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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55154
Recording details: June 1995
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1995
Total duration: 5 minutes 38 seconds

'One of the most magical discs of Britten yet made' (Fanfare, USA)

'I can highly recommend this CD for the wonderful mixture of Britten's chamber works and the all-round excellent playing' (Musician)

'Michael Dussek s'y montre remarquable. Sarah Francis qui dispose d'une gamme dramatique et expressive exceptionelle' (Répertoire, France)

Night Piece 'Notturno'
composer
1963

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The Night Piece was composed in 1963 as a test piece for the first Leeds Piano Competition which was won by the seventeen-year-old pupil of Fanny Waterman, Michael Roll. The idea behind this composition was to put musicianship rather than mere virtuosity to the test. It is a quiet ternary design in B flat—very challenging in touch, legato melody and subtle use of pedal. The same gently falling motif of ‘Sailing’ forms a secondary theme here and the prevailing flow is broken by a cadenza of bird-song before the coda. The piece has been compared to the night musics of Bartók—a composer not without influence on Britten. But Britten’s own special feeling for night created a world of its own, and here is a miniature pendant to the preoccupations of the Serenade, the Nocturne and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While we may regret that the projected piano piece for Sviatoslav Richter never materialized, here is a characteristic envoi.

from notes by Eric Roseberry © 1995

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