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Castle Concert CD Series
The Legend of Dombra
Grand Piano Masters

Amir Tebenikhin
plays works by
Schubert, Prokofjew,
Mendygaliev & Schumann
on the C. Bechstein Concert Grand Piano D 280

A concert hosted by "Musik im Schloss" Bad Homburg
at the Castle Church Bad Homburg,
October 7th 2007.

Recorded, produced and created
by Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler
in co-operation with Ulrike and Volker Northoff.

Recording & Mastering Engineer: Andreas Otto Grimminger.
Photos, Illustrations and Liner Notes: Josef-Stefan Kindler.

CD Audio, DDD, Total Time: 77:30
KuK 09, ISBN 978-3-930643-09-7
, EAN 42 6000591 056 8
Copyright by K&K Verlagsanstalt anno 2008

Esteemed friends of audiophile music, the concert grand piano is incontestably the king of instruments. I could now wax lyrical about its incomparable dynamics and go into its ability to go from the tenderest of sounds in a soft minor key to the magnificent power of a fortissimo, or I could rhapsodise about its impressive size and elegance. But what makes this instrument really fascinating is its individuality, since each one is unique in itself - created by a master. A concert grand has a life all of its own that a virtuoso can really "get into" and hence bring the work of the composer to life. In our Grand Piano Masters series, we get into the character and soul of the concert grand piano and experience, during the performance itself, the dialogue between the instrument, the virtuoso and the performance space.

Josef-Stefan Kindler

Amir Tebenikhin was born in 1977 in Kasachstan. He studied with Mikhail Voskressensky at the Tschaikovsky Konservatorium in Moscow and with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover. During his young career Mr. Tebenikhin has already won many international awards, like the 1st prize at the "Vianna da Motta" Competition (Portugal) and awards at the Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the International Piano Competition Glasgow, at the 1st International Piano Competition in Panama City and the 1st Internationalen Carl Bechstein Piano Competition-Ruhr. Beside concert performances as a guest at famous festivals all over Europe, he played for example in the Carnegie Hall (NY), the Wigmore Hall (London) and Salle Pleyel in Paris. As a soloist he toured worldwide with the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Moscow Virtuosos, the BBC Scottish Symphonie Orchestra, the Sendai Symphonie Orchestra (Japan), the Kazakh State Symphonie Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphonie Orchestra etc.


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A Major, D. 664
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante
3. Allegro

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Piano Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, Opus 29
"From Old Notebooks"
4. Allegro molto sostenuto
5. Andante assai
6. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiere

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
7. Toccata for Piano in D Minor, Opus 11

Nagim Mendygaliev (1921-2006)
8. Poem: "The Legend of Dombra"

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Great Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Opus 14
"Concerto without Orchestra"
9. Allegro brilliante
10. Scherzo, molto comodo
11. Quasi variazioni (Andantino de Clara Wieck)
12. Prestissimo possibile (Passionato)

Amir Tebenikhin plays the
Grand Piano D 280, No. 194643
by C. Bechstein.

The Castle Concert CD Series

It was thanks to Heinrich von Kleist's drama "The Prince of Homburg" that the former residence of the Landgraves of Hesse-Homburg, a stone's throw away from the gates of Frankfurt, became world-famous. The palace with its wonderful gardens is probably one of the most beautiful baroque estates in Germany. It is therefore no wonder that the Prussian Kings and German Kaisers were very fond of spending the summers between 1866 and 1916 here. And also no doubt because of the relaxation and recreation provided by the town of Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, a spa famous for its medicinal springs. Even the Prince of Wales used to come here in search of amusement, relaxation and "to take the waters" along with the English and Russian aristocracy.

At the courts of Europe, art was extremely multi-faceted. The educated aristocracy was aware of the necessity to support and cultivate the fine arts, and in doing so, created the basis for Europe's ambience. And so it was thanks to arts patron Isaak von Sinclair that the poet genius Friedrich Hölderlin became the court librarian at Homburg Castle during the artistically formative years of his life. It was here that Hölderlin wrote "Patmos", probably his best-known poem. In those days, much that was of little ostensible or commercial value in the fine arts or in literature and music aroused considerable attention and admiration, thus laying the foundations of our cultural life and identity today.

Music that is new, pieces worth listening to and well worth conserving, little treasures from the traditional and the avant-garde - music that is unimaginable anywhere else but in the hotbed of Europe - our "Castle Concerts" series of recordings captures these in their original settings and preserves them for the future. By his endowment to the town church in Bad Homburg, Kaiser Wilhelm II unwittingly did the little church in the palace a favour and helped turn it into one of the most beautiful and intimate concert halls in Europe. The Castle Church fell into disuse and was forgotten, along with its magnificent late-18th century Bürgy organ. The turmoil and modernization fads of the 20th century passed it by, and it remained untouched until a local initiative, the "Bad Homburg Castle Church Trust", stepped in and secured enough patronage to save this architectural gem. True to the original and with a loving attention to detail, both, church and organ were restored to create a truly wonderful concert hall.

Created by Josef-Stefan Kindler

Today the Castle Church sparkles with a renewed radiance that is set off perfectly by the superb "Music in the Castle" concerts organized with such enthusiasm by Ulrike and Volker Northoff.

View the website of the "Music in the Castle" concerts at

The CD Edition
Authentic Classical Concerts

Publishing culture in its authentic form entails for us capturing and recording for posterity outstanding performances and concerts. The performers, audience, opus and room enter into an intimate dialogue that in its form and expression, its atmosphere, is unique and unrepeatable. It is our aim, the philosophy of our house, to enable the listener to acutely experience every facet of this symbiosis, the intensity of the performance. The results are unparalleled interpretations of musical and literary works, simply - audiophile snapshots of permanent value, recorded in direct 2-Track Stereo digital.

In our Edition Authentic Classical Concerts we go in search of this dialogue - to the large constructions and rare pearls of human architecture. For every building has its peculiarities, formed by its historical, acoustic and atmospheric circumstances. But the critical element remains the person, the artist with his intellectual sensibilities. The genesis, the origin, the environment, the musical evolution and education are all factors that develop our tastes and preferences: for example, for a love of large spaces, of classical or modern architecture.

It is not without reason that the peoples of other continents and cultures enthuse over the fascination of the European experience... is not "the land of opportunity" or the magic of the orient equally worthy of a visit? Is not the sensitivity of an Italian opera singer or a Bulgarian violinist crucial to the interpretation, the handling of the composition, the work? And finally, the circle is closed with the emotions of the audience and the atmosphere of the performance site.

These subjectivities are mirrored in the perception of an atmosphere, a space - creating an individual, personal imagined space within a space - coloring the conception of a piece. Classical music lives! Lives through the interpretation, the tension built up during the performance, and through the combination of work, space, artist and audience.

We accept the challenge and record the concerts directly in digital stereo and thus become a part of the performance itself, capturing, in sound and pictures, the impressions, the suspense that we enjoy during a concert - so that we may impart to you as authentic an experience as possible.

Flourishing culture in living monuments, enthralling the audience and last but not least also you the listener are the values we endeavor to document in this series.

Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler