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Valse-caprice in A major, Op 31

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Although ‘salon music’ has been the object of much undeserved adverse criticism in more recent times, Scharwenka’s smaller pieces have a consistent quality and appeal, and the Valse-Caprice Op 31 is no exception. After a tentative introduction, the waltz commences innocently enough, but makes increasingly more demands on the pianist as it scurries towards an excitingly virtuoso conclusion.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 2002

Certes, la «musique de salon» a fait l’objet de bien des critiques injustes, particulièrement récemment, mais les pièces plus courtes de Scharwenka n’en gardent pas moins une qualité et un attrait incontestables, et la Valse-Caprice Op 31 en fait partie. Après une introduction en point d’interrogation, la valse démarre, innocemment, et elle grandit en exigeant de plus en plus du pianiste, pour se conclure en une coda passionnée digne d’un virtuose.

extrait des notes rédigées par Martin Eastick © 2002
Français: Marie Luccheta

„Salonmusik“ mag in neuerer Zeit viel unverdient negativer Kritik ausgesetzt gewesen sein, doch Scharwenkas kleine Stücke sind durchweg qualitativ hochwertig und reizvoll, und die Valse-Caprice op. 31 ist davon nicht ausgenommen. Nach einer zaghaften Einleitung nimmt der Walzer durchaus unschuldig seinen Lauf, stellt jedoch immer höhere Anforderungen an den Pianisten, wenn er seinem aufregend virtuosen Abschluss entgegeneilt.

aus dem Begleittext von Martin Eastick © 2002
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 1
CDH55131

Track-specific metadata for CDH55131 track 14

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-13114
Duration
6'43
Recording date
1 December 1991
Recording venue
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
John H West
Recording engineer
John Timperley
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  1. Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 1 (CDH55131)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: June 2002
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