FERDINAND PFOHL (1862–1949)

STRANDBILDER • SUITE ÉLÉGIAQUE • HAGBART


JAMINA GERL

‘Ferdinand Pfohl was one of the great music critics of Germany. He not only wrote reviews, biographies about Richard Wagner and Arthur Nikisch, but also had his own radio broadcasts, in which he talks about music with a lot of enthusiasm and expertise, very embellished and always with a wink of the eye. That really opened the door to his world for me. You notice the same theme in many of these piano pieces: this wit and humour that comes through and twinkling, even if the music is very melancholic or contemplative at times. His piano pieces are basically miniatures and very different in character – each is following a different mood. Personally, I find it difficult to compare his composition style to anything else. I think that he had quite an individual way, his own sound language, to express what he had in mind.’ – Jamina Gerl

PFOHL, F.: Strandbilder / Suite Élégiaque / Hagbart
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Ferdinand Pfohl
FERDINAND PFOHL – PASTELLBILD VON
ANTON KLAMROTH, 1892

About this Recording

Esteemed as one of Germany’s leading music critics, Ferdinand Pfohl (1862–1949) never lost a passion for composition that had been nurtured in Leipzig. He wrote highly individual works for his own instrument, the piano, conceiving cycles that reveal harmonic daring and sophistication, often evocative of developments in impressionism. As Strandbilder (‘Beach Pictures’) shows, he mastered tonal painting – while in the compositional unity of Suite élégiaque, Bohemian and Russian elements mingle with the influence of one of his great heroes, Grieg.

PFOHL, F.: Strandbilder / Suite Élégiaque / Hagbart
Listen to an excerpt from
Suite Élégiaque, Op. 11: III. Moment musical
STRANDBILDER, OP. 8 (‘BEACH PICTURES’) (1892) (26:15)
1
I. Meeresleuchten – Wellenjagd
(‘Sea Luminescence – Hunting the Waves’) (07:56)
2
II. In den Dünen (‘In the Dunes’) (03:00)
3
III. Heide-Idyll (‘Heath Idyll’) (02:15)
4
IV. Auf dem Friedhof der Namenlosen
(‘At the Graveyard of the Nameless’) (05:23)
5
V. Taat-jem-Glaat (Tal der K├╝sse) (‘Vale of Kisses’) (03:37)
6
VI. Friesische Tanzscene über ein Originalthema
(‘Frisian Dance Scene on an Original Theme’) (03:50)
SUITE ÉLÉGIAQUE. CINQ MORCEAUX POUR PIANO, OP. 11
(‘ELEGIAC SUITE. FIVE PIECES FOR PIANO’) (1894) (42:10)
7
I. Prélude (07:34)
8
II. Élégie (09:57)
9
III. Moment musical (06:16)
10
IV. Scherzo bohémien (10:09)
11
V. Fantaisie russe (07:55)
12
HAGBART. NORDISCHE RHAPSODIE NACH EINEM THEMA VON EDVARD GRIEG (‘HAGBART. NORDIC RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF EDVARD GRIEG’) (1882) (17:55)
* WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS
TOTAL TIME: 86:20
A co-production by Deutschlandradio Kultur (Stefan Lang)
and the Pfohl-Woyrsch-Gesellschaft e.V. (Simon Kannenberg)
Jamina Gerl

JAMINA GERL

Artistic depth, technical superiority and a remarkable sense of tonal colour are the trademarks of the young German pianist Jamina Gerl. She has studied under Roswitha Gediga, Eduard Zilberkant and Nikita Fitenko. A prizewinner at multiple piano competitions, she has performed in such prestigious venues as the Steinway Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Kammermusiksaal Beethoven-Haus, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle, Sichuan Conservatory of Music Concert Hall and Munetsugu Hall, Nagoya. She has also appeared on radio and TV recordings produced in cooperation with MDR, WDR, Dlf and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and has performed at several esteemed music festivals including the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Mosel Musikfestival, Bayreuther Osterfestival and Beethovenfest Bonn.

JAMINA GERL’S UPCOMING CONCERTS AND RECITALS

27.08.2019
Missione Musica Festival
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Paolo Andriotti (violoncello)
Sala Comunale di Villa Rina
Via Riva del Grappa, 89, 35013 Cittadella PD, Italy

29.08.2019
Missione Musica Festival
Piano Concerto
Sala Comunale di Villa Rina
Via Riva del Grappa, 89, 35013 Cittadella PD, Italy

08.09.2019
Oberhausen
Piano solo and Chamber music with
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Aiki Mori-von Schnitzler (violoncello)
Ebertplatz 4, 46045 Oberhausen, Germany

08.09.2019
Rheinberg
Piano Recital
City Hall
Kirchplatz 10, 47495 Rheinberg, Germany

13.09.2019
Beethovenfest Bonn
Piano Concerto with the
Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz
World Conference Center Bonn
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 25, 3113 Bonn, Germany

04.10.2019
Bornheim
Piano Recital
Clubraum
Siefenfeldchen 39, 53332 Bornheim, Germany

06.10.2019
Bonn
Piano Recital
Clemens-August-Saal
Clemens-August-Straße 32-36, 53115 Bonn, Germany

03.11.2019
Bonn
Chamber music with Judith Stapf (violin)
Joseph-Woelfl-Haus
Meßdorfer Str. 177, 53123 Bonn, Germany

14.11.2019
Schleswig
Piano Recital
Bürgersaal des Kreishauses
Flensburger Strasse 7, 24837 Schleswig, Germany

05.12.2019
Hechingen
Piano Recital
Villa Eugenia
Zollernstraße 10, 72379 Hechingen, Germany

06.12.2019
Bonn
Literature Concert with Katharina Waldau, Reader
Centro Hotel Bristol
Prinz-Albert-Straße 2, 53113 Bonn, Germany

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