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The Borovitsky Gate (1852) by Iossif A Weiss
Track(s) taken from CDD22054
Recording details: October 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Amanda Hurton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: July 1997
Total duration: 24 minutes 28 seconds

'Abundance of melodic appeal and inventiveness. Bortkiewicz seems incapable of writing unattractive music so one is able to derive pleasure from the pieces here. I shall certainly look forward to further volumes in this series' (Gramophone)

'The hand of a master melodist and tone painter is manifest throughout this beguiling recital. A recital to delight the connoisseur of forgotten late 19th-century romantic piano music' (Classic CD)

'Stephen Coombs provides suave performances … artfully phrased and scrupulously colored. Warmly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Une irrésistible joliesse pianistique qui ruisselle ici sous les doigts de Stephen Coombs' (Diapason, France)

Ten Preludes, Op 33

C sharp minor  [4'11]
F sharp major  [1'33]
D major  [1'25]
B minor  [1'15]
A major  [1'10]
C sharp minor  [3'08]
F sharp major  [3'28]
D flat major  [4'15]
B flat major  [2'35]
B flat minor  [1'28]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Ten Preludes, Op 33, were written in 1926, the year Bortkiewicz became an Austrian citizen and when he must have enjoyed the greatest security in his life. Several of them are clearly modelled on Chopin’s piano music, although numbers 6, 7 and 8 are unmistakably in Bortkiewicz’s own musical language.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2000

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