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Roberto Plano - Smetana: Piano Music - Album Leaves and Sketches (2014)

19-03-2016, 19:10
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Title: Smetana: Piano Music - Album Leaves and Sketches
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Brilliant Classics
Genre: Classical
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 76:40
Total Size: 180 / 268 Mb


01. Andante in E flat major (03:04)
02. Pensee fugitive (04:13)
03. Album Leaves, Op.2 - Prelude: Allegro (01:04)
04. Album Leaves, Op.2 - Chanson: Moderato (01:55)
05. Album Leaves, Op.2 - Vivace (01:20)
06. Album Leaves, Op.2 - Allegro comodo, sempre marcato (03:26)
07. Album Leaves, Op.2 - Moderato con anima (01:56)
08. Album Leaves, Op.2 - Andante ma non troppo (02:52)
09. Characteristic Pieces, Op.3 - To Robert Schumann (03:38)
10. Characteristic Pieces, Op.3 - Wayfarer's Song (02:10)
11. Characteristic Pieces, Op.3 - 'It boils and it roars' (01:42)
12. Sketches, Op.4 - Prelude (01:50)
13. Sketches, Op.4 - Idyll (02:54)
14. Sketches, Op.4 - Memory (03:21)
15. Sketches, Op.4 - Persistent Endeavour (03:40)
16. Sketches, Op.5 - Scherzo - Polka (03:08)
17. Sketches, Op.5 - Melancholy (02:32)
18. Sketches, Op.5 - Friendly Landscape (02:41)
19. Sketches, Op.5 - Rhapsody (04:59)
20. Album Leaf in B flat major, JB1:46 (Allegretto ma non troppo) (01:41)
21. Album Leaf in B minor, JB1:32 (Allegro) (01:08)
22. Album Leaf, JB1:53 (Toccatina) (01:51)
23. Album Leaf in G major, JB2:21 & Trio (Album Leaf in G minor) (02:17)
24. Album Leaf in E flat minor, JB1:54 (Lento) (03:52)
25. Album Leaf in B flat minor, JB1:52 (Con moto) (01:21)
26. Album Leaf for Katerina Kolarova, JB1:20 (Moderato) (02:21)
27. Album Leaf for Elisabeth F. Thun, JB1:25 (Allegro) (01:01)
28. Album Leaf for Josephine Finke, JB1:21 (Agitato) (01:13)
29. Album Leaf for Jean Kunz, JB1:22 (Allegro) (01:18)
30. Album Leaf for Vaclav Ulwer, JB1:23 (Grave) (01:53)
31. Album Leaf for Marie Proksch, JB1:81 (Moderato) (00:58)
32. Album Leaf in F Minor, JB1:117 (Andante) (01:07)
33. Album Leaf in G Minor, JB1:121 (Romance) (02:27)

This will be quite a discovery for those who know the music of Bedrich Smetana only through his grand and nationalistic cycle of tone-poems, Ma Vlast, even if they are yet familiar with his more painfully intimate string quartets or his folkloristic operas. For Smetana, like most composers, needed to eat; and to do so he was happy to make his own contribution towards satisfying the seemingly insatiable appetite of the bourgeois 19th-century public for piano music that they could perform at home. Music of no great difficulty but boundless charm, these miniatures are now seldom heard and even less often recorded, and this is a shame, for works such as the Op.3 Characteristic Pieces show how the pianistic extroversion of Brahms and Liszt (who was a great admirer and supporter of the young Smetana, giving him valuable introductions to publishers) could be adapted to a domestic context, and with the particular inflection of Czech and Bohemian character, derived not only from simple and song-like melodies but also irregularly stressed dance-rhythms that the young Italian pianist Roberto Plano relishes to the full on this welcome new survey. As Plano himself remarks in the booklet notes for the release, the late works embody all the sincerity and essential poetry of the composerâ??s style, all the more treasurable for their emergence against the odds as Smetana battled with deafness and the mental illness that would cut short his life.

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