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Hyperion Records

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Four Trees (detail) (1917) by Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
Track(s) taken from CDH55411
Recording details: December 1996
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Amanda Hurton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: October 1997
Total duration: 7 minutes 33 seconds

'A superb recital … provoking astonishment that music of such quality could have lain neglected for so long. No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity and scintillating brilliance' (Gramophone)

'Piers Lane surpasses himself, and the recorded sound is delicious' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A total triumph. Another important addition to the piano discography from enterprising Hyperion' (Classic CD)

'Some fascinating music. If 1998 produces a finer piano disc, I shall be astonished. Buy it!' (Musical Opinion)

Capriolen, Op 32
published in 1924; subtitle Fünf schlichte Klavierstücke

Kose-Walzer  [1'16]
Rose im Schnee  [1'39]
Missie-Massa  [1'59]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
D’Albert’s late piano pieces are all small genre pieces, the Capriolen, Op 32, appearing in 1924. The fourth of them, ‘Missie-Massa’, written several years earlier, rather succinctly shows his feelings about the black people. The lamenting Lento opening nostalgically leads to a dazzling Vivacissimo rendering of ‘In Dixieland I take my stand to live and die in Dixie’. The ‘five simple pieces’ of this set are delightfully contrasted—the touching depiction of the burned butterfly in No 1 about as near to Schoenberg as d’Albert was ever likely to get, the ‘cosiness’ of the waltz, No 2, slightly upset by its occasional false relations, the delicately impassioned plight of the ‘Rosebud beneath the snow’ setting a Victorian scene in No 3, and No 5 predating and very much setting the scene for Turina’s 1932 Suite Le Cirque.

from notes by Piers Lane © 1997

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