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Heller: Piano Studies & Etudes Op 45, 46 & 47 / Vermeulen


Release Date: 05/31/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92506   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stephen Heller
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Go through Stephen Heller's not very demanding piano etudes in no particular order. You gradually notice their kinship to the subtle rhythmic and motivic manipulation that often characterizes Schumann's smaller piano pieces. Small wonder that these works were extremely popular among piano sheet music consumers in the mid-18th century. That Heller (1813-1888) was well connected didn't hurt either. He was a student of Czerny, an acquaintance of Beethoven and Schubert, and a friend to Liszt, Chopin, and Berlioz. Although Heller never met Schumann, he kept up a long correspondence with the composer and frequently contributed to his contemporary music journal. Schumann ardently championed Heller's music and helped his younger colleague find his Read more first publisher. Today these attractive and well-crafted works would grace any recital program, albeit in small doses. Jan Vermeulen's performances may not convey the music's character and virtuosic spunk to the maximum, yet he's a solid, sensitive, and very musical pianist. The sonics are decent, if a bit fuzzy during loudest moments.

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

1.
Etudes (25) for Piano, Op. 45 by Stephen Heller
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1844; Paris, France 
Length: 40 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: St. Martin's Church, Haringe, Belgium (12/2003); St. Martin's Church, Haringe, Belgium (07/2004) 
2.
Etudes (30) for Piano, Op. 46 by Stephen Heller
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1844; Paris, France 
Length: 49 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: St. Martin's Church, Haringe, Belgium (12/2003); St. Martin's Church, Haringe, Belgium (07/2004) 
3.
Etudes (25) for Piano, Op. 47 by Stephen Heller
Performer:  Jan Vermeulen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 43 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: St. Martin's Church, Haringe, Belgium (12/2003); St. Martin's Church, Haringe, Belgium (07/2004) 

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