PART I. The 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche composed this rarely performed work, "Hymn to Friendship" in one un-interrupted movement. This is Part I. As a composer, a fact known to few until John Bell Young's two recordings of his music were released in 1991 (including this one) Nietzsche was entirely self-trained, and was influenced largely by Schumann.
"When I listen to Nietzsche's own modest compositions, so redolent of early romanticism, I am influenced by his philosophy to hear something else coming to an end: the assumption that a common language of tone and idea exists. We are Nietzsche's heirs... [John Bell Young] serves this music with taste."
-Edward Rothstein, The New York Times
"The valiant John Bell Young cultivates a suaveness of pedaling...He has at his command a touch vibrantly sensual, even seductive."
-Pascal Brissaud, Le Monde de la Musique
"Two fine CDs from Newport Classic should introduce the music of Nietzsche to a wider audience. In Piano Music of Friedrich Nietzsche, Young is again the pianist, joined...by the excellent lyric tenor, John Aler for 16 songs. Charming...genuinely affecting."
Elliot Ravetz, Time
"Reviewers have praised [John Bell Young and his] Nietzsche Music Project...for his interpretation of some baffling scores. Recordings offer plenty of surprises... Instead of the grandiose thundering associated with Nietzsche's philosophy, the music is personal in scale, intimate, even fragile, eerily prescient... "
-Steve Coates, The Wall Street Journal
"The commercial release of recordings of Nietzsche's musical compositions is an important event...the recent Newport Classic digital recording (NPD 85513) makes an important contribution to this somewhat evanescent field. The Nietzsche Music Project's promise of a second CD...is also welcome news. Mr. Young's readings of Nietzsche's sometimes awkward scores is sensitive to nuance and intelligent in its grasp of structure...But such qualifications are of only marginal significance in the context of the historical and intellectual value of making Nietzsche's music readily available to a wide audience."
Paul Miklowitz, Piano Quarterly, Summer 1992
"Suave...engaging...winningly boisterous, with some bold piano strokes that are undeniably dramatic. The disc offers 17 piano pieces, handsomely played by pianist John Bell Young, who researched the autograph scores and inaugurated the project... It should shed interesting light on the interaction among music, literature and philosophy."
-Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle
"What is Nietzsche's music like to listen to? Decisive, courageous, worldly, as if it were 'Also Sprach Zarathustra'? Not at all. In John Bell Young's hands, it is tender, beautiful, and supple. One thinks that it does not at all contradict his philosophical output, but widens our understanding of him."
Sofia Khentova, author of "Shostakovich".
"This recording of Nietzsche's music is very welcome...For collectors of musical esoterica...this is an invaluable issue."
- Carl Bauman, American Record Guide
"The finest to date have been the two discs by John Bell Young on Newport. These are superbly and sympathetically played. These recordings of Nietzsche`s music is very welcome... For collectors of musical esoterica... this is an invaluable issue. The finest to date have been the two discs by John Bell Young on Newport. These are superbly and sympathetically played... I understand that Sony has bought them. Sony should quickly reissue them..."
-Carl Bauman, The American Record Guide