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Moscheles' London drawing room (attributed to) by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Track(s) taken from CDH55387
Recording details: April 2003
Charterhouse Hall, Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom
Produced by Amanda Hurton
Engineered by Arne Akselberg
Release date: November 2003
Total duration: 2 minutes 57 seconds

'Graceful, fluent and engagingly affectionate performances' (Gramophone)

'Lane is the kind of pianist who can make anything sound good. His formidable technique is evident from the opening étude … it is all the better that this recording is engineered well and we have a fine instrument' (American Record Guide)

'Hyperion furnishes excellent recorded sound in a release of truly generous length, and Henry Roche does a splendid job with the liner notes. Enthusiastically recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Piers Lane's concern is to underline the unexpected meatiness of the piano writing, and he offers lusty, swaggering performances … it's a revelatory recording' (International Piano)

'Il joue ces œuvres de manière impeccable et soignée, avec un goût exquis, en dosant parfaitement la puissance et le raffinement nécessaires, nous offrant ainsi d'agréables révélations à savourer' (Répertoire, France)

Grande Étude de Concert, Op 126
1856; published in the first volume of Lebert and Stark's Klavierschule

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Grande Étude de Concert, Op 126, in E flat, was written in 1856 for the first volume of Lebert and Stark’s great Klavierschule (Piano Tutor) published in Stuttgart. A subsequent volume contained Liszt’s concert studies Gnomenreigen and Waldesrauschen, and here too Brahms’s double-sixths version of Chopin’s F minor Study saw the light of day. Op 126 is a straightforwardly tuneful study in double thirds, and it is surely a remarkable production for a composer in his sixties, however youthful he remained at heart.

from notes by Henry Roche © 2003

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