On Friday 3rd February, Pieter Wispelwey released In Memoriam I on Evil Penguin Classics, alongside his frequent collaborator, Paolo Giacometti. The recording features Schubert's Trockne Blumen Variations, as well as the composer's Sonata D.574, Rondo D.895, and Fantasy D.934. Dedicated to his son Dorian, Wispelwey's new album has already received glowing reviews: Pizzicato Magazine writes "in the Fantasy they achieve a moving blend of grace, playfulness, warmth, and restrained sadness."
In a moving program note, Pieter writes “half a year before my sixtieth birthday my family and I suffered a massive, tragic blow, when my son Dorian died. While still shaken to my foundations, a way forward seems to me to be to allow music to play a constructive and healing role. So I have recorded Bach’s Fifth Suite and Kodaly’s Solosonata to form the Scordatura Album for a September In Memoriam II release. This first In Memoriam for my beloved Dorian, consists of a rerelease of the three greatest Schubert Violin-Piano pieces and the wonderful Trockne Blumen Variations, as Schubert had played a big role in his life as a singer and a music lover.”
Listen to In Memoriam I here.