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Leschetizky: Piano Works / Peter Ritzen


Release Date: 10/05/1993 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223525   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although pianists who studied with Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915) were active well into the post-Second World War era, the eminent teacher himself was very much a man of the 1850s and 1860s, at least insofar as his role as a composer was concerned. After all, he had been a pupil of Czerny. One should, perhaps, think of Mendelssohn's Songs without words as being the model for these miniatures.

This is the first recording devoted to Leschetizky the composer and it is played with evident sympathy by Peter Ritzen. To some extent, however, I was surprised at his choice of pieces, since a number-such as Les deux alouettes, the Canzonetta alla toscana, Tarantelle, Op. 39 No. 5 and Arabesque, op. 45 No. 1, which were among the most
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The music strikes one as a bit patchy. The Lucia Paraphrase (Andante finale, Op. 13) for left hand, which opens the programme, is pretty routine and fails to capture the atmosphere of Donizetti's original. The "Romance" from Op. 40, on the other hand, is a real gem. A surprise too is the "Danse russe" from the same Suite, which has plenty of that impish humour one associates with the teacher's personality. It is attractively fresh and contains a Grainger-like enthusiasm with its buoyant rhythms. In this light one is not surprised by the stories of the venerable man eagerly reading through the piano rags of Scott Joplin, which were then the rage of many of his young American lady students.

As a composer, then, Leschetizky principally was Out to charm. His was a salon style that reached its apogee in the works of Moszkowski. The release will certainly give considerable pleasure to those who like this sort of repertoire and the piano sound, if a little thick in the bass, is perfectly acceptable.

-- Gramophone [7/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Andante finale for Piano left hand, Op. 13 by Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Alpha-Line Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
2.
Suite for Piano, Op. 40 "A la campagne" by Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Alpha-Line Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
3.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 35 by Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Alpha-Line Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
4.
Marche militaire for Piano, Op. 17 by Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Alpha-Line Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Ritzen 
5.
Méditations (6) for Piano, Op. 19 by Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Alpha-Line Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
6.
Intermezzo en octaves for Piano, Op. 44 no 4 by Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Alpha-Line Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
7.
Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 48 by Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Alpha-Line Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
8.
Aria for Piano, Op 36 no 1 by Theodore Leschetizky
Performer:  Peter Ritzen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 11/1992 
Venue:  Alpha-Line Studio, Budapest, Hungary 

Sound Samples

Andante Finale for the Left Hand, Op. 13 (Paraphrase on Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti)
Suite, Op. 40, "A la Campagne": I. Jeux de ondes
Suite, Op. 40, "A la Campagne": II. Romance
Suite, Op. 40, "A la Campagne": III. Primula veris
Suite, Op. 40, "A la Campagne": IV. A la Mazurka
Suite, Op. 40, "A la Campagne": V. Danse a la russe
2 Pieces, Op. 35: No. 1 Le bal d'hier (Mazurka-Reverie)
2 Pieces, Op. 35: No. 2 Souvenir d'Ischl (Valse)
Marche militaire, Op. 17 (arr. Peter Ritzen): Marche militaire (arr. Peter Ritzen), Op. 17
6 Meditations, Book 1, Op. 19: No. 1 La Melusine
6 Meditations, Book 1, Op. 19: No. 2 Reponse
6 Meditations, Book 1, Op. 19: No. 3 L'approche du printemps
6 Meditations, Book 2, Op. 19: No. 4 Berceuse
6 Meditations, Book 2, Op. 19: No. 5 Decouragement
6 Meditations, Book 2, Op. 19: No. 6 Consolation
Intermezzo en octaves, Op. 44, No. 4: Intermezzo en octaves (dedicated to Maurizio Rosenthal), Op. 44, No. 4
Aria (dedicated to Anton Rubinstein), Op. 36, No. 1
3 Pieces, Op. 48: No. 1 Prelude humoresque
3 Pieces, Op. 48: No. 2 Intermezzo scherzando
3 Pieces, Op. 48: No. 3 Etude heroique

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