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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67090
Recording details: November 1998
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner & Mike Dutton
Release date: November 1999
Total duration: 3 minutes 59 seconds

Caprice, Op 3
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Caprice Op 3  [3'59]

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Marked ‘Allegro con moto’, the Caprice is one of the most brilliant and fascinating of Catoire’s shorter early pieces. Dedicated to Vilborg, one of Catoire’s first teachers, it is in G flat major, and encompasses a basic tripartite structure that also binds an interesting tonal plan. The more lyrical secondary theme outlined in octaves is in A major, which falls by a major third to the dramatic central section, ‘meno mosso’, in F major. This is only eight bars long, and as the material retraces its steps (via A major), the secondary theme is treated to greater development. The central drama is recalled in D flat, the dominant of G flat, and the recapitulation alludes to all the material before a whimsical close.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 1999

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