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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67198
Recording details: June 2004
Hedvig Eleonora Kyrhan, Stockholm, Sweden
Produced by Chris Hazell
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: January 2006
Total duration: 4 minutes 58 seconds

Prelude 1
composer
2000

Prelude 1  [4'58]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Although the short Prelude 1 carries the subtitle ‘Happy Birthday’, this was a misunderstanding on the part of the composer, since it was among a number of works written to mark the retirement of the American concert artists manager Karen McFarlane, when a number of her artists either wrote or performed works for that occasion. Nevertheless, it is a brilliant occasional piece, demonstrating the composer’s ability to condense into a comparative trifle an amazing variety of elements relevant to a more significant composition. It was given its first performance by Susan Landale, another of McFarlane’s artists, at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, in September 2000.

from notes by Graham Melville-Mason © 2006

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