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The American Romantic / Alan Feinberg


Release Date: 03/03/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 430330   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Moreau GottschalkFelix MendelssohnRobert HelpsAmy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Alan Feinberg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This record makes an atmospheric impression immediately, the mood held by the refined piano playing and an elegant piano sound to match.

This record makes an atmospheric impression immediately with a polished, lyric ''Dreaming'' (from Four Sketches, Op. 15, written in 1892), by the pioneer woman composer Amy Beach (1867–1944). It is very much in the Chopin/Liszt tradition, specifically the latter's Liebestraume, but shows a command of the idiom characteristic of the best of the New England School. When reviewing a collection of Beach's songs (Northeastern/Koch International (CD) NR9004CD, 1/90) MEO found her ''a pleasing salon composer who had her off-days''. She was certainly on form for ''Dreaming'' and the more
Read more substantial Ballad which Alan Feinberg plays next.

The two Gottschalk pieces with French titles are reflective and meandering, the kind of texture which gave the pianist the chance to look for pretty girls in the audience, as he relates in his autobiography. God Save the Queen is a comic set of variations on the famous melody, given its British title even though the Americans had been singing it to My Country 'tis of Thee since 1831.

Finally Feinberg turns to the music of his own teacher, Robert Helps (born 1928) who is both composer and pianist. Helps's Nocturne and Three Homages were both written in 1973, although we are not told detail like that in Feinberg's accompanying notes. The Homages and the transcription of Mendelssohn's Schilflied are all in similar mood and cantabile style. The recording ends gently with the same salon atmosphere which has dominated throughout. The mood is held by the refined piano playing and an elegant piano sound to match. It may be unfair to ask for more contrast from this selection of American salon music which is designed to charm. Both music and playing succeed admirably without a disruptive stirring of deeper emotions.

-- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone [2/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
God save the Queen, RO 106/Op. 41 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
Illusions perdues by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
La chute des feuilles, RO 55/Op. 42 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Antilles 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Songs (6), Op. 71: no 4, Schilflied by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Helps 
5.
Nocturne for Piano by Robert Helps
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Three Hommages for Piano: no 1, Hommage à Fauré by Robert Helps
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
7.
Three Hommages for Piano: no 2, Hommage à Rachmaninoff by Robert Helps
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8.
Three Hommages for Piano: no 3, Hommage à Ravel by Robert Helps
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
Sketches (4) for Piano, Op. 15: no 3, Dreaming by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
Ballade for Piano in D flat major, Op. 6 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1894; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1990 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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