Following the river CD cover photo

CD January release date announced

Florian’s first solo CD will be released by Acousence Classics on 5th January 2018. Recorded in March 2017 on a Shigeru Kawai EX piano, the CD features music inspired by Eastern European folk music: music linked by the Danube, hence the title Following the river. Alongside music by Bartok, Schubert and Liszt, are pieces much less well known in western Europe, but very much part of Florian’s musical heritage. The music of Romanian composers Sigismund Toduţă (1908-1991), Radu Paladi (1927-2013), and Paul Constantinescu (1909-1963) is powerfully evocative and certainly deserves to be heard more widely. Florian writes:

Some of the memories I am most fond of are hot summer nights spent on a boat in the middle of a channel, deep in the heart of the Danube Delta, listening to the gentle whisper of the willows and distant bird calls, and counting the stars in the sky. I have been fascinated by the Danube for as long as I can remember. This mysterious river joins people from Central and Eastern Europe, carrying their stories, their songs, their dances, their joys and sorrows. The music of people living on the banks of the Danube is spellbinding in its capacity for expression. I feel very lucky to have grown up in an area where this music is still very much alive and an essential component of people’s lives. For years I was able to immerse myself in this enchanting musical universe and Following the river is the resulting unity between my classical training and my childhood interaction with folk musicians. This album will hopefully transport the listener on a journey as tumultuous and as poetic as life itself.

 

Following the river: Music along the Danube

Bela Bartok, Six Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm from Mikrokosmos Sz. 107
Sigismund Toduţă, Twelve Variations on a Romanian Christmas Carol
Franz Schubert, Hungarian Melody D 817
Paul Constantinescu, Variations on a Romanian Folksong
Paul Constantinescu, Joc Dobrogean. Toccata (Dobrogean dance)
Franz Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 5 ‘Héroïde-élégiaque’ in E minor
Sigismund Toduţă, Suite of Romanian Songs and Dances
Radu Paladi, Rondo a capriccio
Sigismund Toduţă, Chorale on ‘God, have mercy’ and Toccata

© and ℗ 2017 ACOUSENCE records (ACO-CD 13317) www.acousence.de

From the release date you will be able to listen to short samples of each track via this site or Florian’s SoundCloud page. You can read more about Florian’s vision for the CD by following this link: