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Capriolen, Op 32
composer
published in 1924; subtitle Fünf schlichte Klavierstücke

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'Albert: Solo Piano Music' (CDH55411)
Albert: Solo Piano Music
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No 1: Falters Flammentod
Track 15 on CDH55411 [1'41] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 2: Kose-Walzer
Track 16 on CDH55411 [1'16] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 3: Rose im Schnee
Track 17 on CDH55411 [1'39] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 4: Missie-Massa
Track 18 on CDH55411 [1'59] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 5: Der Zirkus kommt!
Track 19 on CDH55411 [0'58] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Capriolen, Op 32
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D’Albert’s late piano pieces are all small genre pieces, the Capriolen, Op 32, appearing in 1924. The fourth of them, ‘Missie-Massa’, written several years earlier, rather succinctly shows his feelings about the black people. The lamenting Lento opening nostalgically leads to a dazzling Vivacissimo rendering of ‘In Dixieland I take my stand to live and die in Dixie’. The ‘five simple pieces’ of this set are delightfully contrasted—the touching depiction of the burned butterfly in No 1 about as near to Schoenberg as d’Albert was ever likely to get, the ‘cosiness’ of the waltz, No 2, slightly upset by its occasional false relations, the delicately impassioned plight of the ‘Rosebud beneath the snow’ setting a Victorian scene in No 3, and No 5 predating and very much setting the scene for Turina’s 1932 Suite Le Cirque.

from notes by Piers Lane © 1997

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