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A Piano Odyssey - Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Bartok, Etc / Trevor Barnard


Release Date: 07/08/2008 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 24125   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachFranz SchubertLudwig van BeethovenFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Trevor Barnard
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Members [of the Music Teachers’ Association] will recognise Trevor Barnard by his articles on piano technique that appear from time to time in this magazine, and you may also remember my review of his “Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music” as well as reviews of other recordings. This disc is an excellent teaching resource containing as it does a variety of works stretching from Bach (Two-part Invention no. 1) to the contemporary era with the latest work written in 1997. Harmonically, the works also show a progression across the centuries from the tonal to the atonal.

Representative 19th century composers include Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Debussy, Not being a particular lover o Chopin’s
Read more works, I found myself totally enchanted by Barnard’s clean, dramatic performance of the Op. 40 no. 1 Polonaise, a work usually inadequately over-performed by zealous students. Moving to the 20th century, Bartok is represented with two Mikrokosmos works – including an exciting rendition of the Bulgarian Dance – and Albeniz with that popular Tango. The blues character of Gershwin’s second Prelude speaks for itself.

The works of six Australian composers are included: Michael Bertram, Nigel Butterrley, Tim Dargaville, Peter Sculthorpe, Felix Werder and Margaret Sutherland. The Sutherland works (Chorale Preludes Herzliebster Jesu and Jesu meine Freude) were ones I personally discovered during post-graduate research years ago and I am delighted to see them included here as they are rarely recorded. Barnard’s performance of Sculthorpe’s popular 1954 Sonatina is clean and crisp, in keeping with the composer’s intentions and the stark nature of the music.

Barnard is a careful craftsman yet has the ability to retain the musicality and sensitivity required to demonstrate the disparate styles that encompass the rage of works chosen for this disc, several of which appear on the AMEB syllabus. Overall, this is a varied microcosm of piano writing, and whilst most of these works will be familiar to teachers they are here interpreted and performed by a master. Highly recommended.

-- Rita Crews, The Studio
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Works on This Recording

1. Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Bagatelles (7) for Piano, Op. 33: no 7 in A flat major, Presto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4. Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 1, Andante con moto in E major "Sweet Remembrance" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5. Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6. Impromptu for Piano no 4 in C sharp minor, B 87/Op. 66 "Fantaisie-Impromptu" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7. Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in A major, B 120 "Military" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Poland 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 4, Little Bird by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9. Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 5, Erotic by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Norway 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10. Children's Corner: no 4, The Snow is Dancing by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11. Tango by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
12. Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 1, no 32, In Dorian Mode by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
13. Mikrokosmos, Sz 107: Book 6, no 153, Dance no 6 in Bulgarian Rhythm by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1939; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
14. Herzliebster Jesu by Margaret Sutherland
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Australia 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
15. Jesu, meine Freude by Margaret Sutherland
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Australia 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16. Arioso by Nigel Butterley
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Australia 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
17. Comment on a Popular Song by Nigel Butterley
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Australia 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
18. Pieces (5) for Piano: Kinetic by Michael Bertram
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Australia 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
19. Night Song by Tim Dargaville
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
20. Pieces (3) after William Blake's "Songs of Innocence and Experience": no 2, Spring by Felix Werder
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
21. Sonatina for Piano: 1st movement by Peter Sculthorpe
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Australia 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
22. Sonatina for Piano: 2nd movement by Peter Sculthorpe
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Australia 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
23. Sonatina for Piano: 3rd movement by Peter Sculthorpe
Performer:  Trevor Barnard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Australia 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Sound Samples

2-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786: 2-Part Inventions: Invention No. 1 in C major, BWV 772
6 Moments musicaux, Op. 94, D. 780: No. 3 in F minor: Allegro moderato
7 Bagatelles, Op. 33: No. 7 in A flat major
Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), Book 1, Op. 19b: No. 1 in E major, Op. 19, No. 1
Arabeske in C major, Op. 18
Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66
Polonaise No. 3 in A major, Op. 40, No. 1, "Military"
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 4. Little bird
Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 5. Erotic
Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3: No. 2. Prelude in C sharp minor
Children's Corner: IV. The Snow is Dancing
Espana, Op. 165: II. Tango
Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 1: Nos. 32-36. In Dorian Mode. Slow Dance. In Phrygian Mode. Chorale. Free Canon
Mikrokosmos, BB 105, Vol. 6: No. 153. Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm VI
3 Preludes: No. 2 in C sharp minor: Andante con moto e poco rubato
2 Chorale Preludes on Bach's Chorales: No. 1. Herzliebster Jesu
2 Chorale Preludes on Bach's Chorales: No. 2. Jesu, meine Freude
Piano Sonatina: I. -
Piano Sonatina: II. -
Piano Sonatina: III. -
Arioso
Comment on a Popular Song
5 Pieces for Piano: No. 3. Kinetic
Night Song
3 Pieces after Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience: No. 2. Spring

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