Ludwig van Beethoven


Herbert Schuch

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085534432
Catalog number: AVI 8553443
Releasedate: 10-05-19

- Herbert Schuch is one of he highest regarded German pianist and musician from the younger generation

- His program sets Beethoven’s Bagatelles in relation to György Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata as Schuch sees them as a corresponding couple of short but heavily sounding pieces

- Already “an early bird” for the Beethoven years 2020


Ligeti and Beethoven „mixed“ as two masters of the miniature form

The gate opens. The music should sound solemn and magnificent, like an overture: majestic, like Beethoven’s Eroica. That is how Hungarian composer György Ligeti begins Musica ricercata, one of his early works from the early 1950s. In exemplary fashion, the cycle blends minimalist structures with a sumptuous array of colors. Behind each note lurks the exigency that nothing should escape the pianist’s attention: he should be aware of all that takes place in the present, while remaining prepared for everything that can occur in the next moment. Such challenges await the performer in Ligeti as well as in Beethoven.

Long before he thought of coupling the works by Beethoven and Ligeti on CD, Herbert Schuch had tried out the combination in the concert hall. “I quickly get a feel whether a programme works well, or whether it’s just something I’ve conceived in my head. Of course I was aware that these cycles were never intended to be picked apart. I find it important to feel assured that I’m not undermining their essence, and that the new order also makes sense. Such a coupling would certainly not work in the case of a sonata.” (excerpt from the Booklet notes/Interview)


The pianist Herbert Schuch has gained a reputation as being among the most interesting musicians
of his generation with his strikingly conceived concert programmes and CD recordings.

He has worked with a number of renowned orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra,
the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre
Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony,
the Dresden Philharmonic and the radio orchestras of hr, MDR, WDR, NDR Hannover und Danish
Radio, as well as with the Camerata Salzburg and the Festival Strings Lucerne, with conductors
such as Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Jakub Hr °uša, Jun Märkl, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jonathan Nott,
Markus Poschner, Michael Sanderling, and Mario Venzago.

Herbert Schuch was born in Timi¸soara, Romania, in 1979. He had his first piano lessons in his native
city with Prof. Maria Bodo, before his family moved to Germany in 1988, where he has lived since.
He continued his musical studies with Kurt Hantsch and then with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at
the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Recently, Herbert Schuch has been especially influenced by his encounters
and work with Alfred Brendel.

As a child, Herbert Schuch also played violin for 10 years and has been an enthusiastic chamber
musician ever since, sharing the stage with musicians of the likes of Nicolas Altstaedt, Vilde Frang,
Julia Fischer, Maximilian Hornung, Sebastian Manz, and Daniel Müller-Schott.
He also forms a successful piano duo with Gülru Ensari: together, they have recorded two releases
for the CAvI-Music label, featuring a wide range of repertoire from different periods.

In addition to his performance activities, Herbert Schuch is also involved in the organization Rhapsody
in School, founded by Lars Vogt, which promotes classical music education in schools.