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Elgar: Piano Music / Ashley Wass

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> Sonatina in G major - I. Andantino
> Sonatina in G major - II. Allegro
> Enfants d'un reve (Dream Children), Op. 43 - I. Andantino
> Enfants d'un reve (Dream Children), Op. 43 - II. Allegretto piacevole
> 3 Pieces, Op. 4 (arr. for piano) - 3 Pieces, Op. 4: No. 1. Idylle
> Carissima - Carissima
> May Song - May Song
> Douce pensee, "Rosemary" - Douce pensee, "Rosemary"
> The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81 - The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81: No. 7: Allegro, "Echo's Dance" (piano adaptation)
> 3 Characteristic Pieces, Op. 10 (arr. for piano) - 3 Characteristic Pieces, Op. 10: No. 2. Serenade mauresque (arr. piano)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Theme
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 1: C. A. E. (The Composer's Wife)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 2: H. D. S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 3: R. B. T. (Richard Baxter Townshend)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 4: W. M. B. (William Meath Baker)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 5: R. P. A. (Richard Penrose Arnold)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 6: Ysobel (Isabel Fitton)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 7: Troyte (Troyte Griffith)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 8: W. N. (Winifred Norbury)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 9: Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 10: Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 11: G. R. S. (George Robertson Sinclair)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 12: B. G. N. (Basil G. Nevinson)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 13: Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon)
> Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano) - Var. 14: Finale: E. D. U. (The Composer)

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Sonatina for piano (2 versions)
>Elgar, Edward : Dream Children, for small orchestra (or piano), Op. 43
>Elgar, Edward : Une idylle, Op. 4 no 1
>Elgar, Edward : Carissima
>Elgar, Edward : May Song
>Elgar, Edward : Rosemary
>Elgar, Edward : Echo's Dance, for piano
>Elgar, Edward : Characteristic Pieces (3), Op. 10
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
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Notes & Reviews:

"Most obviously pianistic are the fast, brilliant variations, which come across splendidly, sparklingly played by Wass - the rumbustious "Troyte", the amusing "BGN", and Dan the bulldog falling in the river in "GRS". And thanks to Wass's deft fingerwork, the fluttering figure in "Dorabella" comes over delectably. That goes, too, for ornamentation in some of the salon pieces. What all of them display is Elgar's unquenchable gift of melody, even if some of the piano writing recalls drawing-room ballads. They make a charming sequence, particularly as Wass in his flexible use of rubato always sounds idiomatic and persuasive. However unpromising the exercise, Wass certainly justifies it in a thoroughly enjoyable disc." -Gramophone



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>Elgar, Edward : Sonatina for piano (2 versions)
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889

>Elgar, Edward : Dream Children, for small orchestra (or piano), Op. 43
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1902

>Elgar, Edward : Une idylle, Op. 4 no 1 :: no 1. Une Idylle
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Elgar, Edward : Carissima
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Elgar, Edward : May Song
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Elgar, Edward : Rosemary
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Elgar, Edward : Echo's Dance, for piano
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Elgar, Edward : Characteristic Pieces (3), Op. 10 :: no 2 Sérénade Mauresque
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
  • Performer: Ashley Wass (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (01/30/2006-02/01/2006)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899