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Première ballade, Op 117 No 1
also published as No 2 of Deux Ballades Op 117 (with the subtitle L'harmonieuse)

'Herz: Piano Music' (CDA67606)
Herz: Piano Music
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Track 6 on CDA67606 [7'57]

Première ballade, Op 117 No 1
The Première Ballade Op 117 No 1, in D flat major, owes rather more to a Chopin nocturne than a Chopin ballade. After four introductory measures, Herz introduces a cantabile theme of a type familiar from the preceding Nocturnes, but this time given in octaves. It is sentimental, effective and not too difficult (though the more animated central section in F minor might give some pause), a prime example of the kind of work that made Herz’s music sell in unrivalled quantities in the 1830s and ’40s.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2008

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67606 track 6
Recording date
20 October 2006
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Herz: Piano Music (CDA67606)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: January 2008
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