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Track(s) taken from CDA67903

Elegiac Mazurka

composer
published by Boosey & Hawkes, New York, in the 1942 volume Homage to Paderewksi

Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Recording details: January 2011
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2011
Total duration: 2 minutes 51 seconds

Cover artwork: Adaptation of the cover illustration for Homage to Paderewski (Boosey & Hawkes, 1942).
 
Homage to Paderewski (Boosey & Hawkes, 1942)
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Elegiac Mazurka  [2'51]

Reviews

'Performances of a superlative technique and musicianship. Pianism and sheer musical quality of this order are rare at any time, and Hyperion's recordings … are exemplary' (Gramophone)

'This is a fascinating document. Pieces by Martinů and Castelnuovo-Tedesco are among the gems … overall more reflective than virtuosic, this disc allows Plowright to show off his superb command of texture and colour' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is an enchanting follow-up to Jonathan Plowright’s 'Hommage à Chopin' disc (CDA67803), and, like that one, it is an eclectic mix of music focused on a central figure … many of the composers have now disappeared into the mists of time, but all of these miniatures are well worth the warmth, affection, lyrical beauty and bravura that Plowright devotes to them … the 24 tracks also include music by Britten, Bartók and Milhaud, adding to a disc that makes a welcome change in being conceived with such imagination. Plowright’s playing throughout is sublime' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Jonathan Plowright's sumptuous range of colours and dynamic control [is] much in evidence … any pianophile will surely find it interesting to have a glimpse into music by the composers of the day. One can find no fault, too, with Hyperion's well-balanced, warmly recorded sound' (International Record Review)
Arthur Benjamin, Australian-born and British-trained, was living in Vancouver at the beginning of World War II. He had been one of Britten’s teachers at the Royal College of Music in London. His Elegiac Mazurka is dominated by this dance’s trademark dotted rhythm, which is used with dramatic effect.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

Arthur Benjamin, né en Australie et formé en Grande-Bretagne, vivait à Vancouver au début de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Il avait été l’un des professeurs de Britten au Royal College of Music de Londres. Son Elegiac Mazurka est dominée par le rythme pointé typique de cette danse, utilisé avec un effet saisissant.

extrait des notes rédigées par Joseph A Herter © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Der in Australien geborene und in Großbritannien ausgebildete Arthur Benjamin lebte zu Beginn des Zweiten Weltkrieges in Vancouver. Er war einer der Lehrer Brittens am Royal College of Music in London. In seiner Elegiac Mazurka dominiert der für die Mazurka typische punktierte Rhythmus, der dramatisch effektvoll eingesetzt wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Joseph A Herter © 2011
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius