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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.
JS Bach arr. Dame Myra Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
Billy Mayerl: Marigold
Léo Delibes arr. Ernö Dohnányi: Naila Waltz
Sergei Rachmaninov: Six Romances, op. 38
3. Margaritki (Daisies)
Zez Confrey: Dizzy Fingers
Mark Saya: 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'
Arthur Benjamin: 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.”
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.”
“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.”
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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