Piers Lane Goes to Town

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Australian-British pianist Piers Lane designates this release as a collection of his most-played encores, restricting that group to the 20th century in order to have any hope of making coherent sense of them. The album works reasonably well in fulfilling his intention. Encores used to carry a bit of an air of mystery, of "what in the world is that?" to be explained verbally by the pianist from the stage, and Lane resurrects this concept with a group of intriguing short pieces that have been very little played. Some are from his native Australia; some are from forgotten corners of the popular tradition; some, like Sigfrid Karg-Elert's "Arabesque No. 1 in G flat major, Op. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Australian-British pianist Piers Lane designates this release as a collection of his most-played encores, restricting that group to the 20th century in order to have any hope of making coherent sense of them. The album works reasonably well in fulfilling his intention. Encores used to carry a bit of an air of mystery, of "what in the world is that?" to be explained verbally by the pianist from the stage, and Lane resurrects this concept with a group of intriguing short pieces that have been very little played. Some are from his native Australia; some are from forgotten corners of the popular tradition; some, like Sigfrid Karg-Elert's "Arabesque No. 1 in G flat major, Op. 5 Filigran," are simply pieces that have fallen out of fashion. As such, the album is worthwhile, but it's even more fun as a reconstruction of something that would have been fairly common 75 years ago but is rare nowadays: a performance that mixes classical and popular traditions without turning much at all to jazz. An old British pop song by Billy Mayerl, an arrangement of an Irish tune by Percy Grainger, a novelty American piano piece by Zez Confrey and not the still-common Kitten on the Keys, and various humorous pieces all are worth new hearings and work very well beside late Romantic standards and new virtuoso works written for Lane one his by his father, who tosses everything off with aplomb and wit. The whole thing is a completely different kind of encores album; it is a great deal of fun; and it is very nicely recorded at Britain's Potton Hall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571179674
  • Catalog Number: 67967
  • Sales rank: 139,814

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air), folk song for piano (BFMS 6) - Percy Grainger & Piers Lane (3:37)
  2. 2 Arabeske for piano, Op.5 - Sigfrid Karg-Elert & Piers Lane (2:57)
  3. 3 Jamaican Rumba for 2 pianos or orchestra - Arthur Benjamin & Piers Lane (1:00)
  4. 4 Nocturne No. 4 for piano in C minor ("Bal fantôme"), FP 56/4 - Francis Poulenc & Piers Lane (1:36)
  5. 5 Dizzy Fingers for piano - Zez Confrey & Piers Lane (1:57)
  6. 6 Naila Waltzes, arrangements for piano (after Delibes) - Ernst von Dohnányi & Piers Lane (7:28)
  7. 7 Marigold, a syncopated impression for piano - Billy Mayerl & Piers Lane (2:57)
  8. 8 Musical Sketches (4), for piano: 2. Down Longford Way - Piers Lane & Simon Perry (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Piers Lane Primary Artist
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