Anton Kuerti

has performed in recital and with leading orchestras in 40 countries. In Canada he has appeared in 140 communities, and played with every professional orchestra, including 41 concerts with the Toronto Symphony.
Kuerti has recorded all the Beethoven concertos and sonatas, the Brahms and Schumann concertos, and all the Schubert sonatas, among many other releases. A critic for 'Fanfare' wrote simply that "Kuerti is the best pianist currently playing"; CD Review (London) called him "one of the truly great pianists of this century"; Fono Forum wrote "Anton Kuerti is one of the greatest pianists of our time", while Gramophone called him "one of the leading Schumann pianists of our time".
Kuerti won the presigious Leventritt Award when he was still a student. Other awards and honours include Officer of tthe Order of Canada, the Banff Centre National Arts Award, the Schumann Prize of the Schumann Gesellschaft, and the Governor General's Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.


Piano concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25
Piano concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40
Capriccio Brillante in B major, Op.22


Anton Kuerti - piano
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Freeman Conductor

Piano Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.22
- Original Finale included -
Fantasie in C major, Op.17
DDR-6608 (in North America DHR-6608)

Variation Sérieuses, Op. 54
Fantasy in F# Minor, Op. 28
Scherzo a Capriccio in F# Minor
Three Preludes & Fugues, Op. 35/1, 2, 3
Scherzo in B Minor
DDR-6610 (in North America DHR-6610)


A Rediscovered Genius
DHR-6011-3 (3CDs)

Two String Quartets: in E Minor and D Minor
St. Lawrence String Quartet:
Geoff Nuttall & Barry Shiffman - violins; Lesley Robertson - viola; Marina Hoover - cello
Two Fugatos for String Quintet Op. 177 No. 1 & No. 2
St. Lawrence String Quartet; Erika Raum, violin
Quartet for Piano and Strings in C Minor Op. 148
Anton Kuerti, piano; Members of St. Lawrence String Quartet:
Barry Shiffman - violin; Lesley Robertson - viola; Marina Hoover - cello
Grand Trio No. 2 in A Major, Op. 166
Stéphane Lemelin, piano; Erika Raum, violin; Thomas Wiebe, cello
Overtures in C Minor and E Major
Edmonton Symphony, Leonard Ratzlaff & Grzegorz Nowak, conductors
Offertorium Benedicat nos Deus Op. 737
Jolaine Kerley - soprano; Joy-Anne Murphy - alto; Benjamin Butterfield - tenor; Paul Grindlay - bass
André Moisan - clarinet; Edmonton Symphony, Leonard Ratzlaff, conductor
Grande Sérénade Concertante in E Minor Op. 126
Stéphane Lemelin - piano; André Moisan - clarinet; Gerald Onciul - horn; Thomas Wiebe - cello
Variations Brillantes sur un thème de Bellini. Piano 6 hands, Op. 297
Yaara Tal; Andreas Groethuysen; Anton Kuerti
5 Lieder: Des Mädchens Klage; Der Bund; Das Geheimnis; Der Erlkönig; Traum am Bach
Benjamin Butterfield - tenor; Stéphane Lemelin - piano
Etude in C# Minor, Op. 399/10
Wonny Song - piano

Live performances from the World's First Carl Czerny Music Festival
June 13 - 16, 2002, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Carl Czerny (1791-1857) occupies a pivotal niche in music history, linking Beethoven - his teacher, the ultimate archetype of profoundly spiritual music - with Liszt, Czerny's student, who exemplifies the ultra-romantic and often exhibitionistic virtuoso. Squashed between two of the most heroic, colourful and influential personalities in the history of music, each of whom is adulated and imitated to this day, Czerny, quite in contrast, led a very modest, uneventful and withdrawn life, and his name remains known only for his technical studies and etudes. This is profoundly unjust, for hidden in his extraordinary output (well over 1000 works, even without counting the etudes!) lie dozens of glorious masterworks. These display a consistent perfection of craft, a freshness of invention and an engaging sincerity that is remarkable. The music surprises us constantly with unexpected little original touches, some elegant, others quirky - a secret reward for those who listen carefully. The traditional forms are harnessed with a confidence and finesse that allows them to flow seamlessly.

If Czerny wrote such outstanding works, why have they remained buried out of sight? The most plausible answer is that he became type-cast as a manufacturer of etudes and of the mass-produced junk music - the potpourris, fantasies and variations on the latest opera hits - that enriched his publishers (and which they kept begging him for). Even in his shallower works one must admire the infallible craft, the instinctive and uninhibited mastery of melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint and form, and the astonishingly inventive figurations that helped prepare the way for the music of Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Alkan and ever so many others. Czerny's ideas for possible permutations of patterns for ten fingers seem inexhaustible, as is also evident in his etudes (some of which are much more difficult than those of Chopin).

Many of the works included in this set have never been published, and had to be deciphered and transcribed from microfilm; almost all of the remaining ones are out of print today. Much of the material was obtained from the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, which acquired the composer's own collection from his estate and therefore has a hoard of unpublished Czerny manuscripts, plus most of his published works.

Legendary Treasures