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Ballade in C sharp minor, Op 42
published 1931

'Bortkiewicz: Piano Music' (CDD22054)
Bortkiewicz: Piano Music
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Ballade in C sharp minor, Op 42
It is tempting to view the Ballade in C sharp minor, Op 42, and the Élégie in C sharp major, Op 46, as a pair. Though published separately in 1931 and 1932, they are strongly reminiscent of the pairs of pieces in Bortkiewicz’s earlier Lamentations and Consolations. In the respective keys of C sharp minor and major (this major/minor pairing mirroring those in Opus 17) they both almost quote from Rachmaninov’s second Piano Concerto. Whether these echoes of Rachmaninov are intentional or not, it certainly gives ammunition to critics who see Bortkiewicz’s music as derivative. This is a pity as both pieces have that unmistakable Bortkiewicz soundscape and it is worth remembering that Rachmaninov’s now celebrated Concerto was largely unknown to concert audiences in the early 1930s.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2000

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDD22054 disc 2 track 1
Recording date
4 December 1998
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Bortkiewicz: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (CDA67094)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2000
    Deletion date: April 2004
    Superseded by CDD22054
  2. Bortkiewicz: Piano Music (CDD22054)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: May 2008
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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