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Heart's Ease

composer
1919

 
Frank Bridge, a committed pacifist, was profoundly affected by World War I, and as a result his earlier, pastoral style changed into a more serious, thorny and strikingly personal language. These two miniatures are from the same post-war years as the ambitious, darkly passionate piano sonata, but they appear to be a throwback to his earlier style. However, their very fragility seems to me to separate them from mere salon pieces, as if they call to mind a lost world of innocence and tranquility. Heart’s Ease also exists in an arrangement by the composer for violin and piano.

from notes by Stephen Hough © 2002

Frank Bridge, a committed pacifist, was profoundly affected by World War I, and as a result his earlier, pastoral style changed into a more serious, thorny and strikingly personal language. These two miniatures are from the same post-war years as the ambitious, darkly passionate piano sonata, but they appear to be a throwback to his earlier style. However, their very fragility seems to me to separate them from mere salon pieces, as if they call to mind a lost world of innocence and tranquility. Heart’s Ease also exists in an arrangement by the composer for violin and piano.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Hough © 2002
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Als überzeugter Pazifist war Frank Bridge vom Ersten Weltkrieg zutiefst betroffen, und daraus ergab sich, daß sein ehedem pastoraler Stil sich zu einer ernsteren, eher dornigen und auffallend persönlichen Ausdrucksform wandelte. Die beiden hier vorliegenden Miniaturen stammen aus den gleichen Nachkriegsjahren wie die anspruchsvolle, düster leidenschaftliche Klaviersonate, auch wenn sie fast wie eine Rückbesinnung auf seinen frühen Stil wirken. Doch scheint mir gerade ihre Zartheit sie von bloßen Salonstücken abzuheben, als wollten sie eine verlorene Welt voll Unschuld und Frieden heraufbeschwören. Heart’s Ease hat der Komponist auch in einer Fassung für Violine und Klavier arrangiert.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Hough © 2002
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Stephen Hough's English Piano Album
Studio Master: CDA67267Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CDA67267 track 17

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-26717
Duration
1'52
Recording date
14 January 2001
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Stephen Hough's English Piano Album (CDA67267)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: March 2002
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