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Rare Piano Encores - Rossini, Busoni, Et Al / Leslie Howard

Release Date: 09/14/2004 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55109   Spars Code: DAD 
Composer:  Ferruccio BusoniGeorge GershwinMax RegerPercy Aldridge Grainger,   ... 
Performer:  Leslie Howard
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Those who heard Leslie Howard's delightful performances of sonic of these pieces at Wigmore Hall in London last June will be glad to know that he has recorded them, and others. Of the three longest items, Moszkowski's Carmen piece is imaginative and resourceful, and is thrown off with an aptly studied casualness, as are most of the works here. But Liszt's Soiree de Vienne No. 6 and Valse a Capriccio, the former based on Schubert, the latter on Donizetti, are more consequential. I have long hoped that some public pianist would rediscover the melodious and brilliant Soirees, and we could do with a recording of all nine from Howard. Meanwhile, he uses here an edition which omits several passages that appear in my copy of the music and which I Read more should have liked to hear him play. But in the dazzling Donizetti piece he quite surpasses the previous local recordings, by Gail Buckingham (Revolution RCF005, 2/ 71- nla) and Louis Kentner (Turnabout TV34310S, 6/71-nla).

In his sleeve-note Howard suggests the transcription of Rachmaninov's Thou art as beautiful as a flower, Op. 8 No. 2 to be at least partially the work of the composer, although one had always understood it to be by Siloti, and it appears thus in the Threlfall-Norris catalogue (Scolar Press: 1982). But on this LP, which plays for over an hour, there are more pieces than one has room to comment upon. Wagner's Albumblatt, for Princess Metternich, is scarcely typical, nor can the Erinnerung be, as it is the only piece by Bruckner that I have ever managed to enjoy. The stylistic variety is considerable, with Rossini receiving a witty performance, Gershwin sounding piquantly graceful, Reger drowsily charming. And Blithe bells is a splendid piece of `Bach gone wrong'. This excellently recorded LP is wholly recommended.

-- Gramophone [10/1984]
reviewing the original LP release
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Works on This Recording

Serenade from Don Giovanni by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1921 
Shall We Dance: Promenade "Walking the dog" by George Gershwin
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
Schlichte Weisen (60), Op. 76: no 52, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1912; Germany 
Blithe bells by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Albumblatt for Piano in C major "In das Album der Fürstin Metternich" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Germany 
Songs (6), Op. 8: no 2, Child, thou art as beautiful by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Notes: Arranger: Alexander Siloti. 
Chanson Boheme from Bizet's "Carmen" by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1906; Paris, France 
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 4 "Valse Impromptu" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Rome, Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Rome, Italy (1881 - ?1885). 
Valse-Caprice for Piano in E flat major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Russia 
Piano Pieces (6) Arranged from Songs, Op. 41: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Erinnerung for Piano in A flat major, WAB 117 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1868; Austria 
Waltz on Themes from "Lucia" and "Parisina", S 401 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
Viennese Dances (6): no 2, on motifs by Eduard Gärtner by Ignaz Friedman
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Yuletide Pastoral, Op. 33a by Leslie Howard
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; England 
Reminiscences of Catalani's "La Wally", Op. 24a by Leslie Howard
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; England 
Péchés de vieillesse, Volume 10: no 6, Petite Caprice in C major, in the style Offenbach by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Leslie Howard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1868; Italy 

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