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Valse mignonne, Op 142 No 2


Karg-Elert spent most of his life in Leipzig, where he succeeded Max Reger as Professor of Composition at the Conservatory. An “exceptionally imaginative and eccentric character”, his mature harmonic language was strongly influenced by composers like Debussy and Scriabin, and his later works have aptly been described as the perfect embodiment in music of the style of art nouveau. The late Felix Aprahamian, who met the composer in London in 1930, recalled that “He cut an unusual figure… very much the imagined provincial German professor. Shortish, dumpy and moody, he might have been playing the Emil Jannings part opposite Marlene Dietrich in the film of Der Blaue Engel.” And the seductive ambience of The Blue Angel would provide a perfect setting for this little waltz, which was written “in a state of intoxication after a visit to a fabulous cinema organ” (artistic intoxication, we presume). “Rather sentimental,” said Karg-Elert, “and in parts damnably cloying … quite exceptional and not in my true style, but astonishingly effective. May St. Cecilia forgive me my sins!”

from notes by David Gammie © 2006


Royal Albert Hall Organ Restored
Studio Master: SIGCD084Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 10 on SIGCD084 [5'17] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD084 track 10

Recording date
25 March 2006
Recording venue
Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Royal Albert Hall Organ Restored (SIGCD084)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: July 2006
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