Dance

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This extraordinary performance uses the simple idea of dance to link music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from eastern and western Europe, from the Old and New Worlds. British pianist Kathryn Stott selects music by composers usually classified as modern Stravinsky, Bartók, as late Romantic Brahms, Tchaikovsky, as nationalist Dvorák, Albéniz, Villa-Lobos, and as semi-popular Ernesto Lecuona, Astor Piazzolla, and Camargo Guarnieri, whose name is misspelled in the tracklist, as well as several composers who do not fit any of these categories. All of these composers wrote music rooted in the popular dances of the times in which they worked, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This extraordinary performance uses the simple idea of dance to link music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from eastern and western Europe, from the Old and New Worlds. British pianist Kathryn Stott selects music by composers usually classified as modern Stravinsky, Bartók, as late Romantic Brahms, Tchaikovsky, as nationalist Dvorák, Albéniz, Villa-Lobos, and as semi-popular Ernesto Lecuona, Astor Piazzolla, and Camargo Guarnieri, whose name is misspelled in the tracklist, as well as several composers who do not fit any of these categories. All of these composers wrote music rooted in the popular dances of the times in which they worked, and the continuity of the dance tradition, in Stott's hands, comes to seem as important as the various "watershed" moments generally thought to define the music of the early twentieth century. The placement of Chopin's "Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17/4," at the end of the program has an exquisitely nostalgic feel, suggesting the sensation of a glance back at a venerated ancestor for all the music. Stott moves effortlessly between famous pieces like the Sibelius "Valse Triste, Op. 44," and oddities like Graham Fitkin's "Old Style," which here receives its first recording. The idea of the dance is certainly pushed in different directions by these composers: toward the minimal by Satie, toward the geometric by Stravinsky, and toward the satirical by Shostakovich. Stott arranges the program in such a way that a new perspective on the same kind of basic material appears at every turn, and she seems equally comfortable with diverse kinds of material. Especially noteworthy is her version of Astor Piazzolla's "Milonga del Ángel," in an arrangement for solo piano by Kyoko Yamamoto: Stott creates a fair facsimile of Piazzolla's bandoneón rolls and his general sensuously grim mood. This disc is easy enough on the ears, but it will keep you coming back again and again. Chandos' sound is superb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115149324
  • Catalog Number: 10493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fantastic Dances (3), for piano, Op. 5 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Kathryn Stott (4:17)
  2. 2 Danzas argentinas, 3 pieces for piano, Op. 2: Danza de la moza donosa - Alberto Ginastera & Kathryn Stott (4:24)
  3. 3 Romanian Folk Dances (6) (Román népi táncok), for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68 - Béla Bartók & Kathryn Stott (4:20)
  4. 4 Dumka, for piano in C minor, B. 136 (Op.12/1) - Antonin Dvorák & Kathryn Stott (4:14)
  5. 5 Morceaux (6) for piano, Op. 51: No. 2 Polka peu dansante - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Kathryn Stott (4:14)
  6. 6 Valse Triste, for orchestra (from Kuolema), Op. 44/1: (Extr.) - Jean Sibelius & Kathryn Stott (5:16)
  7. 7 Dança negra - Camargo Guarnieri & Kathryn Stott (3:36)
  8. 8 A Media Noche, for piano - Ernesto Lecuona & Kathryn Stott (3:09)
  9. 9 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: No. 2 Tango - Isaac Albéniz & Kathryn Stott (2:16)
  10. 10 Old Style, for piano - Graham Fitkin & Kathryn Stott (2:44)
  11. 11 Milonga del ángel, tango (from Ángel series) - Astor Piazzolla & Kathryn Stott (6:42)
  12. 12 Valsa da dor (Waltz), for piano in D major, A. 316 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Kathryn Stott (5:00)
  13. 13 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1 - Johannes Brahms & Kathryn Stott (3:11)
  14. 14 Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano - Erik Satie & Kathryn Stott (5:46)
  15. 15 Tango, for piano - Igor Stravinsky & Kathryn Stott (3:14)
  16. 16 Mazurkas (4) for piano, Op. 17, CT. 60-63: No. 4 - Frédéric Chopin (5:11)
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Performance Credits
Kathryn Stott Primary Artist
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