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Julius Isserlis (1888-1968): Piano Music / Sam Haywood, piano, with Steven Isserlis, cello

Audio Samples

>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade for piano in G minor, Op. 3/1
>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade for piano in E flat minor, Op. 3/2
>Isserlis, Julius : Moment triste, for piano
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 1 in C major, Op. 2/1
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 2/2
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 4 in B minor, Op. 2/4
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 6 in F minor, Op. 2/6
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 7 in F minor, Op. 2/7
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 8 in E flat major, Op. 2/8
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 10 in G minor, Op. 2/10
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude exotique, for piano, Op. 10/2
>Isserlis, Julius : Toccata in fourths, for piano, Op. 10/1
>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade, for cello & piano in A minor
>Isserlis, Julius : Skazka (Fairy Tale), for piano, Op. 6
>Isserlis, Julius : Klavierstucke (3), for piano, Op. 8
>Isserlis, Julius : Souvenir russe, for piano, Op. 9
>Isserlis, Julius : Capriccio for piano in A minor, Op. 12
>Isserlis, Julius : Memories of Childhood, for piano, Op. 11
>Isserlis, Julius : Warum?, for piano
>Isserlis, Julius : Russian Dance, for piano, Op. 7

Album Summary

>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade for piano in G minor, Op. 3/1
>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade for piano in E flat minor, Op. 3/2
>Isserlis, Julius : Moment triste, for piano
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 1 in C major, Op. 2/1
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 2/2
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 4 in B minor, Op. 2/4
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 6 in F minor, Op. 2/6
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 7 in F minor, Op. 2/7
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 8 in E flat major, Op. 2/8
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 10 in G minor, Op. 2/10
>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude exotique, for piano, Op. 10/2
>Isserlis, Julius : Toccata in fourths, for piano, Op. 10/1
>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade, for cello & piano in A minor
>Isserlis, Julius : Skazka (Fairy Tale), for piano, Op. 6
>Isserlis, Julius : Klavierstucke (3), for piano, Op. 8
>Isserlis, Julius : Souvenir russe, for piano, Op. 9
>Isserlis, Julius : Capriccio for piano in A minor, Op. 12
>Isserlis, Julius : Memories of Childhood, for piano, Op. 11
>Isserlis, Julius : Warum?, for piano
>Isserlis, Julius : Russian Dance, for piano, Op. 7
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 1989, pianist Sam Haywood was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Julius Isserlis Scholarship. Years later, via his friendship with Julius's grandson Steven, Haywood discovered Julius Isserlis's piano compositions. Struck by the beauty of the music, Haywood decided to make his own performing edition. Julius Isserlis studied with Taneyev and Widor, but the music of Frédéric Chopin seems to have been his strongest influence. The playful virtuosity of several of the works is an indication not only of Isserlis's own agility on the keyboard but also of that of their dedicatees (including cellist Pablo Casals, who inspired the Ballade, for which Haywood is joined here by Steven Isserlis).

MusicWeb International, 25th March 2014
Haywood, fortunately, isn't tempted to make more of these pieces than is wise. He plays them with consummate sensitivity, and has been well recorded. Isserlis seems to have been a charmer and, musically-speaking, a miniaturist and his works reflect an interesting channel to composition in Russia in the first two decades or so of the twentieth-century.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
This album offers his discovery, a marvelously atmospheric and lyrical concoction of Ballades, Preludes, dances, memorials of childhood, and much else, all of which evokes a lost romantic world of Russian passion and perfume. If I had to pick favorites they would be a melancholy Meditation from Drei Klavierstucke and a gorgeously sensual Ballade for cello and piano, where Haywood is joined by Isserlis's grandson, Steven Isserlis, a superb artist. Haywood plays with loving attention to line and detail, and the recorded sound is vivid. The ample, authoritative, and touching notes are by Isserlis's granddaughter, Rachel. Piano enthusiasts should pounce on this.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013).



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Works Details

>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade for piano in G minor, Op. 3/1
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade for piano in E flat minor, Op. 3/2
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Moment triste, for piano
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 1 in C major, Op. 2/1
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 2/2
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 4 in B minor, Op. 2/4
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 6 in F minor, Op. 2/6
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 7 in F minor, Op. 2/7
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 8 in E flat major, Op. 2/8
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude for piano no 10 in G minor, Op. 2/10
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Prelude exotique, for piano, Op. 10/2
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Toccata in fourths, for piano, Op. 10/1
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Ballade, for cello & piano in A minor
  • Performers: Sam Haywood (Piano); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Skazka (Fairy Tale), for piano, Op. 6
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Klavierstücke (3), for piano, Op. 8
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Souvenir russe, for piano, Op. 9
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Capriccio for piano in A minor, Op. 12
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Memories of Childhood, for piano, Op. 11
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Warum?, for piano
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Isserlis, Julius : Russian Dance, for piano, Op. 7
  • Performer: Sam Haywood (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (01/02/2013-01/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern