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The American Virtuoso - Alan Feinberg


Release Date: 10/13/1992 
Label:  Argo   Catalog #: 436121  
Composer:  Edward MacDowellGabriel FauréLouis Moreau GottschalkAmy Marcy Beach,   ... 
Performer:  Alan Feinberg
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Feinberg's approach is polished and the recording is full and warm. The real discoveries here are the Grainger transcriptions, which are grateful to play and eccentrically characteristic.

I welcomed Alan Feinberg's "American Piano Music" also on Argo (2/91) and now find much to enjoy in another American anthology. Feinberg's approach is polished and the recording is again full and warm. But his Gottschalk playing does not quite come up to the clean vivacity of Eugene List. In particular Souvenir de Porto Rico starts too loud and needlessly slows up at the end. Feinberg played Amy Beach with special sympathy on his earlier release. This time he adds more Beach but encounters a few problems—most people
Read more would—with the exacting right-hand double thirds of her "Fireflies".

But the real discoveries here are the Grainger transcriptions. The Irish Tune from County Derry is also known as the Londonderry Air or Danny Boy. Grainger's setting puts the melody in the centre of the fulsome texture and controls every detail, which Feinberg reflects in his performance. Most of Grainger's transcriptions are grateful to play and eccentrically characteristic. Faure's Apres un reve is lovely and beautifully laid out. "The man I love", though, is too close to Gershwin's own piano arrangement and the real horror—or delight, depending on your point of view—is Grainger's reworking of Dowland's lute-song Now, O now I needs must part, which emerges as something between Warlock and Bax.

Finally I am disappointed that Feinberg was not encouraged to make a whole CD of Grainger transcriptions or perhaps of Amy Beach's piano works. This release, although carefully thought out, feels like a tantalizing hors d'oeuvre to more substantial offerings, which may yet emerge?

-- Gramophone [5/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Etude de concert, Op. 36 by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Wiesbaden, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged for piano by Percy Grainger. 
3.
Manchega, RO 143/Op. 38 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851-1856 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Scottish Legend, Op. 54 no 1 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1903; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Tyrolean Valse-fantaisie, Op. 116 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1926; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Sketches (4) for Piano, Op. 15: no 4, Fireflies by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Boston, Massachusett 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7.
Union, RO 269/Op. 48 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
A Hermit Thrush at Eve, Op. 92 no 1 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1922; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
9.
Fantasiestücke (2), Op. 17: no 2, Hexentanz by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
10.
Nell, Op. 18 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged for piano by Percy Grainger.  
11.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 6, Now, o now, I needs must part by John Dowland
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged for piano by Percy Grainger.  
12.
Waltz for Piano, Op. 9 "La corbeille de fleurs" by Teresa Carreño
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 5 Minutes 06 Secs. 
13.
Home, Sweet Home, RO 117/Op. 51 "Charme du foyer" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
14.
Souvenir de Porto Rico, RO 250/Op. 31 "Marche de Gibaros" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Antilles 
Length: 6 Minutes 00 Secs. 
15.
Irish Tune from County Derry "Danny Boy" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 05 Secs. 
16.
Lady, be Good: The man I love by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged for piano by Percy Grainger. 
17.
Oh, Kay!: Clap yo' hands by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged for piano by Artis Wodehouse. 

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