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Virtuoso Piano Etudes / Various

Release Date: 03/15/2019 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95571  
Composer:  Carl CzernyMuzio ClementiStephen HellerJohann Nepomuk Hummel,   ... 
Performer:  Fred OldenburgAlessandro MarangoniJan VermeulenMary Louise Boehm,   ... 
Number of Discs: 22 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composers have been challenging pianists with études for a long time. The practice of writing studies for the perfection of a particular pianistic technique developed in the 15th century, but the name ‘study’ or ‘étude’ only really came into its own in the 19th century with the rise in popularity of the piano as a domestic instrument. Works of particular importance were Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum, Moscheles’s Opus 70 Studies, Czerny’s Art of Finger Dexterity and Liszt’s Transcendental Studies, the latter even more extensive and complex than Chopin’s Études Opp. 10 and 25, which transformed the humble piano exercise into concert-worthy material. While each of Liszt’s and Chopin’s études examines a particular Read more aspect of technique, these magnificent works never feel like drills. They remain amongst the most popular works written for piano, regularly recorded and performed in concert. In the 20th century, studies gradually evolved into compositions that were music first, only secondarily exploiting a specific technical challenge for the pianist. Notable composers were Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin and Leopold Godowsky. Godowsky’s Chopin Studies push fingers and feet, mind and imagination, physicality and finesse, fitness, to the outer limits of possibility. By mid-century composers had almost completely abandoned the old tradition. Olivier Messiaen’s 4 Études de rhythme are not didactic compositions but experiments with dynamics, figurations, pitches, etc. – exercises in composition rather than performance. Friedrich Gulda intended his Play Piano Play as exercises in learning the jazz style and improvisation, contrasting traditional neo-Baroque with various jazz traditions. Philip Glass abandoned bar lines to convey his concept of the flow of rhythm, and John Cage’s Études Boreales, initially deemed unplayable because of the wholly unorthodox techniques they explore, require the performer to play, beat or generate sound on various parts of the instrument. These studies represent some of the most innovative and imaginative writing in the modern and contemporary piano repertoire, exploring to the fullest extent what the instrument is capable of. Read less

Works on This Recording

Die Kunst der Fingerfertigkeit, Op. 740 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Fred Oldenburg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: Excerpt(s) by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Alessandro Marangoni (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1826; London, England 
Etudes (25) for Piano, Op. 45 by Stephen Heller
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1844; Paris, France 
Etudes (30) for Piano, Op. 46 "In Progressive Difficulty" by Stephen Heller
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Etudes (24) for Piano, Op. 125 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Mary Louise Boehm (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Weimar, Germany 
Studies (24) for Piano, Op. 70: Excerpts by Ignaz Moscheles
Performer:  Michael Ponti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Characteristic Studies (12), Op. 95: Excerpts by Ignaz Moscheles
Performer:  Michael Ponti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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