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My Favorite Encores

Walter Hautzig has chosen a number of his favorite encores (including a short piece by Americus' president John DesMarteau). You will be certain to find something among the 19 tracks that will become your favorite too.

19 Tracks – Total Time: 73:56

For many musicians, encores represent luscious desserts or special treats for performers to share with an appreciative audience at the end of a concert. Favorite piano encores tend to elicit one of two types of verbal responses.

•          "'WOW!" (On hearing virtuoso compositions that call for a display of impressive pyrotechniques), or

•          "AHHI" (When listening to deceptively simple short and quiet pieces that demonstrate a high level of mature musicianship)

In this collection of Walter Hautzig's favorite encores, he has included both categories of treats:

WOW!’s and AAH!’s. These nineteen diverse selections represent some of Walter Hautzig's personal favorites as encores, but the recording also presents some of the favorite encores of people who have enjoyed hearing Hautzig's thousands of performances all over the world.

The composers and arrangers represented in this collection of encores reflect many of the connections that have linked famous pianists of different generations. As a young man, Walter Hautzig (born 1921) studied piano with Mieczyslaw Munz (1900-1976) and Artur Schnabel (1882-1951). Munz had studied with Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924); Schnabel was a student of Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915). Later in Hautzig's career, for twenty-seven years at-the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore, MD), he taught piano while maintaining his international career as a concert pianist. As these program notes demonstrate, many of the selections on this CD represent connections between pianists who were influenced greatly by their own teachers as well as by other musicians.

I predict that twenty-first-century pianists and piano music lovers will enjoy listening again and again (Encore! Encore!) to the delectable tidbits and delicious treats that Walter Hautzig has chosen. I also predict that listeners will respond to these personal favorites with their own exclamations of “Bravo! Maestro!,” “AHH!” and “WOW!”

Complete Liner Notes

Walter Hautzig – Pianist – September 28, 1921 - January 30, 2017

Walter Hautzig began his musical studies in Vienna, where he was born in 1921. He was able to escape the Nazi take over of Austria in 1938 through the efforts of violinist Emile Hauser, and so continued his studies at the Jerusalem Conservatory in what was then Palestine. He has made his home in New York City since the 1940’s when he graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

While at the Curtis Institute, Mr. Hautzig studied with Mieczyslaw Munz, a student of Busoni. He also studied privately with acclaimed pianist Artur Schnabel.

He has played countless recitals in more than fifty countries worldwide and has appeared with leading orchestras in cities from A to Z including: Auckland, Baltimore, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Mexico City, Melbourne, New York, St. Louis, Zurich, etc. He was the first American concert artist to perform in China with the normalization of relations in 1979.

At the time of his death, Mr. Haitzig was considered one of the last great romantic pianists. In addition, Mr. Hautzig currently holds the record as the longest time as a Steinway artist.

Several years ago, Mr. Hautzig published his autobiography entitled "Playing Around…The World: A Pianist Remembers". It is available from Amazon.