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Jeffrey Biegel|A Grand Romance

A Grand Romance

Jeffrey Biegel, piano

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The title A Grand Romance and the statement in the notes that "[t]his recording celebrates the intimacy of the relationship between pianist and public" during the Romantic era both make this recording sound more general than it actually is. What you have here is a collection of pieces generally played as encores. There are a few difficult technical details, but for the most part the mood is lyrical and the mode of expression concise. A program of 16 of these might seem excessive, but the program is chosen intelligently by American pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and the listener's interest doesn't flag. All the music, except for the Causerie of César Cui, was written by pianist/composers, a genre of musician that has almost disappeared, and indeed many of these composers -- Sergei Eduardovich Bortkiewicz, Paul de Schlözer, Giovanni Sgambati, and others -- have been pretty much forgotten. Some of the works are delightfully pictorial, such as Moritz Moszkowski's The Girl Juggler (or, as the track list inelegantly has it, The Juggleress); others are dances or etudes or little droplets of sheer sentiment. The most virtuosic work is the set of Arabesques on "The Blue Danube" by Andolf Schulz-Evler, and Biegel is not seriously challenged by it, although you could wish for more schmaltz in places here. Recommended, especially for piano recitalists themselves.
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Caprice espagnol, op. 37 (Moritz Moszkowski)

1
Caprice espagnol, Op. 37
00:06:50

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Moritz Moszkowski, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

Papillons d'Amour, Op. 59 (Eduard Schütt)

2
No. 2, A la bien-aimee
00:05:19

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Eduard Schutt, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

8 Morceaux caractéristiques, op. 36 (Moritz Moszkowski)

3
No. 6, Etincelles
00:03:02

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Moritz Moszkowski, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

12 études caractéristiques, op. 2 (Adolf von Henselt)

4
12 Etude caracteristique, Op. 2: No. 6, Si oiseau j'étais
00:01:52

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Adolf Henselt, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

Miscellanea, Op. 16 (Ignacy Jan Paderewski)

5
No. 4, Nocturne in B-Flat major
00:03:40

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

La Jongleuse, Op. 52, No. 4 (Moritz Moszkowski)

6
La jongleuse, Op. 52, No. 4
00:01:53

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Moritz Moszkowski, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

A Argenteau, Op. 40 (César Cui)

7
No. 6, Causerie
00:05:00

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Cesar Cui, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

2 Petites valses, Op. 28 (Adolf von Henselt)

8
No. 1 in F Major
00:02:57

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Adolf Henselt, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

Lyrica Nova, Op. 59 (Sergeï Bortkiewicz)

9
III. Andantino
00:03:19

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Sergeï Bortkiewicz, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

2 études de concert, op. 1 (Paul de Schlözer)

10
No. 1 in E-Flat Major
00:03:08

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Paul de Schlözer, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

Waltz in A major, Op. 2 (Mischa Levitzki)

11
Waltz in A Major, Op. 2
00:02:08

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Mischa Levitzki, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

Gavotte in A-Flat Minor, Op. 14 (Giovanni Sgambati)

12
Gavotte in A-Flat Minor, Op. 14
00:04:04

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Giovanni Sgambati, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

Kamenniy-ostrov (Rocky Island), Op. 10 (Anton Rubinstein)

13
XXII. Moderato
00:07:44

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Anton Rubinstein, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

3 Piano Pieces, Op. 28 (Eduard Schütt)

14
No. 2, Canzonetta
00:02:43

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Eduard Schutt, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

An der schönen, blauen Donau (the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314 [arr. A. Schulz-Evler for piano] (Johann Strauss II)

15
An der schönen, blauen Donau (the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314 [arr. A. Schulz-Evler for piano]
00:10:12

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Johann Strauss II, Composer - Andreï Schulz-evler, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

3 Chinese Pieces, Op. 5 (Abram Chasins)

16
No. 3, Rush Hour in Hong Kong
00:01:34

Jeffrey Biegel, Performer - Abram Chasins, Composer

(C) 2013 Steinway and Sons (P) 2013 Steinway and Sons

Album Description

The title A Grand Romance and the statement in the notes that "[t]his recording celebrates the intimacy of the relationship between pianist and public" during the Romantic era both make this recording sound more general than it actually is. What you have here is a collection of pieces generally played as encores. There are a few difficult technical details, but for the most part the mood is lyrical and the mode of expression concise. A program of 16 of these might seem excessive, but the program is chosen intelligently by American pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and the listener's interest doesn't flag. All the music, except for the Causerie of César Cui, was written by pianist/composers, a genre of musician that has almost disappeared, and indeed many of these composers -- Sergei Eduardovich Bortkiewicz, Paul de Schlözer, Giovanni Sgambati, and others -- have been pretty much forgotten. Some of the works are delightfully pictorial, such as Moritz Moszkowski's The Girl Juggler (or, as the track list inelegantly has it, The Juggleress); others are dances or etudes or little droplets of sheer sentiment. The most virtuosic work is the set of Arabesques on "The Blue Danube" by Andolf Schulz-Evler, and Biegel is not seriously challenged by it, although you could wish for more schmaltz in places here. Recommended, especially for piano recitalists themselves.
© TiVo

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