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The conception of the Otmar Alt Sonata was developed in 1999 during a working stay at the Otmar Alt Foundation in Hamm: surrounded by the painter's works, walking through the sculpture park and observing the animals in the small zoo. Designed as a four-movement sonata form, the Otmar Alt Sonata essentially corresponds to the classical order of a sonata: the movement structure fast-slow-fast followed by a slow appendix. Click to listen and enjoy!

Delorko: Otmar-Alt-Sonata


The piano cycle "Zeitklang" returns to the roots of the pianist composing in personal union for his own hand, who also plays the music in his own concert and describes ten daily moods. Only for his own hands? But no, for many other hands as well; the musical thought that is delivered from improvisation has been condensed and distilled in the process of writing until it becomes as simple as possible, without being able to be plain?. Complexity in simplicity is the basic idea. Click to listen and enjoy!

Delorko: Zeitklang


The MIDI_Sonata for Piano and Synthetic Sounds is a kind of a modern time piano concerto. While there is an acoustic grand piano in the solo part, the accompanying synthetic sounds are trigged by a computer. The selected sounds are willingly artificial. The structure of the three movements is typically classical: fast-slow-fast. Click to listen and enjoy!

Delorko: MIDI Sonata

For Piano and Synthetic Sounds. A kind of a modern time piano concerto.


The most beautiful variations by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "Ah-Vous Dirai-je, Maman!" aka "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. A live recording by Ratko Delorko from Alte Oper Frankfurt. Steinway D, wonderfully prepped by Daniel Brech. Click to listen and enjoy!

Mozart: Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, maman"
Live from "Alte Oper Frankfurt"


Quoting Mr. Prokofiev: “It will one movement: pretty, interesting, and practical.” In a few words he describes one of the most technically demanding pieces he has ever written for the piano. The strict architecture of the Sonata in one movement is classical, subdivided in fast-slow- fast sections with a few more tempo twists.Click to listen and enjoy!

Prokofiev: 3rd Sonata

A juicy selection of encore pieces from performing 50 years on stage. The art how to put the keys on fire…

The production contains twenty short and catchy tracks, all killer no filler. From baroque to modern times, also available as CD. Click to listen and enjoy!

For Dussek, the London piano maker John Broadwood extended the range of his instruments to 6 octaves. It is likely that he was the first to point the piano sideways to the audience, supposedly to be able to "present his shapely profile to the ladies". Until then, performing with the profile facing the audience was not appropriate because the player's emotions were not to be seen. Haydn held him in high esteem - Dussek's three Preludes are presumably condensed and notated improvisations and provide a glimpse into the art of free improvisation in the 18th. century. In his late years he seemingly had become too fat to be able to reach the keys in a meaningful way. Click to listen and enjoy!

Dussek: The Three Preludes

The "Pictures at an Exhibition" are based on pictures by the artist Viktor Hartmann. In the "Promenades" which are connecting the ten pieces, Mussorgsky describes himself musically walking through his friend's exposition, turning left and right, walking resolved or even hesitant from one picture to the next. A Live recording from Essen Philharmonie. Cover art by Roberto Delorko (10 years old). Ratko Delorko arranged the "Pictures at an Exhibition" in 2002 for Piano and Orchestra as well. Click to listen and enjoy!

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

 Live from Essen Philharmonic Hall

As the night falls: My favorite Nocturnes by Frederic Chopin. Live from the Berlin Philharmonic Hall. Click to listen and enjoy!

Chopin: Four Selected Nocturnes


Live from Berlin Philharmonic Hall

Red Grapes for Piano from Auburn to Zinfandel. In the past, the labels were placed on the neck of the bottle and documented the grape. The 31 short miniatures are condensed to the max. To be consumed responsibly at the Piano. Click to listen and enjoy!

Delorko: 31 Red Vignettes

My favorite pieces by Chick Corea arranged in trilogy. Always suitable for a classical recital, too. Click to listen and enjoy!

Corea: A Trilogy - Crystal Silence, Children's Song, What Game Shall we Play Today.

The 12 tattoos represent a compact selection of classic tattoo designs. It could have been a hundred, there are so many ...Even when we talk about so-called realistic tattoos, the representation always remains fantastic and tells of the stories that could be behind the illustration. And an attitude that you wear on your skin. It corresponds to the view of fantastic realism to which my music is counted. Koi - Putto - Corvus - Clipper - Sugar Skull - Catrina - Rosa - Ganesh - Betty B. - Strigiformes - Vulpes Vulpes - Faith, Love, Hope. Click to listen and enjoy!

Delorko: Twelve Treasured Tattoos

George Gershwin planned a series of 24 preludes for piano .This cycle remained incomplete due to his intense work on other projects and his early death. On December 4, 1926, Gershwin premiered the first five completed pieces at the Hotel Roosevelt in New York. In 1927, he selected three of these pieces for publication, today known as "The Three Preludes" in a classical format of a kind of movements "fast-slow-fast". The slow movement in a 12-bar blues structure is a wonderful playground for an improvisation. Click to listen and enjoy!

Gershwin: The Three Preludes

All of Gershwin's other solo piano works apart from "The Three Preludes" and "Rhapsody in Blue" are transcriptions of his songs, like the excerpt from Porgy and Bess presented here. With this opera, his last work of weight, Gershwin achieved perhaps America's most significant contribution to contemporary musical theater. Although he attached importance to writing a through-composed opera and not a number musical, of course the hits were not missing here either. The best-known song from it besides Summertime, "It Ain't Necessarily So," proves here its potential for far-reaching climaxes despite its so melancholy beginning (after Summertime).

Gershwin: From Porgy & Bess - Opening, Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So.

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