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Nelson Freire

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This release, issued to mark the 75th birthday of the great pianist Nelson Freire in 2019, is hardly a typical album of encores. A good deal of it is devoted to a single composer, Edvard Grieg. Other composers are represented by multiple works, and there are substantial pieces like the Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10, that would not fill the role of encore well. You might take the word "encore" in another way, though: to mean things reprised. Many of these pieces are ones Freire knows well, has played many times, and has explored at a truly breathtaking level of detail. The Grieg Lyric Pieces are not virtuoso works, and indeed are often played by amateurs, but you haven't heard them played like Freire plays them, with each one a little study in phrasing and register. You could sample almost anywhere here, but try the first of the Shostakovich Fantastic Dances, Op. 5, which has an entrancing subtlety from the very first notes. Freire, a famed virtuoso, mostly avoids showpieces here, but, as if to say he hasn't lost the ability, he does drop some in. The album is, then, an encore to Freire's remarkable career, which isn't over yet.
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Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30 (Christoph Willibald von Gluck)

1
Melodie (Arr. Sgambati)
00:03:04

Nelson Freire, Piano - Christoph Willibald von Gluck, Composer - Giovanni Sgambati, Work Arranger - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Hornpipe in E Minor, Z.T685 (Henry Purcell)

2
Hornpipe in E Minor, Z. T685
00:00:46

Nelson Freire, Piano - Henry Purcell, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, K. 64 (Domenico Scarlatti)

3
Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, K. 64
00:01:32

Nelson Freire, Piano - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Keyboard Sonata in B Minor, K. 377 (Domenico Scarlatti)

4
Keyboard Sonata in B Minor, K. 377
00:02:32

Nelson Freire, Piano - Domenico Scarlatti, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Aspirations, op. 39 (Sigismond Stojowski)

5
1. Vers l'azur
00:03:26

Nelson Freire, Piano - Zygmunt Stojowski, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Miscellanea, Op. 16 (Ignacy Jan Paderewski)

6
4. Nocturne in B-Flat Major
00:03:59

Nelson Freire, Piano - Ignace Jan Paderewski, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

6 Lieder, Op. 17, TrV 149 (Richard Strauss)

7
2. Ständchen (Arr. Godowsky)
00:02:33

Nelson Freire, Piano - Richard Strauss, Composer - Leopold Godowsky, Work Arranger - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Lyric Pieces Book I, Op. 12 (Edvard Grieg)

8
1. Arietta
00:01:07

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

9
2. Waltz
00:01:38

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

10
5. Popular Melody
00:01:20

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Lyric Pieces Book II, Op. 38 (Edvard Grieg)

11
1. Berceuse
00:02:15

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Lyric Pieces Book III, Op. 43 (Edvard Grieg)

12
2. Solitary traveller
00:01:37

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

13
4. Little Bird
00:01:37

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

14
6. To Spring
00:02:46

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Lyric Pieces Book IV, Op. 47 (Edvard Grieg)

15
4. Halling
00:01:14

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Lyric Pieces Book V, Op. 54 (Edvard Grieg)

16
1. Shepherd's Boy
00:03:30

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Lyric Pieces Book VIII, Op. 65 (Edvard Grieg)

17
6. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
00:05:10

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Lyric Pieces Book IX, Op. 68 (Edvard Grieg)

18
3. At your Feet
00:02:41

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

19
5. At the Cradle
00:02:22

Nelson Freire, Piano - Edvard Grieg, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Melody No. 1 in F Major, Op. 3 (Anton Rubinstein)

20
Melody No. 1 in F Major, Op. 3
00:03:21

Nelson Freire, Piano - Anton Grigorievich Rubinstein, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

2 Poemes, Op. 32 (Alexander Scriabin)

21
1. Poème in F-Sharp Major
00:02:43

Nelson Freire, Piano - Alexander Scriabin, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

13 Préludes, op. 32 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

22
No. 10 in B Minor: Lento
00:05:12

Nelson Freire, Piano - Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

23
No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor : Allegro
00:02:28

Nelson Freire, Piano - Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

3 Fantastic Dances, Op. 5 (Dimitri Chostakovitch)

24
1. March : Allegretto
00:01:02

Nelson Freire, Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

25
2. Waltz: Andantino
00:01:26

Nelson Freire, Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

26
3. Polka: Allegretto
00:00:56

Nelson Freire, Piano - Dmitri Shostakovich, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Goyescas - Suite (Enrique Granados)

27
4. Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor
00:04:49

Nelson Freire, Piano - Enrique Granados, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Scènes d’enfants (Federico Mompou)

28
5. Jeunes filles au jardin
00:01:59

Nelson Freire, Piano - Federico Mompou, Composer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

España, op. 165 (Isaac Albéniz)

29
Tango in D Major (Arr. Godowsky)
00:02:52

Nelson Freire, Piano - Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Leopold Godowsky, Work Arranger - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Navarra (Isaac Albéniz)

30
Navarra (Compl. Sévérac)
00:04:43

Nelson Freire, Piano - Isaac Albeniz, Composer - Joseph Marie Déodat de Séverac, Contributor, Work Editor - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer - Dominic Fyfe, Producer

℗ 2019 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

This release, issued to mark the 75th birthday of the great pianist Nelson Freire in 2019, is hardly a typical album of encores. A good deal of it is devoted to a single composer, Edvard Grieg. Other composers are represented by multiple works, and there are substantial pieces like the Rachmaninov Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10, that would not fill the role of encore well. You might take the word "encore" in another way, though: to mean things reprised. Many of these pieces are ones Freire knows well, has played many times, and has explored at a truly breathtaking level of detail. The Grieg Lyric Pieces are not virtuoso works, and indeed are often played by amateurs, but you haven't heard them played like Freire plays them, with each one a little study in phrasing and register. You could sample almost anywhere here, but try the first of the Shostakovich Fantastic Dances, Op. 5, which has an entrancing subtlety from the very first notes. Freire, a famed virtuoso, mostly avoids showpieces here, but, as if to say he hasn't lost the ability, he does drop some in. The album is, then, an encore to Freire's remarkable career, which isn't over yet.
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