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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.

Albums
'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
'Hindemith: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67977)
Hindemith: Piano Sonatas
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'Jadassohn & Draeseke: Piano Concertos' (CDA67636)
Jadassohn & Draeseke: Piano Concertos
'Reger: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67581/2)
Reger: Cello Sonatas
'Schulhoff: Violin Sonatas' (CDA67833)
Schulhoff: Violin Sonatas
'Widor: Piano Concertos & Fantaisie' (CDA67817)
Widor: Piano Concertos & Fantaisie
Complete works available for download
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  (1685-1750)
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, BWV644
An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV653b
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV637
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV638
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727
Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639
Komm, heiliger Geist Herre Gott, BWV651
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV730
Nun danket alle Gott, BWV657
O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV622
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV532
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major 'St Anne', BWV552
Prelude and Fugue in E minor 'The wedge', BWV548
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV654
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565
Valet will ich dir geben, BWV736
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV606
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein 'Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit', BWV668
FELIX DRAESEKE  (1835-1913)
Piano Concerto in E flat major, Op 36 with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Michael Sanderling (conductor)
PAUL HINDEMITH  (1895-1963)
Piano Sonata No 1 in A major
Piano Sonata No 2 in G major
Piano Sonata No 3 in B flat major
Variations
SALOMON JADASSOHN  (1831-1902)
Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor, Op 89 with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Michael Sanderling (conductor)
Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 90 with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Michael Sanderling (conductor)
JOHANN PACHELBEL  (1653-1706)
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWVAnh 171
MAX REGER  (1873-1916)
Cello Sonata No 1 in F minor, Op 5 with Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Cello Sonata No 2 in G minor, Op 28 with Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Cello Sonata No 3 in F major, Op 78 with Alban Gerhardt (cello)
Cello Sonata No 4 in A minor, Op 116 with Alban Gerhardt (cello)
ERWIN SCHULHOFF  (1894-1942)
Sonata for violin and piano No 1, WV24 with Tanja Becker-Bender (violin)
Sonata for violin and piano No 2, WV91 with Tanja Becker-Bender (violin)
Suite for violin and piano, WV18 with Tanja Becker-Bender (violin)
CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR  (1844-1937)
Fantaisie in A flat major, Op 62 with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)
Piano Concerto No 1 in F minor, Op 39 with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 77 with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)
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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