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Becker, Markus (piano)
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Markus Becker (piano)

Born in 1963, Markus Becker studied with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and gained additional inspiration from Alfred Brendel. He has been a Professor at the Musikhochschule in Hannover since 1993. For many years he has been a persuasive and articulate interpreter of the piano literature ranging from Bach to Rihm, and has found a second home in jazz. He regularly performs at such major festivals as the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Kissinger Sommer and the Beethoven Festival Bonn, and has also made guest appearances at the Salzburg Easter Festival.

Markus Becker has given concerts with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed regularly with, among others, Marcus R Bosch, Alun Francis, Howard Griffiths, Carlos Kalmar, Eiji Oue and Steven Sloane. As well as giving acclaimed performances of concertos by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Gershwin, he has also revived concertos by Draeseke, Hindemith, Jadassohn, Pfitzner, and the two concertos for the left hand by Franz Schmidt. His chamber music partners include Alban Gerhardt, Sharon Kam and Albrecht Mayer.

Following his acclaimed debut CD with the F sharp minor sonatas of Brahms and Schumann, and further recordings for Harmonia Mundi and EMI, Markus Becker recorded the first complete edition of Max Reger’s piano works. This series of twelve CDs has been awarded the ‘Deutscher Schallplattenpreis’ and the ‘ECHO-Klassik-Prize 2000’ for the best solo recording of music from the nineteenth century. For Hyperion Markus has recorded piano concertos by Widor, Jadassohn and Draeseke, Bach-Reger transcriptions, Erwin Schulhoff with violinist Tanja Becker-Bender, and Reger cello sonatas with Alban Gerhardt.

'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 7 – Max Reger' (CDA67683)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 7 – Max Reger
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'Draeseke & Jadassohn: Piano Concertos' (CDA67636)
Draeseke & Jadassohn: Piano Concertos
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'Hindemith: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67977)
Hindemith: Piano Sonatas
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'Jadassohn & Draeseke: Piano Concertos' (CDA67636)
Jadassohn & Draeseke: Piano Concertos
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'Reger: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67581/2)
Reger: Cello Sonatas
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'Schulhoff: Violin Sonatas' (CDA67833)
Schulhoff: Violin Sonatas
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'Widor: Piano Concertos & Fantaisie' (CDA67817)
Widor: Piano Concertos & Fantaisie
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, BWV644 (Bach/Reger)
An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV653b (Bach/Reger)
Cello Sonata No 1 in F minor, Op 5 (Reger)
Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 28 (Reger)
Cello Sonata No 3 in F major, Op 78 (Reger)
Cello Sonata No 4 in A minor, Op 116 (Reger)
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWVAnh 171 (Pachelbel/Reger)
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614 (Bach/Reger)
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV637 (Bach/Reger)
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV638 (Bach/Reger)
Fantaisie in A flat major, Op 62 (Widor)
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727 (Bach/Reger)
Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639 (Bach/Reger)
Komm, heiliger Geist Herre Gott, BWV651 (Bach/Reger)
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV730 (Bach/Reger)
Nun danket alle Gott, BWV657 (Bach/Reger)
O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV622 (Bach/Reger)
Piano Concerto in E flat major, Op 36 (Draeseke)
Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor, Op 89 (Jadassohn)
Piano Concerto No 1 in F minor, Op 39 (Widor)
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 77 (Widor)
Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 90 (Jadassohn)
Piano Sonata No 1 in A major (Hindemith)
Piano Sonata No 2 in G major (Hindemith)
Piano Sonata No 3 in B flat major (Hindemith)
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV532 (Bach/Reger)
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major 'St Anne', BWV552 (Bach/Reger)
Prelude and Fugue in E minor 'The wedge', BWV548 (Bach/Reger)
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV654 (Bach/Reger)
Sonata for violin and piano No 1, WV24 (Schulhoff)
Sonata for violin and piano No 2, WV91 (Schulhoff)
Suite for violin and piano, WV18 (Schulhoff)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 (Bach/Reger)
Valet will ich dir geben, BWV736 (Bach/Reger)
Variations (Hindemith)
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV606 (Bach/Reger)
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein 'Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit', BWV668 (Bach/Reger)
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