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8.573301  


Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
Pelléas et Mélisande
Musik zu einer Szene • Valse lyrique
Valse chevaleresque • Morceau romantique

Pia Pajala, Soprano • Sari Nordqvist, Mezzo-soprano
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra • Leif Segerstam

Listen to TRACK 12:
Valse lyrique, Op. 96a


No sooner had Sibelius moved to the town of Järvenpää in 1904 than he was commissioned by the Swedish Theatre to write incidental music for Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande. At the time it was his most ambitious undertaking in the genre of incidental music and his setting included ten scenes, only one of which was cut when he adapted the piece as a concert suite. Dating from the same year, Musik zu einer Szene was originally intended to accompany a tableau and is full of striking contrasts. The two waltzes of 1921 are transcriptions of piano pieces, and reveal the potent influence of Tchaikovsky.

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8.571368  


John JOUBERT (b. 1927)
The Instant Moment1
Temps Perdu2 • Sinfonietta3

Henry Herford, Baritone1
Christopher Hirons and Pierre Joubert, Solo Violins2
Paul Arden-Taylor and Anna Evans, Oboes3
Keith Rubach and Christine Predota, Bassoons3
Stephen Roberts and James Buck, French Horns3
English String Orchestra
William Boughton

Listen to TRACK 6:
Sinfonietta, Op. 38: Allegro con spirito


Born in Cape Town, John Joubert won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, his successful career as a university lecturer and composer keeping him in England thereafter. Based on a short piece composed during the composer’s late teens and inspired by Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way (from Remembrance of Things Past), Temps Perdu is an inventive set of variations ‘each of which sets out to explore some aspect of the memories evoked by the original’. The finely crafted Sinfonietta is notable for the imaginative writing for solo woodwinds, while the song-cycle The Instant Moment indelibly expresses widely contrasting reactions to the experience of love.

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8.571367  


John McCABE (1939 – 2015)
Piano Music
Variations • Aubade • Gaudí
Five Bagatelles • Mosaic • Haydn Variations

John McCabe, Piano
Listen to Track 3:
Gaudí


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John McCabe was a composer-pianist who excelled internationally in both fields. For his own instrument he wrote a distinguished series of works in which variation form is a recurrent feature. Seventeen years separate the Variations, Op. 22, described by John Ogdon as standing “closer to Rachmaninov’s use of variation technique than to Brahms’s”, and the masterly, unorthodox and original Haydn Variations, McCabe’s longest solo piano work. The evocative Bagatelles and Studies are notable for their unceasing exploration of pianistic and compositional techniques.

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8.573335  


Carl CZERNY (1791–1857)
Music for Flute and Piano
Tois Rondeaux faciles et brillans
Introduzione, Variazioni e Finale
Duo concertant • Rondoletto concertant

Kazunori Seo, Flute
Makoto Ueno, Piano

Listen to Track 8:
Duo concertante in G major: III. Andantino grazioso


Virtuoso pianist Carl Czerny was a pupil and friend of Beethoven in Vienna. His prodigious output as a composer included numerous sets of variations on operatic themes, both with orchestra [Naxos 8.573254] and, as with the Trois Rondeaux, Op. 347 on themes by Rossini and Bellini, in the form of entertaining chamber music. With its cadenza and technical flourishes the Introduction, Variations and Finale, Op. 80 is composed in true concerto style, while the elegance and refined artistry of the Rondoletto and Duo concertant are both characteristic of a Classical master whose works have only recently started to gain wider recognition.

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