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Quatre Grandes Études de Concert, Op 111
composer
1841-5; dedicated to Wilhelm Speyer; published for the benefit of the Mozart Society of Frankfurt

Recordings
'Moscheles: Complete Concert Studies' (CDH55387)
Moscheles: Complete Concert Studies
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Details
No 1: Rêverie et Allégresse
Track 21 on CDH55387 [4'24] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: Le Carrillon
Track 22 on CDH55387 [2'59] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 3: Tendresse et Exaltation
Track 23 on CDH55387 [4'21] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 4: La Fougue
Track 24 on CDH55387 [3'20] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Quatre Grandes Études de Concert, Op 111
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With the Quatre Grandes Études de Concert, Op 111, that appeared in 1845, Moscheles returns, as if irresistibly, to characteristic titles, which mirror the increased power and scope of the music. He composed two of them on holiday in Boulogne in the late summer of 1841; La Fougue was written in 1843. His concert career had effectively ended, yet here he produced four of his finest compositions. All the varieties of technical difficulty that a virtuoso could wish for develop organically from the music itself, which shows nonetheless at times the simplicity of a great and mature artist. Rêverie et Allégresse (dreaming and joyfulness), after a pensive opening, embarks on a quiet and unassuming tune which grows almost imperceptibly into a rushing torrent of notes. In the charming Le Carrillon there is a similar development from artlessness to explosive power; its second theme has an accompaniment of deliciously discordant passing notes. Tendresse et Exaltation has once again a remarkably ‘up-to-date’ tune, hauntingly varied and developed. The growing sense of rapture finally breaks free in an allegro tempo that crescendos to a triumphant conclusion. The final Étude, La Fougue (impetuosity and passion), is reminiscent of Alkan in its power and ardour, and is perhaps the finest of an exceptional group of pieces. They were dedicated to the composer Wilhelm Speyer of Frankfurt, and published for the benefit of the Mozart Society of that city.

from notes by Henry Roche © 2003

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Details for CDH55387 track 23
No 3: Tendresse et Exaltation
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-03-39423
Duration
4'21
Recording date
17 April 2003
Recording venue
Charterhouse Hall, Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Amanda Hurton
Recording engineer
Arne Akselberg
Hyperion usage
  1. Moscheles: Complete Concert Studies (CDA67394)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: November 2003
    Deletion date: March 2009
    Superseded by CDH55387
  2. Moscheles: Complete Concert Studies (CDH55387)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: July 2011
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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