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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.

Schumann and Friends

Schumann and FriendsDirk Joeres (piano)

HTGCD262 – 5060332660520

The current issue in his continuing survey of German Romanticism finds Joeres performing piano music by Schumann, Gade, Heller, Brahms and Kirchner.

75 minutes

Track Listing
     
            Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15
     

  1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen    1.41
  2. Kuriose Geschichte  1.05
  3. Hasche-Mann   0.32
  4. Bittendes Kind 1.01
  5. Glückes genug  1.17
  6. Wichtige Begebenheit  0.54
  7. Träumerei  3.12
  8. Am Kamin  0.59
  9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd  0.39
  10. Fast zu Ernst  1.48
  11. Fürchtenmachen  2.15
  12. Kind im Einschlummern  2.22
  13. Der Dichter spricht   2.28
     
    Gade: Aquarellen, Op. 19
  14.  

  15. No. 2, Scherzo   0.48
  16. No. 5, Barkarole   1.53
     
    Gade: Idyller, Op. 34
  17.  

  18. No. 1, Blomsterhaven   2.30
  19. No. 3, Traekfugle   1.55
     
    Heller: Traumbilder, Op. 79
  20.  

  21. No. 1, Einfach, traulich  1.31
  22. No. 2, Leidenschaftlich   2.04
  23. No. 3, Mit leichter Grazie  1.24
  24. No. 4, Sinnig, bewegt    2.40
  25. No. 5, Traumerisch   1.45
  26. No. 6, Leicht, sauselnd   1.20
     
    Brahms: Four Ballades, Op. 10
  27.  

  28. No. 1 in D Minor (Andante) 4.41
  29. No. 2 in D Major (Andante)  6.20
  30. No. 3 in B Minor (Intermezzo-Allegro)  4.12
  31. No. 4 in B Major (Andante con moto)   8.24
     
    Kirchner: Nachtbilder, Op. 25
  32.  

  33. No. 2, Leise und ruhig   3.49
  34. No. 5, Mestso   4.34
  35. No. 8, Ruhig, singend   3.53

Total time:  74.57

Dirk Joeres (piano)

Recorded at Deutschlandfunk, Cologne, Germany in November 1991

Produced by Wolf Werth, Engineers: Siegfried Spittler and Michael Peschko

Janacek: Complete Piano Music

JanacekMartino Tirimo

HTGCD264/5 – 5060332660537

A 2 CD set of the complete piano music of Leos Janacek played by Martino Tirimo.

‘This invaluable two-CD album of Janacek’s complete piano music includes a short and personal essay by Martino Tirimo. There he tells us ‘there is no other musical expression like Janacek’s. When you hear it you recognise it. It is a testimony to his greatness……. ‘Tirimo’s performances could hardly be more scrupulous, sensitive and committed.’
– Gramophone August 2014

‘This recording of Janacek’s piano music from 2003 is highly desirable…….. Martimo Tirimo has the special knack of making everything sound easy…….. Everything is immaculately presented here. These splendid performances are all captured here in immediate sound, including some gentle vocalising from the pianist.’
– MusicWeb International, July 2014

Track Listing

CD 1
 

  1. Tema con Variazioni: Variations for Zdenka (1880)   10.38
     
    In the Mist (1912)
  2.  

  3. Andante   3.40
  4. Molto adagio   5.12
  5. Andantino    3.34
  6. Presto   5.28
  7.  

  8. A Recollection (1928)    1.44
     
    Sonata 1.X.1905 (1905)
  9.  

  10. The presentiment   5.47
  11. The death    7.22
     
    Three Moravian Dances (1892, 1904)
  12.  

  13. Ej, Danaj!   2.36
  14. Celadensky     2.11
  15. Pilky    2.10

 
CD 2
 
      On an overgrown path (Part I) (1901-1911)

  1. Our Evenings   4.23
  2. A Blown-Away leaf   3.51
  3. Come With Us!  1.41
  4. The Madonna of Frydek   5.10
  5. They Chattered Like Swallows   2.44
  6. Words Fail!  2.35
  7. Good Night!  3.22
  8. Unutterable Anguish  4.07
  9. In Tears  3.18
  10. The Barn Owl Has Not Flown Away!   4.29
     
    On an overgrown path (Part II) (1901-1911)
  11.  

  12. Andante  4.02
  13. Allegretto   4.29
     
    On an overgrown path (Paralipomena) (1901-1911)
  14.  

  15. Piu mosso   4.19
  16. Allegro  6.12
  17. Vivo  2.20
  18. Vivo (first version)  3.31

Producer: Milan Slavicky, Engineer: Ondrej Urban

Recorded: Liechtenstein Palace, Prague, 5-7 December 2003

The Art of Myra Hess

Myra HessMyra Hess

HTGCD260 – 5060332660445

The second Heritage release to re-issue material from the Pearl catalogue. A collection of Hess’s recordings from 1928-1948 which capture the artist in her prime, including rare live performances. The repertoire has been carefully chosen to reflect the unique musicality of her playing and features works which have since become forever linked with her name.

‘This is a performance that is controlled and often restrained but it’s never dull; there’s such rhythmic life in Hess’s playing that the finale generates formidable energy even at quite a moderate speed.’
– Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, December 2014
Track Listing
J.S. Bach:
Gigue (French Suite No. 5, BWV 816)
Prelude and Fugue in C Sharp
Toccata in G (Allegro)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Cantata No. 147)
Scarlatti: Sonatas in B Minor, L. 33 and n G Major, L. 387
Beethoven: Bagatelle Op. 119 No.11
Mendelssohn: ‘Songs without Words’ No. 18 in A Flat Major, Op. 38 No.6
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1
Brahms: Intermezzo in C Major, Op. 119 No. 3
Chopin: Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1
Macdowell: Sea Pieces, Op.55 No. 3, ‘AD 1620’
Griffes: Roman Sketches, Op. 7 No. 1, ‘The White Peacock’
Debussy: Preludes, Book I No. 8 (‘La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin’) and No. 12 (Minstrels)
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54

Mozart: Complete Works for Solo Piano

MozartMartino Tirimo

HTGCD900 – 5060332660346

Recorded between July 2005 and April 2006 in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, this set contains all of Mozart’s works for solo piano. At its heart are the eternally popular Piano Sonatas for which Tirimo received the highest praise both in the concert hall and recording studio. The inclusion of all the Variations, early works, rarities, piano encores and The London Chelsea Sketchbook give the listener a unique opportunity to appraise Mozart’s entire oeuvre for solo piano.

DIGITAL RELEASE ONLY

‘A major and delightful project. Tirimo is expertly recorded in the Mendelssohn Saal of the Leipzig Gewandhaus. He brings out the essence of the music, nothing being allowed to come between the composer and us. There are several recommendable complete, or nearly complete, cycles of Mozart’s solo piano oeuvre, among which Tirimo’s series looks bound to rank very high. There is distinction in abundance in what we are given here, on discs which are generously full and excellently recorded.’
– International Record Review (5 stars)

‘The opening movements of the C major [Sonata], K279, and the D major, K284, are delivered with a forceful articulation similar to Barenboim’s in his 1970s cycle for EMI, though Tirimo is more elegant in his delineation of Mozart’s expressive second subjects. He emphasises the essentially operatic nature of Mozart’s writing. So it’s little surprise that in the opening Adagio of the E flat major, K282, he exploits a wonderfully mellifluous bel canto line, giving the movement a far more expressive character than the comparatively cool Uchida.’
– BBC Music Magazine (5 stars)

Track Listing
  1. The Piano Sonatas
  2. Complete Piano Variations
  3. Piano Encores and Premieres
  4. The London Chelsea Sketchbook
  5. Early Works and Rarities

Jan Ladislav Dussek: The Complete Piano Sonatas Vol.1

Jan Ladislav Dussek: The Complete Piano Sonatas Vol.1Maria Garzon

HTGCD300 – 5060332660421

The first 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. A fascinating appraisal of a composer whose influence on future generations is only now becoming recognised and fully appreciated. Vol. 2 will be released in Spring 2014.

‘Maria Garzon should be commended for her zeal in bringing these works to our attention – and, indeed, for successfully negotiating the myriad of notes they contain’
BBC Music Magazine, March 2014
 
‘Maria Garzon is the first pianist to have recorded the entire cycle and Heritage should be congratulated for bringing these recordings into the catalogue… If you enjoy the keyboard works of Clementi, Haydn and Mendelssohn you will like this. Maria Garzon clearly loves the music and that is very obvious from these recordings. I look forward to volume 2.’
MusicWeb International February 2014
 
Download pdf of article from International Piano magazine
Track Listing

CD 1

Sonata Op. 23 in B Flat Major
1. Allegro con spirito 4’27
2. Pastorale. Allegro moderato con espressione 5’38
Sonata Op. 39 No. 2 in C Major
3. Allegro moderato 5’04
4. Andante quasi larghetto 2’15
5. Rondo – Allegretto 3’05
Sonata Op. 47 No. 1 in D Major
6. Allegro con spirito 4’16
7. Adagio 2’40
8. Rondo a la militare. Allegro moderato 4’19
Sonata Op. 77 in F Minor
9. Allegro moderato ma energico 7’33
10. Tempo di Minuetto 2’45
11. Adagio non troppo 5’38
12. Rondo – Allegro moderato 7’51
Sonata Op. 47 No. 2 in G Major
13. Allegro ma moderato ed espressivo 5’10
14. Rondo con espressivo – Andante con moto 4’07
Total time: 66’00
 
CD 2

Sonata Op. 45 No. 1 in B flat Major
1. Allegro cantabile 6’23
2. Adagio patetico 7’23
3. Allegro da Ballo 5’37
Sonata Op. 45 No. 2 in G Major
4. Larghetto sostenuto 7’58
5. Andantino con moto 5’59
Sonata Op. 45 No. 3 in D Major
6. Allegro moderato 6’07
7. Larghetto con moto 5’05
8. Rondo – Allegro moderato assai 4’45
Sonata Op. 44 in E flat Major
9. Introduzione – Allegro moderato 9’10
10. Molto adagio e sostenuto 8’51
11. Tempo di Minuetto piu tosto Allegro 2’40
12. Rondo – Allegro moderato ed espressivo 7’59
Total time: 78’03
 
CD 3

Sonata Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat Major
1. Allegro non tanto 5’50
2. Rondo – Allegretto grazioso 5’02
Sonata Op. 10 No. 2 in G Minor
3. Grave – Adagio ma non troppo 6’28
4. Vivace con spirito 5’27
Sonata Op. 18 No. 2 in A Minor
5. Agitato assai 4’27
6. Rondo – Allegretto moderato 4’48
Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 in D Major
7. Allegro non tanto 3’56
8. Adagio con espressione 2’06
9. Allegro non troppo 4’52
Sonata Op. 43 in A Major
10. Allegro moderato con espressione 8’31
11. Rondo – Allegro 4’42
Sonata Op. 61 in F sharp Minor (Elegie harmonique sur la mort de son Altesse Royale le Prince Louis Ferdinand de Prusse)
12. Lento patetico – Tempo agitato 10’54
13. Tempo vivace e con fuoco quasi presto 6’26
Total time: 73’31
 
Recorded in London’s Wigmore Hall in November 2006 (CD 1), September 2007 (CD 2) and March 2008 (CD 3)
Producer and Balance Engineer: Brian B. Culverhouse (CD 1), Alexander van Ingen (CDs and 3)

Bach Early Organ Works Vol. 1

Bach Early Organ Works Vol. 1HTGCD254 – 5013993888390

Graham Barber plays the organ of St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. The first of two volumes which feature the early organ music of Bach including the Neumeister Chorales.

64 minutes

‘His performances are …. utterly self-confident…Barber’s playing has real freshness and vitality.’
– Gramophone
Track Listing

PRELUDE AND FUGUE in C major, BWV. 531

  1. Prelude 2.34
  2. Fugue 4.26
  3.  

  4. Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV. 1092 2.27
  5. O lamm Gottes unscguldig, BWV. 1095 2.46
  6. Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BWV 1107 1.40
  7. Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV. 1098 2.52
  8. Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100 2.15
  9. Wien nach einer Wasserquelle, BWV 1119 2.04
  10. Machs mit mire, Gott, nach deiner Gut, BWV 957 2.20
  11. Werde munter, mein Gemute, BWV 1118 2.21
  12. Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost, BWV. 1106 1.57
  13. Ehre sei dir, Christ, der du leidest Not, BWV. 1096 2.24
  14. Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen, BWV. 1093 3.26
  15. Alle Menschen mussen sterben, BWV. 1117 2.05
  16. O Herre Gotte, dein gottlich Wort, BWV. 1110 2.25
  17. Wir Christenleut, BWV. 1090 2.10
  18. Herzlich Lieb had ich dich, o Herr, BWV. 1115 3.00
  19. Herr Jesu Christ, du hochstes Gut, BWV. 1114 3.55
  20. Nun last uns den Leib begraben, BWV. 1111 2.54
  21. Wenn die Ungluck tut greifen an, BWV. 1104 2.21
  22. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV. 1116 2.22
  23. Ach, Gott und Herr, BWV. 714 3.04
  24.  
    PRELUDE AND FUGUE in D minor, BWV. 549a

  25. Prelude 2.00
  26. Fugue 3.57

Country Music

Rolf Hind (piano)

Country MusicHTGCD253 – 5060332660339

Piano virtuoso, Rolf Hind, performs repertoire which draws its inspiration from the country and countryside, bucolic revelry and folkloric nostalgia. Composers include Grainger, Finnissy, MacMillan, Janacek and Bartok.

76 minutes

Track Listing

Piano Music by Grainger, Finnissy, MacMillan, Janacek and Bartok
 
Percy Grainger

  1. Mock Morris    2.48
  2. Shepherd’s Hey   1.57
  3.  
    Michael Finnissy – English Country Tunes (1971)

  4. Midsummer morn  1.51
  5. I’ll give my love a garland  9.28
  6. Come beat the drums and sound the fifes  3.04
  7.  
    James MacMillan – Piano Sonata

  8. Adagio   2.43
  9. Grandioso ed Affretando 8.28
  10. Adagio   2.14
  11. Andante  3.04
  12.  
    Janacek – In the Mists

  13. Molto Adagio  4.27
  14. Andantino   3.03
  15. Presto   4.23
  16. With drums and pipes  1.46
  17.  
    Bartok – Out of Doors

  18. Barcarolla   2.16
  19. Musettes     2.35
  20. The Night’s Music  5.27
  21. The Chase   2.05
  22.  
    Total time: 62 minutes 59 seconds
     
    Produced and engineered by John Hadden

    Recorded in Bracknell in 1990

Viktor Ullmann: Piano Sonatas 4, 5, 6 & 7

Maria Garzon (piano)

Viktor Ullmann: Piano Sonatas 4, 5, 6 & 7HTGCD246 – 5060332660117

Viktor Ullmann was born into an assimilated Jewish family in 1898 and although he enrolled to study law in 1918, he soon came into contact with Schoenberg and his circle and the rich musical life of Vienna. He moved to Prague in 1919 where he worked with Alexander Zemlinsky and began to establish himself as a composer. He follows in the musical traditions of Mahler and Berg and, in a similar vein, often tempered even the bleakest music with sardonic humour. The Second Viennese School remained his primary stylistic focus but he refused to abandon tonality altogether, which led him to find a middle ground between Schoenberg’s radicalism and the lyrical romanticism of a previous generation. In 1942 he was deported to Theresienstadt (and later died in Auschwitz) where he composed the fifth, sixth and seventh piano sonatas which, along with the fourth sonata, appear on this Heritage issue. Maria Garzon, the acclaimed Spanish pianist, performs.

76 minutes

‘Garzón plays all four of these valuable works with obvious reverence allowing the music to sing out and weave its spell…I commend this disc to any admirer of Ullmann and the other composers who perished in the holocaust.’
– MusicWeb International
 
‘All in all , the performances are very solidly anchored and mindful of the harrowing backdrop to the music. Interestingly, despite the darker references, which are powerfully evident, there is a good deal of mood contrast in these four works. The sound is lively (with a great quality to the bass) and there is much to recommend in the overall presentation.’
– International Record Review, June 2013
 
‘The Fourth Sonata finds Garzón in command, rhythmically excellent………. The first movement of the Fifth Sonata is marked by many changes of mood, and again it is Garzón who triumphs. She finds the fun in the music as well as the funereal, along with the underlying, restrained, slinky jazz in the ‘Serenade’ fourth movement. (Of the Seventh Sonata) – Garzón’s Adagio here is vast and desolate……… balanced out by the Variations and Fugue on a Hebrew Folksong that comprise the finale, massive in conception and, here, delivery. Overall, perhaps, it is Garzón who seems closer to Ullmann, and one lives in hope for a companion volume.’
– International Piano, September-October 2013
Track Listing

Piano Sonata No. 4, Op. 38

  1. Allegro Vivace 8.31
  2. Adagio 6.23
  3. Finale (vivace molto) 5.12
  4.  
    Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 45 (von meiner Jugend)

  5. Allegro con brio 5.26
  6. Andante 5.26
  7. Toccatina (Vivace) 0.47
  8. Serenade (Comodo) 3.01
  9. Finale Fugato (Allegro Molto) 3.13
  10.  
    Piano Sonata No. 6, Op. 49

  11. Allegro Molto 4.23
  12. Allegretto grazioso 3.31
  13. Presto, ma non troppo 2.59
  14. Allegro Molto 2.54
  15.  
    Piano Sonata No. 7

  16. Allegro 3.44
  17. Alla marcia, ben misurato 2.59
  18. Adagio, ma con moto 8.55
  19. Scherzo 1.33
  20. Variationen und Fuge über ein hebräisches Volkslied 7.22
  21.  
    Total time: 76.28
     
    Recorded at Wyastone Concert Hall in 2012

J S Bach Works for Harpsichord

George Malcolm

George Malcolm Plays BachHTGCD247 – 0506033266012

Harpsichordist, George Malcolm, performs Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, The Italian Concerto, Toccata in D major, The Fifth French Suite and the concertos for three and four harpsichords. He collaborates with Eileen Joyce, Thurston Dart, Denis Vaughan and the Pro Arte Orchestra conducted by Boris Ord. There are precious few recordings of Malcolm available in today’s market and this issue is a testimony to the high regard in which he was held throughout the 1950s, 60s and beyond.

78 minutes

Track Listing
  1. Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV 903
    Italian Concerto (BWV 971)
  2. 1st movement
  3. 2nd movement (Andante)
  4. 3rd movement (Presto)
  5. Toccata in D major (BWV 912)
    French Suite No. 5 in G major (BWV 816)
  6. Allemande
  7. Courante
  8. Sarabande
  9. Gavotte
  10. Bourree
  11. Loure
  12. Gigue
    Concerto for Three Harpsichords in C major BWV 1064
  13. Allegro
  14. Adagio
  15. Allegro
    Concerto for Four Harpsichords in A minor BWV 1065 (after Vivaldi)
  16. Allegro
  17. Largo
  18. Allegro Vivace

Tracks 1-12 – George Malcolm Recordings first published in 1961
Tracks 13-18 – George Malcolm, Eileen Joyce, Thurston Dart, Denis Vaughan, Pro Arte Orchestra, Boris Ord
Recordings first published in 1957