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Track(s) taken from CDA67903


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: 3 minutes 22 seconds

Cover artwork: Adaptation of the cover illustration for Homage to Paderewski (Boosey & Hawkes, 1942).


'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)
Richard Hammond moved from England to America during World War I, graduated from Yale and eventually settled in Los Angeles near Igor Stravinsky, one of his closest friends during the 1940s and 1950s. Hammond’s Dance, a rhythmic and exuberant work in mixed metres, provides a welcome contrast to the sombre and sobering piece of Goossens that precedes it.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

Émigré d’Angleterre en Amérique pendant la Première Guerre mondiale, Richard Hammond, son diplôme de Yale en poche, s’installa finalement à Los Angeles, près d’Igor Stravinski, qui fut l’un de ses plus proches amis dans les années 1940 et 1950. Sa Danse, pièce rythmique et exubérante en mètres mixtes, offre un contraste bienvenu avec la noirceur et la sobriété du morceau précédent.

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

Richard Hammond ging während des Ersten Weltkriegs von England nach Amerika, machte seinen Abschluß in Yale und lebte schließlich in Los Angeles in der Nähe von Igor Strawinsky, einem seiner engsten Freunde in den 1940er und 1950er Jahren. Hammonds Dance, ein rhythmisches, überschwengliches Werk in gemischten Metren, kontrastiert angenehm zu dem düsteren und nüchternen Stück von Goossens davor.

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

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