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Lamentations and Consolations, Op 17

published by Kistner and Siegel, Leipzig, 1914; Book 1 dedicated to Moriz Rosenthal; Book 2 dedicated to Mme Vera de Berens

The Lamentations and Consolations, Op 17, were published in 1914 by Kistner and Siegel, Leipzig. The eight pieces are divided into two books, the first dedicated to Moriz Rosenthal (who was an early champion of Bortkiewicz’s music and recorded his Étude in D flat, Op 15 No 8) and the second to Mme Vera de Berens. They are among his most characteristic works: intensely melodic with a brooding romanticism often reminiscent of Liszt. They were written around the same time as the first Piano Concerto, Op 16, and there are many similarities in the piano-writing between the two works.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2000

Les Lamentations et Consolations, op. 17, furent publiées en 1914 par Kistner et Siegel, à Leipzig. Ces huit pièces sont divisées en deux livres, respectivement dédiés à Moriz Rosenthal (qui fut l’un des premiers champions de la musique de Bortkiewicz et enregistra son Étude en ré bémol, op. 15 no8) et à Mme Vera de Berens. Ces pièces comptent parmi les œuvres les plus caractéristiques de Bortkiewicz: intensément mélodiques, avec un romantisme sous-jacent, qui rappelle souvent Liszt. Composées grosso modo au même moment que le premier Concerto pour piano, op. 16, elles présentent avec lui moult similitudes d’écriture pianistique.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Coombs © 2000
Français: Hypérion

Sein Op. 17, Lamentationen und Consolationen, wurde 1914 vom Leipziger Verlag Kistner und Siegel herausgegeben. Die acht Stücke sind auf zwei Bücher verteilt, von denen das erste Moriz Rosenthal (einem frühen Anhänger und Förderer von Bortkiewiczs Musik, der eine Aufnahme von dessen Étude in Des-Dur, Op. 15 Nr. 8 machte) und das zweite Mme Vera de Berens gewidmet ist. Op. 17 zählt zu seinen charakteristischsten Werken: überaus melodisch mit brütender Romantik, die häufig an Liszt erinnert. Sie wurden etwa zur gleichen Zeit wie das erste Klavierkonzert, Op. 16, komponiert, und es lassen sich hinsichtlich der Klaviermusik viele Parallelen zwischen den beiden Werken ziehen.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Coombs © 2000
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Bortkiewicz: Piano Music
CDD220542CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)


Book 1 No 1: Lamentation in D minor
Track 1 on CDD22054 CD1 [4'08] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Book 1 No 2: Consolation in D major
Track 2 on CDD22054 CD1 [2'57] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Book 1 No 3: Lamentation in C sharp minor
Track 3 on CDD22054 CD1 [3'58] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Book 1 No 4: Consolation in D flat major
Track 4 on CDD22054 CD1 [4'44] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Book 2 No 5: Lamentation in A minor 'Le mal du pays'
Track 5 on CDD22054 CD1 [3'25] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Book 2 No 6: Consolation in A major
Track 6 on CDD22054 CD1 [2'07] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Book 2 No 7: Lamentation in E flat minor
Track 7 on CDD22054 CD1 [2'07] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Book 2 No 8: Consolation in E flat major 'Sorrento'
Track 8 on CDD22054 CD1 [4'34] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)

Track-specific metadata for CDD22054 disc 1 track 6

Book 2 No 6: Consolation in A major
Recording date
31 October 1996
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Amanda Hurton
Recording engineer
Ken Blair
Hyperion usage
  1. Bortkiewicz: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (CDA66933)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: July 1997
    Deletion date: December 2006
    Superseded by CDD22054
  2. Bortkiewicz: Piano Music (CDD22054)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 2008
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