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Martin Helmchen plays Bach, Liszt, and Beethoven

Verbier Festival 2011

Martin Helmchen plays Bach, Liszt, and Beethoven Verbier Festival 2011


Experience Martin Helmchen’s virtuosic and sensitive playing in this Verbier Festival recital that effortlessly bridges the distance between Bach and Liszt.

The young pianist Martin Helmchen shows a surprising maturity. In this performance he moves seamlessly from Bach to Mendelssohn by way of Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann. Highlights included Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B-flat major and Liszt’s F minor Prelude (based on a cantata by Bach), Années de Pèlerinage, and Nuages gris.

Martin Helmchen has performed with legendary conductors like Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, and Philippe Herreweghe and has won numerous awards, including two Echo Klassik, first prize in the Clara Haskil International Competition, and the Credit Suisse Group Young Artists Award.


  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Partita No. 1 in B flat Major, BWV 825
    • Prelude
    • Allemande
    • Courante
    • Sarabande
    • Menuet I & 2
    • Gigue
  • Johann Sebastian Bach / Franz Liszt, Prelude in F Minor after Bach's cantata BWV 12, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen
  • Franz Liszt, Années de pèlerinage, Première année : Suisse, S. 160
    • Beside a Spring
  • Franz Liszt, Nuages gris, S. 199
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"
    • 1. Allegro
    • 2. Scherzo, assai vivace
    • 3. Adagio sostenuto. Appassionato e con molto sentimento
    • 4. Largo – Allegro risoluto


  • Directed by:
    • Pierre-Martin Juban
  • Venue: Verbier Church (Verbier, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2011
  • Recording date: 23/07/2011
  • Duration: 1 h 22 min
  • Production: © Idéale audience – Museec
  • Available version(s): EN

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