Friedrich Gernsheim (1839–1916), born in Worms, on the Rhine, grew up to be one of the most formidable musicians of his age: composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. Even as a teenager, Gernsheim was attracting attention as a virtuoso-composer, earning comparisons with Mozart. These two early piano sonatas – restored by Jens Barnieck from Gernsheim’s manuscripts – combine youthful freshness with praeternatural assuredness, showing awareness of Schumann and anticipating Brahms. By the time of the Six Preludes, written a decade later, Chopin has become the dominant star in Gernsheim’s firmament.
Piano Sonata No. 3 in D minor (1854)
Six Preludes, Op. 2 (publ. 1864)
Catalogue No: TOCC0206EAN/UPC: 5060113442062Release Date: 01.06.2019Artists: Jens Barnieck
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