The Norwegian pianist Liv Glaser turns 80 on September 23rd 2015. Simax Classics has prepared a ‘best of’ release with Liv on the fortepiano – including a big section of new recordings of gorgeous waltzes by Schubert, Schumann and Ravel.
Mozart from the very start
“But – it can’t be ignored: I have already lived through several music-lives and one of the most important, most absorbing and most valuable is the never ceasing life with fortepianos of various vintage. Selecting the works for this collection has been a hard nut to crack. Mozart has a clearly justified place; after all he ‘kicked’ me into starting to play the fortepiano, and has been my companion since I was a child!”
Co-musicians and early sources of inspiration
“In addition, tidbits from other impassioned company – Clementi, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel and Grieg – not to forget my music-loving friends Helene, Per and little brother Ernst Simon. We have played and experienced together in rich co-existence! The Ravel-waltzes will for me personally always be linked to Paris and my beloved teacher Vlado Perlemuter who studied all Ravel’s works with the composer. Schubert – who composed a countless number of waltzes – was Ravel’s source of inspiration. Brahms of course loved Schubert, as well as edited some of his late works, which thereby gives CD II a Viennese leitmotif.”
Liv Glaser has long been well known among Norwegian lovers of classical music. Already since making her debut in 1960 she has been recognized as being amongst the elite of Norwegian pianists, with countless TV and radio concerts and performances. She has toured extensively and given concerts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She has also held courses and master classes, both at home and abroad, and has served on juries in national, Nordic and international competitions. She has been teaching at the Norwegian Academy of Music since it was founded in 1973 and became Professor there in 1994. Liv Glaser was awarded HM King’s Order of Merit 1965, Lindeman Prize 2004 and Grieg Prize 2014.