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David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2013

Leopold Godowsky born in Lithuania in 1870; his first music written aged seven; his first concert as a pianist aged nine, and toured the United States at fourteen. That he had received so little training in his younger years makes this story all the more improbable…at the age of sixty he suffered a stroke which took away his ability to appear on stage, and he spent his last years composing, dying at the of sixty-eight in 1938. In those later years he wrote a series of works for left hand, the Six Pieces being published in formats for one or two hands and here played in the latter format. It is a beautifully crafted score, often being of charm and frequently demanding in terms of dexterity. The Suite for left hand alone is the most extensive work on the disc, its eight movements lasting over half and hour, and though the titles return to those used in the Baroque era…Godowsky saw them in a late-romantic style keeping within their original mood, The result is one of constant charm and delicacy.  The disc ends with two extrovert showpieces, the Moto Perpetuo and the Symphonic Metamorphoses on themes from Johann Strauss’s The Gypsy Baron.  Nowadays we are almost reliant on this series of recordings to familiarize ourselves with his works, the present release, the ninth in this ongoing series. It features the Russian-born, Konstantin Scherbakov…revelling in the technical demands made of him…has an obvious affinity with the composer. © David’s Review Corner



John Terauds
Musical Toronto, August 2013

This album is a flawless, elegant showcase for Scherbakov’s many talents as well as Godowski’s virtuosic demands and sweet, rich, late-romanticism.

My favourite work from this album is a Suite for left hand…

Also very satisfying are a Prelude and Fugue (with a jaunty subject built on a B-A-C-H theme), also for left hand. © 2013 Musical Toronto Read complete review






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