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Jacob Gade: Waltzes, Tangos & Cinema Music

Audio Samples

>Gade, Jacob : Valse ravisante, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Valse reveuse, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Un soir a Maxim, valse brillante for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Cinema Music, for piano (Series 1)
>Gade, Jacob : Melodie, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Monna Vanna, tango blues for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Tango charmeuse, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Cinema Music, for piano (Series 2)
>Gade, Jacob : Lavender Scent, reverie for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Ils sont passes, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Phryne, valse lente for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Valse intime, for piano

Album Summary

>Gade, Jacob : Valse ravisante, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Valse reveuse, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Un soir a Maxim, valse brillante for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Cinema Music, for piano (Series 1)
>Gade, Jacob : Melodie, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Monna Vanna, tango blues for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Tango charmeuse, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Cinema Music, for piano (Series 2)
>Gade, Jacob : Lavender Scent, reverie for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Ils sont passes, for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Phryne, valse lente for piano
>Gade, Jacob : Valse intime, for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jacob Gade, who wrote the world-famous 'Tango Jalousie', was one of Copenhagen's leading conductors. In his waltzes we hear the sound of the 1920s and sense the mood of the days when every proper restaurant had its own orchestra. Gade was also a pioneer of cinema music, and his 'Kino-Musik' gives a complete impression of how motion pictures were accompanied in the Golden Age of the silent film.

"There are three types of music here: waltzes, tangos, and music for silent films. He really wanted to compose waltzes, but waltzes were going out of fashion at the time. His tangos are some of his better music, and some of his most delightful works are for the silent film, including one that is a paraphrase of the William Tell Overture by Rossini. Christian Westergaard is a young Danish pianist of only 30. He has become very well known in Western Europe, and in 1999-2000 he won first prize in Denmark's Steinway Competition. The recording is good and the notes are thorough."-American Record Guide

ClassicsToday.com
Jacob Gade was a master of light music, and it would be very interesting to hear the orchestrations of as many of these pieces as are available. The two suites of Cinema Music are particularly interesting, not just as music, but as real bits of entertainment history. The waltzes are wonderfully seductive and languorous, and the tangos sexy, proof that there's much more to Gade than just Tango Jalousie. Christian Westergaard plays this music with the right light touch, elegance, and nice rhythmic lilt. Dacapo's sonics are excellent. Fans of light music will certainly want to hear this, but as I suggested at the top of this review, Gade deserves more systematic attention. Hopefully Dacapo is listening.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009).



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Works Details

>Gade, Jacob : Valse ravisante, for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1916

>Gade, Jacob : Valse rêveuse, for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1916

>Gade, Jacob : Un soir à Maxim, valse brillante for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1918

>Gade, Jacob : Cinema Music, for piano (Series 1)
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Gade, Jacob : Mélodie, for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gade, Jacob : Monna Vanna, tango blues for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Gade, Jacob : Tango charmeuse, for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Gade, Jacob : Cinema Music, for piano (Series 2)
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Gade, Jacob : Lavender Scent, rêverie for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Gade, Jacob : Ils sont passés, for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Gade, Jacob : Phryné, valse lente for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1918

>Gade, Jacob : Valse intime, for piano
  • Performer: Christian Westergaard (Piano)
  • Notes: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (10/14/2009-10/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1921