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Piano Favorites by Schumann, Wagner, Ross Harris, Granados, Prokofiev, "A Madness Most Discreet" / Stephen de Pledge, piano

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  1. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: I. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: II. Kuriose Geschichte $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: III. Hasche-Mann $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: IV. Bittendes Kind $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: V. Glückes genug $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: VI. Wichtige Begebenheit $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: VII. Träumerei $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: VIII. Am Kamin $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: IX. Ritter vom Steckenpferd $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: X. Fast zu ernst $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: XI. Fürchtenmachen $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: XII. Kind im Einschlummern $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: XIII. Der Dichter spricht $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Tristan und Isolde: Isoldes Liebestod S. 447 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Piano Prelude – A Landscape with Too Few Lovers $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Goyescas, Op. 11: Los requiebros
  17. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: I. Folk Dance $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: II. Scene: The Street Awakens $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: III. Minuet: Arrival of the Guests $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: IV. Juliet as a Young Girl $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: V. Masquers $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: VI. Montagues and Capulets $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: VII. Friar Laurence $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: VIII. Mercutio $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: IX. Dance of the Girls with Lilies $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75: X. Romeo and Juliet before Parting $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde S447/R280
>Harris, Ross : A Landscape with Too Few Lovers, prelude for piano
>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75
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Notes & Reviews:

New Zealand pianist Stephen de Pledge's new album of solo piano music takes it's title from a line in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, and presents a selection of 'Love in Piano Music' He begins with Kinderszenen by Robert Schumann, deceptively simple pieces which are reflections on childhood, written for his beloved Clara Wieck two years before they were finally granted permission to marry. It was Liszt who first described the great final aria in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde as her 'Liebestod' (love-death), and his famous transcription made for solo piano in 1868 and revised in 1875 is perhaps the ultimate expression of a 'love song' for piano. A landscape with too few lovers, painted by the New Zealand artist Colin McCahon, inspired compatriot composer Ross Harris (born 1945) to write this piece for Stephan de Pledge. Goyescas by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados is in two parts and 'Los Requiebros' (Endearments) is heard here. It is by turns flamboyant, seductive, and unmistakably virtuosic. Granados himself gave the suite's premiere in 1911. Prokofiev's arrangement of Ten Pieces for piano solo from Romeo and Juliet was the composers attempt to salvage some of his music from the original ballet score after the director of the Bolshoi, due to premiere the work in the 1935-6 season, was arrested as an 'enemy of the people' and shot.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (01/13/2014/01/15/2014).



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>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (01/13/2014/01/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde S447/R280 :: Isoldes Liebestod
  • Performer: Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (01/13/2014/01/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Harris, Ross : A Landscape with Too Few Lovers, prelude for piano
  • Performer: Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (01/13/2014/01/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11 :: 4
  • Performer: Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (01/13/2014/01/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1912

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Romeo and Juliet, pieces (10) for piano, Op. 75
  • Performer: Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex, UK (01/13/2014/01/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937