Carson Becke

Richard Strauss Solo Piano Works

This album, recorded in December 2014, features the only three piano works that were published during Strauss’s lifetime (b. 1864, d. 1949): Five Piano Pieces opus 3 (1880), the Piano Sonata opus 5 (1881), and Stimmungsbilder (Mood Pictures) opus 9 (1884).  It also contains Carson’s own transcription of the song Zueignung (Dedication), originally for voice and piano.  Although Strauss performed and recorded at the piano throughout his long career, his solo works for the instrument have fallen into obscurity, and it is often forgotten that the piano is the instrument that features most prominently in the works of his youth (most of these were published for the first time in 2008 by Schott music).  The three works on this album were written in Strauss’s late adolescence (between the ages of 16 and 20), and show early evidence of the many stylistic influences that shaped his musical language throughout his life.

Recording Engineer: Ross Murray

Recording Venue: Venturing Hills Concert Studio