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Off The Beaten Path / Ian Hominick

Clementi / Godard / Liszt / Hominick
Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1341   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Muzio ClementiBenjamin GodardSigismund ThalbergIgnaz Moscheles,   ... 
Performer:  Ian Hominick
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH Ian Hominick (pn) MSR MS 1341 (67:46)


CLEMENTI Piano Sonata in B?, “Magic Flute.” GODARD Au Matin. Second Waltz. THALBERG Nocturne in B. MOSCHELES La Petit Babillarde. KREISLER Rondino Read more on a Theme of Beethoven. LISZT Die Lorelei. CZERNY Étude Mélodieuse. MEDTNER Piano Sonata in c. SIBELIUS Romance. GERSHWIN Novelette in Fourths. Melody


The title for this collection is fairly accurate. And yet the material does not wander too far from the familiar, certainly not in any technical way, and all of these composers, with various degrees of significance, figure firmly into the history of the piano. Well, OK, Fritz Kreisler, the great violinist, does not, but the music included here is a transcription of violin music by his contemporary Leopold Godowsky, who was one of the all-time giants of the keyboard. There are no great revelations here, but the music is consistently compelling, thanks in no small way to the joy and dexterity of Ian Hominick’s playing. This Nova Scotia native is a new name to me, but I will look for his work in the future. It isn’t surprising to learn, given his easy technique and interest in obscure repertoire, that he was a student of Earl Wild, and later served as his assistant.


Nearly all of the pieces here are modest in size and substance, save the two piano sonatas. The emphasis is on florid high Romanticism. The Clementi is a clever and very well-written homage to Mozart, while the Medtner, mysterious and deep, stands out like a sore thumb in this collection as a work of real musical merit, while the rest are interesting historical side notes. Don’t buy this CD for the Medtner, however. Instead, seek out the superb recordings of larger selections of his work from Gilels and Hamelin. But do buy this delightful collection for a highly entertaining and superbly rendered side trip from your everyday listening.


FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonatas (2) for Keyboard, Op. 24: no 2 in B flat major by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1789; London, England 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 12 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. Au matin, for piano, Op. 83 by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3. Waltz No. 2, for piano by Benjamin Godard
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4. Nocturne for piano in B major, Op. 51b by Sigismund Thalberg
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5. La Petite Babillarde, for piano, Op. 66 by Ignaz Moscheles
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6. Rondino on a theme by Beethoven by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7. Loreley for Piano, S 532 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8. Etude Melodieuse, for piano, Op. 795/3 by Carl Czerny
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Piano in C minor, Op. 25 no 1 "Sonata-Skazka" by Nikolai Medtner
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1910-11; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10. Pieces (10) for Piano, Op. 24: no 9, Romance in D flat major by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1903; Finland 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11. Novelette in fourths by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12. Piece for Violin by George Gershwin
Performer:  Ian Hominick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/2007 
Venue:  The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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