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The Architect Muenchinger. The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in the Heidelberg Town Hall

By Helmut Haack

[...] The Pianist Sontraud Speidel from Karlsruhe played Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major in an ideal stylistic cooperation with Karl Muenchinger, as a festival of clarity, virtuosity, precision, and pearl-like brilliant ornamentation. Anyone who searched here for the pleasant acoustics, completely got his money worth. Especially the final movement, which always has been regarded by virtuosos as a challenge (and therefore, did not fall into oblivion for some time like some of Haydn’s other piano music), proved Sontraud Speidel’s brilliant quality. The audience, which came as a “chamber music consort”, offered an intense and long appluase.

Das Orchester

Translation: Dr. Jürgen Rodeland, John Nisbet