Miklós Maros, Complete Piano Works
Miklos Maros

Miklós Maros, Complete Piano Works

Moritz Ernst

Label: Perfect Noise
Format: CD
Barcode: 0719279933604
Catalog number: PN 1704
Releasedate: 05-10-18
- Brilliant first recording of all the keyboard works by Miklós Maros
- First recording of the woks for 16th tone piano and 1/3-tone Piano
- Moritz Ernst proves again his skills in contemporary music.

Reflections on my keyboard works by Miklós Maros.

"A composer communicates by means of his music. To express oneself, one needs a language, a musical language which is personal and at the same time imparts itself by its own internal logic: to the musicians interpreting the music as well as to the audience listening to it.. .

Anyway, curiosity is one of the most important traits of a composer: One should be aware of what has been achieved already but also know what does not fit into one's musical language. Students of music are often required to work with different styles, compositional techniques and musical languages. They analyse and imitate the music of the great masters also to gain practical experience.

However, this may as well result in a high or sometimes exaggerated respect for certain kinds of music. And not without reason: After all, what can a young composer add to a repertoire already developed by the greatest minds through the centuries by writing new symphonies or sonatas? To devise my own musical universe in my work, I thoroughly went through the different aspects and elements of music. I wrote many little pieces which concentrate primarily on the melodic, harmonic or rhythmical elements and studied possibilities for numerous new sound combinations with unconventional ensembles.

There was no particular function for keyboard music in this kind of work. For working with tone colours or maybe even with melodic material, the piano was not my first choice. Piano music plays such a major and important role in music literature, including the small pieces, why should I use this particular instrument? ..."

A brilliant recording showing the enormous variety of the keyboard works by Miklós Maros.

Moritz Ernst was born in1986 in Ostwestfalen, Germany and began playing the piano already at the age of five, taking lessons in Detmold. After graduating from high school at the early age of 16, he continued his piano studies in 2002 at the Detmolder Musikhochschule where he also studied
musicology. During that time he was also awarded several prizes.

In 2003 he became a private student of the well known professor for piano, Peter Feuchtwanger. Shortly thereafter his concert activities were launched with regular performances in Europe and abroad.

Some years later Moritz Ernst continued his piano studies with Prof Jean-Jacques Dünki and harpsichord with Prof Jörg-Andreas Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, thereafter his career also as harpsichordist began. During these years of study, he attended master classes and workshops held by Günter Reinhold, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ferderick Rzewski and the Auryn Quartet.

Moritz Ernst is presently concertising as pianist, harpsichordist and chamber musician performing a wide range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. Concerts include appearences in Germany, at the Piano Festival Feuchtwangen, the Lake Constance Festival, the Beethoven
Festival Bonn; in England, France, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Russia. (St. Petersburg Sound Ways Festival) He has also held master classes at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany and at The Royal Music Academy in Malmö, Sweden.

Music of the 20th and 21st century is especially dear to his heart. Ernst has premiered several works as well as collaborating closely with composers such as Eötvös, Pelzel, Winkler, Bhagwati, Wohlhauser, Olofsson, Maros and others, some of whom have dedicated works to him. In addition, he advocates the forgotten and less played composers; for example by performing Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Sonata op. 106, Feruccio Busonni‘s Fantasia contrappuntistica and the musicof Samuel Scheidt, as well as music for the 16th- tone - piano. (Micro - tonality)

The international press has highly acclaimed Moritz Ernst for his superb recording of music by Sir Malcolm Arnold. “The Classical Music Magazine” granted him their highest rating. “Gramophone” praised his sparkling and stimulating rendition of this recording. In addition, he has performed for international radio stations such as DRS2 (Zurich), Radio Luxembourg, SR (Radio of the Saarland), DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk and BBC London.

Extensive plans for future recording projects include: the harpsichord works of Kent Olofsson, well as the complete Sonatas by Joseph Haydn and the entire piano works by Arthur Lourié. He already recorded the complete piano works of Viktor Ullmann and the sonatas by Norbert von Hannenheim in connection with Deutschlandradio and the CD label EDA Records on two CDs In 2014 the Piano Concerto by Victor Ullmann was recorded together with the Dortmund Philharmonic under Gabriel Feltz.