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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration by Roland Piper (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDH55454
Recording details: April 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Amanda Hurton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 2002
Total duration: 3 minutes 45 seconds

'Musically enchanting fare … everything is played with unfaltering command … the recording and presentation are immaculate' (Gramophone)

'Inspired re-creations … strongly recommended to connoisseur and newcomer alike … Grainger's eclectic, idiosyncratic piano transcriptions, despatched with light-fingered clarity. Strauss swoons, Stephen Foster's all of a tingle. Excellent notes, too' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A delight from start to finish' (The Observer)

'Beautiful tone and colours … playing of real beauty in the two exquisite Fauré arrangements' (International Record Review)

'Salon esprit without sentimentality and with a touch of humor and poetry: what more could one ask from this music?' (American Record Guide)

'Heroic stamina by Piers Lane' (The Times)

'A charming recital, beautifully played and recorded' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Lane boasts a fabulous technique … succulent performances' (Fanfare, USA)

'A fine selection … an easy listen that often delights the ear' (Pianist)

'This disc moves into the fruitful territory of Percy Grainger’s piano transcriptions, allowing Piers Lane to indulge in flights of virtuosic fantasy and reveal the emotional breadth of these works' (Music Week)

‘Piers Lane rises to this repertoire’s not-inconsiderable challenges in a judiciously programmed and brilliantly executed recital’ (ClassicsToday.com)

'It is one of those CDs where surprise comes on surprise. Great fun' (Essex Chronicle)

‘Piers Lane concilie le panache avec une sensibilité très vive’ (Diapason, France)

'Le pianiste joue franc jeu et rend un bel hommage au compositeur' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)

The man I love
composer
from Lady be Good, 1924
arranger
1944; from Gershwin's own piano transcription

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Ronald Stevenson (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The man I love (1944) is a concert arrangement of Gershwin’s own piano transcription. Grainger held that this was one of the greatest songs of all time and should take its place in immortality alongside the finest love-songs by Dowland, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Fauré, Duparc, Hatton, Maude Valérie White, Cyril Scott, Roger Quilter, Debussy and John Alden Carpenter. He went further by commenting that the opening phrase of Gershwin’s melody is indebted to a fragment from the slow movement of Grieg’s Violin Sonata in C minor, considering this as ‘a sign of genius in a composer to base his procedures upon an older, original composer.’

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 2002


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'The Transcendental Tradition' (APR5630)
The Transcendental Tradition
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