The Golden Age of Pianist-Composers | Grand Piano GP899X

The Golden Age of Pianist-Composers

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Label: Grand Piano

Cat No: GP899X

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 6th May 2022

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Keyboard Concerto no.5 in F minor, BWV1056 (arr. Alfred Cortot)
» II Largo
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Brahms, Johannes

Lieder (5), op.49
» no.4 Wiegenlied (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Chopin, Frederic

Cello Sonata in G minor, op.65
» III Largo (transcribed Alfred Cortot)

Dargomizhsky, Alexander

Romance Russe in D minor, op.33B (trans. Adolf von Henselt for piano)

Faure, Gabriel

Dolly Suite, op.56 (arr. Alfred Cortot for one piano)

Franck, Cesar

Violin Sonata in A major (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Friedman, Ignaz

Klavierstucke (4), op.27
Preludes (4), op.61
Stimmungen, op.79
Strophes, op.71
Viennese Dances (6) on motifs by Eduard Gartner

Henselt, Adolf von

Etudes caracteristiques (12), op. 2
» no.2 in D flat major 'Pensez un peu a moi, jue pense toujours a vous'
» no.3 in B minor 'Exauce mes voeux!'
» no.4 in B flat major 'Repos d'amour'
» no.6 in F sharp major 'Si oiseau j'etais, a toi je volerais!'
Etudes de Salon (12), op.5
» no.3 in A minor 'Hexentanz'
» no.6 in A flat major 'Danklied nach Sturm'
» no.9 in A major
Nocturnes (2), op.6
» no.1 Schmerz im Gluck
Petite Romance
Petite Valses (2), op.28
Pieces (10) for piano, op.13
» no.2 Etude 'La Gondola'
Rhapsodie in F minor, op.4 'Erinnerung und Freundschaft'
Valse melancolique, op.36
Waltz (Johann Strauss I)
Wiegenlied (Lullaby), op.45

Hofmann, Josef

Charakterskizzen, op.40
Etude in C major for the left hand alone, op.32
Mazurka in D minor (1886)
Mazurkas (2), op.16
» no.1 in A minor
Piano Sonata in F major, op.21
Theme with variations and fugue, op.14

Medtner, Nikolai

Forgotten Melodies, Cycle I, op.38
» no.1 Sonata reminiscenza
Piano Sonata in F minor, op.5
Piano Sonata in G minor, op.post.

Palmgren, Selim

Concert Etude in C major, SP142
Contrasts (2)
Kevatauerta (Spring Haze), SP136
Piano Pieces (3), op.32
Preludes (3), op.84
Preludes (24), op.17
Waltz in a western Finnish style, SP326

Schubert, Franz

Heidenroslein, op.3 no.3 D257 (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Weber, Carl Maria von

Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), J260 (arr. Henselt)

Artists

Joseph Banowetz (piano)
Sergio Gallo (piano)
Yue He (piano)
Jouni Somero (piano)
Paul Stewart (piano)
Artem Yaysynskyy (piano)

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Keyboard Concerto no.5 in F minor, BWV1056 (arr. Alfred Cortot)
» II Largo
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Brahms, Johannes

Lieder (5), op.49
» no.4 Wiegenlied (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Chopin, Frederic

Cello Sonata in G minor, op.65
» III Largo (transcribed Alfred Cortot)

Dargomizhsky, Alexander

Romance Russe in D minor, op.33B (trans. Adolf von Henselt for piano)

Faure, Gabriel

Dolly Suite, op.56 (arr. Alfred Cortot for one piano)

Franck, Cesar

Violin Sonata in A major (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Friedman, Ignaz

Klavierstucke (4), op.27
Preludes (4), op.61
Stimmungen, op.79
Strophes, op.71
Viennese Dances (6) on motifs by Eduard Gartner

Henselt, Adolf von

Etudes caracteristiques (12), op. 2
» no.2 in D flat major 'Pensez un peu a moi, jue pense toujours a vous'
» no.3 in B minor 'Exauce mes voeux!'
» no.4 in B flat major 'Repos d'amour'
» no.6 in F sharp major 'Si oiseau j'etais, a toi je volerais!'
Etudes de Salon (12), op.5
» no.3 in A minor 'Hexentanz'
» no.6 in A flat major 'Danklied nach Sturm'
» no.9 in A major
Nocturnes (2), op.6
» no.1 Schmerz im Gluck
Petite Romance
Petite Valses (2), op.28
Pieces (10) for piano, op.13
» no.2 Etude 'La Gondola'
Rhapsodie in F minor, op.4 'Erinnerung und Freundschaft'
Valse melancolique, op.36
Waltz (Johann Strauss I)
Wiegenlied (Lullaby), op.45

Hofmann, Josef

Charakterskizzen, op.40
Etude in C major for the left hand alone, op.32
Mazurka in D minor (1886)
Mazurkas (2), op.16
» no.1 in A minor
Piano Sonata in F major, op.21
Theme with variations and fugue, op.14

Medtner, Nikolai

Forgotten Melodies, Cycle I, op.38
» no.1 Sonata reminiscenza
Piano Sonata in F minor, op.5
Piano Sonata in G minor, op.post.

Palmgren, Selim

Concert Etude in C major, SP142
Contrasts (2)
Kevatauerta (Spring Haze), SP136
Piano Pieces (3), op.32
Preludes (3), op.84
Preludes (24), op.17
Waltz in a western Finnish style, SP326

Schubert, Franz

Heidenroslein, op.3 no.3 D257 (arr. Alfred Cortot)

Weber, Carl Maria von

Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanze), J260 (arr. Henselt)

Artists

Joseph Banowetz (piano)
Sergio Gallo (piano)
Yue He (piano)
Jouni Somero (piano)
Paul Stewart (piano)
Artem Yaysynskyy (piano)

About

This collection spotlights six legendary pianist-composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Adolf von Henselt’s ferocious technical studies and Romantic salon pieces led Schumann to dub him ‘the Chopin of the North’. Polish virtuoso Ignaz Friedman’s works offer delightful melodic beauty and harmonic inventiveness set alongside works by his countryman, Józef Hofmann, renowned as a poet of the keyboard. The French master musician Alfred Cortot is represented here with a selection of stylish piano arrangements of works by great composers. As one of Finland’s most respected musicians during the early 20th century, Selim Palmgren displays a wide variety of technical and stylistic challenges with music that is both traditional and visionary; while music by the exiled Russian composer Nikolai Medtner is highly Romantic and spiritually charged. These six towering superstars represent the summit of the piano’s Romantic golden age, heard here in critically acclaimed performances by award-winning pianists.

‘[Sergio Gallo’s] playing is lively and attractive, and he planned this programme intelligently to present the listener with variety and contrast as well as the flavour of this composer’s lovely music.’ – American Record Guide (GP661)

‘Paul Stewart adds a voice of exceptional distinction, finely presented and recorded.’ – Gramophone (GP617)

‘This is, in all the senses of the word, a brilliant release. […] What a fantastic discovery!’ – Pianist Editor’s Choice (GP641)

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