Romantic Piano Favourites, Vol. 9

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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, Bart?k, and Debussy selections are not Romantic, even in the way Bal?zs 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/1994
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 730099521826
  • Catalog Number: 550218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sonata for keyboard in D minor, K. 1 (L. 366) - Domenico Scarlatti & Balázs Szokolay (2:17)
    Composed byDomenico Scarlatti
  2. 2 Variations (12) on "Ah, vous dirai-je maman," for piano in C major, K. 265 (K. 300e) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Balázs Szokolay (11:39)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  3. 3 Album für die Jugend No. 16 ("Erster Verlust") for piano in E minor, Op. 68/16 - Robert Schumann & Balázs Szokolay (1:19)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  4. 4 Album für die Jugend No. 14 ("Kleine Studie") for piano in G major, Op. 68/14 - Robert Schumann & Balázs Szokolay (2:22)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
  5. 5 Song without Words for piano No. 6 in G minor ("Venetianisches Gondellied"), Op. 19b/6 - Felix Mendelssohn & Balázs Szokolay (2:24)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
  6. 6 Song without Words for piano No. 25 in G major, Op. 62/1 - Felix Mendelssohn & Balázs Szokolay (2:04)
    Composed byFelix Mendelssohn
  7. 7 Morceaux (2) for piano (or piano & violin), Op. 10: No. 2, Humoresque - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Balázs Szokolay (2:38)
    Composed byPeter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  8. 8 Berceuse, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/1 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (2:29)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  9. 9 Bådnlåt (At the Cradle), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/5 - Edvard Grieg & Balázs Szokolay (2:41)
    Composed byEdvard Grieg
  10. 10 Impromptus (4) for piano, D. 899 (Op. 90): No. 2 - Franz Schubert & Balázs Szokolay (4:28)
    Composed byFranz Schubert
  11. 11 Etude for piano No. 3 in E major, Op. 10/3, CT. 16 - Frédéric Chopin & Balázs Szokolay (3:42)
    Composed byFrédéric Chopin
  12. 12 Sonetto del Petrarca No. 104 (Pace non trovo; II) for piano (Années II/5), S. 161/5 (LW A55/5) - Franz Liszt & Balázs Szokolay (5:21)
    Composed byFranz Liszt
  13. 13 Caprice espagnol, for piano, Op 37 - Moritz Moszkowski & Balázs Szokolay (5:17)
    Composed byMoritz Moszkowski
  14. 14 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: Tango - Isaac Albéniz & Balázs Szokolay (2:37)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz
  15. 15 Monastery Bells - Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély & Balázs Szokolay (2:47)
    Composed byLouis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély
  16. 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 & Balázs Szokolay (6:46)
    Composed byBéla Bartók
  17. 17 Arabesque, for piano No. 1 in E major, L. 66/1 - Claude Debussy & Balázs Szokolay (3:30)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
  18. 18 Tarantelle styrienne (Danse), for piano (or orchestra), L. 69 - Claude Debussy & Balázs Szokolay (4:50)
    Composed byClaude Debussy
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