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Track(s) taken from CDH55134

Variations on a theme by C H, Op 57


Seta Tanyel (piano)
Recording details: October 1995
Forde Abbey, Somerset, United Kingdom
Produced by John H West
Engineered by John Timperley
Release date: September 2003
Total duration: 13 minutes 41 seconds


'… brimful with alert character and beauty whilst the two piano pieces are delightful in their raucous melodies … briliantly done by Tanyel' (Classical.net)
The Variationen über ein Thema von C.H. Op 57 of 1881 are the second of Scharwenka’s three sets of variations and are dedicated to Prince Constantin zu Hohenlohe se Schillingsfürst, who brother Chlodwig was Chancellor of Germany from 1894 to 1900. A close friend of Scharwenka, the Prince was a keen amateur composer and the sixteen-bar theme in A major was his own (as indicated by ‘C.H.’ in the title). The thirteen variations that follow are expertly developed, as one might expect.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 1995

Les Variationen über ein Thema von C.H. op.57, de 1881, constituent la seconde de trois séries de variations de Scharwenka et sont dédiées au prince Constantin zu Hohenlohe Schillingsfürst, dont le frère, Chlodwig, fut Chancelier d’Allemagne de 1894 à 1900. Ami intime de Scharwenka, le prince était un compositeur amateur enthousiaste et c’est lui qui avait fourni le thème de 16 mesures en la majeur (comme l’indique le “C.H.” du titre). Comme on pourrait s’y attendre, les treize variations qui suivent sont développées avec expertise.

extrait des notes rédigées par Martin Eastick © 1995

Die Variationen über ein Thema von C.H., op. 57, bilden das zweite der drei Variationenwerke Scherwenkas und sind dem Fürsten Constantin zu Hohenlohe-Schillinsfürst gewidmet, dessen Bruder Chlodwig von 1894-1900 deutscher Kanzler war. Xaver Scharwenka war eng mit Fürst Constantin befreundet, der selbst ein begeisterter Amateurkomponist war. Und das 16taktige Therna in A-Dur stammt von ihm – wie schon die Initialen im Titel andeuten. Die 13 folgenden Variationen sind gekonnt gestaltet, wie von Scharwenka nicht anders zu erwarten.

aus dem Begleittext von Martin Eastick © 1995

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