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Henselt: Études Opus 2 & Opus 5
     

Henselt: Études Opus 2 & Opus 5

by Piers Lane
 
According to the detailed notes accompanying this disc, Adolf von Henselt was a more important pianist/composer than history has led us to believe. Upon first hearing the etudes performed here by Piers Lane, a listener might be inclined to agree with history. The etudes are in the great Romantic tradition of piano etudes by Chopin,

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According to the detailed notes accompanying this disc, Adolf von Henselt was a more important pianist/composer than history has led us to believe. Upon first hearing the etudes performed here by Piers Lane, a listener might be inclined to agree with history. The etudes are in the great Romantic tradition of piano etudes by Chopin, Liszt, through to Rachmaninov, that combines melody, often flowing or lyrical, with technically challenging accompaniment. They also bring to mind Mendelssohn's "Songs without Words." Henselt's etudes are not as immediately appealing or obvious in their educational value as those other composers' works. An epigram heads nearly every etude, stating its character. However skillfully Lane conveys that character or handles the technical challenges, Henselt's work has to be studied to be appreciated, and preferably by a pianist or someone who at least understands the basics of playing the piano. The melodies are nice, but not particularly memorable, until it is understood that often those melodies are split between the two hands or played with weaker fingers, thereby creating part of the challenge of the etudes. That's where the detailed notes come in, explaining what the pianist is doing in each one. Once the challenges are understood, the appreciation for the construction of the etudes and for Lane's talent grows. He produces rippling lines in Op. 5/6, "Thanksgiving after a storm," while maintaining a spread-out, chorale-like melody, while No. 12 of the same set, "Nightly Ghost-ride," is suitably lightfooted and skittish. Lane clearly has come to know and appreciate these neglected works.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571174952
catalogNumber:
67495
Rank:
173463

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Études caractéristiques (12), for piano, Op 2
  2. Poème d'amour in B major, Op. 3
  3. Études de salon (12), for piano, Op. 5

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Performance Credits

Piers Lane   Primary Artist

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