WORLD PREMIERE &
STANDING OVATIONS

In full house concert, Anna-Maria Maak presented an extended version of her celebrated programme In the Secret of the World.

In addition to intercultural music by the Venezuelan-German composer Sef Albertz, which included a world premiere, Maak interpreted works she herself has recently premiered by Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov and Polish Krzysztof Penderecki; all dramaturgically accompanied by theatrical performances and narrated texts.

The innovative recital was warmly embraced by standing ovations from the audience.

Supported by the German Federal Government, the event took place on 2 June 2022 at the Leipzig Public Library (Oberlichtsaal) in the context of the project "Kunst im Exil - Geschichten der Migration".

ON TOUR

WITH DANCE PROJECT

The music of Sef Albertz will be touring through various German cities as part of the dance project »Frauen - Frieden - Flügel« with Anca Huma & Liliana Osorio, who present dance performances based on choreographies of works from the album In the Secret of the World, in which pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings by the German-Venezuelan composer.

ALBUM REVIEW

"[...] Albertz's music is modern, distinctive, finely structured in terms of sound and pianistically tailored to the instrument. And some time or other one can always hear the musical references without them being quotations.

[...] Anna-Maria Maak shows herself as an interpreter who is always stylistically confident, is perfectly up to all demands and presents an exciting album that should be heard!"



This is how the magazine PIANONews (March-April 2022 issue) has praised the album In the Secret of the World, in which pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings of works by Sef Albertz & Krzysztof Penderecki.

NEW PARTNERSHIP

Sef Albertz's music is now published and distributed exclusively by Universal Edition (UE).

"[...] a unanimous decision after reviewing your scores [...] we consider your work to be very interesting [...] We are very much looking forward to distributing your work and are excited about your future artistic activities!".

Thus commented the Universal Edition's Artistic Committee on Sef Albertz's music and the new artistic partnership, which includes the publication of orchestral and chamber music as well as works for solo instruments, such as some of those included on the highly praised new album In the Secret of the World, in which pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings of works by Sef Albertz & Krzysztof Penderecki.

Check out Albertz's profile on the website of the prestigious publishing house under:
www.universaledition.com/albertz

ALBUM REVIEW

...and the wonderful feedback continues! This time the German Klassikblog Ouverture reports about Maak & Albertz's new album In the Secret of the World, in which Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings of piano works by Sef Albertz & Krzysztof Penderecki:

"[...] in Sef Albertz's music, compositional ideas, atmospheric images, continents and centuries flow into one another [...] and contemplation meets passion. Anna-Maria Maak proves to be a brilliant interpreter of his complex works.

[...] the multi-faceted album reaches beyond the medium of music; it is also worth reading the titles of the pieces attentively and taking a look at the booklet. Here it becomes evident that the creative concept of Maak and Albertz, in good Leipzig tradition, is not least a deeply romantic one. In 1835, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff wrote: "Sleeps a song in all things / Which dream on and on, / And the world begins to sing, / If only you find the magic word".

NEW PIANO

PROVIDED BY SMR INSTRUMENT FUNDS

Der Sächsische Musikrat (SMR) hat Maak & Albertz einen hervorragenden Yamaha Konzertflügel als Dauerleihgabe zur Verfügung gestellt.
"Wir sind dankbar und fühlen uns sehr geehrt. Der Erhalt dieser überraschenden Nachricht war ein Highlight. Nun sind wir besonders inspiriert und motiviert. In unseren vielfältigen Tätigkeitsbereichen als musikalische Vermittler wird sich dies sicherlich auf facettenreiche Art und Weise widerspiegeln!", so Maak & Albertz.

Der Erwerb des Instruments wurde ermöglicht durch Steuermittel auf der Grundlage des vom Sächsischen Landtag beschlossenen Haushaltes.

The Saxon Music Council (SMR, in German) has provided Maak & Albertz with an outstanding Yamaha Concert Grand Piano on permanent loan.
"We are grateful and very honoured. Receiving this surprising news was a highlight. At this point we are especially inspired and motivated. And this will certainly be reflected in our many areas of activity as musical mediators in a multi-faceted way!" said Maak & Albertz. 

The purchase of the instrument was made possible by tax funds based on the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament.

El Consejo de Música de Sajonia (SMR, en alemán) ha puesto a permanente disposición de Maak & Albertz un extraordinario piano de concierto Yamaha.
"Estamos agradecidos y nos sentimos muy honrados. Recibir esta sorprendente noticia fue todo un acontecimiento. En este punto, estamos especialmente inspirados y motivados. Y ello, ciertamente, se verá reflejado de forma polifacética en nuestros amplio ámbito de actividad como mediadores musicales", han comentado Maak & Albertz.

La compra del instrumento fue posible gracias a los fondos fiscales basados en el presupuesto aprobado por el parlamento del estado de Sajonia.

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ALBUM REVIEW

The German online Magazine KulturAspekte reports about Maak & Albertz's new album In the Secret of the World, in which Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings of piano works by Sef Albertz & Krzysztof Penderecki:

"...a listening experience with musical demands but light-footed character. Peace and relaxation [...] but also joy and pleasure through the exciting arc of the music. For a longer musical enjoyment there is also a piece of almost fifteen minutes, 'Like Flames In A Shadow Riddle', which is both the opening and the highlight of the album.

Another recommended track is 'Ludovicus and the Allegories of the Sea - Part III', which experiments with dissonances and alternates them with harmonies in just under two minutes to make the rough, surging sea sonically perceptible. Anna-Maria Maak demonstrates her abilities with the demanding composition by Albertz, which challenges the pianist with a wide variety of playing techniques and tempi".

ALBUM REVIEW

Extract from a great review of Maak & Albertz's newest album In the Secret of the World on German Podcast Feuilletöne.


Some extracts in English:

"Such a super exciting recording. So much sounded so familiar. A beautiful mixture of different influences. In a way, a very modern but still very familiar sounding album full of musical discoveries, one must say.

And the music of Sef Albertz, it has something light, lively, so I liked it very much. And if rhythmic, then Sef Albertz is always very light and never heavy. Always swinging. This is your album, listen to it! It's really embracing, it's good to you.

Let yourself be impressed by Anna-Maria Maak, let yourself be impressed by a pianist who doesn't play herself into the centre, but who puts the music into the centre. That's already a lot of fun. She does that in a really great way. She is a fantastic pianist, a pianist who puts her playing at the service of the compositions.
That's just fantastic, that's really great".

Full Audio HERE
(only German)

CONCERT REVIEW

Sonorous inauguration of the concert hall

MaakAlbertz full house release concert in Meiningen (Oct. 15) presenting their brand new album In the Secret of the World.

"The piano recital inaugurated the recently finished venue [...] With her fascinating programme, Anna-Maria Maak ensured that it would also be a very special musical experience".

"The concert hall stopped breathing [...] The audience was very touched and enthusiastic".

"A wide range of playful skills and compositional diversity [...] A first-class artist and a moving programme".

Full text HERE (only for newspaper subscribers)

CONCERT REVIEW

"What the artist lets us hear is overwhelming [...] A moving concert, [...] and special because, thanks to Anna-Maria Maak's brilliant interpretation and Sef Albertz's creative compositions, it stimulates and transports feelings. And because it rightly provokes abundant applause".

An extract from another great review (Südthüringer Zeitung) on Maak & Albertz's release concert in Thuringia (Suhl, Oct. 1st) presenting their new album In the Secret of the World, in which Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings of piano works by Sef Albertz & Krzysztof Penderecki.

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INTERVIEW

on 'Meet the Artist' series
(London)

"Live in the beauty of the incredible reality that music represents"

Anna-Maria Maak talks about repertoire choices, challenges, successes and influences in her career. Also on her unique artistic collaboration with composer Sef Albertz and their brand new album In the Secret of the World.

The text is accompanied by extensive audio-visual material. Read the full interview HERE.

ARTICLE-INTERVIEW

The newspaper Südthüringer Zeitung reports about Maak & Albertz's upcoming release concerts in Thuringia and the new album In the Secret of the World, in which Anna-Maria Maak plays exclusively world premiere recordings of piano works by Sef Albertz & Krzysztof Penderecki.

CONCERT REVIEW

of sold out concert in Leipzig

"Anna Maria Maak won everyone over with her sovereign, friendly and natural presence even before the first note.

The music then came upon us suddenly like a natural phenomenon.
[...] many facets of feeling from stirring, gentle, melancholic, dance-like to powerful. A reverent silence reigned in the hall; It gave the impression as if each one was absorbing the tones like long-desired water".

SOLD OUT CONCERT

The premiere concert on September 17 in Leipzig is SOLD OUT...!

This first event coincides exactly with the worldwide release (digital and physical) of the album In the Secret of the World, which includes all world premiere recordings of piano works by Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki. This production is now completing a large artistic concept started by Maak & Albertz with their 2018 successful first album Resplendences around Bach.

Both recordings are HERE available on label Florentyn Music

NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

from the album 'In the Secret of the World'.
Series curated by
Anna-Maria Maak & Sef Albertz

TEASERS

BUY Maak & Albertz's new Album 'In the Secret of the World'

IN THE SECRET
OF THE WORLD

CD & Streaming | Sept. 17, 2021
Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays an All World Premiere Recording 
with music by Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki


With In the Secret of the World the artist couple Maak & Albertz spans a dramaturgical arc and completes a large artistic concept that started with the previous 2018 production Resplendences around Bach:
...a recording that comes up with interesting as well as innovative ideas
(PIANONews, June 2019).

The concept album features exclusively world premiere recordings of the intercultural music of German-Venezuelan composer Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki's first solo piano music - the result of a collaboration between the late Polish composer and Maak & Albertz.

The whole release brings together a musical kaleidoscope of multi-faceted and moving piano works: A creative approach to the exploration of identity and the truthful perception of the artistic phenomenon.
Along with the influences of Bach, Beethoven and other music creators, Ibero-American culture, pop and electronic music also find their place in this album. Thus, the artistic-creative discourse transforms into a cosmopolitan vision.

With our music we move in the secret of the world without the urge to unveil a secret, but in the perception of these inexplicable, deep sensations that enrich the experience of life and human connections”, comment Maak & Albertz. 

LIVE STREAMING CONCERT

On July 22, as part of the Series 'Music from Saxony', Pianist Anna-Maria Maak will be playing a live streaming concert
with music by Sef Albertz, J.S. Bach, J. Brahms, R. Schumann & K. Penderecki
at the beautiful Albrechtsberg Castle in Dresden.

The project hat been developed by the New York Streaming Platform Dreamstage
with the support of the Saxon Ministry of Culture and Moritzburg Festival.

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NEW RECORDING

COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY!

Anna-Maria Maak's new album 'In the Secret of the World' brings together a musical kaleidoscope of piano works, which reflect a multifaceted and moving expression of new classical music. The album is an all world premiere recordings of compositions by Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki, which have been inspired by Bach, Beethoven, Latin American, pop and electronic music.
The recordings were completed in January 2021 and the worldwide release (digital and physical) will be on September 17th, 2021 under the label Florentyn Music.

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Selected by the Saxon State Chancellery

Sef's composition «In the Secret of the World», which gives the title to the new album by Maak & Albertz, was selected for a music video production, which will be presented by the Saxon State Chancellery (Sächsische Staatskanzlei) through the campaign «So geht sächsisch - Kultur digital» commissioned by the Saxon government!

The Staatskanzlei commented in this regard:

„We really like the project idea and your music [...] We are therefore happy to fully support the production of the music video «In the Secret of the World»“

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NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

New album: Leipzig duo explores the „Secret of the World“

Newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung

„[...] sparkling piano music, which is to lead the audience to the edge of their own horizon and a little bit beyond [...]

RADIO PORTRAIT

MAAK & ALBERTZ

The musician couple at MDR Klassik Radio (audio in German)

NEW ALBUM IS COMING...!

In just under 3 weeks, more than 100 supporters
made possible the new production
through a successful crowdfunding campaign:

Keep your courage - despite uncertain times!
This is the message of the new piano album
« In the Secret of the World »
by Maak & Albertz,
it's an artistic response...!








CROWDFUNDING

für
Maak & Albertz
The New Piano Album

Den Mut behalten - trotz ungewisser Zeiten!
Diese Botschaft vermitteln wir mit dem neuen Klavieralbum « In the Secret of the World »,
es ist eine künstlerische Antwort.
Nun soll es den Weg in die Welt finden - gemeinsam mit Dir können wir es schaffen!

NEW VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES

Supported by the Leipzig Department of Culture (Kulturamt Leipzig) and curated by Anna-Maria Maak, the German pianist presents virtual episodes with
LIVE performances of 'Resplendences around Bach'
- her celebrated concept album
with music by J.S. Bach & Sef Albertz.

SUCCESSFUL WORLD PREMIERE
in completely sold-out concert 

Alongside a sublime performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto KV 466,
Anna-Maria Maak played the solo part in the new orchestral composition by Sef Albertz
'The World through Emilia's Dreams
with the Kammerphilharmonie der Universität Stuttgart, which commisioned the work.
What an enthusiastic response from the Stuttgart audience!

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"GEMEINSAM GROßES SCHAFFEN" (Creating great things together)

2020 begins with a great four-page article in the prestigious magazine PIANONews about the artistic career of Anna-Maria Maak and
her creative collaboration with composer Sef Albertz.
In addition, Anna-Maria's upcoming projects with Sef's music and
the world premiere recording of Penderecki's first solo piano music.
The magazine is available in Germany, Austria,
Luxembourg & Switzerland.

FLORENTYN MUSIC

is a record label founded in Leipzig in spring 2018,
responsible for disseminating the creative work of
the Pianist Anna-Maria Maak & the composer Sef Albertz.

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In this historical moment in which commercialism, the lack of creativity and a narrow vision predominate both in the musical and artistic field in general, the need for self-management is an idea that isn’t surprising to artists aware of the value of their professional activity and responsible for their creative message.

Thus, the cosmopolitan creator has found in the pianist Anna-Maria Maak, for whom Albertz has written many of his most important works, not only the perfect artistic companion but the affinity with an energetic and versatile spirit full of concerns and curiosity, which allows both artists develop a multidimensional approach of reciprocal inspiration.

Interested in discovering new elements of musical interpretation and interaction with the public, Florentyn Music also wants to become a platform of help for other musicians with solid and interesting creative concepts, so that together we can give back to music that ‘adequate place’ where a vivid audience reminds us that the search for ‘the beautiful’ is something active that don’t cling to standards.

Paraphrasing the celebrated Spanish singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat: “without utopia life would be an essay for death”. With this premise, let us be that utopia “that doesn’t have enough with the possible”.

Florentyn refers to male first name of Latin origin Florentinus, a derivation of Florens, which means "flourishing".

But it is also an allusion to the Venezuelan legend of «Florentino and the Devil», immortalized in the verses of the Venezuelan poet Alberto Arvelo Torrealba. It’s a story, with an intense message, which narrates the eternal struggle between good and evil, expressing the capacity for resistance of the man over the ravages and abuses of powerful interests. A sort of story about «David and Goliath» from the Venezuelan plains that symbolizes the courage of the tenacity and the indomitable will developed in front of an apparently much superior enemy.

MUSIC

BUY Maak & Albertz's new Album 'In the Secret of the World'

IN THE SECRET
OF THE WORLD

CD & Streaming | Sept. 17, 2021
Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays an All World Premiere Recording 
with music by Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki


With In the Secret of the World the artist couple Maak & Albertz spans a dramaturgical arc and completes a large artistic concept that started with the previous 2018 production Resplendences around Bach:
...a recording that comes up with interesting as well as innovative ideas
(PIANONews, June 2019).

The concept album features exclusively world premiere recordings of the intercultural music of German-Venezuelan composer Sef Albertz and Krzysztof Penderecki's first solo piano music - the result of a collaboration between the late Polish composer and Maak & Albertz.

The whole release brings together a musical kaleidoscope of multi-faceted and moving piano works: A creative approach to the exploration of identity and the truthful perception of the artistic phenomenon.
Along with the influences of Bach, Beethoven and other music creators, Ibero-American culture, pop and electronic music also find their place in this album. Thus, the artistic-creative discourse transforms into a cosmopolitan vision.

With our music we move in the secret of the world without the urge to unveil a secret, but in the perception of these inexplicable, deep sensations that enrich the experience of life and human connections”, comment Maak & Albertz. 

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RESPLENDENCES AROUND BACH

CD, LP & Streaming | 2018 
Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays world premiere recordings
of original & arranged music by Sef Albertz

"...a fruitful collaboration between
pianist Anna-Maria Maak and composer Sef Albertz
...entirely committed to modernity...
with impressive sovereignty...masterly virtuosity
and intimate empathy...as well as innovative ideas"

(Magazine PIANONews 3-2019)

"...an enrichment of contemporary piano music"
Prof. Volkmar Lehmann
(Dir. Em. Institute for Piano, University of Music Weimar)

„A great composer...a fantastic performer...a powerful work!”
(Kristjan Järvi, conductor)

„A dramaturgical [and] skillful connection to a fascinating musical world, an exquisite combination of progressive and traditional, jazz and funk, Mediterranean temperament and profundity“
(MDR Press)

PRESS & REVIEWS

1

(Newspaper Freies Wort | In Südthüringen April 6th, 2019)

Suhl-born pianist Anna-Maria Maak and her husband Sef Albertz recently celebrated a sensational success in Torgau, where Anna-Maria Maak played the world premiere of 'Aria, Ciaccona & Vivace', a composition by Krzysztof Penderecki, compiled and adapted for Piano by Sef Albertz".

2

(Newspaper Torgauer Zeitung March 26th, 2019)

The artist couple (Maak & Albertz) created an evening that is seldom realized in this form in the concert serie [...] wonderfully plucked on the guitar [...] Composition, arrangement and interpretation were equally convincing, with the pianist's ability aroused general admiration [...] Finally, the likeable artists thanked with three encores of very different character for the stormy applause. A memorable evening that will be remembered for a long time".

3

(Newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung, May 18th, 2018)

„It's a great compliment to be compared with Robert and Clara Schumann - for the Leipzig artist couple Sef Albertz and Anna-Maria Maak it's the appropriate comparison“.


LICHTDURCHFLUTETE KLANGLICHKEIT
Maak & Albertz veröffentlichen
neue musikalische Visionen zu J. S. Bach in Ersteinspielung

Leipzig, September 2018. ‚Resplendences around Bach‘ ist der Titel des neuesten Klavieralbums des Künstlerpaares Maak & Albertz, welches am 07. September 2018 unter ihrem eigenen Label Florentyn Music auf dem internationalen Musikmarkt erscheint.

Die Pianistin Anna-Maria Maak präsentiert darauf Werke des venezolanisch-deutschen Komponisten Sef Albertz in Ersteinspielung, die die Essenz ihrer langjährigen künstlerischen Zusammenarbeit widerspiegeln.

‚Resplendence‘ bedeutet Glanz, Pracht, Funkeln - damit wird nicht nur ein wesentliches Merkmal der Klanglichkeit von Sef Albertz’ Kompositionen erfasst, sondern auch auf den Aspekt der Vielgestaltigkeit seiner musikalischen Ideen hingewiesen.

Anna-Maria Maak stellt sich mit pianistischem Forschergeist und lebendigem Enthusiasmus den technischen Herausforderungen, die der vielschichtige Klaviersatz mit sich bringt.

„Das ganze Programm ist für die Pianistin Anna-Maria Maak komponiert und konzipiert. Mir ist diese Verbindung Komponist - Interpretin sehr wichtig, sie ist die inspirierende Quelle! Oftmals denke ich: es ist, als würden wir gemeinsam einen Film kreieren, Anna-Maria stellt die bewegten Bilder dar und ich bin die Musik“ so Albertz.

So wie im Licht des Feuers oder im Glanz der Sonne alle Farben enthalten sind und dennoch als Einheit in Erscheinung treten, so bündeln sich auch in Albertz’ auf dieser CD versammelten Klavierkompositionen unterschiedlichste Stilrichtungen und Einflüsse: Verfahrensweisen zeitgenössischer Musik treffen auf Klänge der Romantik, iberoamerikanische Rhythmen auf Werke von J. S. Bach.

Dessen monumentale Ciaccona kann als initiierender Funke des Programms betrachtet werden. Ebenso wie Bachs Originalversion des Werkes für Violine solo, geht auch Albertz in seiner Fassung des Stückes bis an die Grenzen des Klaviers. Er beschränkt sich nicht auf ein bloßes Arrangieren des ursprünglichen Notentextes für Tasten, vielmehr erschafft er eine Neukomposition.

Bereits im Jahr 2016, nach der ausverkauften Uraufführung der Orchesterversionen des Programms mit dem MDR Sinfonieorchester urteilte die MDR Presse über die Musik: „eine geschickte dramaturgische Verbindung in eine faszinierende musikalische Welt, eine genussvolle Kombination aus fortschrittlichen und traditionellen Elementen, aus Jazz und Funk, aus südländischem Temperament und Tiefgründigkeit“.

Anna-Maria Maak selbst bekennt enthusiastisch: „Verlangen nach Leben! Das spürt man in der Musik von Bach und Sef. Selbst die Melancholie verwandelt sich in etwas Hoffnungsvolles in ihren Klangwelten...Eine Entfaltung von Schönheit!...Oder ein erneuter Glaube an das Leben...?“.

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