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Percy Grainger: The Complete Music for Four Hands, Two Pianos

Percy Grainger: The Complete Music for Four Hands, Two Pianos

Percy Grainger: The Complete Music for Four Hands, Two PianosPenelope Thwaites, John Lavender, Timothy Young (pianos)

HTGCD 403 – 5060332661725

4 CDs

The music of Percy Grainger (1882–1961) for piano/s four hands ranges from a few intimate duets to a significant body of quasi-orchestral concert works. The great majority were written for two instruments and they exploit this rich resource to the full. Given that almost all were originally works for chamber, orchestral, wind-band or choral forces, pianists have the widest possible range of sound references.

Leading Grainger scholar and performer, Penelope Thwaites, has newly recorded a fourth CD with fellow Australian pianist, Timothy Young, to add to the three existing CDs of Grainger’s music she recorded with John Lavender for the Pearl label in the 1990s. All four CDs contain many world premieres, including the discovery of a youthful piano concerto fragment, and provide a fascinating insight into Grainger’s pianistic output.

Track Listing

To follow…

PianoMusicSpain

Piano Music of Spain

Piano Music of SpainMaria Garzon

HTGCD 207/8 – 5060332661657

2CDs

Heritage artist, Maria Garzon, performs the piano music of her homeland – an eclectic mix of composers with which she has a close affinity. Originally on two separate discs, her performances now appear in slimline double format. When originally released in the 1990s, both received critical acclaim, the first being awarded ‘Record of the Year’ by the British Retailers Association. Joaquin Rodrigo was particularly flattering of her playing of his music: ‘She has the distinction of being one of the rare Spanish pianists to record my music for the piano and this is particularly satisfying to me.’

Track Listing

CD 1

ANTONIO SOLER (1729-1783)

  1. Keyboard Sonata No. 45        
  2. Keyboard Sonata No. 84        
  3. Keyboard Sonata No. 90        

ISAAC ALBENIZ (1860-1909)

SUITE ESPANOLA, Op. 47

  1. No. 1 – Granada  
  2. No. 4 – Cadiz  
  3. No. 5 – Asturias   
  4. No. 7 – Castilla  

ENRIQUE GRANADOS (1867-1916)

GOYESCAS

  1. No. 1 – Los requiebros   

DANZA ESPANOLA

  1. No. 5 – Andaluza   

MANUEL DE FALLA (1876-1946)

  1. FANTASIA BETICA   

FEDERICO MOMPOU

  1. CANCION Y DANZA No. 6  

ALEJANDRO YAGUE (b. 1947)

  1. HALLEY            

Total time: 69.08
 
CD 2

JOAQUIN RODRIGO (1901-1999)

  1. SERENATA ESPANOLA (1931)       
  2. BAGATELLA (1926)      
  3. PASTORAL  (1926)      
    SONATAS DE CASTILLA (1951)
  4. Toccata a modo de Pregon    
  5. Sonata I   
  6. Sonata II in F Sharp Minor   
  7. Sonata III in D     
  8. Sonata IV como un tiento 
  9. Sonata V in A      
    El ALBUM DE CECILIA (1948)
  10. Maria de los Reyes    
  11. A la jota – Jota de las Palomas     
  12. Cancion del hada rubia  
  13. Cancion del hada morena  
  14. El negrito Pepo   
  15. Borriquillos a Belen   
  16. A L’OMBRE DE TORRE BERMEJA  (1945)   
  17. AIR DE BALLET SUR LE NOM D’UNE JEUNE FILLE (1930)   
    TRES DANZAS DE ESPANA (1941)
  18. Rustica     
  19. Danza de las tres doncellas  
  20. Serrana  
  21. BERCEUSE DE PRINTEMPS (1923)     
    TRES EVOCACIONES (1981)
  22. Tarde en el parquet   
  23. Noche en el Guadalquivir   
  24. Manana en Triana    

Total time:   72.33

298Zipoli

Domenico Zipoli: Complete Suites and Partitas

Domenico Zipoli: Complete Suites and PartitasGiovanni Nesi (piano)

HTGCD298 – 5060332661466

Domenico Zipoli, an Italian Jesuit composer of the Baroque era, is justly celebrated for the liturgical music he produced in South America. Less familiar, although popular at the time, are the secular works he composed in Italy in the early 18th century. His collection ‘Sonate d’intavolatura’, charming and tuneful in style, contains both suites and partitas for keyboard. Giovanni Nesi gives world premiere performances of these works on the modern piano.

‘Nesi should be appreciated for the freshness with which he informs us, through a piano keyboard, about a musician who has stayed in the shadows’
– La Gazzetta di Parma, April 2016

‘a sense of proportion , expression and stylistic awareness.’
– Musica, April 2016

‘he does it very successfully, with a large range of emotions, so placing emphasis on the beauty of the music.’
– Pizzicato, April 2016

‘It is delicious to enjoy the Baroque on the modern piano, played with freedom and colours by Giovanni Nesi.’
– La Republica, April 2016

‘That Zipoli can be translated from old to new keyboard instrument is triumphantly demonstrated in this premiere recording by his countryman Giovanni Zipoli. He’s not shy about taking possession of the music, applying ornamentation judiciously… Nesi’s enthusiasm for the music shines through at every point… The two extended Partitas are particularly fine and, in both, Nesi builds through them to thrilling effect… an intriguing disc.
– Gramophone, April 2016

‘If you have appreciated Angela Hewitt and Murray Perahia playing Bach, Handel and others on the modern piano, then you will enjoy making the acquaintance of Zipoli and Nesi’
– David Barker, MusicWeb International, November 2015

‘We must not forget the talent of the performer whose treatment of the score is one of simple authenticity… Zipoli’s stature has not yet been well measured… Hooray ! Great recording, with author and performer at the top.’
– Angelo Formenti, CD Classico, November 2015

‘Voilà un des disques de l’année!’
– Maciej Chiżyński, ReMusica, France, November 2015

‘Grace, nobility, and especially melodic beauty, are key elements of this music. These works were originally written for the harpsichord, but their expressive warmth and melancholy colors are much more suited to the piano. Hats off to Giovanni Nesi for giving us the pleasure.’
– Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel, November 2015

‘Nesi finds some sort of liquidity of sound, an expression that never belittles the clarity of the speech and the polyphony.’
– Radio Classica, Italia, September 2015

‘Giovanni Nesi records Zipoli on the piano for the first time with great taste , without skimping on freedom of expression.’
– Milano Finanza, September 2015

Track Listing

DOMENICO ZIPOLI (1688-1726)

Suite I in B Minor; Suite II in G Minor; Suite III in C Major; Partita in C Major; Suite IV in D Minor 
Partita in A Minor   

Total time:  66.56

302SchiffDenon

Andras Schiff: The Denon Recordings

Andras Schiff (piano)Andras Schiff: The Denon Recordings

HTGCD302 – 5060332661442
3 CDs

András Schiff is a daring and adventurous pianist. He has a wide repertoire, but always remains loyal to the composers most important to him. These are the composers represented in this collection of early recordings which first appeared on the Denon label – Bach, Schumann, Haydn and Bartók. He has returned to each repeatedly throughout his career, fashioning innovative recital programmes around their works, and often recording individual pieces more than once as his interpretations develop. But at this relatively early stage in his career, from the late 1970s onwards, Schiff already had a mature and distinctive voice, and his musical personality shines through in each of these recordings.

Typical of Denon, the sound recordings presented here are of demonstration quality.

SCHUMANN – ‘His playing is truthful and sympathetic… Schiff captures Schumann’s mercurial mood changes without drawing attention to an interpreter at work.’
– Gramophone, September 2015
HAYDN – ‘Schiff makes all these sonatas sound even more attractive than you remembered them being. Schiff is as polished as you could wish in the scintillating rondos… but I cannot recall anyone else with the delicacy of touch and understanding that he brings to the other movements.’
– Gramophone, September 2015
HAYDN – ‘Schiff plays with an extraordinary refinement and delicacy; he is resourceful and highly imaginative in his use of tone colour; his phrasing and articulation are a constant source of pleasure. Superb in every way and beautifully recorded too.’
– Penguin Guide, September 2015
BACH – ‘This record hade me completely gripped.’
– Gramophone, September 2015
Track Listing

CD 1 (70’ +)

J.S. BACH

Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052

Keyboard Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055

Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056

English Chamber Orchestra, George Malcolm

Two-Part Inventions for Keyboard, BWV 772a-786

 

CD 2 (70’ +)

J.S. BACH

Two-Part Sinfonias for Keyboard, BWV 787-801

ROBERT SCHUMANN

Papillons, Op. 2

Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18

Humoreske in B-Flat Major, Op. 20

 

CD 3 (70’ +)

JOSEPH HAYDN

Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI-20

Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI-50

BELA BARTOK

Dance Suite, Sz. 77 BB 86a

Rumanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56 BB 68

Three Rondos on Folk Tunes, Sz. 84 BB 92

Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 71 BB 79

J.S. Bach: The Six keyboard Partitas

J.S. Bach: The Six keyboard Partitas BWV 825-830

Huguette DreyfusJ.S. Bach: The Six keyboard Partitas

HTGCD292/93 – 5060332661350

Eminent French harpsichordist, Huguette Dreyfus, made a set of recordings of Bach’s Keyboard Partitas for the Denon label in the early 1980s – they were instantly cited as amongst the best interpretations on harpsichord but have remained unavailable for well over twenty years. It is astonishing that more of her recordings are not currently in the catalogue considering the profound influence she has had on future generations of harpsichordists and the contribution she has made to a better understanding of the music written for her instrument.
Typical of Denon, the sound recordings presented here are of demonstration quality.
The performances appear on the Heritage label, courtesy of SLG, as a 2 CD set in slim-line packaging.

‘There is no denying the convincing style that brings its own life and vibrancy to these performances … these recordings are very natural sounding and the perspective suits the interpretations at every level.’
– Dominy Clements, Music Web International, October 2015

‘This is an enormously enjoyable and thought provoking release.’
– Stuart Sillitoe, MusicWeb International, September 2015

‘These are excellent interpretations — amongst the finest I have heard on any instrument.’
– James Jolly, Gramophone Awards Issue, September 2015

‘As model performances of this astonishingly varied set of keyboard pieces, this recording takes some beating.’
– Brian Clark, Early Music Review, August 2015

‘Dreyfus’s fine technique and natural musicianship make me favourably inclined towards her set… Dreyfus, undoubtedly the best served by recorded sound, provides warm but definitely ‘no-nonsense’ readings with plenty of musical insight… my own preference lies with the ingenuous playing of Huguette Dreyfus.’
– Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone, July 2015

Track Listing

CD 1 65’

Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825

Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826

Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827

 

CD 2 78’

Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828

Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829

Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830

Schubert and Vorisek Piano Music

Dirk JoeresSchubert and Vorisek Piano Music

HTGCD287 – 5060332661206

The final instalment of Dirk Joeres’ survey of romantic piano music from central and northern Europe features the music of Schubert – his popular Moments Musicaux, the Klavierstuck in A Major and the Allegretto in C Minor – in addition to the charming Six Impromptus by his Bohemian contemporary, Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek. Joeres has been highly praised for his performances of this repertoire in concert halls all around the world.

‘This is an intriguing coupling: Six very little known Impromptus by a Czech contemporary of Beethoven plus Schubert… Joeres plays with intense, poetic concentration capturing the essence of this fine music to the full. Excellent recording’
– CD Review

Track Listing

SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Klavierstück in A, D604
Six Moments musicaux, D780
Allegretto in C minor, DV 915
 
VORISEK (1791-1825)
Six Impromptus, Op. 7

 

Total time: 70.24

The Art of Magda Tagliaferro

The Art of Magda Tagliaferro

HTGCD277 – 5060332660957

It is astonishing that Magda Tagliaferro’s name is unknown to many music-lovers. Perhaps never has there been a pianist with such style, such buoyant, subtle rhythm and such controlled energy, such swagger and sensuality. These qualities are displayed here in the rare 78rpm recordings she made in the 1930s – the much sought-after Reynaldo Hahn Piano Concerto and performances of her beloved Schumann, Debussy and the music of Spain and South America. The transfers were originally produced by Roger Beardsley for Pearl and the booklet includes an informative and affectionate note by Jeremy Siepmann.

‘It is difficult to think of a more irrepressible virtuoso pianist than Brazillian born but Paris based Magda Tagliaferro… a pianist who revelled in music of a facile but endearing charm. She is gentle and assuaging in Schumann’s F sharp minor Romance… Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu, too, is given with a truly extraordinary dexterity and rhythmic aplomb.’
– Bryce Morrison, International Piano, May-June 2015

‘immensely persuasive playing.’
– Rob Cowan, Gramophone, February 2015

‘wonderfully alert and delicate performances.’
– Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, February 2015

‘Her records are relatively scarce and this is a delicious selection of them … The unnamed orchestra is splendid and the recording, good for its time, sounds even more splendid here … The transfers are excellent; good copies were used by Pearl and this disc, in Heritage’s astute and growing selection of reissues, restores this valuable tranche of 78s very enterprisingly.’
– Jonathan Woolf, Music Web International, 10th November 2014

Track Listing

REYNALDO HAHNPiano Concerto in E Major; Sonatine
 
SCHUMANN: Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Grand Prix du Disque)Romance No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 28
 
CHOPIN: Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66
 
ALBENIZ:  Sevilla
 
MOMPOU:  La Rue, le Guitariste et le Vieux Cheva;  Jeune fille au jardin  (Grand Prix du Disque)
 
DEBUSSY: Jardin sous la pluie; Toccata
 
Total time:  79 minutes

Jan Ladislav Dussek: The Complete Piano Sonatas Vol.2

Maria GarzonJan Ladislav Dussek: The Complete Piano Sonatas Vol.2

HTGCD301 – 5060332660759

Heritage presents the second of two 3 CD volumes of the complete piano sonatas of Dussek. Maria Garzon is the first pianist to have recorded the entire cycle. The recordings were made between 2006 and 2008 at London’s Wigmore Hall. Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812) was a Czech contemporary of Mozart who composed forward-looking piano works which have traits that foreshadow Romanticism and his collaboration with John Broadwood in London was instrumental in the technical development of the piano. This is a fascinating appraisal of a composer whose influence on future generations is only now becoming recognised and fully appreciated.

Track Listing

CD 1
 
Sonata Op.9 No. 2 in C Major

  1. Allegro con spirito       7.58
  2. Larghetto con espressione   4.54
  3. Presto assai   3.29

 

Sonata Op. 10 No. 1 in A Major

  1. Allegro moderato   5.58
  2. Adagio cantabile   4.05
  3. Rondo allegro assai   2.52

 

Sonata Op. 25 No. 2 in D Major

  1. Adagio maestoso   2.01
  2. Presto   3.22
  3. Larghetto   1.52
  4. Rondo allegremente   4.26

 

Sonata Op. 35 No. 3 in C minor

  1. Allegro agitato assai   7.32
  2. Adagio patetico ed espressivo   7.31
  3. Intermezzo   0.31
  4. Allegro molto   4.12

 

Sonata Op. 69 No. 3 in D Major

  1. Allegro maestoso e brillante 5.16
  2. Larghetto espressivo 3.50
  3. La chase   5.05

Total time:  74.58

 
 
CD 2
 
Sonata Op.9 No. 3 in D Major

  1. Allegro maestoso con espressione   5.52
  2. Prestissimo   4.16

 

Sonata Op. 35 No. 1 in B flat Major

  1. Allegro moderato   8.51
  2. Allegro non troppo ma con spirit   5.55

 

Sonata Op. 35 No. 2 in G Major

  1. Allegro   7.21
  2. Molto allegro con espressione   7.05

 

Sonata Op. 70 (Le retour à Paris)

  1. Allegro non troppo ed espressivo   10.59
  2. Molto adagio con anima ed espressione   9.35
  3. Tempo di Menuetto (Scherzo quasi Allegro)   3.13
  4. Allegro con spirit   9.54

Total time :   73.02
 
 

CD 3

 

Sonata Op.5 No. 3 in A flat Major

  1. Allegro   8.23
  2. Allegro non tanto e con spirit   3.39

 

Sonata Op.10 No. 3 in E Major

  1. Allegro maestoso e moderato   7.13
  2. Presto con fuoco   5.56

 

Sonata Op. 39 No. 1 in G Major

  1. Allegro   5.06
  2. Andantino ma moderato con espressione   6.21

 

Sonata Op.39 No. 3 in B flat Major

  1. Allegro con spirit   6.01
  2. Andantino espressivo ma con moto   10.26

 

Sonata Op.75 in E flat Major, ‘Grande Sonata’

  1. Allegro ma non troppo   8.03
  2. Andante moderato   8.25
  3. Allegro moderato gracioso   7.37

Total time: 77.10

Piano Classics

Martino TirimoPiano Classics – Martino Tirimo

HTGCD271 – 50660332660681

Martino Tirimo performs famous miniatures for the piano by Debussy, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms.

74 minutes

Track Listing
  1. Liszt: Un Sospiro (Concert Study in D Flat)     5.44
  2. Debussy: The girl with the flaxen hair (Preludes Book I, No. 8)  2.43
  3. Albeniz: Seguidillas (Cantos de Espana, No. 5)    3.08
  4. Schumann: Des Abends(Fantasiestuck, Op. 12 No. 1)   3.51
  5. Chopin: Grand Valse Brilliante (Op. 34, No. 1 in A Flat)   6.00
  6. Bartok: The Peasant’s Flute (For Children)     1.21
  7. Debussy: Minstrels (Preludes Book I, No. 12)   2.27
  8. Debussy: Snow is dancing (Children’s Corner, No. 4)  2.34

          Schubert: Four Dances

  9. D. 145, No. 6 in B Minor     1.37
  10. D. 145, No. 2 in B   1.41
  11. D. 365, No. 2 in A Flat   1.11
  12. D. 779, No. 13 in A    1.38
  13. Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu (Op. 66)     5.28
  14. DebussyClair de lune (Suite Bergamasque)   5.19
  15. Brahms: Waltz in A Flat (op. 39, No. 15)     1.57
  16. RachmaninovPrelude in G Minor (Op. 32, No. 12)   2.40
  17. BeethovenFur Elise (WoO59)      3.25
  18. Chopin: Nocturne in C Sharp Minor (Op. Post.)     3.45
  19. Debussy: Golliwog’s Cake-walk (Children’s Corner, No. 6)    2.53
  20. Debussy: The Submerged Cathedral (Preludes Book I, No. 10)    6.00
  21. Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto (transcribed from Verdi’s opera)     8.10

Total time:  73’42
 
Martino Tirimo (piano)

The Art of Noel-Mewton Wood

The Art of Noel-Mewton WoodHTGCD269 – 5060332660667

That the Australian Mewton-Wood was one of the greatest of all pianists was an almost universal opinion of his Protean genius. He died, tragically, in 1953, at the early age of 35. His recorded legacy is desperately small; these rare wartime solo recordings appear on CD for the first time. The works by Schubert and Beethoven feature two of Mewton- Wood’s frequent collaborators, Peter Pears and Dennis Brain, and are taken from a BBC recital broadcast in his final year.

77 minutes

Track Listing

WEBER

Sonata No. 1 in C, Op. 24

  1. Allegro 8’08’’
  2. Adagio 5’42’’
  3. Menuetto 7’14’’
  4. Rondo Presto 4’03’’

(Rec. 1941. Mats. AR 6138-43 all Take I; Decca K1038-41)
 
Sonata No. 2 in A Flat, Op. 39
 

  1. Allegro moderato 13’03’’
  2. Andante 5’12’’
  3. Minuetto Capricciosa 3’21’’
  4. Rondo Moderato   4’53’’

(Rec. 1941. Mats. AR 5868-74 all Take I; Decca K1061-64)
 
CHOPIN

  1. Tarantella in A Flat, Op. 43   3’04’’

(Rec. 1941. Mat. AR 5875-1; Decca K 1061-64)
 
SCHUBERT

  1. Auf dem Strom   8’19’’

Peter Pears (tenor), Dennis Brain (horn), Noel Mewton-Wood (piano)
 
BEETHOVEN

  1. An die ferne Geliebte   14’18’’

Peter Pears (tenor), Noel Mewton-Wood (piano)
 
(Tracks 10 and 11 – recorded 28/01/53 from a recital by the BBC)
 
Total time:   77 minutes 23 seconds

 

Produced and transferred by Roger Beardsley.