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Weber, Katharina: In Marta's Garden (Intakt)

Magnificent and succinct compositions merging contemporary and improvised approaches in powerfully elegant ways from Swiss pianist Katharina Weber, performing solo in the studio in 2022, presenting seventeen original compositions and two by György Kurtág, including pieces dedicated to Kurtág and Marta Kurtág, along with dedications to Heinz Holliger, Roland Moser, Gertrud Schneider, &c.

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UPC: 7640120193935

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: ITK393.2
Squidco Product Code: 32945

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ booklet
Recorded at Gebruer Bachmann, in Wetzikon, Switzerland, on April 23rd and 24th, 2022, by Michael Brandli.


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"Fred Frith describes the Swiss pianist Katharina Weber as a "piano icon". The classically trained pianist and composer moves in the large world of today's music, where borders no longer exist and new music and jazz improvisation merge. In Marta's Garden is her second solo album. The musical framework is formed by two piano pieces by Gyorgy Kurtag dedicated to Marta Kurtag and at the centre is his composition "... eine Wanderung mit Robert Walser... ".

The exchange with the Kurtags, which has now lasted three decades, has left intensive traces in Katharina Weber's work - as a performer, as an improviser and as a composer. Like Kurtag, Weber creates her own sound cosmos. Inspired by intimate listening in meditative contemplation, not shying away from tonality, but emphasising colour, tonal tensions and overtones - at the same time an invitation and space for deeper listening, pondering, spinning forth/"-Nina Polaschegg

Artist Biographies

"Katharina Weber - Pianist & Composer

Born 1958 in Bern. She has studied piano in Basel and Bern with Jürg Wyttenbach, Urs Peter Schneider, Erika Radermacher and Jörg Ewald Dähler.Masterclasses with Tatyana Nikolajewa and Hubert Harry (piano); Yehudi Menuhin and György Kurtag (chamber music); Vinko Globokar, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith and Barre Phillips (improvisation).1987 Soloist Award of the Swiss Musicians Association (AMS)2000 awarded with the Buergi-Willert Prize (assigned by Heinz Holliger to 5 other composers)2001 Large Music Prize of the Canton of Bern

In Switzerland and abroad, Ms. Weber has given concert as a soloist with conductors such as Jürg Wyttenbach and Heinz Holliger and as a member of chamber music ensembles.

As a pianist she works jointly with composers (Erika Radermacher, Urs Peter Schneider, Peter Streiff, Sandor Veress, György Kurtag, Gunnar Berg, Thomas Mueller, Erich Schmid, Christian Henking, Edu Haubensak etc.).

She has made recordings for the national radio and for CDs and been active as an organizer/co-ordinator for the local section of the International Society for New Music (IGNM) and the association Workshop of Improvised Music (WIM) in Bern.

As an improvising pianist Ms. Weber plays improvised solo concerts and has worked together with musicians such as Erika Radermacher, Irene Schweizer, Jürg Solothurnmann, Alfred Zimmerlin, Franziska Baumann, Fred Frith.

She is also involved with intermedia projects combining music with pantomime, eurhythmy, theatre, painting and poetry which often are improvised, too.

Presently, Ms.Weber is active in a program with the Butoh-dancer Pia Maria, in a trio with the percussionist Balts Nill and the bass-player Barry Guy and in the duo with Christian Kobi.

Since 1994 she is also writing individual compositions, both in the form of improvisational concepts as well as through composed solo and chamber music pieces. Katharina Weber teaches piano and improvisation at the Music School of the Art University and at the Conservatory of Bern."

-Katharina Weber Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Hommage A Kurtag Marta 0:55

2. Extemporale I 1:54

3. One More Animal For Marta's Garden 1:38

4. Extemporale II 3:04

5. Fuer Marta Kurtag 2:25

6. Extemporale III 2:33

7. Fuer Gyoergy Kurtag 2:11

8. Extemporale IV 4:49

9. Quasi Campane 3:11

10. Extemporale V 1:49

11. Jimbo's Little Revenge 1:33

12. Extemporale VI 3:27

13. Im Gedenken An Marta Kurtag 3:49

14. Extemporale VII 3:45

15. Ein Winken Von Ferne 2:21

16. Extemporale VIII 3:44

17. Windhauch In Den Blaettern 3:18

18.Extemporale IX 2:54

19. Eine Wanderung Mit Robert Walser 5:16

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