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 Volume II
 

This second CD is dedicated to my friend, the actress Phillada Sewell, whose generosity in lending me her Steinway to replace mine, (destroyed in a disastrous house fire in 1981) made these CDs a possibility. As with my first CD, all the pieces were recorded in my drawing room.

Phillada Sewell

Phillada Sewell

For this second selection of favourite piano pieces, I have chosen seven by the great romantic Russian composer Scriabin - for me one of the great poets of music. Like Debussy with his full-tone scales, Scriabin had a musical message to give and, like Chopin, he often conveyed this in short, exquisite preludes and studies. By playing these seven pieces in succession, I hope they will better convey the harmonic idiom which is unique to Scriabin and has, for me, a special appeal.

The Brahms and Schubert pieces are examples of the supreme art of their composers.

A few years before he died, Rachmaninoff revised his famous melody in E and I heard him play it in this revised version at his recital at the Queen’s Hall in about 1937. His playing was as unforgettable and as spellbinding as usual. It is this revised version I play on this disc.

Seguidillas by Albeniz is 100% Spanish and pure entertainment, whilst Liszt’s Sonetto del Petrarca is a fine example of music as the language of emotions. (I recall) it was the first item on Horowitz’s first recital in London, in about 1924, and I was completely captivated by it. Chopin’s Nocturne Op.15/1 with its impression of a passing summer thunderstorm is another strongly emotional piece for me. Godowski’s Transcriptions show what a great musician can do with simple melodies. I have included Liszt’s lovely "Soirée de Vienne après Schubert" because the technical fluency to cope with its difficulties eluded me when I started to play it in 1939. Only now, sixty years later, have I been able to come to terms with it.

I hope these pieces will give you the pleasure they have, over the years, given to me.

As with the first CD, all proceeds will go to charity.

 

Dudley Steynor. September 1999

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Tracks on Volume II

1

Albeniz

Seguidillas

4.17

2

Liszt

Sonnetto Del Petrarca No. 128

6.54

3

Brahms

Intermezzo Op. 16/6

3.41

4

Chopin

Nocturne Op 15/1

5.34

5

Schubert

Momens Musicaux Op 94/2

6.29

6

Schubert

Momens Musicaux Op 94/3

2.13

7

Schubert

Impromptu Op 142/2

6.09

8

Scriabin

Etude Op 2/1

3.46

9

Scriabin

Prelude Op 11/9

1.36

10

Scriabin

Prelude Op11/5

1.49

11

Scriabin

Prelude Op11/13

1.34

12

Scriabin

Prelude Op 11/10

2.05

13

Scriabin

Prelude Op 16/5

0.39

14

Scriabin

Poem Op 32/1

3.52

15

Rameau/Godowsky

Musette en Rondeau

4.12

16

Saint-Saens/Godowsky

The Swan

2.45

17.

Palmgren

Finnish Dance

1.15

18.

Rachmaninoff

Melodie in E (Revised)

4.50

19.

Liszt

Soirée de Vienne No 6

9.10

 

 
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