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Track(s) taken from CDA67903

Étude in G major

composer
incorporating the Polish patriotic hymn Z dymem pozarów (From the smoke of fires); 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: 4 minutes 11 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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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)
Jaromír Weinberger was born in Prague, and fled his native country for America in 1939. In his Étude in G major the composer incorporates a Polish patriotic hymn of the nineteenth century, Z dymem pozarów (‘From the smoke of fires’), and provides the pianist with an extraordinary tour de force. The same melody was used by Edward Elgar in his symphonic prelude Polonia, dedicated to Paderewski during World War I.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

En 1939, le Pragois Jaromír Weinberger fuit sa terre natale pour l’Amérique. Dans son Étude en sol majeur, il incorpore un hymne patriotique polonais du XIXe siècle, Z dymem pozarów («De la fumée des feux»), et propose au pianiste un extraordinaire tour de force. Edward Elgar utilisa cette même mélodie dans le prélude symphonique Polonia qu’il dédia à Paderewski lors de la Première Guerre mondiale.

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

Jaromír Weinberger wurde in Prag geboren und floh 1939 aus seiner Heimat nach Amerika. In seine G-Dur-Etüde fügt der Komponist eine polnische patriotische Hymne aus dem 19. Jahrhundert ein, Z dymem pozarów („Mit dem Rauch der Feuersbrünste“) und bietet dem Pianisten eine außerordentliche tour de force. Die gleiche Melodie hat Edward Elgar in seinem sinfonischen Prelude Polonia verwendet, das er Paderewski während des Ersten Weltkrieges widmete.

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

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