Notes and Editorial Reviews
Volume 4 continues Seta Tanyel's delightful odyssey through the piano works (including concertos and chamber music) of Xaver Scharwenka, as always an intriguing mix of the conventional and exploratory. Cho pin's spirit may hover over the Polish Dances (all tour are mazurkas), Brahms over the Waltzes and Schumann over large sections of Opp. 5, 57 and 86, with terms such as Ian gsam-innig or langsam undzart telling their own affectionate tale. Yet by the time Scharwenka reached his Drei Kiaviersilicke, Op. 86 he felt increasingly free of the past; able to venture into a greater harmonic subtlety, modulatory ease and cunning. The "Nocturne" is more impressionistic than Chopinesque and, after the sprightly "Serenade",
"Marchen" blossoms into considerable expressive richness. The Variations on a Theme by C. H., too, increase in interest and although Vars. 9 and 11 are haunted by Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien and Davidsbundlertänze respectively, they transform their bias into music of a special distinction and freshness. So, far from scraping the barrel there is much here to surprise and enliven, even if there is nothing as immediately attractive as the Eglantine Waltz and Valse-Caprice (Vol. I, 9/92); both sufficiently charming to entice even the least susceptible dancer onto the ballroom floor.
Once again Seta Tanyel's performances are beyond reproach. Strong, sensitive and stylish (her rubato is elegant and subtle rather than heavily personalized or affected) she is warmly sympathetic to treasures and trifles alike. And now I would dearly love to hear her in other, more mainstream repertoire. The recordings, while closer than before, are excellent.
-- Gramophone [8/1996]
reviewing the original release of this title, Collins 1474
Works on This Recording
Legends (2), Op. 5 by Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Seta Tanyel (Piano)
Written: 1870; Poland
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