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Imo Pectore

With Ian Holtham as your guide, 'Imo Pectore' – 'music from the inner most recesses of the heart' highlights the remarkable genius of four great composers, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rachmaninov.

Beethoven's 'Sonata in Ab opus 26', contains the first real 'funeral march' in the piano repertoire and reflects the way in which the composer saw himself facing the gathering forces of total deafness and ensuing despair.

Their individual tragedies are a reflection of the overwhelming grief facing a modern society plagued by the tragedy of AIDS. The loss of life within the international artistic community has been without parallel.

Schubert, facing his own personal crisis in 1828 composed his last sonata, fatally ill, and aware of his impending death from syphilis. The death of Beethoven in the previous year had been a monumental blow to Schubert and he mourned that death deeply.

Imo Pectore also features Schumann's 'Abschied (Farewell) ' recalling his deep sense of loss, when as a young man he was brought the news of Schubert's death.

Holtham's performance of these works is as deeply intimate as the compositions themselves.


Ian Holtham

Professor Ian Holtham is one of the most distinguished and highly regarded pianists and pedagogues in Australia and his performances of the great Classical and Romantic repertoire have played to packed houses and rave reviews for many years.

Press quotes

“...featuring Dr Ian Holtham playing "music from the inner recesses of the heart"( Imo Pictore) ... recorded in in Melba Hall highlights the genius of Beethoven and Schubert, with other works by Schumann and Rachmaninov.”

University if Melbourne Gazette

“a well-chosen and intensely personal attempt to explore the reaction of the creative mind in the face of death.”

— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide

Audio preview

Track Listing

    Piano Sonata in A Flat Major, Op. 26 Ludwig van Beethoven

  1. Andante con Variazioni 6:59
  2. Scherzo and Trio 2:40
  3. Marcia Funebre: sulla morte d'un Eroe 7:22
  4. Allegro: Rondo 2:20
  5. Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, D 960 Franz Schubert

  6. Molto moderato 23:48
  7. Andante sostenuto 9:34
  8. Allegro vivace con delicatezza 4:06
  9. Allegro ma non troppo 7:47
  10. Waldszenen, Op. 82 Abschied Robert Schumann 3:09
  11. Prelude in B Flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2 Sergei Rachmaninoff 3:14



Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Today, Schubert is admired as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.

Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann was a German composer, aesthete and influential music critic. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most representative composers of the Romantic era.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.

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Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
70 minutes 59 seconds
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Melba Hall
Thanks to
John McKinlay
Stephen Duns
Release date
© 1995 Move Records
℗ 1995 Move Records
Classical, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MD 3164
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574316421