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Mozart Brahms Berg

by Seda Röder

The debut album of Turkish pianist Seda Röder brings together a playful sonata by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (K. 280), a profound set of miniatures by Johannes Brahms (op. 118), as well as Alban Berg's mesmerizing Piano Sonata (op. 1).
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 280: I. Allegro Assai
4:33 $0.99
2. Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 280: II. Adagio
6:54 $0.99
3. Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 280: III. Presto
3:12 $0.99
4. Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118: I. Intermezzo in A Minor
2:16 $0.99
5. Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118: II. Intermezzo in A Major
6:04 $0.99
6. Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118: III. Ballade in G Minor
4:13 $0.99
7. Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118: IV. Intermezzo in F Minor
3:19 $0.99
8. Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118: V. Romanze in F Major
4:13 $0.99
9. Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118: VI. Intermezzo in E-flat Minor
5:52 $0.99
10. Piano Sonata, Op. 1
13:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
"A remarkable achievement, with electrifying performances of all three works."

"The performance of the Berg was superbly musical [...] a very poetic view of an important early 20th century masterpiece that can hold its own with established recordings by pianists such as [Mitsuko] Uchida and [Glenn] Gould."
- Arthur S. Leonard

"This is a thoroughly superb recording, one that I will enjoy having in my library for some time to come."
- Drew Massey, Harvard University

“Mrs. Röder is a very talented young pianist. In spite of her young age Mrs. Röder has a broad and interesting repertoire. She combines her solid piano technique with musical maturity.”
– Dennis Russell Davies, chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Basel Symphony Orchestra

“It is my great pleasure to accompany Seda’s musical studies as her artistic advisor. Her playing shows a nice combination of sensitivity on one side and musical intelligence on the other side. Her interests are reaching far beyond the limits of the piano repertoire.”
– Gerhard Oppitz, legendary pianist and first German to win the Arthur Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“In her excellent piano playing she combines awareness for style and form with musical warmth and depth.”
– Rolf Plagge, winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and Professor of Piano at the Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria

Lauded for her “musical intelligence” (Gerhard Oppitz) and “musical maturity“ (Dennis Russell Davies), the Turkish pianist Seda Röder seeks to connect the worlds of musical performance and historical scholarship. A Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, Seda researches Viennese piano music from the contemporaries of Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg. In addition, Seda teaches piano at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and regularly gives recitals and lecture concerts.

Having a wide repertoire of solo and chamber music that ranges from Couperin to Stockhausen and beyond, Seda has performed frequently in Turkey, Austria, Germany, and the USA. On her debut album, which is available as of now, the young pianist brings together music of three centuries by composers who were active in Vienna: Mozart – Brahms – Berg. Her upcoming recording projects will include a CD of modern Turkish music as well as a CD with music by contemporaries of Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg.

Born into a family of musicians, Seda began her formal studies in her hometown Istanbul at the age of ten. Three years later she gave her concert debut with the Çukurova State Orchestra with Mozart’s piano concerto K 488. After a two-year stint at the State Conservatory in Adana, she returned to Istanbul, immersing herself in the local music scene until 2001 when she graduated with highest honors from Mimar Sinan University. During that summer Seda received a fellowship from the St. Georg-Kolleg to attend the summer academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where she studied with Jacob Lateiner and Christoph Lieske.

From 2001 on, several scholarships from the Austrian Department of Education as well as the “Alumni Foundation of the Austrian St. Georg-Kolleg, Istanbul,” enabled Seda to attend the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. There – in addition to her piano studies with German pianist Rolf Plagge – she focused on the study of period instruments and performance practice. During her time at the Mozarteum, Seda also studied in master classes under András Schiff and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. In 2006, Seda graduated from the Mozarteum with distinction in the final performance exams. Her Magister thesis (DMA-equivalent) was entitled “The ‘Janissary Stop.’ Fortepianos of the 19th Century.”

Relocating to Munich in 2006, Seda commenced her post-graduate work at the Munich Musikhochschule, where she worked intensively with the world-renowned Beethoven and Brahms specialist Gerhard Oppitz. While focusing primarily on the piano music of Johannes Brahms during this year, Seda also explored orchestral repertoires as a guest student of Bruno Weil’s conducting class. During the same year she was awarded a prestigious fellowship of the Richard-Wagner-Association Munich, which allowed her to visit the International Wagner Festival at Bayreuth.



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Milen Parashkevov

Artistic Profoundness and sensitivity like Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
This is a very enjoyable CD! The most remarkable impression for me is the well-dosed combination and interrelation of spirit, musical ratio, and velocity that this young player displays. It is especially impressive in the last track - the sonata by Berg. As far as the e-flat minor Intermezzo by Brahms, the artistic profoundness can be compared to such titans like Michelangeli!

Seda Röder demonstrates a deep stylistic perception and sensitivity for romantic music. This CD would be appealing to both the general music lover and professional musician.

Herta Becker

wunderbare Interpretation
phantasievoll und sehr ausdrucksstark, eine wunderbare CD!

Kurt Backes

6 Stücke für Klavier =pus 118
Wundervoll, warm und ausdrucksstark von der Pianistin interpretiert! Weiter so!

Felix Koehler

Great music
One of the most remarkable and enjoyable classic cds I recently listened to. Seda is a very talented and ambitious artist who expresses her temper through her piano.

Many thanks for this album which lightens my day!

Ruediger Thome

Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Ausdrucksvolles Spiel, exzelente Technik.


Great Piano Music
Seda Roeder plays great interpretaions. Fans of the music from Mozart, Brahms and Berg will love this CD. Great sound, beautiful interpretaions and one listens to this music again and again. It's great piano music - it is a fantastic album!!

Lisa Thome

Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118: II. Intermezzo in A Major
Sehr gute Inszenierung von einer wunderbaren Pianistin, der es gelingt, den Menschen während ihres Klavierspielens ein Lächen ins Gesicht zu zaubern.

Elke Thome

Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 280: I. Allegro Assai
Hervorragende Technik, gefühlvolles Spiel.


Excellent interpretations
I got the CD from a friend as a birthday present and I love it. I am a musician myself (I am a professional Jazz pianist and I also compose) and was extremely impressed with the interpretations on this album.

I heard the Brahms and Berg piece maybe a million times before but no other recording is as intense and deep as this one!