Romantic Piano Favourites, Vol. 9

Romantic Piano Favourites, Vol. 9

by Balázs Szokolay
     
 
Romantic Piano Favourites, Vol. 9, is a varied collection of pieces, a few of which should be excluded on the grounds that they are really Baroque, Classical, or Modern, and are inappropriate to the stated theme of the series. While the Scarlatti, Mozart, Bartók, and

Overview

Romantic Piano Favourites, Vol. 9, is a varied collection of pieces, a few of which should be excluded on the grounds that they are really Baroque, Classical, or Modern, and are inappropriate to the stated theme of the series. While the Scarlatti, Mozart, Bartók, and Debussy selections are not Romantic, even in the way Balázs Szokolay interprets them, one simply must take them with the rest of the program, which is mostly devoted to nineteenth century masters. With this in mind, the listener may regard this collection as a recital of charming miniatures and character pieces well-played and thoughtfully arranged in a pleasing order. Szokolay imbues his performances with expressiveness and great warmth, yet his use of rubato and dynamics never becomes obvious or distracting. When the mood is one of reverie or nostalgia, as evoked by the Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Grieg pieces, Szokolay is in his element as a poet of the keyboard. Brisk pieces, such as Mozart's "Variations for piano (12) on Ah, vous dirai-je maman," Tchaikovsky's "Humoresque," and Moszkowski's "Caprice espagnol," bring out his wit, which is evident in his crisp attacks, supple rhythms, and brilliant runs. On the whole, this disc is a worthwhile sampler of a mature pianist's work and deserves attentive appreciation.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/1994
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099521826
catalogNumber:
550218

Tracks

  1. Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 1 (L. 366)  - Domenico Scarlatti
  2. Variations (12) on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e)  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  3. Album für die Jugend No. 16 ("Erster Verlust") for piano in E minor, Op. 68/16  - Robert Schumann
  4. Album für die Jugend No. 14 ("Kleine Studie") for piano in G major, Op. 68/14  - Robert Schumann
  5. Song without Words for piano No. 6 in G minor ("Venetianisches Gondellied"), Op. 19b/6  - Felix Mendelssohn
  6. Song without Words for piano No. 25 in G major, Op. 62/1  - Felix Mendelssohn
  7. Morceaux (2) for piano (or piano & violin), Op. 10: No. 2, Humoresque  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  8. Berceuse, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/1  - Edvard Grieg
  9. Bådnlåt (At the Cradle), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/5  - Edvard Grieg
  10. Impromptus (4) for piano, D. 899 (Op. 90): No. 2  - Franz Schubert
  11. Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16  - Frédéric Chopin
  12. Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for piano (Années II/5), S. 161/5 (LW A55/5)  - Franz Liszt
  13. Caprice espagnol, for piano, Op 37  - Moritz Moszkowski
  14. España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango  - Isaac Albéniz
  15. Monastery Bells  - Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély
  16. For Children (Gyermekeknek), for piano Vol. 2, Sz. 42/2/22-42, BB 53/22-42: Excerpts from Nos. 31-37 & 40  - Béla Bartók
  17. Arabesque, for piano No. 1 in E major, L. 66/1  - Claude Debussy
  18. Tarantelle styrienne (Danse), for piano (or orchestra), L. 69  - Claude Debussy

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