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Track(s) taken from CDA66301

Berceuse, S174ii

1863; second version

Leslie Howard (piano)
Recording details: February 1988
St Peter's Church, Petersham, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: October 1988
Total duration: 9 minutes 21 seconds


'A highly distinguished release' (Gramophone)

'The sheer quantity of music on offer may be impressive but the quality of the playing is even more remarkable, warmly sympathetic and, where necessary, thrillingly bold and impassioned' (BBC Record Review)
The Berceuse exists in two very different versions: the 1854 piece is, for all its debt to Chopin’s model, also in D flat, with a constant D flat pedal-note, simpler than Chopin’s in conception, and largely free from florid decoration. The later version, whilst it preserves the harmonies of the original and the melodic fragments, applies an almost overwhelming amount of filigree ornament. Although this makes for rather a long work, it is also an impressively soothing one, and the studied absence of a continuous melodic line produces an ineluctable wistfulness.

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1988

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