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Gal: Complete Works for Solo Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Leon McCawley

piano

Venue:

Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk



Producer:

Simon Fox-Gal



Engineer:

Simon Fox-Gal



Record Label
Avie Records

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 188:02
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HANS GAL

(1890-1987)
   
  COMPACT DISC ONE  


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Sonata for piano, Op. 28 (1927)

18:20  
1 Tranquillo e semplice 5:42
2 Quasi menuetto - Allegro molto 5:05
3 Andante un poco sostenuto - Molto tranquillo - Agitato 3:55
4 Allegro con spirito 3:37
   
 

Suite for piano, OP. 24 (1922)

14:16  
5 Präludium: Leggiero e dolce ma non presto 2:03
6 Menuett: Quasi andantino, sostenuto e rubato 1:50
7 Capriccio: Vivacissimo 3:07
8 Sarabande funèbre: Large e grave 4:25
9 Gigue: Allegretto, con umore e vivacità 2:50
   
 

Sonatina in C for piano, Op. 58 No. 1 (1951)

10:26  
10 Moderato e cantabile 5:27
11 Presto ma non troppo 1:26
12 Leggiero e vivace 3:32
   
 

Sonatina in A minor for piano, Op. 58 No. 2 (1949)

11:48  
13 Allegro con fuoco 3:17
14 Arioso: Adagio 2:51
15 Scherzando: Andantino capriccioso, un poco sostenuto 1:58
16 Vivace 3:40
   
 

Drei Skizzen ('Three Sketches') for piano, Op. 7 (1910-1911)

6:18  
17 Allegro vivace 1:51
18 Lento e dolce 2:57
19 Vivace 1:29
   
 

Three small pieces for piano, Op. 64 (1933)

8:55  
20 Humoresque: Allegro ma non troppo 2:03
21 Melody: Lento, semplice ed espressivo 2:59
22 Scherzino: Vivace e leggiero 3:53
   
 

Three preludes for piano, Op. 65 (1944)

8:38  
23 Vivacissimo 2:34
24 Lento e tranquillo 4:04
25 Presto, grazioso e con anima 2:00


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Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op. 83 (1960)

50:02  
1 Prelude No. 1 in B major: Allegro 1:10
2 Prelude No. 2 in B minor: Con spirito ma non presto 2:00
3 Prelude No. 3 in E flat major: Vivace 1:16
4 Prelude No. 4 in E flat minor: Wuasi andantino, alla danza 1:47
5 Prelude No. 5 in G major: Allegretto 1:25
6 Prelude No. 6 in G minor: Moderato 2:52
7 Prelude No. 7 in C major: Andante 2:07
8 Prelude No. 8 in C minor: Allegro pesante 1:40
9 Prelude No. 9 in E major: Vivace 1:43
10 Prelude No. 10 in E minor: Grave 2:08
11 Prelude No. 11 in A flat major: Andante grazioso e scherzando 1:35
12 Prelude No. 12 in A flat minor: Con moto 2:07
13 Prelude No. 13 in D flat major: Adagio 2:14
14 Prelude No. 14 in C sharp minor: Presto 2:16
15 Prelude No. 15 in F major: Tranquillo con moto 2:52
16 Prelude No. 16 in F minor: Allegro con fuoco 1:45
17 Prelude No. 17 in A major: Quasi andantino 3:28
18 Prelude No. 18 in A minor: Allegro maestoso 2:10
19 Prelude No. 19 in D major: Andante 2:44
20 Prelude No. 20 in D minor: Allegro agitato 1:31
21 Prelude No. 21 in F sharp major: Allegro piacevole 1:18
22 Prelude No. 22 in F sharp minor: Allegro energico 2:39
23 Prelude No. 23 in B flat major: Allegretto 1:56
24 Prelude No. 24 in B flat minor: Allegretto 3:04
   
  COMPACT DISC THREE  
 

Twenty-four fugues for piano, Op. 108 (1980)

59:54  


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1 Fugue No. 1 in C major: Allegro con spirito 1:24
2 Fugue No. 2 in C minor: Moderato 2:09
3 Fugue No. 3 in D flat major: Andantino 3:05
4 Fugue No. 4 in C sharp minor: Allegro moderato 2:40
5 Fugue No. 5 in D major: Allegretto 2:06
6 Fugue No. 6 in D minor: Andantino 4:11
7 Fugue No. 7 in E flat major: Allegro con spirito 1:17
8 Fugue No. 8 in E flat minor: Andante un poco sostenuto 3:53
9 Fugue No. 9 in E major: Molto moderato 2:26
10 Fugue No. 10 in E minor: Allegro ma non troppo 2:22
11 Fugue No. 11 in F major: Allegro moderato 2:36
12 Fugue No. 12 in F minor: Poco lento 2:55
13 Fugue No. 13 in G flat major: Dolce e tranquillo 3:07
14 Fugue No. 14 in F sharp minor: Andantino 2:19
15 Fugue No. 15 in G major: Allegretto scherzando 1:40
16 Fugue No. 16 in G minor: Con moto 2:19
17 Fugue No. 17 in A flat major: Allegro con brio 2:26
18 Fugue No. 18 in A flat minor: Andante mesto 3:27
19 Fugue No. 19 in A major: Vivace 1:34
20 Fugue No. 20 in A minor: Allegro moderato 1:59
21 Fugue No. 21 in B flat major: Allegro piacevole 1:47
22 Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor: Quasi andante, gravve sostenuto 2:34
23 Fugue No. 23 in B major: Allegro energico 2:21
24 Fugue No. 24 in B minor: Andante espressivo 3:03
   
 Leon McCawley piano
  10-13 November 2004 and 26-28 March 2005  


Hans Gál penned scores of effortlessly pleasing and melodic music which is rarely heard today. A “continental Briton”, he fled the Nazi regime and settled in Edinburgh in 1939 where he lived until his death at the age of 97. In Germany and Austria he achieved early recognition as a composer, his work championed by Georg Szell. After emigrating, his life was devoted mainly to academia and authoring numerous books on music. There has been a recent upsurge of interest in his work, and this 3-CD set of his complete works for solo piano, including numerous world-premiere recordings, champions the cause. Exquisitely performed by pianist Leon McCawley – his second recording for Avie following his Gramophone Editor’s Choice recording of Schumann Piano Works (AV 0029) – this collection carries the endorsement of Hans Gál’s estate.

"...This is a most enjoyable and rewarding set, and strongly recommended."

Jonathan Woolf

MusicWeb International



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