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Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano / McCawley

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  1. Gál — Sonata for Piano, Op. 28: I. Tranquillo e semplice $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Gál — Sonata for Piano, Op. 28: II. Quasi menuetto - allegro molto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Gál — Sonata for Piano, Op. 28: III. Andante un poco sostenuto - molto tranquillo – agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Gál — Sonata for Piano, Op. 28: IV. Allegro con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Gál — Suite for Piano, Op. 24: I. Präludium: Leggiero e dolce ma non presto $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Gál — Suite for Piano, Op. 24: II. Menuett: Quasi andantino, sostenuto e rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Gál — Suite for Piano, Op. 24: III. Capriccio: Vivacissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Gál — Suite for Piano, Op. 24: IV. Sarabande funèbre: Large e grave $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Gál — Suite for Piano, Op. 24: V. Gigue: Allegretto, con umore e vivacità $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Gál — Sonatina in C for Piano, Op. 58, No. 1: I. Moderatoe cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Gál — Sonatina in C for Piano, Op. 58, No. 1: II. Presto ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Gál — Sonatina in C for Piano, Op. 58, No. 1: III. Leggiero e vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Gál — Sonatina in A Minor for Piano, Op. 58, No. 2: I. Allegro con fuoco $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Gál — Sonatina in A Minor for Piano, Op. 58, No. 2: II. Arioso: Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Gál — Sonatina in A Minor for Piano, Op. 58, No. 2: III. Scherzando: Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Gál — Sonatina in A Minor for Piano, Op. 58, No. 2: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Gál — Drei Skizzen “Three Sketches” - for Piano, Op. 7: I. Allegretto vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Gál — Drei Skizzen “Three Sketches” - for Piano, Op. 7: II. Lento e dolce $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Gál — Drei Skizzen “Three Sketches” - for Piano, Op. 7: III. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Gál — Three Small Pieces for Piano, Op. 64: I. Humoresque: Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Gál — Three Small Pieces for Piano, Op. 64: II. Melody: Lento, semplice ed espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Gál — Three Small Pieces for Piano, Op. 64: III. Scherzino: Vivace e leggiero $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Gál — Three Preludes for Piano, Op. 65: I. Vivacissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Gál — Three Preludes for Piano, Op. 65: II. Lento e tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Gál — Three Preludes for Piano, Op. 65: III. Presto, grazioso e con anima $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 1 in B Major: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 2 in B Minor: Con spirito ma $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 3 in E-Flat Major: Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 4 in E-Flat Minor: Quasi $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 5 in G Major: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 6 in G Minor: Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 7 in C Major: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 8 in C Minor: Allegro pesante $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 9 in E Major: Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 10 in E Minor: Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 11 in A-Flat Major: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 12 in A-Flat Minor: Con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 13 inD-Flat Major: Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 14 in C sharp Minor: Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 15 in F Major: Traquillo con $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 16 in F Minor: Allegro con $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 17 in A Major: Quasi andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 18 in A Minor: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 19 in D Major: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 20 in D Minor: Allegro agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 21 in F-Sharp Major: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 22 in F sharp Minor: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 23 in B-Flat Major: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  49. Gál — Twenty-Four Preludes for Piano, Op. 83: Prelude No. 24 in B-Flat Minor: Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  50. Gál — Twenty-Four Fugues for Piano, Op. 108: Fugue No. 1 in C Major: Allegro con spirito $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Gál, Hans : Sonata for piano, Op. 28
>Gál, Hans : Suite for piano, Op. 24
>Gál, Hans : Sonatina for piano in C major, Op. 58/1
>Gál, Hans : Sonatina for piano in A minor, Op. 58/2
>Gál, Hans : Drei Skizzen (Three Sketches), for piano, Op. 7
>Gál, Hans : Three small pieces, for piano, Op. 64
>Gál, Hans : Preludes (3), for piano, Op. 65
>Gál, Hans : Preludes (24), for piano, Op. 83
>Gál, Hans : Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 108
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Notes & Reviews:

In recent years, Hans Gal's music has undergone a revival in the concert hall and on CD. Avie presents this new recording of Gal's complete solo piano works played by young British sensation Leon McCawley, a recording that has been endorsed by the Gal Estate and already honored as a Gramophone magazine 'Editor's Choice' pick. This recording is destined to draw even greater attention to this important, rediscovered twentieth century master.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
To say that Hans Gál was unique is not to suggest that his work is quirky or inaccessible.

Hardly a single track on this admirable and musically worthwhile collection lacks interest, colour or instant appeal. And yet Gál was no mindless lightweight: a strain of deeper meaning invariably lingers somewhere beneath his compact and attractive surfaces.

The first thing to say about this set is that Leon McCawley's playing could hardly be bettered: virtually every bar betrays a level of perception that would surely have warmed the composer's heart. Take the very first track on the first CD, the opening movement of Gál's Op 28 Piano Sonata of 1927, the numerous decorative harmonic digressions even within the first 30 seconds, the way McCawley ever so slightly stresses them but without disrupting the flow. Then try the Quasi menuetto second movement, a playful charmer stylistically placed somewhere between Prokofiev and Finzi. The early Suite, Op 22, is a genial sequence slightly reminiscent of Korngold (the Menuet) whereas the two post-war Sonatinas display more of a neo-classical leaning.

All this, plus the three early Sketches, three Pieces and three Preludes (the middle piece achingly beautiful), fill just the first disc.

But the best is yet to come: two CDs of Preludes and Fugues, the 24 preludes written mostly in hospital in 1960, one a day while recovering from illness; the fugues, serene and clear-headed, the work of an unusually lucid 90-year-old. Both sets progress from their initial key (B for the Preludes, C for the Fugues) and ascend chromatically, with the last piece cast a semitone lower than the first.

The Preludes are more akin to, say, Prokofiev's Visions fugitives than to Shostakovich's Preludes.

The fugues, on the other hand, are rather more ascetic, pared to essentials but often intensely expressive.

So, a surprise journey that should encourage many a return visit, especially in performances as consistently sympathetic as these. Excellent sound.

Gramophone Magazine
could hardly be bettered: virtually every bar betrays a level of perception that would surely have warmed the composer's heart... a surprise journey that should encourage many a return visit, especially in performances as consistently sympathetic as these.



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Works Details

>Gál, Hans : Sonata for piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gál, Hans : Suite for piano, Op. 24
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gál, Hans : Sonatina for piano in C major, Op. 58/1
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gál, Hans : Sonatina for piano in A minor, Op. 58/2
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gál, Hans : Drei Skizzen (Three Sketches), for piano, Op. 7
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gál, Hans : Three small pieces, for piano, Op. 64
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gál, Hans : Preludes (3), for piano, Op. 65
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Gál, Hans : Preludes (24), for piano, Op. 83
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gál, Hans : Fugues (24), for piano, Op. 108
  • Performer: Leon McCawley (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (11/10/2004-11/13/2004)
  • Running Time: 55 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic