The Art of Myra Hess


Myra 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.

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


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    ‘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

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