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Piers Lane Goes to Town - Encores, party pieces and rarities / Piers Lane, piano

Album Summary

>Parker, Katharine ("Kitty") : Four Musical Sketches for Piano
>Lane, Alan [Composer] : Suite
>Doheny, Anthony : Toccata for Piers Lane, for piano
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Impromptu (Ballerina), for piano
>Hess, Myra : Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), transcription for solo piano (after Bach,
>Mayerl, Billy : Marigold, a syncopated impression for piano
>Dohnányi, Ernst von : Naila Waltzes, arrangements for piano (after Delibes)
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Daisies, Op. 38, no 3
>Confrey, Zez [Composer] : Dizzy Fingers for piano
>Saya, Mark : Barcarolles, for piano
>Danillon, Regis : A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, for piano (after Manning Sherwin)
>Poulenc, Francis : Nocturne no 4 for piano in C minor ("Bal fantome"), FP 56/4
>Templeton, Alec : Bach Goes to Town, prelude & fugue
>Benjamin, Arthur : Jamaican Rumba
>Keane, Robert : Save the Animals Suite
>Hopkins, Anthony : Variations on a Well-known Theme, for piano
>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Arabeske for piano, Op.5
>Moore, Dudley : And the same to you, Beethoven parody for piano
>Grainger, Percy : Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air), folk song for piano (BFMS 6)
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Notes & Reviews:

Piers Lane gambols delightfully through the twentieth century in this album of encores, party pieces and a few pianophile rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally unforgettable Beethoven pastiche. This album includes first recordings of, among others, John Ireland’s Ballerina and Mark Saya’s Offenbach/Chopin conflation entitled Barcarolles. A number of these pieces are by Australian composers who wrote for Piers himself. Lane's unbounded virtuosity and joy in the music is clearly an inspiration, and is evident throughout the recording.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
There is something that most people mean by "musical", which comprehends a deep feeling for traditional musical values such as balance, phrasing, flexibility, gesture, and rubato. According to this understanding, Piers Lane should be considered consummately "musical". His playing here is exquisite. Conceived as a collection of some of the pianist's favorite encores, Piers Lane Goes to Town is more than a collection of short showpieces. In fact, while there is plenty of impressive fingerwork on display, the program - and Lane does arrange these pieces into a satisfying whole - is notable for the expansive lyricism and elegance of many of the selections. A unique and satisfying collection, rewarding selections.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012).



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Works Details

>Parker, Katharine ("Kitty") : Four Musical Sketches for Piano :: no 2 Down Longford Way
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Lane, Alan [Composer] : Suite :: 4. Toccata
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Doheny, Anthony : Toccata for Piers Lane, for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Impromptu (Ballerina), for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1949

>Hess, Myra : Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), transcription for solo piano (after Bach,
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mayerl, Billy : Marigold, a syncopated impression for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Ernst von Dohnányi (Composer) (1877 - 1960) : Naila Waltzes, arrangements for piano (after Delibes)
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1897

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Daisies, Op. 38, no 3
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Confrey, Zez [Composer] : Dizzy Fingers for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Saya, Mark : Barcarolles, for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Danillon, Regis : A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, for piano (after Manning Sherwin)
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Poulenc, Francis : Nocturne no 4 for piano in C minor ("Bal fantôme"), FP 56/4
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Templeton, Alec : Bach Goes to Town, prelude & fugue
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Benjamin, Arthur : Jamaican Rumba
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Keane, Robert : Save the Animals Suite :: The Tiger Tango
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hopkins, Anthony : Variations on a Well-known Theme, for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Karg-Elert, Sigfrid : Arabeske for piano, Op.5
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Moore, Dudley : And the same to you, Beethoven parody for piano
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Grainger, Percy : Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air), folk song for piano (BFMS 6)
  • Performer: Piers Lane (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (06/06/2012-06/08/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902-1911