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Romanzero, Op 33

'Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDH55132)
Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 2
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Movement 1: Allegro con fuoco
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Movement 2: Adagio
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Movement 3: Vivace
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Movement 4: Allegro
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Romanzero, Op 33
Composed in 1877 and dedicated to Brahms, Scharwenka’s Romanzero Op 33 (he used the same title for his Opp 59 and 64—Neuer Romanzero) is in the nature of a fantasy in four movements. The dramatic scherzo-like first movement is followed by a rather contemplative Adagio, which serves as an intermezzo leading to the third movement. Here, after the opening Vivace, the theme from the Adagio appears again in a slightly varied form. Scharwenka’s partiality to dance forms is more evident in the last movement which, after a short introductory passage, seems to suggest a polonaise. The work resolves itself in the tonic major and comes to a peaceful conclusion.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 2002

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