Hanson, H: 2 Yuletide Pieces, Op. 19, etc.

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Hanson, H: 2 Yuletide Pieces, Op. 19, etc.

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559047
(8.559047)

Discs:

1

Barcode:

0636943904725

Length:

75 minutes

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Hanson, H:

2 Yuletide Pieces, Op. 19

Poemes erotiques, Op. 9

Sonata in A minor, Op. 11

3 Miniatures, Op. 12

3 Etudes, Op. 18

Enchantment

For the First Time

Slumber Song


Thomas Labe (piano)

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Howard Hanson: 2 Yuletide Pieces, Op. 19

Impromptu

March Carillon

Howard Hanson: Poemes erotiques, Op. 9

Peace

Joy

Desire

Howard Hanson: Piano Sonata in A minor, Op. 11

I. Andante Espressivo

II. Elegie herbique

III. Triumphal Ode

Howard Hanson: 3 Miniatures, Op. 12

Reminiscence

Lullaby

Longing

Howard Hanson: 3 Etudes, Op. 18

Studio ritmico

Studio Melodico

Poema Idillico

Howard Hanson: Enchantment

Enchantment

Howard Hanson: For the First Time

Bells

Tamara and Peter Bolshoi

The Deserted House

The Eccentric Clock

Deep Forest

Clowns

Dance

Serious Conversation

Kikimora

Mist

Fireworks

Dreams

Howard Hanson: Slumber Song

Slumber Song

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Much of this CD is an orgy of romantic piano music. Admirers of Hanson's Romantic Symphony or his one-time smash-hit opera MerryMount (available on Naxos) will surely devour this collection, which includes unknown and unpublished music. A first impression is that the earliest works here, written around 1920, have the sort of ecstatic luxuriance that might be expected of a pupil of Respighi. But this influence came later since Hanson didn't start his three-year residence in Rome until 1921. His background was Swedish and there's a Nordic, Sibelian intensity about his whole approach, although the fulsome piano style clearly stems from Liszt.
The earliest piece is probably the SlumberSong, a pure salon morsel, and the latest is the suite For the First Time. The three Poèmes érotiques (the fourth has disappeared) are what Hanson called his 'first studied attempt at psychological writing'. They are powerful in a surging melodic style where in several pieces the climaxes stem from an almost Tchaikovskian cathartic need to unburden tensions.
The striking three-movement Sonata (1918) has had to be completed from the composer's shorthand by Thomas Labé since it was never published, although Hanson performed it in 1919.
The vivid improvisatory keyboard writing, at times extravagantly rhetorical, causes Labé to hit the piano rather hard in the last two movements.
One can understand his enthusiasm, but there are times when a little more cantabile might have helped. However, nothing must detract from the real service that this CD does in bringing this music to public attention for the first time.”

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