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Beethoven, Bach, Scarlatti: Piano Works / Myra Hess


Release Date: 02/11/2010 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 63787   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenFelix MendelssohnDomenico ScarlattiJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Myra Hess
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hess pays careful attention to details of dynamics and the piano-pianissimo range is used a great deal to create a rarefied atmosphere of quiet reflection.

The two late Beethoven sonatas are above everything else gentle and poetic readings. The elemental force of Beethoven is not really hinted at. Hess pays careful attention to details of dynamics and the piano-pianissimo range is used a great deal to create a rarefied atmosphere of quiet reflection. The two fugues of the last movement of Op. 110 have such thoroughly musical and deft contrapuntal playing that an overall feeling of mastery is easily maintained. Here Hess accumulates the instrument's sonorities towards the final triumphant climax with impressive
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Of course, the EMI recordings are all post-Second World War and mostly date from the LP era, so that surface noise and side changes do not distract the listener's attention. Of the shorter pieces on this disc I especially enjoyed the Granados, in which Hess's shaping of accompanying figures is superb. The twitterings of the nightingale at the end also conjure up all the colours and associations one could wish for. Whereas the Bach items have a characteristic coating of spirituality and a sort of grandiloquent homeliness, the Brahms, for me, could have been livelier. It is the second of the two Scarlatti sonatas that provides this quality in abundance: Hess's fingerwork is really scintillating here.

-- Gramophone [5/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
3.
Bagatelles (6) for Piano, Op. 126: no 3, Andante in E flat major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
4.
Songs without words, vol 8, Op. 102: no 5, Allegro vivace in A minor "Child's Piece" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 11/L 352 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 14/L 387 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
7.
Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
8.
Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11: Book 1 - no 4, Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
9.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
10.
Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 3, Intermezzo in C major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
11.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
12.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564: Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Written: 1708-17 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 
13.
Little Preludes (6): no 4 in D major, BWV 936 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1949-57 

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