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Martin Helmchen plays Bach, Liszt and Beethoven

Verbier Festival 2011

Martin Helmchen plays Bach, Liszt and Beethoven Verbier Festival 2011


The virstuoso and subtle touch of Martin Helmchen allows him to leap naturally from Bach to Liszt.

Martin Helmchen is just thirty years old and his maturity is striking. His touch shows no sign of ostentatious demonstration, on the contrary, it is a if he wanted the audience to forget about the difficulty of the scores he plays. Because he totally masters the technical difficulties imposed by the composers, he is able to conceal them.

He won numerous awards: two Echo Klassik, first prize in the Clara Haskil International Competition and the Credit Suisse Group Young Artists Award, among others. Martin Helmchen's first steps in the international stage with Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski and more recently Christoph von Dohnanyi were very much acclaimed... He travels easily through his repertoire which includes Bach to Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert or Schumann.


  • 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, Years of Pilgrimage, First year: Switzerland, 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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