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Homage To Paderewski / Plowright

Plowright / Plowright / Schorr
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67903   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Józef WieniawskiErnest SchellingBéla BartókArthur Benjamin,   ... 
Performer:  Jonathan PlowrightAaron Shorr
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1941 Boosey & Hawkes planned an anthology of piano pieces by 17 contemporary composers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ignace Jan Paderewski's American debut. However, with the pianist's death on June 29th of that year, it eventually was published as a memorial edition. Seventy years later, Jonathan Plowright has come up with the fascinating idea to record the anthology's pieces all together, along with five other compositions dedicated to Paderewski. Excepting Chaminade's delightfully flashy Étude symphonique, Britten's enchanting Mazurka elegiaca for two pianos (in a debonair performance with Aaron Schorr at the second piano), and Ernest Schelling's Nocturne (Ragusa), all of the
Read more works are brief, largely unfamiliar, and absolutely captivating.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Hommage à Paderewski channels this composer's cosmopolitan, harmonically sophisticated style through the filter of a Chopin Mazurka, yet makes a couple of Debussy-like detours. By contrast, Eugene Goossens' Homage, Felix Lebunski's Threnody, Theodore Chanler's Aftermath, and Darius Milhaud's Chorale are stark and introspective. Martinú's Mazurka, Rathaus' Kujawiak, and Weinberger's G major Étude fuse virtuosic sparkle and musical substance.

The intense side of Bartók's lyricism permeates his Three Hungarian Folk Songs, although for percussive Bartókian rhythm you have to go to Richard Hammond's Dance--a marvelous piece in its own right. Deft rhythmic invention and spicy melodic charm also characterize Vittorio Rieti's Allegro danzante, which is one of my favorite pieces in the collection.

Plowright's enthusiasm, natural musicality, and idiomatic ease with such a wide range of styles makes you forget about his effortless, flexible technical mastery and range of nuance and tone color. All piano mavens ought to investigate this unusual, stimulating, and very well recorded program.

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

Étude Op 44: no 22 by Józef Wieniawski
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Nocturne for Piano "Ragusa" by Ernest Schelling
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Hungarian Folktunes (3) for Piano, Sz 66 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1918; Budapest, Hungary 
Elegiac Mazurka for Piano by Arthur Benjamin
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Aftermath by Theodore Chanler
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Threnody by Felix Labunski
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Hommage ŕ Paderewski by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Homage to Paderewski by Sir Eugene Goossens
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Written: 1941 
Dance by Richard Hammond
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Choral for Piano, Op. 111 by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 
Mazurka for Piano, H 284 by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; New York, USA 
In Memoriam Paderewski by Joaquín Nin-Culmell
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Hommage Op 58: no 2 by Emerson Whithorne
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Allegro danzante by Vittorio Rieti
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Con tenerezza by Ernest Schelling
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Kujawiak by Karol Rathaus
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942 
Cradle Song by Sigismund Stojowski
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Étude in G major by Jaromir Weinberger
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Mazurka elegiaca for 2 Pianos, Op. 23 no 2 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano), Aaron Shorr (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Chant du printemps Op 34: no 1 by Aleksander Zarzycki
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Etude symphonique, Op. 28 by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1890; France 
Suite polonaise no 2, Op 31 "Kujawiak Obertas" by Felix Blumenfeld
Performer:  Jonathan Plowright (Piano)

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