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Five Waltzes
composer
1923/5, 1969

Recordings
'Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano' (CDH55154)
Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano
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No 1: Rather fast and nervous
Track 21 on CDH55154 [1'22] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 2: Quick, with wit
Track 22 on CDH55154 [1'35] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 3: Dramatic
Track 23 on CDH55154 [1'21] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 4: Rhythmic, not fast
Track 24 on CDH55154 [3'01] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
No 5: Variations: Quiet and simple; Flowing; Slow and sad
Track 25 on CDH55154 [2'36] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service

Five Waltzes
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Britten’s commitment to the piano lies essentially in his song-cycles. The official list for solo piano is slender indeed, but since the composer’s death in 1976 the archives have been mined to bring to light a number of early, forgotten pieces. There had been a precedent for this during the composer’s own lifetime. In 1970, at the age of fifty-seven, Britten himself was persuaded to publish Five Waltztes (Waltzes) culled from the enormous number of short piano pieces he had written between 1923 and 1925. As Britten wrote in his Preface to the 1970 Edition:

In 1925 came 10 Waltzes, including a Petite Valse—it seems sad that my French spelling was better than my English. Several of them were written before that, and since the composer was a very ordinary little boy, they are all pretty juvenile (here was no Mozart, I fear). But perhaps they may be useful for the young or inexperienced to practice …

from notes by Eric Roseberry © 1995

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Details for CDH55154 track 21
Rather fast and nervous
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-77621
Duration
1'22
Recording date
23 June 1995
Recording venue
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano (CDA66776)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: October 1995
    Deletion date: July 2003
    Superseded by CDH55154
  2. Britten: Music for Oboe & Music for Piano (CDH55154)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: July 2003
    Deletion date: March 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service
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