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German: Piano Works / Alan Cuckston


Release Date: 12/17/1992 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223370   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

What a pleasant surprise!

Although this may not be the greatest of music, it is full of interest. These are late Victorian pieces and the titles reminded me of many pieces that I played as a boy with these simple titles such as Melody and Reverie.

While some listeners will waste time in trying to find influences of Chopin and Mendelssohn in these pieces they would do far better to simply listen to and enjoy them. The opening Valse Fantastique lives up to its name and is played with scintillating finger work. The Valse Caprice is a little ONE, two, three, ONE, two, three ad nauseam, à la Johann Strauss, for my taste. The Melody in D flat has an interesting accompaniment, a clever use of modulation and is
Read more never allowed to wallow. The quasi cantabile style brings out the lyrical line and if people want to dismiss this as merely salon music they must remember that Chopin and Schubert's music often falls into that category. The Impromptu benefits from a clever design and from easy to remember material and lives up to the real meaning of its title.

The Elegy, which was played at the composer's funeral in 1936, is both simple and occasionally profound with some choice modulations and a few harmonic surprises! And, as in all the pieces on this CD, the music does not drag and this is due to Mr Cuckston's advocacy.

The performances are gracefully and rhythmically vibrant. The recording is sharp and crisp.

I do not recommend that you listen to all the pieces in one sitting however, but be selective. Some of the pieces are delightful and I do hope pianists will take them up.

-- David Wright, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Valse Fantastique for Piano by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
2. Intermezzo for Piano in A minor by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1892; England 
3. Concert Study for Piano in A flat major by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1894; England 
4. Melody for Piano in D flat major by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1898; England 
5. Suite for Piano: Impromptu in E minor by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1883; England 
6. Valsette for Piano in E minor by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1892; England 
7. Suite for Piano: Elegy in C minor by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1883; England 
8. Suite for Piano: Tarantella in A minor by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1883; England 
9. Graceful Dance for Piano in F major by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891; England 
10. Polish Dance for Piano in E major by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891; England 
11. Melody for Piano in E flat major by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1895; England 
12. Suite for Piano: Mazurka in E major by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1883; England 
13. Rêverie for Piano in A minor by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
14. Humoresque for Piano in E major by Edward German
Performer:  Alan Cuckston (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 

Sound Samples

Valse fantastique: Valse Fantastique
Intermezzo in A minor
Concert Study in A flat major
Valse caprice in A major: Valse-Caprice in A major
Melody in D flat major
Impromptu No. 1 in E minor: First Impromptu in E minor
Valsette in E minor
Elegy in C minor
Tarantella in A minor
Graceful Dance in F major
Polish Dance: in E major
Melody in E flat major
Mazurka in E major
Reverie in A minor
Humoresque in E major

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