Haydée Schvartz

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New Piano Music From The Americas


mode 31 Haydée SCHVARTZ plays “New Piano Works from Europe and the Americas” by PÄRT: Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka*; Für Alina; CAGE: Perpetual Tango*; SCELSI: Quattro Illustrazioni; KAGEL: An Tasten*; BERIO: Brin*; Leaf*; SCHUMANN: Davidsbündlertänze #14; GANDINI: Eusebius*; VALVERDE:
Ek-Stasis*  (*denotes first recording)

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New Piano Music From The Americas

ARVO PART (b.1935)

Variationen zur Gesendung von Arinuschka (1990)  First recording

Für Alina (1990)

JOHN CAGE (1912-1992)

Perpetual Tango (1984)  First recordings

5 realizations by Manuel Juarez, Erik Ona, Cecilia Villanueva , Mariano Etkin and Gabriel Valverde


Quattro Illustrazioni (1953)


An Tasten (1977)  First recording


Brin (1990)  First recording

Leaf (1990)  First recording


Davidsbundlertanze #14


Eusebius (1984)  First recording


Ek-Stasis for piano and tape (1986)  First recording

A debut recital of incredibly varied and fascinating music from Argentinean pianist Haydée Schvartz. Her teachers include Roberto Brando, Dora Castro and Nikita Magaloff. Ms. Schvartz continued her studies in London with Maria Curcio and subsequently received a a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Buffalo, New York with Yvar Mikhashoff, where she won the Cameron Baird Competition in 1990.

Mikhashoff brought Ms.Schvartz’s incredibly sensitive pianism to our attention, and together they imagined this colorful combination of musics from Europe and the Americas.

Arvo Pärts two piano miniatures are typical of this composer–with an economy of music, Pärt creates a tremendously sensitive and powerful  framework under the hands of a responsive pianist. These simple works become things of transcendental beauty.

Luciano Berio’s recent miniatures are part of a folio of works and receive their first recordings here.

Giacinto Scelsi’s Quattro Illustarzioni is a tour-de-force of exotic, erotic illustrations depicting the different incarnations of Vishnu.

A native Argentinean now living in Germany, Mauricio Kagel’s An Tasten is a work of music theater in keeping with the composer’s style. Here, a virtuoso minimalist study in perpetual motion is combined with a pianist’s frustrated sense of ‘practicing’.

John Cage’s Perpetual Tango is a score to be realized by the pianist. Here Ms.Schvartz has chosen 5 of Argentina’s leading younger generation composers to create their own realizations.

Roberto Gandini’s Eusebius is  metamorphosis on Robert Schumann’s Davidsbundlertanze #14, hence the title is Schumann’s alter-ego name of Eusebius. Subtitled 4 Nocturnes for Piano or One Nocturne for 4 Pianos, the work is presented in its two possible versions, as four independent variations and as an alternate version for 4 pianos, combining the four simultaneously. It is a truly magical work, where each nocturne selects some notes from the original Schumann, with the remaining notes used in the successive nocturnes.

The disc is finished with Gabriel Valverde’s devastatingly powerful Ek-Statsis for piano and tape. Valverde’s analog tape technique is quite amazing (no digital effects used), with the power of Stockhausen’s early tape works, combined with a piano score of equal gravity.

Ms.Schvartz has recorded additional discs of Cage for future release on Mode (solo and duos with Mikhashoff), and we are currently working on a disc of compositions by Gabriel Valverde.


“Schvartz’s disc is no less interesting, including several realizations of the Perpetual Tango Cage wrote for Yvar Mikhashoff’s Tango Project, recent miniatures by Berio and Pärt, and a Schumann-inspired set of nocturnes by Gerardo Gandini (Shvartz includes the relevant Schumann work for good measure). More substantial are the Quattro Illustrazioni of Scelsi, Kagel’s impressive An Tasten and a strong work by the Argentinean Gabriel Valverde called Ek-Statsis which lives up to its name.”
—Bradley Lonard, ABC Radio (Australia)


Haydée Schvartz on Mode:
Gabriel Valverde: Luminar – orchestral, chamber and solo works
    (mode 94)
John Cage: The Works for Piano 5
    (mode 123)

Haydée Schvartz profile

John Cage on Mode:
John Cage Profile/Discography

Yvar Mikhashoff on Mode:
John Cage: Europera 5 (mode 36)
Alvin Curran: Piano Works (mode 49)

Luciano Berio: The Great Works for Voice (mode 48)