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Stravinsky: Piano Music / Peter Hill


Release Date: 09/26/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553871   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Peter Hill
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Stravinsky composed at the piano and incorporated the instrument to brilliant effect in many orchestral works, he produced relatively little original solo piano music. Most of it is here, though the brilliant Op. 7 Etudes are conspicuous by their absence. Surely their difficulties pose no problems for Peter Hill, although his gingerly romp through the cruelly difficult Three Movements from Petrushka lacks the steel-edged abandon of Maurizio Pollini's classic account. Hill's meticulous cool and linear clarity, however, are just what the neo-classic Serenade in A, Les cinq doigts, and 1924 Sonata require. He calmly shakes the cubistic Piano Rag Music by its scruff, and his poker-faced way with the Tango (really a tango within a Read more tango) allows the music's half-hearted parody to fizzle out on its own terms. As with his seminal Second Viennese School recital for Naxos, Peter Hill's piano is gorgeously reproduced. Warmly recommended, but make sure you have Pollini's Petrushka on hand as well.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's, East Woodhay, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. Les cinq doigts by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's, East Woodhay, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3. Piano-rag-music by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's, East Woodhay, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4. Tango by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's, East Woodhay, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5. Chorale for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's, East Woodhay, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes:  1920 
6. Serenade for Piano in A major by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's, East Woodhay, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 14 Secs. 
7. Pétrouchka: Three movements for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Peter Hill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1996 
Venue:  St. Martin's, East Woodhay, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata (1924): I. (Crotchet = 112)
Piano Sonata (1924): II. Adagietto
Piano Sonata (1924): III. (Crotchet = 112)
Les 5 doigts (The 5 Fingers): Andantino
Les 5 doigts (The 5 Fingers): Allegro
Les 5 doigts (The 5 Fingers): Allegretto
Les 5 doigts (The 5 Fingers): Larghetto
Les 5 doigts (The 5 Fingers): Moderato
Les 5 doigts (The 5 Fingers): Lento
Les 5 doigts (The 5 Fingers): Vivo
Les 5 doigts (The 5 Fingers): Pesante
Piano Rag Music: Piano-Rag-Music
Tango
Chorale
Serenade in A major: Hymne
Serenade in A major: Romanza
Serenade in A major: Rondoletto
Serenade in A major: Cadenza finale
3 Movements from Petrushka: I. Danse russe
3 Movements from Petrushka: II. Chez Petrouchka
3 Movements from Petrushka: III. La semaine grasse

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