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Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano

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Avie's Hans Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano performed by Scottish pianist Leon McCawley is the first all-Gál release that is comprehensive and has some sense of permanence. Considering the great diversity of the musical world around him, Hans Gál is an amazing figure, a Viennese born five years after Alban Berg who nonetheless resisted both the Second Vienna School and the strong pull of operetta. His long career trajectory (Gál lived to be 97 years old) defies credibility -- he published his "Opus 1" the same year Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier premiered and was still composing when Pink Floyd released The Wall. While his music at times resembles Bartók or Prokofiev, it has a stamp of individuality that is hard to describe, and comparisons to other, better-known composers do Gál no justice. The gamut of Gál's music runs from sprightly and strongly accented (a trademark approach, it appears) to moody, colorful, and evocative; in the Sarabande funèbre of his Suite for piano Op. 24 (1922) Gál spins through a number of jazzy progressions worthy of Bill Evans. His music is psychologically very effective, but not effusively Romantic. He favors a tart and tasty palette of harmony, but only seldom launches into more dissonant ideas, and his appropriation of Impressionist concepts does not seem to invoke obvious comparison to French composers. Once he arrived at his unique ideas about composition around 1920, Gál stuck to them and did not allow any external influences to distract him from it. As his surviving contemporaries struggled with the concept of "continued relevance" during the Cold War, if anything, advanced age brought to Gál a clearer and more definitive understanding of his art as it had stood all along. This is apparent in the dazzling sets of preludes and fugues in all 12 keys major and minor that occupies the latter two discs of this three-disc set. For once, we have in Hans Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano a recording of a significant, little-known composer for which we need make no apologies for second-rate sound, notes, or performance. Pianist McCawley truly understands this music and delivers it with the elegance, grace, and the sensitivity toward touch and dynamics it needs. Producer Simon Fox-Gál, grandson of the composer, pays heed to every note of this music through his engineering and provides an illuminating booklet note. Hans Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano is a three-disc set, and more than three hours of music -- both a lot of piano and a lot of Gál. Nevertheless, Hans Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano lifts the veil off of an important subject, and may well serve as the last word on Gál for some time to come; it is most enthusiastically recommended.
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Sonate pour piano, op. 28 (Hans Gal)

1
Sonata for piano, Op. 28: Tranquillo e semplice
00:05:42

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

2
Sonata for piano, Op. 28: Quasi menuetto - allegro molto
00:05:05

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

3
Sonata for piano, Op. 28: Andante un poco sostenuto - molto tranquillo - agitato
00:03:55

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

4
Sonata for piano, Op. 28: Allegro con spirito
00:03:37

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Suite pour piano, op. 24 (Hans Gal)

5
Suite for piano, Op. 24: Präludium: Leggiero e dolce ma non presto
00:02:03

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

6
Suite for piano, Op. 24: Menuett: Quasi andantino, sostenuto e rubato
00:01:50

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

7
Suite for piano, Op. 24: Capriccio: Vivacissimo
00:03:07

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

8
Suite for piano, Op. 24: Sarabande funèbre: Large e grave
00:04:25

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

9
Suite for piano, Op. 24: Gigue: Allegretto, con umore e vivacità
00:02:50

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonatine n° 1 en ut majeur, op. 58 (Hans Gal)

10
Sonatina in C for piano, Op. 58 No. 1: Moderatoe cantabile
00:05:27

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

11
Sonatina in C for piano, Op. 58 No. 1: Presto ma non troppo
00:01:26

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

12
Sonatina in C for piano, Op. 58 No. 1: Leggiero e vivace
00:03:32

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Sonatine n° 2 en la mineur, op. 58 (Hans Gal)

13
Sonatina in A minor for piano, Op. 58 No. 2: Allegro con fuoco
00:03:17

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

14
Sonatina in A minor for piano, Op. 58 No. 2: Arioso: Adagio
00:02:51

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

15
Sonatina in A minor for piano, Op. 58 No. 2: Scherzando: Andantino capriccioso, un poco sostenuto
00:01:58

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

16
Sonatina in A minor for piano, Op. 58 No. 2: Vivace
00:03:40

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Trois Esquisses, op. 7 (Hans Gal)

17
Drei Skizzen - 'Three Sketches' - for piano, Op. 7: Allegretto vivace
00:01:51

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

18
Drei Skizzen - 'Three Sketches' - for piano, Op. 7: Lento e dolce
00:02:57

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

19
Drei Skizzen - 'Three Sketches' - for piano, Op. 7: Vivace
00:01:29

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Trois Petites pièces, op. 64 (Hans Gal)

20
Three small pieces for piano, Op. 64: Humoresque: Allegro ma non troppo
00:02:03

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

21
Three small pieces for piano, Op. 64: Melody: Lento, semplice ed espressivo
00:02:59

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

22
Three small pieces for piano, Op. 64: Scherzino: Vivace e leggiero
00:03:53

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Trois Préludes, op. 65 (Hans Gal)

23
Three preludes for piano, Op. 65: Vivacissimo
00:02:34

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

24
Three preludes for piano, Op. 65: Lento e tranquillo
00:04:04

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

25
Three preludes for piano, Op. 65: Presto, grazioso e con anima
00:02:00

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

DISC 2

Vingt-quatre Préludes, op. 83 (Hans Gal)

1
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.1 in B major: Allegro
00:01:10

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

2
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.2 in B minor: Con spirito ma non presto
00:02:00

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

3
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.3 in E flat major: Vivace
00:01:16

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

4
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.4 in E flat minor: Quasi andantino, alla danza
00:01:47

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

5
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.5 in G major: Allegretto
00:01:25

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

6
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.6 in G minor: Moderato
00:02:52

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

7
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.7 in C major: Andante
00:02:07

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

8
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.8 in C minor: Allegro pesante
00:01:40

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

9
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.9 in E major: Vivace
00:01:43

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

10
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.10 in E minor: Grave
00:02:08

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

11
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.11 in A flat major: Andante grazioso e scherzando
00:01:35

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

12
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.12 in A flat minor: Con moto
00:02:07

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

13
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.13 inD flat major: Adagio
00:02:14

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

14
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.14 in C sharp minor: Presto
00:02:16

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

15
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.15 in F major: Traquillo con moto
00:02:52

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

16
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.16 in F minor: Allegro con fuoco
00:01:45

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

17
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.17 in A major: Quasi andantino
00:03:28

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

18
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.18 in A minor: Allegro maestoso
00:02:10

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

19
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.19 in D major: Andante
00:02:44

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

20
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.20 in D minor: Allegro agitato
00:01:31

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

21
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.21 in F sharp major: Allegro piacevole
00:01:18

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

22
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.22 in F sharp minor: Allegro energico
00:02:39

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

23
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.23 in B flat major: Allegretto
00:01:56

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

24
Twenty-four preludes for piano, Op.83: Prelude No.24 in B flat minor: Allegretto
00:03:05

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

DISC 3

Vingt-quatre Fugues, op. 108 (Hans Gal)

1
Twenty-four fugues for piano, Op. 108: Fugue No.1 in C major: Allegro con spirito
00:01:24

Hans Gál, Composer - Leon McCawley, MainArtist

(C) 2006 AVIE Records (P) 2006 AVIE Records

Album Description

Avie's Hans Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano performed by Scottish pianist Leon McCawley is the first all-Gál release that is comprehensive and has some sense of permanence. Considering the great diversity of the musical world around him, Hans Gál is an amazing figure, a Viennese born five years after Alban Berg who nonetheless resisted both the Second Vienna School and the strong pull of operetta. His long career trajectory (Gál lived to be 97 years old) defies credibility -- he published his "Opus 1" the same year Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier premiered and was still composing when Pink Floyd released The Wall. While his music at times resembles Bartók or Prokofiev, it has a stamp of individuality that is hard to describe, and comparisons to other, better-known composers do Gál no justice. The gamut of Gál's music runs from sprightly and strongly accented (a trademark approach, it appears) to moody, colorful, and evocative; in the Sarabande funèbre of his Suite for piano Op. 24 (1922) Gál spins through a number of jazzy progressions worthy of Bill Evans. His music is psychologically very effective, but not effusively Romantic. He favors a tart and tasty palette of harmony, but only seldom launches into more dissonant ideas, and his appropriation of Impressionist concepts does not seem to invoke obvious comparison to French composers. Once he arrived at his unique ideas about composition around 1920, Gál stuck to them and did not allow any external influences to distract him from it. As his surviving contemporaries struggled with the concept of "continued relevance" during the Cold War, if anything, advanced age brought to Gál a clearer and more definitive understanding of his art as it had stood all along. This is apparent in the dazzling sets of preludes and fugues in all 12 keys major and minor that occupies the latter two discs of this three-disc set. For once, we have in Hans Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano a recording of a significant, little-known composer for which we need make no apologies for second-rate sound, notes, or performance. Pianist McCawley truly understands this music and delivers it with the elegance, grace, and the sensitivity toward touch and dynamics it needs. Producer Simon Fox-Gál, grandson of the composer, pays heed to every note of this music through his engineering and provides an illuminating booklet note. Hans Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano is a three-disc set, and more than three hours of music -- both a lot of piano and a lot of Gál. Nevertheless, Hans Gál: The Complete Works for Solo Piano lifts the veil off of an important subject, and may well serve as the last word on Gál for some time to come; it is most enthusiastically recommended.
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