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Virtuoso Strauss Transcriptions / Piers Lane


Release Date: 02/13/2007 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55238   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Moritz RosenthalAdolf Schulz-EvlerIgnaz FriedmanCarl Tausig,   ... 
Performer:  Piers Lane
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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VIRTUOSO STRAUSS TRANSCRIPTIONS Piers Lane (pn) HELIOS 55238 (73:37)


SCHULZ-EVLER Arabesques on Themes from “The Beautiful Blue Danube.” FRIEDMAN Frühlingsstimmen. ROSENTHAL Carnaval de Vienne. Fantasy on Themes by Johann Strauss. TAUSIG Nouvelles soirées de Vienne: Read more class="ARIAL12">Nos. 1–3. GODOWSKY Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes from “Die Fledermaus”


Some pianists are born to play finger-twisting pieces that make one’s jaw drop, and Piers Lane is one of that select few. Lane clearly loves every 16th and 32nd note of these highly elaborate arabesques (Jeremy Nicholas, in his booklet note, calls them “Viennese bonbons,” and quite right he is too). Bear in mind that it is true that a straight play-through of the disc can bring with it too much of a good thing, a bit like having six desserts after dinner.


All of the transcriptions are very free, and all are by pianist-composers. The Tausig pupil Andrei Schulz-Evler provides the first notefest. Schulz-Evler’s explorations of the Blue Danube was a favorite of Josef Lhévinne’s. Lane’s quicksilver response is pure delight. Perhaps his greatest achievement is that by showing no appreciable sense of strain, he enables one just to sit back and enjoy the fun. And fun aplenty there is. Lane fully realizes that the tongue should be at least partially in the cheek when one plays this music.


Ignaz Friedman’s 1925 Frühlingsstimmen is dedicated, perhaps surprisingly, to Wilhelm Backhaus. Rather spikier than the Schulz-Evler, Lane ensures it frolics its way through 10 minutes in the most harmless of fashions. There are some delicious high-register textures here, used as planes of contrast for the more outgoing virtuoso pages. And if, as you listen, you thought these pieces were difficult, wait until you hear Moritz Rosenthal’s Carnaval de Vienne (a “humoresque” on themes by Strauss) and the concluding Fantasy on Themes by Johann Strauss. In the latter, Rosenthal combines three different themes in ways that can only be described as masochistic; Carnaval is hardly any easier and includes some frightening-sounding leaps for the right hand. How many takes did Lane need, I wonder?


Which leaves the hardly less-intimidating names of Carl Tausig and Leopold Godowsky. Tausig’s Soirées are almost certainly a tribute to Liszt’s Soirées de Vienne. Tausig takes three pieces ( Nachtfalter, Man lebt nur einmal , and Wahlstimmen ) and weaves his own magic over them. He demonstrates the greatest imagination of all the arrangers on this disc, in fact, and Lane’s performance mirrors the arrangement’s intrinsic exuberance. Lane similarly rises to the contrapuntal and stamina challenges of Godowsky’s Symphonic Metamorphosis . The word “symphonic” is carefully chosen, as at times it seems as if the music wants to transcend the limitations of its prescribed medium. Some of Godowsky’s harmonic twists, though, are simply delicious.


Great stuff. The piano sound is slightly bright, but that fits in perfectly with the ethos of these pieces.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Carnaval de Vienne by Moritz Rosenthal
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Arabesques on themes from the "Blue Danube Waltzes" by Adolf Schulz-Evler
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Frühlingstimmen (Strauss) by Ignaz Friedman
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
4.
Nouvelles soirées (5) de Vienne: no 1, Nachtfalter by Carl Tausig
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5.
Nouvelles soirées (5) de Vienne: no 2, Man lebt num einmal by Carl Tausig
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Nouvelles soirées (5) de Vienne: no 3, Wahlstimmen by Carl Tausig
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
7.
Symphonic metamorphosis of themes from "Die Fledermaus" by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1912; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Length: 12 Minutes 10 Secs. 
8.
Fantasy for Piano on themes by Johann Strauss by Moritz Rosenthal
Performer:  Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1994 
Length: 10 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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