Walter Hautzig plays a selection of Schubert's piano music including the Wanderer and Grazer fantasies, the German Dances, the Valses Nobles, and Ländler (a form of country-inspired waltz). Mr. Hautzig was born in Vienna, where Schubert composed, so this music has always been in his blood.
From the Album Notes:
1997 commemorated the 200th anniversary of Franz Schubert’s birth. In his short life of thirty-one years he composed numerous songs, dances, chamber works, operas, masses, and nine symphonies. Anyone who has listened to his music cannot help but be impressed by his gift for melodic invention. Unlike his contemporary, Ludwig van Beethoven, whose instrumental works display a very clear musical blueprint, Schubert’s works live for the musical moment, carried aloft by melodic beauty and harmonic riches. The selections presented here are based upon traditional classical forms but are united in their fantasy or improvisational nature.
Complete Album Notes
Walter Hautzig – Pianist – September 28, 1921 - January 30, 2017
Walter Hautzig began his musical studies in Vienna, where he was born in 1921. He was able to escape the Nazi take over of Austria in 1938 through the efforts of violinist Emile Hauser, and so continued his studies at the Jerusalem Conservatory in what was then Palestine. He has made his home in New York City since the 1940’s when he graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
While at the Curtis Institute, Mr. Hautzig studied with Mieczyslaw Munz, a student of Busoni. He also studied privately with acclaimed pianist Artur Schnabel.
He has played countless recitals in more than fifty countries worldwide and has appeared with leading orchestras in cities from A to Z including: Auckland, Baltimore, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Mexico City, Melbourne, New York, St. Louis, Zurich, etc. He was the first American concert artist to perform in China with the normalization of relations in 1979.
At the time of his death, Mr. Haitzig was considered one of the last great romantic pianists. In addition, Mr. Hautzig currently holds the record as the longest time as a Steinway artist.
Several years ago, Mr. Hautzig published his autobiography entitled "Playing Around…The World: A Pianist Remembers". It is available from Amazon.