FRIEDRICH GERNSHEIM (1839-1916): Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Sonatas No. 2 in E Flat and No. 3 in D Minor, 6 Preludes, Op. 2 (all World Premiere Recordings).
Catalogue Number: 06U008
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0206
Description: Even as a teenager, Gernsheim was attracting attention as a virtuoso-composer, earning comparisons with Mozart. These two early piano sonatas from 1853 and 1854 – restored by the pianist from Gernsheim’s manuscripts – combine youthful freshness with preternatural assuredness, showing awareness of Schumann and anticipating Brahms. By the time of the Preludes, written a decade later, Chopin has become the dominant star in Gernsheim’s firmament. Jens Barnieck (piano).