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Herz: Piano Music / Philip Martin

Album Summary

>Herz, Henri : Introduction & Variations on an original Theme, for piano, Op. 81
>Herz, Henri : Variations on "Non Piu Mesta" from Rossini's "La Cenerentola", for piano, Op. 60
>Herz, Henri : Nocturnes caracteristiques (3), for piano, Op. 45
>Herz, Henri : Ballade for piano in D flat major, Op. 117, no 1
>Herz, Henri : Le mouvement perpetuel, for piano, Op. 91, no 3
>Herz, Henri : Fantaisie dramatique, for piano, Op. 89
>Herz, Henri : Ballade for piano, Op. 117, no 2
>Herz, Henri : Fantasy & Variations on various American National Themes, for piano, Op. 158
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Notes & Reviews:

The German composer-pianist Henri Herz (1803-1888) was one of the most brilliantly fashionable performers of his day, heard by large audiences throughout Europe, and acclaimed as far as the Americas. At the height of his fame, his music outsold that of Liszt and Chopin. By the early 1850s, however, his sparklingly virtuosic works began to fall out of fashion. Yet, this is delightfully enjoyable music, typical of the tastes of the time and worthy of performance today. Dublin-born pianist Philip Martin has delighted listeners with his pioneering eight-volume survey of Louis Moreau Gottschalk - a composer undoubtedly influenced by Herz - and his performances here are equally agile and graceful.

'Hyperion continues its invaluable exploration of the piano's highways and byways with this richly enjoyable programme from Philip Martin, focusing on the scintillating output of Viennese child prodigy Henri Herz ... The salonesque, radiant charms of the La Cenerentola variations ... come tripping off the page in this affectionately sparkling performance from Philip Martin, whose warmly engaging style is a constant source of pleasure throughout' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Philip Martin proves a strong Herz advocate, displaying a genuine affection for the music and all the requisite flair for the abundant trills, roulades, scales ... and repeated left-hand jumps' (International Record Review)

'Martin, fresh from his laudable eight-disc survey of Gottschalk's piano music, tackles these well-programmed works with sensuousness and vitality, capturing the ornately flamboyant allure of the music with great affection' (MusicalCriticism.com)

'Herz may not be a great composer, yet his stuff certainly is fun to digest in small doses, especially when you consider Philip Martin's appropriately light and colorful touch, supple finger work, and marvelous sense of dramatic timing... Collectors who dote on the rare Romantics need no prodding to acquire this excellently engineered release' (ClassicsToday.com, USA)

'Philip Martin sounds like he is enjoying himself, and his technique is fully up to the tasks at hand' (Fanfare, USA)



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>Herz, Henri : Introduction & Variations on an original Theme, for piano, Op. 81
  • Performer: Philip Martin (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/19/2006-10/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Variations on "Non Piú Mesta" from Rossini's "La Cenerentola", for piano, Op. 60
  • Performer: Philip Martin (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/19/2006-10/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Nocturnes caractéristiques (3), for piano, Op. 45
  • Performer: Philip Martin (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/19/2006-10/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Ballade for piano in D flat major, Op. 117, no 1
  • Performer: Philip Martin (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/19/2006-10/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Le mouvement perpétuel, for piano, Op. 91, no 3
  • Performer: Philip Martin (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/19/2006-10/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Fantaisie dramatique, for piano, Op. 89
  • Performer: Philip Martin (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/19/2006-10/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Ballade for piano, Op. 117, no 2
  • Performer: Philip Martin (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/19/2006-10/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Herz, Henri : Fantasy & Variations on various American National Themes, for piano, Op. 158
  • Performer: Philip Martin (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (10/19/2006-10/20/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic