Guastavino & Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Carlos Guastavino

Guastavino & Rachmaninoff

Martin Klett

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085533978
Catalog number: AVI 8553397
Releasedate: 06-04-18
- Martin Klett counts to the younger generation of German and international pianists with a huge range of repertoire available
- Almost a discovery to play the contemporaries Guastavino and Rachmaninoff on one disc
- South American as well as western coloured music seem to be very similar, the atmosphere is telling from the the same time.

So far and yet so near

The harmonies and the virtuosity: that is what the two composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Carlos Guastavino have in common. “Even though at first glance the geographical distance between them was immense, their approach to the piano was strikingly similar”, remarks Martin Klett. In both composers he loves the Romantic element – paired with attractive simplicity in one case, with ambitious piano artistry in the other.

“I don’t think one could even say if this music is by Guastavino or Rachmaninoff! It’s somewhere in between, and thus provides a smooth, perfect transition – the ideal piece to play before the Rachmaninoff sonata.[Las Niñas]” (Martin Klett)

Martin Klett has made a name for himself as a solo pianist and chamber musician. Ever since winning the International Johannes Brahms Competition and the German National Music Competition, he has become a welcome guest at the prestigious music festivals of Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schwetzingen to name just a few. Further invitations have led to performances throughout Europe and Asia.

Martin Klett regularly performs with his chamber music partners such as Sebastian Manz, Daniela Koch, Jacques Ammon, Sophie Heinrich and Charles-Antoine Duflot and others. He has also been invited to perform with such artists as Sabine Meyer, Benedict Klöckner, Maximilian Hornung, Gabriel Schwabe, the Schumann Quartet and many more. Born in 1987, Martin Klett started taking piano lessons at the age of six. He has been particularly influenced and inspired by Prof. Konrad Elser who provided significant guidance at the Conservatoire of Lübeck. Apart from his activities as a classical performer, Klett is an avid arranger and bears a keen interest for Argentine tango. In 2008 he founded the Cuarteto SolTango, which performs Tango Argentino in the spirit of true chamber musicianship, challenging the repertoire of classical concert series on internationally renowned stages and at established festivals.