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Hush! (also known as The Concert) by James Tissot (1836-1902)
Reproduced by courtesy of Manchester City Art Gallery
Track(s) taken from CDH55266
Recording details: November 1984
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1991
Total duration: 26 minutes 24 seconds

'In the front rank of late 19th- and early 20th-century chamber music and richly deserving of recognition' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This disc will be welcomed by anyone with a taste for the unfamiliar, and will certainly reward the curiosity of the adventurous collector. Warmly recommended' (The Good CD Guide)

'Very highly recommended' (Classic CD)

'Parry has his own distinction; witness the winsome and ardent D major Sonata―lovely in its melodies and heartfelt in emotions―and the Fantasie Sonata traces a rich vein of lyricism. The Pieces are each engaging and pleasing. The splendid performances are naturally recorded' (ClassicalSource.com)

Twelve Short Pieces
composer
October 1894; published by Novello in 1895

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The Twelve Short Pieces for violin and piano were composed at the end of October 1894, at the request of Novello, and were dedicated to the composer’s wife Maude (sister of the 13th Earl of Pembroke) and his two daughters, Dorothea (Dolly) and Gwen, with the exception of the first piece, Idyll, which was dedicated to his good friend Kitty Maxse (formerly Kitty Lushington). The pieces were published in 1895 in three sets, and though there is not much documentary evidence about them, it seems likely they were commissioned to serve violinists of a more limited technical proficiency. Most of these delightful miniatures form neat ternary structures resembling earlier small-scale movements found in works such as the Partita for violin and piano (first peformed 1886) and the Lady Radnor Suite (1894). Some pieces are decidedly reminiscent of other composers, the Romance from Set 1 and Capriccio from Set 2 are successful pastiches of Dvorák, and movements such as the Romance from Set 2 show an indebtedness to Schumann. Several pieces contain melodic strands that anticipate future works. The opening melody of Envoi (Set 2) looks forward in a rather restrained manner to the much livelier setting of Rossetti’s ‘My heart is like a singing bird’ (English Lyrics, Set 10, 1909), and the delicate little Preamble (Set 3) has many turns of phrase that Parry used later in his song ‘On a time the amorous Silvy’ (English Lyrics, Set 7, 1907), especially the amusing switch to the flat side towards the end. Last but not least the charming Lullaby (Set 1) contains material in its central section that is virtually identical with the same section in the Sarabande of Parry’s much later English Suite for strings, published posthumously in 1921.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 1991

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