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Dance / Kathryn Stott

Release Date: 10/28/2008 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10493   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri ShostakovichAlberto GinasteraBéla BartókAntonín Dvorák,   ... 
Performer:  Kathryn Scott
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This extraordinary performance uses the simple idea of dance to link music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from eastern and western Europe, from the Old and New Worlds. British pianist Kathryn Stott selects music by composers usually classified as modern (Stravinsky, Bartók), as late Romantic (Brahms, Tchaikovsky), as nationalist (Dvorák, Albéniz, Villa-Lobos), and as semi-popular (Ernesto Lecuona, Astor Piazzolla, and Camargo Guarnieri, whose name is misspelled in the tracklist), as well as several composers who do not fit any of these categories. All of these composers wrote music rooted in the popular dances of the times in which they worked, and the continuity of the dance tradition, in Read more Stott's hands, comes to seem as important as the various "watershed" moments generally thought to define the music of the early twentieth century. The placement of Chopin's Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17/4, at the end of the program has an exquisitely nostalgic feel, suggesting the sensation of a glance back at a venerated ancestor for all the music. Stott moves effortlessly between famous pieces like the Sibelius Valse Triste, Op. 44, and oddities like Graham Fitkin's Old Style, which here receives its first recording. The idea of the dance is certainly pushed in different directions by these composers: toward the minimal by Satie, toward the geometric by Stravinsky, and toward the satirical by Shostakovich. Stott arranges the program in such a way that a new perspective on the same kind of basic material appears at every turn, and she seems equally comfortable with diverse kinds of material. Especially noteworthy is her version of Astor Piazzolla's Milonga del Ángel, in an arrangement for solo piano by Kyoko Yamamoto: Stott creates a fair facsimile of Piazzolla's bandoneón rolls and his general sensuously grim mood. This disc is easy enough on the ears, but it will keep you coming back again and again. Chandos' sound is superb.

-- James Manheim, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Fantastic Dances (3) for Piano, Op. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; USSR 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Danzas argentinas (3), Op. 2: no 2, Danza de la moza donosa by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Dumka for Piano in C minor, Op. 12 no 1/B 136 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Bohemia 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 2, Polka by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Dansa negra by Camargo Mozart Guarnieri
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Brazil 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Danzas afro-cubanas: La conga de media noche by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "Espańa": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Old Style by Graham Fitkin
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; Argentina 
Length: 6 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Valsa da dor, W 316 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Brazil 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Hungarian Dances (10) for Piano solo: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1872; Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Je te veux for Piano by Erik Satie
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1900; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Tango by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Kathryn Scott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

3 Fantastic Dances, Op. 5: No. 1. March
3 Fantastic Dances, Op. 5: No. 2. Waltz
3 Danzas argentinas, Op. 2: No. 2. Danza de la moza donosa
6 Romanian Folk Dances, BB 68: No. 1. Bot-tanc (Stick dance)
Dumka in C minor, Op. 12, No. 1, B. 136
6 Morceaux, Op. 51: No. 2. Polka peu dansante
Valse triste, Op. 44, No. 1 (version for piano)
Dansa negra
Danzas Afro-Cubanas: La conga de media noche
Espana, Op. 165: II. Tango
Old Style
Milonga del Angel
Valsa da dor
10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 (version for piano): 10 Hungarian Dances, WoO 1: No 1 in G minor (version for piano)
Je te veux
Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4

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