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Tre Klaverstykker 'Three Piano Pieces', Op 59
composer
1927/8; published posthumously in 1937; FS131

Recordings
'Nielsen: Complete Piano Music' (CDA67591/2)
Nielsen: Complete Piano Music
'Nielsen: Complete Piano Music' (CDA66231/2)
Nielsen: Complete Piano Music
CDA66231/2  2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion  
Details
No 1: Impromptu: Allegro fluente
Track 23 on CDA67591/2 CD2 [3'01] 2CDs
Track 7 on CDA66231/2 CD2 [2'49] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion
No 2: Molto adagio
Track 24 on CDA67591/2 CD2 [2'46] 2CDs
Track 8 on CDA66231/2 CD2 [2'40] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion
No 3: Allegro non troppo
Track 25 on CDA67591/2 CD2 [4'59] 2CDs
Track 9 on CDA66231/2 CD2 [5'18] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion

Tre Klaverstykker 'Three Piano Pieces', Op 59
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The dual sense of childlike innocence and devilish improvisation is brought to the foreground in the Three Piano Pieces Op 59, which Nielsen composed in 1928 but which were not published until 1937, six years after his death. Contemporary with the sixth symphony and the two late concertos for flute and clarinet, the Three Pieces sound almost like a distillation of the earlier Suite Op 45, but here there is little sense of a carefully crafted tonal process. Although the third piece ends dramatically with a craggy fanfare in E flat major, the final bars are effective precisely because they are unexpected and largely unprepared. Rather, it is the music’s sense of characterization—almost like a piece of abstract music-theatre—that is the work’s structural driving force. Hence, Nielsen can be heard as paralleling tendencies in the work of two great Continental modernists from the younger generation—Schoenberg and Stravinsky—even as he approaches the end of his own creative life. At times the Three Pieces are Nielsen’s most challenging and innovative work, but there is little sense of stylistic tension or strain, rather the continuation of a process of invention and imagination that had been apparent from his very earliest piano compositions.

from notes by Daniel Grimley © 2008

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Details for CDA66231/2 disc 2 track 8
Molto adagio
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-87-23208
Duration
2'40
Recording date
22 July 1986
Recording venue
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Nielsen: Complete Piano Music (CDA66231/2)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: October 1987
    2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion
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