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Quatre morceaux, Op 3
published in Leipzig by Daniel Rahter in 1906; probably written the same year; No 1 dedicated to Alfred Reisenauer, No 2 to Countess d'Osten-Sacken, No 3 to Madame Sophie Bortkiewicz

'Bortkiewicz: Piano Music' (CDD22054)
Bortkiewicz: Piano Music
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No 1: Capriccio: Con fuoco
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No 2: Étude: Allegro non troppo
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No 3: Gavotte-Caprice: Allegretto
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No 4: Primula Veris: Con moto
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Quatre morceaux, Op 3
The Quatre Morceaux, Op 3, are Bortkiewicz’s earliest published works to have survived and were probably written in 1906. The dedications of the first three pieces are a clear acknowledgement of the individuals whose influence was most important to Bortkiewicz in his early career. The first is dedicated to the pianist Alfred Reisenauer, Bortkiewicz’s teacher and mentor, and the second to the Countess d’Osten-Sacken, the wife of the Russian Ambassador in Berlin. The Countess had studied with Chopin and was an influential admirer of Bortkiewicz, though his acquaintance with such high-ranking members of Berlin society seems to have come through his wife (whose uncle, Nicolaus von Bulatzel, was the Ambassador’s advisor) rather than through his own fame. The third piece is dedicated to Madame Sophie Bortkiewicz, presumably the composer’s mother, to whom Bortkiewicz, in his memoirs, attributed his musical talent.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2000

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Details for CDD22054 disc 2 track 4
No 2: Étude: Allegro non troppo
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 4
    Release date: September 2000
    Deletion date: April 2004
    Superseded by CDD22054
  2. Bortkiewicz: Piano Music (CDD22054)
    Disc 2 Track 4
    Release date: May 2008
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