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A Female Nude by a Lake (1907) by Karel Vitezslav Mašek (1865-1927)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDH55425
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: 14 minutes 17 seconds

'Superlative. Immaculately and sensitively performed. Sound and presentation are superb. It would be hard to imagine one of music's most neglected byways illuminated with more pianistic ease and affection' (Gramophone)

'This is charming, formidably accomplished stuff. Hamelin gives impeccably stylish and sympathetic readings, as if he's been playing them since the cradle. Probably he has' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A fine conspectus of a captivating composer. Russian champagne of glowing vintage' (Classic CD)

'Un disque rempli de joie, de poésie et de lumière' (Le Devoir)

Cinq morceaux, Op 10
composer
dedicated 'ŕ mon ami G Conus'

Prélude  [2'14]
Prélude  [2'45]
Capriccioso  [2'16]
Rêverie  [4'19]
Légende  [2'43]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Dedicated ‘à mon ami G. Conus’—i.e., Georgy Conus, one of a noted generation of musical brothers—these five pieces form, in their own way, a counterpart both to Rachmaninov’s own Op 10—the seven Morceaux de salon of 1893/4—which Guthiel published in 1894, and to the early sets of piano works by Scriabin. What places Catoire’s Op 10 on a similar level to these works is his use of thematic transformation. The opening Prélude announces a simple theme, but one whose simplicity is constantly spun into new aspects. The melodic germs which make up these ideas are further developed in quite unusual ways in each of the following pieces—the second, an effortlessly flowing Prélude, the brilliant Capriccioso in G sharp minor (a masterpiece), the nocturnal Rêverie in A flat and the final impressionistic Légende in A major.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 1999

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