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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    1848 The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in the Heidelberg Town Hall Inspired by Service for the Art Love and Passion Interview in PTNA Magazine Tokyo Kreisleriana was the Event of the Evening Pianist Sontraud Speidel in the Schumann House By Gunter Duvenbeck BONN Oddly music lovers in Bonn have not been making their discoveries in the Beethovenhalle the central temple of muses recently but rather in the periphery like Duisdorf or now again in the Schumannhaus in Endenich where pianist Sontraud Speidel from Karlsruhe played her official Bonn debut Delayed due to illness it became on Tuesday an event of pianistic mastership and musical empathy for German Romantic piano music The artist who played first in Bonn in November 1979 as a guest of the Federal Chancellor in the Palais Schaumburg is reputed in her native land as an insider tip for connoisseurs In the USA and in Russia where she has made several concert tours this is known already It would seem to be good advice for her to avoid falling entirely into our hectic concert bustle because both her demeanor and playing seem to be completely free from any superficiality Love of details refined with the most delicate tints of sound is combined with wise arrangement of musical architecture calm decaying of lyrical moments with heartfelt verve in the dramatic passages Virtuosity never ends in itself not even in Czerny s Ricordanza Variations that opened the concert amiably and with exceedingly beautiful sound The Boesendorfer piano in the Schumannhaus is rarely heard played so sophisticatedly and so well adapted to the delicate acoustics of the room Schumann s Impromptus op 5 and Brahms Variations op 9 made obvious that Sontraud Speidel s interpretation is full of subtle feeling for the sound and expression Her tempi often quite slow were

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    Magazine Tokyo Brilliant Piano Début in the Town Hall Sontraud Speidel Kindles Fireworks Robert Schumann s Grand Sonata was the climax of a memorable concert The debut of the new Steinway grand piano in the town hall was doubly brilliant first the possibilities of an instrument with a really breath taking splendor of sound became obvious and second the piano was played by music professor Sontraud Speidel from Karlsruhe with nearly unsurpassable perfection The concert was an art event par excellence an occurrence for all listeners whose expectation was surely exceeded The reason obviously was that Sontraud Speidel introduced herself as an exceedingly passionate pianist who surmounts all technical difficulties without any effort and without becoming addicted to superficial formalism On the contrary she gave a subtle personal touch to the concert also characterized by the self confidence of an artist who does not make any concession to virtuosity for it s own sake Beyond all question the wonderful instrument is a credit for Kulmbach The Piano Sonata 18 in Eb Major from Ludwig van Beethoven s opus 31 which opened the concert would not need to be mentioned due to its popularity if the pianist would not have played it in a such willful manner She brought Beethoven down from his pedestal and made the composer who is falsely known as a Titan understandable for the listeners The artist provided the large work that virtually transgresses the dimensions of a sonata the gravity and monumentality which was presumably given to it by the composer The miscellaneous arabesques many of them are in the beautiful Menuetto did not stay alone also a lot of reflective approach even bitterness could be felt The pianist painted a perplexing and startling portrait of Beethoven in his torn self estimation and opposition to his

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    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 Interview SZ with descendant of Clara und Robert Schumann All of him lies therein Rarely played works Her own concerts not thought possible By Thorsten Eberding She does not have a lame finger Nevertheless she has inherited something from her celebrated great great grandparents Clara and Robert Schumann Music is a part of Barbara Schumann s world too The descendent of the married couple of composers came to Sontraud Speidel s concert at the Sindelfingen Odeon SZ spoke with Barbara Schumann who lives in Cuxhaven SZ How do you feel having such celebrated ancestors Barbara Schumann It s very nice for me I enjoy people always being friendly to me and shaking my hand It allows me to have contact with many people for example the director of the Schumann Museum in Zwickau and many others I travel a lot SZ Do you participate in the management of the Schumann heritage Barbara Schumann No I still own some personal things For example a letter from Robert Schumann and a beautiful plate of Clara Schumann that I keep in my sideboard It was a gift from the Austrian Empress when she played piano for her I use it only for very special occasions SZ Do you play concerts too Barbara Schumann I have never thought that possible because I do not play piano well enough When I wanted to play something for Sontraud Speidel before her concert I came to a standstill right in the midst though I know that piece virtually by heart I am however a music teacher When I did this formerly it

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    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 Sontraud Speidel Plays Sonatas in Rheinbreitbach By Antonia Wahl Connoisseurs of music have known for a long time that the concerts in the Hoettche in Rheinbreitbach are of the highest standard Heinz Rechmann owner of this cozy wine tavern always tries to bring excellent artists to his house For example Sontraud Speidel who enthused her audience on this evening with piano sonatas The professor from Karlsruhe chose for her program the Sonata No 21 in b minor by Joseph Haydn Ludwig van Beethoven s Storm Sonata and Robert Schumann s Grand Sonata Concert Without Orchestra The brilliant playing technique of Sontraud Speidel was as fascinating as her musical interpretation which was full of contrast and tension The demanding

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    light Staying under the star with 16 beams which is reminiscent of the canopy of heaven together with many little stars and the blue color is a great experience Annegret Bock was right when she said in the beginning The Angel announced Christmas in the Jewish Bethlehem What would be more obvious than preparing oneself for Christmas and recalling the sense of Christmas sincerely at exactly that place after the terrible incidents 50 years ago Everyone had ample time for reflection The eyes emotions and feelings were addressed long before the first note sounded The commercialization and kitsch of Advent was far away Solemn and spiritualized Sontraud Speidel began the Aria Variata alla Maniera Italiana in a minor BWV 989 by Johann Sebastian Bach Was it the fortune of the hour a lucky chance or just the excellent interpretation of the artist from Karlsruhe that everything was right from the first note and the first themes on The light the colors the pianist the star on the stage of course a part of the large room painting which encloses the audience the architecture and the ornaments harmonized with the sound in an unique manner The acoustics which was found as somewhat problematic in the recent concerts with string ensembles was faultless during all performances of this piano evening the lid of the grand piano was in the right direction and the vault of the ceiling reflected smoothest pianissimo chords as well as loudest fortissimo ascents with nice harmony and without any blur or disturbing echo the feedback at the beginning caused by the microphone at the speaker s desk which inadvertantly was not switched off was soon recognized and turned off Bach s Aria was well suited for answering unanswered questions which were addressed in the spoken introduction and which

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    already a spectacular affair in itself so much can still be discovered from the strangest and purest master of Romanticism Joachim Draheim however well known Schumann expert and author of this matinee in the broadcast hall of the Sueddeutscher Rundfunk studio Karlsruhe went a step further he illuminated the professional friendship however one sided it may have been between Schumann and Frédéric Chopin The morning that was like an evening so full of plenty of euphony as expressed by Thomas Mann with so exhaustively wise comments in the best sense and chosen texts this morning was an unique event not only by this premiere but also by the traced connotations Chopin s Op 2 was at the beginning rarely known variations on Mozart s duet Là ci drem la mano from the opera Don Giovanni which were glowingly dedicated by the twenty year old Schumann to his teacher and father like idol Wieck as Draheim said The comments read by the actor Markus Hoffmann clearly and without lofty speech was comprised of documents and quotes by their contemporaries in the manner of a radio feature Additionally Sontraud Speidel presented herself like a Clara Schumann Wieck of our time with brilliance and emotions with virtuosic gestures and delicate interpretation She masterfully interpreted how the theme is represented and transformed in the variations The same in the short character piece Chopin from Schumann s Carnaval which is as Draheim pointed out an amazing exact copy of the style But even more this became evident in the two last dedicated works at first Schumann s central work Kreisleriana which is dedicated to Chopin and also to E T A Hoffmann due to its topic and second Chopin s revenge the F Major Ballade op 35 Romanticism was rarely heard so clearly as the

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    upset and were disappointed about the cancellation In contrast to the initially scheduled rather short program with popular works of the piano literature three rarely played compositions of Robert Schumann would now be heard How frequently is it possible to hear all twenty pieces of the Album Leaves op 124 played completely Schumann composed them between 1832 and 1845 creating musical miniatures each with very different characters Surely not all of them are on the same compositional level some are even similar in style to the superficial salon music of the Biedermeier composers An artist with the dignity of Sontraud Speidel makes however all these pieces interesting Sorrow s Presentiment and Endless Sorrow were played as deeply felt scenes and they remained in remembrance also due to their simple melodies On the other hand the two Fantasia Pieces required the entire keyboard with wild and intense gestures The two following charming Waltzes are typical for Schumann The Lullaby composed for his daughter Marie in 1841 seems to be a piece from his Scenes from Childhood which are very popular among piano playing youth Sontraud Speidel played it with particular intimacy The rapid Canon was the effective finale of the Album Leaves Sontraud Speidel managed to give each of the twenty miniatures its own character She played the pieces without any undue excess and gave the pieces a superior expression with the warmth of female sentiment Schumann s third Piano Sonata in f minor was composed in 1835 Initially it contained five movements and was played by Sontraud Speidel after the intermission One of the two Scherzos of this strange composition was removed by Schumann in the final version Mrs Speidel played this movement as the second piece before the intermission The pianist pointed out the quality of this nearly forgotten

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  • Sontraud Speidel, Pianist
    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 Bravuras From the Years Before the German Revolution 1848 Romantic piano music with Sontraud Speidel in the Stephansaal The

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