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Nocturne / Saxel


Release Date: 03/23/2018 
Label:  Quartz Records   Catalog #: 2128  
Composer:  Alec RowleyIvor GurneyAlfred HillJohn Field,   ... 
Performer:  Richard Saxel
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Saxel has always been interested in the links between art and music, and conceived this recording along the lines of a Cubist painting, considering nocturns and night music from multiple angles, but having the intention to create a complete picture through the album as a whole. There are contrasting areas of light and darkness, achieved by grouping pieces together according to different themes or criteria; sometimes by the composers’ nationality, sometimes by the key or intensity of the music, and still further groupings with particular themes. Thus there are pieces where suggestions of the nightmarish supernatural are never far away, a group in which depictions of the natural world are explicit, and by contrast another suggesting Read more the edginess of the urban night. Avoiding a chronological survey, nearly two hundred years’ worth of music is represented from the earliest example by John Field to works composed in this millennium. The works by Lowell Liebermann, Antonio Bibalo, Dave Brubeck and Leonid Desyatnikov serve as reminders that the nocturne has developed considerably from the earliest model of a pretty Romantic piece with a repeated left hand figure supporting a decorated right hand melody, and yet has retained the intense distillation of emotion. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nocturne no 5 in F major by Alec Rowley
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2.
Nocturne for Piano in A flat major by Ivor Gurney
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Das Lebwewohl by Alfred Hill
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: New Zealand 
4.
Nocturne for Piano no 10 in E minor, H 46b by John Field
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; England 
5.
Nocturne for Piano no 4, Op. 38 by Lowell Liebermann
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
6.
Nocturne for Piano in C minor, B 108 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
7.
Nocturnes (8) for Piano: no 4 in C minor "Bal fantôme" by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
8.
Nocturne for Piano, Op. 40 by Louis Durey
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
9.
Nocturne in Three Scenes Op.72: The Stars are Twinkling by Selim Palmgren
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922 
10.
Out of Doors, Sz 81: no 4, Night music by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Budapest, Hungary 
11.
Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 5, Op. 54: Nocturne by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1891; Norway 
12.
La séparation for Piano in F minor by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Russia 
13.
Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 5: no 1 in F sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890; Russia 
14.
Tango Nocturne for Piano by Antonio Bibalo
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Norway 
15.
Buenos Aires hora zero by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
16.
Audrey by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
17.
Giselle Obsession: Nocturne by Leonid Desyatnikov
Performer:  Richard Saxel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

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