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Track(s) taken from CDA67871

Waltz from Delibes' Coppélia

composer
1925; paraphrase on the Valse lente introducing the first two acts of Delibes' Coppélia, and incorporating the Valse de la poupée from act II

Martin Roscoe (piano)
Recording details: February 2011
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: January 2012
Total duration: 6 minutes 23 seconds

Cover artwork: Townscape, Badacsony Hillside by Emil Parrag (b1925)
Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Ernő Dohnányi (piano)

Reviews

'The auspices are good even before you press the play button … a master pianist who has thoroughly immersed himself in the composer for years … a particularly happy start to the series' (Gramophone)

'Martin Roscoe performs these memorable virtuoso showpieces with tremendous panache and musical sensitivity … Roscoe's control of timbre is utterly magical … a charismatic and witty performance' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Works some of which are the most winning of the late Romantic era … Roscoe finds the ideal blend of lightness and broad lyrical sweep … a programme that refreshes some gorgeous, unjustly neglected music' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Roscoe's immaculate pianism, probing musical imagination and, above all, sympathy with Dohnányi's expressive ways and means make him the ideal interpreter for such a comprehensive retrospective' (International Record Review)
Dohnányi left behind an indelible legacy that includes not only original compositions for piano, but a number of transcriptions and paraphrases. These pieces, which are primarily charming waltzes that he used as encores throughout his career, include transcriptions of waltzes by Brahms, Delibes, Schubert and Strauss. This Waltz is a paraphrase of the memorable ‘Valse lente’ that introduces the first two acts of Delibes’ then-popular ballet Coppélia. After a bravura introduction, Delibes’ waltz appears in its original state, but is quickly ornamented with melodic and harmonic surprises that surely delighted Dohnányi’s audience. The ‘Valse de la poupée’ (Waltz of the doll) from Coppélia’s second act serves as a contrasting middle section before the ‘Valse lente’ returns in a stirring finale. One can easily hear how Dohnányi was able to call not only on his talents as a pianist and a composer but also on an entertaining panache to become—in Bartók’s words—a ‘public idol’.

from notes by James A Grymes © 2012

Dohnányi laissa un héritage impérissable, fait de compositions pianistiques originales, mais aussi de transcriptions et de paraphrases. Parmi ces dernières—pour la plupart de charmantes valses qui lui servirent de bis tout au long de sa carrière—figurent des transcriptions de valses de Brahms, Delibes, Schubert et Strauss. Cette Valse est une paraphrase de la mémorable «Valse lente» qui introduit les deux premiers actes de Coppélia, ballet naguère populaire de Delibes. Passé une introduction de bravoure, la valse originale apparâit telle quelle mais bien vite, elle s’orne de surprises mélodico-harmoniques qui durent sûrement ravir l’auditoire de Dohnányi. Tirée du deuxième acte de Coppélia, la «Valse de la poupée» sert de section médiane contrastive avant le retour de la «Valse lente» dans un entraînant finale. On entend aisément comment Dohnányi pouvait en appeler et à ses talents de pianiste-compositeur et à un panache divertissant pour devenir—le mot est de Bartók—«une idole du public».

extrait des notes rédigées par James A Grymes © 2012
Français: Hypérion

Dohnányi hinterließ ein unauslöschliches Vermächtnis, das nicht nur Originalkompositionen für Klavier, sondern auch eine Reihe von Transkriptionen und Paraphrasen enthält. Zu diesen Stücken, hauptsächlich charmante Walzer, die er während seiner gesamten Karriere als Zugabestücke spielte, gehören Transkriptionen von Walzern von Brahms, Delibes, Schubert und Strauß. Dieser Walzer ist eine Paraphrase der eingängigen „Valse lente“, die die ersten beiden Akte des damals beliebten Balletts Coppélia von Delibes einleitet. Nach einer bravourösen Introduktion erklingt Delibes’ Walzer in seiner originalen Gestalt; darauf folgen jedoch bald überraschende melodische und harmonische Verzierungen, die Dohnányis Hörer sicher entzückt haben. Die „Valse de la poupée“ (Walzer der Puppe) aus dem zweiten Akt von Coppélia fungiert als kontrastierender Mittelteil, bevor die „Valse lente“ in einem mitreißenden Finale wiederkehrt. Hier ist klar zu erkennen, wie Dohnányi nicht nur auf sein Talent als Pianist und Komponist, sondern auch auf einen amüsanten Stil bauen konnte und damit zu einem—in Bartóks Worten—„öffentlichen Idol“ wurde.

aus dem Begleittext von James A Grymes © 2012
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius

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