Homage to Godowsky

 
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Homage to Godowsky
Andrey Gugnin (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 27 March 2020

An anniversary accolade with a twist: one hundred and fifty years after his birth, this is a wonderful recital of some of the many works dedicated to Leopold Godowsky. It's difficult to imagine more persuasive performances than these by Andrey Gugnin, who makes a second appearance on Hyperion after his universally - and vociferously - acclaimed Shostakovich.

"A rich vein of virtuoso romantic rarities lovingly played." MusicWeb May 2020

"Prepare yourself for a deliciously scintillating potpourri of choice delicacies, full of character and charm...Among many factors that make Gugnin's performances so admirable is that he's able to imbue each piece with its own distinctively recognisable character. But even more importantly, Gugnin approaches these works on their own terms so that, far from seeming dated or brittle, they emerge fresh and full of vitality and charm" Editor's Choice Gramophone May 2020

"This is a box of heady and decadent delights with enough acrobatics to make lesser mortals gasp in wonder… Gugnin's performance of the Busoni is among the most characterful and articulate on record, and elsewhere he is more than equal to every ferocious demand." International Piano

Tracks:

JOSEF HOFMANN (1876-1957)
Charakterskizzen Op 40 [21'21]
1 Vision [5'26]
2 Jadis [3'20]
3 Nenien [7'05]
4 Kaleidoskop [5'30]

FELIX BLUMENFELD (1863-1931)
5 Étude pour la main gauche seule Op 36 [5'57]

EMIL VON SAUER (1862-1942)
6 Études de concert No 19 'Vision' [4'34]

EUGENIO PIRANI (1852-1939)
7 Scherzo-Étude Op 67 [4'09]

ABRAM CHASINS (1903-1987)
8 Prelude No 13 in G flat major Op 12 No 1 [1'30]

IGNACY FRIEDMAN (1882-1948)
Drei Klavierstücke Op 33 [8'30]
9 Étude [2'33]
10 Mazourka [2'13]
11 Tabatière à musique [3'44]

OSSIP GABRILOWITSCH (1878-1936)
12 Étude for the left hand Op 12 No 2 [5'04]

JOSEPH HOLBROOKE (1878-1958)
Rhapsodie-Études Op 42
13 No 4 La fantastique [2'07]
14 No 5 Une nuit ténébreuse [3'59]

CONSTANTIN VON STERNBERG (1852-1924)
15 Étude de concert No 5 in F major Op 115 [2'36]

THEODOR LESCHETIZKY (1830-1915)
Trois morceaux Op 48 [7'36]
16 Prélude humoresque [1'19]
17 Intermezzo scherzando [2'35]
18 Étude héroïque [3'42]

THEODOR SZÁNTÓ (1877-1934)
19 Troisième étude orientale (en quartes) [3'11]

MORITZ MOSZKOWSKI (1854-1925)
20 Melodia appassionata Op 81 No 6 [4'18]

FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886) arr. FERRUCCIO BUSONI (1866-1924)
21 Grande Étude de Paganini 'La campanella' S141/3 [5'28]