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Night Fancies
composer
published by Ricordi in 1909; subtitled Impromptu

Recordings
'Dale: Piano Music' (CDA67827)
Dale: Piano Music
Details
Track 13 on CDA67827 [9'01]

Night Fancies
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Night Fancies was published by Ricordi in 1909. Its subtitle, ‘Impromptu’, is vindicated by an initial sense of rapt improvisation and a quality of Innigkeit again comparable with Schumann—notwithstanding one melodic twist which recurrently but, doubtless, unconsciously recalls Yum-Yum’s alliance with the moon in The Mikado. This music rises to a more expansive climax than Prunella, while its bell-like sonorities hint at a closer engagement with incipient Impressionism than anything heard so far. The central passage, a mercurially chromatic scherzo, invites comparison with the early maturity of Bridge. Tchaikovsky is said to have commented that, for the composer, every piece becomes a dress rehearsal for the next; and here one senses that the composer of the D minor Sonata knew how to exploit an embarras de richesse. A reprise of the opening section again rises to a broad climax before the music sinks poignantly to rest in its home key, D flat major.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2011

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67827 track 13
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-11-82713
Duration
9'01
Recording date
17 July 2010
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Dale: Piano Music (CDA67827)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: June 2011
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