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SIG 075

John Lill Plays Brahms & Schumann

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

John Lill



Venue:

The Old Market, Hove

13 Jan 2000

Producer:

Martin Cotton



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 76:55
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ROBERT SCHUMANN

 

Fantasie in C, Op.17

 
1 Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich Vorzutragen - Im Legenden-Ton - Tempo primo 13:20
2 Mäßig - Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer - Viel bewegter 7:44
3 Langsam getragen - Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter 12:57
   
 

JOHANNES BRAHMS

 

3 Intermezzi, Op.117

 
4 Andante moderato 4:42
5 Andante ma non troppo 4:32
6 Andante con molto 5:31
   
 

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G F Handel, Op.24

 
7 Aira 1:00
8 Variation I 0:48
9 Variation II 0:41
10 Variation III 0:41
11 Variation IV 0:49
12 Variation V 0:56
13 Variation VI 1:02
14 Variation VII 0:38
15 Variation VIII 0:38
16 Variation IX 1:32
17 Variation X 0:39
18 Variation XI 0:55
19 Variation XII 0:57
20 Variation XIII 1:40
21 Variation XIV 0:40
22 Variation XV 0:42
23 Variation XVI 0:31
24 Variation XVII 0:36
25 Variation XVIII 0:51
26 Variation XIX 0:54
27 Variation XX 1:44
28 Variation XXI 0:49
29 Variation XXII 0:53
30 Variation XXIII 0:39
31 Variation XXIV 0:38
32 Variation XXV 0:44
33 Fuga 5:32


Much loved pianist, John Lill, plays touchstones of the 19th century romantic piano tradition. Lill is at his sparkling best in this wonderful repertoire.

Lill’s concert career spans over fifty years and has taken him to over fifty countries, both as a recitalist and a soloist with the world’s greatest orchestras. His busy concert schedule continues to take him up and down the breadth of the country from Scotland to the South Coast and also to Europe and beyond, including performances of these recorded works.

Lill was awarded the CBE for his services to music in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List.

"I can think of two reasons why this CD is an attractive purchase. John Lill is one of the world’s finest interpreters of both Schumann and Brahms. He opens Schumann’s ever-green Fantasie with magisterial power before recreating this simple musical edifice as though there were no problems in its projection. Here is one of those rare accounts of a masterpiece from a composer who knows exactly what he wants and almost manages to put it down, by a player who knows exactly what is needed and delights in communicating it.

The three Opus 117 Intermezzi delightfully serious while the great series of 25 Variations, culminating in a Fugue which would have greatly pleased Handel himself, remains one of the greatest keyboard works in the repertory. I really hope this release is soon to be followed by more from John Lill, surely among the giants of English musicians."

Denby Richards

Musical Opinion - May-June 2006

"I can think of at least two reasons why this CD is and attractive purchase. John Lill is one of the world’s finest interpreters of both Schumann and Brahms.

He opens Schumann’s evergreen Fantasie with magisterial power before recreating this far from simple musical edifice as though there were no problems to its projection. Here is one of those rare accounts of a masterpiece from a composer who knows exactly what he wants and almost manages to put it down, by a player who knows exactly what is needed and delights in communicating it.

The three Opus 117 Intermezzi are delightfully serious while the great series of 25 Variations, culminating in a Fugue which would have greatly pleased Handel himself, remains one of the greatest keyboard works in the repertory.

I really hope that this release is soon to be followed by more from John Lill, surely among the giants of English musicians."

Denby Richards

Musical Opinion - May/June 2006

"EMI’s disc of Lill’s Schumann Fantasie was released a couple of years ago, quirkily issued simultaneously on LP. This is an earlier (2000) recording of the same work receiving its first release. It is preferable in every way - sound, conception and performance - one of the noblest accounts on disc, despite some over stressed passages in the last movement. After Brahm’s three autumnal Intermezzi, Lill launches into Brahm’s mighty Handel Variations. He again he is on top form, with playing of compelling conviction topped off with a magnificent final fugue."    ****

Jeremy Nicolas

Classic Fm - May 2006

"Lill allows the music to emerge gloriously free of extra-musical association with intellectual clarity to have one listening to those glorious works afresh. A recording truly worthy of celebration."

Simon Hodges

International Piano




*****
This is a very exquisite piano recording of works by Schuman and Brahms. All tracks are excellent and expertly played by piano virtuoso John Lill. From his first piano recital at nine, John Lill has over fifty years of concert career and has travelled to over fifty countries. The album is well recorded and the piano sounds clear without any harshness all the way from the low to the high notes. The dynamic range is excellent and it does not appear to be compressed as is unfortunately getting common. I will highly recommend this album to any piano music lover.
I Andrew