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Track(s) taken from CDA67903

Cradle Song

based on the Peruvian lullaby Alarroro rito; published by Boosey & Hawkes, New York, in the 1942 volume Homage to Paderewksi

Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Recording details: January 2011
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: November 2011
Total duration: 2 minutes 28 seconds

Cover artwork: Adaptation of the cover illustration for Homage to Paderewski (Boosey & Hawkes, 1942).


'Performances of a superlative technique and musicianship. Pianism and sheer musical quality of this order are rare at any time, and Hyperion's recordings … are exemplary' (Gramophone)

'This is a fascinating document. Pieces by Martinů and Castelnuovo-Tedesco are among the gems … overall more reflective than virtuosic, this disc allows Plowright to show off his superb command of texture and colour' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This is an enchanting follow-up to Jonathan Plowright’s 'Hommage à Chopin' disc (CDA67803), and, like that one, it is an eclectic mix of music focused on a central figure … many of the composers have now disappeared into the mists of time, but all of these miniatures are well worth the warmth, affection, lyrical beauty and bravura that Plowright devotes to them … the 24 tracks also include music by Britten, Bartók and Milhaud, adding to a disc that makes a welcome change in being conceived with such imagination. Plowright’s playing throughout is sublime' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Jonathan Plowright's sumptuous range of colours and dynamic control [is] much in evidence … any pianophile will surely find it interesting to have a glimpse into music by the composers of the day. One can find no fault, too, with Hyperion's well-balanced, warmly recorded sound' (International Record Review)
Like Schelling, Sigismond Stojowski had the distinction of being one of the few pianists to have studied with Paderewski over a long period of time. Zygmunt, as he was called in Polish, studied in Cracow and Paris. He moved to New York in 1905 to be on the founding faculty of the Institute of Musical Art. Stojowski’s Cradle Song is a Spanish-American berceuse based on the lullaby Alarroro rito which Stojowski learned from his Peruvian wife, Luisa. In fact, it was thanks to Paderewski that Zygmunt and Luisa first met.

from notes by Joseph A Herter © 2011

Comme Schelling, Sigismond Stojowski fut parmi les rares pianistes à avoir eu le privilège de longuement étudier avec Paderewski. Après avoir étudié à Cracovie et à Paris, Zygmunt, de son prénom polonais, partit en 1905 à New York, où il intégra la faculté de l’Institute of Musical Arts. Son Cradle Song est une berceuse hispano-américaine fondée sur Alarroro rito, une berceuse qu’il tenait de Luisa, son épouse péruvienne, d’ailleurs rencontrée grâce à Paderewski.

extrait des notes rédigées par Joseph A Herter © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Wie Schelling zeichnet sich auch Sigismond Stojowski als einer der wenigen Pianisten aus, der lange Zeit bei Paderewski studiert hat. Zygmunt, wie er auf Polnisch heißt, hat in Krakau und Paris studiert. Er ging 1905 nach New York und gehörte zu den Gründungsmitgliedern des Institute of Musical Art. Stojowskis Cradle Song ist ein spanisch-amerikanisches Wiegenlied; es basiert auf einem anderen Wiegenlied, Alarroro rito, das Stojowski durch seine peruanische Frau Luisa kennengelernt hatte. Tatsächlich war es dank Paderewski zur ersten Begegnung von Zygmunt und Luisa gekommen.

aus dem Begleittext von Joseph A Herter © 2011
Deutsch: Christiane Frobenius

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