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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    27 2006 Reverie in the Afternoon Mar 21 2006 Joyful Far East Piano Festival under Direction from Baden Talented with Subtle Instinct for Sound Kreisleriana was the Event of the Evening Sontraud Speidel Kindles Fireworks All of him lies therein Sontraud Speidel Plays Sonatas The Fortune of the Hour An Exciting Rediscovery Decided Quickly and Won Bravuras From the Years Before the German Revolution 1848 The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in the Heidelberg Town Hall Inspired by Service for the Art Love and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Fine Sound Display and Virtuosic Elegance Recital as a Moving Finale of the German Polish Meetings in the Town Church By Elisa Hernicek In the final concert of the German Polish Meetings four sacred works by Polish composers of the 19th and 20th century were woven into the program around Chopin s Piano Concerto Christian Markus Raiser engagingly directed the Karlsruhe Bach Choir the Camerata 2000 and the soloists Simone Fessner soprano Sibylle Kamphues alto Andreas Reibenspies baritone and Sontraud Speidel piano Chopin s Piano Concerto was the centerpiece of this evening Sontraud Speidel varied the themes of the Maestoso with fine scales of masterly elegance and with breath taking sovereignty She

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    Heidelberg Town Hall Inspired by Service for the Art Love and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Harmonious and Expressive Sontraud Speidel Fascinates in the Baden Museum with Splendid Piano Playing If one listens to Sontraud Speidel in concert playing the piano seems to be the easiest matter of course There is no moving of the piano chair no phase of concentration She sits down and plays and plays with an enthusing clarity and a force of expression with a full sound For the Master s Recital in the Werner Trenkner Society she brought a program that was comprised exclusively of works of women composers In the 19th century there were more of them than assumed For example Maria Szymanowska a celebrated pianist in the tsar s court in Russia who composed a Polonaise in F major With her approach to Polish folksongs she became a precursor of Chopin Sontraud Speidel placed this beautiful piece of music at the beginning of her recital The pianist who forms a well known piano duo with Evelinde Trenker besides her work as soloist is also a teacher in great demand throughout the whole world including USA and Japan in Montreal and Tel Aviv

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    therein Sontraud Speidel Plays Sonatas The Fortune of the Hour An Exciting Rediscovery Decided Quickly and Won Bravuras From the Years Before the German Revolution 1848 The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in the Heidelberg Town Hall Inspired by Service for the Art Love and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Dimensions of Piano Playing Many good pianists have been introduced recently in several concerts but then Sontraud Speidel came to the Baden Museum as a guest of the Werner Trenkner Society and made all of them fall into oblivion 150 years ago notwithstanding her virtuosity it would not be easy for her to have great success because music making and composing women were suspect in society Even an artist like Fanny Mendelssohn was prepared by her father to her duty as a wife and mother Only when marrying the court s painter Wilhelm Hensel could she unfold her musical talent Professor Sontraud Speidel played works by women a field that enables many discoveries even today Although Robert Schumann required that his wife Clara would be content with her main job as mother he cared for the printing of the brilliant pianist s few compositions The large audience in the Meistermann Hall experienced much more than a piano recital it was a highly interesting lesson about piano playing as Sontraud Speidel introduced many compositions in brief extracts She compared and discovered resemblances and she related facts about the female composers and their time in a word it was an event People in the audience completely forget the virtuosity because the multiple prize winning pianist does not put on airs She plays her program by heart with the most matter of course with a clarity and purity of piano playing that is found only greatest artists and Sontraud Speidel is of course one

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    Plays Sonatas The Fortune of the Hour An Exciting Rediscovery Decided Quickly and Won Bravuras From the Years Before the German Revolution 1848 The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in the Heidelberg Town Hall Inspired by Service for the Art Love and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Municipal Music School Big Run to the Master Courses The Finishing Touch By Thomas Hampus One year ago the master class for pianists hold by Professor Sontraud Speidel from Karlsruhe was a great success The second class at the recent weekend surpassed the previous one For the past year the Johann Melchior Dreyer Municipal Music School has successfully offered master classes of the highest quality especially for advanced pupils but also for professional musicians The professors Lukas David violin and Martin Ostertag cello are remebered well and of course Sontraud Speidel The music professor from Karlsruhe has now lead a master class in Ellwangen for the first time The piano teacher Ruben Meliksetian who also had engaged Martin Ostertag brought his former professor to the Jagst river On a recent Saturday and Sunday she cared intensively for the active participants of the course that was organized in cooperation with the State Organization of the music schools in Baden Wuerttemberg benefitting 6 21 years old pianists and also eight auditing participants In several cases the teachers came with their students to the music school in Ellwangen Besides one pupil from Ellwangen the professor taught pianists from Berlin Calw Frankfurt Mainz Karlsruhe Lahr Pforzheim Stuttgart Ulm Weil der Stadt and some Czech towns Despite the busy calendar two participants were willing for short interviews Charlotte 12 years old has played the piano for 7 years and came with her teacher She emphasized that Speidel works very exactly Obviously the pupil meant the aspects of musical analysis

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    Sontraud Speidel Plays Sonatas The Fortune of the Hour An Exciting Rediscovery Decided Quickly and Won Bravuras From the Years Before the German Revolution 1848 The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in the Heidelberg Town Hall Inspired by Service for the Art Love and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Students Learned Much in Master Class The direction by Professor Sontraud Speidel from Karlsruhe in the piano master class last Saturday afternoon

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    Chamber Orchestra in the Heidelberg Town Hall Inspired by Service for the Art Love and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Reverie in the Afternoon Piano music Sontraud Speidel plays in the Emperor s Hall of Lichtenberg Castle By Silvia Adler Where the words end the music begins wrote the Romanticist E T A Hoffmann This quote from a poet seems to become a program in the well known Scenes from Childhood op 15 by Robert Schumann In 13 poems without words the young composer who desired to become a poet himself makes audible that which is unspeakable Sontraud Speidel began her Sunday afternoon s piano recital in Lichtenberg Castle with this piano suite composed in 1838 the subtitle of the concert was Robert Schumann and his family Almost casually she sounds the first chords foregoing intentionally superficial effects she seems to listen into the music from the start She penetrates the mystery of the pieces deeper and deeper and makes Schumann s memories of childhood told from the perspective of the adult become alive with great persuasive power by her sensitive and concise interpretation With soulfull tenderness of touch and subtly applied delays of chords she confers an enchantment

    Original URL path: http://www.sontraud-speidel.de/e-pressestimmen_15.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    From the Years Before the German Revolution 1848 The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in the Heidelberg Town Hall Inspired by Service for the Art Love and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Joyful Far East Piano Festival under Direction from Baden Professor Sontraud Speidel from Karlsruhe led the First International Piano Festival in Taiwan The First International Piano Festival in Taiwan directed by female and male pianists from Karlsruhe proved that the excellent reputation of the pianist s art in Baden goes far beyond the regional borders The summit conference of piano art was directed by Sontraud Speidel professor at the Karlsruhe Music College Co directors were piano duos Noriko Ishikawa Manfred Kratzer and Eriko Takezawa Christoph Sischka two ensembles that began their musical career at the Karlsruhe Music College as well Also the Polish professor Andrezej Jasinski teacher of Kristian Zimmermann participated in the festival The festival in Taiwan lasted for approximately one week and brought together leading pianists and teachers from that country with the piano guests from Baden The program included master classes discussions lectures and concerts A spectacular concent in the National Concert Hall played on 8 pianos with up to 32 hands was broadcast by Taiwan

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Talented with Subtle Instinct for Sound Sontraud Speidel at the Schumann House in Endenich By Barbara Kaempfert Weitbrecht The concert in the Schumannhaus in Endenich which was played now after being cancelled when the pianist was ill was a piano recital that cannot be imagined better The young German pianist who won first prizes in international competition and who is very successfully playing concerts worldwide is already professor at the State Colleges for Music in Trossingen and Karlsruhe Sontraud Speidel is a master of subtle touch and of a cultivation of sound that is reflected and felt in the smallest details Her art of musical phrasing and her subtly pointed fluctuation of speed prove her high musical talent and her endowment for interpretation with a deep poetic seriousness Her obvious workmanlike skills and her completely efficient technique form the basis of her spiritualized espressive gestures which made the evening with Sontraud Speidel an event The artist arranged a large program for her making up her previous absence beginning with Czerny s La Ricordanca The brilliant cascades of this series of variations was completed with fascinating light footedness and delicacy and was a light

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