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4 Études, Op 4
composer
1900/2; dedicated to Tala Neuhaus

Recordings
'Szymanowski: Masques, Métopes & Études' (CDA67886)
Szymanowski: Masques, Métopes & Études
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'Szymanowski: Piano Music' (CDH55081)
Szymanowski: Piano Music
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'Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014' (HYP201402)
Hyperion monthly sampler – February 2014
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Details
No 1 in E flat minor: Allegro moderato
Track 16 on CDA67886 [3'57]
Track 1 on CDH55081 [3'33] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 4 on HYP201402 [3'57] Download-only monthly sampler
No 2 in G flat major: Allegro molto (leggiero e veloce)
Track 17 on CDA67886 [2'06]
Track 2 on CDH55081 [1'43] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 3 in B flat minor: Andante in modo d'una canzone (con dolore)
Track 18 on CDA67886 [4'18]
Track 3 on CDH55081 [4'23] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
No 4 in C major: Allegro (ma non troppo, affettuoso e rubato)
Track 19 on CDA67886 [3'42]
Track 4 on CDH55081 [3'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

4 Études, Op 4
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Szymanowski’s Four Études, Op 4, were composed between 1900 and 1902. Before his Warsaw studies Szymanowski had attended the music school of his father’s cousin, Gustav Neuhaus, at Elisavetgrad, in what is now Ukraine. He dedicated these pieces to Tala (Natalia) Neuhaus, a lifelong friend. The harmonic and melodic inflections of early Scriabin are especially noticeable in the first Étude, in E flat minor, though not the distilled, evanescent brevity also characteristic of him. The second Étude, in G flat major, simultaneously divides groups of six semiquavers into subsets of both two and three to create an Escher-like, dizzying sense of conflicting perceptions. The B flat minor third Étude, which in posterity has achieved some independent fame, presents a sorrowful cantilena above slow repeating chords, rising to an imposing climactic restatement of the principal idea before reaching a sombre but subdued conclusion. The last Étude of the group offers a tantalizing glimpse of a far more tangential approach to tonality, juxtaposing hints of C major and A flat minor at the outset and launching without preamble into a restless discourse marked by obsessive repetition of short melodic motifs against a backdrop of triplet quavers. Eventually the fires burn themselves out, however, and with final calm comes unequivocal affirmation of C major as the sovereign key.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2014

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Details for CDA67886 track 18
No 3 in B flat minor: Andante in modo d'una canzone (con dolore)
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-14-88618
Duration
4'18
Recording date
12 March 2013
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Szymanowski: Masques, Métopes & Études (CDA67886)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: February 2014
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