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Track(s) taken from CDA67803

Hommage à Chopin, Op 111 No 1

1867; subtitled Pièce caractéristique

Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Recording details: August 2009
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: February 2010
Total duration: 5 minutes 33 seconds

Cover artwork: Adaptation of the cover illustration for Franz Bendel's Hommage à Chopin, Trautwein, Berlin (1867).


'A fascinating collection, brilliantly dispatched by Plowright' (The Mail on Sunday)

'All of these multifaceted offerings (jewels as well as gemstones) show Jonathan Plowright as beguiling in intimacy … as he is magisterial in virtuosity. Such quality will leave lesser pianists bemused, as as on Plowright's earlier superb Hyperion recordings he has been immaculately recorded' (Gramophone)

'Mompou's 11th variation is the sublimest track on the disc. It is in places like these that Plowright shows his real qualities as a virtuoso, especially his clarity of texture and instinct for phrasing. Warmly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Jonathan Plowright provides a fascinating conspectus of how Chopin’s example has sparked ideas in others … this disc is a delight' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Fascinating, seldom-trodden paths of the vast 19th- and 20th-century piano literature that rarely find their way onto disc … Plowright's dazzling playing can't be faulted' (The Sunday Times)

'Jonathan Plowright has assembled a towering monument to the Chopin style' (Audiophile Audition, USA)
Franz Bendel celebrates the long, singing lines of a Chopin nocturne in his Hommage à Chopin (1867), subtitled ‘pièce caractéristique’, the first of three disparate pieces published as Op 111. Without being forewarned, one might just be convinced that it is by Chopin himself. Bohemian-born Bendel (1833–1874) was a Liszt pupil in Weimar, composed symphonies, a piano concerto and much salon music. If he is remembered at all now it is for his once-popular Mozart pastiche Pastorale variée and the saccharine Julia’s Arbor at Clarens.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2010

De Chopin, Franz Bendel célébre les longues lignes chantantes d’un nocturne dans son Hommage à Chopin (1867), sous-titré «pièce caractéristique», la première des trois œuvres disparates publiées sous le no d’opus 111. À brûle-pourpoint, on pourrait tout bonnement être convaincu que c’est du Chopin. Né en Bohême, élève de Liszt à Weimar, Bendel (1833–1874) composa des symphonies, un concerto pour piano et énormément de musique de salon. Si on se le rappelle aujourd’hui, c’est pour son pastiche mozartien jadis populaire, Pastorale variée, et pour sa sirupeuse Charmille de Julia à Clarens.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Franz Bendel zelebriert in seiner Hommage à Chopin (1867) die langen Kantilenen eines Chopin-Nocturnes. Das Stück trägt den Untertitel „Pièce caractéristique“ und ist das erste von drei unterschiedlichen Stücken, die als op. 111 veröffentlicht wurden. Wenn man es nicht besser wüsste, könnte man glatt zur Überzeugung kommen, es sei von Chopin selbst. Der aus Böhmen stammende Bendel (1833–1874) war Lisztschüler in Weimar und komponierte Symphonien, ein Klavierkonzert und viel Salonmusik. Wenn man sich überhaupt noch an ihn erinnert, dann wegen seines einst populären Mozart-Pastiches Pastorale variée.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2010
Deutsch: Ludwig Madlener

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