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Track(s) taken from CDA67879

Allegretto quasi andante in G minor, WoO61a

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27 September 1825; composed for Sarah Burney Payne

Steven Osborne (piano)
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Recording details: July 2011
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2012
Total duration: 0 minutes 31 seconds

Cover artwork: House on the Water (1930) by Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Reviews

'It's part of Osborne's personal excursion to seek the individual potency of each Bagatelle … the more you listen (aided by a plausibly lifelike recording), the clearer it'll become that Osborne has delved deep to extract so much from cameos that pack emotional enormity within small spaces' (Gramophone)

'The joy of having a player of Steven Osborne's spare, rhythmically incisive brilliance … these pieces display Beethoven's genius for creating artistic grandeur from the most miniature of pianistic forms' (The Observer)

'Steven Osborne plays with pearly, silky insouciance … this disc follows on from his one of Beethoven sonatas, and it ignites a similar joy in the way that he conveys ideas so lucidly and with such subtle shades of tone, distilling the essence of each miniature with potency and freshness' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Beautifully poised and unfailingly intelligent … the crystal clarity of Osborne's exquisitely polished pianism is an unalloyed joy to the ear' (International Record Review)

'Pure joy … Steven Osborne … plays with razor-sharp attack and articulation' (Pianist)

'Steven Osborne includes all the published bagatelles and some of the miscellaneous pieces and plays them superbly … a classy pianist' (Dominion Post, New Zealand)

'Steven Osborne's new CD of the Bagatelles, recorded with all the artistry and attention you expect from Hyperion, catches all the whimsy that Beethoven's title suggests' (The New Zealand Herald)
The tiny Allegretto in G minor WoO61a was written as a souvenir for Sarah Burney Payne, the daughter of the music historian Charles Burney. In an article in the Harmonicon she described her visit to the great composer on 27 September 1825.

from notes by Misha Donat © 2012

Le minuscule Allegretto en sol mineur WoO61a a été écrit en guise de souvenir pour Sarah Burney Payne, fille de l’historien de la musique Charles Burney. Dans un article paru dans l’Harmonicon, elle raconte sa visite chez le grand compositeur, le 27 septembre 1825.

extrait des notes rédigées par Misha Donat © 2012
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Das winzige Allegretto in g-Moll WoO61a entstand als Andenken für Sarah Burney Payne, die Tochter des Musikhistorikers Charles Burney. In einem Artikel im Harmonicon beschrieb sie ihren Besuch bei dem großen Komponisten am 27. September 1825.

aus dem Begleittext von Misha Donat © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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