Format: COMPACT DISC
Payer, Ulrike; Odai, Ikuko; Díaz Martínez, Adrián
With their new album MANU SCRIPTUM (from Latin: written by hand), Spanish hornist Adrián Díaz Martínez - since 2021 Professor for horn at the University of Music Lübeck - and his Japanese piano partner Ikuko Odai once again present an exciting concept album. This album is inspired by composers’ manuscripts and their first sketches and ideas for their works. Díaz Martínez writes: “Interpreting such first musical ideas is a particularly exciting task, because in this way one can trace the original idea of these sounds”. Adrián Díaz Martínez was particularly inspired by a quote by Robert Schumann - on the album with the original version of his Adagio and Allegro op. 70 for Horn and Piano: “The first concept is always the most natural and the best. The mind misleads, the feeling does not.” In order to get as close as possible to this first stage of music creation, Ikuko Odai and I embarked on a long and intense search for information about manuscripts, old letters, books and materials that were often kept in hidden drawers. It has been a fantastic journey. Moreover, it proved to be a wonderful opportunity to discover how the selected composers – Charles Gounod, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and Volker David Kirchner – thought, what they dreamed of, loved and lived.