Martin Stadtfeld Christmas Piano (2021)

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MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 00:42:37 | 100 Mb
Classical | Label: Sony Classical

At the end of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic put paid to public concerts,
Martin Stadtfeld posted a number of brief musical Advent greetings on his social media platforms that were designed to cheer and entertain his fans. The experience of sharing these pieces with others and their reaction to his music have encouraged him to record a new album, Christmas Piano. But there is nothing thoughtlessly spontaneous about this collection of Advent pieces. Rather, it is the logical successor to his last album, Piano Songbook, which featured a mixture of arrangements of his personal favourites and some of his own compositions. At the same time, it is the outcome of a period in his life – not just as a musician – when he was obliged to stop what he had been doing, a period, finally, that demanded that all of us should demonstrate a greater degree of calm and contemplation than is usual in our lives. This idea finds particularly compelling expression in Christmas Time, a new cycle of piano pieces that Martin Stadtfeld has written. In eleven atmospheric miniatures he gazes back on the past and recalls Christmas celebrations from his own childhood.Tracklist:
1. Christmas Time: I. Happy Time (01:16)
2. Christmas Time: II. Dream (01:00)
3. Christmas Time: III. Wish List (00:55)
4. Christmas Time: IV. Bells (01:52)
5. Christmas Time: V. Reflection 1 (01:39)
6. Christmas Time: VI. Anticipation (01:27)
7. Christmas Time: VII. Reflection 2 (02:00)
8. Christmas Time: VIII. Sleepless (01:52)
9. Christmas Time: IX. Reflection 3 (01:11)
10. Christmas Time: X. In the Church (01:40)
11. Christmas Time: XI. Happiness is Never Enough (01:55)
12. In the Bleak Midwinter (Arr. for Piano by Martin Stadtfeld) (02:06)
13. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Arr. for Piano by Martin Stadtfeld) (01:22)
14. Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (Arr. for Piano by Martin Stadtfeld) (04:19)
15. Two Variations after Praetorius’ "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" (01:58)
16. Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her à 3 (Arr. for Piano by Martin Stadtfeld) (01:52)
17. Intermezzo I after "Vom Himmel hoch" (00:58)
18. Gesú Bambino (Arr. for Piano & Clavichord by Martin Stadtfeld) (02:16)
19. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 769: Canon I (Arr. for Clavichord & Fluegelhorn by Martin Stadtfeld) (03:19)
20. Intermezzo II after "Vom Himmel hoch" (00:58)
21. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 769: Canon II (Arr. for Clavichord & Trumpet by Martin Stadtfeld) (01:22)
22. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 769: Canon III (Arr. for Clavichord & Trumpet by Martin Stadtfeld) (05:09)

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