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Aleksei Lubimov

Aleksei Lubimov

Born in Moscow Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov today belongs to the most original musicians. His wide repertoire, dedication to principles and musical morals make him a most welcome exception and addition in today´s music scene. Studying with Heinrich Neuhaus Alexei Lubimov established an early passion for both baroque music, particularly when performed on traditional instruments and 20th century composers such as Schönberg, Webern, Stockhausen, Boulez, Ives, Ligeti, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Silvestrov and Pärt. He premiered many contemporary pieces in Russia and founded a festival “Alternativa”. He also established a quartet dedicated to baroque music during the years in the 70ties when travel limitations stopped his international career. Playing old and new music well however never stopped Alexei Lubimov from being an outstanding performer of classical and romantic repertoire as his many recordings prove.

As political restrictions disappeared in Russia at the 80ties Alexei Lubimov soon stepped into the first rang of pianists giving concerts in Europe, America and Japan. He has appeared with orchestras such as Helsinki- Israel- Los Angeles- Munich and Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre Phil. de Radio France, Toronto Symphony or Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin under conductors like Ashkenazy, Järvi, Kondrashin, Hogwood, Mackerras, Nagano, Norrington, Pletnev, Saraste, Salonen, Janovski or Tortelier. Examples for historic performances include concerts with the orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Wiener Akademie or Collegium Vocale Gent.
Alexei Lubimov lays another point of emphasis on chamber music and performs regularly with famous soloists at festivals all over the world. His late 90ties diary again included prestigious orchestra and solo concerts in Japan, the USA and Europe as well as various chamber music appearances at mainly festivals. The programmes featured Strawinsky, concert for piano and strings with Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington, Mozart with BBC Proms or Rachmaninov 4th concert with Finnish Radio in an extended tour. In the last seasons he played concerts with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RNO Moscow and Austrian Tonkünstlerorchester (2 concerts at Musikverein great hall among others) as well as numerous solo performances. At Salzburg Festival 2003 and in Copenhagen he performed orchestra concerts with “Prometeus” by Scriabin. In 2005 he was performing among others with Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (Beethoven), Munich Philharmonic (Silvestrov), SWR Stuttgart (Pärt), DSO Berlin (Pärt), Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Pärt), Anima Eterna Brugge and RNO Moscow.

Many recordings have been published by various labels such as Melodia, Erato, BIS or Sony. They feature the complete Mozart sonatas, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms as well as music from the 20th century. In 2003 appeared with ECM “Der Bote” and was received enthusiastically by all major critics and the same praise was earned by the latest 2005 CD release with ECM.

NEUPERT fortepiano „MOZART“

Fortepiano Mozart

NEUPERT’s MOZART-fortepiano has its origin in period fortepianos from the last quarter of the 18th century, that are part of the NEUPERT-collection (now at the “Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg”).

The main model applied by NEUPERT to the creation of this instrument was a fortepiano by Johann Jakob Könnicke (1756-1811), Vienna 1796.

However NEUPERT did not feel restricted to copy an original instrument slavishly. Individual elements from fortepianos by Anton Walter and Johann Andreas Stein were joined to the instrument’s construction as well as own ideas.

The result is a fortepiano distinguished by the light touch and the delicate, bright sound of authentic instruments from the classical and preclassical period.

The five octaves compass of its keyboard was never exceeded by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (and by Ludwig van Beethoven not earlier than in the “Waldstein-Sonata” op. 53 from 1804).

For decades – while the instrument was continually improved – NEUPERT’s MOZART-fortepiano has successfully passed the exorbitant test of numerous concert-halls, opera-houses and conservatories. It was equally proved to be the ideal instrument for amateurs, playing at home the music of Mozart and his time.

Technical details:
5 octaves (FF – f3)
Double strung
Vienna action
2 knee-levers (forte, muffler)

Length 205 cm, width 93 cm, net-weight 90 kg

NeupertJohann Christoph Neupert (1842–1921) gründete in Wien 1868 eine Klavierbauwerkstatt in Münchberg (Oberfranken), nachdem er schon seit 1863 in der Werkstatt des Vaters Pianinos hergestelt hatte, und und verlegte sie 1874 nach Bamberg. Mit dem Eintrit der Sohne Fritz, Reinhold und Julius erfolgte eine Erweiterung der Fabrikation, es wurden Pianinos der A-klasse und ab 1911 Konzertflügel gebaut. In dritter Generation waren Alfred, Hanns und Arnulf Neupert in der Firma tütig.
In vierter Generation übernahm Wolf Dieter Neupert ( 1937), Sohn von Hanns Neupert, 1975 die Firma. Neben seiner Ausbildung im elterlichen Betrieb studierte er Physik, Mathematik und Musik mit den Abschlüssen Diplom-Physiker und Tonmeister. Unter seiner Leitung entstand 1976/77 am Stadrand von Bamberg ein modernes Firm-engebäude, in dem Fertigung, Vertrieb und Handel vereint sind, Schwerpunkt der heute “Werkstatten für historischen Tasteninstrumente” lautenden Firma wurde der Nachbau historischer Instrumente dees 16. Bis früchen 19. Jh. mit ingesamt
25 verschiedenen Modellen. Damit ist die Firma, die ihr bisher europaweites Wirken auf die USA und nach fernost ausdehnen konnte, die größte ihrer Art in Deutschland.


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Fantasia c-moll KV 396 (excerpt)
JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH Sonata c-moll op. 17 Nr. 2:
1. Allegro. 2. Andante. 3. Prestissimo
1. Allegro con spirito. 2. Andante con espressione. 3. Rondo. Allegro

CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH Fantasia fis-moll (1787) "C. P. E. Bachs Empfindungen"
JOSEF HAYDN Sonata Nr.33 c-moll Hob.XVI/20:
1. Allegro moderato. 2. Andante con moto. 3. Finale.Allegro
JOSEF HAYDN Fantasia C-dur, Hob. XVII/4



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