed when the musician was not yet plagued by Soviet censorship, which Thiele has chosen to link with five piano preludes transcribed by Lera Auerbach, one of the most promising figures of the new Russian generation.

2 comments on “Friedrich Thiele

Such a treat to hear (and see) these wonderful young musicians enjoying giving us their brilliance. Thank you!

Fascinating program and splendid playing from both young artists. The “wandering camera” can be distracting, especially when it stops in the wrong place. Better to let us watch both players and focus our attention where it’s needed – just like the in-person audience can.

Thanks for making this wonderful festival available to us all!

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