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NI 6275

Works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann etc - William Howard

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

William Howard

piano

Venue:

Suffolk

23-25 February 2014

Producer:

Jeremy Hayes



Engineer:

Ben Connellan



Record Label
Nimbus

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 66:23
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FELIX MENDELSSOHN

 

Rondon Capriccioso Op.14

 
1 Andante - presto 6:41
   
 

FRANZ SCHUBERT

2 

Impromptu in G flat major Op.90 No.3 D899

5:30
3 

Impromptu in E flat major Op.90 No.2 D899

4:59
   
 

ROBERT SCHUMANN

 

Nine pieces from Bunte Blätter Op.99

 
  Drei Stücklein  
4 I Nicht schnell, mit Innigkeit 2:04
5 II Sehr rasch 0:52
6 III Frisch 0:58
  Albumblätter  
7 I Ziemlich langsam 1:54
8 II Schnell 0:48
9 III Ziemlich langsam, sehr gesangvoll 1:36
10 IV Sehr langsam 2:26
11 V Langsam 1:30
12 Novellette - Lebhaft 3:00
   
 

FREDERIC CHOPIN

13 

Nocturne in A flat major Op.32 No.2

5:31
14 

Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23

9:10
   
 

DAVID MATTHEWS

15 I Tempo di valse lente 3:33
16 II Presto velato 2:41
17 III Andante grazioso 4:12
18 IV Molto vivace 2:58
   
 

RICHARD WAGNER

 

The Shorter Ring (2012) (premiere recording

 
19 I Das Rheingold 1:18
20 II Die Walküre 1:21
21 III Siegfried 1:36
22 IV Götterdämmerung 1:45
  TT 66:23      
   
 William Howard piano
   


 The selection of music on this album is very personal. I have chosen pieces which mean a lot to to me for a variety of reasons, and which I feel work well side by side. At the heart of this recording is Chopin’s G minor Ballade, which I have loved since I was in my teens. I performed it in my first public solo recital in 1973 and have continued to study it ever since. More than any other piano work it has helped me to assess and to extend my own boundaries as a musician and and as a performer. I envisage continuing to study it until the day I can no longer play. Most of the works that I have recorded here were written in a fourteen-year period, between 1827 and 1841. The exceptions are the two works by David Matthews, which are the most recent pieces of many that I have commissioned over the years. Playing works by living composers has been an extremely important part of my life as a performer, and throughout my career I have always made a point of programming contemporary works alongside music from the past. David’s pieces also add to the personal flavour of this recital; in what is commonly known as a ‘portrait recording’ it seems appropriate to include his Four Portraits, which are musical representations of myself and three friends. The final piece, David’s brilliant reduction of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, was also written for a mutual friend. I would like to thank all those who encouraged me to make this recording and have supported the making of it in numerous ways. William Howard

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