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Ballade in C minor, Op 73
first performed in Leeds in October 1907 by the dedicatee Michael Zacherewitsch and the composer

'Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet & Clarinet Quintet' (CDA67590)
Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet & Clarinet Quintet
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Ballade in C minor, Op 73
One of the larger-scale duos for violin and piano is the Ballade in C minor, which was written for the Russian-born violinist Michael Zacherewitsch (1879–1953), who gave the first performance with the composer at the piano in Leeds in October 1907. At only twelve years of age, Zacherewitsch had made a triumphant debut playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto, conducted by its composer. So impressed was Tchaikovsky that he got up a subscription to send Zacherewitsch to Prague, where he studied with Ševcík. In 1903 Zacherewitsch gave his first recital in London, in advance of a tour of England. He returned often, becoming a British citizen in 1915. His playing was compared by some to that of Wieniawski in its panache and elegance.

Coleridge-Taylor openly admired Tchaikovsky’s manner and the Ballade has passionate traits which sound distinctly Slavic (reminiscent more of the melancholic Rachmaninov than of Tchaikovsky, perhaps), but whether this was a conscious tribute to Zacherewitsch’s national origins is a matter of conjecture. It is rhapsodic in form, developing from a motto theme announced by the violin over rich, dark arpeggios from the piano. Numerous variations of tempo and metre eventually culminate in a fervent and impassioned climax, the piece concluding with a bravura coda in a brilliant C major.

from notes by Lionel Harrison © 2007

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Details for CDA67590 track 5
Recording date
28 January 2007
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
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  1. Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet & Clarinet Quintet (CDA67590)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: October 2007
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