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CHAN 10826

Endless Song: Encores for Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Margaret Fingerhut

piano

Venue:

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Jeremy Hayes


Ralph Couzens

(Executive)

Engineer:

Ben Connellan



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Piano


Classical

Total Time - 72:11
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JOHN METCALF

(b. 1946)
1 

Endless Song (1999)

5:21
  Semplice  
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

(1809-1847)
 

Two 'Lieder ohne Worte'

5:30  
  (Songs without Words)  
2 Venetianisches Gondedellied (Venetian Gondola Song), 3:13
  Op. 30 (Book II) No. 6 (1833-34)  
  in F sharp minor - in fis-Moll - en fa dièse mineur  
  Allegretto tranquillo  
3 Jägerlied (Hunting Song), Op. 19b (Book I) No. 3 (1829-30) 2:17
  in A major - in A-Dur - en la majeur  
  Molto allegro e vivace  
 

FRANZ SCHUBERT

(1797-1828)
4 

Ave Maria, D 839 (1825)

6:27
  Ellens Gesang III (Hymne an die Jungfrau)  
  (Ellen's Song III [Hymn to the Virgin])  
  No. 6 from Sieben Gesänge aus Walter Scots 'Fräulein vom See', Op. 52  
  Transcribed 1837-38 for solo piano by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)  
  Lento assai  
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

(1810-1856)
5 

Widmung (1840)

4:18
  (Dedication)  
  No. 1 from Myrthen, Op. 25  
  Transcribed 1848 for solo piano by Franz Liszt  
  Vivo, con somma espressione  
 

FRYDERYK CHOPIN

(1810-1849)
6 

The Maiden's Wish (c. 1829)

4:06
  Song for solo voice and piano  
  Transcribed 1857-60 for solo piano by Franz Liszt  
  Allegro vivace - Un poco meno allegro - Tempo I -  
  Variante I. Un poco meno allegro -  
  Variante II. [ ] -  
  Variante III. Più animato - Vivace  
 

JOSEF SUK

(1874-1935)
7 

Love Song

6:43
  No. 1 from six Piano Pieces, Op. 7  
  Adagio non troppo lento - [ ] - Tempo I  
 

FRANCIS POULENC

(1899-1963)
8 

Improvisation No. 15 'Hommage a Edith Piaf' (1959)

3:13
  in C minor in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
  Très vite  
 

GEORGE GERSHWIN

(1898-1937)
 

Six pieces from 'George Gershwin's Song-Book' (1932)

8:26  
9 8 The Man I Love. Slow and in singing style 2:30
10 11 Oh, Lady Be Good. Rather slow (with humour) 1:05
11 17 The Certain Feeling. Ardently 1:10
12 16 's Wonderful. Liltingly 0:58
13 3 Do It Again. Plaintively 1:42
14 13 Strike Up the Band. In spirited march tempo 1:01
   
 

ISAAC ALBENIZ

(1860-1909)
 

Two pieces from 'Chants d'Espagne', Op. 232 (1892)

9:33  
  (Songs of Spain)  
15 4 Córdoba. Andantino 6:20
16 5 Seguidillas. Allegro molto 3:13
   
 

CARLOS GUASTAVINO

(1912-2000)
17 

El Ceibo (1958)

3:14
  (The Coral Tree)  
  No. 4 from 10 Cantilenas argentinas  
  Andante cantabile  
18 

Bailecito (1940)

3:39
  (Folk Dance)  
  Allegretto non troppo  
 

SERGE RACHMANINOFF

(1873-1943)
19 

Melodie (1892)

5:07
  in E major - in E-Dur - en mi majeur  
  No. 3 from Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3  
  Adagio sostenuto  
20 

Vocalise (1912, revised 1915)

6:34
  No. 14 from 14 Songs, Op. 34  
  Transcribed 1951 for solo piano by Alan Richardson (1904-1978)  
  Lentemente, molto cantabile - Poco più animato -  
  A tempo I - Poco animato -  
  TT 73:11      
   
 Margaret Fingerhut piano
  17 and 18 October 2013  


Pianist Margaret Fingerhut presents a collection of encore-like pieces that explore the way in which composers have transformed the piano, in essence a percussion instrument, into one that can sing. A highly personal album, it has come about after a recent period of injuries threatened Fingerhut’s own ‘song’ – her ability to play the piano.

The album takes its title from John Metcalf’s beautiful piece of 1999, the most recent work on the programme. Its lilting melody, suggestive of folksong or lullaby, takes us back to Felix Mendelssohn who established the enduring notion of the ‘Song without Words’. He composed eight volumes of such short and simple pieces, two of which are recorded here. Liszt, the master transcriber, took a very different approach in his virtuoso arrangements of songs by Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin. Nodding toward popular music styles, Poulenc paid affectionate tribute to Edith Piaf in his Improvisation No. 15 while Gershwin brought together his own sparkling song transcriptions in George Gershwin’s Song-Book, six of which Fingerhut has selected. Folksong and musical nationalism infuse the evocative works by Suk, Albéniz, and Guastavino recorded here. Two pieces by one of the most celebrated melodists of all, Rachmaninoff, complete the album: ‘Mélodie’, Op. 3 No. 3 and the famous Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14, originally written for a vocalising singer.

 

                        Editor’s Choice

“… Her [Fingerhut] splendid selection kicks off with John Metcalf’s ‘Endless Song’, after which the rest of the CD is an endless joy…. A gem of a piano recital.”   *****

Marius Dawn – Pianist magazine – August/September 2014

 


IRR Outstanding

“…For a recording like this to succeed, the music must be selected with the utmost care in terms of mood, affect and colour. Equally important is the order in which they are presented… Happily, as her new Chandos CD of piano encores demonstrates, Margaret Fingerhut knows precisely what she’s doing, and does it with charm and vivacity to spare. Her programme is rich in both temporal and geographic variety, stretching from the 1999 Endless Song by Welsh composer John Metcalf all the way back to Schubert’s 1825 Ave Maria in Liszt’s transcription… The wonderful experts at Chandos were equal to capturing in full dimension every nuance and subtlety Fingerhut could devise for them.  I am delighted to experience the work of a musician whom I hadn’t known until now, and to whose lustrous playing I would listen to with pleasure anytime. It’s always good to be reminded that, in music as in so many things, quality is of infinitely greater import than size, and that splendid gifts still occasionally come in small packages. You are going to love this one.”

Patrick Rucker – International Record Review – July-August 2014




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