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BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN - Robert SCHUMANN: "Fantasies",  - Divine Art, ddc 25753 (distr.: NAXOS Intl.)
image March 15, 2024 - Divine Art proudly introduces Burkard Schliessmann's distinctive interpretation of Robert Schumann's inner world through the groundbreaking recording project, "Fantasies". At Berlin's Teldex Studios, Schliessmann, having immersed himself in Schumann's oeuvre, sought to reveal the inner qualities of the music, pushing expressive and explosive boundaries. Collaborating with producer Julian Schwenkner and engineer Jupp Wegner, he employed 14 microphones for a Dolby Atmos experience, capturing the intricacies of Schumann's compositions on 3 SACDs, including an alternative interpretation of Fantasiestücke Op. 12.

Revisiting the Fantasie in C Op. 17, Schliessmann accentuates structural complexities, drawing parallels to Wagner's Tristan, and presents rhythmic and technical extremes in the second movement. The Fantasies' recording unfolds a slower tempo in the third movement, providing a genuine listening experience with heightened poetry and explosive electricity. As Burkard Schliessmann navigates Schumann's intricate musical world in "Fantasies", this release stands as a landmark in classical piano recordings, complementing his previous album, "Live & Encores". A must-have for true collectors of excellent piano recordings, "Fantasies" continues Schliessmann's legacy of delivering extraordinary interpretations that resonate with the discerning classical music enthusiast.

Burkard Schliessmann is a unique interpreter, never afraid to find a new expression and always searching for the heart of the music and the composer's inspiration, whether in the Romantic world or that of J.S.Bach. Among other awards, Schliessmann won three silver medals at the Global Music Awards 2017 for his Divine Art Chopin album, and has been awarded the Goethe-Plakette by the city of Frankfurt.

Mastered also in 5.0 Dolby Atmos audio, this brilliant recording is now offered as a hybrid 5-channel SACD/CD and in finest digital audio quality.

To obtain the 5-channel digital album visit a Dolby Atmos supplier (Apple/Amazon/TIDAL).
 

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Burkard Schliessmann: Unveiling the Inner World of Schumann
 


BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN - "LIVE & ENCORES": Lorcan's Pick of the Week | RTÉ lyric fm  
image February 12, 2024 - Lorcan's Pick of the Week | February 12th

All this week on Classic Drive, Lorcan will feature music from Burkard Schliessmann: LIVE & ENCORES

As well as exceptional performances, this recording offers phenomenal sound. The recording was made on 3-5 April 2023 at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Italy in 5- channel Dolby Atmos high-definition audio and is available as hybrid multichannel SACD as well as a range of digital formats.

German pianist Burkard Schliessmann has been receiving glowing accolades everywhere for his concert performances and recordings, for his virtuosity and also for his individual and highly-considered interpretation of the great music from the late Baroque and Romantic eras particularly.

Following five previous albums all of which have been exceptionally well received, 'Live and Encores' offers the opportunity to present different interpretations in single take recordings of a wide range of repertoire. The double Album displays a variety of stylistic elements from Bach to Mendelssohn (whose early Romantic work was highly influenced by Bach) through the High Romanticism of Schumann to Chopin, whose single waltz here represents the pinnacle of Romantic pianism.

Tune in at 5:20 everyday this week to hear a selection from this album on Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive.
 

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DIVINE ART RECORDINGS GROUP
Spotlight on Burkard Schliessmann: Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Berg ... 
image January  16, 2024 - International Piano has recently published some fantastic spotlights of Divine Art recording artist Burkard Schliessmann. In combination with coming interviews and rave reviews in Fanfare magazine, we felt we needed to put all of these in one easy-to-read location:

Spotlight on BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN

Released by DIVINE ART RECORDINGS GROUP, Great Britain/UK
 


GRAMOPHONE - International Piano, UK / Great Britain
Recording live and in the studio: Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin ... 
image November 17, 2023 - Burkard Schliessmann introduces his new album, 'LIVE & ENCORES' - with music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Schumann image- and looks ahead to an all-Schumann album that will follow next year.

BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN - Recording live and in the studio

Released by Mark Allen Group, Great Britain/UK
 


BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN - "LIVE & ENCORES",  - Divine Art, ddc 25755 (distr.: NAXOS Intl.)
image November 17, 2023 - FANFARE Magazine writes: From the grand, rolled chords of the "Sinfonia" of Bach's Second Partita, several things become clear: this is an interpretation of conviction and clarity, caught in ideal sound and performed on a phenomenally well-prepared piano. The piano in question is a FAZIOLI F278, and heard on home turf; it is unsurprisingly in peak condition.

Five stars: Schliessmann's questing mind and solid technique present us with interpretations that convince at every level.

Burkard Schliessmann is a unique interpreter, never afraid to find a new expression and always searching for the heart of the music and the composer's inspiration, whether in the Romantic world or that of J.S.Bach. Among other awards, Schliessmann won three silver medals at the Global Music Awards 2017 for his Divine Art Chopin album, and has been awarded the Goethe-Plakette by the city of Frankfurt.

Mastered also in 5.0 Dolby Atmos audio, this brilliant recording is now offered as a hybrid 5-channel SACD/CD and in finest digital audio quality.

To obtain the 5-channel digital album visit a Dolby Atmos supplier (Apple/Amazon/TIDAL).
 

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Burkard Schliessmann and his Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, nominated for THREE 2023 OPUS KLASSIK Awards
image June 2023 - Three nominations:

Instrumentalist of the Year (Category 3)

Solo Instrumental Recording (Category 10)

Innovative Listening Experience (Category 22)


Goldberg Variations, Divine Art, ddc 25754 (2 SACD/digital & Dolby Atmos)

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FANFARE Magazine, USA
Burkard Schliessmann and His Affective Affinities  
By Gary Lemco
image November / December 2022, Volume 46, No. 2 - Burkard Schliessmann introduces his newly remastered recording of Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations

"The sonic image of the "new" incarnation of the Goldbergs has a startling immediacy, a piercing clarity of detail ... The potent Adagio at Variation 25, for instance, has gained a metaphysical authority."  –Gary Lemco, FANFARE

BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN and His Affective Affinities 
 


International Piano, UK / Great Britain
Time, space and magic: Burkard Schliessmann plays Bach's Goldberg Variations 
By Owen Mortimer
image September 6, 2022 - German pianist Burkard Schliessmann introduces his newly remastered recording of Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations

BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN - Conversations with Owen Mortimer, Editor-in-Chief of 'International Piano'; UK

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BBC Radio Scotland, UK / Great Britain
BACH "Goldberg-Variations", BWV 988
Album of the Week
image July 17 - 24, 2022 - BBC Radio Scotland, UK / Great Britain:  Jamie MacDougall presented the Goldberg Variations of Burkard Schliessmann (Divine Art, ddc 25754, distr.: NAXOS Intl.) as Album of the Week in 'Classics Unwrapped'.

Newly remastered also in 5.0 Dolby Atmos audio, this brilliant recording is now offered as a hybrid 5-channel SACD/CD and in finest digital audio quality.

To obtain the 5-channel digital album visit a Dolby Atmos supplier (Apple/Amazon/TIDAL).
 
 


Pianist, UK / Great Britain
Burkard Schliessmann talks to Pianist about his latest album - Bach's Goldberg Variations
By Erica Worth
image July 13, 2022 - Erica Worth sits down with the German classical pianist to discuss Bach, his love of Gould, and why Steinway is his preferred choice of piano ...

BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN - Conversations with Erica Worth of Pianist about his latest album - Bach's Goldberg Variations
 


BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN - BACH "Goldberg-Variations", BWV 988 - Divine Art, ddc 25754 (distr.: NAXOS Intl.)
image July 8, 2022 - Burkard Schliessmann is a unique interpreter, never afraid to find a new expression and always searching for the heart of the music and the composer's inspiration, whether in the Romantic world or that of J.S.Bach. Among other awards, Schliessmann won three silver medals at the Global Music Awards 2017 for his Divine Art Chopin album, and has been awarded the Goethe-Plakette by the city of Frankfurt.

This recording of the Goldberg Variations was originally released in 2007 (Bayer - SACD only, not digital) and was highly acclaimed: "ambitious and really spectacular" (AllMusic); "thoughtfully simple, always finely worked out" (FonoForum).

Critics' Choice 2008 (American Record Guide)
Recording of the Year 2008 (MusicWeb International)

Newly remastered also in 5.0 Dolby Atmos audio, this brilliant recording is now offered as a hybrid 5-channel SACD/CD and in finest digital audio quality.

To obtain the 5-channel digital album visit a Dolby Atmos supplier (Apple/Amazon/TIDAL).
 

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OPUS KLASSIK 2022, Germany: Two nominations for At the Heart of the Piano
image June 2022 - Two nominations:

Instrumentalist des Jahres

Solistische Einspielung Instrument


At the Heart of the Piano, Divine Art, dda 21373 (3CD/triple digital)

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BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN in hr2 kultur - Interview and conversation with Karmen Mikovic, Francfort, Germany, April 28, 05:10 pm, 2022 I "Ästhetik, Interpretation, Philosophie, Literatur und Wahrheit in der Kunst: Literatur als Inspirationsquelle im Schaffen großer Komponisten"
imagePresented by Karmen Mikovic
Produced by hr2 kultur - Literatur: Niklas Vogel

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Literatur als Inspirationsquelle im Schaffen Robert Schumanns - Gespräch mit dem Pianisten Burkard Schliessmann
Die Romantik war eine Bewegung, die viele Kunstgattungen vereinte - vor allem Dichtung und Musik kamen hier eng zusammen. Zahlreiche Lieder und Klavierstücke Robert Schumanns sind inspiriert von Gedichten Hölderlins, Heines, Schlegels oder Eichendorffs; sie wurden zum Inbegriff eines Romantischen Wertegefühls und Denkens. Der Pianist Burkard Schliessmann, berühmt für seine Interpretationen romantischer Werke, geht heute Abend in einem Vortrag in Bad Homburg dieser engen Verbindung nach. Um 17:10 Uhr ist er zu Gast in hr2-kultur und spricht unter anderem darüber, wie sehr diese literarischen Einflüsse die Musikgeschichte prägten.  

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BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN at STANFORD UNIVERSITY, California, USA, February 6, 2022 I 'The Music Treasury' celebrates Burkard Schliessmann
image "The Music Treasury" airs on Sunday, February 6, 2022, 7:00-9:00 pm (PST) on KZSU-FM, Stanford University: kzsulive.stanford.edu; Locally: 90.1 FM  

Presented by Dr. Gary Lemco
Produced by Dr. Lorrin Koran

BROADCAST PROGRAM:
BACH: Fantasia, Adagio, and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 906 
CHOPIN: Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60 
CHOPIN: Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45 
CHOPIN: Preludes, Op. 28: Nos. 17-20 
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 23 
BACH: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903 
CHOPIN: Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 
SCRIABIN: Preludes, Op. 74: Nos 4-5 
SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17  
 


PIANIST - November 2021 No. 4 - The Netherlands | Belgium - BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN: 'Cover Artist' - "Extase en Intellect"
image PIANIST - issue 2021 No. 4 - Burkard Schliessmann now also is 'Cover-Artist' in the Edition for 'The Netherlands' and 'Belgium'. Schliessmannis not only an exceptional pianist he is also is a professional scuba diver and serves as an ambassador for the "Protecting of Our Ocean Planet" program of the AWARE Foundation. The world under water has a profound influence on his interpretations and his general ideas on music making as a way of transcending the materiality into absolute aesthetics. Now he presents 3 CD's with memorable recordings from his early years.

In a 4-pages interview - "Extase en Intellect" - with Eric Schoones, Editor-in-Chief of PIANIST,  Schliessmann talks about his interpretations.
 


International Piano - September 30, 2021 - BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN: "Multifaceted musician"
image International Piano - September 30, 2021 - AT THE HEART OF THE PIANO - Core repertoire from Bach to Berg;

PLUMBING THE DEPHTS - Combining the life of a pianist and diver;

KEYBOARD ARABESQUES - Delving into Schumann's literary inspiration.

Burkard Schliessmann - a portrait from Owen Mortimer, Hugo Shirley and Colin Clarke. 

In an exclusive 8-pages digimag, presented from International Piano, UK.

The digimag can be downloaded here...

 


PIANIST - October 2021 No. 3 - Germany | Austria | Swisse | Luxembourg - BURKARD SCHLIESSMANN: 'Cover Artist' - "Ecstasy and Intellect"
image PIANIST - issue 2021 No. 3 - Burkard Schliessmann is not only an exceptional pianist he is also is a professional scuba diver and serves as an ambassador for the "Protecting of Our Ocean Planet" program of the AWARE Foundation. The world under water has a profound influence on his interpretations and his general ideas on music making as a way of transcending the materiality into absolute aesthetics. Now he presents 3 CD's with memorable recordings from his early years.

In a 4-pages interview - "Ecstasy and Intellect" - with Eric Schoones, Editor-in-Chief of PIANIST,  Schliessmann talks about his interpretations.

The interview can be downloaded here...

 


At the Heart of the Piano - Divine Art, dda 21373; presentation in Francfort/Main, Germany
image October 18, 2021 - Virtuoso German pianist Burkard Schliessmann will increase his representation in the Divine Art catalogue with a new triple CD/digital album entitled 'At the Heart of the Piano'. The album consists partly of items from CDs previously issued by Bayer (nla) and new tracks not previously released. This issue follows Schliessmann's two critically-acclaimed and award-winning SACD albums of music by Bach and Chopin, and precedes his new recording of works by Schumann, delayed from 2020 due to the Covid lockdown.

A special 3-CD / triple digital album of great Romantic works by one of the world's most accomplished pianists specialising in works of that era. These stunning performances of Busoni's Chaconne (after J S Bach) and Berg's Sonata are receiving their first release; the other tracks were previously issued (on CD only, not digitally ) by Bayer and have been newly remastered. Schliessmann is a unique interpreter, never afraid to find a new expression and always searching for the heart of the music and the composer's inspiration. On their initial release these recordings attracted great accolades: American Record Guide said : "The best pianist I know at entering the world and expressing the awareness of the German romantics. There is something personal and unique about Schliessmann's Schumann. It does not sound like anyone else's. He is better than any other pianist I have heard." High Performance Review said of his Scriabin: "This is the most imaginative playing one has heard yet - on the level of Richter, Michelangeli, Wild, Gould - the highest order of artistry."

Burkard Schliessmann presents this 3 CD-Edition at an event in a prominent and exclusive place, the 'Villa Bonn' in Siesmayerstrasse in Francfort/Main.

Burkard Schliessmann will perform works from Bach, Schumann and Chopin and will be in discussion with Eric Schoones, Editor-in-Chief from PIANIST. The interview will be released in edition September/October from PIANIST and Burkard Schliessmann will be presented as 'Cover-Artist'.

The event is exclusively sponsored by Source For Alpha AG

 


At the Heart of the Piano - Divine Art, dda 21373 (distr.: NAXOS Intl.)
image September, 10, 2021 - Virtuoso German pianist Burkard Schliessmann will increase his representation in the Divine Art catalogue with a new triple CD/digital album entitled 'At the Heart of the Piano'. The album consists partly of items from CDs previously issued by Bayer (nla) and new tracks not previously released. This issue follows Schliessmann's two critically-acclaimed and award-winning SACD albums of music by Bach and Chopin, and precedes his new recording of works by Schumann, delayed from 2020 due to the Covid lockdown.

Burkard Schliessmann perfectly embodies musical Romanticism in his exceptionally expressive approach, never 'smoothing out' textures and rhythms in what can be very troubled and dramatic music, but instead searching for that music's soul - it's heart. Also a fine organist, professional scuba diver and owner of show-winning pedigree Maine Coon cats, he attracts awards at every turn including the Goethe-Plakette of the city of Frankfurt-am-Main; Classical Finalist 2019 International Acoustic Music Awards; 2 Gold Medals in the 2018 Global Music Awards; 3 Silver Medals in both the 2017 and 2018 Global Music Awards. Schliessmann is a Steinway Artist, recording and performing on his own Model D concert grand.


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