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Track(s) taken from CDH55109

Petit caprice 'Style Offenbach'


Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: October 1981
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1986
Total duration: 2 minutes 29 seconds


'Wreathed in laurels for his marathon cycle of Liszt's complete piano works, the Australian born, London based pianist Leslie Howard has come up with a typically bright idea to showcase his digital dexterity' (The Observer)
Although no pianist, Gioacchino Rossini wrote a great deal for the piano, especially in his later years, and developed some fearful technical tricks including a hair-raising set of octave glissandi in this Petit caprice (Style Offenbach) which, however well-known from Respighi’s orchestration in La boutique fantasque, is much more exciting in this original version for piano, and every bit as fine a cancan as any that Offenbach wrote.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 2004

Bien que n’étant pas pianiste, Gioacchino Rossini écrivit énormément pour le piano, surtout vers la fin de sa vie, et mit au point d’effroyables stratagèmes techniques, notamment une série d’affolants glissandi en octaves dans le Petit caprice (Style Offenbach) qui, pour avoir été rendu célèbre par l’orchestration de Respighi dans La boutique fantasque, n’en est pas moins bien plus passionnant dans cette version originale pour piano, un cancan aussi réussi que tous ceux d’Offenbach.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leslie Howard © 2004
Français: Hypérion

Obwohl er selbst kein Pianist war, hat Gioacchino Rossini vor allem im späteren Leben viel für das Klavier geschrieben und dabei einige Furcht erregende technische Tricks erfunden, zum Beispiel eine haarsträubende Folge oktavischer Glissandi im Petit caprice (Style Offenbach), das in Respighis Orchesterbearbeitung La boutique fantasque noch so bekannt sein mag, aber in dieser Originalfassung für Klavier viel spannender ist und in jeder Hinsicht so gelungen wie jeder Cancan, den Offenbach komponiert hat.

aus dem Begleittext von Leslie Howard © 2004
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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