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Piers Lane goes to town

Awards:

Presto Disc of the Week

2nd September 2013

Label:

Hyperion

Catalogue No:

CDA67967

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd Sept 2013

Barcode:

0034571179674

Medium:

CD
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Piers Lane goes to town


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

arr. Dame Myra Hess

Benjamin, A:

Jamaican Rumba

Confrey:

Dizzy Fingers

Delibes:

Naila: Waltz

arr. Ernö Dohnányi

Doheny:

Toccata for Piers Lane

Grainger:

Irish Tune from County Derry 'Danny Boy'

Hopkins, Antony:

Variations on a well-known theme

Ireland:

Ballerina

Karg-Elert:

Arabesque No. 1 in G flat major 'Filigran', Op. 5

Keane, R:

The Tiger Tango (Movement 3 of Save the Animals Suite)

Lane, A:

Toccata (Movement 4 of Suite)

Mayerl:

Marigold

Moore, Dudley:

Beethoven Parody 'And the same to you'

Parker, K:

Down Longford Way

Poulenc:

Nocturne No. 4 in C minor 'Bal fantôme'

Rachmaninov:

Daisies, Op. 38 No. 3

Saya:

Barcarolles

Sherwin, M:

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

arr. Regis Danillon

Templeton:

Bach goes to Town


Piers Lane (piano)

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Piers Lane gambols delightfully through the twentieth century in this album of encores, party pieces and a few pianophile rarities, ranging from Dame Myra Hess’s unforgettable arrangement of Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring to Dudley Moore’s equally unforgettable Beethoven pastiche.

This album includes first recordings of, among others, John Ireland’s Ballerina and Mark Saya’s Offenbach/Chopin conflation Barcarolles. A number of these pieces are by Australian composers who wrote for Piers himself. His unbounded virtuosity and joy in the music is clearly an inspiration, and is evident throughout the recording.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Katharine Parker: Four Musical Sketches for Piano

2. Down Longford Way

Alan Lane: Suite

4. Toccata

Anthony Doheny: Toccata for Piers Lane

Toccata For Piers Lane

John Ireland: Ballerina

Ballerina

JS Bach arr. Dame Myra Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring

Billy Mayerl: Marigold

Marigold

Léo Delibes arr. Ernö Dohnányi: Naila Waltz

Naila Waltz

Sergei Rachmaninov: Six Romances, op. 38

3. Margaritki (Daisies)

Zez Confrey: Dizzy Fingers

Dizzy Fingers

Mark Saya: Barcarolles

Barcarolles

Manning Sherwin arr. Regis Danillon: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

Francis Poulenc: Nocturne No. 4 in C minor 'Bal fantôme'

Nocturne #4 In C Minor, "Bal Fantôme"

Alec Templeton: Bach Goes to Town 'Prelude and Fugue in Swing'

1. Prelude

2. Fugue

Arthur Benjamin: Jamaican Rumba

Jamaican Rumba

Robert Keane: Save the Animals Suite

3. The Tiger Tango

Antony Hopkins: Variations on a Well-known Theme

Variations On A Well-Known Theme

Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Arabesque No 1 in G flat major 'Filigran' Op. 5

Arabesque #1 In G Flat, Op. 5, "Filigran"

Dudley Moore: Beethoven Parody 'And the same to you'

Beethoven Parody, "And The Same To You"

Percy Grainger: Irish tune from County Derry

Irish Tune From County Derry

The Arts Desk

12th October 2013

“Lane’s joie de vivre is infectious in the more flamboyant pieces. He loves these pieces, and isn’t coy about telling us that we can, and should, love them too. Flamboyance and poetry are nicely balanced, and Lane attacks the cheesier numbers with such relish that resistance is futile.”

MusicWeb International

1st November 2013

“Although some works are serious, some are dark, and some are very silly, they hang together by dint of the pianist’s personality...Like the disc itself, the notes are amiable, approachable, witty and a pleasure to loaf around with.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2013

*****

“Lane in wonderful debonair mode here, sparkling through a personal encore selection from Jamaican Rumba to a Toccata by his own father, and from Myra Hess to Dudley Moore.”

Presto Classical

James Longstaffe

2nd September 2013

“A pot pourri of pianistic palate-cleansers and party pieces...there was just the right balance between the flashy pieces and the slower, more contemplative numbers to keep me entertained all the way through...There’s certainly no shortage of impressive virtuosity, including perhaps the best-known item on the disc, Arthur Benjamin’s Jamaican Rumba, which is despatched with great aplomb and panache.”

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